Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #121--February 7, 2002

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. BLS/CENSUS FERRET--DATA: The Ferret Data Extractor has made the following databases available:

Survey of Income and Program Participation--1996 Panel Wave 7 Retirement Expectations and Pension Plan Coverage Topical Module (all other modules previously released); 1996 Panel Wave 9 Topical Modules; 1996 Panel Wave 10 Tax History, Annual Income, and Work Schedule Topical Modules.

http://ferret.bls.census.gov/
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2. NCHS: "Early Release of Selected Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS): Data From January-June 2001," (_National Center for Health Statistics_, Feb. 4, 2002, HTML format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/released200202.htm
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3. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS: "Trends in life expectancy by social class 1972 - 1999," (UK Office for National Statistics, released January 28, 2002, .pdf format, 5p.). Note: This report is an update of a report that looked life expectency from 1972 to 1996.

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=8460&More=N

Click on "Life Expectancy by Social Class" to access the electronic full-text.
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II. Reports and articles:

4. _KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION_ HEALTHWEEK: "Medicare Prescription Drugs," (Kaiser Family Foundation, Quicktime, RealPlayer, and .pdf format, February 1-8, 2002, running time 5:57). Note: "The segment, 'Medicare Prescription Drugs,' will air on PBS stations around the country between February 1 and 8, 2002." To find out when the show will air in your area, go to:

http://www.pbs.org/healthweek/carriage.htm

You can view the segment at the Kaiser Family Foundation Web site (running time is approximately 5:57).

http://www.kff.org/content/2002/20020201a/

Click on "View Segment" to listen.

In addition, you can listen to an interview with Cheryl Matheis (click on"View Interview", running time is approximately 2:25). Ms. Matheis is Director of State Affairs with AARP. Kaiser also provides links to additional information sources (a fact sheet, a consumer guide, a summary report, and a presentation to Congress). These items are in .pdf format.
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5. OMB--BUDGET: "Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2003," (White House Office of Management and Budget, February 2002, .pdf format, 702p. historical tables, 304p., appendix, 1266p.). All documents and tables can be accessed from:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/index.html
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6. GPO--ECONOMIC REPORT: "Economic Report of the President," (US Government Printing Office, February 2002, .pdf format, 441p.). In addition to accessing the full-text of the current Economic Report, you can search for words and phrase in Economic Reports from 1996 to the present. Search results are available in ASCII or PDF format.

http://w3.access.gpo.gov/eop/

Click on "Economic Report of the President" to view full-text.
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7. CENSUS BUREAU -- REPORT: "Profile of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2000," (US Census Bureau, Current Population Report P23-206, December 2001, .pdf format, 77p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau News Release: "1-in-5 U.S. Residents Either Foreign-Born or First Generation, Census Bureau Reports" (Feb. 7, 2002). Note: Section 10: Age and Sex, may be of interest to researchers in aging (tables from Section 10 can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel, PDF, or csv (comma separated values) format).

Press release:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/cb02-18.html

Click on "Profile of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2000" for full text.

Detailed tables from the report are available at:

http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/foreign/ppl-145.html
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8. CENSUS 2000 -- BRIEF: "The United States in International Context," by Thomas M. McDevitt and Patricia M. Rowe (US Census Bureau, Census 2000 Brief C2KBR/01-11, February 2002, .pdf format, 11p.). The brief is linked to from a Census Bureau News Release: "Census Bureau Frames U.S. in Global Context; Identifies Aging, Fertility Trends" (Feb. 6, 2002).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/cb02cn53.html
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9. CMMS--HEALTH CARE MARKET UPDATE: "Publicly Traded Managed Care Organizations," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, November 2001, .pdf format, 10p.). "The CMS Health Care Industry Market Update is a series of reports on the health care industry. The first issue covers publicly traded managed care organizations." Of particular interests are two sections of the report that focus on the difficulties faced by firms participating in the Medicare+Choice program.

http://www.cms.gov/hcimu/

Click on "Publicly Traded Managed Care Organizations" for the full-text.
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10. DHHS OIG OEI--REPORT: "Medicare Administrative Appeals; The Potential Impact of BIPA," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, OEI-04-01-00290, January 2002, .pdf format, 31p.).

Report summary:

The OIG examined the impact of amendments made by the Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA) to the Medicare appeals system. The amendments, which are to go into effect on October 1, 2002, will negatively affect the already backlogged and overwhelmed appeals process. Short time frames called for by BIPA could result in appeal cases being prematurely accelerated to higher, more expensive levels of appeal. This could reduce the quality of decisions, with adverse effects on the financing and administration of the Medicare program. This report should be considered in light of an earlier OIG report which details fundamental weaknesses in the Medicare appeals process, many of which will be exacerbated by the implementation of the BIPA amendments. This report offers recommendations to restructure and improve the administration of the system, including the establishment of an administrative appeals process that is dedicated to Medicare and adjustments to the mandated time frames. The Department generally agreed with our recommendations.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-01-00290.pdf
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11. MEPS--REPORT: "Women in the Health Care System: Health Status, Insurance, and Access to Care," by Barbara M. Altman and Amy K. Taylor (Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Research Findings #17, February 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

This report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focuses on adult noninstitutionalized women in the United States in 1996. In terms of health status, the report shows perceived health, mental health, and the presence of a number of different limitations. Health insurance status is examined in terms of whether women are publicly insured, privately insured, or uninsured, and whether insured women are policyholders or dependents. Data on women's usual source of health care, use of ambulatory care services, and use of selected preventive services are used to examine access to care. The report does not compare women's health to men's health but instead looks at the health status of women by various demographic and health characteristics that may be associated with disparities in access to care or other disadvantages in the health care system, including a measure that combines marital status, presence of children in the household, and age of children. The estimates shown come from the Household Component of AHRQs Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProdShowNew.asp?PubID=78

Scroll to the end of the abstract for .pdf and HTML full text links.
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12. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS--CONSULTATION PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Modernising Annuities: A Consultative Document," (UK Department for Work and Pensions, Feb. 5, 2002, .pdf format, 68p.). "This consultation document explores ideas to help everyone who needs to buy an annuity to turn their personal pension savings into retirement income. It follows up the commitment to consult in the 2001 Pre-Budget Report. The Government wants to make it possible for all pension savers to find suitable annuities that provide good value in a more flexible annuity market."

http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/pdfs/mod_annuities.pdf

B. "Consultation Documents on Three Recommendations in the Myners' Report 'Institutional Investment in the UK: A review'," (UK Department for Work and Pensions, Feb. 4, 2002, .pdf format). The recommendations come in three separate documents: Pension Scheme Trustees: "Familiar with the Issues Concerned" ; Independent Custodians and Pension Schemes; and, Encouraging Shareholder Activism. There is also an introductory letter and a brief analysis of the regulatory impact of the recommendations.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/consult/2002/myners/index.htm
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13. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: Electronic full-text of PNAS articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Testosterone prevents the heat shock-induced overactivation of glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta but not of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase and concomitantly abolishes hyperphosphorylation of theta: Implications for Alzheimer's disease," by Sozos Ch. Papasozomenos and Alikunju Shanavas (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 3, February 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1140-1145).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/3/1140

B. "Conformational Abs recognizing a generic amyloid fibril epitope," by Brian O'Nuallain and Ronald Wetzel (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 3, February 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1485-1490).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/3/1485

C. "Targeting the prostate for destruction through a vascular address," by Wadih Arap, Wolfgang Haedicke, Michele Bernasconi, Renate Kain, Daniel Rajotte, Stanislaw Krajewski, H. Michael Ellerby, Dale E. Bredesen, Renata Pasqualini, and Erkki Ruoslahti (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 3, February 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1527-1531).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/3/1527

D. "Generation of dopaminergic neurons and pigmented epithelia from primate ES cells by stromal cell-derived inducing activity," by Hiroshi Kawasaki, Hirofumi Suemori, Kenji Mizuseki, Kiichi Watanabe, Fumi Urano, Hiroshi Ichinose, Masatoshi Haruta, Masayo Takahashi, Kanako Yoshikawa, Shin-Ichi Nishikawa, Norio Nakatsuji, and Yoshiki Sasai (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 3, February 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1580-1585).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/3/1580

E. "beta -Amyloid precursor protein transgenic mice that harbor diffuse A- beta deposits but do not form plaques show increased ischemic vulnerability: Role of inflammation," by Milla Koistinaho, Mikko I. Kettunen, Gundars Goldsteins, Riitta Keinnen, Antero Salminen, Michael Ort, Jan Bures, David Liu, Risto A. Kauppinen, Linda S. Higgins, and Jari Koistinaho (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 3, February 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1610-1615).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/3/1610

F. "Efficacy and age-related effects of nitric oxide-releasing aspirin on experimental restenosis," by Claudio Napoli, Giancarlo Aldini, John L. Wallace, Filomena de Nigris, Roberto Maffei, Pasquale Abete, Domenico Bonaduce, Gianluigi Condorelli, Franco Rengo, Vincenzo Sica, Francesco P. D'Armiento, Chiara Mignogna, Gaetano de Rosa, Mario Condorelli, Lilach O. Lerman, and Louis J. Ignarro (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 3, February 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1689-1694).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/3/1689
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14. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, LETTERS AND EDITORIAL: Note: Electronic full-text of JAMA articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Quality-of-Life and Depressive Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women After Receiving Hormone Therapy Results From the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) Trial," by Mark A. Hlatky, Derek Boothroyd, Eric Vittinghoff, Penny Sharp, and Mary A. Whooley; for the HERS Research Group (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Article, Vol. 287, No. 5, February 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 591-597).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc10108.html

B. "Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy and Quality of Life," by Kathryn M. Rexrode and JoAnn E. Manson (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial, Vol. 287, No. 5, February 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 641-642).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jed10090.html

C. "Dry Eye Syndrome in Postmenopausal Women," by Chris M. Peterson, Jack L. Lesher, Jr., Loretta S. Davis, Debra A. Schaumberg, and M. Reza Dana (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Article, Vol. 287, No. 5, February 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 585-585).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jlt0206-4.html
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15. _LANCET_ RESEARCH LETTER AND NEWS: Note: requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Mammographic screening: no reliable supporting evidence?" by Olli S. Miettinen, Claudia I. Henschke, Mark W. Pasmantier, James P. Smith, Daniel M. Libby, and David F. Yankelevitz (_Lancet_ Research Letter, Volume 359, No. 9304, February 2, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 404-406). Note: The Lancet is providing free access to the electronic full-text of this article.

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9304/full/llan.359.9304.original_research.19360.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9304.original_research.19360.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Israel suggests limits on right to die," by Rachelle H.B. Fishman (_Lancet_ News, Volume 359, No. 9304, February 2, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 414).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9304/full/llan.359.9304.news.19366.4

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9304.news.19366.4&x=x.pdf
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16. UNITED NATIONS POPULATION DIVISION--POPULATION BULLETIN: "Population Ageing and Living Arrangements of Older Persons: Critical Issues and Policy Responses," (UN Population Division, Population Bulletin of the United Nation No. 42/43, 2001, .pdf format). This bulletin contains papers presented at a conference held February 8-10, 2000. "Among the issues addressed were the historical and cultural contexts of population ageing and living arrangements, the social processes through which living arrangements of older persons influence the demand for formal and informal support systems and how governments respond to these perceived needs. The meeting also aimed to improve the knowledge base, identify priorities for future research and raise the long-term visibility of ageing-related issues."

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/bulletin42_43/bulletin42_43.htm

Click on the title of the paper to access the electronic full-text.
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17. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE--BRIEF: "How Important Are Private Pensions?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Annika Sundn and Elizabeth Lidstone (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Issue in Brief #8, February 2002, .pdf format, 12p.).

To view the Executive Summary go to:

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/executive/crr/ib_8.shtml

To view the full-text brief follow the link on the Executive Summary page.
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18. DHHS--PRESS RELEASE: "HHS Awards $128 Million in Grants to Help Family Caregivers," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Feb. 7, 2002). "HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today approved the release of $128 million in grants to states under the National Family Caregiver Support Program, which helps family members provide care for the elderly at home. States will use the grants to run programs that provide critical support, including home and community-based services, to help families maintain their caregiver roles." For more information, including a listing of state and territorial awards, go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/pressroom/Pr2002/NFCSP-funding-02.html
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19. URBAN INSTITUTE-POLICY BRIEF: "The Estate Tax Is Down, But Not Out," by Leonard E. Burman and William G. Gale (Urban Institute, Tax Policy Issues and Options No. 2, December 2001, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.). This policy brief reviews current estate tax rules and the changes introduced in the new tax law. It also evaluates the distribution of estate tax burdens and the impact of the tax on saving, entrepreneurship, and family farms, and it discusses alternative policy options.

http://www.urban.org/tax/taxpolicy_2.html

PDF Version:
http://www.urban.org/pdfs/taxpolicy_2.pdf
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III. Working Papers:

20. NBER:

A. "Medicare and Disparities in Women's Health," by Sandra Decker and Carol Rapaport (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper W8761, .pdf format, February 2001, 32p.).

Abstract:

We investigate the effect of universal health insurance on health outcome and the use of health services by exploiting a natural experiment that changes the insurance status of most Americans at age 65; that is, eligibility for the U.S. Medicare program. We compare inequalities in health and health care use just before and after the age of universal Medicare coverage (65) in the United States. We focus in this paper on the use of services related to breast cancer. We test whether Medicare improves the use of early detection services and ultimately stage of diagnosis of breast cancer particularly for groups shown to be more likely to be uninsured prior to age 65, such as black women or women with less than a high school education. Our results show that education differences in mammography and breast exam receipt and ultimately in stage of diagnosis of breast cancer lessen after the age of 65 for white women. We also find that turning 65 significantly increases the chance that a black woman, especially a less educated black woman, has had a mammogram. We do not find comparable evidence that stage of diagnosis is improved for black women after the age of 65.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8761

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

B. "Sources of U.S. Longevity Increase, 1960-1997," by Frank R. Lichtenberg (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper W8755, .pdf format, February 2001, 32p.).

Abstract:

Between 1960 and 1997, life expectancy at birth of Americans increased approximately 10% - from 69.7 to 76.5 years - and it has been estimated that the value of life extension during this period nearly equaled the gains in tangible consumption. We investigate whether an aggregate health production function can help to explain the substantial fluctuations in the rate of increase in longevity since 1960. We view longevity as the output of the health production function, and output fluctuations as the consequence of fluctuations in medical inputs (expenditure) and technology. We estimate longevity models using annual U.S. time-series data on life expectancy, health expenditure, and medical innovation. Reliable annual data are available for only one type of innovation - new drugs - but pharmaceutical R&D accounts for a significant fraction of total biomedical research. The empirical analysis provides strong support for the hypothesis that both medical innovation (in the form of new drug approvals) and expenditure on medical care (especially public expenditure) contributed to longevity increase during the period 1960-1997. The estimates imply that the medical expenditure needed to gain one life-year is about $11,000, and that the pharmaceutical R&D expenditure needed to gain one life-year is about $1,345. Previous researchers have estimated that the average value of a life-year is approximately $150,000.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8755

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

C. "Is a Bird in Hand Worth More than a Bird in the Bush? Intergenerational Transfers and Savings Behavior," by Jeffrey R. Brown and Scott J. Weisbenner (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper W8753, .pdf format, February 2001, 43p.).

Abstract:

This paper provides new evidence on the decomposition of aggregate household wealth into life-cycle and transfer wealth. Using the 1998 Survey of Consumer Finances, it finds that transfer wealth accounts for approximately one-fifth to one-quarter of aggregate wealth, suggesting a larger role for life-cycle savings than some previous estimates. Despite the smaller aggregate size of transfer wealth, its concentration among a small number of households suggests that it can still have an important effect on the savings decisions of recipients. Estimates suggest that past receipts of transfer wealth reduce life-cycle savings by as much as dollar-for-dollar, while expected future transfers do not produce such a crowd-out effect.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8753

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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21. MCMASTER UNIVERSITY SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP): "Alternative Pasts, Possible Futures: A 'What If' Study of the Effects of Fertility on the Canadian Population and Labour Force," by Frank T. Denton, Christine H. Feaver, and Byron G. Spencer (McMaster University SEDAP Research Paper No. 67, January 2002, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

The "baby boom" that followed World War II, and the subsequent "baby bust", have cast a long shadow over the Canadian population, society, and economy. Drawing on a series of counterfactual projections, this paper considers what the year 2001 would have looked like if things had been different if there had been no baby boom or no bust, or if the bust had been delayed, to take three examples. The paper then considers what will happen in the coming decades under a number of alternative assumptions. A major finding is that the boom had much less impact on the 2001 age structure of the population and labour force than did the bust that followed. For the future, population aging, slower rates of growth, and increased dependency ratios are likely features, but one should be careful not to overestimate the prospective "dependency burden".

http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~sedap/p/sedap67.pdf
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

22. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 155, No. 3, Feb. 1, 2002).

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol155/issue3/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 Sociological Review (Vol. 66, No. 6, 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of the American Geriatric Society (Vol. 50, No. 1, 2002).
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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 February 5, 2001:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of February 5, 2001:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of February 5, 2001:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

25. NIH:

A. "Short-Term Courses in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Culture Techniques," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, PA-02-054, February 1, 2002).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-054.html

B. "Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, RFA-TW-02-002, January 29, 2002).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-02-002.html
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VI. Conferences:

26. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: "Changing the Lives of Older Couples: Exploring Bereavement Amount Older Adults," (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, a workshop to be held at Ann Arbor, MI on June 3-7, 2002). "Prior to the public release of the Changing Lives of Older Couples (CLOC) data set, we are inviting researchers and scholars to gather for a five-day workshop where we will explore the psychological, social, and biological consequences of spousal bereavement among older adults." For information about agenda and registration go to:

http://www.cloc.isr.umich.edu/conference.htm
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

27. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING TRANSCRIPT: "Status of the Medicare+Choice Program," a hearing held Dec. 4, 2001 (Subcommittee on Health, US House Ways and Means Committee, Serial 107-49, HTML format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/health/107cong/12-4-01/107-49final.htm
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28. JOINT HEARING OF THE SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING AND SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGING, SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS: "Women and Aging: Bearing the Burden of Long-Term Care," a hearing held Feb. 6, 2002 (US Senate Special Committee on Aging and Subcommittee on Aging US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Feb. 6, 2002, .pdf, Real Audio, and Windows Media Player format).

To view Witness Statements (.pdf format) go to:

http://www.senate.gov/~aging/hr76.htm

Hearing testimony (Audio--RealPlayer and Windows Media Player format, running time 35 minutes 47 seconds, also a printed transcript, .pdf format, 30p.) can be found at:

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/health_cast/hcast_index.cfm?display=detail&hc=455

To watch the session, click on "View HealthCast".
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29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS: "President's Fiscal Year 2003 Budget," statements presented by Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, at a hearing held February 6, 2002 (US House Committee on Ways and Means, HTML, Real Audio, and Windows Media Player format). Of particular interest are Secretary Thompson's comments on the President's budget proposals for the Medicare program.

To view Witness Statements (.pdf format) go to:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/fullcomm/107cong/fc-11wit.htm

Hearing testimony (Audio--RealPlayer and Windows Media Player format, running time 87 minutes, also a printed transcript, pdf format, 25p.) can be found at:

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/health_cast/hcast_index.cfm?display=detail&hc=454

The DHHS Budget Office has prepared a detailed report covering the Department's FY2003 proposed budget. To view the report go to:

http://www.hhs.gov/budget/pdf/hhs2003bib.pdf

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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