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Current treatments for valley fever can take so long to work that they allow the disease to spread, becoming more damaging and more deadly. What can be done?

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Parks and open spaces can affect people's health in surprising ways. Get tips on reporting on "park-poor" communities from a journalist and civil rights attorney.

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Here's the second batch of my favorite health stories of 2011. In all, it’s been another tremendous year for health journalism.

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Journalist Tracy Wood talks about her investigation into a lack of parks in some Orange County (Calif.) cities and how it affects residents' health.

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Making parks and their impact on community health interesting to editors and readers is a daunting challenge. Here, journalist Tracy Wood shares advice for tackling similar stories in your community. 

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What you can learn from a great investigative series on the lack of parks in one Southern California region and what that means for residents' health and well-being.

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It might be roof-top green space. Perhaps a reconfiguration of streets that permits walkable medians and wide bike lanes. Or it could be a supercharging of current joint-use plans between cities and school districts.

The most likely scenario would be a combination of these solutions and many more as community leaders in North Orange County try to overcome a dearth of city parkland.

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Santa Ana's childhood obesity rates are among the highest in Orange County. Neighborhood advocates have complained bitterly about what they say is a lack of official effort to create adequate places for the city's children to play, and an entrenched deference to developers.

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Tracy Wood reports on why parks are so scarce in one half of California's Orange County, but not the other half.

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Why does California's governor want to take back $1 billion in money dedicated to children's health? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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