JACKSON, Miss.—As children begin to return to school, Methodist Rehabilitation Center is urging parents and educators to think first about playground safety.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 200,000 children will be injured this year in American playgrounds.

“Because many playgrounds are potentially unsafe, adults need to be more involved in playground supervision, ” said Dr. Rahul Vohra, medical director at Methodist Rehab. “All playgrounds need to be checked for hazards.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—In today’s world, riding four-wheeled all terrain vehicles isn’t just for weekend warriors anymore. Today, ATVs are often used by serious sportsmen, on family outings and as a tool in the workplace.

That’s why physicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson are cautioning the public to be careful and obey all safety rules while operating them.


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BILOXI, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center has been recognized by the Mississippi Hospital Association for excellence in the field of health care marketing and public relations.

MHA honored the Jackson hospital’s safety program, Web site, magazine and media relations program with seven Maggie awards and a certificate of merit at their annual convention in Biloxi.


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JACKSON, Miss.—A Methodist Rehabilitation Center physician says that early diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can prevent long-term nerve damage and pain.

CTS occurs when ligaments or tendons in the wrist become inflamed and cause the median nerve in the wrist to compress. Wrist bones form the floor of the tunnel and a tight ligament forms its roof. Within the tunnel, muscle tendons and fibrous tissue surround the median nerve.


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JACKSON, Miss.—As a physically challenged athlete herself, Natalie Ellis understands the importance of having the best sports equipment.

That’s partly why the Mississippi Paralysis Association, which Ellis is president of, has made a $5,000 donation to Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s therapeutic recreation program.

The money will be used to upgrade and purchase new equipment for the hospital’s quad rugby team.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s nutrition services department and Think First, the Jackson hospital’s safety and injury prevention program, are urging people to think first about safe outdoor cooking and to follow proper cooking guidelines to assure food is properly thawed, fully cooked and bacteria free.

“Handling food properly, frequently washing hands and sanitizing utensils and platters is very important in maintaining food safety,” said John Pelton, director of nutrition services at Methodist Rehab.


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JACKSON, Miss.—For eight years, Josh Sharpe has been proving people wrong about athletes and disabilities.

The 27 year-old Jackson resident hasn’t slowed down since becoming paralyzed from the waist down in a 1994 car accident. If anything, he’s picked up the pace.

After his accident, Sharpe decided he wanted to encourage other people with disabilities, but he also wanted to get out and enjoy the rest of the life that he nearly lost. While undergoing therapy at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, he met Ginny Boydston, the director of therapeutic recreation.


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FLOWOOD, Miss.—After spending years traveling the country to compete in tennis tournaments, Johnnie McGinn and Mike Blackburn won’t have to go very far to compete this weekend.

Starting early Friday morning, the state’s only tennis tournament for the disabled kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club off of Lakeland Drive in Flowood.


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JACKSON—Physicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center are encouraging Mississippians to limit their exposure to heat, especially during the summer months.

“Exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous and potentially life threatening”, said Dr. Rahul Vohra, medical director at Methodist Rehab. “There are several heat-related illnesses that can occur, such as sunburn, cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s canine companion, Fair, and Sammy Safety, the hospital’s injury prevention mascot will remind day campers at the Southwest YMCA to always think first about summer safety on Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m.

The Think First event is part of Methodist Rehab’s summer safety campaign.


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