Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #146--August 1, 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. HRS PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY: "It is now more than a decade since the original wave of the HRS (Health and Retirement Survey). During this time, the HRS has expanded significantly in several dimensions not the least of which is its budget. Six waves of data have been fielded, a series of new cohorts have been added, and important supplements have been added including a large dementia evaluation and the increased use of off year mail outs.... Prior to the last NIA (US National Institute on Aging) continuation award, reviewers recommended an in depth evaluation of the HRS to assess where its major strengths lie and what aspects of the survey may need to be improved. This review is currently underway, and is being supervised by the HRS Data Monitoring Committee (DMC), whose major function is to advise the NIA on scientific issues concerning the HRS." Comments are due Nov. 1, 2002.

http://www.asciences.com/HRScomments/
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2. NCHS LSOA II DECEDENT INTERVIEW FILE: The US National Center for Health Statistics has released the Second Longitudinal Study of Aging Wave 2 Decedent Interview file (version DF 1.1). Information about the data, as well as links to data (ASCII format), SAS input statements (ASCII format), and documentation, including codebook and questionnaires (.pdf format) can be found at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/otheract/aging/w2df.htm

Scroll to the bottom of the page for data links.

This file joins the recently released Second Longitudinal Study of Aging Wave 2 Survivor file (version SF 1.1), which can be found at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/otheract/aging/w2sf.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

3. ECLAC/CELADE MONOGRAPH: "Demographic Bulletin No. 69: Latin America and Caribbean: Population Estimates and Projections: 1950-2050" (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, January 2002, .pdf format, 254p.). Note: The country table chapters for Latin America and the Caribbean contain quinquennial population age estimates and projections by sex for five year groupings top-coded at 80 years for 1950-2015.

http://www.eclac.org/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/publicaciones/xml/1/9321/P9321.xml

Click on "Download document" for link to full text. Note: full text is divided into chapters for convenient download.
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4. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_--ARTICLE: Note: _DR_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research." "Language-group Differences in Very Early Retirement in Finland," by Jan Saarela and Fjalar Finnas (Vol. 7, Article 3, July 2002, .pdf format, p. 50-66).

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to study very early retirement as an indicator for poor health, with focus on a comparison between the two language groups in Finland. Extensive longitudinal data are analysed with the help of random effects probit models. As expected from previous studies of mortality differences, the rate of retirement is lower among Swedish-speakers than among Finnish-speakers, and this cannot be attributed to socio-demographic and regional factors. Swedish-speaking males have a risk of very early retirement that is about 25 per cent lower than that of Finnish-speaking males. Among females the corresponding difference is about 15 per cent. Our results also suggest that not accounting for unobserved individual heterogeneity will bias the effect of native language downwards.

http://www.demographic-research.org

Click on "Enter".
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5. KFF/COMMONWEALTH FUND/TUFTS NEW ENGLAND MEDICAL CENTER REPORT: "Seniors and Prescription Drugs: An 8-State Survey" (July 2002, HTML and .pdf format). The site links to an extensive abstract, chartpack summation of findings (.pdf format, 42p.), and article: "Prescription Drug Coverage And Seniors: How Well Are States Closing The Gap?" by Dana Gelb Safran, Patricia Neuman, Cathy Schoen, Jana E. Montgomery, Wenjun Li, Ira B. Wilson, Michelle S. Kitchman, Andrea E. Bowen, and William H. Rogers (_Health Affairs_ Web Exclusive, July 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. W253-W268).

http://www.kff.org/content/2002/6049/
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6. DHHS ASPE REPORT: "State Long-Term Care: Recent Developments and Policy Directions," by Barbara Coleman, Wendy Fox-Grage and Donna Folkemer (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, July 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 140p.).

Abstract:

This report provides a thumbnail sketch of long-term care budgets, legislation and planning in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The focus of this report is mainly on state legislation, expenditures and policy activity in FY 2001 to provide the most current perspective possible in fast-changing state environments. It also previews FY 2002 (when the data were available and appropriate). In some cases, reference is made to prior years to provide context for review and analysis.

HTML:

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/stateltc.htm

.pdf:

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/stateltc.pdf
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7. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 1997," by Kristen Smith (Census Bureau Household Economic Studies, P70-86, July 2002, .pdf format, 20p.). The report is linked to by a Census Bureau news release: "Grandparents Leading Child-Care Providers, Census Bureau Reports" (Aug. 1, 2002), which also links to 6 detailed tables (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/cb02-102.html

Click on "Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 1997" for full text.
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8. NIH NEWS RELEASE: "Questions Arise As More Older Americans Outlive Driving Privilege" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Jul. 29, 2002).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jul2002/nia-29.htm
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9. DHHS NEWS RELEASES:

A. ""Medicare Acts to Protect Coverage for Homebound Beneficiaries" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 26, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020726d.html

B. "HHS Approves Expanding Pharmacy Benefits to South Carolina Seniors" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 30, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020730.html

C. "HHS Approves Expanding Pharmacy Benefits to Maryland Seniors" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 30, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020730a.html

D. "HHS Approves Expanding Pharmacy Benefits to Florida Elderly" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 31, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020731.html

E. "HHS Announces Initiative to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Immunization" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jul. 31, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020731a.html
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10. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, July 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/ilc200207.pdf

More information about ILCUSA:

http://www.ilcusa.org/
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11. _HEALTH AFFAIRS_ WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Medicare + Choice: Current Role And Near-Term Prospects," by Kenneth E. Thorpe and Adam Atherly (_Health Affairs_ Web Exclusive, Jul. 17, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. W242-W252).

http://www.healthaffairs.org/WebExclusives/Thorpe_Web_Excl_071702.htm

Click "Also Available in PDF" for full text.

More on _Health Affairs_:

http://www.healthaffairs.org/1500_about_journal.php
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12. JOSEPH ROUNDTREE FOUNDATION REPORT SUMMARY: "Juggling work and care: The experiences of working carers of older adults," by Judith Phillips, Miriam Bernard and Minda Chittenden (Joseph Roundtree Foundation, July 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.). "The purpose of this report is to examine the difficulties faced by adults providing care for older adults in the UK." Note: The complete report must be ordered from the Foundation (click on "order report").

http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/7112.asp

More information on the Joseph Roundtree Foundation:

http://www.jrf.org.uk/about/
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13. _SCIENCE_ NEWS SUMMARY ABSTRACTS: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Despite Safety Concerns, U.K. Hormone Study to Proceed," by Martin Enserink (_Science_ News Summary, Vol. 297, No. 5581, Jul. 26, 2002, p. 492).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/297/5581/492

B. "NIH BUDGET: Senate Panel Adds 16% to Complete Doubling," by Jocelyn Kaiser (_Science_ News Summary, Vol. 297, No. 5581, Jul. 26, 2002, p. 493).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/297/5581/493a
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14. _BMJ_ EDITORIAL, NEWS, ARTICLE:

A. "Withdrawal of life sustaining treatment: Patients' autonomy and values conflict with the responsibilities of clinicians," by Tom Sensky (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 325, No. 7357, Jul. 27, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 175-176).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7357/175

B. "Elderly patients to receive cash to speed up hospital discharge," by Alex Vass (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 325, No. 7357, Jul. 27, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 179).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7357/179/a

C. "Treatment for osteoarthritis thrown into question," by David Spurgeon (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 325, No. 7357, Jul. 27, 2002, p. 182).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7357/182/b

D. "Alcohol consumption and mortality: modelling risks for men and women at different ages," by Ian R. White, Dan R. Altmann, and Kiran Nanchahal (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7357, Jul. 27, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/325/7357/191
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15. _LANCET_ TALKING POINTS: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Experiences of Parkinson's disease in India" (_Lancet_ Talking Points, Vol. 360, No. 9329, Jul. 27, 2002). Note: this Talking Point is a reference to an article in _Lancet Neurology_.

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol360/iss9329/full/llan.360.9329.talking_points.21939.3
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16. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Bisphosphonates, Statins, Osteoporosis, and Atherosclerosis," by Nelson Watts (_Southern Medical Journal_, Vol. 95, No. 6, 2002, p. 578-582 via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/438222

B. "Effect of Long-term Continuous Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy With Estradiol Valerate and Either Dienogest or Norethisterone Acetate on Mammographic Density in Postmenopausal Women," by Dimiter B. Georgiev and Nikolai A. Manassiev (Medscape Women's Health eJournal, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/436586?mpid=1689
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17. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Beware the Back-Alley 'Botox' Scam: The ugly side of the latest beauty boom: fake treatments," by Kevin Peraino (_Newsweek_, Aug. 5, 2002).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/786641.asp
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18. _FORBES_ ARTICLE: "Removing The Scarlet A: Age-discrimination laws can backfire on older job seekers," by Ira Carnahan (_Forbes_, Aug. 12, 2002).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/0812/078.html
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III. Working Papers:

19. TOR VERGATA UNIVERSITY [ROME ITALY]: "Micro Modeling Of Retirement Behavior In Italy," by Agar Brugiavini and Franco Peracchi (2002, .zip compressed .pdf format, 82p.).

http://netec.wustl.edu/adnetec-cgi-bin/nep?urn=RePEc:rtv:ceiswp:147
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20. IZA (INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR, [BONN GERMANY]): "Gender Differences in Early Retirement Behaviour," by Svenn-Age Dahl, Oivind Anti Nilsen, and Kjell Vaage (Discussion Paper 522, June 2002, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

In this paper we analyse early retirement for men and women focusing on family characteristics such as marital status, spouse income and wealth, and spouses' labour market status. The female participation rate is high in Norway, implying that the country is particularly suitable for the study of gender differences in the early retirement behaviour. At our disposal we have administrative data that include information on individuals aged between 55 and 61 years in 1989. The individuals are followed until the end of 1995, with the aim of determining the predictors of different early retirement states. The results of a competing risk model indicate that women are less likely to take early retirement compared to men and that these differences are due to both different characteristics and different behaviour.

http://www.iza.org/index_html?mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers

Scroll to or "find in page" "522" (without the quotes) and then click on PDF icon.

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

21. Age and Ageing (Vol. 31, No. 4, July 2002). Note: Full electronic text (.pdf format) may be available at the site. Check your organization's library.

http://ageing.oupjournals.org/content/vol31/issue4/index.shtml

22. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 92, No. 8, August 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 these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol92/issue8/index.shtml

23. The Gerontologist (Vol. 42, 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 issue.

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol42/issue4/index.shtml

24. Journals of Gerontology (A), Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 57, Nos. 8, August 2002). Note: 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/issue8/index.shtml
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25. 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. 30, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 30, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 30, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

26. NBER: _Frontiers in Health Policy Research, Volume 6_, edited by David M. Cutler and Alan M. Garber (National Bureau of Economic Research, from a conference held May 29, 2002, forthcoming from MIT Press). The chapter:"Demand Effects of Recent Changes in Prescription Drug Promotion," by Meredith B. Rosenthal, Ernst R. Berndt, Julie M. Donohue, Arnold M. Epstein, and Richard G. Frank (.pdf format, 40p.) has been updated.

http://www.nber.org/books/garber6/index.html

Scroll to "Demand Effects of Recent Changes in Prescription Drug Promotion".

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

27. NIH NIA: Precursor Cells in Skeletal Muscle Repair and Hypertrophy (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-136, Jul. 25, 2002). For more information see:

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-136.html

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VII. Conferences:

28. CMS: The Medicare Health Outcomes Survey: Acting on the Results (US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services), to be held Sep. 4-5, 2002 in Baltimore Maryland. "The primary goal is to educate health professionals, including managed care plan managers, health researchers, and health care administrators on applications of baseline and 2-year performance measurement results from the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). Attendees will learn how to use HOS data to monitor and to identify opportunities for improving quality of care.

http://www.jwallc.com/

Click on "Registration" and scroll to "Medicare Health Outcomes Survey."

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