Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #143--July 11, 2002

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. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added 7 studies to its holdings on July 3, 2002. Of possible interest to researchers in aging may be:


Note: This is a temporary address. ICPSR studies can always be found at:

Search on title or study number.

2. CENSUS BUREAU--DATA TABLES: "State and Local Government Public Employee Retirement Systems: Fiscal Year 2001," (US Census Bureau, July 2002, ASCII and Excel format).

Tables for FY2001 can be found at:

A press release concerning the new data is available at:


II. Reports and articles:

3. DHHS ASPE REPORT: "Securing the Benefits of Medical Innovation for Seniors: The Role of Prescription Drugs and Drug Coverage," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, July 2002, .pdf and HTML format, 58p.).

From the Executive Summary:

"Americans are living longer and healthier lives. By the year 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is projected to double to 70 million. The life expectancy of the average American is increasing, and the rates of mortality, morbidity, and disability among Americans over age 65 have steadily decreased. In the past, aging has been associated with the development of chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease, which limit participation in daily activities and reduce the quality of life. However, recent advances in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases have radically altered the quality of life for older Americans."

4. CBO--POLICY BRIEF: "The Looming Budgetary Impact of Society's Aging," (Congressional Budget Office, July 2002, WordPerfect and .pdf format, 4p.).

Click on July3.pdf to access the brief .pdf format.

Click on July3.wpd to access the brief in WordPerfect format.


A. "Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) for Autoimmune Mucocutaneous Blistering Diseases," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, July 2002). Note: Posted corrected Program Memorandum.

B. "Magnetic Resonance Angiography of the Abdomen and Pelvis," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, July 2002). Note: New tracking sheet announcing our acceptance of the American College of Radiology's request to reconsider our existing national coverage policy on MRA to expand coverage.

C. "Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, July 2002). Note: Updated tracking sheet announcing CMMs benefit category determination.

6. NCHS REPORTS: "National Center for Health Statistics Programs and Activities" (National Center for Health Statistics, June 2002, .pdf format, 19p.).

7. NSF--PRESS RELEASE: "New Evidence Found for 'Oxidative Stress' Theory of Aging," (National Science Foundation, July 8, 2002).

Follow link to "HTML".

8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS--REPORT: "A Simpler Way to Better Pensions," by Alan Pickering (UK Department of Work and Pension, July 2002, .pdf format, 98p.).


A. "Draft Terms of Reference for $7.2M Aged Care Review," (Australian Department of Health and Aging, July 5, 2002).

B. "550 Aged Care Places for Transitional and Dementia Care," (Australian Department of Health and Aging, July 8, 2002).

C. "$3.2 Million Boost To Therapy Services For Older Australians," (Australian Department of Health and Aging, July 9, 2002).

D. "Government appoints expert committee to study US HRT report," (Australian Department of Health and Aging, July 10, 2002). Note: See Item 10B for more information about the US HRT report.


A. "Dignity-Conserving Care at the End of Life," by Faye Girsh and Harvey Max Chochinov (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 2, July 10, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 162).

B. "Risks and Benefits of Estrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Postmenopausal Women Principal Results From the Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Trial," by Writing Group for the Women's Health Initiative Investigators (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 3, July 17, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 321-333). Note: _JAMA_ is making this article available electronically prior to publication of the printed journal.

A National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute press release concerning this article is available at:

C. "Failure of Estrogen Plus Progestin Therapy for Prevention," by Suzanne W. Fletcher and Graham A. Colditz (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol 288, No. 3, July 17, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 366-368).


A. "Prevention of age related macular degeneration," by Nigel F. Hall and Catharine R. Gale (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7354, July 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1-2).

B. "Vitamin E supplementation and macular degeneration: randomised controlled trial," by Hugh R. Taylor, Gabriella Tikellis, Luba D. Robman, Catherine A. McCarty, and John J. McNeil (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7354, July 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11-14).

C. "A multicentre observational study of presentation and early assessment of acute stroke," by Farzaneh Harraf, Anil K. Sharma, Martin M. Brown, Kennedy R. Lees, Richard I. Vass, and Lalit Kalra (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7354, July 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 17-19).

12. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, LETTERS: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study of cholesterol lowering with simvastatin in 20,536 high-risk individuals: a randomised placebo-controlled trial," by Heart Protection Study Collaborative Group (_Lancet_, vol. 360, No. 9326, July 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 7-22).

B. "MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study of antioxidant vitamin supplementation in 20,536 high-risk individuals: a randomised placebo-controlled trial." by Heart Protection Study Collaborative Group (_Lancet_, vol. 360, No. 9326, July 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 23-33). Note: _Lancet_ is providing free access to the electronic full-text of this article.

C. "Data for older adult populations in sub-Saharan Africa," by Paul R. Kowal, J. Edward Dowd, Isabella A. G. Aboderin, Nyasha Madzingira (_Lancet_, vol. 360, No. 9326, July 6, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 91).

13. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of _PNAS_ articles may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "An estrogen receptor repressor induces cataract formation in transgenic mice," by Vicki L. Davis, Chi-Chao Chan, Timothy J. Schoen, John F. Couse, Gerald J. Chader, and Kenneth S. Korach (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 14, July 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 9427-9432).

B. "Interaction of intracellular beta amyloid peptide with chaperone proteins," by Virginia Fonte, Vadim Kapulkin, Andrew Taft, Amy Fluet, David Friedman, and Christopher D. Link (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 14, July 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 9439-9444).

C. "Effects of cerebral ischemia in mice deficient in Persephin," by Andreas C. Tomac, Alan D. Agulnick, Norman Haughey, Chen-Fu Chang, Yajun Zhang, Cristina Backman, Marisela Morales, Mark P. Mattson, Yun Wang, Heiner Westphal, and Barry J. Hoffer (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 14, July 9, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 9521-9526).

14. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Overview and Critique of the New AGS Guideline for Management of Persistent Pain in Older Adults," by Thomas E. Finucane (Medscape Internal Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2002).

B. "Prescribing Exercise for Frail Elders," by John M. Heath (_Journal of the American Board of Family Practice via Medscape_, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2002, p. 218-222).

C. "Medicare Cuts Fuel Care-Access Woes," by Lynn Wagner (_Physician's Financial News via Medscape_, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2002, p. 24).

15. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION--CHART BOOK: "The Wide Circle of Caregiving," (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2002, .pdf format, 38p.).

From the Summary:

"The Kaiser Family Foundation helped conduct a national survey of over 1,000 informal caregivers in 1998 to assess the policy issues involved with this new, growing role for many family members and friends. Nearly one of every four adults (23 percent) is an informal caregiver, and, as the American population ages, it is likely families will take on an even greater responsibility to keep their loved ones at home and in communities."

A link to the article "Challenged To Care: Informal Caregivers In A Changing Health System," by Karen Donelan et. al. that appears in the journal "Health Affairs" is provided.

16. AARP PERIODICAL: Selected articles from the May-June 2002 issue of _Modern Maturity_ have been released at the AARP website.

17. TIME ARTICLE: "Should Anyone Take Hormones?" by Sanjay Gupta (Time, Vol. 160, No. 3, July 15, 2002).,9171,1101020715-300657,00.html

III. Working Papers:

18. NBER: "The New Social Security Commission Personal Accounts: Where Is the Investment Principal?" by Alan L. Gustman and Thomas L. Steinmeier (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper w9045, July 2002, .pdf format, 21p.).


The President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security suggests three plans for reforming Social Security. These plans divert various amounts of the payroll tax to a personal account if the worker chooses to participate in the account. In return, Social Security benefits are offset using accounts with real returns ranging from 2% to 3.5%. In addition, the second and third plans proposed by the Commission include features that are designed to balance the finances of the system by reducing the rate of growth of benefits relative to the levels prescribed under current law, to make the system more redistributive, and to make other changes. The measures to increase redistribution and resolve the solvency of the system are relatively separate from the personal accounts. When 'personal accounts' are mentioned, most people think of accounts that are in some sense separate and shielded from the uncertainties of the Social Security system. That is not the case for the personal accounts proposed by the Commission. Because the participating individual is not entitled to the principal in the account, participating in the account does not shield the individual from the political risks of being in the Social Security system. The offset to the plan essentially taxes away the principal in the account, but leaves intact the full Social Security benefit, so that any change in retirement income due to the account reflects the difference in interest earned on the portfolio beyond a stated real rate of interest offset. Thus our analysis describes the account as a financial instrument equivalent to a bet that the real return will exceed the level of offset specified in the plan, ranging from 2 percent to 3.5 percent real. As a result, the reduction in political risk fostered by the Commission's proposals comes mainly from the improvement in the financial status of the system fostered by other provisions of the recommended plans. Measures to improve the benefits of low income individuals, widows and widowers and to enhance the rewards to retirement all create incentive effects that are also discussed in the paper.

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19. WHARTON SCHOOL PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: "Annuities for an Ageing World," by Olivia S. Mitchell and David McCarthy (WP 2002-12, June 2002, .pdf format, 46p.).


Substantial research attention has been devoted to the pension accumulation process, whereby employees and those advising them work to accumulate funds for retirement. Until recently, less analysis has been devoted to the pension decumulation process the process by which retirees finance their consumption during retirement. This gap has recently begun to be filled by an active group of researchers examining key aspects of the pension payout market. One of the areas of most interesting investigation has been in the area of annuities, which are financial products intended to cover the risk of retirees outliving their assets. This paper reviews and extends recent research examining the role of annuities in helping finance retirement consumption. We also examine key market and regulatory factors.


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

20. Population and Development Review (Vol. 28, No. 2, June 2002). Abstracts are available.

21. 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.

Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2002).

Journal of Adult Development (Vol. 9, No. 2, 2002).

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 44, No. 2, 2002).

22. 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 July 9, 2002:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of July 9, 2002:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of July 9, 2002:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

23. NIH: "Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-125, July 2, 2002).


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

24. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING--HEARING: "Buyer Beware: Public Health Concerns of Counterfeit Medicine," a hearing held July 9, 2002.

Hearing Testimony (HTML and .pdf format).

Scroll down to "Buyer Beware" and follow the link to the hearing testimony.

25. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY HEARING TRANSCRIPT: "Social Security Improvements for Women, Seniors, and Working Americans," a hearing held Feb. 28 and Mar. 6, 2002 (House Serial Publication 107-72).




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