Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #261--November 4, 2004

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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. MEPS: Note: For all of the following, data is available in .zip and .exe self decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, documentation in .pdf, HTML, ASCII, or ASP codebook format, with codebooks, questionnaires, SAS and SPSS programming statements provided (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, October 2004).

A. "MEPS HC-065: MEPS Panel 5 Longitudinal Weight File":

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=171

B. "MEPS HC-067D: 2002 Hospital Inpatient Stays File":

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=167

C. "MEPS HC-067E: 2002 Emergency Room Visits File":

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=168

D. "MEPS HC-067F: 2002 Outpatient Department Visits":

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=169

E. "MEPS HC-067G: 2002 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File":

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=170
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2. IRS:

A. "Estate Tax Returns Filed in 2003: Gross Estate by Type of Property, Deductions, Taxable Estate, Estate Tax, and Tax Credits, by Size of Gross Estate" (US Internal Revenue Service, October 2004, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/03es01tp.xls

B. "Estate Tax Returns Filed for 1998 Male Decedents: Gross Estate and Estate Tax, by Age and Marital Status of Decedent and Size of Gross Estate for Tax Purposes" (US Internal Revenue Service, November 2004, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/98es07ms.xls

C. "Estate Tax Returns Filed for 1998 Female Decedents: Gross Estate and Estate Tax, by Age and Marital Status of Decedent and Size of Gross Estate for Tax Purposes" (US Internal Revenue Service, November 2004, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/98es08ms.xls

D. "Estate Tax Returns Filed in 2000: Gross Estate by Type of Property, Deductions, Taxable Estate, Estate Tax, and Tax Credits, by Size of Gross Estate" (US Internal Revenue Service, November 2004, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/00es01c.xls

E. "Estate Tax Returns Filed in 2000: Gross Estate, Total Deductions, State Death Tax Credit, and Net Estate Tax, by State of Residence" (US Internal Revenue Service, November 2004, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/00es05c.xls

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II. Reports and articles:

3. AOA NEWSLETTER: "AoA e-News," (US Administration on Aging, September/October 2004, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Word format, 9p.).

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/press/enewsletter/enewsletter.asp
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4. AARP REPORTS:

A. Two on Prescription Drug Prices:

"Trends in Manufacturer List Prices of Generic Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans, 2000 Through 2003," by David J. Gross (October 2004, .pdf format, 41p.).

"Trends in Manufacturer List Prices of Generic Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans--First Quarter 2004 Update," by David J. Gross (October 2004 .pdf format, 4p.)

These and two earlier reports on the topic, are available at:

http://research.aarp.org/health/2004_06_drugprices.html

The reports are linked to at the bottom of the page.

B. "Identity Theft: An Update on the Experience of Older Complainants," by Neal Walters (AARP Public Policy Institute, October 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://research.aarp.org/consume/dd102_id_theft.html
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5. CMS NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Demonstration Of Improved Quality Of Care For Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Nov. 1, 2004).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1245

B. "Medicare Launches Effort To Improve Care For Cancer Patients" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Nov. 1, 2004).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1244

C. "Medicare Announces New Payment System For Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Nov. 3, 2004).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1252

D. "Medicare Announces Payment Rates And Policy Changes For Hospital Outpatient Services" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Nov. 3, 2004).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1250

E. "Medicare Announces New Preventive Benefits And Physician Payment Increases In Final Physician Payment Rule For 2005" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Nov. 3, 2004).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1248

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6. MEPS Report: "National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Community Population, 2001," by David Kashihara and Kelly Carper (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #56, October 2004, .pdf format, 6p.). "Using data from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC), 2001, this Statistical Brief presents estimates on the health care expenses in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized (community) population in calendar year 2001. Health care expenses represent payments to hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers for services reported by respondents in the MEPS-HC."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=639
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7. _MMWR_ ARTICLES:

A. "Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Coverage Among Persons Aged >65 Years and Persons Aged 18--64 Years with Diabetes or Asthma --- United States, 2003" (US Centers for Disease Control _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 53, No. 43, Nov. 5, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1007-1012).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5343a2.htm

B. "Influenza Vaccination and Self-Reported Reasons for Not Receiving Influenza Vaccination Among Medicare Beneficiaries Aged >65 years --- United States, 1991--2002" (US Centers for Disease Control _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 53, No. 43, Nov. 5, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1012-1015).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5343a3.htm

.pdf for both articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5343.pdf
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8. WHO NEWS RELEASE: "Glaucoma is second leading cause of blindness globally" (World Health Organization, Nov. 1, 2004).

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/82/11/feature1104/en/
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9. NIA HANDBOOK: "Working with Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook" (US National Institute on Aging, 2004, .pdf format, 52p.). Note: A free print copy can be ordered from the site. "Newly revised, the Clinician's Handbook offers tips and strategies for clinicians seeking to build relationships and bridge communication gaps with their older patients. The handbook addresses difficult-to-discuss issues including cognitive problems and memory loss, provides practical tips to promote adherence to treatment, and lists current resources for more information."

http://www.niapublications.org/pubs/clinicians2004/index.asp

Click on "Click Here to View PDF" on the right side of the page for full text.
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10. BOSTON COLLEGE RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER ISSUES IN BRIEF: "Assessing the Notional Defined Contribution Model," by John B. Williamson (IB#24, October 2004, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/ib_24.shtml
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11. MAXWELL SCHOOL CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH (SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY) POLICY BRIEF: "Social Integration of Older Immigrants in 21st Century America," by Janet M. Wilmoth (Policy Brief No. 29, October 2004, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/pbriefs/pb29.pdf
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12. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "Better health in old age," by Ian Philip (UK Department of Health, November 2004, .pdf format, 34p.). "This report highlights progress since 2001 under the National Service Framework for Older People and sets out a vision for the future."

http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/09/32/15/04093215.pdf

Press release:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/PressReleases/PressReleasesNotices/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4093058&chk=BKOV3t
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13. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Association of late-onset Alzheimer's disease with genetic variation in multiple members of the GAPD gene family," by Yonghong Li, Petra Nowotny, Peter Holmans, Scott Smemo, John S.K. Kauwe, Anthony L. Hinrichs, Kristina Tacey, Lisa Doil, Ryan van Luchene, Veronica Garcia, Charles Rowland, Steve Schrodi, Diane Leong, Goran Gogic, Joanne Chan, Anibal Cravchik, David Ross, Kit Lau, Shirley Kwok, Sheng-Yung Chang, Joe Catanese, John Sninsky, Thomas J. White, John Hardy, John Powell, Simon Lovestone, John C. Morris, Leon Thal, Michael Owen, Julie Williams, Alison Goate, and Andrew Grupe (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 44, Nov. 2, 2004, p. 15688-15693).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/101/44/15688?etoc
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14. _NATURE MEDICINE_ BRIEF COMMUNICATION ABSTRACT: "Aggressive amyloidosis in mice expressing human amyloid peptides with the Arctic mutation," by Irene H. Cheng, Jorge J. Palop, 2, Luke A. Esposito, Nga Bien-Ly, Fengrong Yan, and Lennart Mucke (Vol. 10, No. 11, November 2004, p. 1190-1192).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/Dynapage.taf?file=/nm/journal/v10/n11/abs/nm1123.html
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15. _JAMA_ ARTICLE, ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Annual Revaccination Against Influenza and Mortality Risk in Community-Dwelling Elderly Persons," by A.C.G. Voordouw, M.C.J.M. Sturkenboom,J.P. Dieleman, Th. Stijnen, D.J. Smith, J. van der Lei, and Bruno H.Ch. Stricker (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 17, Nov. 3, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2089-2095). Note: This article is provided free of charge to the public by _JAMA_.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/292/17/2089

B. "Differential Genetic Effects of ESR1 Gene Polymorphisms on Osteoporosis Outcomes," by John P.A. Ioannidis, Stuart H. Ralston, Simon T. Bennett, Maria Luisa Brandi, Daniel Grinberg, Fotini B. Karassa, Bente Langdahl, Joyce B.J. van Meurs, Leif Mosekilde, Serena Scollen, Omar M.E. Albagha, Mariona Bustamante, Alisoun H. Carey, Alison M. Dunning, Anna Enjuanes, Johannes P.T.M. van Leeuwen, Carmelo Mavilia, Laura Masi, Fiona E.A. McGuigan, Xavier Nogues, Huibert A.P. Pols, David M. Reid, Stephanie C.E. Schuit, Rachael E. Sherlock, and Andre G. Uitterlinden (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 17, Nov. 3, 2004, p. 2105-2114).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/292/17/2105

C. "Hospitalization, Restricted Activity, and the Development of Disability Among Older Persons," by Thomas M. Gill, Heather G. Allore, Theodore R. Holford, and Zhenchao Guo (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 17, Nov. 3, 2004, p. 2115-2124).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/292/17/2115
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16. _NEJM_ PERSPECTIVE ARTICLE EXTRACTS, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Advanced Maternal Age -- How Old Is Too Old?" by Linda J. Heffner (_New England Journal of Medicine_ Perspectives, Vol. 351, No. 19, Nov. 4, 2004, p. 1927-1929).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/351/19/1927

B. "New Genetic Insights into Parkinson's Disease," by Mel B. Feany (_New England Journal of Medicine_ Perspectives, Vol. 351, No. 19, Nov. 4, 2004, p. 1937-1940).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/351/19/1937

C. "Mutations in the Glucocerebrosidase Gene and Parkinson's Disease in Ashkenazi Jews," by Judith Aharon-Peretz, Hanna Rosenbaum, and Ruth Gershoni-Baruch (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 351, No. 19, Nov. 4, 2004, p. 1972-1977).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/351/19/1972
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17. _BMJ_ NEWS: "BMA continues to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia," by Kathryn Godfrey (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 329, No. 7473, Oct. 30, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 997).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/329/7473/997-b
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18. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Robotic Prostatectomy -- A Review," by Assaad El-Hakim and Ashutosh Tewari (Medscape MedGenMed Hematology-Oncology, October 2004).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/489212

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III. Working Papers:

19. NBER:

A. "Increases in Wealth among the Elderly in the Early 1990s: How Much is Due to Survey Design?" by Susann Rohwedder, Steven J. Haider, and Michael Hurd (National Bureau of Economic Research w10862, October 2004, .pdf format, 23p.).

Abstract:

The Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) study shows a large increase in reported total wealth between 1993 and 1995. Such an increase is not found in other US household surveys around that period. This paper examines one source of this difference. We find that in AHEAD 1993 ownership rates of stocks, CDs, bonds, and checking and saving accounts were under-reported, resulting in under-measurement of wealth in 1993, and a substantial increase in wealth from 1993 to 1995. The explanation for the under-reporting is a combination of question sequence and wording in the AHEAD survey instrument.

http://www.nber.org/papers/W10862

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

B. "Minimum Hours Constraints, Job Requirements and Retirement," by Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier (National Bureau of Economic Research w10876, October 2004, .pdf format, 43p.).

Abstract:

A structural retirement model estimated with data from the Health and Retirement Study is used to simulate the effects of policies firms might adopt to improve employment conditions for older workers and thereby encourage delayed retirement. Firm policies that effectively abolished minimum hours constraints would strongly increase the number partially retired, while reducing full time work and full retirement, resulting in only a small net increase in full-time equivalent employment. Reducing physical and mental requirements of jobs would have much weaker effects on retirement than was suggested by work with the 1970s Retirement History Study. Reducing informal pressures to retire, increasing employer accommodations to health problems, and reducing the prevalence of layoffs and retirement windows would have only small effects on retirement outcomes.

http://www.nber.org/papers/W10876

Click on PDF or submit your email address for full text.
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20. TILBERG [NETHERLANDS] UNIVERSITY centER [BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS RESEARCH INSTITUTE]:

A. "A Collective Retirement Model: Identification and Estimation in the Presence of Externalities," by Pierre-Carl Michaud and Frederic Vermeulen (centER [Business and Economics Research Institute] Discussion Paper 2004-75, August 2004, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

We study the labor supply dynamics of elderly couples by means of a structural collective model. The model allows for general externalities with respect to spouses' leisure. Preferences and the intrahousehold bargaining process are identified by using panel data with couples and individuals who turned into widow(er)hood in the covered period. The model does not only look at the extensive margin (working versus being retired), but also at the intensive margin (how many hours are worked) and the claiming decision for social security benefits. We apply the model to American households coming from the first five waves of the Health and Retirement Study. We also provide model simulations for two widely discussed reform proposals; more specifically the abolition of the earnings test and the elimination of the spouse benefit. The model simulations reveal only small changes in labor supply of elderly couples.

http://greywww.kub.nl:2080/greyfiles/center/2004/doc/75.pdf

B. "Health and Wealth of Elderly Couples: Causality Tests Using Dynamic Panel Data," by Pierre-Carl Michaud and Arthur van Soest (centER [Business and Economics Research Institute] Discussion Paper 2004-81, September 2004, .pdf format, 48p.).

Abstract:

A positive relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and health, the so-called "health-wealth gradient", is repeatedly found in most industrialized countries with similar levels of health care technology and economic welfare. This study analyzes causality from health to wealth (health causation) and from wealth to health (wealth or social causation) for elderly couples in the US. Using six biennial waves of couples aged 51-61 in 1992 from the Health and Retirement Study, we compare the recently developed strategy using Granger causality tests of Adams et al. (2003, Journal of Econometrics) with tests for causality in dynamic panel data models incorporating unobserved heterogeneity. While Adams et al. tests reject the hypothesis of no causality from wealth to husband's or wife's health, the tests in the dynamic panel data model do not provide evidence of wealth-health causality. On the other hand, both methodologies lead to strong evidence of causal effects from both spouses' health on household wealth.

http://greywww.kub.nl:2080/greyfiles/center/2004/doc/81.pdf
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21. STOCKHOLM [SWEDEN] INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES: "Social Security Reform: Economics and Politics," by Dirk Niepelt (Seminar Paper No. 732, September 2004, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.iies.su.se/publications/seminarpapers/732.pdf

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

22. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 160, Nos. 9,10; Nov. 1,15 2004).

http://aje.oupjournals.org/archive/2004.dtl

Click on "November (160,9) or (160,10) for tables of contents.

23. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 94, No. 11, November 2004). 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/vol94/issue11/?etoc

24. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2004). 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://jag.sagepub.com/content/vol23/issue4/?etoc
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25. 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 Nov. 3, 2004:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 3, 2004:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 3, 2004:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Nov. 3, 2004:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

26. NIH: "Research on the Economics of Diet, Activity, and Energy Balance" (PA-05-009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Oct. 25, 2004). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-009.html

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu