Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #46--August 17, 2000

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/caar-index.htm

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I. Data:

1. _DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE--CENSUS BUREAU_:

"Health Care and Social Assistance, Sources of Receipts, Subject Series," (_Census Bureau 1997 Economic Census Subject Series_, EC97S62S-LS, .pdf format, issued August 2000, 68p).

This report provides data on revenues and sources of receipts for firms in the health care and social assistance sectors from the 1997 Economic Census.

http://www.census.gov/prod/ec97/97s62-ls.pdf

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II. Reports and articles:

2. _SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION--OFFICE OF POLICY_: "Social Security Bulletin," (_Social Security Administration_, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2000, .pdf format, 65p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/pubs/SSB/v63n1y2000/index.html

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3. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT AND EDITORIAL:

A. ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Patterns of Brain Activation in People at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease," by Susan Y. Bookheimer, Magdalena H. Strojwas, Mark S. Cohen, Ann M. Saunders, Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, John C. Mazziotta, and Gary W. Small (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 343, No. 7, August 17, 2000, HTML format). Note: Your organization may have access to full electronic text (HTML and .pdf formats) of this article. Check your organization's library.

http://www.nejm.com/content/2000/0343/0007/0450.asp

B. EDITORIAL: "Detection of Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease," by Ingmar Skoog (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 343, No. 7, August 17, 2000, HTML format).

http://www.nejm.com/content/2000/0343/0007/0502.asp

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4. _BMJ_ TWO EDITORIAL:

A. "Will intermediate care be the undoing of the NHS?," by Allyson M Pollock (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 321, No. 7258, 393-394 p., HTML and .pdf format, August 12, 2000).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7258/393

B. "The increasing use of peripheral bone densitometry," by T. Masud and R. M. Francis (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 321, No. 7258, 396-398 p., HTML and .pdf format, August 12, 2000)

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7258/396

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5. _PNAS_ ARTICLE AND PRE-PRINT ABSTRACTS:

_ARTICLE ABSTRACT_: "TARP: A nuclear protein expressed in prostate and breast cancer cells derived from an alternate reading frame of the T cell receptor chain locus," by Curt D. Wolfgang, Magnus Essand, James J. Vincent, Byungkook Lee, and Ira Pastan (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 97, No. 17, August 15, 2000, HTML format, 9437-9442). Note: Your organization may have access to full electronic text (HTML and .pdf formats) of this article. Check your organization's library.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/97/17/9437

_PRE-PRINT ABSTRACTS_:

A. "Inhibition of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in Alzheimer's disease," by Y. Amy Lam, Cecile M. Pickart, Andrew Alban, Michael Landon, Craig Jamieson, Robert Ramage, R. John Mayer, and Robert Layfield (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, electronic pre-prints, August 15, 2000, HTML format). Note: Your organization may have access to full electronic text (HTML and .pdf formats) of this article. Check your organization's library.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/170173897v1

B. "Designed protein tetramer zipped together with a hydrophobic Alzheimer homology: A structural clue to amyloid assembly," by Daniel E. Otzen, Ole Kristensen, and Mikael Oliveberg (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 97, No. 17, August 15, 2000, HTML format). Note: Your organization may have access to full electronic text (HTML and .pdf formats) of this article. Check your organization's library.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/160086297v1

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6. _JAMA_ ARTICLE:

"Age-Related Changes in Slow Wave Sleep and REM Sleep and Relationship With Growth Hormone and Cortisol Levels in Healthy Men," by Eve Van Cauter, Rachel Leproult, and Laurence Plat (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 284, No. 7, August 16, 2000, 861-868pp., HTML and .pdf format). Note: To access the .pdf file click on "PDF of this article" on the left side of the page.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n7/rfull/jci00039.html

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7. _MEDSCAPE HEALTH_ CONFERENCE SUMMARY:

"Summaries from the World Alzheimer's Congress 2000," (_Medscape Health_, HTML format, August 2000).

http://www.medscape.com/medscape/cno/2000/WAC/public/conference.cfm?conference_id=63

Note: Please read the disclaimers for this site.

http://www.medscape.com/medscape/cno/2000/WAC/public/conference.cfm?conference_id=63#medscape_disclaimer

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8. _URBAN INSTITUTE--RETIREMENT PROJECT_ PROJECT BRIEF:

"Sharing the Pain of Social Security and Medicare Reform," by Lawrence H. Thompson (_Urban Institute_, No. 11, HTML and .pdf format, 8 p., August 2000).

Click on "PDF Format" to access the .pdf format.

http://www.urban.org/retirement/briefs/11/brief11.html

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9. _GAO_ CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCES:

A. "Analysis of the Administration's Proposal to Ensure Solvency of the United Mine Workers of America Combined Benefit Fund," (_Government Accounting Office_, GAO/AIMD-00-267R, August 15, 2000, .pdf format, 48p).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/ai00267r.pdf

Note: GAO Internet addresses are valid for only a limited period of time. After that time, documents can be found by searching the Government Printing Office:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml

and searching on title or report number.

B. "Financial and Legal Issues Facing the United Mine Workers of America Combined Benefit Fund," (_Government Accounting Office_, GAO/AIMD-00-280R, August 15, 2000, .pdf format, 36p).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/ai00280r.pdf

Note: GAO Internet addresses are valid for only a limited period of time. After that time, documents can be found by searching the Government Printing Office:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml

and searching on title or report number.

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10. _DHHS--ADMINISTRATION ON AGING_:

"Resources Relating to Elderly with Limited English Proficiency," (_Administration on Aging_, August 2000, HTML format).

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/network/lep/default.htm

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11. _DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES_ FINAL RULE ANNOUNCEMENT:

"Health Insurance Reform: Standards for Electronic Transactions," (_DHHS_, 45 CFR Parts 160 and 162, HTML format, August 11, 2000).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp/final/txfin00.htm

A copy of this rule also appears in the Federal Register (Vol. 65, No. 160, August 17, 2000). To locate a copy of the rule appearing in the Federal Register:

Go to http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html
Specify that you want to search the 2000 Federal Register.
Specify that you want to search Final Rules and Regulations.
Search on the term "Health Insurance Reform".

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12. _U. S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS_ ARTICLE:

"Stocks add some spice to plain-vanilla 401(k) plans," by Paul J. Lim (_U.S. News and World Report_, HTML format, August 21, 2000).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/000821/nycu/self.htm

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III. Working Papers:

13. _NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH_:

"Perspectives on the Budget Surplus," by Alan J. Auerbach and William G. Gale (_NBER_, W7837, .pdf format, 28 p., August 2000).

Abstract:

This paper provides alternative measures of federal budget surpluses over 10-year and long-term horizons. Official baseline budget forecasts are based on a series of statutory requirements that may be at variance with reasonable expectation. More plausible notions of current policy toward discretionary spending, taxes and retirement trust funds imply that surpluses over the next 10 years will be substantially smaller than the baseline forecasts indicate. Properly accounting for long-term imbalances in social security and the rest of the budget implies that, under plausible definitions of current policy, the federal government faces a long-term shortfall.

Click on "PDF" to view full electronic text.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W7837

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14. _INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS_:

"Pension Reform in a Highly Informalized Post-Soviet Economy," by A.V. Dobronogov and L.D. Mayhew (_International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis_, IR-00-041, .pdf format, 40 pp., July 2000).

Abstract:

Pension reform is now on the national agenda in most post-Soviet countries. These countries have highly informalized economies, which means that large areas of economic activity go unreported to the authorities. This paper deals with the problem of pension reform in a highly informalized post-Soviet economy, Ukraine. It includes an analysis of causes and consequences of informalization, a general description and analysis of trends in the Ukrainian pension system, and a discussion of different approaches to reform. The paper describes an approach to modeling labor and capital flows between the formal and informal sectors using a gravity model. It also reports and discusses results of simulations of different scenarios of pension reform in Ukraine. Policy-relevant findings of the study are as follows:

- Public trust in reform is crucial. Therefore, in designing and and implementing reforms exceptional attention should be paid to trust-building measures;

- Debt-financed transition to a fully-funded pension system in an informalized post-Soviet economy can lead to higher efficiency gains than a tax-financed transition. This is due to an alleviation of the tax burden, which encourages a decline in unreported economic activity.

- Provided that public trust in the reform is sufficient, the larger the fully-funded system, the greater will be the decline in informalization.

Click on the "PDF" icon to access electronic full-text.

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/cgi-bin/pubsrch?IR00041

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15. _UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER_:

"Challenges to Comparative Research on Intergenerational Transfers," by Hermalin, Albert I. (_Elderly in Asia Report 00-56_, August 2000, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

Intergenerational transfers are complex processes involving a potentially large number of participants and a range of content, often subsumed as space, time, or money. Identifying the matrix of providers and recipients associated with each "currency" and distinguishing past from current flows and direct from indirect transfers, pose considerable challenge to any survey instrument. This paper proposes an organizational framework for this multidimensionality and then reviews some of the strategies that have been employed by several surveys in East and Southeast Asia to measure key elements of the process.

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/papers/ea00-56.pdf

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16. _CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH--BOSTON COLLEGE_:

"How Should We Insure Longevity Risk in Pensions and Social Security?" by Jeffrey R. Brown (_Center for Retirement Research Issue Brief_, IB #4, August 2000, .pdf format, 20p.).

Go to "click here" to access the full electronic text file.

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/executive/crr/ib_4.shtml

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

17. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents. CARL Uncover provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://uncweb.carl.org:80/

B. click on "Search Uncover"
C. click on "Search Uncover Now"
D. Type the Journal Name in the search box and click the radio button "Journal Title Browse"
E. click on the journal name
F. click on "journal issues"
G. click on the issues identified below

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 29, No. 1, September 1, 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in ProQuest Research Libraries. Check your library for the availability of this/these databases and this issue.

Social Work (Vol. 45, No. 4, July 01, 2000) Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in ProQuest Research Libraries. Check your library for the availability of this/these databases and this issue.

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V. Program Announcements:

18. _NIH_ TWO REQUEST FOR APPLICATION:

A. "Role of Hormones and Growth Factors in Prostate Cancer," (_NIA, NIDDK, NIEHS, NCI_, HTML format, August 7, 2000).

PURPOSE

This initiative is designed to explore the underlying mechanism(s) of action of hormones and growth factors in the regulation of prostate development, growth, and tumorigenesis. The focus will be on fundamental studies of hormone and growth factor action including the mechanisms of action of nuclear hormones, the role(s) of nuclear accessory proteins and the signal transduction pathways important for nuclear hormone action in prostate. Focus will also be on growth factor action in prostate, including growth factors, binding proteins, receptors and signal transduction pathways. Studies are also invited that will examine the patterns of gene expression in the prostate in vivo or in prostate cells in response to hormone or growth factor action. Moreover, since there are some studies that indicate that environmental factors also increase the risk for development of prostate cancer, an additional focus will be on studies that will explore the role of environmental factor(s) in affecting hormonal/growth factor action in prostate. Finally, studies on the development and potential use of hormone/growth factor analogs, agonists, or antagonists with potential clinical utility to modify prostate growth and tumor development and/or progression will be encouraged.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-01-008.html

B. "Fetal Origins of Adult Diseases," (_NIA, NIDDK, NIEHS, NICHD_, HTML format, August 10, 2000).

PURPOSE

The purpose of this solicitation is to determine the mechanisms by which the intrauterine environment programs fetal metabolism to predispose individuals to chronic disease later in life and to determine whether these mechanisms may contribute to disparities in the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and neurodegeneration among various races and ethnic groups. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) seek to encourage research on the basic mechanisms that may explain the lifelong consequences of intrauterine growth retardation and/or exposure to deficient and/or stressful intrauterine environments.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-00-021.html

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19. _AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION--Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly_: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:

"The Partnerships in Law and Aging Program," (_Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly_, HTML format, August 2000).

The ABA identifies three objectives for this grant program:

1. spur collaboration among providers of law-related services to older persons;
2. enhance the legal awareness and autonomy of older persons; and
3. improve elder access to the legal system.

The Partnership program will be awarding 10 grants in the amount of $7,500 each. You can locate information on applying for the grant, application deadlines, procedures for reviewing applications, etc. at the Program's Web site.

http://www.abanet.org/elderly/rfp-form.html

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VI. Websites of Interest:

20. _AARP_ :

"End of Life Issues," (_American Association of Retired Persons_, August 14, 2000, HTML format).

The upcoming September/October issue of Modern Maturity will focus on issues that individuals must face at the end of life. The site also provides a link to an upcoming PBS program on end of life issues, and links to AARP resources dealing with end of life issues.

http://www.aarp.org/endoflife/

To find the articles in Modern Maturity, go to:

http://www.aarp.org/mmaturity/sept_oct00/home.html

Thanks,

Charlie

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