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Life as It Is

In the symposium entitled “Man and Life,” Barzun, writing on “the quality of life,” notes that the term “life” is imprecise and susceptible of varied interpretation. He bases his discussion of its quality principally on the question, “Is life worth living?”—a question that can be answered only personally or, if you will, individually. Nevertheless,...

Hand Sanitizer Poisoning and Deaths Reported in 2 States

Fifteen people were hospitalized in Arizona and New Mexico after they drank hand sanitizer containing methanol. Four of the patients died and 3 experienced vision loss, according to a report from CDC investigators and state public health officials.

Trends in Obesity Prevalence by Race and Hispanic Origin—1999-2000 to 2017-2018

This study uses NHANES data to assess trends in obesity and severe obesity stratified by race and Hispanic origin among US residents from 1999 to 2018.

Health Policy and COVID-19

In this Viewpoint, JAMA Health Forum’s editor reviews important policy issues that characterized the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, including personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, health inequities among vulnerable populations, requests from patients for medical exemptions from face mask requirements, and the benefits and risks of...

Graduate Medical Education, 2019-2020

This Appendix presents 2019 National GME Census data detailing the numbers and types of ACGME-accredited training programs and the residents and fellows in them.

Ophthalmology and COVID-19

In this Viewpoint, JAMA Ophthalmology’s editor reviews the known eye manifestations of COVID-19, the potential for ocular transmission of illness, and the effects of the pandemic on ophthalmologic practice and research.

Physicians and Social Determinants of Health

To the Editor Drs Maani and Galea argued that physicians must engage more heavily in addressing the social determinants of health because these factors significantly drive patients’ health. The authors focused on 2 major areas: policy action and physician training. Of course, health and health care are different, and the authors made this distinction:...

Oncology and COVID-19

This Viewpoint summarizes the clinical characteristics of patients with cancer as associated with increased mortality risk from COVID-19, and it highlights important areas where more research is needed.

Buprenorphine Implants, Injections Are Underused

Injectable and implantable forms of buprenorphine to treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) are less likely to be diverted than oral formulations but they’re rarely prescribed, according to a recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

Nephrology and COVID-19

In this Viewpoint, JAMA’s nephrology associate editor and colleagues review how COVID-19 has affected the practice of nephrology, including the rise in incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with more severe disease, shortages of supplies and staff to care for AKI patients, effects on kidney transplantation, and implementation of telehealth.

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