Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #102--September 20, 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:


I. Data:

1. FERRET SPD: The US Census Bureau/Bureau of Labor Statistics FERRET data extractor has begun providing access to the Survey of Program Dynamics 1992-1998 longitudinal file. Users can extract data or download the data file (.zip, .gz, or .Z compressed) and ASCII data dictionary from FERRET's FTP site.


Raw data:

2. MEPS: The US Department of Health and Social Services, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Medical Expenditure Panel Survey has released "MEPS HC-024: 1996 Person-Round-Plan File." Data (ASCII and SAS transport format, .zip compressed and uncompressed) and documentation (.pdf and HTML format, with SAS programming statements [ASCII format]) are available.


II. Reports and articles:

3. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: Note: _DR_ "is a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research." "Expanding an abridged life table," by Anastasia Kostaki and Vagelis Panousis (Vol. 5, No. 1, September 2001, 22p.).


A question of interest in the demographic and actuarial fields is the estimation of the age-specific mortality pattern when data are given in age groups. Data can be provided in such a form usually because of systematic fluctuations caused by age heaping. This is a phenomenon usual to vital registrations related to age misstatements, usually preferences of ages ending in multiples five. Several techniques for expanding an abridged life table to a complete one are proposed in the literature. Although many of these techniques are considered accurate and are more or less extensively used, they have never been simultaneously evaluated. This work provides a critical presentation, an evaluation and a comparison of the performance of these techniques. For that purpose, we consider empirical data sets for several populations with reliable analytical documentation. Departing from the complete sets of qx-values, we form the abridged ones. Then we apply each one of the expanding techniques considered to these abridged data sets and finally we compare the results with the corresponding complete empirical values.

_Demographic Research_:

4. _MMWR_ ARTICLE: "Influence of Homicide on Racial Disparity in Life Expectancy --- United States, 1998" (US Centers for Disease Control _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 50, No. 36, Sep. 14, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 780-783).



5. GAO REPORT: "Private Pensions: Issues of Coverage and Increasing Contributions Limits for Defined Contribution Plans" (US General Accounting Office, GAO-01-846, September 2001, .pdf format, 33p.).

6. FDA TALK PAPER: "Hip Implants Being Recalled; Potential Fracture Problem" (US Food and Drug Administration Talk Paper T01-41, Sep. 14, 2001.).

7. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGED CARE MAP: "The National Public Toilet Map" (a project of the National Continence Management Strategy).

Media release that links to map:

8. ID21 RESEARCH DIGEST: "Older and wiser lessons from Argentina on healthcare for the elderly." Note: "id21 is enabled by the UK Department for International Development and hosted by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK."

More information on ID21:

9. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Opportunity for all -- Making progress: Third Annual Report, 2001" (a report presented by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, September 2001, .pdf format, 260p.). Note: Chapter 4, "Older People" may be of interest to researchers in aging, and can be downloaded separately.

10. NIA NEWS: "Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials Expanded, Expedited -- September 20, 2001" (US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Research Update).

11. _LANCET_ ARTICLE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Prediction of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in elderly people from one low serum thyrotropin result: a 10-year cohort study," by James V. Parle, Patrick Maisonneuve, Michael C. Sheppard, Peter Boyle, and Jayne A. Franklyn (_Lancet_, Vol. 358, No. 9285, Sep. 15, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 861-865).




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

12. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 33, No. 3, November 2001).

Click on "Tables of Contents and Abstracts," then "Volume 33, Issue 3."

13. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "Search Options"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "Publication title" search box and click the radio button "Words in Title"
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Health and Social Work (Vol. 26, No. 3, 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

14. 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 Sep. 18, 2001:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 18, 2001:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 18, 2001:

AMADEO Literature Guide:

IV. Books:

15. NBER:

A. _Frontiers in Health Policy Research, Volume 5_, edited by Alan M. Garber (from a conference held Jun. 7, 2001). The chapter "HCFA Payments Necessary to Support HMO Participation in Medicare Managed Care," by John Cawley, Michael Chernew, and Catherine McLaughlin (.pdf format, 41p.), has been updated.

Scroll to "HCFA Payments Necessary to Support HMO Participation in Medicare Managed Care".

B. _Health and Labor Force Participation Over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past_, edited by Dora Costa (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press, from a conference held Feb. 2-3, 2001). The chapter "Prior Exposure to Disease, and Later Health and Mortality: Evidence from Civil War Medical Records," by Chulhee Lee (.pdf format, 45p.), has been updated.

Scroll to "Prior Exposure to Disease, and Later Health and Mortality: Evidence from Civil War Medical Records".

16. _The Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders_," by Donna Cohen and Carl Eisdorfer (W.W. Norton Company, March 2001, 432p., ISBN 0-393-05016-5, $27.95). For more information see:


V. Legislation Information Updates:

17. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Medicare Reform," a hearing held Feb. 28, 2001 (Serial No. 107-4, ASCII text and .pdf format, 85p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-4" (without the quotes).

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