Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #148--August 15, 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. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added 20 studies to its holdings on August 13, 2002. Of possible interest to researchers in aging may be:

National Health Interview Survey, 2000 (Study #3381).

To locate ICPSR files go to:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/search-basic.html

Search on title or study number.
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2. AHRQ MEPS:

A. "MEPS HC-033E: 1999 Emergency Room Visits File," (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, July 31, 2002, data files are available in compressed ASCII and SAS transport format, documentation (codebooks in HTML or .pdf format), questionnaires, and SAS programming statements are also available). Note: "The Emergency Room Visits Public Use Data File contains characteristics associated with the emergency room visit, such as, the date of the visit, types of care and services received, types of medicine prescribed during the visit, condition codes, expenditures, and source of payment associated with the visit, and imputed expenditure variables."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=88

B. "MEPS HC-033F: 1999 Outpatient Visits File," (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, July 31, 2002, data files are available in compressed ASCII and SAS transport format, documentation (codebooks in HTML or .pdf format), questionnaires, and SAS programming statements are also available). Note: "The Outpatient Visits Public Use Data File contains characteristics associated with the outpatient visit and imputed expenditure data such as the date of the visit, whether or not a doctor was seen, type of care received, type of services provided, expenditures and sources of payment, and imputed sources of payment."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=89

C. "MEPS HC-033G: 1999 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File," (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, July 31, 2002, data files are available in compressed ASCII and SAS transport format, documentation (codebooks in HTML or .pdf format), questionnaires, and SAS programming statements are also available). Note: "The Office-Based Provider Public Use Data File contains characteristics associated with the office-based visit, such as, date of the visit, time spent with the provider, types of treatment and services received, types of medicine prescribed, condition codes, expenditures, source of payment associated with the visit and imputed expenditure variables."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=90

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II. Reports and articles:

3. _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."

"Life Expectancy at Current Rates vs. Current Conditions A Reflexion Stimulated by Bongaarts and Feeneys 'How Long Do We Live?'" by James W. Vaupel (Vol. 7, No. 8, August 15, 2002, .pdf format, p. 366-376).

http://www.demographic-research.org/

Click on "Enter".
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4. GAO REPORTS:

A. "HIPAA Standards: Dual Code Sets Are Acceptable for Reporting Medical Procedures," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-02-796, August 9, 2002, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-796

Note: This is a temporary addresses. GAO reports can always be found at:

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

Search on title or report number.

B. "Social Security Administration: Revision to the Government Pension Offset Exemption Should Be Considered," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-02-950, August 15, 2002, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-950

Note: This is a temporary addresses. 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. AHRQ MEPS STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Medical Care and Treatment for Chronic Conditions, 2000," by Marie N. Stagnitti (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief #5, August 2002, .pdf and HTML format, 13p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProdShowNew.asp?PubID=175

Follow that link to the .pdf or HTML version.
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6. NIH PRESS RELEASE: "Sites Chosen for Public-Private Osteoarthritis Initiative," (US National Institutes of Health, August 13, 2002).

http://www.niams.nih.gov/ne/press/2002/08_13.htm
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7. CENTER FOR DRUG EVALUATION AND RESEARCH PRESS RELEASE: "FDA Statement on the Results of the Women's Health Initiative," (US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, August 13, 2002).

http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/safety/WHI_statement.htm
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8. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "Award Recognises Housing for Older Australians," (Australian Department of Health and Ageing, August 12, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02072.htm
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9. _LANCET_ COMMENTARY: "The dis-integration of death," by Derick T. Wade (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9331, August 10, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 425).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol/iss/full/llan.360.9331.editorial_and_review.22057.1
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10. _BMJ_ PAPER, EDITORIAL:

A. "Role of endogenous oestrogen in aetiology of coronary heart disease: analysis of age related trends in coronary heart disease and breast cancer in England and Wales and Japan," by Debbie A. Lawlor, Shah Ebrahim, and George Davey Smith (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7359, August 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 311-312).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7359/311

B. "Stroke Unit," by Sheldon Stone (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7359, August 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 291-292).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7359/291
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11. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, EDITORIAL, AND LETTER:

A. "Effect of Daily Vitamin E and Multivitamin-Mineral Supplementation on Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Elderly Persons," by Judith M. Graat, Evert G. Schouten, and Frans J. Kok (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 6, August 14, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 715-721).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc12219.html

B. "Sertraline Treatment of Major Depression in Patients With Acute MI or Unstable Angina," by Alexander H. Glassman, Christopher M. O'Connor, Robert M. Califf, Karl Swedberg, Peter Schwartz, J. Thomas Bigger, Jr, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan, Louis T. van Zyl, J. Robert Swenson, Mitchell S. Finkel, Charles Landau, Peter A. Shapiro, Carl J. Pepine, Jack Mardekian, and Wilma M. Harrison for the Sertraline Antidepressant Heart Attack Randomized Trial (SADHART) Group (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 6, August 14, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 701-709).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc11572.html

C. "Treatment of Depression Following Acute Myocardial Infarction," by Robert M. Carney and Allan S. Jaffe (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 6, August 14, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 750-751).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jed20038.html

D. "Nursing Home Placement and Dementia," by Abhilash K. Desai, Kristine Yaffe, and Kenneth E. Covinsky (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 6, August 14, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 696-697).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jlt0814-5.html
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12. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare Reform at Discussion Phase in Congress," by Lisa Geiger (_Pharmacy Today_ via Medscape, Vol. 8, No. 6, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/438219

B. "Study: Seniors With Late Life Depression May Not Recover," (_Mental Health Weekly_, via Medscape, Vol. 12, No. 28, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/439121

C. "Leptin -- A New Member of the Bone Builders' Club?" (_Contemporary Issues in Gynecology, Obstetrics and Women's Health_ via Medscape Women's Health eJournal, Vol. 7, No. 4, August 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/439243
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13. AARP REPORT: "Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation in the U.S. Senate: Public Reaction Among Americans Aged 45 and Over," (AARP, August 2002, .pdf format, 7p.). Note: This report summarizes the findings of a survey of "1,070 Americans over the age of 45" to measure the public's response to Congress's failure to pass Medicare drug benefit legislation.

http://research.aarp.org/health/senate_rx.html

Click on "Download or view".
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14. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Under One Roof," by Sally S. Stich (_Time_, Vol. 160, No. 8, August 19, 2002).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101020819-335991,00.html
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15. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Burned! Why we need to fix the 401(k)," by Jane Bryant Quinn (_Newsweek_, August 19, 2002).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/791848.asp
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III. Working Papers:

16. IZA (INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR, [BONN GERMANY]):

A. "Pension Taxes versus Early Retirement Rights," by Mike Orszag and Dennis Snower (Discussion Paper 536, July 2002, .pdf format, 11p.).

Abstract:

This paper deals with two policy approaches to address the problem of the"pensions time bomb" by influencing private-sector pension provision. In assessing the role of private-sector pensions, it is common to concentrate exclusively on the issue of whether early retirement penalties or late retirement benefits are actuarially fair. We argue that this focus is unbalanced since private-sector pension arrangements have significant implications for governments' finances. When private pensions encourage early retirement, they reduce the number of people paying taxes and increase the number of people supplementing their private pensions through various forms of public support. To induce private-sector pension providers to internalize this externality, we examine two policy responses: taxing private pension receipts of early retirees, and issuing"early retirement rights." The government's receipts from the pension taxes or the sale of early retirement rights are used, in part, to provide employment vouchers for people of pensionable age.

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

Scroll to or "find in page" "536" (without the quotes) and then click on PDF icon.

B. "The Pension Transfer Program," by Mike Orszag and Dennis Snower (Discussion Paper 538, July 2002, .pdf format, 14p.).

Abstract:

The paper examines the following pension reform strategy that aims to defuse the pension time-bomb without giving rise to intergenerational conflict. Let people with rights to public pensions have the option of using a portion of their potential pensions to provide employment vouchers for employers that hire them. The policy is entirely voluntary; only those older workers and those employers who wish to avail themselves of this option will do so. The older workers retain the right to draw their public pensions and the employers have the right not to employ them. In effect, the policy involves taking some of the funds that would have financed public pensions and using them to provide employment subsidies. When a person takes advantage of the PTP over a given period of time, he loses his pension rights over that span and gains improved employment opportunities instead.

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

Scroll to or "find in page" "538" (without the quotes) and then click on PDF icon.
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17. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS [Laxenburg, Austria]: "Can Immigration Compensate for Europe's Low Fertility?" by Wolfgang Lutz and Sergei Scherbov (IIASA Interim Report IR-02-052, April 2002, .pdf and PostScript format, 13p.).

Abstract:

This paper addresses in a systematic demographic manner the widely discussed question: To what extent does immigration compensate for low fertility in Europe? We begin with a set of 28 alternative scenarios combining seven different fertility levels with four different migration assumptions at the level of the EU-15 to 2050. Next, we address the research question in the context of probabilistic population projections, and the new concept of conditional uncertainty distributions in population forecasting is introduced. Statistically this is done by sorting one thousand simulations into low, medium, and high groups for fertility and migration according to the average levels of paths over the simulation period. The results show a similar picture to that of the probability-free scenarios, but also indicate that the old-age dependency ratio, the uncertainty about future mortality trends greatly adds to the ranges of the conditional uncertainty distributions.

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/cgi-bin/pubsrch?IR02052

Click on PDF or PS icons for full text.

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

18. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 156, No. 4, August 15, 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/issue4/index.shtml
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19. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 92, No. 8, August 1, 2002). 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
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20. American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 107, No. 5, March 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/cgi-bin/contents?AJS+v107n5
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21. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 28, No. 3, July 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EbscoHost Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.catchword.co.uk/titles/tandf/0361073X/contp1-1.htm

Click on "Number 3" under Volume 28 for table of contents.
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22. The Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 1, No. 2, July 2002).

http://www.pensions-journal.com/contents/v1n2.asp
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23. 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.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 28, No. 6, 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.

International Journal of Ageing and Human Development (Vol. 54, No. 3, 2002).

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 10, No. 3, 2002).

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 50, No. 7, 2002).

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V. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH: "Novel Approaches to Enhance Animal Stem Cell Research," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-147, August 9, 2002).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-147.html
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25. AOA: "Development of a Strategy and Action Plan to Raise Awareness about Osteoporosis in Post-Menopausal Women," (US Department of Health and Human Service, Administration on Aging, August 2002, .pdf and HTML format). Note: The deadline for applications is September 16, 2002.

To view the program announcement go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/fr-osteoporosis080202.html

To view application materials go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-osteoporosis080202.html

or

http://www.aoa.gov/t4/fy2002/kit-osteoporosis080202.pdf
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VI. Conferences:

26. NIH: "Share the Health: An Exposition of Health Resources from NIH to its Neighbors," (US National Institutes on Health). The purpose of the forum is to make available information from NIH research to the wider community. "Share the Health" is scheduled for October 26, 2002 (Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD). For information about the agenda and registration go to:

http://sharethehealth.od.nih.gov/
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

27. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TRANSCRIPT:

A. "Safeguarding Our Seniors: Protecting the Elderly from Physical and Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes," a hearing held March 4, 2002 (US Senate Hearing 107-401, .pdf and ASCII text format, 188p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh107.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-401" (without the quotes).

B. "The Economic Downturn and its Impact on Seniors: Stretching Limited Dollars in Medicaid, Health, and Senior Services," a hearing held March 14, 2002 (US Senate Hearing 107-531, .pdf and ASCII text format, 125p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh107.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-531" (without the quotes).
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28. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS: "Integrating Prescription Drugs Into Medicare," a hearing April 17, 2002 (US House Publication Serial No. 107-65, .pdf and ASCII text format, 126p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-65" (without the quotes).

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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