Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #103--September 27, 2001

CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar/caar-index.htm

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I. Data:

1. NCHS:

A. "Early Release of Selected Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey Data From Year 2000 and Early 2001," (National Center for Health Statistics, September 2001, .pdf format, 61p.). Note: This report contains 11 summary measures from the early release NHIS data.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/earlyrelease2000.htm

Click on "View/download PDF" to view the full report or an individual measure.

B. "Deaths: Final Data for 1999," by Donna L. Hoyert, Elizabeth Arias, Betty L. Smith, Sherry L. Murphy, and Kenneth D. Kochanek (National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 49, No. 8, September 2001, .pdf format, 116p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases/01facts/99mortality.htm

Click on "View/download PDF" for full text.

C. "Age-adjusted Death Rates: Trend Data Based on the Year 2000 Standard Population," by Donna L.Hoyert and Robert N.Anderson (National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 49, No. 9, September 2001, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr49/nvsr49_09.pdf

D. "Alcohol Use Among Adults: United States, 1997-98," by Charlotte A. Schoenborn and Patricia F. Adams (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 324, (PHS) 2001-1250, .pdf format, 19p.). "A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, 'Alcohol Use Among Adults: United States, 1997-98,' establishes baseline estimates to track changes in alcohol use in the United States across a range of demographic factors. This allows alcohol consumption to be compared to other life style variables such as smoking, physical activity, and body weight. The report, based on a survey of more than 68,000 adults over a 2-year period, shows alcohol use among U.S. adults varies according to sex, age, income, education, race, ethnicity, and marital status."

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases/01facts/alcoholuse.htm

Click on "View/download PDF" for full text.
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2. ICPSR DATA UPDATE: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan has updated the following data file:

Marital Instability over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997 (# 2163), to include data for Wave 5 (1997).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/recupd.html

NEW DATA FILE: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added seven studies to its holdings on Sept. 25, 2001. Of possible interest to researchers in aging is:

British Social Attitudes Survey, 1993 (#3096).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/recadd.html

Note: These addresses are temporary. ICPSR studies are always available at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/search-basic.html

Search on title or study number:
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3. CENSUS BUREAU:

A. "Money Income in the United States: 2000," by Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Robert W. Cleveland, and Marc I. Roemer (Census Bureau Current Population Reports, Consumer Income, P60-213, September 2001, .pdf format, 21p.).

B. "Poverty in the United States: 2000," by Joseph Dalaker (Census Bureau Current Population Reports, Consumer Income, P60-214, September 2001, .pdf format, 28p.).

Both reports are linked to from the News Release announcing results of the Current Population Survey Annual Demographic Survey (March 2001).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2001/cb01-158.html

C. Data from the March 2001 Annual Demographic survey (excluding the Health Insurance data) are currently available via the Census Bureau/Bureau of Labor Statistics FERRET extractor. Note that hundreds of pre-created (macro-data) tables (ASCII format) are available. User's can also select specific variables to create their own microdata, as well as frequencies and cross-tabulations. The entire raw data set will (according to FERRET) be available on Friday, Sep. 28, 2001, when the Health Insurance data is available.

BLS 2001 Annual Demographic File Page:

http://www.bls.census.gov/cps/ads/2001/sdata.htm

FERRET:

http://ferret.bls.census.gov/

FERRET FTP for raw data:

http://www.bls.census.gov/ferretftp.htm
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4. HCFA: "1980-1998 State Health Care Expenditures," (Health Care Financing Administration, released Sept. 25, 2001, HTML, .pdf, and comma delimited formats). Note: "State Health Care Expenditures (SHE) measure spending for personal health care services and products (hospital care, physician services, nursing home care, etc.) by state of provider and by two sources of funding (Medicare and Medicaid). The SHE use the same definitions, and to the extent possible, the same data sources as do the National Health Expenditures. Expenditure estimates for 1980-1998 are currently available in data files, as is a methodology paper listing definitions, data sources and estimation methods."

http://www.hcfa.gov/stats/NHE-OACT/StateEstimates/
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II. Reports and articles:

5. GAO REPORTS:

"Medicare: Payments for Covered Outpatient Drugs Exceed Providers' Costs," (US Government Accounting Office, GAO-01-1118, .pdf format, September 2001, 34p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d011118.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports can always be found at:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml

Search on title or report number.
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6. DHHS--ANNOUNCEMENT: "HHS Launches Project to Integrate Medicare Accounting Systems," (US Department of Health and Human Services, news release Sept. 27, 2001).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2001pres/20010927.html
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7. NCHS--ANNOUNCEMENT:

"Revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificates of Live Birth and Death and the Fetal Death Report," (National Center for Health Statistics, September 2001, .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/vital_certs_rev.htm

See text below links for further explanation.
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8. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) of this article may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Presenilin, Notch, and the genesis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease," by Dennis J. Selkoe (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 20, Sept. 25, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 11039-11041).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/20/11039

B. "Increased levels of forkhead box M1B transcription factor in transgenic mouse hepatocytes prevent age-related proliferation defects in regenerating liver," by Xinhe Wang, Elizabeth Quail, Nai-Jung Hung, Yongjun Tan, Honggang Ye, and Robert H. Costa (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 20, Sept. 25, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 11468-11473).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/20/11468

C. "Intravenous administration of MEK inhibitor U0126 affords brain protection against forebrain ischemia and focal cerebral ischemia," by Shobu Namura, Koji Iihara, Shinya Takami, Izumi Nagata, Haruhiko Kikuchi, Koji Matsushita, Michael A. Moskowitz, Joseph V. Bonventre, and Alessandro Alessandrini (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 20, Sept. 25, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 11569-11574).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/20/11569

D. "Dehydroascorbic acid, a blood-brain barrier transportable form of vitamin C, mediates potent cerebroprotection in experimental stroke," by Judy Huang, David B. Agus, Christopher J. Winfree, Szilard Kiss, William J. Mack, Ryan A. McTaggart, Tanvir F. Choudhri, Louis J Kim, J Mocco, David J. Pinsky, William D. Fox, Robert J. Israel, Thomas A. Boyd, David W. Golde, and E. Sander Connolly Jr. (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 20, Sept. 25, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 11720-11724).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/20/11720

E. "Social stress exacerbates stroke outcome by suppressing Bcl-2 expression," by A. Courtney DeVries, Hung-Dong Joh, Ora Bernard, Kimihiko Hattori, Patricia D. Hurn, Richard J. Traystman, and Nabil J. Alkayed (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 20, Sept. 25, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 11824-11828).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/20/11824
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9. _SCIENCE MAGAZINE_ NEWS FOCUS ABSTRACT: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) of this article may be available. Check your organization's library.

"New Leads on the 'How' of Alzheimer's," by Jean Marks (_Science Magazine_, Vol. 293, No. 5538, September 21, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p.2192-2194).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/293/5538/2192
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10. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Effects of Inhaled Glucocorticoids on Bone Density in Premenopausal Women," by Elliot Israel, Taruna R. Banerjee, Garrett M. Fitzmaurice, Tania V. Kotlov, Karen LaHive, and Meryl S. LeBoff (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 345, No. 13, Sept. 27, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 941-947).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/345/13/941

B. "Pamidronate to Prevent Bone Loss during Androgen-Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer," by Matthew R. Smith, Francis J. McGovern, Anthony L. Zietman, Mary Anne Fallon, Douglas L. Hayden, David A. Schoenfeld, Philip W. Kantoff, and Joel S. Finkelstein (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 345, No. 13, Sept. 27, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 948-955).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/345/13/948

C. "Deep-Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus or the Pars Interna of the Globus Pallidus in Parkinson's Disease," by The Deep-Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Study Group (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 345, No. 13, Sept. 27, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 956-963).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/345/13/956
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11. _THE LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, COMMENTARY, AND CORRESPONDENCE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Trial of invasive versus medical therapy in elderly patients with chronic symptomatic coronary-artery disease (TIME): a randomised trial," by the TIME Investigators (_The Lancet_, Vol. 358, No. 9286, September 22, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 951-957). Note: See the end of the article for a complete list of authors.

HTML format:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol/iss/full/llan.358.9286.original_research.17680.1

PDF format:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.358.9286.original_research.17680.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Approach to symptomatic coronary disease in the elderly: TIME to change?" by Wilbert S Aronow (_The Lancet_, Commentary, Vol. 358, No. 9286, September 22, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 945-946).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol358/iss9286/full/llan.358.9286.editorial_and_review.17706.1

C. "Pitfalls of new long-term care insurance in Japan," by Shinji Teramoto, Takeo Ishii, and Takeshi Matsuse (_The Lancet_, Correspondence, Vol. 358, No. 9286, September 22, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 1016).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol358/iss9286/full/llan.358.9286.correspondence.17719.1
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12. _BMJ_ PAPER: "Inhibition of serotonin reuptake by antidepressants and upper gastrointestinal bleeding in elderly patients: retrospective cohort," by C. van Walraven, M. M. Mamdani, P. S. Wells, and J. I. Williams (_British Medical Journal_, Paper, Vol. 323, No. 7314, September 21, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 658-661).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7314/655

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13. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT AND LETTER:

A. "Racial Disparity in Influenza Vaccination Does Managed Care Narrow the Gap Between African Americans and Whites?" by Eric C. Schneider, Paul D. Cleary, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Arnold M. Epstein (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 12, Sept. 26, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1455-1460).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc10169.html

B. "Relationship Between Apolipoprotein E 4 and Sleep-Disordered Breathing at Different Ages," Daniel J. Foley, Kamal Masaki, Lon White, Susan Redline, Emmanuel Mignot, Greer M. Murphy, Jr, and Terry Young (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 12, Sept. 26, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1447-1448).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jlt0926-1.html
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14. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

"Can Sex Hormones Protect Against or Treat Alzheimer's?" (_The Brown University Geriatric Psychopharmacology Update via Medscape_, Vol. 5, No. 9, Sept. 2001, p. 1-3).

http://www.medscape.com/42884.rhtml?srcmp=ms-092101

or

http://www.medscape.com/Manisses/GPU/2001/v05.n09/gpu0509.01/gpu0509.01.html
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15. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: There are two new segments from AARP's Prime Time Radio. (AARP, RealAudio format, August-September 2001). The titles are:

"As Boomers Become Elders" (9/4/01)
"Betting the Kids' Inheritance" (8/21/01)

http://www.aarp.org/ontheair/ptrtopics.html

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III. Working Papers:

16. NBER:

A. "Accounting for the Black-White Wealth Gap: A Nonparametric Approach," by Robert Barsky, John Bound, Kerwin Charles, and Joseph Lupton (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 8466, September 2001, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:
This paper notes a potential problem in the method of Blinder and Oaxaca the most popular method in the literature for decomposing the mean difference between groups of a given variable into the portion attributable to differences in the distribution of some explanatory variables and differences in the conditional expectation functions. In its conventional application, the Blinder-Oaxaca method requires that a parametric assumption be made about the form of the conditional expectations function. We show that misspecification is likely to result in non-trivial errors in inference regarding the portion attributable to differences in the distribution of explanatory variables. A nonparametric alternative to the Blinder-Oaxaca method is proposed. Rather than specify an arbitrary functional form for the conditional expectations function, the method re-weights the empirical distribution of the outcome variable using weights that equalize the empirical distributions of the explanatory variable. Applying this method to the large black-white gap in net worth, we document a substantial difference in the estimated role of earnings differences between the two methods. Our estimates suggest that differences in earnings account for roughly two-thirds of the overall wealth gap.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8466

Click on "PDF" at the bottom of the abstract or submit your email address for full text.

B. "The Future of Social Security Pensions in Europe," by Martin Feldstein (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 8487, September 2001, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:
This paper discusses a possible solution to the double problem that faces European governments in dealing with the future of Social Security pensions. Like other governments around the world, they must deal with the rising cost of pensions that will result from the increasing life expectancy of the population. But the European governments have the extra problem that any solution must be compatible with a European Union labor market in which individuals from any member country are free to work anywhere within the European Union. The solution to this double problem that is developed in this paper combines an investment-based system of individual accounts with a 'notional defined contribution' system financed by pay-as-you-go taxes.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8487

Click on "PDF" at the bottom of the abstract or submit your email address for full text.

C. "Fiscal Policy and Social Security Policy During the 1990s," by Douglas W. Elmendorf, Jeffrey B. Liebman, and David W. Wilcox (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 8488, September 2001, .pdf format, 91p.).

Abstract:
This paper reviews the course of fiscal policy and Social Security policy during the 1990s. The 1990s witnessed two fundamental changes in U.S. fiscal policy: a dramatic improvement in the current and projected budget balance, and a shift to a new political consensus in favor of balancing the budget excluding Social Security rather than the unified budget. The dramatic improvement in the budget outlook stemmed both from favorable developments in the economic environment and from deliberate policy actions that reduced budget deficits and later did not spend down the surpluses. In contrast, the 1990s did not witness significant changes in Social Security policy, although alternative visions of Social Security reform received tremendous analytic and popular attention. The 1994-1996 Advisory Council on Social Security presented three reform plans that placed important emphasis on additional prefunding. Each involved some form of investment in equities either centrally, through the trust fund, or in a decentralized manner, through individual accounts. Late in the decade, with the emergence of on-budget surpluses, the possibility of general revenue contributions to the Social Security system came under serious consideration. In the end, President Clinton decided to pursue Social Security reform based on general revenue contributions to the trust fund and centralized investment in equities rather than creating individual accounts, but his proposal was not adopted.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8488

Click on "PDF" at the bottom of the abstract or submit your email address for full text.
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17. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Financial Transfers from Parents to Adult Children: Issues of Who is Helped and Why," by Brent M. Berry (_University of Michigan Population Studies Center_, PSC Research Report 01-485, September 2001, .pdf format, 23p.).

Abstract:
To what extent can young adult children rely on their parents for financial support? Despite the critical role parents have in supporting their children, parental motives for financial support remain unclear. Findings using two waves of data from the Health and Retirement Study that control for the needs of children and the resources of parents suggest that parents give more inter vivos financial assistance to their more disadvantaged children rather than focusing on children most able to give them financial help in return. Assistance is unevenly distributed among children in the direction favoring the most financially needy, supporting altruism as a motivation. Other measures of child well being besides income, including home ownership, education, parental status, and marital status, also suggest that parents help needy children more. Living near by, an indicator of a child's potential helpfulness, results in receiving more, a finding consistent with exchange motives. Neither altruism nor exchange theories, however, address the finding that stepchildren receive substantially less support than naturally born or adopted children. An alternative explanation incorporating this finding suggests that giving of support is mediated by the degree to which parents feel a child is their dependent. Findings are robust upon allowing for unobserved differences across families by estimating fixed effect models. Dataset(s) used: Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 1992 (Wave I), 1994 (Wave II).

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/papers/rr01-485.pdf
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18. OECD: "Fiscal Implication of Ageing: Projections of Age-Related Spending," by Thai Than Dang, Pablo Antolin and Howard Oxley (_Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development_, ECO/WKP(2001)31, Sept. 19, 2001, .pdf and Word formats, 57p.).

Abstract:
This paper provides new projections on the fiscal impact of age-related spending for OECD countries over the next half century. These results are based on national models using an agreed upon set of assumptions about macroeconomic and demographic developments for all countries. Recent reforms to pension systems have partly offset the impact on spending of an increasingly elderly population, and there has been a major improvement in the underlying fiscal situation in the 1990s. However, further age-related spending (including old age pensions, health and spending associated with children) is still projected to increase on average around 6 to 7 per cent of GDP over the projection period. This calls for maintaining the reform effort and intensifying it in several countries, if fiscal sustainability is to be maintained.

http://www.olis.oecd.org/olis/2001doc.nsf/linkto/eco-wkp(2001)31
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19. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR UNIVERSITY OF BONN: "Will it Last? An Assessment of the 2001 German Pension Reform," by Holger Bonin (Institute for the Study of Labor University of Bonn, Discussion Paper No. 343, .pdf format, August 2001, 36p.)

Abstract:
In May 2001, Germany adopted a fundamental pension reform cutting back public pensions and introducing personal pension accounts. The paper critically reviews the reform decisions and evaluates their long-term viability. It is shown that the adjustment of the Public Pension Scheme misses the proclaimed contribution rate and replacement ratio targets already under moderate economic conditions. However, the new private pension plans provide scope for further downsizing state pensions, necessary beyond 2025. As the enacted savings rate target is conservative, individual pensions keep retirement income sufficient even if returns to pension funds are low due to legal restrictions on savings vehicles.

http://www.iza.org/publications/dps/dp343.pdf

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

20. The Journals of Gerontology (A) (Biological and Medical), and (B) (Psychological and Social), and the Gerontologist have created a new table of contents service. To receive notification of a new table of contents via email, go to:

http://www.gerontologyjournals.org/

Click on any journal icon and then click on "email alerts." Full electronic text of these journals will be provided through Highwire Press. Check your library for availability.

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21. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 27, No. 4, October 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available via EbscoHost. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.catchword.co.uk/titles/tandf/0361073X/v27n4/contp1-1.htm
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22. The Gerontologist (Vol. 41, No. 5, October 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol41/issue5/index.shtml
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23. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

B. click on "Search Options"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "Publication title" search box and click the radio button "Words in Title"
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 91, No. 9, Sept. 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and EbscoHost. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.
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24. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of Sept. 25, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sept. 25, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sept. 25, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

AMADEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Books:

25. NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS: "Improving Palliative Care for Cancer," edited by Kathleen M. Foley and Hellen Gelband (US National Cancer Policy Board, National Research Council, 2001, 344p., Open Book format).

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10149.html
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VI. Funding Opportunities:

26. AOA:

A. "Grants to Indian Tribal Organizations for the Native American Caregiver Support Program," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Program Announcement No. AoA-01-12, released Sept. 17, 2001). Note: This is a copy of the grant announcement appearing in the Federal Register on Sept. 17, 2001.

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/AIN/2001/FRnacsp02.html

B. "Announcement of availability of funds and opportunity to apply under the Older Americans Act, Title VI, Grants for Native Americans, Part A--Indian Program," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Program Announcement No. AoA-01-13, released Sept. 17, 2001).

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/AIN/2001/T6A-FR-02.html

C. "HHS Awards Native American Elders Caregiver Grants," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Sept. 25, 2001). Note: This press release includes a list of the 110 tribal organizations who received formula grants under this program, as well as nine tribal organizations who received $100,000 demonstration grants.

http://www.aoa.gov/pressroom/Pr2001/naecaregivers.html
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27. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: The BC CRR is soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The program's purpose is to promote research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including actuarial science, demography, economics, finance, gerontology, political science, public administration, public policy, sociology, social work and statistics. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or comparable professional certification. Grant awards will be up to $25,000 for each successful applicant. The Program is funded through a grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The deadline for proposals is November 16, 2001. Awards will be made in January 2002 and projects must be completed within one year of the award. For more information see:

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/executive/crr/sandellguidelines.shtml
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28. AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY: AGS announces a call for applications for the Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Awards Program. "This new award addresses the urgent need to create a structure for developing leaders in geriatrics in academic surgery and related medical specialties. The Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Awards are for two-years and are designed to support young faculty in the specialties of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, thoracic surgery, and urology. Intended to allow individuals to initiate and sustain a career in research and education in the geriatrics aspects of their discipline, each grant will provide $75,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits, plus $25,000 per year to support costs of doing research. The deadline for filing applications is January 15, 2002."

For more information about the grant contact AGS at:
American Geriatrics Society
The Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 801
New York, NY 10118
Phone - 212/308-1414
Fax - 212/832-8646
email: info@americangeriatrics.org

The AGS home page is at: http://www.americangeriatrics.org
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH:

"Medicare Drug Reimbursements: A Broken System for Patients and Taxpayers," (US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, a hearing held Sep. 21, 2001, HTML format).

Hearing testimony:

http://energycommerce.house.gov/107/hearings/09212001Hearing371/hearing.htm
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30. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING:

"Long-Term Care After Olmsted: Aging and Disability Groups Seek Common Ground," (US Senate Special Committee on Aging, a hearing held Sept. 24, 2001, HTML and .pdf format).

Hearing Testimony:

http://aging.senate.gov/hr74.htm
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31. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING:

"H.R. 2768, the Medicare Regulatory and Contracting Reform Act of 2001," (US House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, a hearing held Sept. 25, 2001, HTML format).

Hearing Testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/health/107cong/hl-10wit.htm
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32. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Listen to Americans' Views on the Future of Social Security," a hearing held June 18, 2001 (US House Committee on Ways and Means, Serial No. 107-29, ASCII and .pdf format).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch107.html

Note: Scroll down to or find in page "107-29" (without the quotes).

B. "Medicare Solvency," a hearing held March 20, 2001 (US House Committee on Ways and Means, Serial No. 107-17, ASCII and .pdf format).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch107.html

Note: Scroll down to or find in page "107-17" (without the quotes).

C. "Social Security and Medicare Trustees' 2001 Annual Reports, Joint Hearing," a hearing held March 20, 2001 (Joint hearing of the US House Committee on Ways and Means and the US Senate Committee on Finance, Serial No. 107-16, ASCII and .pdf format).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch107.html

Note: Scroll down to or find in page "107-16" (without the quotes).


Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
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Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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