Ana Ibarra Health Blog

  • West Nile Virus: how to reduce the risk of being infected

    Posted on July 15, 2014

    West Nile Virus activity this year has been detected in several Central Valley counties including Fresno, Madera, Stanislaus and Tulare. This season, the first human infections were found in Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, and so far a total of 8 human cases have been reported between Fresno, Tulare and Stanislaus counties combined.


  • Heat and pollution: not a good combination for your health

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on July 8, 2014

    When I moved to Merced four months ago, there were a lot of things I didn’t know about the Central Valley. I sure didn’t know how hot it can get here, and I wasn’t aware of the pollution problems present in this area. As the health reporter, I soon learned that these two go hand in hand. The heat combined with pollution in the air can create toxic compounds, such as ozone smog and particulate matter.


  • Still not insured? Here’s what you need to know

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on July 7, 2014

    By now, most have heard of the importance of signing up for health care. The push to get Californians signed up before deadline earlier this year was almost impossible to miss. The television and radio announcements, the billboards on every other highway exit and the Affordable Care Act’s trending presence on social networking sites, seemed to work as thousands of people rushed to the Covered California website, even causing the site to crash.


  • Survived cancer, now to deal with the financial burden

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on June 12, 2014

    Growing medical costs have cancer survivors facing serious economic burdens.


  • Avoid heat-related emergencies

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on May 28, 2014

    Welcome to our new health blog. My name is Ana, and I am the health reporter at the Merced Sun-Star. In this blog, you will find posts about the latest in health care research and medicine, as well as information about upcoming health-related events taking place in Merced County. I will also use this space to provide tips and advice from experts on how to deal with current health issues and concerns. I will be posting throughout the week, so don’t forget to check back regularly to get your dose of health news and information.