Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #168--January 9, 2003

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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. Reports and articles:

1. CBO POLICY BRIEF: "Social Security Reform: The Use of Private Securities and the Need for Economic Growth," (Congressional Budget Office, Fiscal Policy Brief No. 7, January 3, 2003, HTML and WordPerfect format).

http://www.cbo.gov/showdoc.cfm?index=4011&sequence=0&from=7
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2. DHHS OIG REPORT: "Review of Medicare Part B Fee Schedule Amounts for Semi-Electric Hospital Beds," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General A-09-01-00109, December 18, 2002, .pdf format, 17p.).

Executive Summary:

Prior OIG reports found that Medicare rates for rental of semi-electric hospital beds were substantially higher than other payers rates. This final report points out that Medicare rates for semi-electric hospital beds remain too high. We found that billing codes of fee schedule amounts were excessive when compared to combinations of other fee schedule amounts that should have been used in many instances. We estimate that the use of two alternative billing code combinations could result in savings of approximately $34.3 million per year, consisting of $25.9 million in rental payments and $8.4 million for maintenance and servicing fees. Moreover, Medicare beneficiaries, Medicaid programs, or supplemental insurers could save approximately $8.6 million per year in coinsurance amounts. We recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) either; (1) reimburse for semi-electric hospital beds based on the least costly alternative billing codes, or (2) issue a final rule on the application of CMS "inherent reasonableness" authority so that this authority can be used to adjust the fee schedule amounts for these billing codes. The CMS stated a final rule on inherent reasonableness will be published in the near future and indicated it will consider reviewing payments for semi-electric hospital beds.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region9/90100109.pdf
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3. FDA NEWS RELEASE: "FDA Approves New Labels for Estrogen and Estrogen with Progestin Therapies for Postmenopausal Women Following Review of Women's Health Initiative Data" (US Food and Drug Administration P03-01, Jan. 8, 2003).

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2003/NEW00863.html
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4. _NATURE_ LETTER ABSTRACT: "IGF-1 receptor regulates lifespan and resistance to oxidative stress in mice," by Martin Holzenberger, Joelle Dupont, Bertrand Ducos, Patricia Leneuve, Alain Geloen, Patrick C. Even, Pascale Cervera and Yves Le Bouc (_Nature_, Vol. 421, No. 6919, January 9, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 182-187).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v421/n6919/abs/nature01298_fs.html
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5. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Positive and negative regulation of APP amyloidogenesis by sumoylation," by Yonghong Li, Hui Wang, Su Wang, Diana Quon, Yu-Wang Liu, and Barbara Cordell (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 1, January 7, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 259-264).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/1/259

B. "Amyloid beta -protein (Abeta ) assembly: Abeta 40 and Abeta 42 oligomerize through distinct pathways," by Gal Bitan, Marina D. Kirkitadze, Aleksey Lomakin, Sabrina S. Vollers, George B. Benedek, and David B. Teplow (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 1, January 7, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 330-335).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/1/330
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6. _JAMA_ REVIEW ABSTRACT, ARTICLE ABSTRACT, LETTER, BOOK REVIEWS AND EDITORIAL:

A. "Recent Trends in Disability and Functioning Among Older Adults in the United States: A Systematic Review," by Vicki A. Freedman, Linda G. Martin, and Robert F. Schoeni (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 24, January 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3137-3146).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n24/abs/jrv20048.html

B. "Fish Consumption and Risk of Stroke in Men," by Ka He, Eric B. Rimm, Anwar Merchant, Bernard A. Rosner, Meir J. Stampfer, Walter C. Willett, and Alberto Ascherio (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 24, January 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3130-3136).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n24/abs/joc21535.html

C. "Reducing Disability in Older Age," by James F. Fries (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 24, January 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3164-3166).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n24/ffull/jed20071.html

D. "Mortality Associated With Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus in the United States," by William W. Thompson, David K. Shay, Eric Weintraub, Lynnette Brammer, Nancy Cox, Larry J. Anderson, and Keiji Fukuda (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 2, January 8, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 179-186). Note: _JAMA_ is providing free access to the electronic full-text of this article.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v289n2/rfull/joc21709.html

E. "Efficacy of Cholinesterase Inhibitors in the Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Functional Impairment in Alzheimer Disease," by Nhi-Ha Trinh, Jennifer Hoblyn, Subhanjoy Mohanty, and Kristine Yaffe (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 2, January 8, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 210-216).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v289n2/abs/jma20041.html

F. "Influenza-Related Mortality: Considerations for Practice and Public Health," by David M. Morens (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 2, January 8, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 227-229).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jed20081.html

G. "Vitamin Supplementation in Elderly Persons," by Ranjit Kumar Chandra, Franois Girodon, Marie Christine Boutron-Ruault, Pilar Galan, Serge Hercberg, Judith M. Graat, Evert G. Schouten, Frans J. Kok (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 2, January 8, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 173-174).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jlt0108-2.html

H. "The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care," edited by Kathleen Foley and Herbert Hendin (Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD, 2002) reviewed by Ezekiel J. Emanuel (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 2, January 8, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 233-234).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jbk0108-1.html

I. "The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying," Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland (McGraw-Hill: New York, 2002) reviewed by John T. Sinnott and Amber Degryse (_Journal of American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 2, January 8, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 235-236).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jbk0108-3.html
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7. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, CORRESPONDENCE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Primary angioplasty versus intravenous thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction: a quantitative review of 23 randomised trials," by Ellen C. Keeley, Judith A. Boura, and Cindy L. Grines (_Lancet_, Vol. 361, No. 9351, January 4, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 13-20).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol361/iss9351/abs/llan.361.9351.original_research.23826.1

B. "Dopamine agonists for Parkinson's disease," by Jagdish Sharma, Doug MacMahon, and David Stewart (_Lancet_, Vol. 361, No. 9351, January 4, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 84).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol361/iss9351/full/llan.361.9351.correspondence.23845.1
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8. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "New Considerations in the Selection of Current Therapies to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis," by Steven T. Harris (_Medscape_ Women's Health, December 30, 2002, HTML format). Note: Continuing Medical Education credits may be available.

http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/2185

B. "Are Antihypertensive Agents Protective Against Dementia? A Review of Clinical and Preclinical Data," by William H. Frishman (_Heart Disease_ via Medscape, Vol. 4, No. 6, 2002, p. 380-386).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/446215
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9. _NATURE MEDICINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "In vivo imaging of
transcriptionally active estrogen receptors," by Paolo Ciana, Michele Raviscioni, Paola Mussi, Elisabetta Vegeto, Ivo Que, Malcolm G. Parker, Clemens Lowik and Adriana Maggi (_Nature Medicine_, Vol. 9, No. 1, January 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 82-86).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nm/journal/v9/n1/abs/nm809.html
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10. AARP PERIODICAL: Selected articles from the January 2003 _AARP Bulletin_ are available from the _AARP Bulletin_ website.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/toc.html

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next _AARP Bulletin_ becomes available, selected articles from this one will be available from the"other issues" link.
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II. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

11. 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 "browse by publication"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "by words in the title" search box, click the "fax/ariel" radio button, and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

International Journal of Ageing and Human Development (Vol. 55, No. 2, 2002).

Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 14, No. 2, 2002).

Population Studies (Vol. 56, No. 3, 2002).
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12. 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 January 7, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of January 7, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of January 7, 2003:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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III. Funding Opportunities:

13. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: BOSTON COLLEGE: "The Center is currently soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The submission deadline for proposals is Mar 14, 2003. Awards will be made in May 2003 and final projects must be completed within a year of the award."

For more information see:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/sandellguidelines.shtml

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IV. Legislation Information Updates:

14. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Retirement Security for American Workers: Examining Pension Enforcement and Accountability," a hearing held September 10, 2002 (Serial No. 107-76, .pdf and ASCII format, 159p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house06ch107.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-76" (without the quotes).
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15. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Healthy Aging and Nutrition: The Science of Living Longer," a hearing held August 15, 2002 (Senate Hearing No. 107-768, .pdf and ASCII text format, 226p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-768" (without the quotes).

B. "Retirement Security and Corporate Responsibility," a hearing held August 8, 2002 (Senate Hearing No. 107-767, .pdf and ASCII text format, 48p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-767" (without the quotes).

C. "Identity Theft: The Nation's Fastest Growing Crime Wave Hits Seniors," a hearing held July 18, 2002 (Senate Hearing No. 107-728, .pdf and ASCII text format, 160p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-728" (without the quotes).
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16. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Options to Nursing Home Care--Is VA Prepared?" a hearing held April 25, 2002 (Senate Hearing Publication No. 107-778, .pdf and ASCII text format, 85p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate18ch107.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-778" (without the quotes).
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V. Websites of Interest:

17. CMS: "On December 19, 2002, CMS launched the Medicare Coverage Database. You can use the new Medicare Coverage Database to gain comprehensive coverage information and answers to coverage policy questions. The database will allow users to search National Coverage Determinations, National Coverage Analyses, and Local Medical Review Policies."

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/coverage/

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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