Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #63--December 14, 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. WLS: The University of Wisconsin Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) has announced several updates and changes to the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study as of Dec. 6, 2000. See Updates #1-5 at:

http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/WLS/updates.htm

and see especially Change Notice #21:

http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/WLS/chnt_021.htm

for further details.

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II. Reports and articles:

2. WLS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Wisconsin Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) has released an updated Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Bibliography dated November 2000.

http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/WLS/bib2000b.htm

Items dated in 2000 are:

Hauser, Robert M., John Robert Warren, Min-Hsiung Huang, and Wendy Y. Carter. 2000. "Occupational Status, Education, and Social Mobility in the Meritocracy." p. 179-229 in K. Arrow, S. Bowles, and S. Durlauf, eds. _Meritocracy and Inequality_. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Also available as CDE Working Paper 96-18. Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hauser, Seth M. 2000. "Education, Ability, and Civic Engagement in the Contemporary United States." _Social Science Research_ 29 No.4 (December): 556-582.

Miech, Richard A., and Robert M. Hauser. 2000 (forthcoming) Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Health at Midlife: A Comparison of Educational Attainment with Occupation-Based Indicators. _Annals of Epidemiology_. CDE Working Paper No. 98-06, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ryff, Carol D., and Burton Singer, 2000. "Interpersonal Flourishing: A Positive Health Agenda for the New Millennium." _Personality and Social Psychology Review_ 4: 30-44.

Peikes, Deborah N. 2000. "Psycho-Social Determinants of Midlife Health: A Person-Centered Approach." Dissertation. Princeton University.

Kwan, Christine M. L., Burton H. Singer, Carol D. Ryff, Gayle D. Love, and Teresa Seeman. 2000. "Social Relationship Pathways to Allostatic Load". Manuscript.

MacLean, Alair, and Robert M. Hauser, February 2000. "Measuring Depression among Adult Siblings." Manuscript.

Olson, Craig A. and Deena Ackerman. 2000. "High School Inputs and Labor Market Outcomes for Male Workers in Their Mid-thirties: New Data and New Estimates from Wisconsin." (Available as IRP Discussion Paper No. 1205-00, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Warren, John Robert and Daphne Kuo. 2000. "Job-Based Versus Occupation-Based Measures of 'What People Do for a Living:' Consequences for Status Attainment and Health Research."

Leicht, Kevin T., Dennis P. Hogan, Heather Wendt, and Rongjun Sun. 2000. "Are Labor Market Decisions Rational? Human Capital, Social Capital, and the Production of Work Careers." Presented at the meetings of the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, August 2000.

WLS:

http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/wls/index.html
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3. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: Note: _Demographic Research_ "is a free, online, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany." "Sex differentials in survival in the Canadian population, 1921-1997: A descriptive analysis with focus on age-specific structure," by Kirill Andreev (_Demographic Research_, Vol. 3-12, December 2000, HTML and .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

This paper demonstrates how intensity regression and methods for visualizing demographic data can be applied to the study of sex differentials in survival in the Canadian population over the period 1921-1997. In general the results indicate that death rates declined differently for males and females and that the rate of mortality decline was not constant over age or over time. The global pattern of the Canadian sex differentials has a very distinct form and is consistent with findings for other countries.

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol3/12/

Click on PDF icon at the bottom of the abstract for .pdf version.
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4. AOA REPORT: "Profile of Older Americans: 2000." The US Administration on Aging has released this year's version of an annual report "about the status of America's older population. The report includes the latest key federal statistics on older Americans in 12 subject areas, including information on income levels, poverty, size and growth, health status, racial and ethnic composition, education, employment, housing, living arrangements, geographic distribution and marital status."

Press Release:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/pr/Pr2000/OAprofile.html

Report (HTML format):

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/STATS/profile/profile2000.html
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5. AARP NEWS RELEASE: "AARP Picks Year's Top Issues that Shaped the Quality of Aging in America" (AARP, Dec. 11, 2000).

http://www.aarp.org/press/2000/nr121100.html
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6. _BMJ_ ARTICLE AND EDITORIAL :

A. "Efficacy and safety of galantamine in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease: multicentre randomised controlled trial," by Gordon K. Wilcock, Sean Lilienfeld, and Els Gaens (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 321, No. 7274, December 9, 2000, p. 1445, HTML and .pdf format).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7274/1445

B. "Age related macular degeneration," by Neil M. Bressler and James P. Gills (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 321, No. 7274, December 9, 2000, p. 1425-1427, HTML and .pdf format). Note: this is a _BMJ_ editorial.

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7274/1425
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7. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: Electronic full text of these articles (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Effectiveness of Team-Managed Home-Based Primay Care," by Susan L. Hughes, Frances M. Weaver, Anita Giobie-Hurder, Larry Manheim, William Henderson, Joseph D. Kubal, Alec Ulasevich, and Joan Cummings (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 284, No. 22, Dec. 13, 2000, p. 2877-2885).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n22/abs/joc00629.html

B. "Depression, Hopelessness, and Desire for Hastened Death in Terminally Ill Patients With Cancer," by William Breitbart, Barry Rosenfeld, Hayley Pessin, Monique Kaim, Julie Funesti-Esch, Michele Galietta, Christian J. Nelson, and Robert Brescia (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 284, No. 22, Dec. 13, 2000, p. 2907-2911).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n22/abs/joc00500.html
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8. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Predictors of Rehospitalization for Symptomatic Venous Thromboembolism after Total Hip Arthroplasty," by Richard H. White, Sharmeen Gettner, Jeffrey M. Newman, Kenneth B. Trauner, Patrick S. Romano (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 343, No. 24, December 14, 2000). Note: electronic full text of this article may be available. Check your organization's library.

http://www.nejm.org/content/2000/0343/0024/1758.asp
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9. _THE LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, NEWS: Note: _The Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content of any kind.

A. "Cost effectiveness of initial endoscopy for dyspepsia in patients over age 50 years: a randomised controlled trial in primary care," by B.C. Delaney, S. Wilson, A. Roalfe, L. Roberts, V. Redman, A. Wearn, A. Briggs, and F.D.R. Hobbs (_The Lancet_, Vol. 356, No. 9246, Dec. 9, 2000, p. 1965-1969, HTML and .pdf format). Note: Electronic full text of this article (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol356/iss9246/abs/llan.356.9246.original_research.14461.1

B. "Low oestrogen bad for brain cells," by Kathryn Senior (_The Lancet_ News, Vol. 356, No. 9246, Dec. 9, 2000, p. 1988, HTML and .pdf format). Note: This article is freely available after registration.

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol356/iss9246/full/llan.356.9246.news.14522.3

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.356.9246.news.14522.3&x=x.pdf

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III. Working Papers:

10. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM WORKING PAPERS: "Earnings Instability and Earnings Inequality of Males in the United States: 1967-1991, by Steven J. Haider (DRU 2735, WP 00-15, June 2000, .pdf format, 57p.).

Abstract:

Although much research has focused on recent increases in annual earnings inequality in the United States, the increases could have come from either of two sources: the distribution of lifetime earnings could have become more unequal or the receipt of lifetime earnings could have become more unstable. Based on an analysis of the 1968-92 Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the author finds that lifetime earnings inequality increased during the early 1980s and that earnings instability increased during the 1970s. The author also examines how these trends are related to changes in the distribution of wages and hours and the returns to education.

http://www.rand.org/organization/drd/labor/DRU/DRU2375.pdf

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

11. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 152, No. 11, Dec. 1, 2000). Note: _AJE_ may be available in electronic full text (HTML and .pdf format) to your organization via Oxford University Press. Check your organization's library.

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol152/issue11/

12. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2001. Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in the EBSCO Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.catchword.co.uk/titles/tandf/0361073X/v27n1/contp1-1.htm

13. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 48, No. 12, December 2000).

http://www.amgeriatrics.com/

Click on "Contents," then on Vol. 48, "Issue 12." Abstracts are available.
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14. 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

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 90, No. 12, December 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in the ProQuest Research Library and EBSCO Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 26, No. 7, 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in the EBSCO Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 51, No. 1,
2000).

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V. Books:

15. NBER: _Seeking a Premier League Economy_," edited by Richard Blundell, David Card and Richard B. Freeman (National Bureau of Economic Research, from a conference held Dec. 8-9, 2000, forthcoming from University of Chicago Press). The chapter "Pension Reform and Economic Performance in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s," by Richard Disney, Carl Emmerson, and Sarah Smith (.pdf format, 43p.) has been added.

http://www.nber.org/books/bcf/index.html

Scroll to "Pension Reform and Economic Performance in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s".

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

16. NIH:

A. Vaccine and Immune Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease (US National Institutes of Health RFA: AG-01-003, Dec. 6. 2000).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-01-003.html

B. New Research Strategies In Osteogenesis Imperfecta (US National Institutes of Health RFA: AR-01-001, Dec. 8, 2000).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-01-001.html

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VII. Conferences:

17. GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR POPULATION AND HEALTH: Conference on Epidemiology and Demography: Frontiers in Population Health and Aging. For more information see:

http://cph.georgetown.edu/conference.htm

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

18. HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Medicare Balanced Budget Act Refinements" (Printed Hearing #106-66, October 1999, ASCII text and .pdf format, 215p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch106.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "106-66".
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19. AOA OAA COMPARISON: The US Administration on Aging has released a table with a side by side comparison of the Older Americans Act as amended in 1992 with the OAA as amended in 2000.

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/Oaa/2000/side-by-side-fin.html

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IX. Websites of Interest:

20. AOA: THE MANY FACES OF AGING: RESOURCES TO EFFECTIVELY SERVE MINORITY OLDER PERSONS: The US Administration on Aging has released a website with information that facilitates "increas[ing] access to and improv[ing] programs for older minority Americans." Included at the site are: "Information on the laws and Executive Orders aimed at increasing access by older minority Americans to government programs; Demographic snapshots of minority elder populations in America; Information about health disparities in minority populations; Descriptions of several programs that are successfully serving minority elders; Highlights of various approaches that can be used to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate services for minority older persons; and a list of some of the resources available nationwide to help older minority Americans and their caregivers access services."

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/minorityaccess/default.htm

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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