Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #188--May 29, 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. NIA ADEAR NEWS RELEASE: "Rates of Dementia Increase Among Older Women on Combination Hormone Therapy" (US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, May 27, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.). Note: See item #8 in this report for more information.

http://www.alzheimers.org/nianews/nianews56.htm
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2. FDA TALK PAPER: "WHIMS Study on Estrogen/Progestin," (US Food and Drug Administration Talk Paper T03-39, May 27, 2003).

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/2003/ANS01226.html
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3. GAO MPAC BOARD APPOINTMENTS: The US General Accounting Office has announced appointments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission for 2003 (May 2003, .pdf format).

http://www.gao.gov/medpac/

Click on "2003" under "Notices of Current and Prior Appointments" at the bottom of the page.
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4. CDC MMWR ARTICLE: "Public Health and Aging: Projected Prevalence of Self-Reported Arthritis or Chronic Joint Symptoms Among Persons Aged Greater Than or Equal to 65 Years --- United States, 2005--2030," (US Centers for Disease Control, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 52, No. 21, May 30, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 489-491).

HTML: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5221a1.htm

PDF: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5221.pdf
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5. GAO REPORT: "VA Long-Term Care: Service Gaps and Facility Restrictions Limit Veterans' Access to Noninstitutional Care," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-03-487, May 2003, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03487.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always available at:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml
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6. MEPS REPORT: "Employer Sponsored Health Insurance for Full Time Employees and Retirees: 1998 and 2000," by John Sommers (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Statistical Brief No. 17, 2003, .pdf format, 5p.).

Abstract:

The vast majority of full-time employees in the United States work where health insurance is offered. Availability of employer-sponsored health insurance for retirees, however, is not as widely available. This statistics brief gives data on availability of health insurance and retiree health insurance for full-time employees in the years 1998 and 2000. Of special interest are differences in availability of employer-sponsored health insurance for retirees by economic sector and size of employer. Also of note is the drop in availability of employer-sponsored health insurance for retirees during the period examined.

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=511
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7. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE:

A. "Quality Of Life Includes Death: Health Minister," (Australian Department of Health and Aging, May 27, 2003).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2003/kp/kp03075.htm

B. "Extra $600,000 to Train Aged Care Workers," (Australian Department of Health and Aging, May 28, 2003).

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2003/ka/ka03164.htm
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8. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Spherical aggregates of beta -amyloid (amylospheroid) show high neurotoxicity and activate tau protein kinase I/glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta," by Minako Hoshi, Michio Sato, Shinichiro Matsumoto, Akihiko Noguchi, Kaori Yasutake, Natsuko Yoshida, and Kazuki Sato (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 11, May 27, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 6370-6375).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/11/6370

B. "T helper type 1 lymphocytes drive inflammation in human atherosclerotic lesions," by Marisa Benagiano, Annalisa Azzurri, Alessandra Ciervo, Amedeo Amedei, Carlo Tamburini, Mauro Ferrari, John L. Telford, Cosima T. Baldari, Sergio Romagnani, Antonio Cassone, Mario M. D'Elios, and Gianfranco Del Prete (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 11, May 27, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 6658-6663).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/11/6658
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9. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Hippocampal map realignment and spatial learning," by Ephron S. Rosenzweig, A David Redish, Bruce L McNaughton, and Carol A Barnes (_Nature Neuroscience_, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2003, .pdf format, p. 609-615).

http://info.nature.com/cgi-bin24/DM/y/eps0Bf7C10Cv0Bag0AO
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10. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS, EDITORIAL:

A. "Estrogen Plus Progestin and the Incidence of Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Postmenopausal Women," by Sally A. Shumaker, Claudine Legault, Leon Thal, Robert B. Wallace, Judith K. Ockene, Susan L. Hendrix, Beverly N. Jones, III, Annlouise R. Assaf, Rebecca D. Jackson, Jane Morley Kotchen, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, and Jean Wactawski-Wende (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 20, May 28, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2651-2662).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/20/2651

B. "Effect of Estrogen Plus Progestin on Global Cognitive Function in Postmenopausal Women," by Stephen R. Rapp, Mark A. Espeland, Sally A. Shumaker, Victor W. Henderson, Robert L. Brunner, JoAnn E. Manson, Margery L. S. Gass, Marcia L. Stefanick, Dorothy S. Lane, Jennifer Hays, Karen C. Johnson, Laura H. Coker, Maggie Dailey, and Deborah Bowen (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 20, May 28, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2663-2672).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/20/2663

C. "Effect of Estrogen Plus Progestin on Stroke in Postmenopausal Women," by Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Susan Hendrix, Marian Limacher, Gerardo Heiss, Charles Kooperberg, Alison Baird, Theodore Kotchen, J. David Curb, Henry Black, Jacques E. Rossouw, Aaron Aragaki, Monika Safford, Evan Stein, Somchai Laowattana, and W. Jerry Mysiw (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 20, May 28, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2673-2684).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/20/2673

D. "Variation of Serum Prostate-Specific Antigen Levels: An Evaluation of Year-to-Year Fluctuations," by James A. Eastham, Elyn Riedel, Peter T. Scardino, Moshe Shike, Martin Fleisher, Arthur Schatzkin, Elaine Lanza, Lianne Latkany, and Colin B. Begg (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 20, May 28, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2695-2700).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/20/2695

E. "Hormone Therapy and the Brain," by Kristine Yaffe (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 20, May 28, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2717-2719).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/289/20/2717
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11. _NEJM_ SPECIAL ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Regionalization and the Underuse of Angiography in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System as Compared with a Fee-for-Service System," by Laura A. Petersen, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Lucian L. Leape, and Barbara J. McNeil (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 348, No. 22, May 29, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2209-2217).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/348/22/2209

B. "Effect of the Transformation of the Veterans Affairs Health Care System on the Quality of Care," by Ashish K. Jha, Jonathan B. Perlin, Kenneth W. Kizer, and R. Adams Dudley (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 348, No. 22, May 29, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2218-2227).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/348/22/2218
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12. _LANCET_ EDITORIAL: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content of any kind.

"The coming crisis of long-term care," (_Lancet_, Vol. 361, No. 9371, May 24, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1755)

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol361/iss9371/full/llan.361.9371.editorial_and_review.25824.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.361.9371.editorial_and_review.25824.1&x=x.pdf
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13. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Impact of Age on Definition of Standards for Ideal Weight," by Asefeh Heiat (_Preventive Cardiology_, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2003, p. 104-107, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/455506

B. "NCEP-Defined Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, and Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease Among NHANES III Participants Age 50 Years and Older," by Charles M. Alexander, Pamela B. Landsman, Steven M. Teutsch, Steven M. Haffner (_Diabetes_, Vol. 52, No. 5, 2003, p. 1210-1214, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/453709
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14. URBAN INSTITUTE POLICY BRIEF: "Block Grants Are the Wrong Prescription for Medicaid," by John Holahan and Alan Weil (Urban Institute Health Policy Online No. 6, May 27, 2003, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=900624
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15. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION WEBCAST, REPORT:

A. "The 21st Century Challenge: Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care," a panel discussion held on May 21, 2003 (Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2003, RealAudio and Windows Media Player format). In addition to the video of each panel, Kaiser also provides access to a report from the Georgetown University Long-Term Care Financing Project entitled "Choices and Consequences: The Availability of Community-Based Long-Term Care Services to the Low-Income Population" by Laura Summer (report is in .pdf format).

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/health_cast/hcast_index.cfm?display=detail&hc=869

B. "Medicaid Programs to Assist Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: Outreach and Enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs," (Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2003, .pdf format). Note: "This study examines the efforts of Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Minnesota, and Washington to bolster enrollment in their Medicare Savings Programs for beneficiaries who qualify for Medicaid assistance with premiums and co-insurance. Through these programs, Medicaid plays an important role in assisting dual beneficiaries with their Medicare cost-sharing requirements. However, many times these programs have not reached people who are eligible for assistance."

http://www.kff.org/content/2003/20030522
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16. AARP REPORT: "These Four Walls... Americans 45+ Talk About Home and Community" (AARP, May 2003, .pdf format, 116p.).

News release extract:

According to a new AARP study on housing among the 45+ population, many mid-life Americans are not fully prepared for their future housing needs. They want to stay in their houses as they age, but aren't making the necessary changes to age in place. AARP's study "These Four Walls: Americans 45+ Talk About Home and Community," finds that more than four-in-five people, 83 percent, say they own their own home and the majority are not considering buying a new home in the next five years. And while these parents 45+ homeowners want to live near their families, most are not counting on their children to help take care of them when they get older.

The report is linked to from an AARP news release: "New AARP Study Finds Mid-Life Americans Are Not Fully Prepared for Their Future Housing Needs" (May 21, 2003).

http://www.aarp.org/press/2003/nr052103.html

Click on "http://research.aarp.org/il/four_walls.html" at the bottom of the news release, for full text.
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17. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, covering Apr. 29, 2003 - May 20, 2003, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

May 13, 2003: Bethpage Black
May 13, 2003: Breaking the Rules of Agin
May 20, 2003: Veterans History Project

http://www.aarp.org/leisure/radio/pt/
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18. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS ARTICLES:

A. "The New Retirement Journey," by Paul J. Lim (US News & World Reports, June 2, 2003).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/030602/biztech/2hope.htm

B. "The health insurance blues," by Susan Brink (US News & World Reports, June 2, 2003).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/030602/biztech/2chronic.htm

C. "Making ends meet," by Leonard Wiener (US News & World Reports, June 2, 2003).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/030602/biztech/2savings.htm
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19. TIME ARTICLES:

A. "O.K., Now What?" by Coeli Carr (_Time_, Vol. 161, No. 22, June 2, 2003).

http://www.time.com/time/generations/article/0,9171,1101030602-454496,00.html

B. "Catch-Up Fitness," by Elizabeth Pope (_Time_, Vol. 161, No. 22, June 2, 2003).

http://www.time.com/time/generations/article/0,9171,1101030602-454484,00.html

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II. Working Papers:

20. NBER: "Annuities and Individual Welfare," by Thomas Davidoff, Jeffrey R. Brown, and Peter A. Diamond (National Bureau of Economic Research w9714, May 2003, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

This paper advances the theory of annuity demand. First, we derive sufficient conditions under which complete annuitization is optimal, showing that this well-known result holds true in a more general setting than in Yaari (1965). Specifically, when markets are complete, sufficient conditions need not impose exponential discounting, intertemporal separability or the expected utility axioms; nor need annuities be actuarially fair, nor longevity risk be the only source of consumption uncertainty. All that is required is that consumers have no bequest motive and that annuities pay a rate of return for survivors greater than those of otherwise matching conventional assets, net of administrative costs. Second, we show that full annuitization may not be optimal when markets are incomplete. Some annuitization is optimal as long as conventional asset markets are complete. The incompleteness of markets can lead to zero annuitization but the conditions on both annuity and bond markets are stringent. Third, we extend the simulation literature that calculates the utility gains from annuitization by considering consumers whose utility depends both on present consumption and a which they have become accustomed. The value of annuitization hinges critically on the size of the initial standard-of-living relative to wealth.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W9714

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address for full text.

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

21. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 93, No. 6, June 1, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal 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.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol93/issue6/index.shtml
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22. 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.

American Sociological Review (Vol. 68, No. 2, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Adult Development (Vol. 10, No. 3, 2003).

Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 14, No. 3/4, 2002).

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 44, No. 1, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Population and Development Review (Vol. 29, No. 1, Mar. 2003).
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23. 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 May 27, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 27, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 27, 2003:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 27, 2003:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH:

A. "Genetics, Behavior, and Aging," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, PAS-03-128, May 23, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-03-128.html

B. "Human Subjects Research Enhancements Program (HSREP)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, RFA-OD-03-007, May 22, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-03-007.html

C. "Inactivation of Program Announcement: Mechanisms in HIV Dementia and Other CNS Diseases," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, NOT-NS-03-018, May 19, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-NS-03-018.html
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25. AOA/CMMS: "Aging and Disability Resource Center Grant Program," (Administration on Aging/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, May 29, 2003, MS Word and .pdf format). Note: "The Aging and Disability Resource Center Grant Program is a cooperative effort of the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). AoA and CMS plan to fund up to 16 projects nationwide for a period of up to 3 years. The maximum total federal award for the 3-year project period is $800,000."

For more information, including application materials, go to:

http://www.aoa.gov/press/news/2003/05_May/052903.asp
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V. Legislation Information Updates:

26. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM HEARING PUBLICATION: "VA Health Care: Structural Problems, Superficial Solutions," a hearing held May 14, 2002 (Senate Hrg. No. 107-192, ASCII and .pdf format, 135p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house07ch107.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-192" (without the quotes).

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
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Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
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Phone: (608) 265-9240
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Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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