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Welcome to the Fall 2015 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 published-ahead-of-print content.


In Short

In Short articles are 400-500 word articles that concisely describe innovative procedures, diagnostic tools, or treatment approaches available at MUSC Health, 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.

Buying Time

Unique laser treatment on a child slows her aggressive tumor

Improving Diagnostic Accuracy

Genomic classifier helps reduce ambiguity in lung cancer diagnosis

The Gift of Growth

High-tech extendible implant enables femur to grow despite limb salvage surgery

Research With a Heart

MUSC awarded grant to study health disparities in stroke recovery

Beta Testing

Down Syndrome study may reveal an early biomarker of Alzheimer's Disease

Tell-Tale Blood

Liquid biopsy offers a useful diagnostic companion for targeted therapies



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.

Putting It All Together

The MUSC Health Aortic Center offers cutting-edge therapies and comprehensive care for complex aortic disease

Coming to a Screen Near You

MUSC Health offers practice- and school-based telemental health services

The Big Deal About Big Data

MUSC partners with IBM Watson to offer data-driven care for kidney transplant patients

A Class ACT

MUSC immunologists are optimizing adoptive cell transfer for antitumor treatments

Digital Exclusive: Strong Start

Health care management helps Medicaid mothers with complex needs deliver healthy babies


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 article 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

Ten Steps

Primary care providers can take today to improve care for patients with type 2 diabetes