Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #77--March 29, 2001

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/BLS FERRET: The US Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics have recently added several files to their FERRET extraction system. The files are:

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
1996 Panel Waves 6-12 Core
1996 Panel Waves 3 and 4 Topical Modules
1996 Panel Wave 11 Adult Disability Topical Module

Current Population Survey (CPS)
August 1998 and April 1999 Food Security Supplements
1995, 1997 and 1999 Veterans Supplements
October 1999 School Enrollment Supplement
February 2000 Displaced Workers Supplement
February 2000 Job Tenure Supplement
March 2000 Annual Demographic Survey (March Supplement)
August 2000 Internet and Computer Use Supplement
January 1989-December 1993 Basic Monthly file
Basic Monthly files continuing up to the present

>From the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
1994 Mortality - Underlying Cause-of-Death
1996 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
1996 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) -
Emergency Department and Outpatient Department

Annual Housing Survey (AHS)
1998 Metropolitan Sample
1999 National Survey

Note that some of these files are also available for direct FTP, in several compression formats, and with electronic data dictionaries.

FERRET extractor:

http://ferret.bls.census.gov

FERRET FTP:

http://www.bls.census.gov/ferretftp.htm
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2. MEPS: The US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the 1997 Emergency Room Visits File (HC-016E) of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (Household Component Event files). Data, documentation, and SAS programming statements are available at:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Data_Pub/HC_EventData97.htm

Note: Interested users should read the "Notes on Downloading Files" section before downloading files.

More information on MEPS:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/

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II. Reports and articles:

3. MEPS REPORT: "Expenses and Sources of Payment for Nursing Home Residents, 1996," by Jeffrey Rhoades and John Sommers (US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Research Findings #13, December 2000, HTML and .pdf format, 22p.).

Abstract:

This report presents estimates of total nursing home expenses during 1996. Separate estimates are presented for mean expenses per person and per day. The distribution of sources of payment is shown by demographic, financial, and health status characteristics of nursing home users.

HTML:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PAPERS/01-0010/RF13HTM/01-0010.HTM

.pdf:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PAPERS/01-0010/RF13.pdf
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4. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "National Service Framework for Older People" (United Kingdom Department of Health, Modern Standards and Service Models, March 2001, .pdf format, 194p.).

http://www.doh.gov.uk/nsf/olderpeople.htm

Click on "Main Document" for full text.
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5. POLISHER RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Pennsylvania's Frontline: Workers in Long Term Care," by Joel Leon, Jonas Marainen, and John Marcotte (Polisher Research Institute at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, February 2001, .pdf format, 146p.).

http://www.pgc.org/PRI/projects/PA_LTC_workforce/PA_LTC_workforce_report.pdf
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6. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Crystal structure of the ectodomain of Methuselah, a _Drosophila_ G protein-coupled receptor associated with extended lifespan," by Anthony P. West Jr., Lynda L. Llamas, Peter M. Snow, Seymour Benzer, and Pamela J. Bjorkman (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 7, Mar. 27, 2001, p. 3744-3749).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/7/3744

B. "Muscle-specific mutations accumulate with aging in critical human mtDNA control sites for replication," by Yan Wang, Yuichi Michikawa, Con Mallidis, Yan Bai, Linda Woodhouse, Kevin E. Yarasheski, Carol A. Miller, Valerie Askanas, W. King Engel, Shalender Bhasin, and Giuseppe Attardi (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 7, Mar. 27, 2001, p. 4022-4027).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/7/4022

C. "Galanin transgenic mice display cognitive and neurochemical deficits characteristic of Alzheimer's disease," by Robert A. Steiner, John G. Hohmann, Andrew Holmes, Craige C. Wrenn, Gary Cadd, Anders Jureus, Donald K. Clifton, Mulon Luo, Mitchell Gutshall, Shuang Y. Ma, Elliott J. Mufson, and Jacqueline N. Crawley (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ Vol. 98, No. 7, Mar. 27, 2001, p. 4184-4189).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/7/4184

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7. _NEJM_ ARTICLE: "Medicare and Prescription Drugs," by John K. Iglehart (_New England Journal of Medicine_ Health Policy 2001, Vol. 344, No. 13, Mar. 29, 2001).

http://www.nejm.org/content/2001/0344/0013/1010.asp
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8. _JAMA_ ARTICLES:

A. "Easing the Elderly Online in Search of Health Information," by Brian Vastag (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Medical News and Perspectives, Vol. 285, No. 12, Mar. 28, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1563-1564).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v285n12/ffull/jmn0328-1.html

B. "HRT Doesn't Raise Stroke Risk," by Mike Mitka (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Quick Uptakes, Vol. 285, No. 12, Mar. 28, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1567).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v285n12/ffull/jqu10002-4.html
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9. _BMJ_ ARTICLES, EDUCATION AND DEBATE:

A. "Effectiveness and economic evaluation of a nurse delivered home exercise programme to prevent falls. 1: Randomised controlled trial," by M. Clare Robertson, Nancy Devlin, Melinda M. Gardner, and A. John Campbell (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 322, No. 7288, Mar. 24, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 697).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7288/697

B. "Effectiveness and economic evaluation of a nurse delivered home exercise programme to prevent falls. 2: Controlled trial in multiple centres," by M. Clare Robertson, Melinda M. Gardner, Nancy Devlin, Rob McGee, and A. John Campbell (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 322, No. 7288, Mar. 24, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 701).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7288/701

C. "Benzodiazepines and hip fractures in elderly people: case-control study," by Corinne Pierfitte, Gerard Macouillard, Michel Thicoipe, Anicet Chaslerie, Fabienne Pehourcq, Myriam Assou, Beatrice Martinez, Rajaa Lagnaoui, Annie Fourrier, Bernard Begaud, Jacques Dangoumau, and Nicholas Moore (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 322, No 7288, Mar. 24, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 704-708).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/322/7288/704

D. "Promoting health and function in an ageing population," by Gary R. Andrews (_British Medical Journal_ Education and Debate, Vol. 322, No 7288, Mar. 24, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 728-729).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7288/728
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10. _THE LANCET_ ARTICLES: Note: _The Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Changes in life expectancy in Russia in the mid-1990s," by Vladimir Shkolnikov, Martin McKee, and David A. Leon (_The Lancet_, Vol. 357, No. 9260, Mar. 24, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 917-921).

HMTL:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol357/iss9260/full/llan.357.9260.original_research.15579.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.357.9260.original_research.15579.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Matrix metalloproteinase-1 and skin ageing in smokers," by Christine Lahmann, Jorg Bergemann, Graham Harrison, and Antony R. Young (_The Lancet_ Reserch Letter, Vol. 357, No. 9260, Mar. 24, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 935-936).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol357/iss9260/full/llan.357.9260.original_research.15617.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.357.9260.original_research.15617.1&x=x.pdf
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11. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Managed Care Options Elusive for Some Seniors, Expanding for Others," by Christine Wiebe (Medscape Money & Medicine, 2001).

http://www.medscape.com/35282.rhtml?srcmp=ms-032301

or

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/MoneyMedicine/journal/2001/v02.n03/mm0326.wieb/mm0326.wieb.html

B. "Conference Report Update from the 26th Annual International Stroke Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 14-16, 2001," by Scott E. Kasner, Jeffrey Saver, and Steven R. Levine (Medscape Neurology, 2001).

http://www.medscape.com/35317.rhtml?srcmp=ms-032301

or

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/Neurology/journal/2001/v03.n02/mn0323.kasn/mn0323.kasn.html

C."Myelodysplastic Syndromes in the Elderly," by Hussain Saba (_Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center_, Vol. 8, No. 1, January/February 2001, p. 79-102).

http://www.medscape.com/moffitt/CancerControl/2001/v08.n01/cc0801.05.saba/cc0801.05.saba-01.html
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12. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Hormone Hazards," by Christine Gorman (_Time_, Vol. 157, No. 13, Apr. 2, 2001).

http://www.time.com/time/personal/article/0,9171,103790,00.html
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13. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLES:

A. "Forever young: Marketers are searching for sly ways to sell to 50-something boomers who refuse to grow old," by Marci McDonald (_US News and World Report_, Apr. 2, 2001).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/010402/boomers.htm

B. "New designs for aging hipsters," by Marci McDonald (_US News and World Report_, Apr. 2, 2001).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/010402/boomers.b.htm

C. "The 401(k) blues have some investors rethinking strategy," by Paul J. Lim (_US News and World Report_, Apr. 2, 2001).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/010402/nycu/invest.htm

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

14. Abstracts in Social Gerontology (Vol. 44, No. 1, March 2001) is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database.

15. Health and Social Work (Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2001) is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database.
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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

American Sociological Review (Vol. 66, No. 1, February 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Population and Development Review (Vol. 27, No. 1, March 2001).

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IV. Legislation Information Updates:

17. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTTEE: "Society's Great Challenge: The Affordability of Long-Term Care," a hearing held Mar. 27, 2001.

Hearing testimony:

http://www.senate.gov/~finance/hr032701.htm

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18. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE: "Laying the Groundwork for a Rx Drug Benefit," a hearing held Mar. 27, 2001.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/health/107cong/hl-3wit.htm
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19. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Pension Issues" (Hearing Publication 106-93, from a hearing held Mar. 23, 1999, ASCII text and .pdf format, 167p).

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

Scroll to or "find in page" "106-93" (without the quotes).

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V. Websites of Interest:

20. NIH CRISP: The US National Institutes of Health provides Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP), "a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. The database, maintained by the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health, includes projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Office of Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH)." Both a current awards query form and an historical awards query form (1986-1998) are available.

https://www-commons.cit.nih.gov/crisp/

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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