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July 25, 1942

Current Comment

JAMA. 1942;119(13):1028. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830300040015

USE OF SACCHARIN FOR SWEETENING  Sugar rationing and new emphasis on weight reduction have doubtless increased the use of saccharin for sweetening purposes. Renewed interest in the possible harmful effect of this substance is an apparent corollary. Earlier investigations of saccharin, however, have failed to reveal dangerous side-actions except from extremely large doses. Likewise the evidence does not reveal any reason why saccharin cannot be used continuously in average sweetening doses for an indefinite period. Many patients have taken saccharin for years without harmful effect.1

DEATH RATE CONTINUES TO DECLINE  Provisional mortality rates issued on July 3 by the Bureau of Census show that there was an actual decline in the number of deaths in the United States in 1941 as compared with the previous year, in spite of an increase in population. The total deaths in 1941 were 1,395,907, which is 21,362 less than the number reported for the registration area in 1940. Since 1933 all states

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