Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #141--June 27, 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

Note! Due to the fact that we have suddenly lost one of our main sources of current awareness information, CAAR reports may have less items in them for the next few weeks. We are working hard to replace the lost source, and should be back up at full strength shortly. Thanks for your patience while we make this transition.

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I. Data:

1. NCHS: "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 1999-2000 Data Files," (Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, June 2002, documentation/codebooks come in .pdf format, data files come in SAS transport format). "This release contains data and documentation for 9,965 persons who participated in the survey during 1999 and 2000. The data and documentation for the survey interview, laboratory and examination components are found in separate files."

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhanes/NHANES99_00.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

2. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY CHARTBOOK: "Fast Facts and Figures About Social Security," (Social Security Administration Office of Policy, June 2002, .pdf and HTML format, 41p.). Note: "This chartbook highlights the most significant data in the Annual Statistical Supplement. It answers the most frequently asked questions about the Social Security and SSI programs: how many people receive benefits, what is the average benefit amount, what are the characteristics of the beneficiary population, what role do Social Security and SSI play in helping to reduce poverty (especially among children). Data are also shown on the income and income sources of the aged."

HTML: http://www.ssa.gov/statistics/fast_facts/2002/ff2002.html

PDF: http://www.ssa.gov/statistics/fast_facts/2002/ff2002.pdf

Note: There are links to the 1999-2001 "Fast Facts..." at the bottom of the page.
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3. DHHS OIG OIE REPORT: "Hospital Closure: 2000," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspection OEI-04-02-00010, June 2002, .pdf format, 23p.)

Report Summary:

The closure of hospitals generates public and congressional concern. We have issued 13 annual reports on hospital closures in the U.S. for 1987 through 1999. Our 2000 report continues our analysis on the extent and effects of hospital closures. Sixty-four general, short-term, acute care hospitals closed in 2000--1.4 percent of all hospitals. The same number of hospitals closed in 2000 as in 1999; however, 29 hospitals opened or reopened in 2000, seven more than in 1999. Rural hospitals that closed were similar in size, but had slightly lower occupancy than hospitals that remained open. Closed urban hospitals, however, were smaller and had lower occupancy than urban hospitals overall. The average daily patient load in the year prior to closure was 23 in rural hospitals and 69 in urban hospitals. Although residents of a few communities had to travel greater distances for hospital care, most had emergency and inpatient medical care available within 10 miles of a closed hospital. After closure, 31 percent of the hospitals were being used for other health-related services--such as outpatient and long-term care facilities.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-02-00010.pdf
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4. GAO CORRESPONDENCE, REPORT:

A. "Medicare: Utilization of Home Health Care by State," (US General Accounting Office GAO-02-782R, May 23, 2002, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-782R

B. "Multifamily Rural Housing: Prepayment Potential and Long-Term Rehabilitation Needs Raise Concerns for Section 515 Properties," (US General Accounting Office GAO 02-397, May 2002, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02397.pdf

C. "Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs," (US General Accounting Office GAO-02-763, June 26, 2002, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02763.pdf

Note: These addresses are temporary. 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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5. AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY REPORT: "Physical Activity and Older Americans: Benefits and Strategies," (Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, June 2002, HTML format).

From the Introduction:

"Although growing older means to many people that life will get worse, there is good news when it comes to physical activity and aging. First, it is never too late to become physically active. Second, even a small amount of activity can result in better health. Third, research has shown key strategies for helping older Americans to become more active.

This report describes the importance of physical activity, the prevalence and costs of inactivity, and the health benefits of regular activity; it also recommends levels of physical activity in older adults."

http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/activity.htm
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6. NIA BOOKLET: "Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging," (National Institute on Aging, June 2002, HTML format).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/exercisebook/toc.htm
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7. NIH NEWS RELEASE: "Embryonic Mouse Stem Cells Reduce Symptoms in Model for Parkinson's Disease" (US National Institutes of Health, Jun. 20, 2002).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jun2002/ninds-20.htm
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8. AOA FACTSHEET: "Focus on Older Men," (Administration on Aging, June 2002, .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.aoa.gov/factsheets/focusonmen.pdf
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9. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE:

A. "$8 Million for Respite for Carers," (Australian Department of Health and Ageing, released June 21, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02050.htm

B. "Aged Care Homes Receive Biggest Funding Boost," (Australian Department of Health and Ageing, released June 25, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02051.htm
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10. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS PRESS RELEASE: "Pension Credit Bill Gets Royal Assent," (UK Department of Work and Pension, released June 25, 2002).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2002/jun/pens2506-pcb.htm
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11. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS, EDITORIAL, AND RESEARCH LETTER:

A. "Dietary Intake of Antioxidants and Risk of Alzheimer Disease," by Marianne J. Engelhart, Mirjam I. Geerlings, Annemieke Ruitenberg, John C. van Swieten, Albert Hofman, Jacqueline C. M. Witteman, and Monique M. B. Breteler (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 24, June 26, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3223-3229).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc12012.html

B. "Dietary Intake of Antioxidant Nutrients and the Risk of Incident Alzheimer Disease in a Biracial Community Study," by Martha Clare Morris, Denis A. Evans, Julia L. Bienias, Christine C. Tangney, David A. Bennett, Neelum Aggarwal, Robert S. Wilson, and Paul A. Scherr (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 24, June 26, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3230-3237).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc11570.html

Note: NIH has a news release concerning this article. The release is titled "Diet Rich in Foods with Vitamin E May Reduce Alzheimer's Disease Risk," (US National Institutes of Health, Jun. 25, 2002).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jun2002/nia-25.htm

C. "Dietary Intake of Antioxidants and Risk of Alzheimer Disease Food for Thought," by Daniel J. Foley and Lon R. White (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 24, June 26, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3261-3263).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jed20031.html

D. "Use of Feeding Tubes in Nursing Home Residents With Severe Cognitive Impairment," by Joan M. Teno, Vincent Mor, Debra DeSilva, Glen Kabumoto, Jason Roy, and Terrie Wetle (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 24, June 26, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3211-3212).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jlt0626-4.html
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12. _BMJ_ PAPER, CLINICAL REVIEW, EDUCATION AND DEBATE, AND EDITORIAL:

A. "Defining neurodegenerative diseases," by Adrian Williams (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 324, No. 7352, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1465-1466).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7352/1465

B. "Treating neurodegenerative diseases," by Leslie J. Findley and Mary G. Baker (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 324, No. 7352, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1466-1467).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7352/1466

C. "Neurodegeneration in the age of molecular biology," by Lawrence I. Golbe (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 324, No. 7352, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1467-1468).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7352/1467

D. "Sleep attacks in patients taking dopamine agonists: review," by Carl Nikolaus Homann, Karoline Wenzel, Klaudia Suppan, Gerd Ivanic, Norbert Kriechbaum, Richard Crevenna, and Erwin Ott (_British Medical Journal_ Paper, Vol. 324, No. 7352, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1483-1487).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7352/1483

E. "What we need to know about age related memory loss," by Gary W. Small (_British Medical Journal_ Clinical Review, Vol. 324, No. 7352, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1502-1505).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7352/1502

F. "Evaluating drug treatments for Parkinson's disease: how good are the trials?" by Keith Wheatley, Rebecca L. Stowe, Carl E. Clarke, Robert K. Hills, Adrian C. Williams, and Richard Gray (_British Medical Journal_ Education and Debate, Vol. 324, No. 7352, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1508-1511).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7352/1508

G. "Folic acid, ageing, depression, and dementia," by E. H. Reynolds (_British Medical Journal_ Education and Debate, Vol. 324, No. 7352, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1512-1515).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7352/1512
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13. _LANCET_ ARTICLE, COMMENTARY, AND NEWS: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Anastrozole alone or in combination with tamoxifen versus tamoxifen alone for adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with early breast cancer: first results of the ATAC randomised trial," by The ATAC (Arimidex, Tamoxifen Alone or in Combination) Trialists' Group (_Lancet_, Vol. 359, No. 9324, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2131-2139). Note: The _Lancet_ is providing free access to the electronic full-text of this article.

HTML: http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9324/full/llan.359.9324.original_research.21481.1

PDF: http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9324.original_research.21481.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Aromatase inhibitors for the endocrine adjuvant treatment of breast cancer," by Peter Ravdin (_Lancet_, Vol. 359, No. 9324, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2126-2127).

HTML: http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9324/full/llan.359.9324.editorial_and_review.21533.1

PDF: http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9324.editorial_and_review.21533.1&x=x.pdf

C. "PSA screening decisions influenced more by patient beliefs than by doctors," by Marilynn Larkin (_Lancet_, Vol. 359, No. 9324, June 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2172).

HTML: http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9324/full/llan.359.9324.news.21542.4

PDF: http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9324.news.21542.4&x=x.pdf
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14. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of _PNAS_ articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Presenilin and nicastrin regulate each other and determine amyloid beta -peptide production via complex formation," Dieter Edbauer, Edith Winkler, Christian Haass, and Harald Steiner (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 13, June 25, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 8666-8671).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/13/8666

B. "The aspartate-257 of presenilin 1 is indispensable for mouse development and production of beta -amyloid peptides through beta -catenin-independent mechanisms," by Xuefeng Xia, Pei Wang, Xiaoyan Sun, Salvador Soriano, Wan-Kyng Shum, Haruyasu Yamaguchi, Myrna E. Trumbauer, Akihiko Takashima, Edward H. Koo, and Hui Zheng (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 13, June 25, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 8760-8765).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/13/8760
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15. _SCIENCE MAGAZINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A Generation Gap in Brain Activity," by Laura Helmuth (_Science_, Vol. 296, No. 5576, June 21, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2131-2133).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/296/5576/2131
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16. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Dyskinesias following neural transplantation in Parkinson's disease," by Peter Hagell, Paola Piccini, Anders Bjrklund, Patrik Brundin, Stig Rehncrona, Hkan Widner, Lesley Crabb, Nicola Pavese, Wolfgang H. Oertel, Niall Quinn, David J. Brooks, and Olle Lindvall (_Nature Neuroscience_, Vol. 5, No. 7, July 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 627-628).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/neuro/journal/v5/n7/abs/nn863.html
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17. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION CHARTBOOK, REPORT:

A. "Medicare and Prescription Drugs: A Chartpack," (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2002, .pdf format, 10p.). Note: "This chartpack presents a brief overview of the state of prescription drug coverage among the Medicare population. It reviews the impact of lack of coverage on beneficiaries' access to prescription drugs, as well as current levels of total and out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs."

http://www.kff.org/content/2002/6048/

Click on "Chart Pack" to access full-text.

B. "Medicare Beneficiaries and Their Assets: Implications for Low-Income Beneficiaries," by Marilyn Moon, Robert Friedland, and Lee Shirley (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2002, .pdf format, 18p.).

From the Summary:

"This report, prepared by Marilyn Moon of The Urban Institute and Robert Friedland and Lee Shirey of Georgetown University's Center on an Aging Society, reviews the income and assets of the current Medicare population, provides an overview of asset tests used to determine eligibility for programs assisting low-income Medicare beneficiaries, and considers how alternative policy options would affect eligibility for these programs."

http://www.kff.org/content/2002/6017/

Click on "Report" to access full-text.
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18. CITIZENS FOR LONG TERM CARE REPORT: "Long Term Care Financing Reform: An Integral Part of Social Security and Medicare Reform," (Citizens for Long Term Care, June 2002, MS Word and .pdf format, 32p.). Note: You will be asked to provide your name and email address in order to access the report.

http://www.citizensforltc.org/whitepapers.html
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19. FAMILIES USA REPORT: "Bitter Pill: The Rising Prices of Prescription Drugs for Older Americans," (Families USA, June 24, 2002, .pdf format, 24p.).

The press release about the report can be found at:

http://www.familiesusa.org/popularprescription.htm

The full report can be found at:

http://www.familiesusa.org/BitterPillreport.pdf
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III. Working Papers:

20. SUNY STONY BROOK DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS WORKING PAPERS: "Retirement Expectations Formation using the Health and Retirement Survey," by Hugo Benitez-Silva and Debra Dwyer (SUNY Stony Brook Economics Working Paper 02-04, June 2002, .pdf format, 51p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines how a wide array of factors (household and individual level financial, health and other taste shifter characteristics) influence retirement plans over time and how uncertainty affects the strategies that individuals use to plan their retirement years. Using panel data models we examine the role of health and economic factors on retirement planning using the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). We examine the rationality of plans for retirement controlling for sample selection. After controlling for sample selection, reporting biases, and unobserved heterogeneity we find that plans for retirement do follow the random walk hypothesis and pass tests of weak and strong rationality. These findings allow us to assume rationality and examine retirement plans using first differences. We then examine changes to those factors and the effects of new information on plans and find that new information contributes little to changes in plans. This leads us to conclude that on average people correctly form expectations over uncertain events when planning for retirement. These results have important implications for a wide variety of models in economics that assume rational behavior.

http://www.sunysb.edu/economics/research/papers/2002/02-04.pdf
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

21. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 156, No. 1, July 1, 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/vol156/issue1/index.shtml
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22. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 92, No. 7, July 1, 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.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol92/issue7/index.shtml
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23. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 57A, Nos. 7, July 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/issue7/index.shtml
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24. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences (B) (Vols. 57B, Nos. 4, July 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/issue4/index.shtml
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25. 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.

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 30, No. 4, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

Health and Social Work (Vol. 27, No. 2, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

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26. 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 June 25, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 25, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 25, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

27. AOA: "Grants for Native Americans, Part B-Native Hawaiian Program," (US Administration on Aging Program Announcement No. AoA-02-10, June 21, 2002). Note: The closing date for application is August 20, 2002.

Federal Register Announcement:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/t4/fy2002/fr-gna062102.html
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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

28. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING: "Long-Term Care Financing: Blueprints for Reform," a hearing held June 20, 2002.

Hearing Testimony (HTML and .pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/events/

Scroll down to "Long-Term Care Financing" and follow the link to the hearing testimony.
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29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE HEARING TRANSCRIPT: "Enhancing Retirement Security: H.R. 10, the Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001," a hearing held April 5, 2001 (US House Serial Publication 107-12, April 5, 2001).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house06ch107.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-12" (no quotes).
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30. US COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TRANSCRIPT: "Medicare Supplemental Insurance," a hearing held March 14, 2002 (US House Serial Publication 107-60, March 14, 2002).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-60" (no quotes).
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31. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING TRANSCRIPT: "Administration's FY 2003 Budget Proposal for Prescription Drugs," a hearing held March 7, 2002.

http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/other/hearing030702.pdf

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
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Center for Demography of Health and Aging
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Phone: (608) 265-9240
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Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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