Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #150--August 29, 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 16, 2002. Of possible interest to researchers in aging may be:

National Jail Census, 1999 (Study #3318).

To locate ICPSR files go to:

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

Search on title or study number.
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II. Reports and articles:

2. GAO REPORT: "Skilled Nursing Facilities: Providers Have Responded to Medicare Payment System by Changing Practices," (US General Accounting Office GAO-02-841, August 23, 2002, 25p.)

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-841

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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3. DHHS PRESS RELEASE: "HHS Expands Health Plan Options in Medicare+Choice," (US Department of Health and Human Services, August 27, 2002).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020827.html

For a list of health plans involved in the demonstration go to:

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020827att.html
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4. CMMS PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE RULE: "Review of National Coverage Determinations and Local Coverage Determinations," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, August 22, 2002, .pdf format, 30p.). Note: "CMS announces a proposed rule that would create a new process to allow certain Medicare beneficiaries to challenge national coverage determinations (NCDs) and local coverage determinations (LCDs)." CMS is providing a link to the Federal Register announcement. Follow the "Proposed Rule" link, and then click on the link to leave the CMS website.

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/default.asp
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5. DHHS OIG SPECIAL ADVISORY BULLETIN: "Offering Gifts and Other Inducements to Beneficiaries," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, August 2002, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/alertsandbulletins/SABGiftsandInducements.pdf
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6. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS QUARTERLY REPORT: "Health Statistics Quarterly 15-Autumn 2002," (UK Office for National Statistics, August 2002, .pdf format, 84p.). Note: Two articles that may be of interest to aging researchers are: "Inequalities in life expectancy by social class 19721999," by Angela Donkin, Peter Goldblatt and Kevin Lynch; and,"Healthy Life Expectancy in Great Britain, 1999."

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/HSQ15.pdf
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7. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "More Than 50,000 Older Australians To Participate In Pilot For Early Detection Of Bowel Cancer," (Australian Dept. of Health and Ageing, August 25, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/kp/kp02088.htm
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8. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, MEDICAL NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES:

A. "Inflammatory Biomarkers, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Incident Coronary Heart Disease Prospective Analysis From the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study," by Aruna D. Pradhan, JoAnn E. Manson, Jacques E. Rossouw, David S. Siscovick, Charles P. Mouton, Nader Rifai, Robert B. Wallace, Rebecca D. Jackson, Mary B. Pettinger, and Paul M. Ridker (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 8, August 28, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 980-987).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc20229.html

B. "'Palliative Care' Means 'Active Care' It Aims to Improve Quality of Life," by Lynne Lamberg (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 8, August 28, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 943-944).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jmn0828-1.html
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9. _BMJ_ PAPERS, CLINICAL REVIEW, AND LETTERS:

A. "Thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke: consumer involvement in design of new randomised controlled trial," by Liedeke Koops and Richard I. Lindley (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7361, August 24, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 415-418).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7361/415

B. "Are breast cancer screening programmes increasing rates of mastectomy? Observational study," by Eugenio Paci, Stephen W Duffy, Daniela Giorgi, Marco Zappa, Emanuele Crocetti, Vania Vezzosi, Simonetta Bianchi, Luigi Cataliotti, and Marco Rosselli del Turco (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7361, August 24, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 418).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7361/418

C. "Management of chronic heart failure," by Martin R. Cowie and Alex Zaphiriou (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7361, August 24, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 422-425).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7361/422

D. "Burden of illness and suicide in elderly people," by Markku Timonen, Kaisa Viilo, Erkki Visnen, Pirkko Rsnen, Helin Hakko, Terttu Srkioja, and Fred Charatan (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7361, August 24, 2002, HTML format, p. 441).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7361/441/a
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10. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Presenilins are not required for A{beta}42 production in the early secretory pathway," by Christina A. Wilson, Robert W. Doms, Hui Zheng, and Virginia M.-Y. Lee (_Nature Neuroscience_, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 849-855).

http://www.nature.com/neurolink/v5/n9/abs/nn898.html
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11. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "New Alzheimer's Treatments That May Ease the Mind," by Laura Helmuth (_Science_, Vol. 297, No. 5585, August 23, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1260-1262).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/297/5585/1260
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12. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Protein phosphatase 1 is a molecular constraint on learning and memory," by David Genoux, Ursula Haditsch, Marlen Knobloch, Aubin Michalon, Daniel Storm, and Isabelle M. Mansuy (_Nature_, Vol. 418, No. 6901, August 29, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 970-975).

http://www.nature.com/nlink/v418/n6901/abs/nature00928_fs.html

B. "Ageing: Cognitive change and the APOE E4 allele," by Ian J. Deary, Martha C. Whiteman, Alison Pattie, John M. Starr, Caroline Hayward, Alan F. Wright, Andrew Carothers and Lawrence J. Whalley (_Nature_, Vol. 418, No. 6901, August 29, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 932).

http://www.nature.com/nlink/v418/n6901/abs/418932a_fs.html
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13. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Will Ampakines be the Next Major Breakthrough in Treating Alzheimer's Disease?" (_The Brown University Geriatric Psychopharmacology Update_ via Medscape, Vol. 6, No. 8, 2002, p. 4-5).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/439479

B. "NPs Cannot Order, Certify, or Recertify Home Care, or Perform Care Plan Oversight," (_The Green Sheet_, via Medscape, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/439163

C. "Biochemical Relapse in Prostate Cancer: Is PSA Promoting Stress And Anxiety?" (_Medscape Hematology-Oncology eJournal_, Vol. 5, No. 4, August 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/440367
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III. Working Papers:

14. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Vietnam's Older Population: The View from the Census," by John Knodel and Truong Si Anh (PSC Research Report 02-523, August 2002, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

The present study provides a descriptive analysis of Vietnam's older population based primarily on special tabulations from the 3 percent public use sample of the 1999 census. Comparison with the 1989 census reveals remarkable stability in the living arrangements of Vietnamese elderly with respect to co-residence with children, even as the country is a undergoing a major transformation of its economy. Rural elderly are far more like to remain economically active and to be clearly disadvantaged in terms of educational attainment, housing quality, and access to mass media. Women compare unfavorably to men with respect to formal educational attainment and literacy and are far more likely to be widowed. Older men and women, however, do not differ in terms of housing quality nor in the likelihood of co-residing with children. While older women are less likely to be economically active than men, they are more likely to be active in house keeping and related work. Thus many older Vietnamese men and women are not simply dependents but make useful contributions to the family's ability to sustain themselves.

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/papers/rr02-523.pdf

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

15. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 6, No. 3, August 2002).

http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/app/home/issue.asp?wasp=m35evlqhqh63jq64qwtm&referrer=parent&backto=journal,1,24;searchpublicationsresults,1,1;
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16. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 9, No. 9, September 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/issue9/index.shtml
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17. Journal of Aging and Identity (Vol. 7, No. 3, September 2002).

http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/1087-3732

Follow the link to "Journal Content"
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18. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 57A, Nos. 9, September 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/issue9/index.shtml
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19. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences (B) (Vols. 57B, Nos. 5, September 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/issue5/index.shtml
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20. 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. 3, 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.

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 this issue.

Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 14, No. 3, 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.

Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 64, No. 3, August 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.

Population Studies (Vol. 56, No. 2, 2002).
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21. 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. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 27, 2002:

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

B. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 27, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Legislation Information Updates:

22. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Broken and Unsustainable: The Cost Crisis of Long-Term Care for Baby Boomers," a hearing held March 21, 2002 (US Senate Publication Serial No. 107-490, ASCII text and .pdf format, 66p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-490" (without the quotes).

B. "Offering Retirement Security to the Federal Family: A New Long-Term Care Initiative," a hearing held April 10, 2002 (US Senate Publication Serial No. 107-494, ASCII text and .pdf format, 139p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-494" (without the quotes).

C. "Assisted Living Reexamined: Developing Policy and Practices to Ensure Quality Care," a hearing April 16, 2002 (US Senate Publication Serial No. 107-495, ASCII text and .pdf format, 60p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-495" (without the quotes).
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23. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS HEARING PUBLICATION:
"Oversight of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare
Payment Policies for Ambulance Services," a hearing November 15, 2001 (US
Senate Publication Serial No. 107-264, ASCII text and .pdf format, 127p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate12sh107.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-264" (without the quotes).
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VI. Websites of Interest:

24. AOA: "Grandparents Day 2002: Sept. 8," (US Department of Health and Human Service, Administration on Aging, August 2002). Note: Using data from Census 2000 and other sources, AOA has created this resource to recognize Grandparents Day.

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/Census2002/grandparentsday.html

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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