Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #142--July 3, 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. MPIDR: "Human Life-Table Database" (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, 2002). "The Human Life-Table Database is a collection of population life tables covering a multitude of countries and many years. Most of the HLD life tables are life tables for national populations, which have been officially published by national statistical offices. Some of the HLD life tables refer to certain regional or ethnic sub-populations within countries. Parts of the HLD life tables are non-official life tables produced by researchers. HLD includes the following types of data: complete life tables in text format; abridged life tables in text format; references to statistical publications and other data sources; and scanned copies of the original life tables as they were published." Coverage is available at present for various time periods for 36 countries.

http://www.lifetable.de/

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II. Reports and articles:

2. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLES: Note: _DR_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research."

A. "Decomposing demographic change into direct vs. compositional components," by James W. Vaupel and Vladimir Canudas Romo (Vol. 7, Article 1, July 2002, .pdf format, p. 2-14).

Abstract:

We present and prove a formula for decomposing change in a population average into two components. One component captures the effect of direct change in the characteristic of interest, and the other captures the effect of compositional change. The decomposition is applied to time derivatives of averages over age and over subpopulations. Examples include decomposition of the change over time in the average age at childbearing and in the general fertility rate for China, Denmark and Mexico. A decomposition of the change over time in the crude death rate in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands is also presented. Other examples concern global life expectancy and the growth rate of the population of the world.

http://www.demographic-research.org

Click on "Enter".

B. "Seasonality of Deaths in the U.S. by Age and Cause," by Craig A. Feinstein (Vol. 6, Article 17, June 2002, .pdf format, p. 469-486).

Abstract:

In this paper, we analyze seasonality of deaths by age and cause in the U.S. using public use files for the years 1994 to 1998 by the methods of regression and a variation of Census Method II. We answer the following questions: For each age cohort, how much does each cause of death contribute to seasonality of deaths? What is the reason for the variation in seasonality of deaths with respect to age? We also analyze death records of Social Security Administration over a longer time period to examine how seasonality of deaths has changed since the mid-1970s. We found that in general, the degree of seasonality in deaths has decreased over time for younger cohorts and has increased over time for older cohorts.

http://www.demographic-research.org

Click on "Enter".
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3. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center USA, June 2002, .pdf format, 6p.). Note: ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/ilc200206.pdf
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4. CMS REPORTS:

A. "The CMS Quarterly Provider Update--July 2002 Release" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, July 2002, .pdf format). Note: Notes to the Provider update are at the bottom of the page.

http://cms.hhs.gov/providerupdate/

B. "CMS Health Care Industry Market Update" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, .pdf format). "The CMS Health Care Industry Market Update is a series of reports on the health care industry. The latest issue covers home health agencies and home respiratory and infusion therapy services" (June 2002, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://cms.hhs.gov/reports/hcimu/

C. "CMS Physician Fee Schedule, 2003 information (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2002, .zip compressed Microsoft Word and Excel format).

http://cms.hhs.gov/physicians/pfs/
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5. DHHS NEWS RELEASES:

A. "HHS Awards $4.5 Million For Senior Medicare Patrol Projects" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 3, 2002).

http://www.aoa.gov/pressroom/Pr2002/smp.html

B. "HHS Approves Expanding Pharmacy Benefits to Wisconsin Elderly: Program To Provide Access to Coverage for up to 177,000 Wisconsin Residents" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 1, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020701.html
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6. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGING MEDIA RELEASES:

A. "16 More Aged Care Beds for the Northern Territory" (Jul. 3, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02060.htm

B. "New $120,000 Carers Centre and Aged Care Service for the Northern Territory" (Jul. 3, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02061.htm

C. "30 More Aged Care Places for Tasmania" (Jun. 27, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02057.htm
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7. KFF REPORTS:

A. "Medicare Beneficiaries and Their Assets: Implications for Low-Income Programs" by Marilyn Moon, Robert Friedland, and Lee Shirey (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2002, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

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/

B. "The Role of National Firms in Medicare+Choice," by Debra Draper, Marsha Gold, and John McCoy (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2002, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

This report addresses national managed care firms participation in M+C and the factors influencing their decision processes about M+C products. Based on interviews with executives and senior staff of national managed care firms, this report examines how eight national firms strategically position their M+C product, including the process that firms use when making decisions and the key factors they say most influence their decisions related to participation.

http://www.kff.org/content/2002/6045/

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8. _NATURE_ ABSTRACT: "Dopamine neurons derived from embryonic stem cells function in an animal model of Parkinson's disease," by Jong-Hoon Kim, Jonathan M. Auerbach, Jose A. Rodriguez, Ivan Velasco, Denise Gavin, Nadya Lumelsky, Sang-Hun Lee, John Nguyen, Rosario Sanchez-Pernaute, Krys Bankiewicz, and Ron McKay (_Nature_, Vol. 418, No. 6893, Jul. 4, 2002, p. 50-56).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v418/n6893/abs/nature00900_fs.html
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9. _NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY_ REVIEW ABSTRACTS:

A. "The disparity between human cell senescence _in vitro_ and lifelong replication _in vivo_, by Harry Rubin (_Nature Biotechnology_, Vol. 20, No. 7, July 2002, p. 675-681).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nbt/journal/v20/n7/abs/nbt0702-675.html

B. "Historical claims and current interpretations of replicative aging," by Woodring E. Wright and Jerry W. Shay (_Nature Biotechnology_, Vol. 20, No. 7, July 2002, p. 682-688).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nbt/journal/v20/n7/abs/nbt0702-682.html
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10. _JAMA_ ARTICLE, ABSTRACTS, EDITORIAL:

A. "Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes During 6.8 Years of Hormone Therapy: Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study Follow-up (HERS II)," by Deborah Grady, David Herrington, Vera Bittner, Roger Blumenthal, Michael Davidson, Mark Hlatky, Judith Hsia, Stephen Hulley, Alan Herd, Steven Khan, L. Kristin Newby, David Waters, Eric Vittinghoff, and Nanette Wenger (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 1, Jul. 3, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 49-57).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n1/ffull/joc20521.html

B. "Noncardiovascular Disease Outcomes During 6.8 Years of Hormone Therapy: Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study Follow-up (HERS II)," by Stephen Hulley, Curt Furberg, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Jane Cauley, Deborah Grady, William Haskell, Robert Knopp, Maureen Lowery, Suzanne Satterfield, Helmut Schrott, Eric Vittinghoff, and Donald Hunninghake (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Abstract, Vol. 288, No. 1, Jul. 3, 2002, p. 58-66).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n1/abs/joc20522.html

C. "Responding to Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide: 'These Are Uncharted Waters for Both of Us. . . .'," by Paul B. Bascom and Susan W. Tolle (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Abstract, Vol. 288, No. 1, Jul. 3, 2002, p. 91-98).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n1/abs/jel20002.html

D. "Hormone Replacement Therapy for Prevention: More Evidence, More Pessimism," by Diana B. Petitti (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial, Vol. 288, No. 1, Jul. 3, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 99-101).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n1/ffull/jed20032.html
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11. _BMJ_ EDITORIAL, NEWS ROUNDUPS, NEWS EXTRA, ARTICLE:

A. "Long term care for older people," by Iona Heath (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1534-35).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1534

B. "United Kingdom divided as Scotland introduces free personal care for elderly people," by Bryan Christie (_British Medical Journal_ News Roundup, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1542).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1542

C. "Netherlands: long term care paid by compulsory insurance," by Tony Sheldon (_British Medical Journal_ News Roundup, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, p. 1542).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1542/a

D. "Germany: everyone has to be insured for cost of long term care," by Annette Tuffs (_British Medical Journal_ News Roundup, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, p. 1542).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1542/b

E. "Spain: old people frequently live with their families," by Xavier Bosch (_British Medical Journal_ News Roundup, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, p. 1543).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1543

F. "Ireland: state pays maximum of 124 Pounds a week to the cost of a nursing home bed," by Muiris Houston (_British Medical Journal_ News Roundup, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, p. 1543).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1543/a

G. "Australia: federal government subsidises long term care by up to 22,000 a year," by Christopher Zinn (_British Medical Journal_ News Roundup, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, p. 1543).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1543/b

H. "US: Medicaid pays for half of nursing home bills, but better off do not qualify," by Fred Charatan (_British Medical Journal_ News Roundup, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, p. 1543).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1543/c

I. "Older people in queues for surgery might make way for younger people," by Roger Dobson (_British Medical Journal_ News Extra, Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, p. 1544).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1544/c

J. "Spiritual beliefs may affect outcome of bereavement: prospective study," by Kiri Walsh, Michael King, Louise Jones, Adrian Tookman, and Robert Blizard (_British Medical Journal_ Vol. 324, No. 7353, Jun. 29, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7353/1551
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12. _LANCET_ ARTICLE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Association between conformational mutations in neuroserpin and onset and severity of dementia," by Richard L. Davis, Antony E. Shrimpton, Robin W. Carrell, David A. Lomas, Lieselotte Gerhard, Bruno Baumann, Daniel A. Lawrence, Manuel Yepes, Tai Seung Kim, Bernardino Ghetti, Pedro Piccardo, Masaki Takao, Felicitas Lacbawan, Maximilian Muenke, Richard N. Sifers, Charles B. Bradshaw, Paul F. Kent, George H. Collins, Daria Larocca, and Peter D. Holohan (_Lancet_, Vol. 359, No. 9325, Jun. 29, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2242-2247).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9325/full/llan.359.9325.original_research.21582.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9325.original_research.21582.1&x=x.pdf
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13. MEDSCAPE CONFERENCE COVERAGE, ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing content.

A. "American Geriatrics Society 2002 Annual Scientific Meeting Conference Summary," from a conference held May 8-12, 2002 in Washington, DC. Selected conference coverage is available.

http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/1924?srcmp=ms-062802

B. "Managing Alzheimer's Disease: Treating Delusions of Theft in Alzheimer's Patients Can Reduce Caregiver Burden," from The Brown University Geriatric Psychopharmacology Update (Vol. 6, No. 6, 2002 p. 1,3).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/433991?srcmp=ms-062802

C. "Doppler Echocardiographic Assessment of Left Ventricular Filling Pressures in Elderly Patients With Moderate/Severe Aortic Stenosis (AS)," by David J. D'Agate, Richard H. Smith, and Jason M. Lazar (_The American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology_, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2002, p. 173-176, 196, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/436127?srcmp=ms-062802
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14. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO, PERIODICAL:

A. The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows (covering May 21 through Jun. 18, 2002, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between about 24 and 30 minutes).

May 21, 2002. Getting a Do-Over! At Mid-Life!

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

Scoll to show title.

B. Selected articles from the June 2002 _AARP Bulletin_ are available from the _AARP Bulletin_ website.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/toc.html

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next _AARP Bulletin_ becomes available, this one will be available from the "other issues" link.

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III. Working Papers:

15. WHARTON [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA] PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: "Money-Back Guarantees in Individual Pension Accounts: Evidence from the German Pension Reform," by Raimond Maurer and Christian Schlag (WP 2002-11, June 2002, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

The German Retirement Saving Act instituted a new funded system of supplementary pensions coupled with a general reduction in the level of state pay-as-you-go old-age pensions. In order to qualify for tax relief, the providers of supplementary savings products must offer a guarantee of the nominal value at retirement of contributions paid into these saving accounts. This paper explores how this money-back guarantee works and evaluates alternative designs for guarantee structures, including a life cycle model (dynamic asset allocation), a plan with a pre-specified blend of equity and bond investments (static asset allocation), and some type of portfolio insurance. We use a simulation methodology to compare hedging effectiveness and hedging costs associated with the provision of the money-back guarantee. In addition, the guarantee has important implications for regulators who must find an appropriate solvency system for such saving schemes.

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/WP2002-11.pdf

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

16. 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.

Clinical Gerontologist, Vol. 24, No. 1/2, 2001.

Educational Gerontology, Vol. 28, No. 5, 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.
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17. 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 Jul. 2, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 2, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 2, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

18. NIH NIA: Age-Related Prostate Growth: Biologic Mechanisms (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-116, Jun. 25, 2002).

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-116.html

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

19. US SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Protecting the Pensions of Working Americans: Lessons from the Enron Debacle, on Examining the Impact of the Collapse of Enron Corporation on its 401(k) Pension Plan Investors and the Department of Labor's Role in Enforcement and Regulation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Focusing on Related Pension Plan Reform Proposals," a hearing held Feb. 7, 2002 (Senate Hearing Publication 107-464, ASCII text and .pdf format, 92p).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate15sh107.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-464" (without the quotes).

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