Health http://kvpr.org en 11,000 Stuck In Fresno County's Medi-Cal Backlog http://kvpr.org/post/11000-stuck-fresno-countys-medi-cal-backlog <p>California’s poor continue to face month long waits in getting state health coverage. FM 89’s Diana Aguilera reports how a young couple in Fresno County is dealing with the backlog.</p><p>Paola Martinez and her husband Irving Toscano thought they had done everything right to get health care coverage.</p><p>They made sure they met the Medi-Cal eligibility requirements, they filled out the paperwork and signed up through the Covered California website at the end of March.</p><p>But ever since then, they’ve been waiting.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:35:16 +0000 Diana Aguilera 35551 at http://kvpr.org 11,000 Stuck In Fresno County's Medi-Cal Backlog New Study Links Pesticides And Autism http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-links-pesticides-and-autism <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the years health officials have raised concerns over exposure to pesticides. But now a new report from </span>UC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Davis suggests it could be an even bigger concern for pregnant women.</span></p><p>A new <a href="http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/8978">study</a> reveals that pregnant women who live near areas where pesticides are used are more likely to have a child with autism.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:48:39 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34648 at http://kvpr.org Air District Questions Asthma-Air Pollution Link http://kvpr.org/post/air-district-questions-asthma-air-pollution-link-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New research this week questions the connection between air pollution and asthma.</span></p><p>In 2011, a study by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District established a link between asthma-related ER visits and levels of PM2.5, or fine particulate matter in valley air.&nbsp; But after a follow-up to that study, the Air District now reports that for a number of years, asthma-related ER visits increased even as PM2.5 levels dropped.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:28:41 +0000 Kerry Klein 34457 at http://kvpr.org Air District Questions Asthma-Air Pollution Link Local Health Officials Worried: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California http://kvpr.org/post/local-health-officials-worried-whooping-cough-epidemic-strikes-california <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in four years, whooping cough has reached an epidemic level. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports how this peak has local health officials worried.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California health officials have recently confirmed that cases of pertussis also known as&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">whooping cough</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have reached epidemic proportions in the state.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:35:14 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34364 at http://kvpr.org Local Health Officials Worried: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California FDA Puts Valley Fever On Key Funding List http://kvpr.org/post/fda-puts-valley-fever-key-funding-list <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will include the fungus that causes valley fever on a list of pathogens eligible for federal research funding.</span></p><p>Experts like John Galgiani from the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona say the move will aid in the development of drugs to treat the disease.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:54:54 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34122 at http://kvpr.org FDA Puts Valley Fever On Key Funding List Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? http://kvpr.org/post/healthy-rivers-will-wealthy-fresnans-block-access-san-joaquin <p><em>This is part of a Valley Public Radio original series on how the health of rivers impact the health of communities produced as a <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/2014/02/18/healthy-rivers-make-healthy-people-healthy-people-build-better-communities">project </a>for <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/event/2014-california-health-journalism-fellowship">The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship</a>, a program of USC's&nbsp;Annenberg&nbsp;School of Journalism.</em></p><p>---</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:38:05 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33959 at http://kvpr.org Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin http://kvpr.org/post/three-year-california-medical-school-pilot-program-set-begin <p>Students in a pilot accelerated medical school program at UC Davis will begin classes this summer. A bill in the California legislature would allow them to obtain licenses in less than four years.&nbsp;Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p><p>The program was set up to address a growing problem in California.</p><p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Bonilla</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: “We have far more patients than we have doctors.”</span></em></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:23:48 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 33911 at http://kvpr.org Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin Mendota Woman's Fight To Overcome Mental Illness Example For The Valley http://kvpr.org/post/mendota-womans-fight-overcome-mental-illness-example-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many women across the Central Valley have dedicated their lives to their families.</span></p><p>They take on the daily task of being a housewife.</p><p>"My name is Silvia, simply Silvia."</p><p>Meet Silvia – a housewife from Mendota. Like many other women in rural communities, she's devoted her life to her two sons and husband always greeting them with a smile and home-cooked dinners when they arrive home.</p><p>But about a year ago, her smile started to fade.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:41:54 +0000 Diana Aguilera 33638 at http://kvpr.org Mendota Woman's Fight To Overcome Mental Illness Example For The Valley Pharmacy Bill Moves Forward In Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/pharmacy-bill-moves-forward-legislature <p>A new bill that would allow Californians to opt-out of mail order pharmaceutical programs advanced Friday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 2418 would also allow patients and pharmacists to synchronize the pickup of multiple medications.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill is a response to cost-savings efforts by many health insurance providers that have limited options for how patients receive their&nbsp;prescription drugs.</p><p>Jon Roth is the CEO of the California Pharmacists Association:</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 01:30:02 +0000 Joe Moore 33189 at http://kvpr.org Pharmacy Bill Moves Forward In Legislature State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility http://kvpr.org/post/state-approves-expansion-kettleman-hills-toxic-waste-facility-0 <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">After 6 years, the state of California has approved the expansion of a toxic waste landfill near Kettleman City. The decision will allow the landfill to expand by 50%, or 5 million cubic yards, which owners at Waste Management Incorporated estimate will last about 8 years.</p><p class="p1">Jim Marxen&nbsp;is a spokesperson for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:11:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 33062 at http://kvpr.org State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility Mosquitoes Have Fresno County Health Officials On High Alert http://kvpr.org/post/mosquitoes-have-fresno-county-health-officials-high-alert <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two different types of mosquitoes – one that carries West Nile Virus and another that can spread dengue and yellow fever have Fresno County health officials on high alert.</span></p><p>The county says a crow reported earlier this month tested positive for West Nile Virus. Officials have also detected the presence of another invasive mosquito species that can spread potentially serious tropical diseases. In severe cases, the more serious symptoms stemming from these diseases can lead to death.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:46:30 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32996 at http://kvpr.org Mosquitoes Have Fresno County Health Officials On High Alert UCSF High School Doctors Academy Sends 81 To University http://kvpr.org/post/ucsf-high-school-doctors-academy-sends-81-university <p></p><p>Thousands of students will graduate across Central California over the next few weeks. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports, for a group of students in the small valley town of Caruthers, Thursday night’s graduation was a milestone in more ways than one.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:57:39 +0000 Ezra David Romero 32785 at http://kvpr.org UCSF High School Doctors Academy Sends 81 To University Californians Get More Time To Switch From COBRA To Covered California http://kvpr.org/post/californians-get-more-time-switch-cobra-covered-california <p>California’s health insurance exchange has announced a special enrollment period starting Thursday for people who want to opt-out of their COBRA health insurance.</p><p>Covered California says about 300,000 people in the state may be paying the full price of what used to be employer-based health coverage.</p><p>Executive Director Peter Lee says they have until July 15<sup>th</sup> if they want to find another option.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:27:42 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 32782 at http://kvpr.org Californians Get More Time To Switch From COBRA To Covered California Study: Over One Third Of Valley Hospital Patients With Diabetes http://kvpr.org/post/study-over-one-third-valley-hospital-patients-diabetes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new study reveals that around a third of the California’s hospital patients have diabetes. And as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports, it’s even more of a problem in the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:14:41 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32747 at http://kvpr.org Study: Over One Third Of Valley Hospital Patients With Diabetes New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal http://kvpr.org/post/new-budget-projects-almost-third-californians-will-have-medi-cal <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget estimates that almost a third of the population of California will be enrolled in Medi-Cal during next fiscal year. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>About 11.5 million Californians will get health care through Medi-Cal. That’s higher than what the Governor or state health planners anticipated. So the revised budget adds more than a billion dollars to account for the surge.</p><p>Anthony Wright of Health Access says he’s pleased the state expanded Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:12 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 32739 at http://kvpr.org New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center http://kvpr.org/post/amid-budget-woes-county-looks-new-future-kern-medical-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kern County Board of Supervisors met Monday to discuss the future of the county’s financially troubled Kern Medical Center. The Board met with hospital CEO Russell Judd and an outside consultant to outline new governance guidelines for </span>KMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> which is losing around $3 million a month.</span></p><p>Supervisor Mike Maggard says the hospital is at a critical juncture.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 03:21:58 +0000 Joe Moore 32561 at http://kvpr.org Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center Event Asks How To Make Kern County More Walkable, Healthy http://kvpr.org/post/event-asks-how-make-kern-county-more-walkable-healthy <p>Across California, urban planners and health professionals are increasingly looking at the connections between the design of our communities and the health of the people who live there. Many neighborhoods that lack sidewalks and access to parks have dramatically different health outcomes than those that do. Correcting that problem is the focus of an event taking place on Thursday in Kern County called <a href="http://www.lgc.org/community-design-matters">“Community Design Matters &nbsp; - Building Walkable Healthy Livable Communities."</a> Dr. Wed, 07 May 2014 02:50:40 +0000 Joe Moore 32299 at http://kvpr.org Event Asks How To Make Kern County More Walkable, Healthy Valley Counties Rank Among Worst In Air Pollution Report http://kvpr.org/post/valley-counties-rank-among-worst-air-pollution-report <p></p><p>A new report on air quality shows that many neighboorhoods in Fresno County and Bakersfield rank among the worst in the nation when it comes to pollution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Lung Association released the findings of its annual “State of the Air” report today ranking the Fresno- Madera area as the nation’s worst based on exposure to chemicals and particulate matter.</span></p><p></p><p>Jaime Holt is the chief communications officer with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 01:03:06 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32020 at http://kvpr.org Valley Counties Rank Among Worst In Air Pollution Report Bill To Extend Medi-Cal To Undocumented Immigrants Moves Forward http://kvpr.org/post/bill-extend-medi-cal-undocumented-immigrants-moves-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The California Senate Health Committee approved a bill today that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for &nbsp;Medi-Cal benefits. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p><p>Backers of the bill say it would prevent millions of people from having to forego needed medical care because they can’t afford it. Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara says his bill would give immigrants access to a system they help pay for.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:51:56 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 32019 at http://kvpr.org Bill To Extend Medi-Cal To Undocumented Immigrants Moves Forward Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health http://kvpr.org/post/health-advocates-concerned-court-decision-undocumented-could-hurt-public-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week’s court decision on medical care for undocumented individuals has both health advocates and legal experts across the state buzzing. And as FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports, the issue could have an impact beyond those in the program.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black lifted part of a 30-year-old court order involving specialty medical care for the indigent.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:16:25 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31963 at http://kvpr.org Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health