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Ewing Sarcoma

April 24, 2024

An Ewing sarcoma researcher at MUSC is one of three scientists nationwide to receive a career development award from the Rally Foundation.

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Mass Violence Center Honor

April 24, 2024

Bipartisan leaders recognize National Mass Violence Center's outstanding services for mass violence victims, survivors and affected communities

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Autism News Network

April 23, 2024

Young adults who work on the Autism News Network at MUSC are excited about the upcoming premiere of the first movie they’ve made.

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Blue Sky Winners

April 23, 2024

Teams working to improve substance use screening in trauma centers and relieve symptoms of a connective tissue disease take home this year’s Blue Sky Awards.

Dr. Bashar Badran

Small But Mighty

April 23, 2024

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences ranked ninth in the country for NIH funding in 2023.

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Improving Cancer Immunotherapy

April 22, 2024

Hollings researchers use patented technology to improve immunotherapy by prolonging survival of cancer-fighting T-cells.

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Student Navigators

April 22, 2024

Hollings is a pilot site for an American Cancer Society program to train college students to navigate patients to needed resources.

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Precision Surgery

April 22, 2024

Head and neck cancer surgeons at Hollings are testing a fluorescent dye that illuminates nerves, which should make them easier to find during surgery.

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Marti's Wish

April 19, 2024

Through years of heartache and hard work, widower raises funds for research into the cancer that took his wife.

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Graduation Speaker

April 19, 2024

The first Black woman to graduate from MUSC’s College of Medicine will address MUSC’s 2024 graduating class May 18.

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Relative Risks

April 16, 2024

Is there a role for e-cigarettes among adults who have not been able to stop using combustible cigarettes after using FDA-approved medication?

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Neuro Oncology

April 11, 2024

Working with people with brain tumors brings great satisfaction to South Carolina's only neuro-oncologists.

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OT for Oncology

April 08, 2024

Three MUSC occupational therapy students are passionate about elevating the profession's role in cancer care.

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Utilizing Libraries

April 08, 2024

Two MUSC researchers think that community libraries could hold the potential to improve head and neck cancer awareness.

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Momentum in Midlands

April 08, 2024

MUSC Health Midlands has become a remarkable success story, and the CEO says that’s paying off for patients.

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CGS Dean

April 05, 2024

MUSC welcomes Michael J. Bouchard, Drexel Univ. prof. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Microbiology and Immunology, as Graduate Studies dean.

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Stronger Together

April 04, 2024

The South Carolina Rare Disease Council hosted a symposium that gathered rare disease researchers and advocates to chart the path forward for improved care.

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National Walking Day

April 03, 2024

Quoia Gibbs was at her desk working as an administrative assistant in MUSC’s Simulation Center when she got an invitation she couldn’t resist.

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Meningococcal Alert

April 03, 2024

CDC issues health advisory asking doctors to watch for invasive meningococcal disease.

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Sexual Assault Awareness

April 02, 2024

MUSC is committed to ending sexual violence by raising awareness, educating people about prevention and supporting individuals and organizations on frontline.

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Survivorship Symposium

April 01, 2024

South Carolinians interested in cancer survivorship - as providers, researchers, caregivers or survivors - are invited to the first SCOR symposium in June.

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Race-Neutral Formula

March 27, 2024

Incorporating a race-neutral formula for kidney transplant leads to more Black patients receiving the kidneys they need.

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Genes, Sex and Cannabis

March 27, 2024

MUSC researchers find differences in young adults’ experience of cannabis and risk for cannabis use disorder based on genetics and sex.

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Meningioma Research

March 26, 2024

Meningioma doesn't attract as much research as other types of brain tumors. But Dr. Ben Strickland believes his patients deserve more options.

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Sense of Wonder

March 25, 2024

New documentary features hospital benefactor who remembers childhood awe of aquariums – and gives ill and injured children chance to experience same wonder.

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PurpleStride

March 20, 2024

The annual PurpleStride walk raises money for pancreatic cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center.

OT student Maddie Gies holds up a white dry erase board that pediatric cancer patients can fill out to indicate fatigue levels

Gauging Fatigue

March 20, 2024

Parents and providers often underestimate the fatigue that pediatric cancer patients are experiencing. An OT student created a coloring book to help.

Dr. Flume at the podium of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event where he was honored with the 2024  Impact Award, Photograph by Candice Adelle.

Lasting Impact

March 18, 2024

Patrick Flume, M.D., was recently honored with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 2024 Impact Award.

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ASPO Award

March 18, 2024

A tobacco researcher at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center was honored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology for his work.

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Match Day 2024

March 18, 2024

Match Day 2024 at the Medical University of South Carolina took a more formal tone than previous years. Graduates had a very good reason for that.

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HIV Help

March 15, 2024

“It’s a really good study, very timely,” says MUSC researcher of trial using weight loss drug to try to improve health of people with HIV.

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Reducing Stroke Risk

March 13, 2024

A new worldwide study finds the blood thinner apixaban to be successful in reducing stroke in patients with subclinical atrial fibrillation.

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Recovery After Concussions

March 11, 2024

MUSC researchers discover cellular process that naturally protects the brain after injury, informing future treatments for brain disease.

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National Mentoring Award

March 11, 2024

Physician-researcher Marc Chimowitz was recognized for his lifelong contributions to research mentorship by the American Stroke Association in February.

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Health Equity Advocates

March 08, 2024

In the rural expanse of Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties, two remarkable women are spearheading a movement for health equity

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Serving Smiles & Kindness

March 08, 2024

At only 4 feet, 9.5 inches tall, Julia Skinner is small in size but larger than life, judging by the impact she has on everyone around her.

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Still Cooking

March 08, 2024

After more than 55 years on the job, cafeteria worker is still cooking.

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Palliative Care Nurse

March 07, 2024

For pediatric palliative care nurse practitioner Aminah Fraser-Rahim, practicing empathy and patience are critical parts of her approach to care.

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Record-breaking LOWVELO

March 07, 2024

LOWELO23 had more riders, volunteers and dollars raised than any ride in its five-year history.

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Alcohol-Related Deaths

March 06, 2024

Drinking deaths rose almost 30% in most recent CDC report, a statistic that an MUSC alcohol research leader hopes will serve as wake-up call.

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OTC Birth Control

March 05, 2024

Birth control pills that don’t require a prescription are on the way to stores. What an OB-GYN wants women to know.

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Neuroscientist Honored

February 28, 2024

MUSC neuroscientist Bashar Badran was recently recognized for his trailblazing research by the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative.

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LOWVELO24

February 28, 2024

The 6th annual LOWVELO, a bike ride that raises money for lifesaving cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, opens for registration on Friday, March 1.

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Patient to Provider

February 28, 2024

Up until age 10, Charleston-born Jesse Dasinger’s life was typical for a 5th grader. But one day in the fall of 2010, everything changed.

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Smoking Cessation Aid

February 28, 2024

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center fellow was awarded a national grant to pursue her idea: making short helpful videos for cancer patients trying to stop smoking.

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Food Allergy Treatment

February 28, 2024

Some people with multiple food allergies have new way to reduce risk of dangerous reactions.

Maria Vittoria Spampinato, M.D., division director of Neuroradiology

Predicting Alzheimer's Disease

February 26, 2024

Neuropsychiatric symptoms predict which patients with mild cognitive impairment develop Alzheimer’s disease.

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Expanding Clinical Trials

February 26, 2024

MUSC Health-Florence is one of four sites in the Southeast chosen for the Equitable Breakthroughs in Medicine Development Initiative.

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In Our DNA SC Milestone

February 23, 2024

Pioneering genetic screening program enrolls first 20,000 South Carolinians and provides roadmap to guide future screening efforts.

Dr. James Otis

Regaining Behavior Control

February 20, 2024

In a preclinical model, MUSC researchers restore an opioid-weakened brain pathway that controls behavior, thereby preventing relapse.

HPV public health researcher Kalyani "Kelly" Sonawane

Vaccine Hesitation

February 20, 2024

The parents of millions of teens don't intend to vaccinate them against HPV, a virus that can cause six types of cancer.

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HPV Vaccination

February 16, 2024

Researchers find stagnant HPV vaccine rates among young adults, though LGBTQ vaccination rates are a bright spot.

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Heart Failure Treatment

February 15, 2024

Cardiologist: “I want to make sure that everything that they offer at Charleston, except for transplant, will be offered here at MUSC Columbia."

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Revolutionizing the ED

February 14, 2024

Emergency Medicine physicians at MUSC Health have designed a process to see patients faster and optimize care.

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Nervous System Research

February 12, 2024

Dr. Steve Kautz has been awarded $7.9 million NIH grant to build the Clinical Research Center for Restoration of Neural-based Function in the Real World.

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New Chief

February 08, 2024

Dr. Kevin Roggin, new surgical oncology chief, says he learned how to be a well-rounded physician through good role models, and he wants to pass that along.

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Rare Disorder

February 08, 2024

Can their older son’s rare, debilitating disorder be treated? British family turns to MUSC scientist whose expertise in MEF2C looks promising.

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Overcoming Drug Resistance

February 06, 2024

Breast cancer often develops resistance to previously effective drugs. Hollings researchers showed how the effectiveness of one drug might be restored.

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CAR-T Clinical Trial

February 05, 2024

CAR-T-cell therapy can be a powerful treatment for blood cancers, but it also has significant side effects. A clinical trial at Hollings seeks to change that.

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Rare Disease Symposium

January 31, 2024

Symposium will bring together researchers and patient advocates to inform policy and chart the way forward for patients with rare diseases.

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Vision to Learn

January 29, 2024

“I’ve gone through like 16 pairs of glasses,” 3rd grader says. Replacing them is expensive. MUSC is part of solution.

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Cervical Cancer Disparities

January 25, 2024

A decades-long downward trend in cervical cancer incidence and death rates has reversed for women in low-income areas, leading to widening health disparities.

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Hearing Help

January 22, 2024

Studies have linked failing to get help for hearing loss to everything from dementia to a shorter lifespan. Here are the nuances behind the news.

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Weight Loss Options

January 17, 2024

Weight loss surgeon sees new weight loss drugs as important addition to approaching a problem plaguing millions.

pediatric oncology researcher Jezabel Rodriguez Blanco

Medulloblastoma Relapse

January 17, 2024

Alex's Lemonade Stand awarded Dr. Jezabel Rodriguez Blanco a grant to research ways to prevent medulloblastoma relapse, a cancerous brain tumor in kids.

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Heart Failure Drug

January 16, 2024

Novel drug shows promise for helping people with a type of heart failure that once left them facing dire prognoses and declining quality of life.

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Time Capsule

January 16, 2024

MUSC creates Bicentennial Time Capsule, encourages people to submit ideas.

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Bicentennial Lecture Series

January 16, 2024

Bicentennial Lecture Series to commemorate MUSC’s past, discuss work taking place across the enterprise today and share glimpses of what lies ahead.

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Traveling Exhibits

January 16, 2024

A big story calls for large panels to contain its highlights.

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Bicentennial Documentary

January 16, 2024

We take you back in time to the 1820s, when some visionary doctors came together with a big idea.

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Alumni Weekend

January 16, 2024

The Medical University of South Carolina will kick off its bicentennial year with a first-of-its-kind event.

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Legacy of Innovation

January 16, 2024

MUSC, founded in 1824, celebrates 200 years of innovation, resilience and health care education.

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Bicentennial Art

January 16, 2024

Tapping into art's power to spark emotion and reflection, MUSC offers Bicentennial Art Collection.

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Surgical Pain Solutions

January 12, 2024

MUSC pilot study shows that an FDA-approved drug called NAC could be useful for reducing the need for opioids after spinal surgery.

Dr. Caitlin Allen

Teaching People About Genetics

January 12, 2024

MUSC researchers have developed a training curriculum for community health workers to improve cancer genetic screening among Black women.

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Renowned Researcher

January 11, 2024

Carol Feghali-Bostwick, internationally recognized translational researcher, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Frankincense as Medicine

January 11, 2024

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researchers show anti-cancer effects of Boswellia, from same tree that produces frankincense, in small study.

oncology certified nursing (OCN) nurses Claudia Miller and Amy Tamblyn

Oncology Nursing

January 08, 2024

Two Hollings nurses say their involvement in the Oncology Nursing Society has helped them to grow professionally and to shape nursing practice.

Dr. Hamza Hashmi

Outpatient CAR-T

January 05, 2024

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center's Dr. Hamza Hashmi helped to write guidelines for hospitals considering offering CAR-T-cell therapy on an outpatient basis.

William Hawkins, MD, pancreatic cancer surgeon scientist

Hollings Deputy Director

January 03, 2024

Dr. William Hawkins is taking on the new role of deputy director of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center to strengthen the focus on translational research.

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Celebrating Employees

January 02, 2024

MUSC employees have new ways to recognize colleagues’ contributions and earn awards through Celebrate! program.

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Virus Alert

January 02, 2024

MUSC virus tracking team documents dramatic increases in COVID, flu hospitalizations in Charleston.

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West Ashley Expansion

December 21, 2023

MUSC Health West Ashley Medical Pavilion prepares to open expanded services to public, allowing it to treat 300 more patients per day in thriving site.

Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka

New Drug Approval

December 20, 2023

A newly approved drug to prevent neuroblastoma relapse is a huge win for patients and their families, says Jacqueline Kraveka, D.O.

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2023 at Hollings

December 20, 2023

As MUSC Hollings Cancer Center's 30th anniversary year comes to a close, we look back on the research and advances in cancer care that occurred in 2023.

Hollings radiation oncologist Harriet Eldredge Hindy

Prostate Cancer

December 19, 2023

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center radiation oncologist is testing combining organ-sparing techniques with stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR).

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Trip of a Lifetime

December 19, 2023

A 21-day trip to Antarctica has been life-changing for one MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher.

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Values in Action

December 15, 2023

MUSC President David Cole names winners of 2023 Values in Action Awards.

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Respiratory Viruses

December 15, 2023

Respiratory viruses are hitting SC hard. “We have to wash our hands, stay away from people who are sick. There's still time to be vaccinated,” expert says.

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MUSC-Supported Innovation

December 15, 2023

A couple of guys interested in innovation got together at MUSC to create a company that’s now thriving, helping hospitals save big bucks.

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Innosphere Partnership

December 15, 2023

MUSC is 1 of 9 leading research universities across 6 states chosen to be part of the Innosphere Ventures Regional Life Sciences Incubator.

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Remote Consent

December 14, 2023

MUSC-Clemson team finds that teleconsent is the preferred means of giving clinical trial consent remotely.

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First, A Wedding

December 14, 2023

A clinical trial of a new drug combination gave hope to a young woman diagnosed with tongue cancer.

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Princesses With Powertools

December 12, 2023

Graduate student Sarah Dooley shows young women that brilliant is beautiful by becoming a princess in the lab.

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Sickle Cell Breakthroughs

December 11, 2023

As FDA approves new treatments for sickle cell, patient prepares for trial testing another one. “This has been something that I've been hoping for.”

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Precision Health

December 08, 2023

MUSC brings together experts to talk about precision health, including how it’s being used & what future may hold.

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Dementia Developments

December 04, 2023

As MUSC works with Clemson and USC on new Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, scientist sees issue through professional and personal lenses.

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CHP Groundbreaking

December 04, 2023

College of Health Professions receives largest-ever philanthropic gift and $7.8 million NIH grant for new research center.

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Congressional Briefing

November 30, 2023

MUSC research leader moderates congressional briefing on “invisible threat” of PTSD.

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Cancer in Puerto Rico

November 29, 2023

Cervical cancer rates are increasing in Puerto Rico, and researchers from Hollings and the island are working together to increase screening rates.

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Generous Milestone

November 27, 2023

Hollings Cafe's Jose and Wendy Perey offer food and kindness to patients and staff. Through quiet donations to Hollings, they've hit a big milestone in giving.

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PoNS Stroke Study

November 21, 2023

“I’m willing to do anything to get better,” says participant in MUSC trial testing possible treatment to help stroke survivors regain balance.

cancer survivor and MUSC instructor Michelle Brown Nelson

Giving Back

November 21, 2023

Knowing that past research made treatment of her salivary gland cancer possible, Michelle Brown-Nelson wanted to donate an unexpected windfall to new research.

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Busy Season

November 20, 2023

After-hours kids’ clinics are filling up quickly each day as seasonal viruses spread. Here’s what the medical director wants parents to know.

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Cancer Genetic Testing

November 20, 2023

Most people with an inherited mutation that increases cancer risk have no idea – which is why genetic testing is so important, says Dr. Kevin Hughes.

Dr. Jorge Munera in his laboratory at MUSC.

Miniature Human Colons

November 17, 2023

Researchers at MUSC and Cincinnati Children’s develop a novel colon organoid model with naturally occurring immune cells.

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Infants and COVID-19

November 17, 2023

Vaccinating pregnant moms against COVID-19 protects their newborns against severe disease and hospitalization, shows new study with MUSC ties.

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher Katherine Sterba

Caregiver Burnout

November 16, 2023

Caregiving for family members with cancer can take an emotional and physical toll. Yet few caregivers are screened for distress or connected to resources.

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Top Cop

November 15, 2023

New head of public safety has goals for increasing diversity in department – including possible student pipeline and new ways to recruit women.

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Pancreatic Cancer

November 14, 2023

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher shows that SFRP2 is especially abundant in pancreatic cancer.

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Lung Cancer Survivor

November 14, 2023

Susan Fasola's lung cancer was caught at an early stage, and that meant she could be treated solely with surgery - no chemo, no radiation, no drugs.

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Vaping on the Rise

November 13, 2023

New research shows that, for the first time, there are more young people who begin to use nicotine through vaping rather than through cigarettes.

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Weight Loss Drug

November 13, 2023

“It’s the kind of weight loss you'd expect with some types of bariatric surgery.” Zepbound, medication that mimics two hormones, wins FDA approval.

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Veterans Day

November 10, 2023

The MUSC Veterans Day ceremony, featured Nursing Dean Catherine Durham. She shared her transformative experience in New York City during the pandemic.

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Men to Men

November 09, 2023

Men of color, who are less likely to use preventive health services, would be more receptive to health messaging from other men of color, pilot study shows.

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Embracing Aging

November 08, 2023

“In a perfect world, we should be supporting everyone.” Aging is something to respect, not avoid, says MUSC expert.

From left: Dr. Onder Albayram, Dr. Besim Ogretmen, and Dr. Natalia Oleinik

Surprising Finding

November 07, 2023

A drug that Hollings researchers were developing for cancer turns out to restore motor function in aging mice showing signs of neurodegeneration.

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Strength Camp

November 06, 2023

New program offers specialized fitness and wellness for prostate cancer survivors.

Flowers and pumpkins rest on the grass in front of signs holding photos of murder victims.

Mass Violence

November 06, 2023

When the call came from the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D., and Michael de Arellano, Ph.D., were ready.

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Buzzy

November 02, 2023

New device combines numbing and distraction to take kids' minds off getting a shot.

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Angel Tree

November 02, 2023

About a month and a half before Christmas, MUSC lights a tree that epitomizes the spirit of giving and it is known as the Angel Tree.

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New Targets

November 02, 2023

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researchers believe that some already-approved drugs could be used in certain cases where breast cancer has become resistant.

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MRI-equipped Ambulance

November 01, 2023

MUSC researchers partner with Emergency Medical Services to pilot test the first MRI-equipped ambulance to speed stroke response.

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Just Culture

November 01, 2023

Eight years ago, MUSC implemented its way of handling safety. The end result was a custom-crafted system, that the hospital prides itself on greatly.

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Suicide Prevention

November 01, 2023

“I have a pretty tight personal connection with suicide because I lost my dad.” Medical student among participants in suicide prevention walk.

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Golf Cart Safety

October 27, 2023

MUSC Health’s pediatric trauma injury prevention coordinator talks about the dangers of motorized vehicles.

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Penicillin and Pregnancy

October 27, 2023

Many people think they're allergic to penicillin. For a huge percentage of them, it's just not the case.

Domestic Violence

October 25, 2023

Experts speak at MUSC to bring awareness to domestic violence and intimate partner violence.

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Precision Oncology

October 25, 2023

Thai Ho, M.D., Ph.D., will lead precision oncology efforts at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

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Toddler Drinks

October 25, 2023

“I think there's a real problem with toddler formula, because most toddlers just don't need it,” MUSC Children’s Health pediatrician says.

two MUSC Hollings Cancer Center nurses

Better Together

October 24, 2023

Even oncology nurses don’t look forward to certain cancer screenings. But everything is better with a friend – even colonoscopies.

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MUSC e.a.t.s.

October 23, 2023

This fast-growing emergency food pantry program is helping put healthy meals on the table.

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Personalized Care

October 23, 2023

Dana Booker's complex breast cancer case required multi-disciplinary care – and doctors who understood that getting to a concert was important, too.

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IPE Fellowship

October 20, 2023

Program breaks down academic silos by offering interprofessional courses and hands-on experiences to help students to collaborate and gain valuable insights.

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Expert Witness

October 20, 2023

Dr. David Burns, an expert witness in cigarette industry lawsuits and editor of surgeon general reports, will speak at the 2nd annual Rosenblatt Lectureship.

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Fishy Business

October 20, 2023

“Do you want to see a shark or sea turtles?” “Turtles!” Technology transports girl from hospital bed to place she’d much rather be.

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Cervical Cancer

October 19, 2023

An increase in cervical cancer deaths in Appalachian Kentucky could point to hidden issues in other regions of persistent poverty.

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Innovator Award

October 17, 2023

The MUSC Office of Innovation is proud to announce Fabio Rizzante, D.D.S., Ph.D., as this quarter’s recipient of the I am an MUSC Innovator Award.

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Nursing Dean

October 13, 2023

Catherine Durham to become next dean of the MUSC College of Nursing.

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Radiation Therapy

October 13, 2023

A clinical trial at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is testing a shorter course of radiation therapy for sarcoma patients to ease the logistics of getting care.

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NMVVRC Funding

October 12, 2023

Department of Justice awards almost $9 million to MUSC-based National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center.

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October Bride

October 11, 2023

October will always be more than Breast Cancer Awareness Month for this breast cancer survivor. It's now her wedding anniversary month.

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New Alzheimer’s Treatment

October 10, 2023

“I feel my timing was lucky.” Bluffton man recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s becomes first at MUSC Health to get new treatment.

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Finding Hope

October 06, 2023

Kathryn Diamond felt hopeless when she realized she had breast cancer. But then she learned how much treatments have changed.

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Predicting Outbreaks

October 05, 2023

Could preparing for and dealing with contagious illnesses such as COVID become as streamlined as getting ready for a storm?

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Vonnegut Speaks

October 03, 2023

Mark Vonnegut, son of iconic American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, tells his remarkable story at MUSC.

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School Safety

October 03, 2023

When a stabbing shook up a Charleston County high school, MUSC mental health experts were ready to help.

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Peptic Ulcer Disease

September 29, 2023

With Springsteen out from touring for the rest of 2023, what is peptic ulcer disease, the condition that caused the delay?

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Planning for Future

September 27, 2023

Coming up with a plan: Doctors help young adults with complex conditions shift from pediatric to adult care services.

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Student Engagement

September 27, 2023

The Office of Student Engagement aims to create holistic, inclusive activities that enhance students' experience.

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Positive News?

September 26, 2023

"People are kind of on alert right now." As latest COVID wave appears to be ebbing, what's ahead this winter?

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RSV Vaccine

September 25, 2023

New RSV vaccine for pregnant women and people aged 60 and up arrives at MUSC Health. “No-brainer” for people who qualify, says expert.

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Cannabis Usage

September 22, 2023

Surveys at 12 cancer centers across the U.S. looked at cannabis usage among cancer patients.

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Spot Check

September 22, 2023

Veazey Reindl’s mother & grandmother had skin cancer, so she isn’t taking any chances. Skin check comes as patients ask a/b cancer that killed Buffett.

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Aneurysm Conference

September 21, 2023

Dr. Alex Spiotta will be joined neurology colleagues from across the country this week for the 17th annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium.

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TTVIP Rural Grant

September 18, 2023

MUSC Health's Turning the Tide of Violence Intervention Program looks to expand its services to patients of Orangeburg and Hampton counties.

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Ugandan Wheelchairs

September 18, 2023

Every year, a group of MUSC students and professors fly to Uganda to spend a week and a half giving out wheelchairs to those in the greatest need.

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Retiree Fundraising Team

September 18, 2023

The average age of this LOWVELO fundraising team? Somewhere between 80 and 90. Residents of South Bay at Mount Pleasant are walking and swimming for a cause.

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Graduate Medical Education

September 14, 2023

Med school graduates will have new residency options at MUSC Health, starting in Florence.

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COVID Update

September 14, 2023

“I don't think this wave is anywhere near over.” New COVID booster shots arrive as hospitalizations rise.

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Engineering Heart Repair

September 13, 2023

Nanowired cardiac organoids could one day repair hearts instead of just preventing further damage.

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LIFT scholars

September 13, 2023

LIFT scholars take flight in a new training course for researchers applying for their first NIH R01 grant.

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Cancer Robotic Surgery

September 13, 2023

Doctors with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center are the first in South Carolina to perform head and neck cancer surgery with the single port da Vinci SP.

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Ineffective Ingredient

September 13, 2023

Ever wonder why your cold medicine didn’t cut down on your congestion? Take a look at the ingredients - namely, the one aimed at decongestion.

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Cancer and HIV

September 12, 2023

As people with HIV live longer, they are more likely to get cancers that come with age but HIV might complicate treatment.

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Community Research

September 11, 2023

Local doctors combine community cancer care with access to research through Hollings NCORP-MU.

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Preventing Falls

September 08, 2023

Elton John and Mitch McConnell are among many older adults recently injured by falls. Here’s how you can reduce the risk.

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Improving CAR-T

September 07, 2023

Scientists at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center think it's possible that CAR-T-cell therapy could be performed without lymphodepleting chemotherapy beforehand.

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Sweet New Biomarker

September 06, 2023

A new method to study changes in sugars coating immune cells could potentially identify novel biomarkers and detect cancer earlier.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

September 05, 2023

After Omar Clunis collapsed, gasping for air, a nearby athletic trainer helped save his life and showed the importance of expert aid.

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Interdisciplinary Innovation

August 29, 2023

Three Hollings members – an M.D., a D.D.S. and a Ph.D. – are pooling their expertise to develop a personalized vaccine to prevent oral cancer from returning.

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Celebrating Excellence

August 29, 2023

Colbert Lectureship and Faculty Awards and Recognition gathers best of MUSC’s leaders, researchers, educators and clinicians to recognize hard-working efforts.

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RSV Prevention

August 25, 2023

Babies will be able to get new medication to reduce risk of serious illness from RSV. Pregnant women have new RSV option to protect babies, too.

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Cancer Research

August 24, 2023

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center awarded a number of pilot grants through the spring and summer to kickstart research projects on a range of topics.

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COVID Increase

August 24, 2023

An increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations comes as scientists study a new, highly mutated variant.

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Clinical Trialist Training

August 24, 2023

The Clinical Trialist Training Program offers early-career clinicians the time and know-how to lead clinical trials.

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Speech-Language Pathology

August 21, 2023

New program celebrates inaugural Speech-Language Pathology graduates, new practitioners.

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Trauma and Substance Use

August 20, 2023

MUSC team shows people with diverse childhood traumas are more likely to use cocaine and opioids. Trauma-focused interventions could help.

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E-cigarette Study

August 18, 2023

The role of e-cigarettes is hotly debated. A new study shows they could have a role in helping adult smokers to quit.

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Clinical Trial Partners

August 17, 2023

Hollings works with more than a dozen sites in South Carolina to bring clinical trials to the community, including the Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System.

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Reducing Delays

August 16, 2023

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is leading a national trial to test an intervention to get more head-and-neck cancer patients to radiation therapy on time.

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Pet Therapy

August 15, 2023

Nonprofit showcases benefits of animal-assisted interventions to health care settings in photos.

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Make-a-Wish

August 15, 2023

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish SC and Culver's host event to raise money for and awareness of sickle cell disease.

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COVID and Flu

August 15, 2023

MUSC’s COVID tracker goes from green to yellow as we head toward fall. An early flu season could be a concern, too.

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Well-Being Collective

August 15, 2023

MUSC launches Well-Being Collective, a comprehensive resource for employees on everything from wellness to efficiency to resilience.

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Vaping Misinformation

August 15, 2023

Dr. Benjamin Toll, director of the Tobacco Treatment Program, has been dismayed that so many misunderstand the continuum of risk for tobacco products.

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To Catch a Cancer

August 14, 2023

Andy Abrams likes to say he’s the poster child for routine cancer screenings. In his case, one screening led to the diagnosis and treatment of two cancers.

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Slice for Life

August 11, 2023

Family, inspired by daughter's experience in hospital as a baby, holds pizza fundraiser for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital's NICU.

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Wegovy Trial

August 10, 2023

“It's just a really exciting time to be working in this area,” says researcher of trial finding weight loss drug cut risk of serious heart problems.

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Postpartum Depression Pill

August 08, 2023

“We’re really excited about this medication,” says MUSC psychiatrist involved in clinical trial testing new postpartum depression pill.

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Anesthesia Research

August 07, 2023

MUSC studies effects of popular diabetes and weight loss drugs on surgical patients.

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Sleep Advice

August 07, 2023

"Sleep is so important. And yet I don't see that society really takes it seriously."

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Global Palliative Care

August 03, 2023

Almost 25 years ago Pat Coyne visited Tanzania to help with a pain management problem. Four decades – and dozens of countries – later, he's still at it.

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Breastfeeding Week

August 02, 2023

Breastfeeding leaves some mothers with a lot of questions. MUSC Women’s Health has a team of experts with answers.

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New Era

August 02, 2023

New era: MUSC Urban Farm to undergo metamorphosis.

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GVHD Biomarkers

August 01, 2023

Hollings researcher Sophie Paczesny led a multicenter team to identify risk biomarkers of chronic graft-versus-host disease.

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Royal Fellow

July 31, 2023

Hollings director Dr. Raymond N. DuBois has been honored as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

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Hydrocephalus Device

July 31, 2023

How a chance meeting between a pediatric neurosurgeon and a medical device manufacturer led to a new way to treat a brain condition known as hydrocephalus.

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Predementia Treatment

July 27, 2023

An accelerated course of transcranial magnetic stimulation could redefine how we treat patients at high risk for developing dementia.

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Heat Help

July 26, 2023

As people across country endure sizzling summer, MUSC experts help lead charge to find better ways to prevent heat-related health problems.

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Nursing Award

July 26, 2023

Dr. Teresa Kelechi is inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in recognition of the broad impact her research has had on patient care.

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Vaccine Availability

July 25, 2023

Bare minimum reimbursement rates could be a factor in why some clinics may be struggling to offer HPV vaccination in the U.S.

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High School Researchers

July 24, 2023

Students from four Charleston County high schools spent their summer learning how to research in labs at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

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Student Mental Health

July 24, 2023

Citywide health, well-being consortium gathers experts to improve student mental health.

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Novel Sepsis Biomarker

July 21, 2023

MUSC researchers discover a potential novel biomarker for sepsis, the leading cause of death in ICU patients.

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Drowning Prevention

July 20, 2023

With the drowning deaths of three children in three weeks in Lowcountry, a mom with firsthand experience and two experts talk prevention.

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Governor's Awards

July 20, 2023

Gov. Henry McMaster recognizes work of MUSC researchers James S. Krause, Ph.D., and Lindsay Squeglia, Ph.D.,

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Prostate Cancer Survivor

July 20, 2023

Prostate cancer survivor shares his story to encourage other men to know their options and take action.

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Art of Inspiration

July 20, 2023

MUSC med student Emily Scircle creates art, combining medical waste with light. A rare health condition and a remarkable track record guided her interest.

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Heads Up

July 19, 2023

The Charleston Police Department, MUSC Health, CARTA and the College of Charleston have teamed up on a common-sense approach to pedestrian safety.

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Period Poverty

July 18, 2023

Trio of pediatric residents use prestigious grant to help get period products into hands of girls and women who can't afford them.

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hEDS Interns

July 13, 2023

A new summer intern program empowers young researchers by getting them in the lab to actually help fight their own disease.

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Psychedelic-assisted Therapies

July 12, 2023

The resurgence of research into psychedelic-based treatments is poised to benefit many people who face mental health challenges, but how do they feel about it?

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Sleeping On The Job

July 11, 2023

Bryce looks to get to the bottom of his snoring issues before his wife smothers him with a pillow in his sleep.

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Targeting KRAS

July 07, 2023

A team of researchers uncovered the structure of a 'hidden pocket' on a KRAS mutation that could enable developing next-generation inhibitors.

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Tobacco Treatment

July 07, 2023

Smoking cessation counselors at Hollings focus on the positive changes their clients are making, providing nurturing support and evidence-based strategies.

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Alzheimer’s Drug

July 06, 2023

Now that the FDA has fully approved Leqembi for early Alzheimer’s patients, MUSC Health prepares to get it to qualified patients ASAP.

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Eclampsia Explainer

July 05, 2023

Just weeks after the death of Olympian Tori Bowie, possibly from factors including eclampsia, FDA approves blood test for condition that can precede eclampsia.

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Outpatient Stem Cell

July 05, 2023

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researchers find that autologous stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma is usually safe as outpatient procedure.

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Quitting for Good

June 27, 2023

If a first try at quitting smoking doesn't work, should the same method be tried again? Or a new method? Hollings researchers are seeking answers.

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Children’s Hospital Rankings

June 21, 2023

“Oftentimes, we’ll do things that other centers refuse to do.” Heart team leads strong year for U.S. News rankings at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

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World Lacrosse

June 19, 2023

Eugene Hong, M.D., is known for leadership at MUSC and love of sports medicine. Now he’s channeling both attributes as chief medical officer for World Lacrosse.

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Sickle Cell Disease

June 19, 2023

Researchers at MUSC are making strong advances toward better treatments and cures for sickle cell disease.

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Oral Cancer

June 16, 2023

"It's been an experience," is Susan Shelton's understated way of explaining her journey with oral cancer.

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Behavioral Health Hub

June 16, 2023

MUSC is working with other health care, state and local leaders to bring behavioral health hub to Florence in historic collaboration.

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Three MUSCeteers

June 15, 2023

Jackson, Lino and Bennett got their nickname because they are inseparable. And it's that bond that might just be the edge they need to beat the odds.

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation

June 13, 2023

Neurosurgeon and therapists team up to perform first vagus nerve implant for chronic stroke in the Carolinas.

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Breast Cancer Drug Development

June 12, 2023

A Hollings researcher's startup got a Small Business Technology Transfer grant to develop triple negative breast cancer findings into a potential drug.

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Endowed Dental Chair

June 07, 2023

James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine names first endowed chair.

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Cancer Moonshot

June 07, 2023

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher Benjamin Toll, Ph.D., is excited and hopeful about the Cancer Moonshot's focus on smoking cessation.

From left to right: Chief Innovation Officer Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D.; Vice President of Research Lori McMahon, Ph.D.; Blue Sky Award recipient Steven Kautz, Ph.D.; hEDS researcher Cortney Gensemer, Ph.D.; Blue Sky Award winner Bashar Badran, Ph.D.

Blue Sky Award

June 06, 2023

Interdisciplinary MUSC team wins Blue Sky Award to study the impact of vagus nerve stimulation on hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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Cancer Biomarker

June 05, 2023

MUSC team finds a new, more specific biomarker for a liver cancer type. Currently, no specific diagnostic tools of this type exist for this disease.

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Heart-Saving Science

June 05, 2023

With SCTR pilot funding, a bioengineer and vascular surgeon collaborate on potentially heart-saving science.

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Evidence for Remote Trials

June 01, 2023

Will remote trials overcome the barriers that make it difficult for underserved populations to participate in clinical trials? A Hollings researcher weighs in.

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Clinical Excellence

June 01, 2023

Rana Pullatt, M.D., honored with national recognition for clinical excellence.

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Hospice Help

June 01, 2023

Former President Jimmy Carter has been in hospice for three months. A well-known local police chief received hospice care, too. What does that involve?

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Mass Violence

May 31, 2023

In a year with 27 school shootings so far, MUSC hosts national town hall to look at how experts can prepare for and help in aftermath of such violence.

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Mirroring Positivity

May 30, 2023

Carol Sullivan was stunned to learn she had ovarian cancer. She decided to pursue aggressive medical options - and to consciously maintain a positive mindset.

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Innovator Award Winners

May 30, 2023

The MUSC Office of Innovation recognizes second quarter's recipients of I am an MUSC Innovator awards.

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A Towering Pup

May 25, 2023

In 2021, Ashley and Steven Miller got a dog. The backstory on how that golden retriever got his name is almost as cute as he is.

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Pedals Possible

May 24, 2023

The newly formed nonprofit has already donated 21 adaptive bicycles – ones specifically designed for riders with special needs – to state public schools.

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Risk Biomarkers

May 22, 2023

A Hollings researcher wants to ID risk biomarkers to enable doctors to stop a serious side effect of stem cell transplant before it happens.

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Non-Sugar Sweeteners

May 22, 2023

Confused about sweeteners after new recommendation? MUSC dietitian has answers.

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Innovation Week

May 18, 2023

Innovation Week showcases tradition changing ideas from faculty and students.

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Marvelous Mermaids

May 18, 2023

A new water component of the Survivors' Fit Club for breast cancer survivors has one group of women calling themselves 'the mermaids.'

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Nurses Week

May 17, 2023

From a compassionate Nurse of the Year who treats psychiatric patients, to his peers throughout MUSC Health, nurses get well-deserved kudos.

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Invasive Strep

May 16, 2023

More than a dozen children have been diagnosed with invasive group A strep at MUSC Children’s Health since December.

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Research Stand-Out

May 16, 2023

Research stand-out possesses skills, drive for a career as government scientist leader.

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Preventing Cancer's Return

May 16, 2023

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center doctor is leading a national trial to test whether drugs used after large B-cell lymphoma returns could instead prevent relapse.

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Pharmacy Graduate

May 16, 2023

Small-town grad hopes to make big splash in industrial pharmacy career.

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Home Run Dermatologist

May 16, 2023

On May 20, McKenzie Dirr graduates from MUSC's College of Medicine, officially becoming M.D., M.D.

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Heart-Stopping Student

May 15, 2023

Grayce Owens’ time at MUSC has taught her to stop and start hearts, taken her to Kenya and given her a professional path she loves.

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Suit to Scrubs

May 15, 2023

On May 20, Zach Boden will become a registered nurse. How he got here – his path, if you will – is anything but typical.

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Commencement Speaker

May 15, 2023

Dr. Theresa Gonzales, an alumna of the MUSC College of Dental Medicine will serve as commencement speaker at the 193rd MUSC graduation event.

Pyramidal neurons in the prefrontal cortex labeled with a retrograde virus tagged with mCherry.

Controlling Relapse

May 12, 2023

Return to use of opioids after stopping can heighten overdose risk. The McGinty Lab has found a way to reduce return to use in a preclinical model.

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Parkinson’s Advances

May 11, 2023

As Michael J. Fox shares life story in documentary, including Parkinson’s struggle, an MUSC expert explains the disease, its treatments and hopes for future.

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Emergency Ends

May 11, 2023

May 11 marks end of COVID Public Health Emergency. MUSC scientist agrees the timing is right – but sees potential for another wave ahead.

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HIPEC Hope

May 10, 2023

A specialized chemotherapy treatment allowed a retired art teacher to continue with her love of painting, despite a rare cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Mark George demonstrates how the positioning arm of a transcranial magnetic stimulation machine can be placed on a person's head.

Personalizing TMS

May 10, 2023

MUSC study identifies a second target for treating depression with transcranial magnetic stimulation.

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Better for Babies

May 10, 2023

New treatment approach for babies born dependent on opioids gets them healthy and home faster.

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STAR Symposium

May 09, 2023

On May 11, Dr. Alex Spiotta will be joined by some of the best and brightest minds in the world of stroke and aneurysm treatment for the first STAR Symposium.

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Shark Tank

May 09, 2023

Proverbial blood was in the water as health-inspired innovators made their pitches to sharks during MUSC's Innovation Week.

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CAR-T Therapy

May 08, 2023

CAR-T-cell therapy has given one lymphoma survivor another chance to see the world with his wife.

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Surprising Sounds

May 08, 2023

A little girl whose family refused to believe she'd never be able to hear finds a team that believed in her at MUSC Health - with awe-inspiring results.

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Vax Van

May 03, 2023

MUSC initiative aims to increase human papillomavirus vaccination rates in underserved communities.

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Telehealth Course

May 03, 2023

The Telehealth Service Implementation Model (TSIM), developed at MUSC, is set to launch a brand-new online training course for telehealth leaders and teams.

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Student Sharks

May 02, 2023

Students compete in their own version of MUSC’s Shark Tank, hoping to win a sizable investment in their ideas.

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Engaging Undergrads

May 02, 2023

A special course on topics in cancer research for undergraduates at SC State University culminated in a tour at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick (left) and Dr. ReJoyce Green received prestigious awards from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science at this year's Translational Science conference.

ACTS Award Winners

May 02, 2023

Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick and Dr. ReJoyce Green received prestigious awards at this year's Translational Science conference in Washington, D.C.

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Regulating Tobacco

May 01, 2023

How might allowing flavored e-cigarettes or banning menthol cigarettes affect people's tobacco use? The FDA wants a Hollings researcher to find out.

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Women Surgeons

May 01, 2023

MUSC surgeons share their passion and guidance with students through Association of Women Surgeons event.

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Parker's Warrior

April 28, 2023

He made a promise to his niece. He was going to ride 100 miles in LOWVELO and nothing was going to stop him.

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Gain of Function

April 26, 2023

Gain-of-function research became hot topic during pandemic. An MUSC Global Health Week debate looked at pros and cons.

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Diversity in Leadership

April 25, 2023

MUSC employees, faculty, students and guests gather in person and virtually to celebrate three honorees at Earl B. Higgins Diversity in Leadership Awards.

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Sneaky Centrosomes

April 24, 2023

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center team ID'd a protein that helps cancer cells to navigate the cell division process despite an abnormality that should doom them.

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Pool to Pitch

April 24, 2023

MUSC Health sports medicine physician Dr. Matthew Sherrier has a side gig that takes him all over the globe to work with high-level athletes.

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Pairing Up

April 20, 2023

Trial at University of Houston and the Medical University of South Carolina will test treating alcohol use disorder and PTSD together.

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Innovation Week

April 18, 2023

Fifth Innovation Week at MUSC, featuring fan favorite Shark Tank events, is meant to inspire and empower the community to get creative.

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Esophageal Cancer

April 18, 2023

After esophageal cancer treatment, Huger man is grateful for time with his family.

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Neurodevelopmental Research

April 18, 2023

MUSC to launch Center of Biomedical Research Excellence focusing on autism, other neurodevelopmental conditions, through $11.3 million NIH grant.

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Grand Opening

April 14, 2023

MUSC celebrates upgrades to the Colbert Education Center & Library and a sunny new home for the College of Pharmacy.

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Doll-Wynder Award

April 13, 2023

Dr. Michael Cummings was honored for the groundbreaking advances he's made over a 40-year career in tobacco control research.

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Team Sport

April 12, 2023

Electronic health record data can match patients to clinical trials when queries are designed with input from data and clinical experts.

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Autism Awareness

April 11, 2023

As new ways to diagnose and support people with autism emerge, MUSC gets creative – and gets great results.

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Kidney Transplant Equity

April 11, 2023

MUSC researchers showed higher numbers of African Americans beginning and completing kidney transplant evaluation after the process was streamlined.

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Values in Action

April 11, 2023

MUSC celebrates employees who have gone above and beyond their roles, honoring them with Values in Action awards.

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Alcohol Research

April 10, 2023

The Charleston Alcohol Research Center at MUSC was recently granted funding from the National Institutes of Health through 2025.

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Vaccine Hesitancy

April 10, 2023

MUSC researchers use a national survey to understand South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

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Stress and Depression

April 07, 2023

Researchers have found a key gene that links long-term stress to a common depressive symptom, pointing to the need for more personalized depression treatments.

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Eye Drop Update

April 06, 2023

With no shortage of scary headlines about bad bacteria linked to eye drops, the head of the MUSC Health Storm Eye Institute puts the problem into focus.

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Robotic Lung Surgery

April 05, 2023

Debbie Grenier dreaded surgery. She still has major scars from a surgery 45 years ago. So she was astonished at her experience undergoing robotic lung surgery.

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Acute Myeloid Leukemia

April 04, 2023

Two small business grants will help Hollings researchers to test new ways to treat acute myeloid leukemia.

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Big Plans

April 04, 2023

Question & Answer with the new leader of MUSC's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division, Ameet Nagpal, M.D.

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Comprehensive Stroke Center

March 31, 2023

MUSC Health earns reaccreditation as as only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Lowcountry and just one of four statewide.

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In Our DNA SC

March 31, 2023

What’s that I hear? The opportunity to get in on another new and interesting MUSC partnership? I’m intrigued!

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Campus Safety

March 31, 2023

After a recent active threat at Michigan State University, MUSC urges students, faculty and staff to use resources to stay safe.

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Head and Neck Expansion

March 31, 2023

An expanded clinic space will facilitate even more collaborative multidisciplinary care from the head and neck cancer team.

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Help for Nashville

March 31, 2023

When news broke about Nashville school shooting, MUSC-based team sprang into action with expertise honed in heartbreaking situations.

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Senior Expo

March 29, 2023

The first MUSC Senior Expo since the start of the pandemic drew more than 500 visitors for health info, fitness tips and more.

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Multiple Myeloma

March 29, 2023

Dr. Hamza Hashmi hopes an immunotherapy drug in clinical trials will one day lead to a cancer cure. For now, it's enough to help one woman lead a normal life.

MUSC neuroscientists Dr. Andreana Benitez (in back) and Dr. Stephanie Fountain-Zaragoza (in front)

Brain Fingerprints

March 28, 2023

Neuroscientists at MUSC use a novel brain imaging technique to visualize subtle brain changes in pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s patients.

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Ready to Roll

March 28, 2023

LOWVELO23, raising money for cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, is gearing up for its fifth year.

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Health & Wellness Institute

March 27, 2023

“I hated the way I felt,” said retired restaurateur Mickey Bakst. That changed through the MUSC Health & Wellness Institute.

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Kidney Transplant Chain

March 27, 2023

An eight-person internal living-donor chain provided new kidneys to four patients.

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Complex Aortic Disease

March 27, 2023

MUSC Health first in South Carolina to implant novel device for patients with complex aortic disease.

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School Healthcare

March 23, 2023

Dr. Janice Key pioneered a program that helps kids stay healthy without having to leave school for a doctor’s appointment.

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SC Innovation Month

March 22, 2023

Palmetto State highlights contributions in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship with statewide events and programs.

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Traffic Stop

March 22, 2023

How a traffic stop led to saving Tamara Palmer's life.

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Problem Solver

March 22, 2023

Leader Jessica Johnson has a passion to solve problems and help others ‘be their best selves’.

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Match Day 2023

March 21, 2023

Held the third Friday of March every year, Match Day is when soon-to-be M.D.s find out what residency training program they paired with.

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Research Phenom

March 21, 2023

At just 27-years-old, post-doctoral scholar Cortney Gensemer, Ph.D., has quickly made a name for herself in the genetic research world.

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Feet First

March 21, 2023

For Women’s History Month, we profile Teresa Kelechi, who made nursing history by focusing on a body part that keeps us grounded.

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Cancer Collaboration

March 17, 2023

Adult and pediatric doctors pooled their expertise to ensure a young patient would have few physical reminders of an extraordinary lung cancer surgery.

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Cystic Fibrosis Trial

March 15, 2023

A multicenter study finds that patients with cystic fibrosis can safely take a dual combination of CF modulator drugs for four years.

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Special Needs Dental

March 15, 2023

John Paxton, a graduate of the College of Dental medicine, returned to MUSC as a donor and patient in the special needs dental clinic.

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Young Cancer Survivor

March 15, 2023

For Hannah Neimy, there's no better place to learn to be a doctor than the place where she was treated for Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Heroin Help

March 14, 2023

First-hand story of painkiller addiction that led to heroin use, a heart problem and the team that helped her quit.

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Uterine Cancer

March 14, 2023

Using the power of bioinformatics, GI scientists turned cancer researchers find that elevated levels of molecular motor Myo5b are implicated in uterine cancer.

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Addiction Treatment

March 14, 2023

When someone has an addiction-related health crisis, their time in the hospital can open door to treatment.

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Antibiotics and Adiposity

March 13, 2023

Long-term antibiotic use disrupts the healthy gut microbiome, leading to changes in liver metabolism that promotes abdominal fat accumulation.

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Innovator Awards

March 13, 2023

MUSC Office of Innovation recognizes College of Nursing’s Joy Lauerer and Amy Williams as recipients of I am an MUSC Innovator Award.

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AI Sidekick

March 13, 2023

MUSC researchers show that AI can be used to help to identify liver cirrhosis in electronic health records.

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Symptoms Add Up

March 09, 2023

In retrospect, Adriel Nutter sees that she was sick long before her colorectal cancer diagnosis. But as a young adult, this cancer wasn't on her radar.

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Raising Awareness

March 08, 2023

MUSC team finds an innovative way to reach more patients with clinical trials.

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Double Transplant

March 08, 2023

Cosmore Suttle got a new lease on life when he received a brand new heart and kidney on New Year's Day.

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Colon Cancer

March 07, 2023

No one thought Ebony Holmes' symptoms could be cancer. Unfortunately, she's part of the trend of younger adults being diagnosed with colon cancer.

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Dementia Diagnosis

March 06, 2023

Actor Bruce Willis’ dementia diagnosis shines light on condition that affect millions of Americans. What are the different types and prognoses?

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Orangeburg Celebration

March 03, 2023

“I'm thrilled that as a result of this new relationship, our community is going to have health care as it's so richly deserved.”

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Mental Telehealth

March 02, 2023

At a time when mental health care has never been in higher demand, MUSC's mental Telehealth program PARTNER fills a critical gap for people in rural areas.

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Black History Month

March 01, 2023

American abolitionist and philanthropist Harriet Tubman was the topic of the Waring Historical Library’s third Black History Month lecture.

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Riding for Heather

February 28, 2023

Aron Kuch honored his wife, Heather's, memory by riding in LOWVELO to raise money for cancer research.

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Neuroblastoma Research

February 28, 2023

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center team has created what members believe to be among the first small molecules designed to stimulate immune cells to fight cancer.

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HIV Help

February 28, 2023

Innovative study tests trauma treatment for people with HIV to try to ensure they take medication, stay on healthy track.

Flowertown Elementary School physical activity opportunities led by physical education teacher, “Mr. C.” Photo courtesy of the MUSC Boeing Center for Children's Wellness.

Reducing KIds' BMIs

February 28, 2023

Participation in school-based wellness initiative is associated with decline in average student BMI.

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Surgeon Scientist

February 27, 2023

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center doctor is one of only 12 chosen to participate in the National Cancer Institute’s Early-stage Surgeon Scientist Program.

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Order of Palmetto

February 23, 2023

Diagnostic radiologist, educator honored with Governor’s Order of the Palmetto Award.

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Full Circle

February 23, 2023

For Jordan and Kaila Eaddy, MUSC is a part of their past, present and very-near future.

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TEDx 2023

February 23, 2023

Three of this year's TEDxCharleston speakers work for MUSC.

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Record Riders

February 22, 2023

891 riders and 105 teams raised more than $433,000 to make LOWVELO22 the biggest yet.

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Carter's Longevity

February 21, 2023

As nation prepares to say goodbye to Jimmy Carter, an MUSC aging expert talks about longevity – and why she’s worried about today’s younger people.

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Mannogram

February 16, 2023

This month for "Trust Me, I Know a Doctor," Bryce gets a mammogram and writes about the experience. Click at your own peril.

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Warning Strokes

February 16, 2023

Heart Association tells doctors to treat TIAs as emergencies. MUSC Health expert explains what the transient attacks mean in terms of major stroke risk.

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Earthquake Impact

February 14, 2023

Thriving community of Turkish faculty and students at MUSC is grateful for support in aftermath of earthquake.

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Ovarian Cancer Prevention

February 13, 2023

A recent statement by an ovarian cancer advocacy group is raising awareness about the option to remove the fallopian tubes.

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Cancer Research

February 13, 2023

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is investing in its scientists' research, providing pilot grants to help projects to get started.

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From Coat to Coat

February 09, 2023

From the operating room to the board room, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the life of MUSC President Dr. David Cole.

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Fetter Collaboration

February 08, 2023

A Stand Up 2 Cancer grant will help to ensure that Fetter Health Care patients at risk of lung cancer get the screenings they need.

Dr. James Otis

Bad Behavior Brake

February 08, 2023

MUSC researchers have discovered a neural circuit that can stop risky behaviors.

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Research and Clinical

February 08, 2023

Katherine Chetta, M.D., and Mindy Engevik, Ph.D., are working together on necrotizing enterocolitis.

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Stone Center

February 08, 2023

People in pain from kidney stones are getting fast relief through a special center at MUSC Health. “It definitely has been a godsend,” says one patient.

Out of the Darkness Walk

February 07, 2023

Annual walk and fundraiser supports suicide prevention through education and community advocacy efforts.

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Obesity Medications

February 01, 2023

Medications that can help people lose remarkable amounts of weight have a clear upside – but that’s not the whole story.

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Holistic Cancer Care

January 31, 2023

Patient relationships drew surgeon to head and neck cancer care; improving care keeps her motivated.

Finding Your Best You

January 26, 2023

Wellness Center team poised to help people "Find Your Best You" in 2023.

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COVID Perspective

January 20, 2023

SCDHEC reports almost 70 COVID deaths in weekly update, up more than 60% compared with previous month’s weekly average. An MUSC scientist offers perspective.

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Pancreatic Cancer

January 20, 2023

A type of cell that plays a key role in pancreatic cancer can trace its origin back to a structure that forms during embryonic development.

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Black River Opens

January 19, 2023

First patients arrive at MUSC Health Black River Medical Center in rural Williamsburg County, grateful for high-tech hospital close to home.

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MLK Service

January 18, 2023

MUSC students spent MLK Day cooking meals at Ronald McDonald House-Charleston.

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President-Elect

January 18, 2023

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center’s Benjamin Toll, Ph.D., is thrilled to be elected to help lead the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco.

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Dupilumab Approval

January 18, 2023

A new treatment, dupilumab, is now available to kids with eczema and eosinophilic esophagitis, thanks in part to pediatric clinical trials at MUSC.

Dental Outreach

January 17, 2023

Dental residents and students are back to providing specialized dental services to underserved populations at Johns Island clinic.

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High Impact

January 12, 2023

Hollings Cancer Center director Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., honored two of the center’s up-and-coming researchers with the High Impact Publications Award.

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Marijuana Microbiome

January 12, 2023

MUSC researchers and their collaborators will explore how cannabis smoking alters the bacterial communities in the mouth and how those changes affect the brain.

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Bridge Rider

January 11, 2023

Emily Bott didn't plan to ride in LOWVELO. But when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted a way to contribute to cancer research.

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Cancer Metastasis

January 11, 2023

A casual brainstorming session led Hollings researchers to consider how two systems within the body might be "talking" - and enabling cancers to grow.

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Robot Olympics

January 11, 2023

Playing “serious” games can be an effective and engaging way to teach teamwork and other skills to robotic surgery teams.

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COVID Update

January 11, 2023

“The data is speaking. It's saying, we're probably at a point where it would make sense for people to take precautions for a short period of time.”

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Clinical Trials

January 10, 2023

With almost 20 years in clinical trials under her belt, Shanta Salzer loves that she can help patients and advance cancer research.

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Cancer & Body Image

January 05, 2023

Head and neck cancer survivors often deal with body-image distress. A new cognitive behavioral therapy focused on their unique needs looks promising.

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Having a Fit

January 05, 2023

In this month's "Trust Me, I Know a Doctor," Bryce tackles his new year's resolution: getting more exercise. He might have his work cut out for him.

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Innovator Awards

January 05, 2023

The MUSC Office of Innovation announces two separate teams as this quarter’s recipients of the I am an MUSC Innovator awards.

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Surgical Innovation

January 04, 2023

Schiller Surgical Innovation Center embraces AI to enhance decision-making and improve outcomes.

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Safety Culture

January 04, 2023

J. Scott Broome, CEO of MUSC Health-Lancaster Division, was named the Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award winner.

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Heart-Stopping Moment

January 03, 2023

Cardiologist talks about football player’s on-field collapse, including possible cause and what has to happen in case like that to save a life.

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Academic Inventor

January 03, 2023

Dr. Anand Mehta has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest distinction awarded to academic inventors.

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Cannabis Edibles

January 03, 2023

The number of kids getting sick from cannabis edibles is soaring. “The worst we’ve seen is where they’re minimally responsive,” says MUSC pediatrician.

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Cancer & COVID

December 22, 2022

Although their immune systems have trouble producing antibodies on their own, a monoclonal antibody protected blood cancer patients from severe COVID.

Expression of the MEF2C protein (green) in the nuclei of neuronal cells (stained with a neuronal marker protein in red) in the inner ear of a young adult mouse. Nuclei were stained with Dapi (blue). Image courtesy of Dr. Hainan Lang.

Hearing in Autism

December 20, 2022

A multidisciplinary team of MUSC researchers uncovers hearing impairment in a novel preclinical model of autism.

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Living with Loss

December 20, 2022

The average lung cancer patient is a 71-year-old man. Kelly Bulak was far from the average. Her parents are still grappling with her death from this disease.

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2022’s Top Stories

December 19, 2022

It has been a year of transition and tragedy – but also of remarkable achievements at MUSC.

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New Insights from Cell Soup

December 19, 2022

Medical University of South Carolina researchers show how DNA is packed away when it needs to be turned off.

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Stronger Together

December 13, 2022

MUSC researchers develop a new inhibitor and test its effects when used together with an existing anti-cancer therapy in neuroblastoma

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Calm Boxes

December 07, 2022

Dr. Joy Lauerer is helping homeless kids better deal with emotions by using something she calls “calm boxes,” which contain a range of multi sensory toys.

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High-Flying Visitor

December 07, 2022

Santa took an unusual form of transportation to the roof of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, but the real magic happened when he met kids inside.

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Angel Tree Parade

December 06, 2022

Crowd turns out to watch and cheer as MUSC holds its first Angel Tree Parade since the pandemic hit.

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COVID-19 toolkit

December 05, 2022

As the virus has evolved and evidence has accumulated, the COVID-19 toolkit for adults has changed. Learn which tools current research shows are effective.

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Noninvasive Heart Check

December 05, 2022

MUSC helps test noninvasive approach to testing for coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart problem.

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Service Awards

December 05, 2022

MUSC honors employees who have reached milestones in their service.

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Clinical Trials

December 02, 2022

Clinical trials coordinator Alexandria Green falls in love with all her patients. But she's formed a particularly strong bond with one in particular.

Values in Action

December 02, 2022

MUSC President’s Values in Action Awards give employees chance to be recognized for outstanding service and significant contributions.

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DNA Repair

November 30, 2022

A protein that is normally thought of as controlling transcription is actually holding down two jobs, researchers at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center found.

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Long COVID Research

November 29, 2022

Kids at MUSC Children’s Health play important role in helping scientists figure out effects of long COVID.

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Rising Rates

November 28, 2022

South Carolina is seeing one of the fastest rises in anal cancer incidence among women and anal cancer mortality among men.

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Wish Granted

November 22, 2022

Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted their 4,000th wish during an event at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

Minocycline affects bone forming cells (yellow cells indicated with arrows).

Antibiotics Affect Bone

November 22, 2022

Long-term use of antibiotics such as minocycline may have unintended, long-lasting effects on healthy bone maturation.

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Lung Cancer Screening

November 22, 2022

For lung cancer screening to work, people need to get scans every year. But a new study shows people don't return for repeat scans.

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Living with Cancer

November 21, 2022

Science and faith: The Hardys have survived two cancer diagnoses thanks to clinical trials and support from faith, family and friends.

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Cancer Increase

November 21, 2022

After years of decline in cervical cancer rates, one group of women is now seeing an unexpected increase.

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Expanding Screenings

November 16, 2022

Lung cancer doesn't show signs when it's small and most treatable. That's why Hollings encourages screening for lung cancer instead of waiting for symptoms.

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Smoking Cessation E-visits

November 16, 2022

People in rural areas are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit. A Hollings psychologist is using e-visits to reach these smokers and help them to quit.

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Remote MRI

November 16, 2022

How remote scanning assistance is bringing health care to rural areas of South Carolina.

Ronald Teufel, II, M.D. (left) in conversation with Andrew Atz, M.D. (right)

Pediatric Covid Treatment

November 16, 2022

A study conducted at 42 children’s hospitals showed a lower-than-expected compliance rate with recently released guidelines for COVID-19 care.

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SC Pediatric Burn Center

November 16, 2022

MUSC and Shriners team up to elevate burn care and research at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

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Angel Tree Lighting

November 15, 2022

A little boy waiting for a heart transplant left onlookers’ hearts full as he helped launch MUSC’s Angel Tree effort.

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Honoring Veterans

November 14, 2022

"Military veterans bring a sense of humility and respect to the table, and they always bring a high energy and a willingness to hustle and get the job done."

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Century Rider

November 10, 2022

Riding 100 miles to raise money for cancer required persistence - just like doing research in the lab, says Dr. Leo Ferreira.

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Veteran's Final Gift

November 10, 2022

After decades serving country in Marines and VA, Robert Hincken donated brain to advance treatments for dementia.

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Palliative Care

November 09, 2022

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. While you may be familiar with hospice, palliative care is a lesser-known term.

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Upward Trend

November 09, 2022

As COVID case numbers rise in areas monitored by MUSC, the leader of COVID-19 tracking team shares his perspective – and some advice heading into holidays.

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Psychedelic Phenomenon

November 08, 2022

Psychedelics are a buzzy subject these days, with promising clinical trials and celebrity fans. Here’s what a psychiatrist says you need to keep in mind.

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LOWVELO22

November 08, 2022

Everything came together to make LOWVELO22, raising funds for cancer research at Hollings, a resounding success.

RSV and the flu have brought a lot more children and parents than usual into hospitals and clinics. Photo by Molly Leff

Record Patient Numbers

November 04, 2022

As RSV rolls out, flu rolls in, leading to record numbers in After Hours Children’s Clinics. Here’s what the medical director wants parents to know.

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Flu Shots

November 03, 2022

This year’s flu season struck so early that it caught a lot of people off guard. “Getting vaccinated as soon as possible is key.”

Smoking cessation counseling session

National Screening Day

November 02, 2022

Lung cancer screening sites across the country are opening on Saturday, Nov. 12, to increase awareness of this option to find cancer early.

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Transportation Insecurity

November 01, 2022

All the advances in cancer care don't help if people can't get to appointments. A paper lays out the issue of transportation insecurity for people with cancer.

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Columnoscopy

November 01, 2022

Writer Bryce Donovan goes under anesthesia to give a first-hand account of what it's like getting a colonoscopy

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Respiratory Risk

November 01, 2022

MUSC Health teams up with SCDHEC and other health systems to encourage public to guard against respiratory illnesses in already busy season.

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Bike safety

November 01, 2022

MUSC Health pediatric emergency physician Dr. Elle Greer recently visited the kids at Daniel Island Elementary School to teach bicycle safety. Things got loud.

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Total Skin Therapy

October 26, 2022

Hollings offers hard-to-find therapy for rare T-cell cutaneous lymphoma.

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Stage 0

October 25, 2022

A breast cancer survivor found a special connection with a mammography tech who could truly say "I've been in your shoes."

Bar chart showing positive tests for RSV and flu at MUSC Children's Health. RSV peaked in September. Flu is surging in October.

RSV and Flu Update

October 24, 2022

Data from MUSC Children’s Health show RSV may have peaked as flu cases rise months ahead of what we’d normally see.

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Positive Attitude

October 24, 2022

Triple negative breast cancer has been a life-changing adventure for Joannah Sampson, and now she wants to give back.

A young man with a beard, works on a set of cast teeth in MUSC's dental simulation lab

Family Ties

October 24, 2022

Fleetwood Brown’s family has seen 15 family members graduate from MUSC. Now, as a first-year dental student, Brown is looking to add to that total.

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Epithelial Failure

October 20, 2022

'Nice guy' researcher's pioneering colon cancer work could have implications for other cancers.

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Mammogram Importance

October 19, 2022

Aleasa Barry has a simple message – knowing you have cancer isn't half as scary as not knowing because you won't get screened.

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PTSD Relief

October 19, 2022

Veteran who tried technology-based treatment for PTSD in clinical trial at MUSC says it made “night and day difference.”

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Teen Science Ambassadors

October 18, 2022

“It’s a great opportunity,” says high schooler of MUSC’s Teen Science Ambassador Program, which exposes students to professional possibilities in STEM.

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Welcome Donation

October 18, 2022

After losing a son to cancer, the Eaton family is carrying on his idea to donate iPads to cancer centers for patients to use.

The Integrating Special Populations Team at the South Carolina Clinical and Research Institute. .tLeft to right:-Kimberly BrownSpecial Populations Coordinator SCTR-Tara Pittman, MA, CCRPRecruitment Manager - Cristina Lopez, Ph.DSpecial Populations Co-Director-Marvella Ford Ph.D.Special Populations Director-Stephanie Gentilin, MA, CCRAOCR Human Subjects Regulatory Director

Equity Partners

October 18, 2022

Unique collaboration builds equity into the fabric of care and research at MUSC.

STEM-CREW team members. From the left: Rachel Simmons, coordinator; Angela Passarelli, Ph.D., coaching director; Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D., principal investigator; Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D., chief innovation officer; and Tammy Loucks, SCTR science development officer

Women Entrepreneurs

October 18, 2022

Initiative aims to increase the number of women entrepreneurs by offering coaching, mentoring and training to senior postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.

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Breast Cancer

October 18, 2022

After battling cancer twice, Danielle Lee says she's a 'walking miracle.'

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Designer. Maker. Dreamer.

October 18, 2022

Joshua Kim has a gift for finding areas of health care that could use improving and then just making it happen.

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Tobacco History

October 17, 2022

Dr. Jon Samet, an expert on secondhand smoke, will review how we "bent the curve" on smoking in the U.S.

Liam Robertson lies in hospital bed. The 7 week old boy has tubes in his nose and going to his chest. His eyes are closed.

Family's RSV Story

October 17, 2022

Lowcountry father describes his baby boy’s harrowing bout with RSV, a virus that’s hitting babies especially hard this year.

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RSV Surge

October 17, 2022

RSV, a common virus that can take a dangerous toll on some babies, is filling up children’s intensive care units.

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Colonoscopy Recommendations

October 13, 2022

Doctors at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center say that colonoscopies remain an important screening tool, question results of recent study.

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Colon Cancer

October 12, 2022

A Hollings immunologist is investigating how a protein might alter a person's immune response and gut microbiome, contributing to colon cancer.

COVID Forecast

October 11, 2022

COVID numbers are low in the Lowcountry. But an MUSC scientist says history suggests we’re due for a new variant that takes off.

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Moving Forward

October 10, 2022

After losing her mother to cancer, a young woman determined to make a career in science.

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Lung Cancer Screening

October 10, 2022

An annual lung scan caught cancer early for one - now former - smoker.

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Novel Inhibitors

October 07, 2022

Breast cancer researcher develops new drug candidates, nearing clinical trials.

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Blessing of the Dogs

October 07, 2022

For the past seven years, MUSC has held its annual Blessing of the Therapy Dogs. The event is a chance to say thanks to its volunteers, both human and canine.

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Research Leader

October 06, 2022

MUSC research leader believes curiosity creates cures and is bringing together scientists to open new avenues of discovery.

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High-risk, High-reward

October 05, 2022

Hollings researcher Joe Delaney is one of 72 recipients of the NIH director’s New Innovator Award, which funds unusually creative early-stage investigators.

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Concussion Care

October 05, 2022

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion shines light on common condition among athletes – amateur and pro. What a sports medicine doctor wants you to know.

In back: Leslie Lenert MD, MS, Director, Biomedical Informatics CenterFront Left to right: -Elizabeth Szwast-Lindsey Jennings, MD, MPHEmergency Room Medicine-Jihad Obeid MDEndowed Chair for Biomedical Informatics Associated with Clinical Effectiveness & Patient Safety

Opioid Overdose Network

October 04, 2022

When you need to address public health emergencies quickly, it’s sometimes best not to reinvent the wheel.

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Speaking Up

October 03, 2022

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and MUSC Health has partnered with My Sister’s House to help raise awareness.

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Financial Literacy

October 03, 2022

“I have gone through phases of it really stressing me out,” says MUSC dental student of her financial situation. A new resource may help ease that.

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Cathepsin L in Scleroderma

September 29, 2022

MUSC researchers show that patients with scleroderma and lung fibrosis, or scarring, have too little of the antifibrotic protein Cathepsin L.

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Mammography Expansion

September 28, 2022

Screening mammograms are now available at the West Ashley Medical Pavilion, with more breast care services to come.

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Disaster Psychology

September 23, 2022

MUSC, which forged ties with Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, will help with psychological first aid in Hurricane Fiona’s aftermath.

Hurricane Prep

September 23, 2022

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is reaching its peak. There's still time to prepare.

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Cancer Control

September 22, 2022

Ashish Deshmukh, Ph.D., was drawn to the Cancer Control program at Hollings by its collaborative spirit.

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Newborn Screening

September 22, 2022

Brittany Morris was thrilled to welcome her second child into the world. In her eyes, James was perfect. But newborn screening would reveal a hidden issue.

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Circulating ctDNA

September 21, 2022

A pilot study will measure circulating tumor DNA in cancer patients with 'extraordinary' response to immunotherapy.

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Innovator Awards

September 20, 2022

MUSC Office of Innovation recognizes Christy Huggins and Casey O’Neill, Ph.D., as recipients of the I am an MUSC Innovator awards.

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Flint Mental Health

September 20, 2022

Study led by researchers at MUSC found high levels of depression, PTSD and “large unmet mental health need” following Flint water crisis.

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Managing Cancer Pain

September 19, 2022

Proper pain management allowed Julie Jablin, who has stage 4 lung cancer, to attend a wedding overseas and enjoy everyday life.

Student Mental Health

September 19, 2022

Students were not alone managing anxiety, depression, grief during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to CAPS services.

Dr. Gerard Silvestri and Dr. Marvella Ford stand together in a garden

Expanding Screenings

September 16, 2022

With a grant from The Duke Endowment, a new project at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center has ambitious goals to increase screening rates for five cancers.

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Homeless telehealth

September 16, 2022

MUSC Health homeless Telehealth clinic in downtown Charleston aims to expand coverage with new grant money

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Block Party

September 16, 2022

Matt Miller never expected to fight cancer so soon after his mom did. Now, his band is headlining the LOWVELO finish-line block party.

Bivalent booster distribution

September 13, 2022

MUSC Health Primary Care clinics are distributing the new bivalent booster capable of fighting off Omicron's subvariants.

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Breast Cancer Research

September 12, 2022

A Hollings researcher has received two grants aimed at early career investigators to help advance his breast cancer research.

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Sea Islands Groundbreaking

September 12, 2022

“We’re not getting any younger, and driving to Charleston just seemed so far.” Kiawah, Johns, Seabrook celebrate new MUSC Health site.

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OTC Hearing Aids

September 06, 2022

Over-the-counter hearing aids are about to hit the market. How much you might save, who should consider them - and how they differ from prescription aids.

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Endemic Phase?

September 02, 2022

It’s a time of transition for COVID testing scientists at MUSC as one lab leader says we may be moving toward an endemic phase.

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Omicron booster

September 01, 2022

With the FDA's blessing already, a new Omicron booster is simply awaiting the rubber stamp of the CDC, before being rolled out as early as next week.

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Support Group

September 01, 2022

A new MUSC Hollings Cancer Center patient support group focused on head and neck cancer patients launches this month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

August 31, 2022

“I am very honored to be a champion for Hispanic heritage,” says doctor leading Dept. of Public Health Sciences at MUSC.

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Lab Summer

August 30, 2022

A summer in a research lab might change one Charleston County high schooler's career path.

John M. Costello, M.D., M.P.H. Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics Director of Research, Children’s Heart Center  MUSC Fellow Stephanie Santana, M.D. Pediatric Cardiology. Man and woman smile while walking.

Pediatric Heart Defects

August 26, 2022

MUSC researchers have found that certain treatable maternal health conditions can partially explain poorer outcomes in infants of color with heart defects.

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Cancer Equity Symposium

August 26, 2022

Consider "place, space and ancestry" when investigating health disparities, said the keynote speaker at a cancer health equity symposium at Hollings.

Left to right: Pamela Bowers, BSN, RN  Dr. Heather Simpson M.D.  Keeland Williams, COM student. Three people smile while walking in a hall.

Best Employers

August 25, 2022

Forbes names MUSC Health one of South Carolina’s best employers, based on surveys about fair pay, safe working conditions and an inclusive culture.

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Breast Cancer Disparities

August 24, 2022

Peggi Angel, Ph.D., is looking at whether glycosylation regulation may be influenced by socioeconomic stressors and contribute to breast cancer disparities.

A man in a white doctor's coat looks at a self service checkout while a woman wearing a work apron watches. They are Karim Soliman and Charleen Watson.

Compass One

August 23, 2022

Big changes to food and nutrition and environmental services at MUSC Health statewide as Compass One Healthcare becomes new provider of those services.

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Treg Tech

August 22, 2022

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher is among the first to use a new device meant to improve Treg gene editing.

A collage of photos featuring MUSC Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2022 students practicing clinical skills and procedures at the program's new PAS facility lab. Photos Provided

PA Student Success

August 22, 2022

Physician assistants graduate in unusual era. "None of us expected our classes & training would be virtual, but the faculty, staff & institution made it work."

Dr. Allison Eckard stands at a podium while Dr. Edward Simmer, seated, listens.

Vaccination Push

August 20, 2022

Experts on vaccination come together to honor success stories and raise awareness of ‘very concerning’ number of fully vaccinated kids.

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Monkeypox Spreads

August 18, 2022

About 70 people in South Carolina have been diagnosed with monkeypox so far. Expert warns, “This is clearly not a containable infection.”

Dean Sarandeep Huja stands with Ann Edwards, the widow of the James B. Edwards College of Medicine's namesake.

Dental Clinic

August 12, 2022

Fast-growing MUSC Health West Ashley Medical Pavilion, which saw 64,000 patients last year, gets welcome new addition: a state-of-the-art dental clinic.

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Living the Dream

August 12, 2022

Some dreams can be magical. Others confusing. But most have some element of mystery. Dr. Thomas Uhde has always been fascinated by the science behind them.

Graph showing how COVID has progressed in Charleston Note on the graph says growth rate was down 12 percent in Charleston Tri-county area.

Peak Soon?

August 11, 2022

Is the decline of the BA.4 and BA.5-driven COVID wave in sight - or even already underway?

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Palmetto Gold

August 11, 2022

Two nurses on the inpatient unit of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center have been honored for their work with the Palmetto Gold.

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Virtual Pain Management

August 10, 2022

A national study is assessing whether online courses on pain management can help cancer patients.

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BA.4 and BA.5

August 05, 2022

New COVID data from the Medical University of South Carolina show the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have taken over.

Natalyn Mann holds up a hand to her aunt Sara Cathey to freeze her. Natalynn is wearing a blue princess dress. Sara is wearing a bright pink t-shirt. Sara looks delighted.

Kidney Connection

August 05, 2022

A little girl with a life-threatening condition, an aunt who lost 100-plus pounds to help her and the transplant team that made it happen.

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Prostate Cancer Trial

August 05, 2022

A clinical trial at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center will investigate if a common statin could lead to a stronger anti-tumor response in prostate cancer patients.

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Channeling Loss

August 04, 2022

MUSC student Valerie Salmon, 22, lost both her parents to cancer. She's riding in LOWVELO22 to fund research so fewer people will experience such loss.

SC DHEC Lowcountry WIC van administrator Alleyah Wilder helps Berkeley County’s Shaneisha McQueen sign up for WIC benefits. McQueen's baby, Trinity Summers, is at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital NICU.

Boon for Babies

August 03, 2022

New hospital partnership connects mothers of preterm babies with breast pumps, quality nutritional resources.

A tall woman hugs a shorter one. The tall woman is Susan Burroughs, associate chief executive officer, MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Northeast. The other woman is Pam Roberts, lab director at MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center.

Midlands Anniversary

August 03, 2022

“Now we’re part of the family,” one MUSC Health Midlands employee says as division celebrates first anniversary.

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Pancreatic Cancer

August 03, 2022

Early career researcher at Hollings awarded grant by Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Mary Mauldin

August 02, 2022

She's been known as an innovator in instructional technology, an educator, a leader and mentor to faculty, staff and students.

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Monkeypox Vaccine

July 29, 2022

MUSC Health is reaching out to patients at higher risk of getting monkeypox to let them know about vaccine offered by DHEC.

Four yellow circles ringed in red on a blue background. This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2. Credit: NIAID

Big Jump

July 27, 2022

COVID cases are shooting up in three out of the four areas tracked by MUSC thanks to BA.5.

Dr. Eugene Chang examines a patient. He's wearing a white doctor's coat, smiling and looking at a monitor. The patient is lying on an exam table looking at the monitor as well.

U.S.N.W.R. Rankings

July 26, 2022

OBGYN and ENT teams at MUSC Health earn high national rankings. And they aren’t the only ones with reason to celebrate.

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Parechovirus Advisory

July 22, 2022

CDC health advisory about parechovirus in babies serves as reminder of how vulnerable first few months of life can be.

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Medulloblastoma Research

July 20, 2022

Jezabel R. Blanco is determined to find better treatments for children with medulloblastoma.

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Up Like a Rocket?

July 20, 2022

Scientist sees two possible scenarios for COVID in coming weeks based on BA.5 and previous patterns.

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Next Generation

July 19, 2022

A dozen undergrads, mostly from historically Black colleges, are spending the summer concentrating on cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

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Monkeypox Update

July 18, 2022

“Cases are certainly going up now, as we speak,” says infectious diseases expert of monkeypox. How it spreads – and what to watch for.

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Innovation Institute

July 18, 2022

Newly combined institute looks to take health care improvements from concept to reality more quickly.

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Cancer Research

July 14, 2022

Hollings researchers are testing combinations of drugs used for conditions including HIV and diabetes to instead fight cancer.

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Sarcoma Survivor

July 13, 2022

Charleston police chief Luther Reynolds believes in living with purpose – especially after losing a leg to cancer.

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Doubts About Dip

July 13, 2022

“We could see some big numbers,” scientist says of COVID, now that fast-spreading subvariants are on the rise.

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Student Rider

July 12, 2022

OT student leads LOWVELO bike team after successful thyroid cancer treatment at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

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Q&A 19

July 11, 2022

Vaccine guru Dr. Danielle Scheurer helps make sense of boosters, random health care charges and everything else weighing on our minds as summer hits full stride

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Research Regatta

July 11, 2022

Hollings and the Charleston Ocean Racing Association will host the MUSC Hollings Cup Regatta in Charleston Harbor to raise funds for lifesaving cancer research.

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MUSC Research Cores Day

June 30, 2022

When MUSC researchers collaborate and combine their expertise, technologies and passion, they tap into a special kind of energy.

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

High but Stable

June 27, 2022

“I would describe the situation as high but stable,” scientist says of COVID. He also sees something unusual happening.

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Pediatric Cancer Rankings

June 23, 2022

The children's cancer team attained the best outcomes in the Southeast, according to recently released rankings.

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'Like Science Fiction'

June 22, 2022

Patient Marty Perlmutter says the CAR-T-cell therapy he received for cancer is like science fiction has become reality.

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Cancer Pain Relief

June 22, 2022

Hollings offers cancer patients relief with variety of pain procedures.

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Pain Relief

June 22, 2022

Pain is one of the top fears of cancer patients. Dr. Thor Johnson wants to relieve those fears.

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Little Shots

June 21, 2022

MUSC is now administering vaccinations to kids under the age of 5.

Sabra Slaughter

June 20, 2022

Disparities advocate, adviser and humanitarian is celebrated for 37-plus years of service to MUSC.

Nurse Haley Jagarwal holds a rubber demo baby. She is wearing a surgical mask and a blue coat. The faux baby is wrapped in a blanket.

Wait is Over

June 20, 2022

Children as young as 6 months old can begin getting vaccinated against COVID this week.

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Clinical Trial Management

June 17, 2022

Integrated tool will allow clinical trial enrollment and cost effectiveness to be tracked across the health system

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Cancer Survivorship

June 15, 2022

A new initiative at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center aims to improve survivorship care for cancer patients.

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Ramsay Hunt

June 15, 2022

Justin Bieber’s revelation that he’s dealing with facial paralysis brings attention to problem that affects 100+ South Carolinians a year.

Dr. Rami Zebian holds a smart device while a woman next to him uses a Butterfly ultrasound device on a man's bare back.

Leap Forward

June 15, 2022

‘A leap forward’: MUSC begins widespread use of pocket-size, whole body ultrasound system.

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. John Rhodes at the operating table. He is wearing a cap and surgical gown. There is a large light to the left.

National Rankings

June 14, 2022

Children’s heart program No. 4 in country as MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital celebrates new rankings.

Blue, orange and red bar chart showing the ascent of Omicron subvariants.

BA.4 and BA.5

June 13, 2022

Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina have detected coronavirus subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 in their latest sequencing run.

Graph shows increase in COVID cases for Tri-county area.

Four Weeks?

June 08, 2022

As Tri-county area sees another 10% weekly increase in COVID cases, scientist says we may hit the peak of this surge in about four weeks.

Closeup of an elderly woman's blue eyes. iStock

Restoring Vision

June 07, 2022

Blue Sky Award winners endeavor to restore vision in patients with age-related macular degeneration by recharging cells’ batteries.

family medicine doctor, prostate cancer researcher and leader for diversity equity and inclusion at Hollings Cancer Center Nicholas Shungu leans on a tall table at a restaurant and smiles

Cancer Equity Focus

June 06, 2022

Nicholas Shungu will lead efforts to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion remain at the forefront of Hollings Cancer Center's work.

Photo collage featuring four shots of the same man in a variety of close up poses

Positive Exposure

June 03, 2022

A chance meeting between Dr. Michelle Ziegler and photographer Rick Guidotti is changing the way people see MUSC's dental clinic.

Tech wearing a mask with his hair covered stretches his arms as he spreads a blue tarp in a new endovascular suite.

Neuroendovascular Achievement

June 02, 2022

MUSC Health adds second Icono neuroendovascular suite, one of just a handful of hospitals in U.S. to have such a combo.

in an exam room, a doctor stands and looks at a computer screen while a patient stands slightly behind her also looking at the screen

Surviving Cervical Cancer

May 27, 2022

After a routine well-woman visit led to a diagnosis of cervical cancer, Sara Couch wondered if she would see her baby's first birthday.

a man running in a race in a tree lined park wears an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt and floppy hat and grins for the camera while gesturing to the runner next to him

Raising Awareness

May 27, 2022

After surviving testicular cancer, Michael Wiegand uses humor to raise awareness and money for research.

Closeup of a hand holding a home COVID test. It shows a positive result.

Going Up

May 26, 2022

“Watching all this just says to me, the wave is coming. I mean, it’s pretty likely that that’s happening” -Dr. Michael Sweat of the MUSC COVID tracking team.

Screenshot of an AP story about the school shootings in Uvalde.

Uvalde response

May 26, 2022

MUSC-based mass violence center offers resources in aftermath of Uvalde shootings.

pink birth control pills on a pink background

Rule Change

May 25, 2022

OB-GYN and pharmacist applaud new rule allowing women to get birth control pills without prescription.

Alexander Alekseyenko, Ph.D., left, and Marvella Ford, Ph.D., right

Data Dive

May 25, 2022

A new joint program at MUSC and Clemson University will offer training in how to harness big data to identify and address health inequities.

Dr. Katz stands in a room, wearing a VR headset and a pair of scrubs. His hands are out in front of him like he's conducting an orchestra

AR Surgery

May 25, 2022

If Clearview Surgical and Dr. Marc Katz have their way, AR could be the future of surgery in the not-too-distant future.

picture of pharmacist Emily Ware, who helps people quit smoking, and patient Kimberley Trump side hugging and smiling at the camera

Help to Quit

May 25, 2022

Kimberley Trump had tried over the years to quit smoking. With the help of the MUSC Tobacco Treatment Program, she thinks she's finally succeeded.

a man stands in front of a classroom

Yogic Breathing

May 25, 2022

A Hollings researcher is investigating how yogic breathing may help cancer patients’ quality of life and health.

Immunofluorescence microscopy showing mitochondria (red) undergoing mitophagy (green) in ethanol treated liver cells (right).

Problems in the Powerhouse

May 24, 2022

Alcohol exposure leads to damage, degradation and loss of mitochondria; however, constant loss of mitochondria causes additional damage to liver tissue.

a photo of a man sitting on a dais with an inset photo of him with the large melanoma on his face

Immunotherapy Trial

May 24, 2022

A clinical trial gave one melanoma patient access to cutting-edge treatment before the medication came to market.

Hands wearing purple globes process donate donated breast milk at the Mothers Milk Bank.

Outpouring of Support

May 23, 2022

Nonprofit Mother’s Milk Bank of South Carolina has had so many women donate extra breast milk during formula shortage that it can sell milk to the public.

a female doctor in white coat stands behind a counter speaking to two nurses, whose backs are to the camera

Specialty ED

May 23, 2022

A specialty emergency room on the MUSC Health Charleston campus means more streamlined care.

Esther Odeghe stands wearing a pink sweater and black top with her arms crossed. She is smiling.

CHP Graduate

May 17, 2022

Only days from graduating from MUSC College of Health Professions as nurse anesthetist, Esther Odeghe reflected with awe on journey she's taken.

College of Pharmacy graduate Kira Adkins. Photo by Kira Anderson

Pharmacy Graduate

May 17, 2022

While Kira Adkins’ classmates were learning each other’s names and backgrounds, they seemed to know something about her already.

Kareem Heslop stands at an awards site wearing a suit jacket and a smile.

Graduate Studies Standout

May 17, 2022

"I’ve worked with many graduate students over the years and would easily rank Kareem among the top 5% or even better," professor says of graduate studies star.

College of Medicine graduate Julia Rodes in her wheelchair wearing her white doctor's coat with a big smile on her face.

Medical Graduate

May 17, 2022

A motorcycle crash when she was 21 left Julia Rodes with a spinal cord injury – and determination to realize her dream of becoming a doctor.

Keith Tormey is wearing scrubs and smiling in a hallway.

Dental Graduate

May 17, 2022

Keith Tormey’s Irish roots inspired a journey that brought him to dental school at MUSC, where he’s been a class leader amid the complications of the pandemic.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach with wording "COVID-19."

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

May 17, 2022

Two MUSC epidemiologists will explore how the disruptions caused by the pandemic or infection with the SARS-Co2 virus affected pregnancy outcomes.

Crystal Wood, wearing a white blouse, stands outside, smiling.

Foster Advocate

May 17, 2022

Crystal Wood, a 37-year-old single mother, will graduate from nursing school this week, completing her journey from foster child to foster child advocate.

Box with COVID tests

Upward Trajectory

May 17, 2022

“We’re clearly on an upward trajectory” scientist says, as Tri-county COVID cases rise 26% in weekly update.

Dr Jennifer Harper, right, speaks with a resident with a CT scanner in the background

Radiation Reaccreditation

May 17, 2022

"Safety is no accident" is a motto wholeheartedly embraced by the Radiation Oncology team at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, which has earned reaccreditation.

Baby drinking from a bottle.

Formula Shortage

May 16, 2022

During baby formula shortage, conflicting information can be confusing. A dietitian and a pediatrician lay out the facts.

Dr. Paula Traktman (left) and graduate student Conor Templeton in the laboratory.

A Virus’s Achilles’ Heel?

May 16, 2022

The vaccinia virus uses the same tool to copy and repair DNA and blocking that tool dramatically reduces the virus’s ability to multiply, MUSC study finds.

Three nurses dressed in classic white scrubs and blue capes stand in a lobby, performing a ceremony in honor of Florence Nightingale

Nurse Appreciation

May 16, 2022

It takes a special breed to become a nurse. But to be one for more than 25 years? That take a monumental level of devotion and compassion.

Partial Team for portable MRI-equipped ambulance Blue Sky Award winning project

Setting Care in Motion

May 16, 2022

Ambulances equipped with cutting-edge scanners could lessen the time it takes to get stroke patients the treatment they need.

Doctor David Zaas rides an e-bike as Susan Johnson smiles nearby

Bike Share

May 13, 2022

MUSC has teamed up with a bike-share company to e-bike rentals to get people from point A to point B without the headache of worrying about parking.

a group of people in surgical garments gather around a computer screen while behind them a patient lays on the table with an x-ray machine shaped like an "o" encircling the table

Robotic Aid

May 12, 2022

Doctors in the MUSC Health Spine Center are working on new ways to perform existing surgeries, utilizing developing technologies.

COVID particle under what looks like blue liquid. iStock

Silent Epidemic?

May 12, 2022

Tri-county area sees 121% increase week to week in COVID cases. “I’m concerned we could be in a silent epidemic,” MUSC scientist says.

Jihad Obeid speaks as two other colleagues listen during a discussion on AI in health care

AI in Health Care

May 11, 2022

Every year artificial intelligence becomes more intertwined with health care. Some of the areas top AI minds got together to discuss how to take it further.

Chef nursing officer Patti Hart stands with Nurse of the Year Noah Rosenthal in St. Luke's Chapel.

Nurse of the Year

May 10, 2022

MUSC’s Nurse of the Year is a former firefighter who wants people to know that “nurses are resilient, very selfless people as a group.”

Dr Aundrea Loftley

2022 Commencement Speaker

May 10, 2022

Medicine alumna, health disparities and diabetes advocate Dr. Aundrea Loftley to speak at May 21 MUSC Commencement.

Libby Malphrus demonstrates the role of a genetic counselor.

Genetic Counseling

May 06, 2022

MUSC prepares to launch ambitious genetic counseling master’s degree program.

Clinical lab scientist Tanisha Dickerson carries a tray of materials involved with testing.

COVID Update

May 06, 2022

Doctors see more COVID cases after spring break and Easter weekend. “Is it the beginning of our Omicron variant surge or is it just a little increase?”

Bar chart shows COVID variants at MUSC. The latest month included, April 2022, shows that all of that month's COVID samples were some form of Omicron.

Variant Update

May 05, 2022

New MUSC COVID data show rise of BA.2 subvariant and its offshoot, BA.2.12.1.

Red COVID particle on right side of image. The left side is blue.

Increasing Rapidly

May 03, 2022

COVID case growth rates for areas monitored by MUSC are “increasing rapidly” in latest assessment.

a clothesline with jeans hanging from it on the MUSC campus

Denim Day

May 03, 2022

Last week, in honor of Denim Day, several pairs of jeans were hung around campus. Just as predicted, they started a conversation.

Person in a shark costume.

Innovation Week Recap

May 03, 2022

Innovation Week saw investment of over $500,000 in projects across MUSC enterprise.

a group of people stands in a semi circle listening as a woman holds up part of a plant

Day at the Farm

May 02, 2022

A program that pairs home visitors with new mothers to provide support for the first years of a child's life got everyone out for some fresh air.

Suparna Qanungo and Kate Ague-Kneeland give their presentation at the podium.

Shark Tank 2022

April 29, 2022

In a highly competitive event, MUSC employees pitched innovative ideas in “Shark Tank” showdown. Three concepts got judges to bite.

Seated L to R: Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH, Gretchen Seif, DPT, and Standing L to R: Joe Blumer, Ph.D., Aalap Shah, M.D., FACEP, Christine Andresen. Not pictured: Jennifer Wisniewski, PharmD, Fabio Rizzante, D.D.S., MSc, Ph.D., and Dawn Terzulli, DNP

Education Innovation Advocates

April 28, 2022

Office of Innovation at MUSC, in collaboration with Office of the Provost, announces inaugural class of Education Innovation Advocates.

The Benefits of Trees

April 27, 2022

On MUSC's 94-acre campus, trees are celebrated as part of a natural healing environment.

Dr. Greer Albergotti

Patient-Centered Approach

April 27, 2022

Dr. Greer Albergotti is driven by a multidisciplinary patient-centered approach to treating head and neck cancer patients.

Screenshot from Innovation Week event.

Student Shark Tank

April 27, 2022

Students make their pitches for funding in Innovation Week Shark Tank.

a street mural of a woman in a mask and surgical cap with a giant covid virus and DNA strand and the words "primera linea" or front line

Healing Vistas

April 27, 2022

An occupational therapy student, among the first at MUSC to resume international travel, saw the power of traditional healing in Mexico.

Screenshot of Global Health Week panel on war's impact on health care. Clockwise from top left: Oleg Palygin, Kevin O'Reilly, Samer Jabbour, Mike Sweat and Mulugeta Gebregziabher.

Global Health

April 26, 2022

A Global Health Week panel explores impacts of wars in Ukraine and elsewhere on people’s health.

Keith Smalls, wearing a red striped jumpsuit next to the words making sense of tragedy

Keith Smalls

April 26, 2022

As a violence intervention advocate for MUSC’s Turning the Tide Violence Intervention Program, Smalls knows exactly what loss and adversity look like.

Dr. Michelle Nichols (left) and Dr. Gayenell Magwood (right) of the College of Nursing at MUSC

Restoring Trust

April 26, 2022

Stroke research improves when survivors and caregivers feel comfortable telling their stories and researchers learn to listen.

Dr. Robert Labadie

Different Perspective

April 22, 2022

Originally trained as an engineer, Dr. Robert Labadie brings a different perspective to the Hollings head and neck cancer team.

Stephanie McGowan presents her idea to the Sharks at the MUSC Shark Tank during Innovation Week in 2019.

Innovation Week

April 22, 2022

Innovation Week will kick off on April 25 and with it comes the return of the live version of the event.

Anand Mehta, D.Phil.,  Smart State Chair in Proteomic Biomarkers at MUSC, in his laboratory.

A New Test for Liver Fibrosis

April 22, 2022

MUSC researchers have developed a new method of testing for liver fibrosis based on the attachment of sugars to antibodies in the blood.

abstracted painting of a human head and brains

Saving Babies' Brains

April 21, 2022

MUSC researchers created a model to find treatment options for a type of brain bleed in premature babies.

Illustration of waves with COVID particles. iStock

What’s Ahead

April 21, 2022

Tri-county case numbers “can’t go much lower,” MUSC scientist says. “It’s really good. But I don’t think it’s going to last.”

Stock photo of woman with newborn baby under a pink blanket.

Medicaid for Moms

April 19, 2022

“I think it’ll save lives.” Obstetrician applauds extension of Medicaid coverage for women from two months to 12 after childbirth.

3D image of  male head with brain and DNA strands. Image by kirstypargeter. Licensed from istockphoto.com

Alzheimer's Discovery

April 18, 2022

Noted Alzheimer’s researchers at MUSC weigh in on the recent discovery of 42 new Alzheimer's genes and discuss what it means for the future of research.

a student nurse works on an actor lying in bed with monitors on the wall behind him

Sim Lab

April 14, 2022

Sim Lab lets nursing students practice patient safety, practical skills, communication and clinical judgment in a safe environment.

Dr. Carrie Cormack and student Parag Raychoudhury talk while wearing masks.

Palliative Care

April 13, 2022

“Any illness deserves the respect of comfort and what the patient wants,” says MUSC College of Nursing student learning value of palliative care.

International space station orbiting Earth.

Space Study

April 12, 2022

Study of data from NASA, ESA and Russian space agency explores effects of extended spaceflight on brain.

Dr. Jason Newman stands in an operating room wearing scrubs

New Vision

April 12, 2022

Dr. Jason Newman brings passion, expertise and big ideas to his new role leading head and neck oncology at Hollings.

Dr. Raymond N. DuBois gives an acceptance speech onstage during the opening ceremony of the 2022 American Association of Cancer Research convention

AACR Award

April 11, 2022

Dr. Raymond N. DuBois received the Distinguished Service Award during the opening ceremony of the 2022 AACR convention.

Exercise is Medicine

April 11, 2022

As people emerge out of the pandemic, they're recognizing the connection between physical activity and exercise and good health.

two female doctors stand on either side of a patient in a procedure room bathed in fluorescent green light

Heart Failure Treatment

April 09, 2022

Doctors at MUSC Health are excited to participate in a trial demonstrating a less invasive way to implant a heart failure device.

closeup of man in surgical cap, gown and mask looking intently at a screen

His Own Path

April 08, 2022

Dr. John Rhodes has never been comfortable talking about his dyslexia. But he decided to speak at TEDxCharleston to show that academic success is possible.

Transmission electron micrograph of a SARS-CoV-2 virus particle. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

COVID Update

April 08, 2022

COVID-19 numbers in the Charleston Tri-county area are low as they were last summer when people thought the virus might be gone. Will that continue?

Dr. Shikhar Mehrotra stands outside

Harnessing Cellular Stress

April 08, 2022

Dr. Shikhar Mehrotra's team has found a new approach that shows promise of boosting the long-term success of T-cell therapy.

a woman in admiral's uniform in a U.S. government office speaks on a video conference

LGBTQ Health Equity

April 08, 2022

A two-day conference at MUSC sought to bring awareness of LGBTQ health issues to health care providers, students and researchers.

A young girl stands before a microphone and reads from a paper

EDS Research

April 07, 2022

Researchers, doctors, patients and donors gathered to celebrate the progress in researching Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Three test tubes are pictured, the first with plasma, the second with plasma and chemotherapy, and the third with the filtered plasma. Modified from Figure 4d of the Motamarry et al article in Cancers under an open access Creative Common CC BY license.

Blood Cleanse

April 06, 2022

MUSC researchers have developed a way to remove toxic chemotherapeutic drugs from the blood after cancer treatment to prevent them from reaching the heart.

Angela Yoon, D.D.S., sits beside a microscope.

Biomarkers Expert

April 04, 2022

Dr. Angela Yoon brings her expertise on biomarkers and immunotherapy to the Hollings head and neck cancer team.

a woman in a red volunteer polo sits at a piano and plays

Musical Gift

April 04, 2022

When pet therapy volunteer Meg Mauro lost her dog, she knew she wanted to find a way to continue connecting with MUSC patients and staff.

Bhisham Chera, M.D., stands in front of a radiation machine.

New Treatments

April 04, 2022

Dr. Bhisham Chera hopes to offer head and neck cancer patients at Hollings less toxic and more effective treatment options.

Dr. Stephen Kahn raises the right arm of Tommy Porcha to examine Porcha's burns.

Burn Center Success

April 01, 2022

MUSC Health’s Burn Center is high performing in quality and survival outcomes.

MUSC Physical Therapist Nathan Harris watches Vanessa Fry’s form during a physical therapy training session.

Return to Play

March 31, 2022

A jockey thrown from a horse and an injured high school soccer star who feared she might not walk again thrive in innovative MUSC program.

Screenshot of Jada Pinkett Smith and her daughter on an Instagram post.

Alopecia Answers

March 30, 2022

Jada Pinkett Smith is far from alone in her battle with alopecia. MUSC Health dermatologist Dirk Elston explains types of hair loss – and treatments.

DNA Sequencing Data Processing Genetic Genomic Analysis stock illustration

In Our DNA SC

March 29, 2022

Expansion allows more to participate in community research program In Our DNA SC.

closeup of two women in hairnets on opposite sides of table scooping from large bins of rice

World of Flavors

March 28, 2022

Two dietetic interns organized 162 volunteers to pack meals for children in Haiti.

Dr. Graham Warren at his desk

Cessation Program

March 24, 2022

A Hollings researcher helped develop a new program to increase smoking cessation efforts in 1,500 national cancer centers.

Two young men and a young woman pose with an older gentleman in a conference room

AMA President Visits

March 22, 2022

Dr. Gerald Harmon, president of the American Medical Association and an MUSC graduate, returned to Charleston for Alumni Weekend.

Image collage showing the translational research spectrum from basic science to policy.

Real-World Impacts

March 22, 2022

The keynote speakers at Translational Research Day will discuss their journey into research and clinical care for EDS patients.

Graph showing COVID's peaks and valleys in the Charleston area.

Another Surge?

March 22, 2022

As Lowcountry’s COVID case numbers hit lowest level in months, there are signs we could see another surge.

three people sit around a table talking with papers in front of them

LGBTQ Health

March 21, 2022

MUSC is hosting a free virtual LGBTQ+ Health Equity Summit in April aimed at health care providers, students, researchers and anyone interested in the issue.

Leonardo Ferreira, Ph.D., sits in his lab

Improving Immunotherapy

March 18, 2022

Hollings researcher Leonardo Ferreira, Ph.D., is driven by the passion to make chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapies safer and more widely available.

Dr. John Kaczmar (left) and Russell Breault (right) inside a Hollings examination room. Photo by Josh Birch

Promising Trial

March 18, 2022

A Hollings clinical trial for HPV-related head and neck cancer is showing promising results.

Sophia Sourlis, a woman in a khaki jacket and Yoda hat, puts her arms in the air on stage

Match Day 2022

March 18, 2022

More than 100 students from the College of Medicine’s graduating class participated in Match Day at Charleston Music Hall of Friday.

Question mark surrounded by COVID particles. iStock

'Hold Tight'

March 17, 2022

“Hold tight and enjoy our low positivity rate at the moment,” MUSC scientist says of COVID in Charleston area, as cases rise in parts of Europe and Asia.

Simmons sitting on a yellow chair that's been turned around. She is in front of the MUSC public safety building

Public Safety Stalwart

March 16, 2022

For 33 years, Major Dorothy Simmons has been a model of integrity, dependability, leadership and dedication within MUSC’s Department of Public Safety.

portrait of a woman sitting outside

Nursing Innovation

March 15, 2022

In public health and school nursing, Kasey Jordan saw smart people stymied by the system. That led her to get her PhD and study innovation management.

Edwards standing the hallway outside her office

Ambulatory Architect

March 15, 2022

As chief ambulatory officer, Alice Edwards is responsible for the operation of all 120 of the hospital’s outpatient clinics in the Charleston area.

Tif Williams stands in front of a tree

Raising Awareness

March 15, 2022

If you don’t know the signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma, you’re a part of Tiffany Williams' mission in life.

Dr. Gerard Silvestri and Dr. Marvella Ford stand together in a garden

SU2C Grant

March 15, 2022

Hollings received its first Stand Up to Cancer grant that will make it part of a group addressing lung cancer disparities.

Dr. Edith Williams in her office at MUSC.

Making Invisible Visible

March 14, 2022

Dr. Edith Williams has made giving suffering women hope her life’s work, “making the invisible visible.”

The HPV vaccine helps to prevent six HPV-related cancers in men and women.

Vaccine Champions

March 14, 2022

Researchers aim to use social media to increase HPV vaccination rates in South Carolina.

Glenn Bachman (right) credits his wife (left) for helping him throughout his cancer journey. Photo by Josh Birch

Successful Clinical Trial

March 09, 2022

Glenn Bachmann is helping to move the science forward by participating in a clinical trial at Hollings in the hopes of helping other patients.

Mononuclear phagocytes in Alzheimer's disease. Licensed from Wikimedia Commons.

New Alzheimer's Target

March 09, 2022

In Alzheimer’s disease, fewer cells line the brain's smallest vessels, making them leaky. Blocking a protein stopped the leakage and improved memory in mice.

large group of cyclists start their ride under the truss at Lowvelo21

LOWVELO22 Launch

March 08, 2022

LOWVELO22 opens registration March 14, with expectations that the fourth year will be even bigger and better than ever.

Jenny McKay (3rd from left) said her mother Sue (3rd from right) inspired her to get involved in raising money for cancer research. Photo provided

Top Fundraiser

March 08, 2022

LOWVELO21's top fundraiser, Jenny McKay, shares her tips for other participants as LOWVELO22 ramps up.

From left, Rev. Frank Harris, therapist Tenelle Jones and medical scribe Ilgizar Khairutdinov talk about the war in Ukraine. Khairutdinov is from Russia.

Ukraine Unease

March 07, 2022

Emotional moments as MUSC hosts support session for people struggling with crisis in Ukraine.

a stock photo of a young Black woman opening her mouth for someone to swab it

Stem Cell Registry

March 07, 2022

The International Student Association at MUSC is hosting a three-day stem cell registry event, and it has a bold goal: It wants 300 people to sign up.

Susan Bryant Thomas reads while practicing balance during physical therapy at Hollings. Photo by Josh Birch

Physical Therapy

March 04, 2022

Hollings is rolling out a new physical therapy program specifically tailored to cancer patients and survivors.

  Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy RN educator, Erin Glikes sets up the SB-101 device containing mesenchymal stem cells in series with the Baxter PrisMax dialyzer., while medical ICU nurse Jessie Ramirez looks on. Photograph by Natalie Wilson.

The Storm Before the Calm

March 03, 2022

New device being tested at MUSC is designed to calm the cytokine storm in patients with COVID-19 and kidney failure.

Hollings hopes to decrease smoking rates in South Carolina by training more tobacco treatment specialist.

Tobacco Training

March 02, 2022

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is hosting a new training to increase the number of tobacco treatment specialists in South Carolina.

MUSC President David Cole, far left, speaks at the SCBIO Conference at Charleston's Gaillard Center

Pinnacle Award

March 02, 2022

SCBIO honors MUSC with Life Sciences Pinnacle Award for Organizational Contribution.

 a series of three images of an artery with blocked blood flow before, during and after intervention

Making Waves

March 02, 2022

Vascular surgeons are using a device that uses sonic pressure waves to break up calcifications that are blocking blood vessels.

Genetic Testing

March 01, 2022

Hollings' growing genetic counseling team helps patients understand their cancer risk and preventative steps they should take.

portrait of a woman in a white lab coat in front of acute care inpatient unit entrance

Caregiver Mental Health

February 28, 2022

An MUSC psychologist is working on an app to help parents deal with the mental health aftereffects of traumatic injury in children.

a map of South Carolina with dots showing patient locations

COVID Treatment Study

February 28, 2022

A trial studying already-approved drugs to now be used against COVID-19 opened an arm to test a different dosage of the antiparasitic drug ivermectin.

Health disparities hero

February 25, 2022

David E. Rivers was an effective leader and strategist who helped improve the lives of the state's underserved people.

Map showing Ukraine.

Scientist’s Ukrainian Ties

February 25, 2022

“We’re worried, because the situation with Russia is out of control,” says MUSC scientist from Ukraine. What he’s hearing – and what he hopes will happen next.

MRI showing the dorsal flow of the brain’s waste clearance system (shown in green).

Seeing the Brain's Drains

February 24, 2022

A new non-invasive technique pioneered at MUSC provides a near-real-time view of the human brain’s waste-clearance vessels.

Promising Research

February 24, 2022

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center study sheds light on better ways to prevent and treat colorectal cancer.

TEDxCharleston Talk

February 23, 2022

Hollings researcher Dr. Steven Rosenzweig's accidental lab discovery led to an amazing finding that he will present at the TEDxCharleston event.

Hands surround a crystal ball that contains the coronavirus.

'Dive-Bombing' Numbers

February 16, 2022

Now that COVID case numbers are, in one scientist’s words, “dive-bombing,” here’s a look at best- and worst-case scenarios for future.

Bone resorbing cells (osteoclasts; purple) are prevalent in molars within the context of the normal oral microbiome.

Living in a Microbial World

February 16, 2022

Microbes colonizing the oral cavity in health can activate immune cells in the jaw bone marrow that can lead to bone resorption and bone loss.

a man sits at a table facing a rolling floor mirror while a therapist guides his arm

Neuro Rehab

February 15, 2022

MUSC Health and the College of Health Professions partner on a comprehensive outpatient rehab facility for neurological conditions.

Woman therapist with young girl in office

TACHL

February 14, 2022

MUSC’s Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL) leverages technology to improve population health.

Dr. Colleen Donahue stands wearing scrubs.

Standout Surgeon

February 14, 2022

Dr. Colleen Donahue, a former synchronized skater with Team USA, now stands out in another field: colorectal surgery.

Pediatric Grant

February 11, 2022

Hollings researcher Sophie Paczesny, M.D., Ph.D., received a grant to help doctors to fight complications after pediatric bone marrow transplantation.

a young woman in a mask and gloves uses wipes to clean a large plastic T rex

Helping Hands

February 10, 2022

Employees and leaders from across the MUSC Charleston campus are pitching in to help their short-staffed colleagues.

Dr. Tucker Price

Lifestyle Changes

February 10, 2022

Making small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on cancer risk and outcome.

group photo of four men standing on the corner in front of public housing

Violence Prevention

February 09, 2022

A three-year, $1 million grant will allow MUSC to start a community violence intervention program.

New Targeting Method

February 08, 2022

Hollings researcher John O’Bryan, Ph.D., and colleagues have demonstrated a new therapeutic way to block a protein that is frequently mutated in cancers.

Survivor Sings

February 07, 2022

Vance Kennedy loves to sing. Despite battling cancer twice, he hasn't missed a beat.

2021 Values in Action awards

February 07, 2022

Employees put their best foot forward and are being celebrated for embodying values that are important at MUSC.

A man wearing a hat sitting on a couch with a book on his lap looking at an open laptop

Giving Closet

February 07, 2022

The College of Nursing's "Giving Closet" is giving a second life to equipment as well as students like Blake Marsh.

Cheslie Kryst's last Instagram post.

Suicide Prevention

February 04, 2022

Death of former Miss USA and lawyer, who graduated from the Univ. of South Carolina, reminder of importance of making sure people get help they need

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Down 43%

February 04, 2022

As COVID cases drop more than 40% over past seven days in Charleston area, a scientist predicts what’s likely to happen in the coming months.

a baby lies in a hospital bed, tubes coming from his nose, his head encased in lime green bandages that are decorated with little balloon cutouts

'Beyond Emergency Surgery'

February 03, 2022

“It was a miracle to get him into the hands of people who really could perform a miracle,” says a grateful mom.

Construction workers place beam in topping out ceremony for the College of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Milestone

February 02, 2022

Pharmacy students, faculty and alumni celebrate “topping out” of new facility in central location at Medical University of South Carolina.

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Contact Tracing App

February 01, 2022

Researchers publish a roadmap for rolling out a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app at a large public university in South Carolina.

Heather Hill is manifesting the nasal swabs that come into the lab. All the samples that come in from other locations is put on a manifest list that they check to make sure that what comes in is actually what’s in the bag.

‘We’re here 24/7’

February 01, 2022

Late nights are a given for team working to get COVID test results out ASAP during Omicron surge.

Dr. Marvella Ford and Melanie Slan stand outside

Cancer Prevention

January 31, 2022

The HPV vaccine helps to prevent six HPV-related cancers. With Hollings' HPV vaccination van, the vaccine will be taken to medically underserved counties.

Interactions between Kupffer (red), stellate (green) and endothelial (blue) cells in the liver. Image by Johnny Bonnardel. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

Increased Infection Risk

January 31, 2022

MUSC researchers report that infections pose a major risk to patients with cirrhosis. A surprising number of those infections are fungal.

Graph shows Omicron surge peaked January 15.

Post-Peak Hospitalizations

January 27, 2022

The Omicron variant has peaked in Charleston Tri-county area but hospitalizations hit new highs.

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Vaccine Q&A18

January 21, 2022

This week Dr. Danielle Scheurer talks about what masks are best for you as well as just how easy it is to get tested for COVID these days.

Woman standing on a peak surrounded by coronavirus particles.

Approaching Peak?

January 20, 2022

Charleston area’s stretch of sky-high COVID counts may be sign surge is at or near peak, scientist says. What he’s optimistic about – and worried about.

Survivor Inspires

January 19, 2022

After battling cervical cancer, Mikiko Dollard is inspiring others with her story - including her own daughter.

Dr. Sophie Paczesny stands at a counter in her lab and works with test tubes

Improving Treatment

January 19, 2022

Hollings researcher Sophie Paczesny, M.D., Ph.D., received a $628,188 grant from the National Cancer Institute to improve graft-versus-host disease treatment.

Laura Grant hangs a photo of her daughter in the Rena N. Grant Sickle Cell Center.

Sickle Cell Center

January 18, 2022

Rena N. Grant Sickle Cell Center at MUSC honors inspiring woman as it tackles ambitious goals.

OurDay

January 18, 2022

New cloud--based platform will lead to improvements and efficiency around MUSC.

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Vaccine Effectiveness

January 18, 2022

MUSC Health contributes to study showing that COVID-19 vaccines are effective in keeping teens out of the ICU.

Bar chart shows Omicron accounts for almost all cases sequenced at MUSC.

97% Omicron

January 14, 2022

Omicron variant now accounts for 97% of all cases sequenced by MUSC. Scientists are watching for signal that biggest surge of pandemic is at turning point.

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Blood Shortage

January 14, 2022

Blood collection organizations have warned that blood supplies are alarmingly low and are urging donations.

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Research Grants

January 13, 2022

Four Hollings researchers received grants from the American Cancer Society to support their work on promising projects.

Friedrich Andreas stands outside

Prostate Screenings

January 12, 2022

After battling prostate cancer twice, Friedrich Andreas is sharing his story with others in hopes of raising awareness.

a little girl with beads and bows in her hair puts on a pair of glasses, looking at a smiling man who crouches down to be at eye level; behind them Sir Purr, the Carolina Panthers mascot, looms

Seeing the Future

January 11, 2022

Supporters of national nonprofit Vision To Learn were on hand to cheer on Stono Park students receiving eyeglasses.

Graph showing the number of COVID cases in the Tricounty area hit 380 per 100,000 people on January 9, 2022.

Explosion of Cases

January 11, 2022

“We’ve already gone higher than I thought we might,” says scientist tracking COVID at MUSC as Omicron causes case numbers to explode.

A boy with his hands on his face as he stares in frustration at a computer screen.

Vaccine Q&A17

January 11, 2022

Percentages are for the cool kids these days. We talk with Dr. Danielle Scheurer about all-things COVID.

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MIS-C Vaccination

January 11, 2022

MUSC Children's Health contributes to study showing vaccination is effective against MIS-C.

Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick of the Medical University of South Carolina

Potent Peptide

January 10, 2022

MUSC research team has identified a pathway by which a known antifibrotic protein works, providing a possible clinical solution for patients with fibrosis.

Clinical Trials

January 10, 2022

Newly approved treatments and more cervical cancer clinical trials on the horizon have Hollings doctors optimistic.

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Space Eyes

January 06, 2022

The longer astronauts stay in space, the more they report blurry vision and eyesight problems when they return to Earth. But why?

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Giving Tuesday recap

January 05, 2022

More than $1.8 million was raised for the Medical University of South Carolina as a part of Giving Tuesday.

Graph shows new peak for COVID cases in Charleston Tricounty area.

738% Increase

January 05, 2022

COVID cases rose more than 730% in a week in Charleston area. Scientist says he’s never seen a virus as infectious as the Omicron variant.

a man in khakis and blue button down shirt poses with the MRI inside the ambulance

MRI On the Go

January 04, 2022

Performing an MRI en route to the hospital could cut treatment time for stroke patients. But is it even possible?

Dr. Janae Sweeney stands in the biorepository at South Carolina State University

Biorepository Expands

January 04, 2022

The collaborative biorepository project between MUSC and SCSU is expanding with the hopes of reaching more medically underserved communities.

Coronavirus particles with the word Omicron.

Challenging Period

December 29, 2021

Will Omicron rise “like a space ship taking off” as it has elsewhere? An MUSC scientist looks at what next few weeks may hold for South Carolina.

Bar chart shows rapid increase in Omicron cases.

Omicron Surges

December 24, 2021

Omicron has become the dominant COVID variant in samples sequenced by scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Holiday Pops!

December 22, 2021

Guest conductor for symphony’s holiday program is more comfortable with a thermometer in his hand than a conductor’s baton – but he’s thrilled to give it a go.

Cancer during the holidays

Cancer During Holidays

December 20, 2021

When navigating a cancer diagnosis during the holidays, Wendy Balliet, Ph.D., likes to give her patients a piece of advice – stay present in the moment.

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Pet Parade

December 20, 2021

On Friday, the Therapy Dog Howliday Parade brought smiles (and sniffs) to patients, families and staff at MUSC’s downtown campus.

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Upstate Affiliation

December 17, 2021

MUSC Health and Tribe513 announced an affiliation to improve access to care and medical education.

Dr. Don Rockey, director of the Digestive Disease Research Core Center at MUSC

Diagnosing Liver Disease

December 17, 2021

Research from MUSC’s Digestive Disease Research Core Center suggests that doctors can fail to diagnose alcoholic cirrhosis if they rely only on lab results.

Medical students Anna Beth Eitel and Cora Bisbee talk with Thomas Ricks, M.D.

Street Medicine

December 16, 2021

Medical students and residents work with group that helps homeless get health care – sometimes right in their outdoor camps.

Graphic image of Omicron variant

Omicron Arrives

December 15, 2021

Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina have found three cases of the Omicron variant, the first to be identified in the state.

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SC Innovates

December 15, 2021

Out of more than 60 teams from across the state, two from MUSC were awarded the top prizes in the inaugural S.C. Innovates Student Pitch competition.

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From the Heart

December 15, 2021

A pediatric heart surgeon didn't like any of the typical options for helping a young patient. Instead, he decided to try something different.

Gladys Cano celebrates the end of treatment with family and friends.

Bell Ringing

December 14, 2021

Gladys Cano was overwhelmed with emotion as she rang the bell inside of Hollings' infusion suite to mark the end of treatment.

Dr. Tanya Saraiya (left) and Dr. Sudie Back (right). Photograph by Sarah Pack.

Virtually Guided PTSD Therapy

December 14, 2021

Wearable technology allows therapists to “accompany” PTSD patients virtually during exposure therapy and use real-time psychophysiology to improve outcomes.

Graph showing ups and downs of COVID-19.

New Winter Wave?

December 14, 2021

As case numbers rise across South Carolina, the leader of MUSC’s COVID-19 tracking team says there is a “very strong probability a wave is starting.”

Dawn Brazell in her wedding dress on the beach with her mom Sara Cutler

Grace In The Grief

December 13, 2021

The holidays can be a tough time for cancer patients and caregivers, particularly for those who are enduring a losing battle.

Children playing in the MUSC urban garden. Photograph by Sarah Pack.

Tackling Childhood Obesity

December 10, 2021

The Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness school-based wellness intervention offers schools a menu of wellness initiatives they can tailor to their own needs.

Dr Lemasters poses in his laboratory

Two percent

December 09, 2021

For the past three years, Stanford University has named the top 2% of scientific researchers. This year, MUSC saw 134 of its faculty make the elite list.

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Global Tobacco Study

December 09, 2021

Hollings researchers are part of a new global study that will examine different regulatory approaches to tobacco products.

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Love with Lights

December 08, 2021

First responders are lighting up the winter sky to say “good night” to patients at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion.

MUSC pharmacy resident Amelia Slane drops off bags of gifts for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

Angel Tree Gifts

December 07, 2021

Second winter holiday season of pandemic sees big turnout at MUSC for Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

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Ryan White Dental Clinic

December 07, 2021

MUSC dental students are now providing care to HIV patients at the Ryan White Wellness Center of Charleston in West Ashley.

Jim Nelson wears his "fancy pants" at Hollings to spread joy and bring a smile to both patients and staff.

Fancy Pants

December 06, 2021

Most people battling cancer don’t give a second thought to the clothes they wear to treatments. Jim Nelson isn’t most people.

Elizabeth Mack, M.D., Critical Care Specialist, checks on a patient at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital Right, Alexandra Rosol, ADN, RN, of the  Pediatric Intensive Care Unit asks a fellow nurse to get her some supplies.

COVID-19 vaccine and kids

December 06, 2021

MUSC pediatricians contribute to nationwide study that finds Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine effective against hospitalization in children age 12-18.

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Leadership Award

December 06, 2021

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce honored MUSC President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, for his leadership during the pandemic.

Dr. Wei Jiang, immunologist and associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Cannabis Use and Oral Health

December 06, 2021

Chronic cannabis use in humans changes the oral microbiome and may lead to alterations in brain function.

Blue virus particle shows original strain of coronavirus. Pink and purple version shows Delta. Red version shows Omicron.

Numbers Increase

December 06, 2021

MUSC COVID tracking team finds “significant increases” in COVID-19 for Tri-county area and beyond as we head toward winter holidays.

Dr. Gayenell Magwood, professor in the MUSC College of Nursing

COVID-19 and Chronic Disease

December 03, 2021

MUSC researcher will explore how chronic disease affected COVID-19 outcomes and how COVID-19 affected chronic disease management in underserved communities.

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Q&A 16

November 30, 2021

Travel restrictions, kids’ shots and other things you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Cancer Summit

November 30, 2021

A Hollings researcher attended the first U.K.-U.S. scientific summit with more than 60 other leading cancer research experts.

Illustration of coronavirus with tag reading Omicron.

Testing for Omicron

November 30, 2021

The molecular pathology lab at the Medical University of South Carolina is sequencing local COVID cases to see if any involve the new Omicron variant.

The discovery of the Omicron variant was announced just last week in South Africa. Since then, it has cropped up in other countries.

Omicron Variant

November 29, 2021

“There's no question that it's scary because of the genetics and the shape of the virus,” scientist says of Omicron. But don't panic, he advises.

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LGBTQ Care

November 23, 2021

MUSC is increasing its focus on providing culturally competent care to the LGBTQ community as well as looking inward, as an employer of LGBTQ people.

Small pumpkins surround a plaque with the word thankful.

Pandemic Thanksgiving

November 23, 2021

During second Thanksgiving of pandemic, health chief says there’s a lot to be thankful for in fight against COVID.

Dr. Evan Graboyes stands in front of Wellin Head and Neck Clinic sign

Medicaid Expansion

November 22, 2021

A new study estimates that over 5,000 cancer deaths were prevented in early Medicaid expansion states during the study period.

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Giving Tuesday

November 19, 2021

State funds make up less than 4% of MUSC’s annual budget. That’s why Giving Tuesday is so important to MUSC.

Pandora DeJong age 10 closes her eyes while getting COVID vaccine.

COVID Clinic

November 17, 2021

Families line up at Charleston County elementary school to get 5- to 11-year-olds vaccinated against COVID through partnership with MUSC Health.

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Violence Prevention

November 17, 2021

As firearm injuries have skyrocketed, MUSC has launched a violence intervention program aimed at reducing revictimization and improving outcomes.

Hollings team members gather for a photo before the PanCAN balloon walk

PanCAN SC

November 17, 2021

Hollings kicked off Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month with a balloon walk marking the start of an exciting week for PanCAN SC.

Bob Hessler stands outside in a garden

Renewed Twice

November 16, 2021

Boosted by his success in beating alcoholism 15 years ago, Bob Hessler was determined to defeat his pancreatic cancer too.

Five children help light the Angel Tree.

Angel Tree

November 15, 2021

Lighting of the Angel Tree symbolizes start of the holiday season at MUSC. This year’s ceremony included little tree lighters who couldn’t wait.

Dr. Leonardo Ferreira looks at a microscope screen in the lab while another person looks on

Regulatory T-Cells

November 15, 2021

Hollings researcher Dr. Leonardo Ferreira is exploring ways to use regulatory T-cells to treat a range of autoimmune problems.

Dr. Nicholas Shungu

Cancer Barriers

November 15, 2021

Researchers found that Black men in a study didn’t feel as though they had adequate information about prostate cancer screenings.