Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #135--May 16, 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. ANNOUNCEMENT OF BETA VERSION OF NATIONAL LONG TERM CARE SURVEY VIA UNICON:

Unicon recently announced availability of the NLTCS data from Duke University's Center for Demographic Studies. Unicon has created two beta versions of the data: one will be for individuals with CDS data use agreements; one will be for people without data use agreements. For more information acquiring the data go to:

http://www.unicon.com/about.html

For more information about the Beta version of the NLTCS go to:

http://www.unicon.com/nltcs.html

For more information about getting a data use agreement from CDS go to:

http://cds.duke.edu/FAQ_NLTCS_Data_Availability.htm
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2. ICPSR DATA: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan has released seven studies on May 14, 2002. Researchers in aging may be interested in:

National Survey of Japanese Elderly, 1990 (Study # 3407).
Medicare+Choice Survey, 2000: [United States] (Study # 3406).
Chronic Illness and Caregiving, 2000: [United States] (Study # 3402).

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. CANCER -- ARTICLE: "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1973-1999 Featuring Implications of Age and Aging on the US Cancer Burden," by Brenda K. Edwards, Holly L. Howe, Lynn A.G. Ries, Michael J. Thun, Harry M. Rosenberg, Rosemary Yancik, Phyllis A. Wingo, Ahmedin Jemal, and Ellen G. Feigal (Cancer, Vol. 94, No. 10, May 15, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2766-2792). "The American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the National Institute on Aging, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the National Center for Health Statistics, collaborate to provide an annual update on cancer occurrence and trends in the United States. The current report, published in May 2002, contains a special feature that focuses on the implications of age and aging on the US cancer burden." You can access the full-text article appearing in _Cancer_ in both .pdf and HTML format. Scroll down to "PDF File" or "HTML format". You can also access the Supplement Tables published with the report (tables are in .pdf format).

http://www.seer.cancer.gov/reportcard/

Press release about the report:

http://newscenter.cancer.gov/pressreleases/2002reportnation.html
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4. DHHS OIG -- REPORTS:

A. "Physician Incentive Plan Reporting for Medicare + Choice Organizations," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, 05-00-00010, May 2002, .pdf format, 41p.).

Executive Summary:

Medicare + Choice organizations are prohibited from linking physician incentives to reducing or limiting necessary medical services to specific Medicare patients. They are also required to report all of their physician incentive plan arrangements to CMS annually. The OIG found that the data CMS collects on physician incentive plans does not detect whether these plans restrict access to needed services. Furthermore, the information that is collected is incomplete, unreliable, and inconsistent. Medicare + Choice organizations indicate that the reporting process is burdensome and costly. The OIG recommends that CMS replace the current reporting system with other approaches that are less burdensome and more effective. CMS had agreed to modify the reporting requirements to reduce the administrative burden on health care providers.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-00-00010.pdf

B. "Medicare HMO Prescription Drug Benefits," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, 03-00-00430, May 2002, .pdf format, 23p.).

Executive Summary:

The OIG issued a final inspection report on the information which is made available to Medicare beneficiaries to enable them to compare prescription drug benefits among Medicare + Choice plans in which they may enroll. Comparing the dollar limits on drug benefits can be a daunting task. The OIG found that the information which the plans provide to beneficiaries about certain elements of the drug benefits are incomplete, inconsistent, and confusing. The CMS concurred with our recommendations to (1) enhance and validate the drug limit information currently collected in the Plan Benefit Package data base, and (2) provide beneficiaries with education regarding drug benefits.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-00-00430.pdf
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5. CDC -- MWWR: "Prevalence of Health-Care Providers Asking Older Adults About Their Physical Activity Levels --- United States, 1998," (Centers for Disease Control, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, Vol. 51, No. 19, May 17, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 412-414).

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5119a2.htm
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6. AMA -- MEMORANDUM: "Update Adjustment for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule," by Terry S. Coleman (American Medical Association, May 13, 2002, .pdf format, 9p.). Note: The purpose of this memorandum is to show that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) possess the legal authority to correct errors in computations of physician reimbursement rates under the Medicare program.

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/upload/mm/31/memorand01pdf.pdf

A press release with a link to the Memorandum (click on "a legal analysis") can be found at:

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/article/1616-6221.html
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7. 2002-2003 AUSTRALIAN BUDGET -- BUDGET PAPER: "Intergenerational Report 2002-03," (Australia 2002-2003 Budget Paper No. 5, May 2002, Rich Text and .pdf format, 100p.).

http://www.budget.gov.au/2002-03/bp5/html/index.html

You can view individual segments of the reports or download the entire report in zipped format.
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8. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS -- REPORT: "Investment by insurance companies, pension funds and trusts: 4th quarter 2001," (UK Office for National Statistics, May 15, 2002, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/invc0502.pdf
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9. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING -- PRESS RELEASE: "New Funding Scheme to Relieve Nurses' Paperwork," (Australian Department of Health and Ageing, May 9, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02029.htm
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10. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of _PNAS_ articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

"The gamma -secretase-generated intracellular domain of beta -amyloid precursor protein binds Numb and inhibits Notch signaling," by Roberta Roncarati, Nenad Sestan, Meir H. Scheinfeld, Bridget E. Berechid, Peter A. Lopez, Olimpia Meucci, Jane C. McGlade, Pasko Rakic, and Luciano D'Adamio (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 10, May 14, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 7102-7107).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/10/7102
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11. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of _JAMA_ articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Retinal Arteriolar Narrowing and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus in Middle-aged Persons," by Tien Yin Wong, Ronald Klein, A. Richey Sharrett, Maria I. Schmidt, James S. Pankow, David J. Couper, Barbara E. K. Klein, Larry D. Hubbard, and Bruce B. Duncan for the ARIC Investigators (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 19, May 15, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2528-2533).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc12041.html

B. "Effects of Moderate Alcohol Intake on Fasting Insulin and Glucose Concentrations and Insulin Sensitivity in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Michael J. Davies, David J. Baer, Joseph T. Judd, Ellen D. Brown, William S. Campbell, and Philip R. Taylor (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 19, May 15, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2559-2562).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/jci20001.html
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12. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of _NEJM_ articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

"High Bone Density Due to a Mutation in LDL-Receptor Related Protein 5," by Lynn M. Boyden, Junhao Mao, Joseph Belsky, Lyle Mitzner, Anita Farhi, Mary A. Mitnick, Dianqing Wu, Karl Insogna, and Richard P. Lifton (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 346, No. 20, May 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1513-1521).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/346/20/1513?query=TOC
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13. _BMJ_ NEWS, LETTERS:

A. "Medicare is likely to pay for anticancer drugs," by Fred Charatan (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 324, No. 7346, May 11, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1118).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7346/1118/b

B. "System of renewal of driving licenses for elderly people needs overhauling," by David Carvel (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 324, No. 7346, May 11, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1154).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7346/1154
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14. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of _Nature_ articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Mechanism of glutamate receptor desensitization," by Yu Sun, Rich Olson, Michelle Horning, Neali Armstrong, Mark Mayer, and Eric Gouaux (_Nature_, Vol. 417, No. 6886, May 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 245-253).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v417/n6886/abs/417245a_fs.html

A NIH press release concerning this article can be found at:

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/may2002/nichd-15.htm

B. "Targeted pharmacological depletion of serum amyloid P component for treatment of human amyloidosis," by M. B. Pepys, J. Herbert, W. L. Hutchinson, G. A. Tennent, H. J. Lachmann, J. R. Gallimore, L. B. Lovat, T. Bartfai, A. Alanine, C. Hertel, T. Hoffmann, R. Jakob-Roetne, R. D. Norcross, J. A. Kemp, K. Yamamura, M. Suzuki, G. W. Taylor, S. Murray, D. Thompson, A. Purvis, S. Kolstoe, S. P. Wood, and P. N. Hawkins (_Nature_, Vol. 417, No. 6886, May 16, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 254-259).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v417/n6886/abs/417254a_fs.html
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15. _SCIENCE_ POLICY FORUM SUMMARY: Note: Electronic full-text of _Science_ articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

"Enhanced: Broken Limits to Life Expectancy," by Jim Oeppen and James W. Vaupel (_Science_, Vol. 296, No. 5570, May 10, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1029-1031).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/296/5570/1029
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16. AARP STUDY -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "AARP Study Reveals Consumers 45+ Are Open-Minded to Try New Products," (AARP, May 2002).

Executive Summary:

http://www.aarp.org/press/statements/2002/st050702brdloyal.html

Press release:

http://www.aarp.org/press/2002/nr050702.html
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17. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ interviews (covering Feb. 19 through March 19, 2002, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, interviews run between about 24 and 30 minutes).

Apr. 2, 2002.
Sex Tips For Middle-Aged "Girls"

Apr. 16, 2002
Rhapsody Home

http://www.aarp.org/radio/ptrtopics.html

Scroll to the relevant stories.
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18. MRRC -- NEWSLETTER: The Michigan Retirement Research Center has published their April 2002 newsletter (University of Michigan Retirement Research Center, Vol. 3, No. 1, April 2002, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/newsletter/PDF/3.2002.pdf
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19. _FORBES_: Note: _Forbes_ requires free registration before providing content. "Pollyanna Pensions," by Elizabeth MacDonald (Forbes, May 27, 2002).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/0527/160.html
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III. Working Papers:

20. NBER: "Wealth Accumulation and the Propensity to Plan," by John Ameriks, Andrew Caplin, and John Leahy (National Bureau of Economic Research w8920, May 2002, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

Why do similar households end up with very different levels of wealth? We show that differences in the attitudes and skills with which they approach financial planning are a significant factor. We use new and unique survey data to assess these differences and to measure each household's 'propensity to plan.' We show that those with a higher such propensity spend more time developing financial plans, and that this shift in planning effort is associated with increased wealth. The propensity to plan is uncorrelated with survey measures of the discount factor and the bequest motive, raising a question as to why it is associated with wealth accumulation. Part of the answer lies in the very strong relationship we uncover between the propensity to plan and how carefully households monitor their spending. It appears that this detailed monitoring activity helps households to save more and to accumulate more wealth.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8920

Click on "PDF" at the bottom of the abstract, or submit your email address for full text.
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21. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Disability among Older Women and Men in Fiji: Concerns for the Future," by Sela V. Panapasa (University of Michigan Population Studies Center Report No. 02-501, May 2002, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

This study examines the composition of an elderly population at risk of disability and speculates on the impact of disability on the quality of their lives and their longevity. Using census and survey data collected in Fiji, life table estimates of unimpaired life expectancy across time are presented for older people and the potential costs of disability, in terms of productive years of life lost. From a planning perspective, the study discusses medical and support services that may be needed to support older individuals in Fiji. The study also describes policy implication of the findings, focusing on the older women and considers the implications for older women of other developing countries.

http://141.211.200.59/pubs/FMPro?-db=items&-lay=web&-format=abs.html&-RecID=33969&-find

Click on the "PDF" icon next to the title to access electronic full-text of the paper.
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

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.

Intergenerational Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 13, No. 4, 2002).

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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 May 14, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 14, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 14, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH:

A. "Coordinating Center for CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of Long Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy) Studies," (National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, AG-02-007, May 8, 2002).

http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-02-007.html

B. "Basic and Translational Research on the Congnitive Sequelae of Parkinson's disease," (National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, PAS-02-107, May 8, 2002).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-02-107.html
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25. AOA:

A. "National Legal Assistance and Elder Rights Projects," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, May 14, 2002, .pdf and HTML format). "The purpose of these projects is to enhance the leadership capacity of state and area agencies on aging to support elder rights activities and to improve the quality and accessibility of the legal assistance provided to older persons." The closing date for applications is June 28, 2002.

To view the program announcement go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/FR-legal-assistance051402.html

To access the application materials go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-legal-assistance051402.html

or

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-legal-assistance051402.pdf

B. "Statewide Legal Hotlines Program," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, May 14, 2002, .pdf and HTML format). "The purpose of these projects is to establish, or expand or improve, Statewide Legal Hotlines aimed at advancing the quality and accessibility of the legal assistance provided to older persons." The closing date for applications is August 5, 2002.

To view the program announcement go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/FR-statewide-legal-hotlines051402.html

To access the application materials go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-statewide-legal-hotlines051402.html

or

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-statewide-legal-hotlines051402.pdf
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VI. Websites of Interest:

26. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES -- POLICY DECISION: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, May 2002). "Currently, FDA is reviewing the safety and effectiveness of the bilateral use of this device in the subthalamic nucleus. Section 35-20 of the Medicare Coverage Issues (CIM) manual states that 'Medicare coverage of deep brain stimulation by implantation of a stimulator device is not prohibited. Therefore, coverage of deep brain stimulation provided by an implanted deep brain stimulator is at the carrier's discretion.' Requestor has asked that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issue a national coverage decision for the bilateral use of this device in the subthalamic nucleus. CMS will review the scientific evidence and determine if this procedure would be a reasonable and necessary service for Medicare beneficiaries."

The site provides information about deep brain stimulation, as well as tracking the process of CMS's decision on coverage of stimulation.

http://www.hcfa.gov/coverage/8b3-jjj1.htm
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27. MEDSCAPE -- NEW WEB SITE: Note: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Web Site Launched for Jobs in Long-term Care," by Laurie Barclay (Medscape Today, May 16, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/433553

To view the new web site go to:

http://www.CareCareers.net

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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