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A Phoenix-based laboratory is capturing detailed images of the fungus that causes valley fever, hoping to better understand how it works.
Valley fever is a fungal respiratory infection that is a constant health threat in vast stretches of the San Joaquin valley. 
“Valley fever is almost certainly underreported, due to physicians and the public not being familiar with the disease,” said one infectious disease specialist. Reliable estimates of valley fever cases are still lacking.
New sensors in development at the CDC could provide a breakthrough in valley fever detection and prevention throughout the Southwestern United States.
As recently as August, Calif. health officials predicted the number of valley fever cases this year would go down. Now it’s shaping up to be one of the worst years on record.

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For a reporter who found signs of hopelessness in one Kern County community after another,... more »
posted 11/29/17
An invisible disease has been killing middle-aged white people in the San Joaquin Valley at... more »
posted 02/27/17

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While scores of public agencies are working to develop resources and programs to address childhood trauma and toxic stress in their communities, San Joaquin County in California has been turning itself into a model for how to address the issue.
Stress is a powerful force. It can help us survive, but in some cases, lead to a lifetime of medical issues. A kid can only endure so many stressful traumatic experiences before it impacts his health.
So much of Luton’s childhood and adolescence seemed normal to her at the time. Her father mishandling her mother. Her brother coming after her with a metal poker. Her boyfriend with the meth addiction. All normal. It’s a wonder how she didn’t become a statistic herself.

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Facing pushback from the medical community, California Assemblyman Vince Fong withdrew a bill... more »
Bakersfield Assemblymen Vince Fong and Rudy Salas submitted a $7 million budget proposal that, if... more »