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Welcome to the Fall 2016 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 concisely describe innovative procedures, diagnostic tools, or treatment approaches available at MUSC Health, sometimes as part of a clinical trial, and summarize preliminary findings from MUSC research.

Laser With a View

Device enables visualization of cardiac tissue during ablation

Tackling Obesity With Telenutrition

Connecting doctors with dietitians virtually in collaboration with obesity patients

Damping Injury After Stroke

Innate immune system's navigation can be hacked for stroke protection

An Angel on My Shoulder

Mobile telemedicine platform helps reduce hospital readmissions



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.

Old Drugs, New Tricks

Older pharmaceuticals are being repurposed to accelerate next-generation medicine.

Experienced Hands

The MUSC Health Spine Center draws on the collective experience and clinical judgment of its many skilled surgeons to tailor care to the needs of the patient.


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

Coming Out of the Shadows

Identifying eating disorders in primary care

Evidence-based therapy is available to treat early-stage eating disorders (EDs); however, if diagnosis is delayed, EDs can become chronic and much more resistant to treatment. Primary care providers have a seminal role to play in helping those with EDs come out of the shadows and receive the treatment and support they need.