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Welcome to the Summer 2014 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 publish-ahead-of-print content.

CME Article

Running Out of Breath,” a CME-eligible article in the Summer 2014 issue of Progressnotes, dispels myths that impede guideline-based treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 


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.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation:

A novel  treatment for heart failure

Human Papillomavirus:

An equal-opportunity threat

Running Dry:

MUSC responds to the nationwide IV fluid shortage

Toxic Seafood?

Domoic acid level considered safe for the brain is hard on the kidneys



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.

Grief Relief

Targeting the nerves that can trigger migraine headaches

Open Wide

Implanted system to treat obstructive sleep apnea found effective in clinical trial

Right on Target

Clinical genomics identifies cancer patients likely to benefit from targeted therapies

Inroads (digital exclusive)

Online degree program prepares advanced practice nurses for the front lines of primary care


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 Names New President

David J. Cole, M.D., has been named President of MUSC and its affiliated medical centers.

MUSC Welcomes Director of the Center for Drug Discovery

Progressnotes interviews Karen Lackey

New Physicians

Meredith A. Brisco, M.D., Steven L. Carroll, M.D., PhD, Richard J. Friedman, M.D., John H. Gibson, M.D., Marting B. Steed, DDS, Terrence E. Steyer, M.D.