Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #163--November 27, 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:

A. "MEPS HC-039: 2000 Full Year Population Characteristics," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Nov. 25, 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: "[T]his public use file provides information collected on a nationally representative sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States for calendar year 2000. This file consists of MEPS survey data obtained in Rounds 3, 4, and 5 of Panel 4 and Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of Panel 5 (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2000) and contains variables pertaining to survey administration, demographics, employment, health status, quality of care, patient satisfaction, health insurance and person-level medical care use counts."

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=96

B. "MEPS HC-040: 2000 Jobs File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Nov. 25, 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: "The file contains job-level information collected in Rounds 3-5 for the fourth Panel and Rounds 1-3 for the fifth Panel of the 2000 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2000; it includes variables pertaining to household-reported jobs, including wages, hours, industry, and occupation."

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=97

C. "MEPS 00HC/NHISLinkFile: 2000 MEPS/1998 & 1999 NHIS Link File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Nov. 25, 2002). Note: "This file contains a cross-walk that will allow data users to merge the MEPS 2000 Full-Year Population Characteristics public use data file, HC-039, with the NHIS (US National Health Interview Survey) 1998/1999 public use data files." To acquire this file you will need to fill out a confidentiality form. A link to the form is provided:

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=98
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2. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan recently released the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2000, produced by the US National Center for Health Statistics. Included are the data, SAS data definition statements, and an electronic codebook (.pdf format).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/

Search "3452" (without the quotes) in the study number of the data holdings.

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II. Reports and articles:

3. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "Community Urged to Become Involved in Aged Care Planning," (Australian Department of Health and Ageing, Nov. 25, 2002).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02121.htm
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4. _LANCET_ ARTICLE, ARTICLE ABSTRACT, AND COMMENTARY: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Pravastatin in elderly individuals at risk of vascular disease (PROSPER): a randomised controlled trial," by James Shepherd, Gerard J. Blauw, Michael B. Murphy, Edward L. E. M. Bollen, Brendan M. Buckley, Stuart M. Cobbe, Ian Ford, Allan Gaw, Michael Hyland, J. Wouter Jukema, Adriaan M. Kamper, Peter W. Macfarlane, A. Edo Meinders, John Norrie, Chris J. Packard, Ivan J. Perry, David J. Stott, Brian J. Sweeney, Cillian Twomey, Rudi G. J. Westendorp, on behalf of the PROSPER study group (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9346, Nov. 23, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1623-1630). Note: _Lancet_ is providing free access to the electronic full-text of this article.

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol/iss/full/llan.360.9346.original_research.23196.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.360.9346.original_research.23196.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Management of heart failure in primary care (the IMPROVEMENT of Heart Failure Programme): an international survey," by J. G. F. Cleland, A. Cohen-Solal, J. Cosin Aguilar, R. Dietz, J. Eastaugh, F. Follath, N. Freemantle, A. Gavazzi, W. H. van Gilst, F. D. R. Hobbs, J. Korewicki, H. C. Madeira, I. Preda, K. Swedberg, J. Widimsky, for the IMPROVEMENT of Heart Failure Programme Committees and Investigators and the Study Group on Diagnosis of the Working Group on Heart Failure of The European Society of Cardiology (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9346, Nov. 23, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1631-1639).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol360/iss9346/abs/llan.360.9346.original_research.23197.1

C. "High-risk elderly patients PROSPER from cholesterol-lowering therapy," by Rory Collins and Jane Armitage (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9346, Nov. 23, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1618).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol/iss/full/llan.360.9346.editorial_and_review.23265.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.360.9346.editorial_and_review.23265.1&x=x.pdf
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5. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Comparison of Acute Coronary Syndromes Among Elderly African Americans, Elderly Whites, and Elderly Patients of Other Races," by Devraj Nayak, Stephen Woodworth, Wilbert S. Aronow, Anthony L. Pucillo, and Srinivas Koneru (_Heart Disease: A journal of cardiovascular medicine_, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2002, p. 282-284, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/444220
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6. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "A Natural Way to Age: Worried about the safety of hormone-replacement therapy, women are wondering how to deal with menopause," by Claudia Kalb (_Newsweek_, Dec. 2, 2002).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/839109.asp
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7. _FORTUNE_ ARTICLE: "Beware the Pension Monster: It lurks behind funny accounting, ready to pounce on unsuspecting investors," by Janice Revell (_Fortune_, Dec. 9, 2002).

http://www.fortune.com/indexw.jhtml?channel=artcol.jhtml&doc_id=210455
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8. _ECONOMIST_ ARTICLE: "Isn't this gay, dear?: An interesting new property business" (_Economist_, Nov. 21, 2002).

http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=1454675

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III. Working Papers:

9. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Medicare, Retirement Costs, and Labor Supply at Older Ages," by Richard W. Johnson (WP 2002-08, November 2002, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

When workers retire, they forego the wages and many of the benefits they received while employed. By providing subsidized health insurance coverage to virtually every American at age 65, Medicare reduces the cost of retiring for workers who receive health benefits from their employers, especially when those benefits do not continue after retirement. As a result, an increase in the age of Medicare eligibility may lead many workers to delay retirement. This paper examines how a potential increase in the age of Medicare eligibility might affect retirement behavior by relating the health insurance costs of retirement to labor supply decisions. The insurance cost of retirement is the increase in health insurance premiums that workers face after they retire, relative to what they pay when working. We measure the effect of insurance costs on labor force withdrawals by including the net present value of premium costs in a multivariate model of retirement. We then simulate the impact of changes in the Medicare eligibility age by re-computing premium costs under the assumption that individuals could not receive Medicare coverage until age 67. We find that health insurance costs significantly discourage retirement, and that an increase in the age of Medicare eligibility would reduce retirement rates.

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2002-08.shtml

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

10. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 156, No. 11, Dec. 1, 2002).

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol156/issue11/index.shtml?etoc

11. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 92, No. 12, December 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 organization's library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol92/issue12/index.shtml?etoc

12. The Gerontologist (Vol. 42, No. 6, December 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://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol42/issue6/index.shtml?etoc

13. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 57A, Nos. 12, December 2002). Note: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database and these issues.

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol57/issue12/index.shtml?etoc

14. Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 64, No. 4, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://ncfr.allenpress.com/ncfronline/?request=get-toc&issn=0022-2445&volume=064&issue=04
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15. 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. 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 organization's library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 28, No. 9, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Research on Aging (Vol. 24, No. 6, 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 organization's library for the availability of these databases and this issue.
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16. 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 November 26, 2002:

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

B. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 26, 2002:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

17. CSIS: _The Macroeconomic Impact of Global Aging: A New Era of Economic Frailty?_ by Robert S. England (Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 2002, 176p.). For more information about the book, including ordering details, see:

http://www.csis.org/pubs/2002_macroeconomic.htm
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VI. Funding Opportunities:

18. NIH: "Bioengineering Research Partnerships," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAR-03-032, Nov. 20, 2002).

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-032.html

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