Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #169--January 16, 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. Data:

1. NCHS "U.S. Census Populations With Bridged Race Categories," (US National Center for Health Statistics, Jan. 13, 2003, ASCII text format, with documentation in Microsoft Word format). "The National Center for Health Statistics announces the release of bridged resident population estimates for 2000 and 2001 that are based on the census 2000 counts. These estimates result from bridging the 31 race categories used in census 2000, as specified in the 1997 OMB standards for the collection of data on race and ethnicity, to the four race categories specified under the 1977 standards. Many data systems, such as vital statistics, are continuing to use the 1977 standards during the transition to full implementation of the 1997 standards. The bridged estimates were produced under a collaborative arrangement with the U.S. Census Bureau." Note that the estimates are by single year of age, top coded at 85.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/dvs/popbridge/popbridge.htm
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2. CENSUS BUREAU: "Service Annual Survey" data for Health Care and Social Assistance service industries has been updated through 2001. Links to the data can be found from a Census Bureau news release: "Revenues of Health Care and Social Assistance Services Increase 8 Percent," (Jan. 10, 2003). Updated data tables are in .pdf format. Note that Medicare and Medicaid line items are important components of each service industry table.

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03-08.html

Click on "2001 Service Annual Survey: Health Care and Social Assistance Services" for link to data.

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II. Reports and articles:

3. GAO REPORTS: "Social Security Reform: Analysis of Reform Models Developed by the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security," (US General Accounting Office GAO-03-310, January 2003, .pdf format, 105p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03310.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports will be available at:

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

Search on title or report number.
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4. CMS REPORT: "CMS Health Care Industry Market Update: Pharmaceuticals," (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jan. 10, 2003, .pdf format, 52p.).

http://cms.hhs.gov/reports/hcimu/default.asp

Click on "Pharmaceuticals" for full text.
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5. _ASIA PACIFIC POPULATION JOURNAL_ ARTICLE: "Viet Nam's Older Population: the View from the Census," (_Asia Pacific Population Journal_, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2002, .pdf format, p. 5-22).

Abstract:

The present study provides a descriptive analysis of Viet Nam's older population based primarily on special tabulations from the 3 per cent 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 undergoing a major transformation of its economy. Rural elderly are far more likely to remain economically active and to be clearly disadvantaged, in terms of educational attainment, housing quality and access to mass media. Women compare unfavourably 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 or 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 housekeeping 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 itself.

http://www.unescap.org/pop/journal/2002/v17n03a1.pdf
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6. AARP CHART BOOK: "Across the States 2002: Profiles of Long-Term Care," by Steven R. Gregory and Mary Jo Gibson (_AARP_, January 2003, .pdf format, 282p.). Note: To view the full-report, or to look at the report for an individual state, go to:

http://research.aarp.org/health/d17794_2002_ats.html

Follow the link to "State Reports" to find an individual state report.
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7. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH NEWSLETTER: The University of Michigan's Michigan Retirement Research Center has issued its latest newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2003, .pdf format only at this time). The issue contains two "Issues in Brief" articles: "Dropping out of Social Security," by Kent Smetters and Jan Walliser; and "Transition Paths and Social Security Reform," by John Laitner.

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/content.cfm?section=newsletter&content=index

More information on MRRC:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/content.cfm?section=about&content=index
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8. _ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE_ SYNOPSIS: "Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Summary of a Scientific Workshop," by Ruth Kirschstein (_Annals of Internal Medicine_ Website, 2002).

http://www.acponline.org/journals/annals/meno.htm
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9. _BMJ_ NEWS, ARTICLES:

A. "Being "tired of life" is not grounds for euthanasia," by Tony Sheldon (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 326, No. 7380, Jan. 11, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 71).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/326/7380/71/b?etoc

B. "Multifactorial intervention after a fall in older people with cognitive impairment and dementia presenting to the accident and emergency department: randomised controlled trial," by Fiona E. Shaw, John Bond, David A. Richardson, Pamela Dawson, I. Nicholas Steen, Ian G. McKeith, and Rose Anne Kenny (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 326, No. 7380, Jan. 11, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/326/7380/73?etoc

C. "Effect on hip fractures of increased use of hip protectors in nursing homes: cluster randomised controlled trial," by Gabriele Meyer, Andrea Warnke, R. Bender, and I. Muhlhauser (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 326, No. 7380, Jan. 11, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/326/7380/76?etoc
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10. _JAMA_ ARTICLE, ARTICLE ABSTRACTS, CLINICIAN'S CORNER ABSTRACT:

A. "Change in the Quality of Care Delivered to Medicare Beneficiaries, 1998-1999 to 2000-2001," by Stephen F. Jencks, Edwin D. Huff, and Timothy Cuerdon (_Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 289, No. 3, Jan. 15, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 305-312). Note: Full text of this article has been provided by _JAMA_.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v289n3/rfull/joc21620.html

B. "Lung Cancer Screening With Helical Computed Tomography in Older Adult Smokers: A Decision and Cost-effectiveness Analysis," by Parthiv J. Mahadevia, Lee A. Fleisher, Kevin D. Frick, John Eng, Steven N. Goodman, and Neil R. Powe (_Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 289, No. 3, Jan. 15, 2003, p. 313-322).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v289n3/abs/joc20783.html

C. "Effect of Exercise on Total and Intra-abdominal Body Fat in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Melinda L. Irwin, Yutaka Yasui, Cornelia M. Ulrich, Deborah Bowen, Rebecca E. Rudolph, Robert S. Schwartz, Michi Yukawa, Erin Aiello, John D. Potter, and Anne McTiernan (_Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 289, No. 3, Jan. 15, 2003, p. 323-330).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v289n3/abs/joc21225.html

D. "Does This Patient Have Parkinson Disease?" by Goutham Rao, Laura Fisch, Sukanya Srinivasan, Frank D'Amico, Tadao Okada, Carolyn Eaton, and Craig Robbins (_Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 289, No. 3, Jan. 15, 2003, p. 347-353).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v289n3/abs/jrc20001.html
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11. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

"Growth Factor Gene Therapy for Alzheimer Disease," by Mark H. Tuszynski, Hoi Sang U, John Alksne, Roy A. Bakay, Mary Margaret Pay, David Merrill, and Leon J. Thal (_Neurosurgical Focus_ via Medscape, Vol. 13, No. 5, 2002).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/446200
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12. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Who Gets the Stuff?: Even when there's a will, the heirs may squabble over the estate. A few simple steps ahead of time can head off conflict," by Sally A. Stich (_Time_, Vol. 161, No. 3, Jan. 20, 2003).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030120-407369,00.html
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13. _NEWSWEEK ARTICLES_:

A. "More Pension Blues: Traditional pensions are going the way of the dodo. They bore young workers and multiply the cost of maintaining an aging work force," by Jane Bryant Quinn (_Newsweek_, Jan. 20, 2003).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/858069.asp

B. "Diet and Alzheimer's: How food can lower your risk," (_Newsweek_, adapted from the Harvard Mental Health Letter, Jan. 20, 2003).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/858206.asp

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III. Working Papers:

14. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA, BONN GERMANY): "Fostering Within-Family Human Capital Investment: An Intragenerational Insurance Perspective of Social Security," by Martin Barbie, Marcus Hagedorn, and Ashok Kaul (Discussion Paper No. 678, December 2002, .pdf format, 22p.).

Abstract:

We develop a general equilibrium stochastic OLG model with heterogenous households. Households differ with respect to their productivity. Productivity depends stochastically on parents' unobservable investment in their child's human capital and an aggregate productivity shock. We introduce a PAYG social security system that conditions benefits on the aggregate wage sum and on the wage of one's child. We analyze the effects of such a social security system on the endogenous distribution of human capital and compare it to real world systems, which typically do not condition benefits on the wages of one's children. We decompose the effects of social security on the investment in human capital into an incentive effect, an insurance effect, a redistributive effect and a general equilibrium effect. Furthermore, we discuss the effects of social security on the long run distribution of human capital. Our approach suggests a novel role for a well-designed social security system: it can foster human capital accumulation and act as intragenerational insurance against human capital risk.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp678.pdf

More information on IZA:

http://www.iza.org/index_html?mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers%3Fyear%3D2002
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15. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP), MCMASTER UNIVERSITY (MONTREAL CANADA): "Out-of Pocket Prescription Drug Expenditures and Public Prescription Drug Programs," by Sule Alan, Thomas F. Crossley, Paul Grootendorst, and Michael R. Veall (Research Paper 88, December 2002, .pdf format, 37p).

Abstract:

Canadian household prescription drug expenditures are studied using different years of the Statistics Canada Family Expenditure Survey. Master files are used, expanding the number of available years and permitting provincial rather than regional identifiers. Nonparametric Engel curves are estimated. Difference-in-difference mean and 80th percentile regressions examine budget shares by low-income and high-income households before and after the introduction of provincial prescription drug programs. The evidence is consistent with the view that unlike senior prescription drug subsidies, nonsenior prescription drug subsidies are probably more redistributive than an equal-cost proportional income transfer.

http://socserv.socsci.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap88.pdf

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

16. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 157, No. 1, 2 Jan. 1, 15 2003). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available at the site. Check your organization's library.

Vol. 157, No. 1, Jan. 1, 2003:

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol157/issue1/index.shtml?etoc

Vol. 157, No. 2, Jan. 15, 2003:

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol157/issue2/index.shtml?etoc
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17. 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 and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 50, No. 12, 2002.

Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 21, No. 4, 2002). Note: Full electronic text is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 37, No. 3/4, 2002).

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 59, No. 4, 2002). Note: Full electronic text is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 45, No. 3, 2002).
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18. 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 Jan. 14, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 14, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 14, 2003:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

19. NIH:

A. "Pathways Linking Education to Health" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, OB-03-001, Jan. 8, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OB-03-001.html

B. "Mind-Body Interactions and Health: Research Infrastructure Program (R24)" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, OB-03-004, Jan. 9, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OB-03-004.html

C. "Mind-Body Interactions and Health: Exploratory/Developmental Research Program (R21)" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, OB-03-005, Jan. 9, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OB-03-005.html

D. "Alzheimer's Disease Research Center" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, AG-03-006, Jan. 6, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-03-006.html

E. "Academic Research Enhancement Award" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-03-053, Jan. 9, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-053.html

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

20. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING: "Social Security: Analysis of Issues in Reform Proposals," statements presented on January 15, 2003 (US General Accounting Office GAO-03-376T, January 2003, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: This document contains the statements presented by David M. Walker, Comptroller of the United States, to the Special Committee on Aging. The Special Committee on Aging has not updated it's web site to include Mr. Walker's testimony, so this link to the GAO version of the testimony is the only way to access the material.

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03376t.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports will be available at:

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

Search on title or report number.

Thanks,

Charlie

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