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Summer spikes expected in Valley fever, cases on rise across Az

Summer is underway in Southern Arizona and with it comes not only an increase in temperatures, but also in the number of new Valley fever cases.... Read more»

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Valley fever research gets first major Arizona funding boost in 15 years

Researchers from Arizona’s three state universities will get $3.1 million to pinpoint hotspots and infection patterns for Valley fever, providing new tools to combat the fungal disease that sickens more people in Arizona than in any other state.... Read more»

Valley fever vaccine for dogs shows promising results, first step toward human trials

A new Valley fever vaccine for dogs appears to provide a safe and effective defense against the fungal illness that sickens thousands of pets in Arizona each year, and marks a significant milestone that could lead to a similar vaccine for humans.... Read more»

Arizona leads nation in Valley fever infections—a 'disease of color'

Evidence points to Valley fever as a growing problem in Arizona - research shows the most serious form of the illness disproportionately impacts people of color, and likely those who work outdoors - but state policies shield the public from fully understanding the dangers the disease poses.... Read more»1

Arizona scientists work to unravel fungus ecology as Valley fever expands throughout West

Scientists are working to understand Valley fever - a deadly fungus with spores about 20 times smaller than the width of a human hair - that can bring on coughing, fever, night sweats and joint pain, and in more severe cases, spread beyond the lungs to the skin, brain and other organs.... Read more»

Masks can reduce risk of Valley fever, Arizona experts say

Arizona has recorded more than 6,800 cases of Valley fever so far this year, according to July data from the Arizona Department of Health Services - and cases have steadily climbed every year since 2016 - but one way to protect yourself is by wearing your mask.... Read more»

As threat of valley fever grows beyond the Southwest, push is on for vaccine

Valley fever is getting more attention for a few reasons. The number of cases has been increasing, and a study last year predicted it may spread north through the West as the climate warms.... Read more»

As valley fever education increases, so does the infection’s reach

New research finds that as climate change alters American landscapes in the coming decades, valley fever has the potential to spread far beyond the Southwest. ... Read more»

$4.8M grant to speed UA's work on Valley fever vaccine for dogs

Researchers at the University of Arizona say they’ve made progress in developing a vaccine that could protect dogs from Valley fever, a potentially deadly respiratory disease common in the Southwest.... Read more»

Az researchers turn to dogs to better understand Valley fever

The Valley Fever Paws study is collecting data on breeds of dogs diagnosed with Valley fever or who were exposed to the fungus but not infected. Researchers hope the data will provide information not only on dogs, but how the disease affects people as well.... Read more»

Autoimmune disorder PANDAS gaining attention in medical community

Abby Pulse has been in pain every day for the past three years. At first, nobody knew what was wrong with the 15-year-old, who was eventually diagnosed with PANDAS, which was triggered by a Valley fever bout.. “I think that it has made me more mature,” she said. “I deal with pain every day, and I think it changes a person. But I think I did change for the better.”... Read more»

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Buckmaster: The high price for valley fever drugs

An interview with Christine Jones, Republican candidate for Arizona governor. financial planner Shelly Fishman with the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Plus, Dr. Ray Woosley, former UA College of Medicine dean and creator of CredibleMeds.org, hosts the monthly "Your Meds" segment. Plus, Linda Ray of the Tucson Weekly has the every other Tuesday Arts Report.... Read more»

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Buckmaster: Valley fever epidemic in Southern Az?

An interview with Rick Myers, chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, along with Certified Financial Planner Shelly Fishman, David Modeer, head of the Central Arizona Project, and UA Valley fever researcher Dr. Joseph Tabor.... Read more»

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Buckmaster: Tucson's Irish roots run deep

Mayor Tom Crosby of Tucson's sister city, Roscommon, Ireland. Plus, Tony Penn, CEO of United Way of Southern Arizona, and Dr. Lisa Shubitz of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson talks about Valley Fever and your pets.... Read more»

Dust storms may increase Valley fever threat

Since a gigantic haboob in July 2011, Banner Health has seen an epidemic of Valley fever, which can be deadly in patients who have compromised immune systems.... Read more»1

Bill seeks $15M boost for UA health programs in Phx

A Tucson lawmaker is seeking a $15 million appropriation that he says would allow the University of Arizona’s medical, pharmacy and public health programs in downtown Phoenix to turn out more health care professionals.... Read more»

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