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Lemonade Locks wig boutique owner Kelly Giblin fits a hairpiece onto retired Kern County Deputy Sheriff Brenda Blanton, who suff

For valley fever survivors, a growing need: wigs

The antifungal drugs used to treat valley fever can cause hair loss. With the number of valley fever cases on the rise, a wig shop in Bakersfield, Calif., is helping women feel better about themselves.
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California budget boosts funding for valley fever

The budget includes $8 million for research and outreach into the disease, caused by inhaling spores that grow in arid soil.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Assemblyman Vince Fong's office

Three valley fever bills sail through committee, one pulled by sponsor

Facing pushback from the medical community, California Assemblyman Vince Fong withdrew a bill late last month that would have required doctors to order specific types of lab tests when they suspect valley fever.
Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, speaks in favor of a bipartisan $7 million budget proposal.

Assemblymen ask state for $7 million in fight against valley fever to fuel research, spread awareness

Bakersfield Assemblymen Vince Fong and Rudy Salas submitted a $7 million budget proposal that, if approved, would be the largest amount of money California has ever designated to research and raise awareness of the disease.
In 2016, a group of Kern Medical Center doctors and staff members introduced a clinical trial to study Fluconazole, a drug regul

One year after federal health officials launch first-of-its-kind valley fever drug trial, few have enrolled

Just 48 people have signed up across California and Arizona for a new clinical trial of Fluconazole, an antifungal drug used to treat valley fever. That's far fewer than officials had expected.

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About This Series

This project results from an innovative reporting venture – the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative – which currently involves the Bakersfield Californian, Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, Valley Public Radio in Fresno and Bakersfield, Vida en el Valle in Fresno, Hanford Sentinel, the Voice of OC in Santa Ana, the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, La Estrella de Tucsón and the Center for Health Journalism. The collaborative is an initiative of the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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