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January 15, 2019, Vol 321, No. 2, Pages 119-216

In This Issue of JAMA


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JAMA. 2019;321(2):119-121. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15146
Original Investigation

Association of Initial Disease-Modifying Therapy With Later Conversion to Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):175-187. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20588

In this cohort study, initial treatment of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) with disease-modifying therapies (fingolimod, natalizumab, or alemtuzumab) was associated with a lower risk of conversion to secondary progressive MS compared with interferon beta or glatiramer acetate therapy.

Preliminary Communication

Effect of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation on 8-Week Remission in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):156-164. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20046

This randomized clinical trial compares the ability of anaerobically prepared pooled donor vs autologous fecal microbiota transplantation to induce remission in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC).

Effect of Nonmyeloablative Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation vs Continued Disease-Modifying Therapy on Disease Progression in Patients With Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):165-174. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18743

In this randomized trial, nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) resulted in longer time to disease progression among patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis compared with continued disease-modifying therapy.

Research Letter

Serum Creatinine Levels Before, During, and After Pregnancy

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):205-207. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17948

This study uses Canadian administrative health databases to estimate gestational age–specific serum creatinine levels before, during, and after pregnancy among women without antecedent kidney disease.


Rethinking How Antibiotics Are Prescribed: Incorporating the 4 Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making Into Clinical Practice

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):139-140. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19509

This Viewpoint summarizes recommendations from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for improving antibiotic use and safety that encourages clinicians to ask if antibiotics are necessary, and to use testing and deliberate judgment to decide which ones, for how long, and if coverage can be narrowed or the drugs stopped altogether.

Physicians’ Voices on Gun Violence and Other Important Public Health Issues

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):141-142. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20754

In this Viewpoint, Sandro Galea acknowledges reasons physicians have traditionally been hesitant to speak out publicly on matters of politics and public health, and reviews how shifting roles and means of communication are forcing practitioners to reconsider that hesitancy and engage in controversies of public health concern, such as gun violence.

Free Medical School Tuition: Will It Accomplish Its Goals?

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):143-144. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19457

This Viewpoint discusses free or reduced tuition programs for medical students and the implications for diversifying the health care workforce, filling shortages in primary care specialties, improving patient access, closing the health disparities gap, and improving population health.

Challenges of Non–Intention-to-Treat Analyses

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):145-146. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19192

This Viewpoint reviews the rationale for intention-to-treat (ITT) analyses of randomized trials, explains how commonly used alternatives reintroduce confounding that randomization is intended to eliminate, and emphasizes that even an ITT analysis is no substitute for informed scientific and clinical judgement when interpreting trial results.

Medicare’s Approach to Paying for Services That Promote Coordinated Care

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):147-148. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19315

This Viewpoint discusses new fee-for-service billing codes introduced by CMS for reimbursement of virtual care including e-consults, remote physiologic monitoring, and video and image review, and proposes strategies to incentivize the activities to promote coordinated care.

A Piece of My Mind

The Unicorn

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):149-150. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.21048

In this narrative medicine essay, a black physician relates the surprise and joy a black patient has when a he meets a black doctor in the examination room and comments on the need for medical schools to step up recruitment and training of a diverse physician workforce.


Manipulating the Microbiome With Fecal Transplantation to Treat Ulcerative Colitis

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):151-152. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20397

Stem Cell Transplantation to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):153-155. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20777

Evaluation and Management of Penicillin Allergy: A Review

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):188-199. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19283

This narrative review summarizes the epidemiology of penicillin allergy and the clinical consequences of misattributing adverse drug events to β-lactam allergy, including development of antimicrobial resistance and adverse events associated with alternative antibiotics, and proposes an algorithm to facilitate evaluation of true penicillin allergy.

JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis

Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):200-201. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19290

This JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis summarizes the 2017 clinical practice guidance from the US Department of Veterans Affairs/US Department of Defense on management of posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder.

JAMA Diagnostic Test Interpretation

Immunoglobulin G4 Levels

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):202-203. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.16665

A 67-year-old man with type 2 diabetes, unintentional weight loss, and increasing fasting blood glucose levels showed diffuse enlargement of the pancreas with peripheral hypoenhancement but no discrete mass on CT scan and soft tissue surrounding the abdominal arteries and left ureter causing hydronephrosis. Testing showed no pancreatic malignancy, no abnormal findings on colonoscopy, and lab results showed elevated IgG4. How would you interpret the test results?

Medical News & Perspectives

Immunotherapy 2.0: Improving the Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):131-133. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18306

This Medical News article discusses the evolution of checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapies to improve efficacy and predict which patients will benefit the most.

Physicians Are Steering the Conversation About Gun Violence

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):133-135. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20385

This Medical News story is an interview with Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, one of the leading voices in the “This Is Our Lane” movement, which discusses the role of physicians and other health-care professionals in addressing firearm violence as a public health issue.

The JAMA Forum

Medicaid as a Safeguard for Financial Health

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):135-136. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20427
News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tickborne Diseases Increasing

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20464

Youth e-Cigarette Use

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20655
Biotech Innovations

IDWeek Fosters Innovation in Infectious Disease Care

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):137. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20548
Poetry and Medicine

At the Line in the Sand, On the Bridge in the Rain, On the Borders That Do Not Exist

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):210. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.11164
JAMA Revisited

“Aspirin”—A Common Name

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):211. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15154
JAMA Patient Page

Am I Allergic to Penicillin?

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):216. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20470

This JAMA Patient Page describes evaluation for and diagnosis of penicillin allergy.

Comment & Response

Advantages and Disadvantages of Direct Primary Care

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):207. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18143

Advantages and Disadvantages of Direct Primary Care

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):207-208. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18147

Advantages and Disadvantages of Direct Primary Care—Reply

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):208. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18154

Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Need for Systematic Reviews

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):208-209. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18790

Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Need for Systematic Reviews—Reply

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18795

Data Errors in Figure

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JAMA. 2019;321(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.21022
JAMA Masthead


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JAMA. 2019;321(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15147