Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #156--October 10, 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. AHRQ MEPS: "MEPS HC-038: 1999 Full Year Consolidated Data File," (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, October 3, 2002, data files are available in compressed ASCII and SAS transport format, documentation (codebooks in HTML or .pdf format) and SAS programming statements are also available). Note: "This file contains the following variables previously released on HC-031: survey administration, demographics, employment, health status and health insurance. The HC-038 file also includes these variables: parent identifiers, access to care and disability days variables, language of interview variable, income variables, use and expenditure variables, and summary yearly health insurance variables."

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=93
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2. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added 4 studies to its holdings on October 4, 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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II. Reports and articles:

3. GAO REPORT:

A. "Private Pensions: Participants Need Information on the Risks of Investing in Employer Securities and the Benefits of Diversification," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-02-943, September 6, 2002, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-943

Note: These are 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: Fugitive Felon Program Could Benefit from Better Use of Technology," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-02-346, September 6, 2002, .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02346.pdf

Note: These are 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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4. _JAMA_ EDITORIAL: "Pharmacy Benefit Plans and Prescription Drug Spending," by Donald M. Steinwachs (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 14, October 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1773-1774).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jed20058.html
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5. _BMJ_ PAPERS, EDITORIAL, AND PRIMARY CARE:

A. "Why men with prostate cancer want wider access to prostate specific antigen testing: qualitative study," by Alison Chapple, Sue Ziebland, Sasha Shepperd, Rachel Miller, Andrew Herxheimer, and Ann McPherson (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7367, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 737-739).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/325/7367/737

B. "Natural experiment examining impact of aggressive screening and treatment on prostate cancer mortality in two fixed cohorts from Seattle area and Connecticut," by Grace Lu-Yao, Peter C. Albertsen, Janet L. Stanford, Therese A. Stukel, Elizabeth S. Walker-Corkery, and Michael J. Barry (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7367, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 740-742).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/325/7367/740

C. "Prostate specific antigen testing for prostate cancer," by Hazel Thornton and Mary Dixon-Woods (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7367, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 725-726).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/325/7367/725

D. "Home based exercise programme for knee pain and knee osteoarthritis: randomised controlled trial," by K. S. Thomas, K. R. Muir, M. Doherty, A. C. Jones, S. C. O'Reilly, and E. J. Bassey (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7367, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 752-754).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/325/7367/752
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6. _LANCET_ ARTICLE AND RESEARCH LETTER ABSTRACTS, HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS, CORRESPONDENCE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Effects of long-term treatment with angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors in the presence or absence of aspirin: a systematic review," by Koon K. Teo, Salim Yusuf, Marc Pfeffer, Lars Kober, Alistair Hall, Janice Pogue, Roberto Latini, Rory Collins for the ACE Inhibitors Collaborative Group (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9339, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1037-1043).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol360/iss9339/abs/llan.360.9339.original_research.22650.1

B. "COX-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of serious coronary heart disease," by Wayne A Ray, C Michael Stein, James R Daugherty, Kathi Hall, Patrick G Arbogast, Marie R Griffin (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9339, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1071-1073).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol360/iss9339/abs/llan.360.9339.original_research.22648.1

C. "Violence against elderly people: a neglected problem," by Daniel Nelson (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9339, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1094).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol360/iss9339/full/llan.360.9339.health_and_human_rights.22645.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.360.9339.health_and_human_rights.22645.1&x=x.pdf

D. "Inhibitors of angiotensin-converting enzyme and physical function in older women," by Ketan Dhatariya (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9339, October 5, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1098-1100).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol360/iss9339/full/llan.360.9339.correspondence.22636.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.360.9339.correspondence.22636.1&x=x.pdf
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7. HEALTH AFFAIRS ARTICLE: "Medicare Versus Private Insurance: Rhetoric And Reality," by Karen Davis, Cathy Schoen, Michelle Doty, and Katie Tenney (Health Affairs, October 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, 14p.). Note: Health Affairs is providing free access to selected articles.

HTML: http://www.healthaffairs.org/WebExclusives/Davis_Web_Excl_100902.htm

PDF: http://www.healthaffairs.org/WebExclusives/2106Davis.pdf
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8. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis," by Karen M. Prestwood and Lawrence G. Raisz (_Clinical Cornerstone_ via Medscape, Vol. 4, No. 6, 2002, p. 31-41).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/439362
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9. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "The polycomb group protein EZH2 is involved in progression of prostate cancer," by Sooryanarayana Varambally, Saravana M. Dhanasekaran, Ming Zhou, Terrence R. Barrette, Chandan Kumar-Sinha, Martin G. Sanda, Debashis Ghosh, Kenneth J. Pienta, Richard G. A. B. Sewalt, Arie P. Otte, Mark A. Rubin and Arul M. Chinnaiyan (_Nature_, Vol. 419, No. 6907, October 10, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 624-629).

http://www.nature.com/nlink/v419/n6907/abs/nature01075_fs.html
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10. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PENSION FUNDS REPORT: "Pensions - Plain and Simple," (National Association of Pension Funds, October 2002, .pdf format, 72p.). Note: The purpose of this report is to recommend changes to the current UK public pension system. To view the report, go to:

http://www.napf.co.uk/download/plainsimple7oct.pdf

For more information about NAPF go to:

http://www.napf.co.uk/cgi-bin/page_section.cgi?ID=111
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11. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS ARTICLE: "Giving some back," by Susan Brink (US News and World Reports, October 14, 2002).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/021014/health/14uninsured.b.htm
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III. Working Papers:

12. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "Age-structured optimal control in population economics," by Gustav Feichtinger, Alexia Prskawetz, and Vladimir M. Veliov (WP-2002-045, September 2002, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

This paper brings both intertemporal and age-dependent features to a theory of population policy at the macro-level. A Lotkatype renewal model of population dynamics is combined with a Solow/Ramsey economy. By using a new maximum principle for distributed parameter control we derive meaningful qualitative results for the optimal migration path and the optimal saving rate.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2002-045.pdf
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

13. Age and Ageing (Vol. 31, No. 5, September 2002). Note: Electronic full-text may be available at the Age and Ageing Web site. Check your library for availability.

http://ageing.oupjournals.org/content/vol31/issue5/index.shtml
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14. 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.

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 14, No. 2, 2002).

Journal of Adult Development (Vol. 9, No. 4, 2002).

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 50, No. 9, 2002).

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15. 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 October 8, 2002:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 8, 2002:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 8, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

16. NIH: "Age-Related Changes in Tissue Function: Underlying Biological Mechanisms," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, PA-02-177, September 30, 2002).

http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-177.html

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VI. Conferences:

17. MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING: There will be a public meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on October 10-11, 2002 in Washington DC. An agenda, including a brief description of each presentation in .pdf format, is available at:

http://www.medpac.gov/public_meetings/index.cfm?meeting_id=83

For more information about the Commission go to:

http://www.medpac.gov/about_medpac/index.cfm?section=about_medpac
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

18. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA, HEARING PUBLICATION: "Recognizing the Importance of Inheritance Rights of Women in Africa; and Relating to Efforts of the Peace Parks Foundation in the Republic of South Africa to Facilitate the Establishment and Development of Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa," a hearing held July 23, 2002 (US House Hearing Publication No. 107-107, .pdf and HTML format, 16p.).

http://www.house.gov/international_relations/80960.pdf
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VIII. Websites of Interest:

19. WORDBRIDGES NEWSLETTER: "Adult Abuse Review," (Wordbridges, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2002, .pdf and HTML format, 24p.). Note: The purpose of this newsletter is to "provide reviews and summaries of relevant publications, research, services, policy efforts, websites, news coverage, and other developments and resources relevant to adult abuse prevention and intervention." For those wishing to receive email notification of new releases of the newsletter send a message to Loree@WordBridges.net.

http://www.wordbridges.net/elderabuse/aar/vol1issue1/welcome.html

For more information about Wordbridges go to:

http://www.wordbridges.net/

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
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Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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