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Welcome to the Summer 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 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.

Predicting Early Deliveries

An accurate, early blood test to predict preterm births

Precision Medicine

Exome sequencing helps physicians target genomic variations within tumors

Pain on the Brain

Electrical stimulation of neural networks may reduce pain after surgery

Out of Tune

Mismatch of vascular & neural responses at a fine scale suggests limits of fMRI

A Game-Changer for Lupus?

Mesenchymal stem cells as targeted therapy for autoimmune disease

Powerful Peptide

The M10 peptide shows early promise against lung fibrosis in scleroderma

Catching it Early

Veterans with subclinical PTSD respond better to psychotherapy

No Need to Try, Try, Try Again

Fewer ERCPs needed to treat benign biliary strictures thanks to expandable stents




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.

Windows to the Heart

Safer, faster CT technology produces images that give new clinical insights into coronary artery disease

Up From Below

New minimally invasive surgery for patients with tumors in the lower rectum

Radical Ideas

The enduring promise of antioxidant therapy & redox balance in cancer

Digital Exclusive: Clinical Connections

Nursing leaders create a new management structure that gives nurses a stronger voice in their practice

Practice Makes Perfect Medicine

Simulation sharpens nursing skills for optimal safety and efficiency




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

Vanishing Act

Recognizing and responding to Alzheimer's disease in primary care practice