Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #209--October 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. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan has recently released the following dataset, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2001 (#3813).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu:8080/ICPSR-STUDY/03813.xml
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2. AHRQ MEPS DATA UPDATE: "Update Note for HC-042: 1997 Supplemental Public Use File," issued October 21, 2003. For more information:

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/whatsnew.htm

Scroll down to or "find in page" "HC-042" (without the quotes). Follow the link to "Update Note for HC-042".

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II. Reports and articles:

3. CDC MMWR: "Public Health and Aging: Nonfatal Injuries Among Older Adults Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments---United States, 2001," (US Centers for Disease Control, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 52, No. 42, October 24, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1019-1022).

HTML: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5242a4.htm

PDF: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5242.pdf
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4. FDA PRESS RELEASE: "FDA Approves Memantine (Namenda) for Alzheimer's Disease" (US Food and Drug Administration P03-82, (October 17, 2003).

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2003/NEW00961.html
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5. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS PROPOSED REGULATIONS, PRESS RELEASE:

A. "Ensuring the fairer division of assets on pension scheme wind-up consultation period begins," (UK Department of Work and Pensions, October 22, 2003, .pdf format, 11p.). To view the press release, go to:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2003/oct/p-orgs221003.asp

A copy of the proposed regulations ("The Occupational Pension Schemes (Winding Up) (Amendment) Regulations 2004,") can be found at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/consult/2003/ops/ops_wind_up_regs_oct04.pdf

B. "Bosses are beginning to tackle Ageism," (UK Department of Work and Pensions, October 23, 2003).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2003/oct/cpd-ap231003.asp
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6. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Hospital Use and Survival among Veterans Affairs Beneficiaries," by Carol M. Ashton, Julianne Souchek, Nancy J. Petersen, Terri J. Menke, Tracie C. Collins, Kenneth W. Kizer, Steven M. Wright, and Nelda P. Wray (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 349, No. 17, October 23, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1637-1646).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/349/17/1637
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7. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Comparison of Screening Mammography in the United States and the United Kingdom," by Rebecca Smith-Bindman, Philip W. Chu, Diana L. Miglioretti, Edward A. Sickles, Roger Blanks, Rachel Ballard-Barbash, Janet K. Bobo, Nancy C. Lee, Matthew G. Wallis, Julietta Patnick, and Karla Kerlikowske (_Journal of the American Medical Assoication_, Vol. 290, No. 16, October 22, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2129-2137).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/290/16/2129

B. "Bile Duct Injury During Cholecystectomy and Survival in Medicare Beneficiaries," by David R. Flum, Allen Cheadle, Cecilia Prela, E. Patchen Dellinger, and Leighton Chan (_Journal of the American Medical Assoication_, Vol. 290, No. 16, October 22, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2168-2173).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/290/16/2168
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8. _LANCET_ CORRESPONDENCE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing any content. "Breast cancer and hormone-replacement therapy: the Million Women Study," by Mark Garton, Judith M Bliss, Richard Gray, N. J. Bundred, Julie Morris, Frans A. Helmond, et. al. (_Lancet_, Vol. 362, No. 9392, October 18, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1328-1333).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol362/iss9392/full/llan.362.9392.correspondence.27488.1
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9. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Do Perceptions of Risk and Quality of Life Affect Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy by Postmenopausal Women?" by Dewey C. Scheid, Mario T. Coleman, and Robert M. Hamm (_Journal of the American Board of Family Practice_, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2003, p. 270-277 via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/461864
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10. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE FACT SHEETS:

A. "Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers," (Family Caregiver Alliance, October 2003, HTML format).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=847

B. "Medicare: What Caregivers Need to Know," (Family Caregiver Alliance, October 2003, HTML format).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=890

C. "Home Away from Home: Relocating Your Parents," (Family Caregiver Alliance, October 2003, HTML format).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=849

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III. Working Papers:

11. CESifo [UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES AND THE IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH]: "Bio-Demographic and Health Aspects of Ageing in the EU," by Jose A. Herce, Namkee Ahn, Ricard Genova, and Joaquin Pereira (Working Paper 1027, September 2003, .pdf format, 59p.).

Abstract:

In this paper we describe and analyse a demographic data base that has been gathered for several EU countries under a research project called AGIR. The project tries to establish facts and evidence on the ageing process in EU countries and relate this process with health and retirement issues. Five dimensions of the ageing process have been considered: population, mortality, longevity, lifecourses and morbidity. Conventionally measured ageing can be caused by low fertility and longer lives and EU countries have experienced both. We emphasise the considerable compression of mortality that has taken place and conclude that there are still ample margin for this development to continue. Beyond age groups ratios we show that ages at major individual lifetime landmarks have been evolving in a way that may not be mutually compatible. As for how health status interacts with ageing, we do not see a clear picture emerging out of the little data available, although a simple exercise controlling by education of different cohorts tells us that European populations would probably grow healthier as they grow older.

http://www.cesifo.de/pls/cesifo_app/CESifoFrameSet.SwitchFrame?factor=10&page=/link/cesifo-wps.htm

Click on "Working Papers 2003: 832-", then scroll to "1027", then click on"Download".

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

12. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 7, No. 6, November 2003).

http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=100648

Follow link to "Volume 7, No. 6".

13. The Gerontologist (Vol. 43, No. 5, October 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.

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol43/issue5/index.shtml

14. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 58, No. 10, October 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/issue10/index.shtml

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15. 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.

American Economic Review (Vol. 93, No. 4, 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.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 8, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Adult Development (Vol. 10, No. 4, 2003).

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 40, No. 1/2, 2002).

Population and Development Review (Vol. 29, No. 2, September 2003).
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16. 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 October 25, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 25, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 25, 2003:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of October 25, 2003:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

17. NIH: "NIH Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34) Program," (US National Institutes on Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-04-008, October 16, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-008.html
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18. NIA: "Summer Institute on Aging Research," to be held July 10-16, 2004 (Queenstown, MD). "The Summer Institute on Aging Research offers new researchers intensive exposure to issues and challenges in research on aging. The program of the Summer Institute includes lectures, seminars, and small group discussions in research design relative to aging, including issues especially relevant to aging of ethnic and racial minorities. Expenses for travel will be reimbursed. Lodging and meals will be provided by the sponsors." The deadline for applications is March 1, 2004. For more information go to:

http://www.nia.nih.gov/news/summer/index.htm

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VI. Conferences:

19. CANADIAN CENTRE FOR ACTIVITY AND AGING: "Research to Action for an Aging Society," a conference to be held in London, Ontario August 3rd-7th, 2004. "The World Congress is an opportunity for the world community to share the latest research findings in the area of aging and physical activity." Information about the conference, including program and registration information, is available at:

http://www.uwo.ca/actage/wcapa/

Follow the link to either the "English" or "Francais" page.
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

20. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Shattering the Silence: Confronting the Perils of Family Elder Abuse," a hearing held October 20, 2003. Note: Audio from the hearing is available. You will need RealPlayer software to listen.

To view hearing testimony, go to:

http://aging.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=36
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21. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING PUBLICATION: "Medicare Cost-Sharing and Medigap," a hearing held May 1, 2003 (Serial No. 108-8, HTML format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=view&id=734
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22. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Assisted Living: Examining the Assisted Living Workgroup Final Report," a hearing held March 29, 2003 (S.Hrg. 108-85, .pdf and HTML format, 460p.).

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

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-85" (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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