The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix has named Dr. Dean Coonrod, MD, as chair of the executive committee of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the downtown Phoenix medical college.

He is replacing Dr. John Mattox in this role, who recently stepped down as chairperson of obstetrics and gynecology at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital.

Coonrod was recently named the 2013 Distinguished Health and Science Honoree of the YWCA Maricopa County. In addition to his public health work, Coonrod’s other research interests include the effects of Cesarean deliveries and the effects of induction of labor.


American Red Cross offers tips for avoiding, treating the flu

Health officials are reporting widespread influenza outbreaks in 47 of 50 states, including in Arizona, and the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter urges people who haven’t received a flu shot to quickly get vaccinated.

People 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends covering your nose and your mouth with a tissue or a sleeve when coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away.

Common signs of the flu are a high fever, severe body aches, a headache, extreme fatigue, a sore throat, a cough, a runny or stuffy nose, vomiting and diarrhea.

If someone in your household has the flu, designate one person as the caregiver and have other family members avoid close contact with the person with the flu. Make sure the sick person stays at home and rests until the fever is gone.

Provide plenty of liquids at the first sign of the flu and while the flu persists. Treat a fever and a cough with medicine that can be purchased at a store. If people become very sick, are pregnant or have a medical condition, such as asthma, that puts them at higher risk of flu complications, call a doctor.

Briefs compiled by staff and wire reports

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