Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #262--November 11, 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. WHO: "The World Health Organization Mortality Database has updated its ICD10 database."

http://www3.who.int/whosis/mort/text/download.cfm

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the data.
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2. HRS ANNOUNCEMENT: "New Modules for HRS (Health and Retirement Study) 2006 Invited," (November 5, 2004). For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news189&xtyp=1
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3. 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 demography researchers. 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

Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly, Wave III, 1998-1999: [Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas] (#4102)

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR-STUDY/04102.xml
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4. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE:

A. "Estate Tax Returns Filed in 2002 With Gross Estates of $675,000 or More: Gross Estate, Total Deductions, State Death Tax Credit, and Net Estate Tax, by State of Residence," (Microsoft Excel format):

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/02es05gr.xls

B. "Estate Tax Returns Filed in 2002 With Gross Estates of $1 Million or More: Gross Estate, Total Deductions, State Death Tax Credit, and Net Estate Tax, by State of Residence," (Microsoft Excel format):

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/03es05gr.xls

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II. Reports and articles:

5. GAO REPORT: "VA Long-Term Care: Oversight of Nursing Home Program Impeded by Data Gaps," (Government Accountability Office, GAO-05-65, November 10, 2004, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0565.pdf

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

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html
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6. NCHS REPORT: "United States Life Tables, 2002," by Elizabeth Arias (US National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 53, No. 6, November 2004, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr53/nvsr53_06.pdf
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7. CENSUS BUREAU COMPENDIUM: _Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970_ (.pdf format). The Census Bureau has released an electronic version of the two volume _Historical Statistics of the United States_.

http://www2.census.gov/prod2/statcomp/index.htm

Click on "Part 1" or "Part 2".
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8. CDC PRESS RELEASE: "CDC and States Announce Plan to Distribute 10.3 Million Flu Shots Nationwide," (November 9, 2004).

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r041109.htm
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9. DHHS PRESS RELEASE: "Medicare Preventive Benefits Begin January 2005 with a Goal of Healthier Seniors," (November 9, 2004).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20041109.html
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10. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS RESEARCH REPORT: "Public Awareness of State Pension Age Equalisation," by Claire Murphy (UK Department of Work and Pensions Research Report No. 221, November 2004, .pdf format, 72p.).

"This report examines public knowledge of the forthcoming increase to women's State Pension age and how awareness varies according to different social and personal characteristics. The report explores people's knowledge of their own State Pension age, as well as knowledge of the current State Pension ages for men and women. The research will contribute to the Department for Work and Pensions' marketing campaign about the future equalisation of State Pension age."

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2003-2004/rrep221.asp
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11. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "Improving the skills of aged care workers," (November 9, 2004).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2004-jb-bis219.htm
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12. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Age-related reduction in microcolumnar structure in area 46 of the rhesus monkey correlates with behavioral decline," by Luis Cruz, Daniel L. Roe, Brigita Urbanc, Howard Cabral, H. E. Stanley, and Douglas L. Rosene (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 45, November 9, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 15846-15851).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/101/45/15846

B. "Sir2 mediates longevity in the fly through a pathway related to calorie restriction," by Blanka Rogina and Stephen L. Helfand (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 45, November 9, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 15998-16003).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/101/45/15998
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13. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

"Population-based multidimensional assessment of older people in UK general practice: a cluster-randomised factorial trial," by Astrid E. Fletcher, Gill M. Price, Edmond S. W. Ng, Susan L. Stirling, Christopher J. Bulpitt, Elizabeth Breeze, Maria Nunes, Dee A. Jones, Amina Latif, Nicola M. Fasey, Madge R. Vickers, and Alistair J. Tulloch (_Lancet_, Vol. 364, No. 9446, November 6, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1667-1677).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol364/iss9446/abs/llan.364.9446.primary_research.31146.1
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14. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme Inhibition in Stable Coronary Artery Disease," by The PEACE Trial Investigators (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 351, No. 20, November 7, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2058-2068).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/NEJMoa042739
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15. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "The Metabolic Syndrome, Inflammation, and Risk of Cognitive Decline," by Kristine Yaffe, Alka Kanaya, Karla Lindquist, Eleanor M. Simonsick, Tamara Harris, Ronald I. Shorr, Frances A. Tylavsky, and Anne B. Newman (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 18, November 10, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2237-2242).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/292/18/2237

B. "Effect of DHEA on Abdominal Fat and Insulin Action in Elderly Women and Men: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Dennis T. Villareal and John O. Holloszy (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 18, November 10, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2243-2248).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/292/18/2243
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16. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING [NATSEM] UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA: "Spatial Microsimulation Modelling of Care Needs, Costs and the Capacity for Self-Provision: Detailed Regional Projections for Older Australians to 2020," by Brown, L., Yap, M., Lymer, S., Chin, S.F., Leicester, S., Blake, M. and Harding, A. (CP2004_011, 2004, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.natsem.canberra.edu.au/pubs/cp04/2004_011/cp2004_011.html

Follow "Download as PDF" link for full-text.
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17. KFF BRIEF: "Prescription Drug Trends [Updated]," (Kaiser Family Foundation, October 2004, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/rxdrugs/3057-03.cfm
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18. GREENHOUSE PROJECT PRESS RELEASE: "Staff, Family, and Residents Favor New Type of Long-Term Care," (November 8, 2004, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://thegreenhouseproject.com/epk.pdf
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19. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ show, for Oct. 26 - Nov. 9 2004, is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Nov. 9, 2004--Minorities and Health

http://www.aarp.org/leisure/radio/pt/

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III. Working Papers:

20. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "The HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Kin Relations, Living Arrangements and the Elderly in South Africa," by M. Giovanna Merli and Alberto Palloni (WP 2004-13, May 2004, .pdf format, 67p.).

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2004-13.pdf
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21. NBER:

A. "Aged-Care Support in Japan: Perspectives and Challenges," by Olivia S. Mitchell, John Piggott, and Satoshi Shimizutani (NBER Working Paper No. w10882, November 2004, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

This study explores economic aspects of the market for long term care (LTC) with a special focus on Japan. First, we describe the LTC system in Japan as presently implemented, and we highlight some aspects of the program that are novel and potentially of interest to other countries seeking models for long-term care provision. Next, we discuss alternative projections of Japanese LTC utilization and costs. Finally, since Japan appears likely to experience important shortfalls in LTC in the future, we discuss whether such services might be more efficiently organized and financed under alternate forms of provision.

http://www.nber.org/papers/W10882

B. "Disentangling the Importance of the Precautionary Saving Mode," by Arthur Kennickell and Annamaria Lusardi (NBER Working Paper No. w10888, November 2004, .pdf format 44p.).

Abstract:

We assess the importance of the precautionary saving motive by relying on a direct question about precautionary wealth from the 1995 and 1998 waves of the Survey of Consumer Finances. In this survey, a new question has been designed to elicit the amount of desired precautionary wealth. This allows us to bound the amount of precautionary accumulation and to overcome many of the problems of previous works on this topic. We find that a precautionary saving motive exists and affects virtually every type of household. Even though this motive does not give rise to large amounts of wealth for young and middle-age households, it is particularly important for two groups: older households and business owners. Overall, we provide strong evidence that we need to take the precautionary saving motive into account when modeling saving behavior.

http://www.nber.org/papers/W10888

C. "Race and Older Age Mortality: Evidence from Union Army Veterans," by Dora L. Costa (NBER Working Paper No. w10902, November 2004, .pdf format, p).

Abstract:

Rising wage inequality within-gender since 1975 has created the illusion of rising wage equality between genders. In the 1970's, women were relatively equal (to each other) in terms of their earnings potential, so that non-wage factors may have dominated female labor supply decisions and nonworking women actually had more earnings potential than working women. By 1990, wages had become unequal enough that they dominated non-wage factors, so that nonworking women tended to be the ones with less earnings potential, and the wage gap between workers and non-workers was large. Accounting for the growing selection bias using both parametric and semi-parametric versions of the Roy model, we show how the earning power of the median woman has not caught up to the earning power of a median man, even while the earning power of the median working woman has. As an illustration, we give some attention to wives with advanced degrees -- they have high and stable labor force participation rates -- and show how their measured wages have grown at about the same rate as those of men with advanced degrees.

http://www.nber.org/papers/W10902
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22. POPULATION COUNCIL: "Long-range trends in adult mortality: Models and projection methods," by John Bongaarts (Working Paper 192, 2004, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

This study has two objectives: (1) to test a new version of the logistic model for the pattern of change over time in age-specific adult mortality rates, and (2) to develop a new method for projecting future trends in adult mortality. A test of the goodness-of-fit of the logistic model for the force of mortality indicates that its slope parameter is nearly constant over time. This finding suggests a variant of the model that is called the shifting logistic model. A new projection method based on the shifting mortality model is proposed and compared with the widely used Lee-Carter procedure.

http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/wp/192.pdf
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23. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF POPULATION RESEARCH: "Do Biomarkers of Stress Mediate the Relationship between Socioeconomic Status and Health?" by Jennifer Beam Dowd and Noreen Goldman (WP 2004-06, 2004, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://opr.princeton.edu/papers/opr0406.pdf
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24. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION [MCMASTER UNIVERSITY]: "Life-cycle Asset Accumulation and Allocation in Canada," by Kevin Milligan (SEDAP Research Paper No. 122, October 2004, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

This paper documents the life-cycle patterns of household portfolios in Canada, and investigates several hypotheses about asset accumulation and allocation. Inferences are drawn from the 1999 Survey of Financial Security, with some comparisons to earlier wealth surveys from 1977 and 1984. I find cross-sectional evidence for asset decumulation at older ages when annuitized assets like pension wealth are included in the analysis. I also find that the portfolio share of financial assets increases sharply with age, while indicators of risk tolerance appear to decrease. This is consistent with families desiring more liquid and less risky assets as they age.

http://socserv.socsci.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap122.pdf
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25. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY [SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY]: "Welfare State Expenditures and the Redistribution of Well-Being: Children, Elders, and Others in Comparative Perspective," by Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater, and Timothy M. Smeeding (Working Paper No. 387, October 2004. .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

This paper estimates the redistributive effects of welfare state expenditures on social and economic disparities in the economic well-being of citizens in ten nations. Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other sources for cash and non-cash social welfare benefits (health and education benefits from third parties) are used to describe differences in the size and nature of welfare states and their distributional effects. The OECD data are combined with micro data on household incomes from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) both to estimate the redistributive effects of the expenditures and taxes and to construct measures of the differences in the relative standard of living among the population at various points in the income distributions of their countries. Estimates are provided for country populations as a whole and for three mutually exclusive groups: all persons; non-aged persons living with children; non-aged without children at home; and the elderly. These measures may be thought of as capturing the degree to which welfare states at the end of the 20th and dawn of the 21st century provide for the developmental needs and capabilities of their populations in terms of cash, access to health care and educational opportunity.

The results indicate a wide range of differences in levels of economic resources and support, within as well as between, nations and groups. The degree to which children have fair and equal opportunity chances; the degree to which the population has access to quality health care ; and the population groups who are most called upon( most taxed) to provide these benefits are all investigated here. Non-cash benefits are particularly important for low-income Americans: especially elders and children and their families and should not be taken for granted by analysts of the welfare state. Counting in kind benefits at government cost substantially reduces cross national differences in market and cash disposable incomes, but does not eliminate them. The results are very sensitive to how in-kind benefits are measured and valued.

http://www.lisproject.org/publications/liswps/387.pdf

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

26. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 40, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2005).

http://www.elsevier.com/locate/archger

and "click on "Tables of contents & abstracts" on the right side of the page.

27. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 59, No. 10, October 2004).

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol59/issue10/?etoc

28. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 61, No. 4, December 1, 2004). 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://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol61/issue4/?etoc
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29. 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 November 10, 2004:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 10, 2004:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 10, 2004:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 10, 2004:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

30. OECD MONOGRAPH: _Ageing and Employment Policies: Korea_ (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2004, available in print or as an e-book (.pdf format, 120p.). "This report on Korea is part of a series of around 20 OECD country reports that are intended to fill this gap. Each report contains a survey of the main barriers to employment for older workers, an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to overcome these barriers and a set of policy recommendations for further action by the public authorities and social partners."

http://www.oecd.org/document/6/0,2340,en_2649_37435_33906950_1_1_1_37435,00.html

No free electronic availability, but ordering information is at the site.

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

31. NIH NOTICE: "Prevalence and Co-Occurrence of Conditions Possibly Related to Low Testosterone Levels in Older Men," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, NOT-AG-05-001)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-05-001.html
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32. CDC: "Dissemination Research on Fall Prevention: Development and Testing of an Exercise Program Package to Prevent Older Adult Falls," (US Centers for Disease Control, CDC-RFA-CE05029, November 9, 2004).

http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HHS/CDC/PGO/CDC-RFA-CE05029/Grant.html

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VII. Conferences/Fellowships:

33. CONFERENCALERTS.COM: Conferencealerts.com has recently updated its Gerontology section:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/aging.htm
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34. NBER: "Visiting Scholar in Aging Research Program". "We offer support for outstanding economists to visit the NBER's Cambridge office for a year of intensive research in the areas of aging and health. Visiting scholars are free of all teaching and other university responsibilities. Applications are being accepted for the 2005-2006 academic year." The deadline for application is December 8, 2004.

http://www.nber.org/fellowships/aging/postdocflyer05.pdf

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

35. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCTION AND THE WORKFORCE HEARING TRANSCRIPT:

A. "Examining Long-Term Solutions to Reform and Strengthen the Defined Benefit Pension System," a hearing held April 29, 2004 (House Serial Publication 108-55, ASCII text and .pdf format, 89p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house06ch108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-55" (without the quotes).

B. "Reforming and Strengthening Defined Benefit Plans: Examining the Health of the Multiemployer Pension System," a hearing held March 18, 2004 (House Serial Publication 108-49, ASCII text and .pdf format, 61p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house06ch108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-49" (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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