Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #170--January 23, 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. CENSUS BUREAU: National Population Estimates: July 1, 2001. The data is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Census Bureau Releases Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin" (Jan. 21, 2003). Note that the sex and age table contains five-year age groupings top-coded at 100 years.

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03-16.html
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2. HRS/AHEAD: The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan's Health and Retirement Study/Study of Assets and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (HRS/AHEAD) has issued a data alert for the 1995 AHEAD (Wave 2) Core Final V2.0, as of Jan. 20, 2003. For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/meta/alerts/sho_alerts.php?hfyle=dpub016&xtyp=3
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3. MEPS: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Medical Expenditure Panel Survey has updated the "Household Component Analytical Tool" to include data from 1999. To access the new data go to:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/MEPSNet/HC/MEPSnetHC.asp

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II. Reports and articles:

4. NCHS REPORT: "United States Life Tables, 2000," by Elizabeth Arias (US National Center for Health Statistics, National and Vital Health Statistics Reports Vol. 51, No. 3, December 2002, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/nvsr/51/51_03.htm

Click on "View/download PDF" for full text.
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5. AHRQ MEPS REPORT: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) has released "Computing Standard Errors for Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Estimates" (January 2003).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/FactSheets/FS_StandardErrors.HTM
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6. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Pivotal role of oligomerization in expanded polyglutamine neurodegenerative disorders," by Ivelisse Sanchez, Christian Mahlke, and Junying Yuan (_Nature_, Vol 421, No. 6921, January 23, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 373-379).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v421/n6921/abs/nature01301_fs.html
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7. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Serum Retinol Levels and the Risk of Fracture," by Karl Michalsson, Hans Lithell, Bengt Vessby, and Hkan Melhus (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 348, No. 4, January 23, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 287-294).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/348/4/287?query=TOC
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8. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Chaperones increase association of tau protein with microtubules," by Fei Dou, William J. Netzer, Kentaro Tanemura, Feng Li, F. Ulrich Hartl, Akihiko Takashima, Gunnar K. Gouras, Paul Greengard, and Huaxi Xu (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 2, January 21, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 721-726).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/2/721
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9. _BMJ_ ARTICLE: "Impact of changing diagnostic criteria on incidence, management, and outcome of acute myocardial infarction: retrospective cohort study," by J. P. Pell, E. Simpson, J. C. Rodger, A. Finlayson, D. Clark, J. Anderson, and A. C. H. Pell (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 326, No. 7381, January 18, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 134-135).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/326/7381/134
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10. _LANCET_ CORRESPONDENCE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

"Long-term effects of hormone replacement therapy," by John C. Stevenson (_Lancet_, Vol. 361, No. 9353, January 18, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 253-255).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol361/iss9353/full/llan.361.9353.correspondence.24041.1
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11. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Optimizing Bisphosphonate Therapy in Osteoporosis," by Frances Seymour and Marc C. Hochberg (_Medscape Clinical Update_, January 2003, HTML format). Note: Continuing Medical Education credits may be available.

http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/2204

B. "Nurses, Long-Term Care, and Eldercare: Impact on Work Performance," by Deborah J. Monahan and Karen Hopkins (_Nursing Economics_ via Medscape, Vol. 20, No. 6, January 2003, p. 266-272).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/446153?mpid=8689
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12. AARP REPORT: "Before the Boom: Trends in Long-Term Supportive Services for Older Americans With Disabilities," by Donald L. Redfoot and Sheel M. Pandya (AARP, October 2002, .pdf format, 54p.).

Abstract:

In this AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Paper, Donald L. Redfoot and Sheel M. Pandya examine demographic, socio-economic, market, and policy trends that have substantially changed the direction of long-term supportive services over the past couple of decades and how these trends are likely to affect demand for such services between now and 2030 when the oldest Baby Boomers turn 85.

http://research.aarp.org/health/2002_15_trends.html

Click on "Download or view" at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

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III. Working Papers:

13. NBER: "Dynastic Management," by Francesco Caselli and Nicola Gennaioli (National Bureau of Economic Research w9442, January 2003, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

Dynastic management is the inter-generational transmission of control over assets that is typical of family-owned firms. It is pervasive around the World, but especially in developing countries. We argue that dynastic management is a potential source of inefficiency: if the heir to the family firm has no talent for managerial decision-making, meritocracy fails. We present a simple model that studies the macroeconomic causes and consequences of this phenomenon. In our model, the incidence of dynastic management depends on the severity of asset-market imperfections, on the economy's saving rate, and on the degree of inheritability of talent across generations. We therefore introduce novel channels through which financial-market failures and saving rates affect aggregate total factor productivity. Numerical simulations suggest that dynastic management may be a substantial contributor to observed cross-country differences in productivity.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W9442

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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14. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "The Role of Marital
History, Early Retirement Benefits, and the Economic Status of Women," by Tay K. NcNamara, Regina O'Grady-Leshane, and John B. Williamson (WP 2003-1, January 2003, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

This article compares the relative economic status of women who take and postpone taking early Social Security benefits, with particular attention to the role of marital history. Marital history categories discussed include: lifelong marriages, marriages in which the woman had been previously divorced or widowed, divorced, widowed, and never married. The results presented here should be useful in evaluating the potential consequences of increasing the Earliest Entitlement Age (EEA). While increasing the EEA would not cause economic hardship for many, it may have adverse effects on divorced and widowed women who generally are at greater risk of poverty than married women. The economic effects of prior divorce or widowhood are reflected in the lower financial resources of women who remarry.

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/papers/wp_2003-01.pdf

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

15. Age and Aging (Vol. 32, No. 1, January 1, 2003). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available at the site. Check your organization's library.

http://ageing.oupjournals.org/content/vol32/issue1/index.shtml?etoc
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16. American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 108, No. 1, July 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 is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/contents?AJS+v108n1
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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, click the "fax/ariel" radio button, and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

The Gerontologist (Vol. 42, No. 6, 2002). Note: Full electronic text is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.
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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 January 21, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of January 21, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of January 21, 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. "Maintenance of Long Term Behavioral Change," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, OB-03-003, January 15, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OB-03-003.html

B. "Social and Demographic Studies of Race and Ethnicity in the United States," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-03-057, January 16, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-057.html

C. "NIA Pilot Research Grant Program," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, PAR-03-056, January 16, 2003). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-056.html
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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

20. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Expanding and Improving Medicare: Prescription Drugs: An Oregon Perspective," a hearing held August 15, 2002 (Senate Hearing Publication No. 107-789, .pdf and ASCII text format, 51p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-789" (without the quotes).

B. "Planning for Retirement Promoting Security and Dignity of American Retirement," a hearing held August 23, 2002 (Senate Hearing Publication No. 107-789, .pdf and ASCII text format, 32p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-790" (without the quotes).

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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