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JACKSON, Miss.—As a part of Think First, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s statewide safety and injury prevention program, physicians and staff at the Jackson hospital are working with firefighters, police officers and paramedics to encourage children in Mississippi schools to think first while trick-or-treating this Halloween.

A little caution goes a long way toward making Halloween a safe and fun holiday—that’s the message Sammy Safety, Methodist Rehab’s injury prevention mascot, and local fire departments are delivering to schools.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Just two years after breaking ground for the state’s first apartment complex for the physically disabled, Mississippi Methodist Accessible Housing, Inc. (MMAH), has announced plans to build a second, 15-unit building in Hattiesburg.

MMAH, a not-for-profit corporation formed by Methodist Rehabilitation Center to increase housing options for Mississippians with disabilities, has worked to secure a section 811 program grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to build the complex.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center and the other hospitals and colleges that make up the Jackson Medical Education District (JMED) are standing side-by-side with the Jackson Bandits for the 2002 hockey season.

It’s a partnership designed to help the Bandits stay in Jackson and to revitalize the JMED area where the proposed new home for the team is to be built.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi Project START—a program designed to ensure disabled Mississippians have access to assistive technology—has made a donation of $12,788 to Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s therapeutic recreation program to help fund its new sled hockey team for physically challenged athletes.

The money will be used to acquire new equipment including helmets, pads and sleds, said Ginny Boydston, director of therapeutic recreation at Methodist Rehab.


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JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi Psychological Association has honored a Methodist Rehabilitation Center neuropsychologist for excellence in his field.

Dr. Mark Sherer, director of the neuropsychology department at Methodist Rehab, was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for the sustained productivity of superior and significant research in psychology.


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JACKSON, Miss.—At Methodist Rehabilitation Center research is serious business.

When scientists at the Jackson hospital’s Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery recently discovered polio-like symptoms in some patients infected with the West Nile virus, it meant faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment for the potentially deadly disease.

But medical breakthroughs don’t come without a cost.


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HATTIESBURG, Miss.--Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s quad rugby team will practice at the Family YMCA in Hattiesburg on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Jackson hospital’s team is on the move around Mississippi showcasing the exciting sport and recruiting new athletes.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Based on findings from the Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery (CNNR) at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, the New England Journal of Medicine today posted on its Web site (nejm.org) research that indicates the West Nile virus may cause an acute poliomyelitis-like syndrome associated with flaccid paralysis. Research findings from the CNNR were also published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


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FLOWOOD, Miss.—It took everything he had, but Doug Price held off a hungry field of challengers to take yet another overall victory in the annual Reunion Race.

Price led a field of wheelchair racers, runners and walkers over the 5K course in what was the largest race in the event’s 17-year history. More than 350 participated in either the run, walk or one-mile fun run.


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JACKSON, Miss.—With a little help from a few guys who had a big win in Utah last winter, Methodist Rehabilitation Center has a new sled hockey team—the first of its kind in Mississippi and one of only a few in the nation.

Members of the 2002 gold medal-winning US Paralympic sled hockey team came to Jackson to put 20 physically challenged athletes from around the state through a clinic to learn the game.


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