valley fever http://kvpr.org en 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 In California, Researchers Uncertain If Drought Will Increase Valley Fever Risk http://kvpr.org/post/california-researchers-uncertain-if-drought-will-increase-valley-fever-risk <p>This year, you’re likely to hear a lot of predictions about how the drought will impact our health, environment, and food.</p><p>But one thing you won’t hear is whether the dry conditions will – without a doubt - increase the risk of valley fever in California. Sure, it makes sense. Even microbiologist Antje Lauer expects that drought conditions, and drier soil, would increase the risk of valley fever.</p><p>“If we want to have less of the valley fever fungus in the soil, you would pray for more rain,” Lauer says.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:57:09 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 28817 at http://kvpr.org In California, Researchers Uncertain If Drought Will Increase Valley Fever Risk On Valley Edition: Congressman David Valadao; Valley Fever; M Street Art Complex http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-congressman-david-valadao-valley-fever-m-street-art-complex <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This week on&nbsp;<a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a>&nbsp;we take a look at the issues of immigration, high speed rail and agriculture in an interview with Republican Congressman David Valadao.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:58:03 +0000 Joe Moore, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 24070 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Congressman David Valadao; Valley Fever; M Street Art Complex Universities Seek Public Input During 'Valley Fever Research Day' http://kvpr.org/post/universities-seek-public-input-during-valley-fever-research-day <p>This Saturday, community members are invited to attend Valley Fever Research Day at the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research. The event is an opportunity for researchers from UCSF Fresno, UC Merced, and Fresno State to connect with community members who have been impacted by the disease.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:01:56 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 24061 at http://kvpr.org Universities Seek Public Input During 'Valley Fever Research Day' Valley Public Radio Project Earns Mention In Columbia Journalism Review http://kvpr.org/post/valley-public-radio-project-earns-mention-columbia-journalism-review <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Valley Public Radio and other Central California media <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/valleyfever">started reporting on valley fever</a> last fall, the disease was commonly overlooked by medical professionals and government agencies. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:54:01 +0000 VPR Staff 23856 at http://kvpr.org Valley Public Radio Project Earns Mention In Columbia Journalism Review Professor: To Gain Attention, Valley Fever Needs Passionate Advocates, Stronger Name http://kvpr.org/post/professor-gain-attention-valley-fever-needs-passionate-advocates-stronger-name <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the leaders of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are joining leading doctors, researchers, lawmakers, and area residents at a </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/nih-cdc-announce-clinical-trial-valley-fever" style="line-height: 1.5;">two-day symposium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on valley fever in Bakersfield. Experts and patients say the meeting is an opportunity to shine a light on the chronically overlooked and misdiagnosed fungal disease.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:41:57 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 22057 at http://kvpr.org Professor: To Gain Attention, Valley Fever Needs Passionate Advocates, Stronger Name On Valley Edition: High Speed Rail; Valley Fever Symposium; Food Documentary; Fresno Philharmonic http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-high-speed-rail-valley-fever-symposium-food-documentary-fresno-philharmonic <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/high-speed-rail-forces-out-longtime-fresno-businesses">Valley Edition</a> we take a look at a few issues impacting the region. Valley Public Radio Reporter Ezra David Romero reports on how the implementation of <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/high-speed-rail-forces-out-longtime-fresno-businesses">High Speed Rail will force businesses and residents along its path to relocate</a>. Fresno Bee Reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/tsheehan">Tim Sheehan</a> joins Valley Edition Host Joe Moore for an update on the statewide project.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:41:41 +0000 Ezra David Romero 22046 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: High Speed Rail; Valley Fever Symposium; Food Documentary; Fresno Philharmonic NIH, CDC Announce Clinical Trial On Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/nih-cdc-announce-clinical-trial-valley-fever <p>The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will undertake a clinical trial to learn more about valley fever, agency leaders announced Monday at the start of a two-day symposium on valley fever, hosted by Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy.</p><p>"There are so many things we don't know about valley fever, and the best way to get the answers is to run a clinical trial," said&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:11:45 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 22041 at http://kvpr.org NIH, CDC Announce Clinical Trial On Valley Fever 'Unprecedented' Meeting Focuses On Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/unprecedented-meeting-focuses-valley-fever-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kings County health officer Dr. Michael </span>MacLean<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> uses one word to sum up this week’s valley fever symposium: 'Unprecedented.'</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says it’s a big deal that the leaders of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health are gathering in Bakersfield to focus their attention on an orphan disease that mainly affects the southwestern United States.</span></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:55:16 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 21906 at http://kvpr.org 'Unprecedented' Meeting Focuses On Valley Fever Valley Fever Symposium Aims To Spark Search For Vaccine, Awarness http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-symposium-aims-spark-search-vaccine-awarness <p>In his mid-20s, Shane Hoover started planning for his death.</p><p>Hoover was diagnosed with valley fever, which is caused by inhaling fungal spores that grow in the soil, in 2010. He took medications for a while that kept it at bay. But he says he could not afford to keep paying for the drugs and, when he stopped, the disease intensified.</p><p>“He’d say, ‘I feel my body shutting down. I feel like it’s just a war inside of me that I can’t win,’” his mother, Kathleen Birks, said. “Our conversations became, ‘What do you want me to do with you when you die?’”</p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Rachel Cook - Reporting on Health Collaborative 21904 at http://kvpr.org Valley Fever Movement Could Learn from Health Success Stories http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-movement-could-learn-health-success-stories <p>When experts and policymakers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention land in Bakersfield next week, they will be met by many smart, well-meaning individuals hoping for better treatments for valley fever and, ultimately, for a cure.</p><p>But they won’t be met by a movement.</p><p>Despite its severe toll in California’s Central Valley and other hot spots, valley fever has remained overlooked and underfunded for decades. The absence of a strong patient advocacy movement has contributed to the chronic neglect, experts say.</p> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 21907 at http://kvpr.org Valley Fever Movement Could Learn from Health Success Stories How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/how-will-global-warming-impact-san-joaquin-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising global temperatures aren’t just an international concern, they’re also an important local issue, especially when it comes to public health. How will climate change affect everything from rates of asthma and valley fever to wildfires and natural disasters?</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:39:29 +0000 Joe Moore 19956 at http://kvpr.org How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? Congressional Task Force to Aid Valley Fever Fight http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-task-force-aid-valley-fever-fight <p class="normal">Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy made another move in his crusade against valley fever Wednesday, announcing the new “Congressional Valley Fever Task Force.”</p><p class="normal">The panel is comprised of 11 Republicans and three Democrats from California, Arizona and Texas. McCarthy said the group grew out of meetings he’s had throughout the year with Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., who will co-chair the task force.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:41:29 +0000 Rachel Cook - Reporting on Health Collaborative 18903 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Task Force to Aid Valley Fever Fight Class Action Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Inmates With Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/class-action-lawsuit-filed-behalf-inmates-valley-fever <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawyers representing inmates at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Fresno County and </span>Avenal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> State Prison in Kings County filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court Tuesday.</span></p></div><p>The suit is on behalf of black, elderly, and immune-compromised inmates who acquired valley fever since July 2009, while serving time at the two institutions.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:30:55 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 18129 at http://kvpr.org Class Action Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Inmates With Valley Fever On Valley Edition: Valley Fever in Prisons; Valley Politics; Shakespeare In The Park; Karen Marguth http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-valley-fever-prisons-valley-politics-shakespeare-park-karen-marguth <p>On this weeks show, Valley Public Radio's Rebecca Plevin&nbsp;<a href="http://kvpr.org/post/federal-judge-move-inmates-risk-valley-fever">reports </a>that within 90 days all inmates at risk of catching valley fever in Central California prisons must be relocated. Also on Valley Edition, host Joe Moore chats with Fresno Bee Editorial Page Editor <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bill-mcewen/35/a21/823">Bill </a><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bill-mcewen/35/a21/823">McEwen</a> about local and state politics. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:37:45 +0000 Joe Moore, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 17323 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Valley Fever in Prisons; Valley Politics; Shakespeare In The Park; Karen Marguth Federal Judge: Move Inmates At Risk Of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/federal-judge-move-inmates-risk-valley-fever <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All inmates at risk of developing a serious form of valley fever must be removed from two Central California state prisons within the next 90 days. That’s what a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday, upholding a directive from the federal official in charge of prison health care. The ruling comes over the objections of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which balked at the complexity of the policy. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:56:20 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 17293 at http://kvpr.org Federal Judge: Move Inmates At Risk Of Valley Fever New Data Show A Decline In Reported Cases of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/new-data-show-decline-reported-cases-valley-fever <p>California’s tally of valley fever cases dropped by more than 1,000 last year and some counties have also seen fewer cases in the early months of 2013.</p><p>But public health officials say it’s too early to identify long-term trends in the numbers.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:53:14 +0000 Rachel Cook & The Reporting On Health Collaborative 15830 at http://kvpr.org New Data Show A Decline In Reported Cases of Valley Fever Paso Robles Winemaker Battles Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/paso-robles-winemaker-battles-valley-fever <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The quest for the perfect pinot noir lured Todd and Tammy Schaefer from Malibu to Paso Robles in 2001. But a different fate awaited them and their business, called Pacific Coast Vineyards.</span></p><p>“My wife and I had just come up here, to set up shop and continue our practice of winemaking, and, ‘Welcome to Paso Robles, here’s valley fever,’” Todd recounts.</p><p>In October of 2003, Todd was running a bulldozer through a vineyard, and kicking up lots of dust. They had no idea that dust would make him ill.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 17:55:03 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 15108 at http://kvpr.org Paso Robles Winemaker Battles Valley Fever On Valley Edition: Fresno State; Valley Fever; Soda Tax; Tamejavi; SwedeFest http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-state-valley-fever-soda-tax-tamejavi-swedefest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> we discuss the future of one of Central California’s educational centers. A search committee is on the lookout for a new <a href="http://www.fresnostate.edu/president/welty/index.html">Fresno State </a>President, but not all are happy about the way the committee is handling the search.</span></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 19:29:26 +0000 Juanita Stevenson, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 15119 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Fresno State; Valley Fever; Soda Tax; Tamejavi; SwedeFest Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest http://kvpr.org/post/cases-mysterious-valley-fever-rise-american-southwest When she was just 6, Emily Gorospe became very tired and sick. The spunky girl, now 8, developed a fever that wouldn't go away, and red blotches appeared across her body.<p>"She's got so much energy usually," says Emily's mother, Valerie Gorospe. "Just walking from one part of the house ... she was drained." The little girl was also very pale. "She just didn't look like herself," Valerie recalls.<p>Emily, who lives in Delano, in California's Central Valley, was eventually diagnosed with <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/coccidioidomycosis/">valley fever</a>, also known as coccidioidomycosis. Mon, 13 May 2013 07:32:32 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 15011 at http://kvpr.org Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest