FLOWOOD, Miss.—Like a lot of Mississippians, Tom Burnley didn’t know much at all about hockey before a minor-league team started checking, icing and shooting in Jackson three years ago.

“Even then, I still never really followed the sport,” he said. “I was just interested.”

So when Burnley participates in a sled hockey clinic held this weekend by Methodist Rehabilitation Center, he’ll be in the unique position of playing in his first hockey practice without having ever actually watched a game in person.

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BRANDON, Miss.–It all happened so fast for Cynthia Turner.

One morning, she woke up with a tingling feeling in her feet, she recalled. “I thought it was from moving furniture the day before, but it started getting worse, so I made an appointment for the next day with a neurologist.”

She didn’t make it that far.

By that evening, her body was stiffening and when she went to the refrigerator, she fell down. “I had to call my husband to help me,” she said. “I couldn’t move.”

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BRANDON, Miss.—Al Page enjoys living too much to let his stroke slow him down. And it hurts him too much to see fellow stroke victims not living up to their potential.

Page, 63, often visits stroke patients at Methodist Rehabilitation Center where he was treated for a stroke. When he speaks to patients, he’s on a mission to dispel myths about disabilities and limitations.

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MADISON, Miss.–Unlike many of the artists who have seen their work hang on the walls of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center art gallery, Rebecca Holmes was an artist before she became disabled.

From now until October, the Madison resident’s photography will be on display at the Jackson hospital in a special exhibit.

Holmes was a respected jewelry maker and found pleasure in a paintbrush and creating beautiful landscapes on canvas. But a serious bout with chronic fatigue syndrome changed all that.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Think First, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s statewide safety and injury prevention program, and hospital physicians are urging parents and children to think first about back-to-school safety.

“Planning a safe route to school, never talking to or accepting rides from strangers and knowing school bus safety rules can save a child’s life,” said Lauren Fairburn, director of Think First.

Fairburn says that riding the school bus is one of the safest forms of transportation and that most accidents occur while students are getting on and off the bus.

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BRANDON, Miss.—Before the car accident that changed his life forever, Donald Vowell didn’t see what was so special about water skiing.

But now as a quadriplegic, the 29 year-old Ackerman resident can’t help smiling as he enjoys the thrill of zipping through the waves.

Vowell isn’t letting his injury change his plans. He’s still going to Mississippi State University this fall to pursue his master’s degree in business administration and he’s finding a new freedom through water skiing.

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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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