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December 20, 2000

Incorrect Wording

JAMA. 2000;284(23):2999. doi:10.1001/jama.284.23.2999

In the Commentary entitled "Current and Future Public Health Challenges" published in the October 4, 2000, issue of THE JOURNAL (2000;284:1696-1698), there was incorrect wording. On page 1697, under "Achieve a Longer ‘Healthspan,'" the sentence that read "In 1900, about 1 in 25 Americans was elderly; in 1990, the proportion was 1 in 8, or 10 times greater than in 1900" should end after "1 in 8." A new sentence should then read, "In absolute terms, the number of elderly Americans had increased 10-fold."