Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #204--September 18, 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. OECD FOCUS: "Ageing Societies and the Looming Pension Crisis: Understanding the Issue," (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, 2003).

http://www.oecd.org/document/59/0,2340,en_2649_201185_2512699_1_1_1_37435,00.html
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2. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Age-dependent deficiency in import of mitochondrial DNA glycosylases required for repair of oxidatively damaged bases," by Bartosz Szczesny, Tapas K. Hazra, John Papaconstantinou, Sankar Mitra, and Istvan Boldogh (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 19, September 16, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 10670-10675).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/19/10670

B. "Carboxyl-terminal-truncated apolipoprotein E4 causes Alzheimer's disease-like neurodegeneration and behavioral deficits in transgenic mice," by Faith M. Harris, Walter J. Brecht, Qin Xu, Ina Tesseur, Lisa Kekonius, Tony Wyss-Coray, Jo Dee Fish, Eliezer Masliah, Paul C. Hopkins, Kimberly Scearce-Levie, Karl H. Weisgraber, Lennart Mucke, Robert W. Mahley, and Yadong Huang (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 19, September 16, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 10966-10971).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/19/10966

C. "Trace amounts of copper in water induce {beta}-amyloid plaques and learning deficits in a rabbit model of Alzheimer's disease," by D. Larry Sparks and Bernard G. Schreurs (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 19, September 16, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11065-11069).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/19/11065
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3. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation in Anticipation of Death in the Intensive Care Unit," by Deborah Cook, Graeme Rocker, John Marshall, Peter Sjokvist, Peter Dodek, Lauren Griffith, Andreas Freitag, Joseph Varon, Christine Bradley, Mitchell Levy, Simon Finfer, Cindy Hamielec, Joseph McMullin, Bruce Weaver, Stephen Walter, and Gordon Guyatt (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 349, No. 12, September 18, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1123-1132).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/349/12/1123?query=TOC
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4. _BMJ_ PAPER, EDUCATION AND DEBATE:

A. "Doctors' opinions on euthanasia, end of life care, and doctor-patient communication: telephone survey in France," by P. Peretti-Watel, M. K. Bendiane, H. Pegliasco, J. M. Lapiana, R. Favre, A. Galinier, and J. P. Moatti (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7415, September 13, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 595-596).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7415/595

B. "For and against: Doctors should not discuss resuscitation with terminally ill patients: FOR," by Charlotte Manisty and Jonathan Waxman (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7415, September 13, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 614-615).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7415/614

C. "For and against: Doctors should not discuss resuscitation with terminally ill patients: AGAINST," by Irene J. Higginson (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7415, September 13, 2003, HTML format, p. 616-617).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7415/615
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5. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Estimating the Cost of the Medicare Pharmacist Services Coverage Act of 2001," by Virginia H. Poole, Donald W. Moran, and C. Edwin Webb (_American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy_, Vol. 60, No. 15, 2003, p. 1551-1560, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/460318

B. "Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults," by Bonnie Cashin Farmer (_Dermatology Nursing_, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2003, p. 375-376, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/460621

C. "Clinical Benefits With Oseltamivir in Treating Influenza in Adult Populations: Results of a Pooled and Subgroup Analysis," (_Clinical Drug Investigation_, Vol. 23, No. 9, 2003, p. 561-569, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/460580
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6. _SCIENCE_ REPORT ABSTRACT, PERSPECTIVES SUMMARY:

A. "Demography of Dietary Restriction and Death in Drosophila," by William Mair, Patrick Goymer, Scott D. Pletcher, and Linda Partridge (_Science_, Vol. 301, No. 5640, September 19, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1731-1733).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/5640/1731

B. "It's Never Too Late," by James W. Vaupel, James R. Carey and Kaare Christensen (_Science_, Vol. 301, No. 5640, September 19, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1679-1681).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/301/5640/1679
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7. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH NEWSLETTER: "MRRC Newsletter," (Vol. 4, No. 3, September 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/content.cfm?section=newsletter&content=index
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8. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, covering Sep. 2 - Sep. 16, 2003, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Sep. 9, 2003: Grown Kids & Disappointment

http://www.aarp.org/leisure/radio/pt/
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II. Working Papers:

9. CENTRE D'ETUDES PROSPECTIVES D'ECONOMIE MATHEMATIQUE APPLIQUEES A LA PLANIFICATION [CEPREMAP]: "Redistribution through alternative pension reforms," by Thomas Weitzenblum and Pierre-Yves Henin (CEPREMAP Working Paper 2003-07, 2003, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Reforms of pension systems are currently engaged or considered in many of the European countries like in France. Alternative reforms not only involve different macroeconomic effects but also large distributive consequences both between ages, income or socio-economic groups. This paper uses a life-cycle equilibrium model, with heterogeneous agents and individual risk, to assess the effects of various pension reform scenarios on different occupational groups in France. The effects of reforms are shown on wealth and consumption profile as well as on measures of inequality.

http://www.cepremap.cnrs.fr/cgi-bin/paper.pl?series=cepmap&filename=cepmap.03&paperid=0307

Follow the "Download" link.

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

10. 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. Click the "fax/ariel" radio button, 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.

Health and Social Work (Vol. 28, No. 3, 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.

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 32, 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.

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11. 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 September 16, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 16, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 16, 2003:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 16, 2003:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding Opportunities:

12. NIH: "Health Promotion among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-03-170, Sept. 8, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-170.html
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13. AMERICAN GERIATRIC SOCIETY: The American Geriatric Society is now accepting applications for the "2004 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Awards." The deadline for applications is December 9, 2003. "The Jahnigen Scholars program offers two-year career development awards to support young faculty in the specialties of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, thoracic surgery, and urology. The award is intended to allow individuals to initiate and sustain a career in research and education in the geriatrics aspects of their discipline." For more information about the Awards, including requests for application materials, go to:

http://www.americangeriatrics.org/hartford/scholars_award.shtml

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V. Conferences:

14. HRS CONFERENCE: "Research Conference on Older Families," a conference to be held February 27-28, 2004 in Santa Fe, NM. The conference will focus on greater use of family data from the Health and Retirement Study. For more information about the conference go to:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news161&xtyp=1

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

15. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, THE BUDGET, AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY HEARING: "Safeguarding America's Retirement Security: An Examination of Defined Benefit Pension Plans and the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation," a hearing held September 15, 2003. Note: You can access the audio from the hearing via a RealPlayer file.

To view testimony, go to:

http://govt-aff.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=112
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16. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Medicare Challenge: It's not just about Prescription Drugs," a hearing held March 20, 2003 (US Senate Hrg. 108-79, .pdf and ASCII text format, 65p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-79" (without the quotes).
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17. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEARING PUBLICATION:"Designing a Twenty-First Century Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit," a hearing held April 8, 2003 (US House Publication Serial No. 108-25, ASCII text and .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house05ch108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-25" (without the quotes).

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VII. Websites of Interest:

18. PSID--WEB SITE UPDATE: The Panel Study of Income Dynamics has updated its website, adding functionality and combining access to both PSID and PSID Child Development surveys. According to the site: "The new Data & Documentation Center now contains all waves of PSID data 1968-2001 and Child Development (CDS-I) data along with full Codebooks for each wave of data. Features of the new Data & Documentation Center include: Automatic merging of multiple waves of PSID and PSID-CDS data with your choice of merging options; Customized codebooks in PDF, HTML, XML, and more; Easy to use data shopping cart system; Save your data sets for sharing with others, or for updating and editing later; Many optional output formats, including Excel, SAS, STATA, SPSS; and Search and Browse variables." For more information see:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu
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19. HRS GUIDE: "Resources for Analysis of Family Data," (Health and Retirement Survey, 2003). Note: "This page brings together reference materials pertaining to HRS data content related to family issues. It contains direct links to relevant questionnaire areas, codebook content and bibliographic materials, as well as other relevant material."

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/intro/sho_intro.php?hfyle=famdat

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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