health http://kvpr.org en 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 Audit Finds That California Prisoners Were Illegally Sterilized http://kvpr.org/post/audit-finds-california-prisoners-were-illegally-sterilized <p>A California State Audit has found that dozens of women in state prisons were sterilized illegally. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone says prison medical officials are faulted for not following consent laws. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 21.0px; font: 14.0px Arial; min-height: 16.0px">Lawmakers called for the audit after coverage from the Center for Investigative Reporting last year. The Center found more than 100 incarcerated women had tubal ligations without proper approvals since 2006.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:13:21 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34552 at http://kvpr.org Audit Finds That California Prisoners Were Illegally Sterilized 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 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 Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes http://kvpr.org/post/families-concerned-possible-ihss-changes <p>California’s In-Home Supportive Services program allows the disabled to remain in their homes by paying for their caregivers. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a proposal to modify the program is creating tension in the state budget process.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:10:28 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 34042 at http://kvpr.org Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes 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? Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-not-just-physicians-who-are-influenced-gift-giving <p>The same human characteristics that build community can also work against its well-being. As humans, we give back to those who are kind to us and we feel indebted to those who show us kindness. &nbsp;In this edition of FM89’s&nbsp;commentary series <em>The Moral Is</em>, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield argues that our disposition for reciprocity can work against the common good.&nbsp;</p><p>----</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:29:02 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33962 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving 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 Commentary: What Is Death? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-what-death <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should parents have to option to determine the definition of death for their children? </span>Jahi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McMath’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> case has motivated that question, along with a host of associated ethical concerns. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:07:20 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33629 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: What Is Death? 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 Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-students-win-big-international-science-and-engineering-fair <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, 1700 high school students from over 70 countries met in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including 5 students from Fresno and Clovis.</span></p><p>Beatrice Choi, a sophomore from Fresno’s University High School, brought home third place in Chemistry.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:47:34 +0000 Kerry Klein 33120 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair 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 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 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 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 Fresno Ranks High For Pedestrian Related Deaths http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-ranks-high-pedestrian-related-deaths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2012, 29 people were killed in car accidents in Fresno – and 14 of those were pedestrians. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That means just about half of all those killed in collisions in 2012 weren’t even in a car, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:01:26 +0000 Ezra David Romero 31961 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Ranks High For Pedestrian Related Deaths New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/new-pollution-mapping-tool-aims-aid-environmental-justice-fight-central-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the state of California released a new interactive online map that lets you look at how environmentally burdened your neighborhood is compared to the rest of the state. The tool, called </span><a href="http://oehha.ca.gov/ej/ces2.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">CalEnviroScreen 2.0</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> combines both data on pollution sources and the demographics of a community, including poverty, unemployment and linguistic isolation to compute a score that reflects a community’s overall environmental burden.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:22:22 +0000 Joe Moore 31922 at http://kvpr.org New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley