Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #124--February 28, 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. NCHS: National Health Interview Survey, Final 1999 Data Release (US National Center for Health Statistics, February 2002, data are in self-decompressing [.exe] ASCII format, documentation, survey questionnaires, flashcards, field representative manual, and survey flowchart are in .pdf format, SAS and SPSS input statements, and a data usage disclaimer are in ASCII format).

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

Scroll to "Final 1999 Data Release" for links to all of the above.
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2. ICPSR--On Feb. 22, 2002, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added 18 studies to its holdings. Of possible interest to researchers in aging is:

AGING, STATUS, AND SENSE OF CONTROL (ASOC), 1995 and 1998 (#3334).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/recadd.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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3. PSID: The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has made available the 1968-1999 Public Release I Family File, Release 3, of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Researchers may access the data through the PSID Data Center extraction utility or download the data and documentation directly (.zip compressed ASCII format).

http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/psid/whatsnew.html

See "The 1968-1999 Public Release I Family File, Release 3" entry under"1/24/02".
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4. CENSUS BUREAU: "Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin by Age and Sex for the United States: 2000" (US Census Bureau Census 2000 PHC-T-8, February 2002, ASCII text, .pdf, and Excel format, 8 tables). Note: Tables are available separately or combined.

http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/phc-t08.html
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II. Reports and articles:

5. _DR_ OBITUARY FOR VAINO KANNISTO: Note: _Demographic Research_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research." "Dr. Vaino Kannisto: A Reflexion," by James W. Vaupel (_Demographic Research_, Vol. 6, Art. 5, February 2002, .pdf format, p. 87-90).

http://www.demographic-research.org

Click on "Enter", then "Vol. 6, No. 5."
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6. HHS NEWS RELEASE AND USPSTF RECOMMENDATION: "HHS Affirms Value of Mammography For Detecting Breast Cancer" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Feb. 21, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020221.html

Click on "http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/3rduspstf/breastcancer/" link at the bottom of the news release for full text of the recommendation: "Screening for Breast Cancer: Recommendations and Rationale," (US Preventive Services Task Force, February 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.), as well as supporting materials.
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7. UN PRESS RELEASE: "United Nations Releases New Statistics on Population Ageing" (United Nations Note No. 5713, Feb. 28, 2002).

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2002/note5713.doc.htm

Note: The wall chart referenced in the press release was not yet available at the site linked to at the time of this mailing. It should be available soon.
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8. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2000," by Amie Jamieson, Hyron B. Shin, and Jennifer Day (US Census Bureau Population Characteristics P20-542, February 2002, .pdf format, 15p.).

Links to full text, as well as a news release, 14 detailed tables (.pdf, Excel, and ASCII text format), and a source and accuracy statement can be found at:

http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html
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9. HHS HRSA SURVEY REPORT: "The Registered Nurse Population: March 2000," by Ernell Spratley, Ayah Johnson, Julie Sochalski, Marshall Fritz, and William Spencer (US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, February 2002, .pdf format, 126p.).

http://www.bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/rnsurvey/
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10. GAO REPORT: "Medicare Subvention Demonstration: Pilot Satisfies Enrollees, Raises Cost and Management Issues for DOD Health Care" (US General Accounting Office GAO-02-284, February 2002, .pdf format, 39p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02284.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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11. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Social Security in Nine European Countries: A Portrait of Reform" (Urban Institute, February 2002, .pdf format, 11p.). Note: "On July 27, 2001, representatives of nine European Union countries and the European Commission discussed social security and pension reform at an Urban Institute conference hosted by the German Embassy. This brief, drawing on the conference papers and discussion, provides an overview of pensions in the European Union and summarizes the nine participating countries pension systems, including recent reforms. It is intended as a useful resource to policy makers and the public as the United States wrestles with options for reforming social security."

http://www.urban.org/pdfs/310424.pdf
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12. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS FOUNDATION REPORT: "HMO Workgroup on Care Management: Improving the Care of Older Adults with Common Geriatric Conditions" (AAHP Foundation, February 2002, .pdf format, 74p.).

http://www.aahp.org/Content/ContentGroups/Reports_Fact_Sheets/HMOWorkgroupRpt.pdf

More information on AAHP:

http://www.aahp.org/Content/NavigationMenu/About_AAHP/Who_We_Are/WhoWeAre.htm
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13. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE SUMMARY SURVEY FINDINGS: "2002 Retirement Confidence Survey" (February 2002, .pdf format, 14p., with seven related factsheets and a news release [.pdf format]).

http://www.ebri.org/rcs/2002/index.htm

For more information about the survey see:

http://www.ebri.org/rcs/index.htm
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14. US DOC ESA REPORT: "A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet" (Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, February 2002, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Word2000 format, 92p.). "This report is based on the September 2001 U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey - a survey of approximately 57,000 households and more than 137,000 individuals across the United States. As such, the data in this study are among the most broad-based and reliable datasets that have been gathered on Internet, broadband, and computer connectivity." The report contains selected age related data on online activities, the digital workplace, and computer and Internet usage among people with disabilities.

http://www.esa.doc.gov/508/esa/nationonline.htm
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15. ILCUSA POLICY REPORT: "ILC Policy Report: Longevity News and Trends in the U.S. and Abroad" (International Longevity Center USA, February 2002, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/ilc200202.pdf

ILCUSA:

http://www.ilcusa.org/
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16. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS NEWS RELEASE: "Next stage of reform of the Minimum Funding Requirement" (Feb. 26, 2002). Note: at the bottom of the release, under "Notes for editors," there is a link to "The Minimum Funding Requirement: The Next Stage of Reform" (September 2001, .pdf format, 35p.), the "regulations laid before Parliament ... [which] were issued for consultation in draft form on 18 September 2001."

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2002/feb/pens2602-funding.htm
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17. CENTER ON URBAN AND METROPOLITAN POLICY, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION REPORT: "City Families and Suburban Singles: An Emerging Household Story from Census 2000," by William Frey and Alan Berube (Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Brookings Institution, February 2002, .pdf format, 22p.). Note: Of particular interest to researchers in aging is the third segment of the report, which focuses on the growth of non-family households in the suburbs (these households are headed by the single and the elderly).

http://www.brook.edu/dybdocroot/es/urban/census/freyfamilies.pdf
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18. _HEALTH AFFAIRS_ ARTICLE: "Trends In Medicare Supplemental Insurance And Prescription Drug Coverage, 1996-1999," by Mary A. Laschober, Michelle Kitchman, Patricia Neuman, and Allison A. Strabic (_Health Affairs_ Web Exclusive, February 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. W127-W138).

http://www.healthaffairs.org/WebExclusives/Laschober_Web_Excl_022702.htm

More about _Health Affairs_:

http://www.healthaffairs.org/index.php
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19. _MMWR_ ARTICLE: "Health-Related Quality of Life --- Puerto Rico, 1996--2000," (US Centers for Disease Control _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 51, No. 8, Mar. 1, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 166-168).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5108a3.htm

.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5108.pdf
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20. _JAMA_ ABSTRACTS:

A. "Residual Lifetime Risk for Developing Hypertension in Middle-aged Women and Men: The Framingham Heart Study," by Ramachandran S. Vasan, Alexa Beiser, Sudha Seshadri, Martin G. Larson, William B. Kannel, Ralph B. D'Agostino, and Daniel Levy (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 8, Feb. 27, 2002, p. 1003-1010).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v287n8/abs/joc11272.html

News release from US National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insititute relating to the above article: "NHLBI Study Shows Vast Majority Of Middle-Aged Americans At Risk Of Developing Hypertension" (Feb. 26, 2002).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb2002/nhlbi-26.htm

B. "Home Visits to Prevent Nursing Home Admission and Functional Decline in Elderly People: Systematic Review and Meta-regression Analysis," by Andreas E. Stuck, Matthias Egger, Andreas Hammer, Christoph E. Minder, and John C. Beck (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Review, Vol. 287, No. 8, Feb. 27, 2002, p. 1022-1028).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v287n8/abs/jma10044.html
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21. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Intravenous Zoledronic Acid in Postmenopausal Women with Low Bone Mineral Density," by Ian R. Reid, Jacques P. Brown, Peter Burckhardt, Zebulun Horowitz, Peter Richardson, Ulrich Trechsel, Albert Widmer, Jean-Pierre Devogelaer, Jean-Marc Kaufman, Philippe Jaeger, Jean-Jacques Body, Maria Luisa Brandi, Johann Broell, Raffaele Di Micco, Andrea Riccardo Genazzani, Dieter Felsenberg, Joachim Happ, Michael J. Hooper, Jochen Ittner, Georg Leb, Hans Mallmin, Timothy Murray, Sergio Ortolani, Alessandro Rubinacci, Maria Saaf, Goran Samsioe, Leon Verbruggen, and Pierre J. Meunier (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 346, No. 9, Feb. 28, 2002, p. 653-661).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/346/9/653?query=TOC
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22. _LANCET_ ARTICLE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Hormone replacement therapy and prevention of pressure ulcers and venous leg ulcers," by David J. Margolis, Jill Knauss, and Warren Bilker (_Lancet_, Vol. 359, No. 9307, Feb. 23, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 675-677).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9307/full/llan.359.9307.original_research.20060.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9307.original_research.20060.1&x=x.pdf
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23. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES, EDITORIAL, ABSTRACTS: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Comparison of Risperidone With Olanzapine in Elderly Patients With Dementia and Psychosis," by Vicki L. Ellingrod, Susan K. Schultz, Karen Ekstam-Smith, Eric Kutscher, Carolyn Turvey, and Stephan Arndt (_Pharmacotherapy_ via Medscape, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2002, p. 1-5).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/423206

B. "Relationship Between Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Physician Diagnosing and Prescribing," by Woodie M. Zachry III, Marvin D. Shepherd, Melvin J. Hinich, James P. Wilson, Carolyn M. Brown, and Kenneth A. Lawson (_American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy_ via Medscape, Vol. 59, No. 1, 2002, p. 33-41).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/424591

C. "Hormonal Replacement Therapy: Fact or Fiction?" by Ronald C. Hamdy (_Southern Medical Journal_ via Medscape, Vol. 94, No. 12, 2001). Note: this is a _SMJ_ editorial.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/423553

D. "Parkinson's-Related Psychosis" (Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery, February 2002). This is a selection of abstracts from recent literature on the topic.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/425259
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24. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Help! Im Scared for My 401(K): Enron shows that employees need investment advice. Its time for companies to step up," by Jane Bryant Quinn (_Newsweek_, Mar. 4, 2002).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/714734.asp
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25. _FORBES_ ARTICLE: "What's Really Wrong with 401(k)s: The Enron backlash has pols rushing to make retirement portfolios less risky. Bigger problem: They're not risky enough," by Scott Woolley (_Forbes_, Mar. 4, 2002).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/0304/046a.html
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III. Working Papers:

26. WHARTON (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA) PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: "Strengthening Employment-Based Pensions in Japan," by Robert L. Clark and Olivia S. Mitchell (WP 2002-01, October 2001, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

This paper investigates how the Japanese pension market for funded employment-based pensions is changing and how it might be strengthened in order to better serve one of the most rapidly aging populations in the world. Public and private pensions in Japan are estimated to hold around US$3 trillion, making that system the second largest globally after the United States. However, unfavorable economic developments have cut sharply into asset values and the weak economy is undermining traditional lifetime employment contracts. The recent passage of new legislation permitting the establishment of defined contribution plans in Japan may provide new opportunities for employer-sponsored retirement plans. We begin by describing the Japanese pension system at the end of the 20th century, and then provide an overview and evaluation of the changes in the pension arena emerging from the 2001 legislation. We show that important design questions remain to be answered, if Japanese employment-based pensions are to be reformed and modernized. We also suggest what lessons might be gleaned from recent changes in pension plans in the United States.

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/WP2002-1.pdf

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

27. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 155, No. 5, Mar. 1, 2002). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol155/issue5/index.shtml

28. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 16, No. 1, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Database. Check your library for availability of this database and this issues.

http://www.elsevier.nl/cdweb/journals/08904065/viewer.htt

Click on "Volume 16, Issue 1

29. Journals of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences (A) (Vols. 57A, Nos. 3, March 2002). Note 1: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available at the site. Check your organization's library. Note 2: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and these issues.

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol57/issue3/index.shtml

30. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences (B): Vols. 57B, Nos. 2, March 2002). Note 1: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available at the site. Check your organization's library. Note 2: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and these issues.

http://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol57/issue2/index.shtml
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31. 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.

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 43, No. 3, 2001).
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32. 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 Feb. 26, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 26, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 26, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Conferences:

33. RAND SUMMER INSTITUTE: The Rand Corporation "is pleased to announce the 9th annual RAND Summer Institute (RSI). RSI consists of two annual conferences that address critical issues facing our aging population. The Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists will be held on July 17-18, and the Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging conference on July 19-20, 2002. Both conferences will convene at RAND's headquarters in Santa Monica, California." For more information see:

http://www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi/
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34. AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY: 2002 Annual Scientific Meeting: Shaping the Future for Older Adults, to be held in Washington D.C., May 8-12, 2002. For more information see:

http://www.americangeriatrics.org/news/meeting/annual_meeting2002B.shtml
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35. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 2002 NATIONAL SUMMIT ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS: This conference is to be held Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2002 in Washington DC. Background materials (.pdf format, 42p.) and archived webcasts (Windows MediaPlayer and RealPlayer format) of major speeches will be available at the site.

http://www.saversummit.dol.gov/

Click on "The 2002 Summit" for links to the materials above.

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

36. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY:

A. "Retirement Security and Defined Contribution Plans," a hearing held Feb. 26, 2002.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/fullcomm/107cong/fc-15wit.htm

B. "Social Security Improvements for Women, Seniors, and Working Americans," a hearing held before the House Ways and Means Committee, Social Security Subcommittee, Feb. 28, 2002.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/socsec/107cong/ss-12wit.htm
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37. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Patients in Peril: Critical Shortages in Geriatric Care," a hearing held Feb. 27, 2002).

Hearing testimony:

http://aging.senate.gov/hr77.htm
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38. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE: "Retirement Security: Picking up the Enron Pieces," a hearing held Feb. 27, 2002).

Hearing testimony:

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing022702.htm

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VII. Websites of Interest:

39. AARP WORKING SOLUTIONS: AARP provides this searchable database of"information for over 43,000 elder care centers and agencies nationwide. Name and address information is included for all types of elder care. Additional evaluative information is available for Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies."

http://workingsolutions.aarp.org/resources/elder_care.asp


Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu