JACKSON, Miss.—If you smoke cigarettes, you’re twice as likely to have a stroke.

It’s only one of many reasons why Methodist Rehabilitation Center is working to help its employees and patients quit smoking. Almost half of the Jackson hospital’s patients are stroke victims and smoking ranks as one of the leading risk factors.

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JACKSON, Miss.—For the denizens of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s two-story Atrium Mall, there’s no surer sign of the holiday season than the sounds of the Christmas train chugging through the medical library.

The train has come to be known as the hospital’s harbinger of yuletide and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Choirs and musicians will help Methodist Rehabilitation Center welcome in the holidays with seasonal music in the coming weeks.

The lunchtime performances will be in the Jackson hospital’s two-story atrium mall and are free and open to the public.

“The performances have become an annual tradition,” said Mark Adams, president and CEO of Methodist Rehab. “These groups donate their time and talent to perform for our patients, staff and visitors. The songs they sing and the music they play mean so much to all of us.”

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JACKSON, Miss.—After two successful years, Methodist Rehabilitation Center is launching its third annual Christmas safety tag campaign.

The Jackson hospital’s safety and injury prevention program, Think First, and its certified safety super hero, Sammy Safety, will be in stores placing safety tags on bicycles, scooters, roller blades and skateboards to encourage parents to buy safety equipment along with wheeled toys—just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

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JACKSON, Miss.—The secret is out.

People with disabilities from as far away as New Orleans are discovering that playing sports like quad rugby can add fun, excitement and a higher level of independence to their lives.

And members of the Jackson Jags, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s quad rugby team, are happy to have the help of four players from the Big Easy.

Richard Nagle, David Richard, Jay Brasset and Peter Benoit, have all joined the Jackson hospital’s team in the past year.

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JACKSON, Miss.—This Thanksgiving, eat a properly cooked turkey – don’t be one.

Methodist Rehabilitation Center warns improper handling and cooking of the traditional Thanksgiving bird can lead to food borne infections such as E-coli and salmonella.

About 40,000 people each year in the U.S. are infected with salmonella after eating undercooked or poorly prepared food.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Starting with the Thanksgiving holiday, more Americans will be traveling to visit family and friends, but they run the risk of becoming part of an ever-growing problem—people injured in travel accidents during the holiday season.

“Every year, we see an increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities and crippling injuries due to vehicle accidents,” said Dr. Rahul Vohra, medical director at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. “The first thing people can do to protect themselves is to plan ahead and slow down.

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BRANDON, Miss.—Susan Dees was nervous about an upcoming operation to amputate her left leg below the knee and uncertain how she would cope with the loss of a limb.
She needn’t have been.

When doctors discovered a blockage in the flow of oxygen to Dees' foot, they feared if the lower portion of her leg wasn’t soon removed, more damage would occur to the rest of her body.

“I wasn’t happy about it and I wanted to know more about what was going to happen to me,” said Dees, 56, a trained psychologist. “The idea of losing a limb is hard for anyone to cope with.”

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JACKSON, Miss.—As a volunteer at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Nell Smith has made an impact on her community, her friends and her family.

And when the Mississippi Hospital Association Society for Hospital Auxiliaries and Volunteer services named her one of its 2002 volunteers of the year, none of them were surprised.

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JACKSON, Miss.—According to a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are substantially more Americans living with arthritis than previously thought.

The new state-by-state survey shows that 1 in 3 are affected by the crippling disease. More than 70 million U.S. adults or 33 percent have arthritis, up from the previous estimate of 43 million.

The Arthritis Foundation’s Mississippi chapter says that more than 450,000 Mississippians live with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms.

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