JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi school children are encouraged to participate in a statewide poster contest designed to teach them to think first about safety and injury prevention. The contest, with the theme "Safety is Cool," is sponsored by Think First, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s statewide injury prevention program.

Fourth and fifth grade students in all Mississippi schools may enter the contest which encourages them to wear seat belts, safety helmets and other protective gear.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Heather Turner doesn’t back down from challenges in her life.

But when the 22 year-old student’s car broke down leaving her with no way to commute between school, home and Methodist Rehabilitation Center where she has been receiving treatment for an allergic reaction to latex, she didn’t know what she would do.

That’s when a group of Cleveland businessmen entered the picture.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Researchers at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson are looking for new ways to provide information and health care to discharged patients.

One solution may involve telemedicine—an online application that provides access to information and allows patients and health care providers to communicate via the Internet.

Methodist Rehab has received a $25,000 grant from the Mississippi Paralysis Association for a preliminary study to determine if the system will work and benefit patients.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Nearly 43 millions Americans—young and old—suffer from arthritis or a related condition. A Methodist Rehabilitation Center physician says that with early diagnosis and proper treatment, the signs and symptoms of arthritis can be controlled and the risk of disability decreased.

Dr. David Collipp, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s director of rehab surgery, encourages Mississippians to pay attention to symptoms and seek medical attention if they have pain, swelling or stiffness in or around a joint for more than two weeks.


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JACKSON, Miss.—When North Wright enters the therapy gym at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, he looks in the direction he wants to go, gently leans his head toward a pneumatic trigger in the headrest of his wheelchair and rolls away.

Wright, a Wiggins resident who injured his spinal cord in a car accident in 2000, is paralyzed from his shoulders down. Physical therapists at Methodist Rehab worked with him to find a wheelchair that allows him to be more mobile and independent.


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JACKSON, Miss.—When someone discovers they have diabetes, their whole world changes. If not properly treated and controlled the disease may lead to stroke, amputation or death.

But physicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center say diabetics can lead long, healthy lives by learning to control the illness and not letting it control them.


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PETAL, Miss.—When Brett Hornick logs on to Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s new Web site he’ll be able to read the latest health and research news from the only hospital in Mississippi that offers comprehensive medical rehabilitation programs for people with spinal cord and brain injuries, stroke and other neurological and orthopedic disorders.

But the former Methodist Rehab patient might be more interested in a story about his own remarkable recovery.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Freezing temperatures, ice and snow aren’t that common in Mississippi, but they can be deadly when they strike. A Methodist Rehabilitation Center physician says Mississippians can reduce or eliminate the dangers of severe weather by planning ahead and preparing for the worst.

Dr. Rahul Vohra, Methodist Rehab’s medical director, encourages Mississippians to have safe emergency heating equipment on hand, several days supply of wood for fireplaces and portable space heaters to keep warm.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Celebrating the New Year should be fun and exciting, but Methodist Rehabilitation Center urges revelers to remember that incorrectly used fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a dangerous event.

Dr. David Collipp, medical director of the rehab surgery program at Methodist Rehab, encourages children and adults to use extreme caution when handling fireworks. Children are most likely to be involved in firework-related injuries.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Joy Jones says she had always wanted to be an artist. But a bout with a rare connective tissue disorder almost took from her the means to be creative. Almost.

Until February, the works of Jones, an award-winning artist, are on display at Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s art gallery in the gift shop in its Atrium Mall. Nine of her vibrantly colored pieces show off her skills using oils, pastels and watercolors.


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