Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #144--July 18, 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. Reports and articles:

1. NCHS REPORT: "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2001 NHIS [National Health Interview Survey]" (US National Center for Health Statistics, July 2002).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/released200207.htm
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2. GAO CORRESPONDENCE: "Nursing Homes: Quality of Care More Related to Staffing than Spending" (US General Accounting Office, GAO-02-431R, Jun. 13, 2002, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-431R

Note: This address is temporary. GAO correspondence may or may not be archived at:

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

Search on title or report number.
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3. DHHS NEWS RELEASE: "HHS Awards $10 Million to Expand Alzheimer's Disease Demonstrations" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 15, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020715b.html
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4. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Expert Committee Reports on HRT" (Jul. 11, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/tw/tw02025.htm

B. "Invitation to Apply For 6665 Aged Care Places and $35.6 Million Capital Funding" (Jul. 12, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02068.htm

C. "829 Outstanding Beds Online Since Review" (Jul. 16, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02069.htm
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5. STATISTICS CANADA REPORT: "Profile of the Canadian population by age and sex: Canada ages" (Statistics Canada, July 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 33p.). Note: "This document provides detailed analysis of the 2001 Census population data released July 16, 2002."

http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/Products/Analytic/companion/age/contents.cfm

Click on "View/download the print-friendly PDF version" at the bottom of the page for .pdf version.
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6. CDC SURVEILLANCE SUMMARY: "Hysterectomy Surveillance --- United States, 1994--1999," by Homa Keshavarz, Susan D. Hillis, Burney A. Kieke, and Polly A. Marchbanks (US Centers for Disease Control _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_ Surveillance Summaries, 51(SS05), Jul. 12, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-8).

HTML

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5105a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/ss/ss5105.pdf
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7. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Menopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy and Risk of Ovarian Cancer," by James V. Lacey, Jr., Pamela J. Mink, Jay H. Lubin, Mark E. Sherman, Rebecca Troisi, Patricia Hartge, Arthur Schatzkin, and Catherine Schairer (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 3, Jul. 17, 2002, p. 334-341).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n3/abs/joc20074.html

US National Institutes of Health news release relating to article:"Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer is Linked to Estrogen Replacement Therapy," Jul. 16, 2002).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jul2002/nci-16.htm
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8. _BMJ_ NEWS, NEWS EXTRA, CAREER FOCUS:

A. "Exponent of "male menopause" censured by GMC," by Owen Dyer (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 325, No. 7355, Jul. 13, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 65).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7355/65/b

B. "BMA opposes any change to law on assisted suicide," by Linda Beecham (_British Medical Journal_ News Extra, Vol. 325, No. 7355, Jul. 13, 2002, p. 66).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7355/66/d

C. "The way I see it: Medical students and junior doctors should treat older patients with more respect," by Tony Rao (_British Medical Journal_ Career Focus, Vol. 325, No. 7355, Jul. 13, 2002, p. S15).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7355/S15
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9. _LANCET_ EPONYM: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Alzheimer's disease," by Alistair Burns, E. Jane Byrne, and Konrad Maurer (_Lancet_ Eponym, Vol. 360, No. 9327, Jul. 13, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 163-165).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol360/iss9327/full/llan.360.9327.editorial_and_review.21706.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.360.9327.editorial_and_review.21706.1&x=x.pdf\
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10. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Why Individualizing Hormone Therapy Is Crucial: Putting the Results of the WHI Trial Into Perspective," by Morris Notelovitz (Medscape Women's Health, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/438356

B. "Use of Combination Hormone Replacement Therapy in Light of Recent Data From the Women's Health Initiative," by Andrew M. Kaunitz (Medscape Women's Health, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/438357

C. "Be Careful of What You Wish For: Putting the WHI Estrogen/progestin and HERS II Trials in Perspective," by John F. Randolph (Medscape Women's Health, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/438512

D. "Diagnosing and Treating Minor Depression Is Vital in Elderly" (The Brown University Geriatric Psychopharmacology Update, Vol. 6, No. 6, 2002, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/437323

E. "Treating Delusions of Theft in Alzheimer's Patients Can Reduce Caregiver Burden" (The Brown University Geriatric Psychopharmacology Update, Vol. 6, No. 6, 2002, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/433991

F. "Redefining Adult Communities," by Laura Daily (_Physicians Financial News_, Vol. 20, No. 7, 2002, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/436522?srcmp=ms-071202
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11. _TIME_ SPECIAL SECTION, ARTICLES:

A. The Jul. 22, 2002 issue of _Time_ contains a special section of articles on Hormone Replacement Therapy.

http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020722/

B. "What the Knees Really Need: Some 300,000 arthritic Americans have arthroscopic knee surgery each year. It doesn't work," by Janice M. Horowitz (_Time_, Jul. 22, 2002).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101020722-320790,00.html

C. "Muscle Power: Why you should get stronger," by Christine Gorman and Miriam Nelson (_Time_, Jul. 22, 2002).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101020722-320778,00.html
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12. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLES:

A. "The End of the Age of Estrogen," by Geoffrey Cowley and Karen Springen (_Newsweek_, Jul. 22, 2002).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/779607.asp

B. "What's A Woman To Do?: There are lots of ways to treat menopause and ward off the diseases that accompany aging," by Claudia Kalb (_Newsweek_, Jul. 22, 2002).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/780116.asp
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13. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLES:

A."America's Best Hospitals 2002" (_US News and World Report_, Jul. 22, 2002).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/nycu/health/hosptl/tophosp.htm

B. "The hormone conundrum: A major study concludes that menopause drugs are perilous. Now what?" by Amanda Spake (_US News and World Report_, Jul. 22, 2002).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/020722/health/22hrt.htm

C. "Cold comfort: Putting Ted Williams into 'cryonic suspension' is unlikely to give him another turn at bat," by Charles W. Petit (_US News and World Report_, Jul. 22, 2002).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/020722/misc/22cryo.htm
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II. Working Papers:

14. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Social Security and the Private Pension System: The Significance of Integrated Plans," by Pamela Perun (WP 2002-02, July 2002, .pdf format, 48p.). An extensive abstract, as well as a link to full text can be found at:

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/executive/crr/wp_2002-02.shtml
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15. NBER:

A. "The Interaction of Partial Public Insurance Programs and Residual Private Insurance Markets: Evidence from the U.S. Medicare Program," by Amy Finkelstein (National Bureau of Economic Research w9031, June 2002, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

A ubiquitous form of government intervention in insurance markets is to provide compulsory, but partial, public insurance coverage and to allow voluntary purchases of supplementary insurance on the private market. Yet we know little about the effects of such programs on total insurance coverage and on welfare. A primary concern is that the compulsory public insurance program - designed to counter the effects of adverse selection in the private insurance market - may in fact exacerbate adverse selection pressures in the residual private insurance market. Theoretically, however, these programs may either improve or impair the functioning of the residual private insurance market. To examine this question empirically, I investigate the effect of the U.S. Medicare program - which provides partial public health insurance to individuals aged 65 and over - on the private insurance market for prescription drugs, a benefit not provided by the public program. The results suggest that Medicare does not have substantial spillover effects on residual private insurance markets. In particular, there is no evidence that Medicare is associated with increased adverse selection problems in the residual private health insurance market.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W9031

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

B. "Is Retirement Depressing?: Labor Force Inactivity and Psychological Well-Being in Later Life," by Kerwin Kofi Charles (National Bureau of Economic Research w9033, June 2002, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

This paper assesses how retirement - defined as permanent labor force non-participation in a man's mature years - affects psychological welfare. The raw correlation between retirement and well-being is negative. But this does not imply causation. In particular, people with idiosyncratically low well-being, or people facing transitory shocks which adversely affect well-being might disproportionately select into retirement. Discontinuous retirement incentives in the Social Security System, and changes in laws affecting mandatory retirement and Social Security benefits allows the exogenous effect of retirement on happiness to be estimated. The paper finds that the direct effect of retirement on well-being is positive once the fact that retirement and well being are simultaneously determined is accounted for.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W9033

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

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

16. American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 107, 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.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJS/journal/contents/v107n4.html

17. Ethics, Law, and Aging Review (Vol. 7, 2001).

http://www.springerjournals.com/store/page1457_1.html
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18. 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 Economic Review (Vol. 92, No. 2, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database and the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 14, No. 1, 2002).

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 50, No. 6, 2002).

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 43, 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.

Research on Aging (Vol. 24, No. 4, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database and the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

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IV. Funding Opportunities:

19. NIH NIA:

A. "Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-127, Jul. 10, 2002).

http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-127.html

B. "Age Related Changes in Tissue Function: Underlying Biological Mechanisms" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-128, Jul. 12, 2002).

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-128.html
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V. Conferences/Workshops:

20. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA RESEARCH DATA ASSISTANCE CENTER WORKSHOPS: RESDAC has announced two workshops: "CMS 101: Introduction to the use of Medicare data for research," to be held Aug. 21-23, 2002 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and CMS 102: Conducting Research with Medicaid Claims Data," to be held Sep. 25-27, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia. Details, including registration details, for both of these workshops can be found at:

http://www.resdac.umn.edu/train.htm

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