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Welcome to the Spring issue of Progressnotes

Progressnotes is the quarterly magazine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Our mission is to keep you abreast of the latest clinical and scientific innovations through engaging and scientifically sophisticated prose. Browse our latest articles below and sign-up for electronic notifications of exclusive digital-only content and print ahead of publish content.

Cover Story

Hooked: Responding to the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic” is the cover story of the April issue of Progressnotes. A CME-eligible article, it provides physicians evidence-based guidance by Kathleen Brady, M.D., PhD, a noted MUSC addiction researcher, and Kelly Barth, DO, about how best to respond to the prescription opioid epidemic. More people die in the US as a result of prescription opioid overdose than from heroin and cocaine overdose combined. Physicians should be alert to possible signs of prescription opioid abuse and refer those patients for life-saving therapies at addiction centers while retaining them as patients to enable proper follow-up.  


In Short

In Short articles are 400-500 word articles that concisely describe innovative procedures, diagnostic tools, or treatment approaches available at MUSC, sometimes as part of a clinical trial; present important public health information; summarize interesting preliminary findings from MUSC research; and cover topical stories related to medicine.

One Patient, Four Electrodes

A Unique Case Enables MUSC Physicians to Evaluate Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Associated with Parkinson’s Disease

A Neuroimaging Biomarker for ADHD?

An MUSC-led study provides possibly the first imaging evidence linking iron levels and medication-naïve ADHD

Stroke Prevention Efforts Pay Off

“We now have evidence that the effort people put into lowering their blood pressure, stopping smoking, controlling cholesterol and diabetes, exercising, and eating less salt has paid off with a lower risk of stroke.” —Daniel T. Lackland, DrPH



Feature articles explore a clinical or research innovation at MUSC in some depth, highlighting how it advances or could potentially expand treatment options over traditional therapy. These articles provide a balanced survey of some of the relevant literature, providing evidence from clinical trials on the safety and efficacy of the innovation and acknowledging possible complications or side effects. The focus of these articles is how such innovations can improve patient care. Featured research typically has clear translational potential.

Conversing with the Brain

Responsive Neurostimulation Helps Prevent Partial Epileptic Seizures

Hybrid OR

New Options for Treating Complex Cardiovascular Conditions

The Enemy Within

New Directions in Bone Marrow Transplant for Sickle Cell Disease

Walking a Tightrope for Too Long

South Carolina was ranked number one in the nation for the number of women killed by men in 2013. Through a number of domestic violence initiatives, MUSC's College of Nursing is working to change that.  


Progressnotes CME Articles

Progressnotes is pleased to offer continuing education opportunities in an effort to meet the educational needs of our audience of health care professionals and to address the health care challenges of South Carolina, particularly its high burden of chronic illness. Each issue of Progressnotes, with the exception of the Year in Review, will offer one CME-eligible along with a sister telepresentation on a related subject through the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium’s SCHOOLS program. The telepresentation is typically scheduled within a month or so of the article’s publication, recorded as enduring CME, and made available at

Running Out of Breath

Dispelling myths that impede guideline-based treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Responding to the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic



MUSC Welcomes new Chief Medical Officer

Progressnotes interviews new CMO, Daniel A. Handel., MPH, MAS

Division Of Pulmonary and Critical Care Welcomes New Director

MUSC welcomes Lynn Schnapp, M.D., as the new Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

New Physicians

Julie Kanter-Washko, M.D., Eric J. Belin, M.D., and Kimberly E. McHugh, M.D., MSCR join the MUSC team.