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Published in This Week on May 05, 2014

Seminar to boost stroke symptom awareness

Sugg_RebeccaA free public seminar, part of a national recognition of stroke awareness, will offer compelling information on how to recognize and reduce the risk of a stroke at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Speakers will include Dr. Rebecca Sugg, Stroke Center director, who will provide information on risk factors and prevention, and Paul Robertson, registered dietitian, who will offer pointers on foods and snacks that are heart- and brain-healthy. Both will lead a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the seminar.

"The reality is that we are in the 'Stroke Belt,' and we have a lot of strokes," said Neal Kiihnl, stroke program manager at the Stroke Center. "We want to emphasize in this program knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and that people need to call 911 if they suspect that's happening."

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Bo Lewis at (601) 915-6110 or email

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