Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #127--March 21, 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. NIH: "Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk," (National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research). "Certificates of Confidentiality constitute an important tool to protect the privacy of research study participants. Thus, NIH would like to encourage their appropriate use. NIH is making information widely available to investigators working on sensitive biomedical, behavioral, clinical or other types of research at this Certificate Kiosk. Information may get added to this site periodically. Readers are encourage to check back periodically."

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coc/index.htm
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2. ICPSR--On March 19, 2002, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added 9 studies to its holdings. Of possible interest to researchers in aging is:

CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 2000 [UNITED STATES]: SUMMARY FILE 2, HAWAII (#13244)
CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 2000 [UNITED STATES]: SUMMARY FILE 2, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (#13241)
CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 2000 [UNITED STATES]: SUMMARY FILE 2, ALASKA (#13234)

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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II. Reports and articles:

3. GAO--REPORTS:

A. "Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration: Opportunities Exist for Improving Management of the Enforcement Program," (US Government Accounting Office, GAO-02-232, March 15, 2002, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02232.pdf

B. "Nursing Homes: Federal Efforts to Monitor Resident Assessment Data Should Complement State Activities," (US Government Accounting Office, GAO-02-279, Feb. 2002, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02279.pdf
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4. DHHS OIG--ADMINISTRATIVE RULE: "Medicare and Federal Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions and Technical Corrections," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, March 2002, .pdf format, 9p.). Note: This announcement appeared in the March 18, 2002 Federal Register. The announcement focuses on changes to 42 CFR Parts 1001, 1003, 1005, and 1008.

http://oig.hhs.gov/authorities/docs/technical%20rule.pdf
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5. NEI/PREVENT BLINDNESS AMERICA--REPORT: "Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Diseases in America," (National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America, March 2002, .pdf format, 42p.). In addition to the full-text of the report, you will also find maps and downloadable images, as well as the press release announcing the report.

http://www.nei.nih.gov/eyedata/index.htm
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6. MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES--REPORT: "Keeping the Vision: Report to the Minnesota Legislature Progress on Reshaping Long-Term Care in Minnesota," (Minnesota Department of Human Services, Long-Term Care Task Force, February 2002, .pdf and Excel format, 11p. and Appendices). Note: Appendices from the Report are provided in both .pdf and Excel format.

http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/agingint/ltctaskforce/LegisReport0202.htm

Click on "Report" to access the electronic full-text.
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7. AOA: "1999 State Program Reports." (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, March 2002, .pdf format). "Information provided by the State Program Reports (SPR) describes the services provided Title III and VII of the Older Americans Act."

http://www.aoa.gov/napis/99spr/default.htm

Note: If you have trouble with the links to the .pdf files you may need to right click on the link and download the file to your desktop.
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8. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: "Community care statistics 2001 - Private Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Clinics," (UK Department of Health, March 2002, .pdf and Excel format, 34p.).

http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0209.htm

Click on "Statistical Bulletin" to access the electronic full-text of the bulletin.
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9. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of NEJM articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

"A Controlled Trial of Inpatient and Outpatient Geriatric Evaluation and Management," by Harvey Jay Cohen, John R. Feussner, Morris Weinberger, Molly Carnes, Ronald C. Hamdy, Frank Hsieh, Ciaran Phibbs, Donald Courtney, Kenneth W. Lyles, Conrad May, Cynthia McMurtry, Leslye Pennypacker, David M. Smith, Nina Ainslie, Thomas Hornick, Kayla Brodkin, and Philip Lavori (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 346, No. 12, March 21, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 905-912).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/346/12/905?query=TOC
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10. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, COMMENTARY: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

"Long-term effects of mammography screening: updated overview of the Swedish randomised trials," by Lennarth Nystrm, Ingvar Andersson, Nils Bjurstam, Jan Frisell, Bo Nordenskjld, and Lars Erik Rutqvist (_Lancet_ Article, Vol. 359, No. 9310, March 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 909-919). Note: The Lancet is providing free access to the electronic full-text of this article.

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9310/full/llan.359.9310.original_research.20321.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9310.original_research.20321.1&x=x.pdf

B. "The mammography screening debate: time to move on," by Karen A. Gelmon and Ivo Olivotto (_Lancet_ Commentary, Vol. 359, No. 9310, March 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 904-905).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9310/full/llan.359.9310.editorial_and_review.20370.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9310.editorial_and_review.20370.1&x=x.pdf

C. "Relation between use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and muscle strength and physical function in older women: an observational study," by Graziano Onder, Brenda W. J. H. Penninx, Rajesh Balkrishnan, Linda P. Fried, Paulo H. M. Chaves, Jeff Williamson, Christy Carter, Mauro Di Bari, Jack M Guralnik, and Marco Pahor (_Lancet_ Article Abstract, Vol. 359, No. 9310, March 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 926-930).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9310/abs/llan.359.9310.original_research.20323.1
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11. _BMJ_ CLINICAL REVIEW, NEWS:

A. "Recent developments in neurology," by Samuel Wiebe and Michael W. Nicolle (_British Medical Journal_ Clinical Review, Vol. 324, No. 7338, March 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 656-660).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7338/656

B. "Woman makes legal history in right to die case," by Clare Dyer (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 324, No. 7338, March 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 629).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7338/629
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12. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of PNAS articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Identification and characterization of a human DNA glycosylase for repair of modified bases in oxidatively damaged DNA," by Tapas K. Hazra, Tadahide Izumi, Istvan Boldogh, Barry Imhoff, Yoke W. Kow, Pawel Jaruga, Miral Dizdaroglu, and Sankar Mitra (_Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 6, March 19, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3523-3528).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/6/3523

B. "Dominant-interfering forms of MEF2 generated by caspase cleavage contribute to NMDA-induced neuronal apoptosis," by Shu-ichi Okamoto, Zhen Li, Chung Ju, Marion N. Schlzke, Emily Mathews, Jiankun Cui, Guy S. Salvesen, Ella Bossy-Wetzel, and Stuart A. Lipton (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 66, No. 6, March 19, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3974-3979).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/6/3974

C. "Disruption of estrogen receptor gene impairs spatial learning in female mice," by Emilie F. Rissman, Amy L. Heck, Julie E. Leonard, Margaret A. Shupnik, and Jan-ke Gustafsson (_Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 6, March 19, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3996-4001).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/6/3996
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13. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, EDITORIAL, AND LETTERS:

A. "Cognitive Outcome After Off-Pump and On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery," by Diederik Van Dijk, Erik W. L. Jansen, Ron Hijman, Arno P. Nierich, Jan C. Diephuis, Karel G. M. Moons, Jaap R. Lahpor, Cornelius Borst, Annemieke M. A. Keizer, Hendrik M. Nathoe, Diederick E. Grobbee, Peter P. T. De Jaegere, Cor J. Kalkman, for the Octopus Study Group (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Article Abstract, Vol. 287, No. 11, March 20, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1405-1412).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc11538.html

B. "Protecting the Brain in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery," by Daniel B. Mark and Mark F. Newman (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial, Vol. 287, No. 11, March 20, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1448-1450).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jed20011.html

C. "Does High Intake of Vitamin A Pose a Risk for Osteoporotic Fracture?" by John N. Hathcock, Diane Feskanich, Walter C. Willett, and Graham A. Colditz (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Letter, Vol. 287, No. 11, March 20, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1396-1397).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jlt0320-2.html
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14. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure," by Todd J. Cohen and Jeffrey Klein (_Journal of Invasive Cardiology via Medscape_, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2002, HTML format, p. 48-53).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/425300
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15. THE EDWARD R. ROYBAL CENTERS FOR RESEARCH ON APPLIED GERONOTOLOGY: The Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Geronotology recently made available electronic full-text of four issue briefs. The briefs are in .pdf format. The briefs are:

"Predicting Crash Involvement in Older Drivers."
http://www.applied-gerontology.org/UAB_Brief_Winter_01.pdf

"Promoting Exercise In Older Minority Adults and Those With Disabilities."
http://www.applied-gerontology.org/UIC_Brief_Spring_01.pdf

"Fear of Falling: An emerging health problem."
http://www.applied-gerontology.org/BUBrief.pdf

"His and Her Retirement: The role of gender and marriage in the retirement process."
http://www.applied-gerontology.org/CUBrief.pdf

For more information about the Roybal Centers go to:
http://www.applied-gerontology.org/cag_info.cfm
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16. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION: "Barriers to Medicaid Enrollment for Seniors: Findings from 10 Focus Groups with Low-Income Seniors," (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, March 2002, .pdf format, 30p.).

From the Executive Summary:

Medicaid coverage substantially improves access to health care and lessens the financial burden of medical care for low-income seniors, but the program currently reaches only half of all poor Medicare beneficiaries. This report presents findings of focus groups with low-income seniors in an effort to understand barriers to enrollment for those who are eligible for Medicaid but who are not enrolled in the program, and to learn about the experiences of low-income seniors who are enrolled in Medicaid to see how the program is working for them. The report concludes with a list of strategies for encouraging greater enrollment of low-income seniors in Medicaid.

http://www.kff.org/content/2002/4029/
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17. COMMONWEALTH FUND--REPORT: "Medicare+Choice: Beneficiaries Will Face Higher Cost-Sharing in 2002," by Lori Achman and Marsha Gold (Commonwealth Fund Report #533, March 2002, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.cmwf.org/programs/medfutur/achmangold_M+Ccostshar2002_533.pdf
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18. SOCIAL SECURITY NETWORK--ISSUE BRIEF: "Two False Claims about African Americans and Social Security," by Bernard Wasnow (Social Security Network, March 2002, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.socsec.org/facts/Record_Straight/African_Americans.pdf

Note: The Social Security Network is a project of the Century Foundation. For more information about the Century Foundation go to:

http://www.tcf.org/About_TCF/index.html
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19. US NEWS & WORLD REPORT--ARTICLE: "A plumper nest egg: The IRS offers sweet deals to save for retirement," by Leonard Wiener (US News & World Report, March 25, 2002).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/020325/finance/25taxes.b1.htm
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III. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

20. Population and Development Review (Vol. 27, No. 4, December 2001).

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/pdr/pdrtoc.html
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21. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 34, No. 3, May 2002).

http://www.elsevier.nl/cdweb/journals/01674943/viewer.htt?iss=3&vol=34&viewtype=issue
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22. 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. 92, No. 3, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 30, No. 3, 2002). Full electronic text of this journal is available in ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue

http://www.ajph.org/

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 13, Supp/1 , 2002).

Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.
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23. 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 March 19, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of March 19, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of March 19, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH: "Mentored Clinical Scientists Development Program Award (K12 Award)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, PAR-02-076, March 11, 2002).

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-02-076.html
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25. AOA:

A. "Senior Medicare Patrol Project," (US Department of Health and Human Service, Administration on Aging, March 19, 2002, .pdf and HTML format). "The Administration on Aging (AoA) announces that under this program announcement it will hold a competition for `Senior Medicare Patrol Projects' for up to 33 projects at a federal share of approximately $160,000 per year for a period of three years. The purpose of these projects is to test the best ways of using the skills of retired nurses, doctors, accountants and other professionals to train seniors to serve as expert resources to detect and stop health care error, fraud and abuse." The deadline for applications is May 3, 2002. For more information about the program go to:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/t4/fy2002/fr-smp031902.html

Instructions for applying for the program can be found at:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-smp031902.html

B. "National Family Caregiver Support Program: Activities of National Significance," (US Department of Health and Human Service, Administration on Aging, March 19, 2002, .pdf and HTML format). The Administration on Aging announces that under the National Family Caregiver Support Program it will hold a competition to fund grant awards for up to seven (7) projects at a federal share of approximately $150,000-$200,000 per year for a project period of up to two (2) years. The purpose of these projects is to develop services and systems to sustain the efforts of families and other informal caregivers of older individuals, and grandparents or older individuals who are relative caregivers of children." The deadline for applications is May 10, 2002. For more information about the program go to:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/t4/fy2002/fr-nfcsp031902.html

Instructions for applying for the program can be found at:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-nfcsp031902.html
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V. Conferences:

26. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "Medicare Program; Town Hall Meeting on Payment for Drugs and Devices under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System for 2003," (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, March 2002, .pdf format, 6p.). "The Town Hall meeting announced in this notice will be held on Friday, April 5, 2002, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will held in the CMMS multipurpose room in Baltimore, MD." For more information about the meeting go to:

http://www.hcfa.gov/events/cms1206n.pdf
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27. NIH: On March 22, 2002, the Office of Research on Women's Health will hold their Second Annual Lecture on Women's Health Research. The lecture is titled "From Estrogen Receptors to Management of Menopause." For more information about the lecture go to:

http://www4.od.nih.gov/orwh/3-22program.html

Note: It appears that ORWH will provide access to audio of several of the presentations. You may want to check back to this site after the 22nd.
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28. WHARTON SCHOOL UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND WORLD BANK: "Executive Retreat on Modernizing Global Pensions: New Structures for the New Economy." The Retreat will be held in Philadelphia, PA. The dates of the Retreat will be June 30-July 5, 2002. "The Executive Retreat on Modernizing Global Pensions: New Structures for the New Economy is a week-long program designed to address the central and critical issues of pension systems in developing and developed countries. The program is structured to brief key policymakers on the urgent need for pension reform, alternative paths to reform, and implementation considerations prompted by reform." For more information go to:

http://aresty-direct.wharton.upenn.edu/execed/wbi.cfm
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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH: "Reimbursement and Access to Prescription Drugs Under Medicare Part B," a hearing held March 14, 2002.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):

http://www.senate.gov/~finance/sitepages/hearing031402.htm
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30. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS: "Status of the Medicare+Choice Program," a hearing held December 4, 2001 (US House Serial Publication No. 107-49, ASCII text and .pdf format, 82p.).

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

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-49" (without the quotes)
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31. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS: "Letter to Chairman Bill Thomas of the House Ways and Means Committee and Health Subcommittee Chairman Nancy Johnson from DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and OMB Director Mitchell Daniel concerning Medicare Physician Reimbursement Rates," a letter dated March 14, 2002 (.pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/press/2002/march/3-14thompletter.pdf
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VII. Websites of Interest:

32. CMS/HCFA: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) has created a new Web site devoted to the history of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)/CMMS. The site provides information about the evolution of the Medicare/Medicaid programs, as well as the history of the agency.

http://www.cms.gov/about/history/

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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