Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #206--October 2, 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. AHRQ MEPS DATA RELEASE:

A. "MEPS HC-056: 2001 Job Files," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, September 2003, compressed ASCII and SAS Transport format, with documentation in .pdf, HTML, and .asp format, along with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format)."The file contains job-level information collected in Rounds 3-5 for the fifth Panel and Rounds 1-3 for the sixth Panel of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2001); it includes variables pertaining to household-reported jobs, including wages, hours, industry, and occupation."

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=136

B. "MEPS HC-055: 2001 Full Year Population Characteristics," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, September 2003, compressed ASCII and SAS Transport format, with documentation in .pdf, HTML, and .asp format, along with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format). "This file consists of MEPS survey data obtained in Rounds 3, 4, and 5 of Panel 5 and Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of Panel 6 (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2001) and contains variables pertaining to survey administration, demographics, employment, health status, quality of care, patient satisfaction, health insurance and person-level medical care use counts. The 2001 Full-Year expenditure and income data will be forthcoming."

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=135

C. "MEPS 01HC/NHISLinkFile: 2001 MEPS/2000 & 1999 NHIS Link File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, September 2003). Note: "This file contains a cross-walk that will allow data users to merge the MEPS 2001 Full-Year Population Characteristics public use data file, HC-055, with the NHIS 1999/2000 person-level public use data files. In this linkage file, a record exists for each person in the HC-055 file or in the 1999 NHIS or 2000 NHIS respondent person sample."

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=137

Information about applying for access to the Link file can be found at:

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/FAQs/FAQ_HC.HTM#16

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II. Reports and articles:

2. GAO REPORT:

A. "Social Security Administration: Subcommittee Questions Concerning Efforts to Automate the Disability Claims Process," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-03-1113R, September 5, 2003, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d031113r.pdf

B. "Medicare: Modifying Payments for Certain Pathology Services is Warranted," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-03-1056, September 30, 2003, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d031056.pdf

C. "Social Security: Proposed Totalization Agreement with Mexico Presents Unique Challenges," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-03-993, September 30, 2003, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03993.pdf

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html
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3. DHHS NEWS RELEASE: "HHS to Allow More Workers to Help Nursing Home Residents," (Sept. 25, 2003).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20030925.html
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4. DHHS OIG INSPECTION REPORT: "Medicare's National Correct Coding Initiative," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, OEI-03-02-00770, September 2003, .pdf format, 10p.).

Abstract:

Medicare carriers are required to apply the National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits to the Part B services they process for payment when a provider bills for more than one service for the same beneficiary on the same date of service. This OIG inspection found that 98 percent of services targeted by CCI edits were paid appropriately by Medicare in 2001. Of the small percentage of services that met the criteria for denial based on CCI edits, 70 percent may have been paid correctly due to adjustments made when two services in a CCI edit code pair were billed on different days. OIG concluded that CCI edits appear to prevent Medicare payments for nearly all targeted services.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-02-00770.pdf
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5. NCHS REPORT: "Vital and health statistics: Russian Federation and United States, selected years 1985-2000 with an overview of Russian mortality in the 1990s," by F.C. Notzon, Y.M. Komorov, S.P. Ermakov, et. al. (US National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics Series 5, No. 11, September 2003, .pdf format, 55p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_05/sr05_011e.pdf
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6. CMS FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE: "Medicare Program; Revised Process for Making Medicare National Coverage Determinations," (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, [CMS-3062-N], September 2003, .pdf format, 47p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/coverage/download/8a.pdf
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7. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "How Has the Shift to 401(k)s Affected the Retirement Age?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Kevin E. Cahill, and Natalia A. Jivan (CRR IB 13, September 2003, .pdf format, 8p.).

Introduction

The trend toward earlier and earlier retirement has slowed and, perhaps, even reversed. A host of explanations are possible: the elimination of mandatory retirement, the cessation of the expansion of Social Security, the reduction of retirement incentives within Social Security, and the changing nature of the private pension system. This issue in brief explores the latter issue how the shift in coverage from defined benefit to defined contribution plans may have affected the timing of retirement.

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/issues/ib_13.pdf
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8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS RESEARCH REPORT: "Saving and Life Events," by Stephen McKay and Elaine Kempson (UK Department of Work and Pensions, Research Report No. 194, October 2003, .pdf format, 97p.).

Summary:

This report presents findings from a research study commissioned to explore the patterns of people's saving behaviour and pension provision, and in particular, how these are affected by various key life events, such as getting married, having children or receiving a windfall. The findings are based on analysis of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) for 1991-2000, an annual longitudinal survey of adults in a nationally representative sample of over 5,500 households. The report describes the patterns of savings and pensions for the most recent data (2000/01) and over the ten previous ten years. The research was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and was carried out by the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2003-2004/rrep194.asp

Press Release:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2003/oct/iad021003rrsle.asp
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9. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Cdk5 activation induces hippocampal CA1 cell death by directly phosphorylating NMDA receptors," by Jian Wang, ShuHong Liu, YangPing Fu, Jerry H. Wang and YouMing Lu (_Nature Neuroscience_, Vol. 6, No. 10, October 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1039-1047).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/neuro/journal/v6/n10/abs/nn1119.html
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10. _NATURE MEDICINE_ BRIEF COMMUNICATION ABSTRACT: "Genetic deficiency in Pparg does not alter development of experimental prostate cancer," by Enrique Saez, Peter Olson, and Ronald M Evans (_Nature Medicine_, Vol. 9, No. 10, October 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1265-1266).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nm/journal/v9/n10/abs/nm928.html
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11. _NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Neural subtype specification of fertilization and nuclear transfer embryonic stem cells and application in parkinsonian mice," by Tiziano Barberi, Peter Klivenyi, Noel Y. Calingasan, Hyojin Lee, Hibiki Kawamata, Kathleen Loonam, Anselme L. Perrier, Juan Bruses, Maria E. Rubio, Norbert Topf, Viviane Tabar, Neil L. Harrison, M. Flint Beal, Malcolm A. S. Moore and Lorenz Studer (_Nature Biotechnology_, Vol. 21, No. 10, October 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1200-1207).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nbt/journal/v21/n10/abs/nbt870.html
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12. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, PERSPECTIVES SUMMARY:

A. "An Age-Induced Switch to a Hyper-Recombinational State," by Michael A. McMurray and Daniel E. Gottschling (_Science_, Vol. 301, No. 5641, September 26, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1908-1911).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/5641/1908

B. "An Age of Instability," by David A. Sinclair (_Science_, Vol. 301, No. 5641, September 26, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1859-1860).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/301/5641/1859
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13. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Antisense therapy targeting MDM2 oncogene in prostate cancer: Effects on proliferation, apoptosis, multiple gene expression, and chemotherapy," by Zhuo Zhang, Mao Li, Hui Wang, Sudhir Agrawal, and Ruiwen Zhang (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 20, September 30, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11636-11641).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/20/11636

B. "Activation of ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channels by H2O2 underlies glutamate-dependent inhibition of striatal dopamine release," by Marat V. Avshalumov and Margaret E. Rice (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 20, September 30, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11729-11734).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/20/11729

C. "Exclusively targeting {beta}-secretase to lipid rafts by GPI-anchor addition up-regulates {beta}-site processing of the amyloid precursor protein," by Joanna M. Cordy, Ishrut Hussain, Colin Dingwall, Nigel M. Hooper, and Anthony J. Turner (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 20, September 30, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11735-11740).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/20/11735

D. "Quinol-based cyclic antioxidant mechanism in estrogen neuroprotection," by Laszlo Prokai, Katalin Prokai-Tatrai, Pal Perjesi, Alevtina D. Zharikova, Evelyn J. Perez, Ran Liu, and James W. Simpkins (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 20, September 30, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11741-11746).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/20/11741
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14. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Effects of Estrogen Plus Progestin on Risk of Fracture and Bone Mineral Density: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Trial," by Jane A. Cauley, John Robbins, Zhao Chen, Steven R. Cummings, Rebecca D. Jackson, Andrea Z. LaCroix, Meryl LeBoff, Cora E. Lewis, Joan McGowan, Joan Neuner, Mary Pettinger, Marcia L. Stefanick, Jean Wactawski-Wende, and Nelson B. Watts (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 290, No. 13, October 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1729-1738).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/290/13/1729

B. "Effects of Estrogen Plus Progestin on Gynecologic Cancers and Associated Diagnostic Procedures: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Trial," by Garnet L. Anderson, Howard L. Judd, Andrew M. Kaunitz, David H. Barad, Shirley A. A. Beresford, Mary Pettinger, James Liu, S. Gene McNeeley, and Ana Maria Lopez (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 290, No. 13, October 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1739-1748).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/290/13/1749
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15. _BMJ_ PRIMARY CARE: "Association between falls in elderly women and chronic diseases and drug use: cross sectional study," by Debbie A. Lawlor, Rita Patel, and Shah Ebrahim (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7417, September 27, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 712-717).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7417/712
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16. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "The Future of Levodopa Therapy for Parkinson's Disease," by Robert A. Hauser, Kelly E. Lyons, and Rajesh Pahwa (_Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery_, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2003).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/461625

B. "Higher Susceptibility to Fas Ligand Induced Apoptosis and Altered Modulation of Cell Death by Tumor Necrosis Factor-a in Periarticular Tenocytes from Patients With Knee Joint Osteoarthritis," by Andreas Machner, Anja Baier, Aline Wille, Susanne Drynda, Gza Pap, Andreas Drynda, Christian Mawrin, Frank Bhling, Steffen Gay, Wolfram Neumann, and Thomas Pap (_ Arthritis Research and Therapy_, Vol. 5, No. 5, 2003, p. 253-261, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/460706
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17. _AARP_ ARTICLES:

A. "Seeking Love," by Sarah Mahoney (_AARP The Magazine_, November-December 2003).

http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/Articles/a2003-09-23-seekinglove.html

In addition to the article, AARP includes results from a survey of single adults between the ages of 40 and 69.

http://www.aarpmagazine.org/people/Articles/a2003-09-23-survey_results.html

B. "Technology: Changing the Way Low- and Middle-Income People Receive Legal Services Around the World," by Wayne Moore (AARP International Perspectives, September 2003).

http://www.aarp.org/international/Articles/a2003-09-17-ia-perspectives.html
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18. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, covering Sep. 16 - Sep. 23, 2003, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Sep. 23, 2003: Affordable Assisted Living
Sep. 23, 2003: What's Going On With Medicare?

http://www.aarp.org/leisure/radio/pt/
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19. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, October 2003, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/ilc200310.pdf
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20. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE:

A. "A prescription for controversy," by Alex Markels (US News and World Report, October 6, 2003).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/031006/misc/6moore.htm

B. "Rx: fair price, fair play," by Bernadine Healy (US News and World Report, October 6, 2003).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/031006/opinion/6healy.htm

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III. Working Papers:

21. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Can Unexpected Retirement Explain the Retirement-Consumption Puzzle? Evidence for Subjective Retirement Expectations," by Melvin Stephens Jr. and Steven J. Haider (CRR 2003-15, August 2003, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

Previous research finds a systematic fall in consumption at retirement, even when these retirements are expected, which implies households do not behave as predicted by the lifecycle/permanent income hypothesis. However, the workers expected date of retirement is typically predicted using an instrument - age - that we show to be correlated with unexpected retirements and will therefore lead to biased estimates. In this paper, we use an alternative instrument for expected retirement: workers own subjective beliefs of their expected retirement dates. We find that subjective retirement expectations provide strong predictive power for subsequent retirements above and beyond the impact of age on retirement probabilities. We still find, however, that consumption falls for workers who retire when expected although the estimated impact is 50 percent smaller when using retirement expectations as an instrument instead of age.

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/papers/wp_2003-15.pdf
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22. CENSUS BUREAU: "Variations in State Mortality From 1960 to 1990," by Monique Oosse (Population Division Working Paper No. 49, May 2003, HTML format, with tables in Microsoft Excel, .pdf and .csv [comma separated value] format).

http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0049.html
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23. NBER: "Retirement and the Evolution of Pension Structure," by Leora Friedberg and Anthony Webb (NBER Working Paper No. w9999, September 2003, .pdf format, 43p.).

Abstract:

Defined benefit pension plans have become considerably less common since the early 1980s, while defined contribution plans have spread. Previous research showed that defined benefit plans, with sharp incentives encouraging retirement after a certain point, contributed to the striking postwar decline in American retirement ages. In this paper we find that the absence of age-related incentives in defined contribution plans leads workers to retire almost two years later on average, compared to workers with defined benefit plans. Thus, the evolution of pension structure can help explain recent increases in employment among people in their 60s, after decades of decline.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W9999

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

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

24. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 158, No. 7, October 1, 2003).

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol158/issue7/index.shtml

25. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 58, No. 9, September 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.

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol58/issue9/index.shtml
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26. 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 30, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 30, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 30, 2003:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 30, 2003:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

27. NIH:

A. "NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-03-176, September 24, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-176.html

B. "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Resource Infrastructure Enhancement Award," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-03-177, September 26, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-177.html

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VI. Conferences:

28. AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING: "International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence," in Washington, DC (December 4-6, 2003). The conference is also hosted by the University of Florida Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Successful Aging.

http://www.asaging.org/icadi/03/index.cfm

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
Rm. 4470A Social Science Bldg
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Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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