Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #134--May 9, 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. CENSUS BUREAU: The US Census Bureau has begun releasing "Demographic Profiles: 100-percent and Sample Data.... A profile includes four tables that provide various demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics for the states, counties, minor civil divisions in selected states, places, metropolitan areas, American Indian and Alaska Native areas, Hawaiian home lands and congressional districts. It includes 100-percent and sample data from the decennial censuses. There are four tables in the Demographic Profile, labeled (DP-1 thru DP-4). For Census 2000 data, the DP-1 table is available as part of the Summary File 1, and the other three tables will be available as part of the Summary File 3 data set." Files are available in .zip compressed .csv (comma separated values) format, with documentation available in .pdf format.

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/demoprofiles.html
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2. PSID: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics announced the release of The 1999 Family Food Security Status Data File on May 3, 2002. See the link at:

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

The file is also available via the PSID Data Center:

http://stat0.isr.umich.edu/psid/data-center/dcmain.html

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II. Reports and articles:

3. UN POPULATION DIVISION WALL CHART: "Population Aging: 2002" (United Nations Population Division, .pdf format, 1p.). Note: This page is formatted at 23.96 by 36.71 inches. In order to view parts of it on screen, it needs to be expanded in the Acrobat Reader to a minimum of 100%.

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/ageing/Graph.pdf

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4. NCHS DOCUMENTS: "Revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificates of Live Birth and Death and the Fetal Death Report" (US National Center for Health Statistics, May 2002, .pdf and Microsoft Word format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/vital_certs_rev.htm
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5. GAO REPORT: "Medicare Home Health Care: Payments to Home Health Agencies Are Considerably Higher Than Costs" (US General Accounting Office GAO-02-663, May 2002, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02663.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports can usually be found at:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml

Search on title or report number.
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6. ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT: "Retirement Insecurity: The Income Shortfalls Awaiting the Soon-to-Retire," by Edward N. Wolff (Economic Policy Institute, May 2002, .pdf format, 54p.).

Press release, which links to full text:

http://epinet.org/press/releases/wolff050202b.html

More information about EPI:

http://epinet.org/
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7. AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "8231 New Places For Older Australians (May 2, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02026.htm
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8. UN _POPULATION PROGRAMME JOURNAL_ ARTICLE: "The Ageing Population of Brunei Darussalam: Trends and Economic Consequences," by Parvez Azim (United Nations _Population Programme Journal_, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2002, .pdf format, p. 39-54).

http://www.unescap.org/pop/journal/2002/v17n1a3.pdf
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9. WORK FOUNDATION BRIEF: "Resolving the Pensions Dilemma," by Sue Ward (Work Foundation [London, UK] Current Affairs Policy Brief 2, May 2002, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.theworkfoundation.com/pdf/5110000041.pdf

More information about the Work Foundation:

http://www.theworkfoundation.com/aboutus/index.jsp
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10. KFF POLICY BRIEF: "The Financing of Illinois' Prescription Drug Demonstration Project," by Jocelyn Guyer (Kaiser Family Foundation Policy Brief, April 2002, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.kff.org/content/2002/4048/
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11. AOA PROGRAM INSTRUCTION: "Guidance on the Development and Submission of State Plans and Intrastate Funding Formulas" (US Administration on Aging Program Instruction AoA-PI-02-02, May 2002). Note: There are two attachments at the bottom of the PI.

http://www.aoa.gov/pi/pi-02-02.html
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12. HHS FACTSHEET: "HHS Programs and Initiatives for an Aging America" (US Department of Health and Human Services, May 1, 2002).

http://www.aoa.gov/pressroom/Pr2002/HHS-AgingFS-2002.html
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13. _BMJ_ NEWS, ARTICLE:

A. "Dying woman loses her battle for assisted suicide," by Clare Dyer (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 324, No. 7345, May 4, 2002, p. 1055).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7345/1055/a

B. "Woman who won right to refuse treatment dies," by Zosia Kmietowicz (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 324, No. 7345, May 4, 2002, p. 1055).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7345/1055/b

C. "Effects of community based nurses specialising in Parkinson's disease on health outcome and costs: randomised controlled trial," by Brian Jarman, Brian Hurwitz, Adrian Cook, Madhavi Bajekal, and Alison Lee (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 324, No. 7345, May 4, 2002, 8p.).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/324/7345/1072
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14. _LANCET_ POLICY AND PEOPLE, COMMENTARY, REVIEW SUMMARY, HYPOTHESIS SUMMARY, MEDIA REVIEWS: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "European court rejects UK woman's fight for the right to die," by Haroon Ashraf (_Lancet_ Policy and People, Vol. 359 No. 9317, May 4, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1586).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9317/full/llan.359.9317.news.21003.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9317.news.21003.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Magnetic-resonance imaging to assess Alzheimer's disease," by Ingmar Skoog (_Lancet_ Commentary, Vol. 359, No. 9317, May 4, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1538-1539).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9317/full/llan.359.9317.editorial_and_review.20991.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9317.editorial_and_review.20991.1&x=x.pdf

C. "Treatment interventions for Parkinson's disease: an evidence based assessment," by Olivier Rascol, Christopher Goetz, William Koller, Werner Poewe, and Cristina Sampaio (_Lancet_ Review Summary, Vol. 359, No. 9317, May 4, 2002, p. 1589-1598).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9317/abs/llan.359.9317.editorial_and_review.20963.1

D. "Hepatic pseudocapillarisation and atherosclerosis in ageing," by David G. Le Couteur, Robin Fraser, Victoria C. Cogger, and Allan J. McLean (_Lancet_ Hypothesis, Vol. 359, No. 9317, May 4, 2002, p.1612-1615).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9317/abs/llan.359.9317.editorial_and_review.20961.1

E. "Active learning about the elderly: _Elderly Medicine: a Training Guide_," edited by Gurcharan S. Rai and Graham P. Mulley, reviewed by Kenneth Rockwood (_Lancet_ Media Review, Vol. 359, No. 9317, May 4, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p.1624-1625).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9317/full/llan.359.9317.dissecting_room.20987.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9317.dissecting_room.20987.1&x=x.pdf

F. "A defence of the right to end-of-life care: _The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care_," edited by Kathleen Foley and Herbert Hendin, reviewed by Danuta Wasserman (_Lancet_ Media Review, Vol. 359, No. 9317, May 4, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p.1625).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9317/full/llan.359.9317.dissecting_room.20996.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9317.dissecting_room.20987.1&x=x.pdf
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15. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Lewy Body Dementia: Case Report and Discussion," by Natan Khotianov, Ranjit Singh, and Sonjoy Singh (_Journal of the American Board of Family Practice_, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2002, via Medscape p. 50-54).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/431754

B. "Strategies for Optimizing Antiepileptic Drug Therapy in Elderly People," by Thomas E. Lackner (_Pharmacotherapy_, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2002 via Medscape, p. 329-364).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/430209

C. "Issues in Drug Benefit Management: Innovative Uses for Drug Discount Cards," by Debi Reissman (_Drug Benefit Trends_, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2002 via Medscape, p. 10).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/431118
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16. _FORBES_ ARTICLE: "Smooth Operator: High society has warmly embraced Botox. Now Allergan aims to exploit the fear of aging in middle America," by Melanie Wells (_Forbes_, May 13, 2002).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/0513/167.html

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III. Working Papers:

17. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "The Impact of an Adult Child's Death due to AIDS on Older-Aged Parents: Results from a Direct Interview Survey," by John Knodel, Wassana Im-em, Chanpen Saengtienchai, Mark VanLandingham, and Jiraporn Kespichayawattana (PSC Research Report 02-498, April 2002, .pdf format, 81p.).

Abstract:

The present report describes the methodology and findings of a direct interview survey in Thailand of parents of deceased adult children who died of AIDS and a comparison group of older age parents who had not suffered such a loss. The results provide extensive information on living arrangements; parental caregivng; health impacts; spouses and orphaned children; care, treatment and funeral expense; longer term economic impacts; and community reaction. The detailed results of our survey show considerable diversity in the extent parents are impacted. Clearly personal caregiving and instrumental assistance by parents, especially the mother, can be very demanding. Even when a parent is a main caregiver, other family members, particularly other adult children, often assist the parental caregiver. Parents also often serve as critical links between their ill adult child and the health care system. Care giving often takes a toll on the emotional and physical health of the parental caregiver at the time care is being provided. Only a minority of the AIDS parents had fostered grandchildren left behind by their deceased son or daughter. Overall, the loss of a child to AIDS has a serious economic impact for only a minority of AIDS parents. At the same time, the poor appear to be the most adversely affected. Sustained social stigma directed at parents of persons who died of AIDS is far from universal in Thailand at present. Sympathetic and supportive reactions from others in the community are more frequently reported than negative ones.

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/papers/rr02-498.pdf
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18. NBER:

A. "Minimum Standards and Insurance Regulation: Evidence from the Medigap Market," by Amy Finkelstein (National Bureau of Economic Research w8917, May 2002, .pdf format, 55p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines the consequences of imposing binding minimum standards on the market for voluntary private health insurance for the elderly. Theoretically, the effect of these standards on insurance coverage and on welfare is ambiguous. I find robust evidence of a substantial decline in insurance associated with the minimum standards. The central estimates suggest that the standards are associated with an 8 percentage point (25 percent) decrease in the proportion of the population with coverage in the affected market; I find no evidence of substitution to other, unregulated sources of insurance coverage. Additional evidence suggests that the minimum standards are also associated with reduced coverage of non-mandated benefits among the insured. The empirical results are most consistent with a model of the effect of minimum standards on insurance markets with adverse selection, and suggest that adverse selection exacerbates the potential for unintended negative consequences of minimum standards. The final section of the paper considers the welfare implications of the changes in risk bearing associated with the minimum standards. The results suggest that the imposition of these standards was, even under relatively conservative assumptions, welfare reducing on net.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8917

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

B. "Social Security Privatization Reform and Labor Markets: The Case of Chile," by Sebastian Edwards and Alejandra Cox Edwards (National Bureau of Economic Research w8924, May 2002, .pdf format, 48p.).

Abstract:

We analyze the way in which social security privatization reform affects labor market outcomes. We develop a model of the labor market where we assume that, as is the case in most emerging markets, formal and an informal sectors coexist side by side. According to our model, a social security reform that reduces the implicit tax on labor in the formal sector, will result in an increase in the wage rate in the informal sector, and will have an undetermined effect on aggregate unemployment. Results from simulation exercises suggest that in the case of Chile the reforms resulted in an increase in informal sector wages of approximately 2.0%. These results also suggest that the reforms made a positive, but small, contribution to the reduction of Chile's aggregate of unemployment.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8924

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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19. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "Differences in Lifespan by Month of Birth for the United States: The impact of early life events and conditions on late life mortality," by Gabrielle Doblhammer (WP 2002-019, May 2002, .pdf format, 48p.).

Abstract:

We find significant differences in the mean age at death by month of birth on the basis of 15 million US death certificates for the years 1989 to 1997: those born in fall live about 0.44 of a year longer than those born in spring. The difference depends on race, region of birth, marital status, and education: the differences are largest for the less educated, for those who have never been married and for blacks, and the differences are more marked in the South than in the North. They are only slightly larger for males than for females. For blacks, the shape of the month-of-birth pattern is significantly different from that of whites. We present evidence that this difference is due to whether one has an urban or a rural place of birth. We find a significant month-of-birth pattern for all major causes of death including cardiovascular disease, malignant neoplasms, in particular lung cancer, and other natural diseases like chronic obstructive lung disease, or infectious disease. We reject the hypotheses that the differences in life span by month of birth are caused by seasonal differences in daylight or by seasonal differences in temperature. Our results are consistent with the explanation that seasonal differences in nutrition of the mother during pregnancy and seasonal differences in the exposure to infectious disease early in life lead to the differences in lifespan by month of birth.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2002-019.pdf
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20. WORLD BANK: "Policies to Promote Saving for Retirement: A Synthetic Overview," by Dimitri Vittas (Working Paper No. 2801, March 2002, .pdf format, 37p.).

Link to extended abstract and full text:

http://econ.worldbank.org/view.php?type=5&id=13161

Click on "full text" for full text.

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

21. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 155, No. 10, May 15, 2002). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available at the site. Check your organization's library.

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol155/issue10/index.shtml

22. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 92, No. 5, May 2002). Note 1: Full electronic text may be available at the site. Check your organization's library. Note 2: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol92/issue5/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.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 28, No. 3, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 10, No. 2, 2002).

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 50, No. 4, 2002).

Research on Aging (Vol. 24, No. 3, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.
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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 May 7, 2002:

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

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

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 7, 2002:

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 NIA: Research on Ethical Issues in Human Studies (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-103, May 1, 2002). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-103.html
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26. GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA FELLOWSHIPS: Note: Deadline for both opportunities is May 17, 2002.

A. Doctoral Leadership Development Program: "The Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) Minority Doctoral Fellowship Program, funded by the AARP Andrus Foundation, provides special opportunities for doctoral level students who have outstanding leadership potential and are committed to research careers in aging. All candidates are required to be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program. Ten fellowships will be awarded for the 2002-2003 academic year (pending funding)." For more information, including application information see:

http://www.aghe.org/mindrp1.htm

B. Master's Level Emerging Scholar's Program: "The Emerging Scholars Program is a two-year Fellowship offered by The Gerontological Society of America, with funding support from the National Institute on Aging. Five fellowships will be awarded for the 2002-2004 academic years (pending funding). The Scholars Program is designed to introduce minority masters students to the rewards and demands of a research career in gerontology."

http://www.aghe.org/minmap1.htm

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VI. Conferences:

27. NCHS DATA USERS CONFERENCE: The US National Center for Health Statistics has announced its upcoming 2002 Data Users Conference, to be held in Washington DC Jul. 15-17, 2002. For more information, including registration information, see:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/events/2002duc/invitation.htm

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

28. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY HEARING TESTIMONY: "On Challenges Facing the New Commissioner of Social Security," a hearing held May 2, 2002).

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/socsec/107cong/ss-11wit.htm
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29. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Social Security and Pension Reform: Lessons from Other Countries," a hearing held Jul. 31, 2001 (US House Publication Serial No. 107-43, July 2001, ASCII text and .pdf format, 104p.).

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

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-43" (without the quotes).
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30. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING/HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Women and Aging: Bearing the Burden of Long-Term Care," a hearing held Feb. 6, 2002 (US Senate Publication Serial No. 107-291, February 2002, ASCII text and .pdf format, 67p.).

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

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-291" (without the quotes).
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31. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Medicare and Social Security Benefits: Turning Off the Spigot to Prisoners, Fugitives, the Deceased and Other Ineligibles," a hearing held Apr. 25, 2001 (US Senate Publication Serial No. 107-291, April 2002, .pdf format, 71p.).

http://finance.senate.gov/783431.pdf

B. "Prescription for Fraud: Consultants Selling Doctors Bad Billing Advice," a hearing held Jun. 27, 2001 (US Senate Publication Serial No. 107-358, April 2002, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://finance.senate.gov/78429.pdf

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