Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #109--November 8, 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. MEPS: The US Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality has released two new data files and one updated data file from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

The new data files are the 1998 Outpatient Visits and Emergency Room Visits files. Data and documentation are available for downloading. For each file, documentation is provided in both .pdf and HTML format, questionnaires are available in .pdf format, and SAS programming statements are available for both files. Data files are provided in ASCII zipped format and in SAS transport format. For information about downloading the file click on "viewing and downloading" files.

The Emergency Room Visits File can be found at:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/data_pub/hc_eventdata98.htm#hc026e

The Outpatient Visits File can be found at:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/data_pub/hc_eventdata98.htm#hc026f

The updated data file is the 2000 P4R3/P5R1 Population Characteristics file. "This public use file provides information on data collected on a nationally representative sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States during the early part of 2000. The data consist of 2000 data obtained in Round 3 of Panel 4 and Round 1 of Panel 5 of the MEPS Household Component and contains variables pertaining to survey administration, demographics, employment, health status, and health insurance." A set of 2000 Health Insurance statistics is provided in .pdf and HTML format. In addition, the following items are provided: documentation and codebooks are provided in .pdf and HTML formats, SAS programming statements, and ASCII and SAS transport versions of the data file (in compressed and uncompressed form). For information about downloading the file click on "viewing and downloading" files.

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Data_Pub/HC_PiTData.htm#HC022
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2. _ICPSR DATA UPDATE_: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research has announced a data update to its Current Population Survey Annual Demographic File for March 2000 (study # 3048). The codebook has been updated to reflect the addition of "User Note 1," and SAS and SPSS data definition statements from the National Bureau of Economic Research have been added.

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

Note: This is a temporary address. ICPSR studies can always be found at:

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

Search on title or study number.
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II. Reports and articles:

3. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES:

A. "Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2002," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS-1169-FC, Word and Excel format, November 1, 2001). Note: This page links to the rule changes appearing in the Federal Register on November 1, as well as to the Word and Excel versions of the Fee Schedule.

http://www.hcfa.gov/regs/pfs/cms1169fc.htm

B. "Brief Summaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Title XVIII and Title XIX of The Social Security Act as of November 1, 2001," by Earl Dirk Hoffman, Jr., Barbara S. Klees, and Catherine A. Curtis (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HTML format, November 1, 2001). "The following are brief summaries of complex subjects. They should be used only as overviews and general guides to the Medicare and Medicaid programs."

http://www.hcfa.gov/pubforms/actuary/ormedmed/

To view information about one of the programs click on "Medicare", "NHE", or "Medicaid" at the bottom of the page.

C. "Prospective Payment System for Hospital Outpatient Services: Criteria for Establishing Additional Pass-Through Categories for Medical Devices," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Word format, November 1, 2001).

http://www.hcfa.gov/regs/CMS1179IFC.doc

D. "Process and Information Required to Apply for Additional Device Categories For Transitional Pass-Through Payment Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Rich Text format, November 1, 2001).

http://www.hcfa.gov/medicare/newcatapp1030f.rtf

E. "Announcement of the Calendar Year 2002 Conversion Factor for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and a Pro Rata Reduction on Transitional Pass-Through Payments," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Word format, November 1, 2001).

http://www.hcfa.gov/regs/CMS1159F1.doc
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4. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS AND LETTER: Note: Electronic full-text (HTML and .pdf) may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Positron Emission Tomography in Evaluation of Dementia Regional Brain Metabolism and Long-term Outcome," by Daniel H. S. Silverman, Gary W. Small, Carol Y. Chang, Carolyn S. Lu, Michelle A. Kung de Aburto, Wei Chen, Johannes Czernin, Stanley I. Rapoport, Pietro Pietrini, Gene E. Alexander, Mark B. Schapiro, William J. Jagust, John M. Hoffman, Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, Abass Alavi, Christopher M. Clark, Eric Salmon, Mony J. de Leon, Ruediger Mielke, Jeffrey L. Cummings, Arthur P. Kowell, Sanjiv S. Gambhir, Carl K. Hoh, and Michael E. Phelps (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 17, November 7, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2120-2127).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc10908.html

B. "Hormone Replacement Therapy and Dry Eye Syndrome," by Debra A. Schaumberg, Julie E. Buring, David A. Sullivan, and M. Reza Dana (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 17, November 7, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2114-2119).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc10472.html

C. "A Meta-analysis of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Fracture Prevention," by Douglas G. Altman, David J. Torgerson, and Sally E. M. Bell-Syer (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 17, November 7, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2096-2097).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jlt1107-4.html
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5. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Notes: Electronic full-text (HTML and .pdf) may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Support for the multigenic hypothesis of amyloidosis: The binding stoichiometry of retinol-binding protein, vitamin A, and thyroid hormone influences transthyretin amyloidogenicity in vitro," by Joleen T. White and Jeffery W. Kelly (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 23, November 6, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 13019-13024).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/23/13019

B. "Personality traits and brain dopaminergic function in Parkinson's disease," by Valtteri Kaasinen, Elina Nurmi, Jrgen Bergman, Olli Eskola, Olof Solin, Pirkko Sonninen, and Juha O. Rinne (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 23, November 6, 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, p. 13272-13277).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/23/13272
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6. _BMJ_ CLINICAL REVIEW AND NEWS:

A. "Extracts from 'Clinical Evidence': Benign prostatic hyperplasia," by Michael J Barry and Claus G Roehrborn (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 323, No. 1042, November 3, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1042-1045).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7320/1042

B. "Drug effects blamed for fifth of hospital deaths among elderly," by Scott Gottlieb (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 323, No. 1042, November 3, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1025).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7320/1025/b
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7. _NATURE_ LETTERS TO NATURE: Notes: Electronic full-text (HTML and .pdf) may be available. Check with your organization's library.

"A subset of NSAIDs lower amyloidogenic A42 independently of cyclooxygenase activity," by Sascha Weggen, Jason L. Eriksen, Pritam Das, Sarah A. Sagi, Rong Wang, Claus U. Pietrzik, Kirk A. Findlay, Tawnya E. Smith, Michael P. Murphy, Thomas Bulter, David E. Kang, Numa Marquez-Sterling, Todd E. Golde and Edward H. Koo (_Nature_, Vol. 414, No. 6860, November 8, 2001, .pdf and HTML, p. 212-216).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v414/n6860/abs/414212a0_fs.html
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8. MEDSCAPE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

"Practices Recognize Value of Using Nurse Practitioners," Debra C. Cascardo (_Medscape Money and Medicine, November 2001).

http://www.medscape.com/44363.rhtml?srcmp=ms-110201

or

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/MoneyMedicine/journal/2001/v02.n06/mm1029.casc/mm1029.casc.html
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9. URBAN INSTITUTE: "Who Will Care For Us? Addressing the Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis," by Robyn I. Stone with Joshua M. Wiener (_Urban Institute_, .pdf and HTML format, October 2001, 44p.).

http://www.urban.org/health/CareForUs.html

Click on "Portable Document Format (PDF)" to view .pdf version of the report.
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10. _AARP BULLETIN_: _AARP Bulletin_, November 2001. Selected articles are available in electronic full text.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/toc.html

Note: This is a temporary address. When the next _Bulletin_ is released, this one will be available for a limited period of time via a link under"previous issues" at the site.
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11. AARP PERIODICAL: _Modern Maturity_ (November/December 2001). Selected articles available electronically.

http://www.modernmaturity.org/tableofcontents.html
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III. Working Papers:

12. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY:

A. "Family Roles and Well-Being During the Middle Life Course," by Nadine F. Marks, Larry L. Bumpass, Hey Jung Jun (Working Paper 2001-13, September 2001, .pdf format, 53p.).

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2001-13.pdf

(No abstract available).

B. "Life Course Influences on Women's Social Relationships at Midlife," by Nadine F. Marks and Kristy Ashleman (Working Paper 2001-14, July 2001, .pdf format, 48p.).

Abstract:

Social relationships are an important factor influencing health, but much existing research linking social relationships with health gives inadequate attention to differential quality of social relationships, potential gender differences in processes linking social relationships and health, and the multiplicity of factors that influence the trajectory of women's social relationships across the lifecourse. This chapter reviews evidence documenting how the structure and quality of women's social relationships with mothers, fathers, siblings, partners, other kin, and friends change from childhood to middle adulthood, and considers how biological, psychological, and social factors uniquely, cumulatively, and interactively influence the quantity and quality of women's social relationships over time. The relative importance of early life course factors for helping to determine later life relationships and relationship quality is discussed. Lifecourse differences between women and men and differences among women of varying socioeconomic status are noted. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future research and implications for policy.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2001-14.pdf
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13. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND WORKING PAPER: "Who Gets Paid to Save?" by Jagadeesh Gokhale and Laurence J. Kotlikoff (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Working Paper No. 01-14, Sept. 2001, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Thanks to recent changes in the tax law, people can contribute more to their tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible savings plans, including 401(k) and Roth IRAs. But should they? The myriad interacting provisions of the tax code make it difficult to predict who gains from government savings incentives and by how much. This study examines how new legislation affects the lifetime tax gains (or losses) of low-, middle-, and high-lifetime earners if they contribute the maximum to 401(k) accounts, traditional IRA accounts, and Roth IRA accounts. The study finds that the new legislation changes little for low- and middle-income earners. Low and middle earners paid higher lifetime taxes under the old tax law if they participated fully in tax-deferred plans and would still do so under the new law. If a new tax credit created by the legislation were extended and indexed to inflation, low earners would break even, but middle earners would still lose. In contrast, participating in a Roth IRA provides a guaranteed and nontrivial lifetime tax saving; however, one need not contribute the maximum to receive the full benefit.

http://www.clev.frb.org/research/workpaper/2001/wp0114.pdf

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

14. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 5, No. 4, November 2001).

http://antonio.catchword.com/vl=95943112/cl=16/nw=1/rpsv/cw/carfax/13646915/contp1.htm
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15. 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 Sociology (Vol. 106, No. 6, May 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 9, No. 4, 2001).

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 42, No. 3, 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.
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16. 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 November 6, 2001:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 6, 2001:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 6, 2001:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

17. GPO: "Medicare Unique Physician Identification Number, 2001," (US Government Printing Office, S/N: 017-060-00627-7, CD-ROM, 2001). "Contains a complete updated national listing of all Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) Directory records. Current through December 2000. Updated yearly on January 1st beginning in 2002. Replaces all prior printed versions of the original publication date 1991 and yearly supplements date 1992 through 2001." The price for the CD is $30.00 domestic and $37.00 foreign.

To order the CD go to:

http://bookstore.gpo.gov/

In the search field type "017-060-00627-7" and submit. Follow the link to order the item.
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VI. Funding Opportunities:

18. NCHS: "New Fellowship Program Launched: NCHS/Academy Health Policy Fellowship," (Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, October 2001). "This Fellowship is aimed at using NCHS data systems to study issues of concern to policymakers and the health services research community, and NCHS will award up to two fellowships annually over the course of the program." The deadline for applications is January 25, 2001, and fellowships will commence in September 2002.

For more information about the program and for application information go to:

http://www.academyhealth.org/nchs/
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

19. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS: "Retirement Security for the American Worker: Opportunities and Challenges," a hearing held Nov. 1, 2001 (US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, HTML and .pdf format).

Hearing Testimony:

http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings/107th/eer/retiree110101/wl110101.htm
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20. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Vaccine Vacuum: What Can Be Done to Protect Seniors?" a hearing held May 30, 2001 (Senate Publication Serial Number 107-7, Hearing 107-97, HTML and .pdf format, 163p.)

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh107.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-97" (without the quotes).

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

21. SSA: "State and Local Government Employers," (Social Security Administration, HTML format, 2001). "This site is for State and local government employers who are responsible for withholding, reporting and paying Social Security and Medicare taxes for public employees. You will find information about how public employees are covered for Social Security and Medicare, frequently asked questions, laws and regulations, publications, who to contact in your State, and related web links that will help you understand the Social Security and Medicare coverage and reporting requirements for public employees."

http://www.ssa.gov/slge/


Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology
Rm. 4470A Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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