Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #117--January 10, 2002

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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.html

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I. Data:

1. AOA: "Number and Percent of Persons 65+ by Race and Hispanic Origin - 2000." US Administration on Aging table based on US Census 2000 Summary File 1 (100 percent) data.

http://www.aoa.gov/Census2000/minority-sumstats.html
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2. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "National Health Care Expenditures," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HTML, .pdf, and comma delimited format, January 7, 2001). Note: "National Health Expenditures measure spending for health care in the U.S. by type of service delivered (hospital care, physician services, nursing home care, etc.) and source of funding for those services (private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, out-of-pocket spending, etc.). Expenditure estimates for 1960-2000 are currently available in data files or in published articles. Additional articles and data will be added to this page in the future."

http://www.hcfa.gov/stats/NHE-OAct/
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3. NCHS: "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), Waves I-III," (National Center for Health Statistics, .pdf and compressed ASCII format, January 2002). NHANES data can now be downloaded from the NCHS Public-Use Data web site. NCHS is providing documentation, compressed ASCII data, and SAS data statements to read in the data files. The Plan and Operation Manual for each wave is also provided (.pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhanes/datalink.htm
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II. Reports and articles:

4. DHHS OIG OIE REPORT: "Medicare Reimbursement for Electroconvulsive Therapy (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Evaluations and Inspections OEI-12-01-00450, December 2001, 7p.).

Report Summary

This inspection found that Medicare allows almost one-half million dollars annually for a form of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) that involves the use of multiple seizures. However, a National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement indicates that the use of this treatment is not clinically recommended. We recommended that CMS take action to assure that the Medicare coverage policy for ECT is consistent with clinical guidelines

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-12-01-00450.pdf
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5. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "Prospective Payment System for Hospital Outpatient Services; Delay in Effective Date of Calendar Year 2002 Payment Rates and the Pro Rata Reduction on Transitional Pass-Through Payments," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, January 2002). Note: This announcement appeared in the December 31, 2001 Federal Register.

http://www.hcfa.gov/regs/fr31de01-8.htm
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6. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM, MINORITY STAFF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION: "Nursing Home Conditions in the District of Columbia: Many Homes Fail to Meet Federal Standards for Adequate Care," prepared for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (US House of
Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Minority Staff, Special Investigations Division, January 2002, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.house.gov/norton/nursingreport.pdf
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7. _JAMA_ MEDICAL NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES AND ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: Electronic full-text of these articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Research Yields Clues to Improving Cell Therapy for Parkinson Disease," by M. J. Friedrich (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Medical News and Perspectives, Vol. 287, No. 2, January 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 175-176).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jmn0109-1.html

B. "Sex-Based Analysis of Outcome in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated Predominantly With Percutaneous Coronary Intervention," Julinda Mehilli, Adnan Kastrati, Josef Dirschinger, Jrgen Pache, Melchior Seyfarth, Rudolf Blasini, Donald Hall, Franz-Josef Neumann, and Albert Schmig (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Article, Vol. 287, No. 2, January 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 210-215).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc11225.html

C. "Serum Estradiol Level and Risk of Breast Cancer During Treatment With Raloxifene," by Steven R. Cummings, Tu Duong, Emily Kenyon, Jane A. Cauley, Malcolm Whitehead, and Kathryn A. Krueger for the Multiple Outcomes of Raloxifene Evaluation (MORE) Trial (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Article, Vol. 287, No. 2, January 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 216-220).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc10875.html
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8. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of this article may be available. Check with your organization's library.

"Structure determination of micelle-like intermediates in amyloid beta - protein fibril assembly by using small angle neutron scattering," by Winnie Yong, Aleksey Lomakin, Marina D. Kirkitadze, David B. Teplow, Sow-Hsin Chen, and George B. Benedek (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 1, January 8, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 150-154).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/1/150
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9. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: Note: _DR_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research." "The Survivor Ratio Method for Estimating Numbers at High Ages," by Roger Thatcher, Vaino Kannisto, and Kirill Andreev (_Demographic Research_, Vol. 6, Article 1, January 2002, .pdf format, p. 1-18).

Abstract:

Only a few countries have official population statistics which are sufficiently accurate to produce reliable estimates of death rates at high ages. For other countries, there are several methods which can be used to produce improved estimates. The choice is important for research on old age mortality. In 1999 the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research undertook a research project to compare the performance of the three leading methods, using data for nine countries over 35 years. This paper describes the research and the results, which were unexpectedly simple. It also gives an authoritative account of the most successful method.

http://www.demographic-research.org/cgi-bin/abstract.plx?vol=6&art=1

_Demographic Research_:

http://www.demographic-research.org/
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10. _ILCUSA_: "ILC Report, December 2001," (International Longevity Center, .pdf format, 5p.). Note: The ILC Report is a "monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/ilc200112.pdf
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11. AARP PERIODICAL: Selected articles are available electronically from the January 2002 issue of the _AARP Bulletin_.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/toc.html
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12. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT: "Fitness for the ages," by Katerine Hobson (_US News and World Report_, Jan. 14, 2002).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/020114/health/14fitness.htm
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III. Working Papers:

13. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: Note: There were no abstracts provided for these working papers.

A. "Designing Total Reward Programs for Tight Labor Markets," by Eric Lofgren, Steven A. Nyce, and Sylvester J. Schieber (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-17, September 2001, 40p.).

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-17.pdf

B. "How Demographic Change Will Drive Benefits Design," by Marjorie Honig and Irena Dushi (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-18, September 2001, 42p.).

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-18.pdf

C. "The Benefits Implication of Recent Trends in Flexible Staffing Arrangements," by Susan N. Houseman (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-19, September 2001, 28p.).

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-19.pdf

D. "De-linking Benefits from a Single Employer: Alternative Multiemployer Models," by Teresa Ghilarducci (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-20, September 2001, 33p.).

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-20.pdf

E. "Benefits for the Free Agent Workforce," by Carl T. Camden (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-21, September 2001, 10p.).

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-21.pdf

F. "A Look at Global Benefits Administration," by Manish Sabharwal (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-22, September 2001, 16p.).

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-22.pdf

G. "Implications of a Difficult Economy for Company-Sponsored Retirement Plans," by Anna M. Rappaport (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-23, September 2001, 23p.).

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-23.pdf
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

14. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 21, No. 1, January 2001). Note: Full-text of this journal may be available at the web site. Check with your organization's library for availability.

http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/jnlnr/05393
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15. 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 January 7, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of January 7, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of January 7 and 11, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

16. ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: "Population Health and Aging: Strengthening the Dialogue Between Epidemiology and Demography," edited by Maxine Weinstein, Albert I Hermalin, and Michael A. Stoto (Proceedings of a conference held February 8-10, 2001, Annals of the New York Acacdemy of Sciences, Vol. 954, December 2001, 323p.). For more information about the book and for ordering information go to:

http://www.nyas.org/books/vols/V954.html
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VI. Funding Opportunities:

17. NIH: "New Research Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment of Bone Quality," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, RFA-AR-02-002, December 31, 2001).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-02-002.html

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VII. Conferences:

18. "AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY (AHRQ) is conducting two workshops to facilitate the use of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC) by the research community. The workshops, designed for those with an interest in using national health surveys, will be held at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, San Francisco, March 4, and March 6-7, 2002. At both workshops participants will have the opportunity to bring up specific research and policy questions of interest to themselves."

For Program Descriptions, Registration Forms, and Logistical Information go to:

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/workshop/WSSchedule02.htm
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19. 5th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONGRESS ON HEALTH CARE COMPLIANCE: The Congress will be held February 6-8, 2002 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C. The Congress will focus on "the regulation on health care finance and delivery in the United States." To view the conference agenda, the list of speakers, and to register for the conference, go to:

http://www.ComplianceCongress.com
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VIII. Websites of Interest:

20. NIH OFFICE OF BEHAVIORIAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES RESEARCH LISTSERV: "The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is launching a new e-mail service for announcing NIH funding opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences. On a monthly basis, OBSSR will distribute a listing of and hyperlinks to recent funding announcements (Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, Notices) published in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts."

To view a sample go to:

http://obssr.od.nih.gov/publications/bssr-guide/sample.htm

For subscription details go to:

http://obssr.od.nih.gov/publications/bssr-guide/


Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
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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