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Welcome to the Spring 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 publish-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.

A New Bank Just for Babies

Bringing donated milk to South Carolina’s tiniest babies

Getting at the Heart of Pre-eclampsia

Heart development genes implicated in hypertension in pregnancy

A Knockout Punch for Pediatric Brain Tumors? 

Targeting DIPG with nanotechnology

Divide and Conquer

Using iPSC stem cells to model two distinct phenotypes of X-ALD

Helping Families Decide

Study gives pediatric surgeons objective guidelines for advising patients on pectus surgery

Owning Their Own Care

Adolescent Medicine physician helps teens with chronic illness get ready for health care as an adult



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.

Great Expectations 

The new Advanced Fetal Care Center will provide integrated care to children with congenital anomalies

Combined Effort

MUSC Health Children’s Hospital fosters professional collaboration, translational research, and advanced practice to enhance care for South Carolina’s most critically ill newborns

Pioneering New Therapies for Pediatric Patients 

Ground-breaking clinical trials at MUSC Children's Hospital include a novel gene therapy for severe sickle cell disease, targeted therapies for cystic fibrosis and pediatric brain tumors, a study assessing the efficacy of corticosteroid therapy in neonates after cardiopulmonary bypass, and  trials exploring vitamin D in pregnancy and lactation.

Digital Exclusive: Coming Full Circle 

Mother returns to the fragile world of the NICU (article by Dawn Brazell; repurposed from MUSC News Center)  


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




MUSC Health welcomes pediatric neurosciences specialists Thomas Koch, M.D. and Ramin Eskandari, M.D., MS

New Physicians

Matthew A. Dow, M.D., Meryle J. Eklund, M.D., Michelle R. Hutchison, M.D., Ph.D., Lara Wine Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Aaron P. Lesher, M.D., Elizabeth Mack, M.D., MS