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Jan. 8, 1997



By Rosie Flores

Flu and pneumonia

follow bad weather

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As we look out our windows a sight greets us that not many native West
Texans have actually ever experienced. Snow! It's unbelievable that the
white, fluffy stuff is actually a part of the West Texas landscape.

And to top things off, the schools closed their doors for the day.
Something else that hasn't happened in years in Pecos, if ever!

I'm sure it's a special treat to the students to have a day off to
relax, bum around and just enjoy the weather, while staying warm and
cozy inside their homes.

Traveling was not advised under the circumstances, however, so for
those individuals who do a lot of traveling in their line of work, they
also had a chance to stay at home and catch up on sleep, rest and
whatever else needed to be done close by and possibly indoors.

With the cold weather, illnesses might arrive, but not because of the
temperature or exposure to it, rather by different viruses and germs
floating around.

Getting a particularly miserable case of the "flu," complete with fever
and chills that won't go away can sure put a damper on everything. When
you're feeling like this you even wonder if it could be pneumonia.

Knowing the difference can be crucial. Pneumonia affects an estimated
four million Americans each year. Left untreated, it can lead to
additional serious infections.

People with colds or "flu," which are caused by viruses, generally
recover without treatment within a week or two, according to infectious
disease specialist Alan Tice, M.D..

People often talk of having the "flu" when they have any infection that
causes a sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and cough. The real "flu" -
caused by the influenza virus - can have even more severe symptoms of
muscle pain, chills, headaches, cough and fever of 102 or 103 degrees.

When the immune system may be weakened by a viral infection such as
influenza, bacterial pneumonia can occur at any time. Pneumonia symptoms
may include chills and fevers as high as 105 degrees. Additionally,
there may be chest pain and a cough that produces thick, dark or
blood-tinged sputum. Some people experience shortness of breath or a
confused state.

The difference between influenza and pneumonia can be subtle, but other
viral infections generally produce much milder disease.

For example, if you have the symptom stuffy/runny nose this is usually
common in the flu and not pneumonia. Chest congestion/pain is noted in
pneumonia patients and not flu patients. Sore, scatchy throat is noted
in pneumonia, not the flu.

Coughing that is moist with sputum or pus accompanies pneumonia while a
dry cough comes with the flu. A fever is usual and may be high in
pneumonia while in the flu it is low grade. Joint/muscle aches are just
occasional with pneumonia, but are very common in the flu.

Chills are usually persistent and intense in pneumonia patients, and in
the flu chills may be intermittent as fever rises and subsides. A
headache is very notable in pneumonia but not often in flu patients.

These are just some hints that can be helpful when trying to determine
just how serious your illness is.

But just to make sure you get to enjoy this different, wonderland type
weather see your physician if any rare symptoms occur. After all they're
the experts!


Rosie Flores is an Enterprise writer and editor of
Lifestyles and Golden Years. Her column appears each Wednesday.


Coyan descendant

seeks Coyanosa link

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Dear Editor:

My name is Zachary Coyan and I am curious as to the origin of the name

My Great-Great Grandfather moved west from Ohio in the mid-1800s and
settled in the Kansas and Oklahoma areas. I was wondering if anyone knew
of a connection or whether I'm barking up the wrong tree.

I appreciate any help you could give me in finding an answer or
pointing me in a direction where I might find one.
-- Zack Coyan
Ohio State University


I cannot tell a lie

just to get a story

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A North Carolina federal jury's recent verdict against ABC News for a
story exposing alleged unsanitary food-handling practices at a national
supermarket chain challenged certain techniques of undercover reporting
but did not discredit the need for sound investigative journalism.

The jury found that ABC reporters committed fraud by posing as Food
Lion employees during a hidden-camera report that appeared on
``PrimeTime Live'' in 1992. In addition, jurors said, the reporters were
guilty of trespassing and ``breach of loyalty and duty'' to their Food
Lion employer.

Some media critics have suggested that the case, in which the jury
awarded a meager $1,402 in financial damages, will cast a chilling
effect on undercover reporting. That need not be the case if the press
follows its own ethical standards.

The Star-Telegram, for instance, prohibits reporters from willful
misrepresentation in pursuing any story. In a word, they must not lie.
Such a policy may make the reporting assignment more difficult, but
complying with the law and preserving journalistic integrity is
essential to retaining credibility with the public.

Undercover reporting has provided critically important information for
the public, and the Food Lion report indicated at least some serious
breaches of public health. The judge in the case has already informed
the jury that Food Lion may not recover financial damages from its lost
business or stock value because of the adverse publicity.

But two wrongs do not make a right, and all news organizations should
adhere to the highest standards of journalistic practice.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Advance your career

with bits of advice

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Produce results.

That's the best of 175 bits of advice offered by Don Kennedy in his
palm-sized book, 175 Ways to Advance Your Career.

Kennedy designed his small book as an alternative to the standard
boring texts on career advancement. Businesses buy it in quantity for
new employees, handouts at meetings, as a training tool or thank-you for

Graduation gift shoppers have found it makes the perfect gift for thos
leaving school to begin their careers in the "real world."

"Always be upbeat and enthusiastic, an enjoyable person to be around.

"Never do anything that might call your integrity into question.

"Go the extra mile. Exceed people's expectations every chance you get."

Following Kennedy's advice can contribute to survival in a work place
where downsizings, restructurings and realignments are now a fact of
work life. When Kennedy researched and wrote the book after suffering
his own such setback.

Utilizing only one principle would make it worth the $5.95 price and
the short time required to read it. Businesses can purchase it in
quantity at up to 75 percent off and get the covers customized with
their logo by contacting the publisher, SuccessBooks, at 770-410-0217.

To order single copies, send $5.95 plus $2.50 S&H to SuccessBooks, 6025
Sandy Springs Circle, Ste. 350R, Atlanta GA 30328.

"Never give up."

--Peggy McCracken
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