Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #48--August 31, 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. CENSUS BUREAU: The US Census Bureau has released state and county population estimates for 1999 by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. Of particular interest may be the single years of age by sex county tables (updated to 1999).

News Release which links to data:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2000/cb00-126.html

Click on "state data tables" and "county data tables" in the news release for links to the data.
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2. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research added 17 new studies on Aug. 28, 2000. Of possible interest to researchers in aging are:

CENSUS TRACT DATA, 1960: ELIZABETH MULLEN BOGUE FILE (#2932)

CENSUS TRACT DATA, 1950: ELIZABETH MULLEN BOGUE FILE (#2931)

NATIONAL EVALUATION DATABASE FOR THE PARTNERSHIP FOR LONG-TERM CARE (PLTC) [CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, AND INDIANA], 1992-1998 (#2844)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/recadd.html

Note: These files can also be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/archive1.html

Search on Study #

ICPSR Membership Institutions and Official Representatives

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR/Membership/ors.html
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3. PSID SUPPLENTAL DATA FILES ADDITION: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics website has added "occupation and industry codes for Head's and Wife's/"Wife's" current or most recent main jobs to the Income Plus files for 1994 and 1995 on Apr 13, 2000. (Codes for the 1996 wave were added some time ago; information for 1997 is not yet available.) Additionally, the two versions of needs, one based on USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) standards and the other on Census, that the PSID includes in final-release data have beed added for 1994 through 1997.

http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/psid/suppdata.html

Click on "Family 'Income Plus' Files: 1994-1997" in the left frame.

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II. Reports and articles:

4. CIA COMPENDIUM: The US Central Intelligence Agency has made electronically available _The World Factbook 2000_ (HTML format).

http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
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5. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: "The End of Life" (Aug. 22, 2000). "It's a topic Americans in particular are loathe to talk about - the end of our lives. But talking about it is one way to make the experience of death a little easier for everyone. Dr. Joanne Lynn, President of Americans for Better Care of the Dying, and Dr. Kathleen Foley, Project Director of the Project on Death in America, have devoted much of their professional energies to changing the way individuals, families, doctors and society approach and deal with death. They talk about their work with host Mike Cuthbert." Note: this is an audio transcript and listeners will need the RealPlayer plug-in or helper application to hear it. Running time: 31 minutes 4 seconds.

http://www.aarp.org/ontheair/ptrtopics.html

Click on "Working to Change the End of Life" adjacent to the 08/22/00 listing.
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6. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Alendronate for the Treatment of Osteoporosis in Men," by Eric Orwoll, Mark Ettinger, Stuart Weiss, Paul Miller, David Kendler, John Graham, Silvano Adami, Kurt Weber, Roman Lorenc, Peter Pietschmann, Kristel Vandormael, and Antonio Lombardi (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 343, No. 9, Aug. 31, 2000, p. 604-10). Note: Electronic full text of _NEJM_ articles is available to print subscribers.

http://www.nejm.org/content/2000/0343/0009/0604.asp
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7. _THE LANCET_ ARTICLE AND COMMENTARY ABSTRACT: Note 1: Electronic full text of _Lancet_ articles is available only to subscribers. Note 2: _The Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content of any kind.

A. "Cognitive decline in women in relation to non-protein-bound oestradiol concentrations," by Kristine Yaffe, Li-Yung Lui, Deborah Grady, Jane Cauley, Joel Kramer, Steven R Cummings (_The Lancet_, Vol. 356, No. 9231, Aug. 26, 2000, p. 708-712).

http://www.thelancet.com/newlancet/reg/issues/vol356no9231/body.article708.html

B. Oestradiol concentrations in prediction of cognitive decline in women," by Mary C Tierney (_The Lancet_, Vol. 356, No. 9231, Aug. 26, 2000, p. 694 -695). Note: This is a _Lancet_ commentary.

http://www.thelancet.com/newlancet/reg/issues/vol356no9231/body.commentary694.html
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8. _NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Tissue-engineered bone regeneration," by Herve Petite, Veronique Viateau, Wassila Bensad, Alain Meunier, Cindy de Pollak, Marianne Bourguignon, Karim Oudina, Laurent Sedel and Genevieve Guillemin (_Nature Biotechnology_, Vol. 18, No. 9, September 2000, p. 959-963). Note: Your organization may have access to electronic full text of this article. Check your organization's library.

http://www.nature.com/nbtlink/v18/n9/abs/nbt0900_959.html
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9. NIA NEWS--ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESEARCH UPDATE: "Odor Identification Test May Help Predict Alzheimers Disease" (Aug. 28, 2000).

http://www.alzheimers.org/nianews/nianews33.html
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III. Working Papers:

10. JEROME LEVY ECONOMICS INSTITUTE OF BARD COLLEGE: "Financing Long-Term Care: Replacing a Welfare Model with an Insurance Model," by Walter M. Cadette (Public Policy Brief No. 59, 2000, .pdf format, 34p.).

>From the Abstract:

The nation is not prepared to deal with the jump in expenditures for long-term care that will come with the aging of the baby boom generation. Only a small part of that care is paid for privately (out-of-pocket or through private insurance). Most is financed through Medicaid, the program that is intended to ensure medical care for the indigent. This use of Medicaid comes at a high cost for individuals and society: the allotment of more than a third of the Medicaid budget to long-term care; a two-tier care system; and the commandeering of limited funds by middle- and high-income people through elaborate estate planning to circumvent eligibility requirements. These problems would be mitigated by replacing the welfare model with an insurance model--voluntary or compulsory private insurance, with subsidies through income-scaled tax credits to ensure affordability. An equitable and efficient system could be created with a blend of public money, private insurance, and other private saving, with a safety net for those in greatest need.

http://www.levy.org/docs/ppbsum/sum59.html

Click on pdf icon at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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11. UNIVERSITY OF OSLO (NORWAY) DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS: "Married Men and Early Retirement Under the AFP [AvtaleFestet Pensjonsordning] Scheme," by Ole J. Rogeberg (Memorandum 02/2000, 2000, .pdf format, 81p.).

http://www.oekonomi.uio.no/memo/memopdf/memo0200.pdf

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

12. Abstracts in Social Gerontology (Vol. 43, No. 2, June 2000). Full electronic text of this issue can be found in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database.

13. Health and Social Work (Vol. 25, No. 3, August 2000). Full electronic text of this issue can be found in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database.

14. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 12, No. 3, August 2000). Full electronic text of this issue can be found in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database.

15. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 19, No. 5, September 2000).

http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/jnlnr/05393

Click on "Tables of Contents," in the left frame and then Vol. 19, No. 5. Note: Click on Tables of Contents/Abstracts in the left frame. Full text of this issue may be available.
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16. 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

Demography (Vol. 37, No. 3, August 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 62, No. 3, August 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

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V. Funding Opportunities:

17. NIH NIA: Molecular and Neural Mechanisms Underlying the Effects of Caloric Restriction On Health and Longevity.

"The purpose of this RFA is to solicit applications to conduct research on the mechanisms underlying the effects of caloric restriction (CR) on longevity and health span. Although numerous studies in several species over the past three decades have shown that experimental animals maintained on CR have a longer lifespan than ad libitum controls, the biological process(es) which mediates this effect is unknown. Knowledge about the changes induced by CR at genetic, molecular, cellular, tissue, systems and behavioral levels are needed in order to explore the full range of possible mechanisms. One approach to learning more about the underlying mechanisms takes advantage of the recent advances in genetics with the use of transgenic and knockout animals that target genes affecting longevity, body weight regulation, food intake, metabolism and physical activity. Another approach is to develop and test interventions that mimic the effects that CR induces in experimental animals."

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-01-002.html

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VI. Websites of Interest:

18. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF STORIES--NPR: US National Public Radio maintains this site, an archive of a monthly feature of its daily _Morning Edition_ radio program. It is "a series of profiles of American centenarians." At present there are seven stories plus an introduction. Note: These are audio transcripts and listeners will need the RealPlayer plug-in or helper application to hear them. Running times vary between five and ten minutes.

http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/100years.html


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