Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #149--August 22, 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. CENSUS BUREAU: The US Census Bureau has begun releasing Summary File (SF) 3 data from the 2000 Census on a state by state basis. For more information about the data, and data availability see:


II. Reports and articles:

2. IHS/AOA REPORT: "American Indian and Alaska Native Roundtable on Long Term Care: Final Report 2002," by Jo Ann Kauffman (US Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service/Administration on Aging, August 2002, .pdf format, 120p.). Note: "The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), has issued a report on long-term care for American Indian and Alaska Native elders. The report, "American Indian and Alaska Native Roundtable on Long-Term Care: Final Report 2002", summarizes the discussions and consensus positions developed during a recent Roundtable Conference in April on American Indian and Alaska Native Long-Term Care."

The report is linked to from an IHS press release: "Roundtable Report Released on Key Issues of Long-Term Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders" (Aug. 17, 2002).

Click on "full report is available by clicking here" near the end of the press release, for full text.

3. CMMS MEDICARE POLICY COVERAGE UPDATE: "Ventricular Assist Devices as Destination Therapy (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, #CAG-00119N, August 2002). Note: tracking sheet posted.

4. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS REPORT: "National population projections 2000-based," (UK Office for National Statistics, August 2002, .pdf format, 65p.).

Summary excerpt:

"Detailed results of the 2000-based population projections, for the UK and its constituent countries, prepared by the Government Actuary's Department in consultation with the three Registrar's General. The report includes the principal and variant projections for each country, and a summary of the assumptions on which they are based (e.g. fertility and mortality rates, and net migration.)."


A. "Ginkgo for Memory Enhancement," by Paul R. Solomon, Felicity Adams, Amanda Silver, Jill Zimmer, and Richard DeVeaux (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 7, Aug. 21, 2002, p. 835-840).

B. "Impact of Cataract Surgery on Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement by Older Adults," by Cynthia Owsley, Gerald McGwin, Jr., Michael Sloane, Jennifer Wells, Beth T. Stalvey, and Scott Gauthreaux (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 7, Aug. 21, 2002, p. 841-849).

C. "Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy Scientific Review," by Heidi D. Nelson, Linda L. Humphrey, Peggy Nygren, Steven M. Teutsch, and Janet D. Allan (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 7, Aug. 21, 2002, p. 872-881).

D. "Assessing Benefits and Harms of Hormone Replacement Therapy Clinical Applications," by Heidi D. Nelson (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 7, Aug. 21, 2002, p. 882-884).

6. _NEJM_ SPECIAL ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Experiences of Oregon Nurses and Social Workers with Hospice Patients Who Requested Assistance with Suicide," by Linda Ganzini, Theresa A. Harvath, Ann Jackson, Elizabeth R. Goy, Lois L. Miller, and Molly A. Delorit (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 347, No. 8, Aug. 22, 2002, p. 582-588).


A. "Physical activity for preventing strokes," by G. David Batty and I-Min Lee (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 325, No. 7360, Aug. 17, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 350-351).

B. "The therapeutic potential of stem cells from adults," by Ingrid Kuehnle and Margaret A Goodell (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7360, Aug. 17, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 372-376).

8. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE, BOOK REVIEW: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Issues of Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease for Elderly Women," by Marian C. Limacher (_The American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology_, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2002, p. 217-222, via Medscape).

B. _Assisted Suicide: Finding Common Ground_, edited by Lois Snyder and Arthur L. Caplan, reviewed by Linda Emanuel (Medscape General Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2002).


"S-Nitrosylation of Matrix Metalloproteinases: Signaling Pathway to Neuronal Cell Death," by Zezong Gu, Marcus Kaul, Boxu Yan, Steven J. Kridel, Jiankun Cui, Alex Strongin, Jeffrey W. Smith, Robert C. Liddington, and Stuart A. Lipton (_Science_, Vol. 297, No. 5584, Aug. 16, 2002, p. 1186-1190).

10. WILSHIRE ASSOCIATES REPORT: "Wilshire's 2002 Report on State Retirement Systems: Funding Levels and Asset Allocation," by Stephen L. Nesbitt (Wilshire Associates, August 12, 2002, .pdf format, 30p). Note: The purpose of this report is to "review the financial health of the nation's state-sponsored defined benefit retirement systems."

Follow the link to the full-text report.

11. MRRC NEWSLETTER: The Michigan Retirement Research Center has published their July 2002 newsletter (University of Michigan Retirement Research Center, Vol. 3, No. 2, July 2002, .pdf format, 7p.). The newsletter is highlighted by a brief article: "Modeling the Macroeconomic Implications of Social Security Reform," by John Laitner.

Click on "PDF".


III. Working Papers:

12. YALE UNIVERSITY ECONOMIC GROWTH CENTER: "Health and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly in Taiwan," by Cem Mete and T. Paul Schultz (Yale University Economic Growth Center Paper #846, June 2002, .pdf format, 46p.).


Estimates are reported of the consequences of health on participation in the labor force of elderly men and women in Taiwan from 1989 to 1996. Three survey indicators of individual health are examined, and two are estimated by instrumental variables (IV), using as instruments parent longevity, birthplace, and childhood conditions. IV estimates of health's effect on participation are in most cases significant and always negative, and about twice the magnitude of the ordinary least squares estimates, and the hypothesis that health is exogenous and measured without error is rejected. Implementation in 1995 of a National Health Insurance (NHI) shifted to the state the growing cost of elderly health care, and reduced the incentive for elderly to work to receive employer-provided health insurance. But this change in health care financing does not appear to have contributed to a reduction in elderly participation rates in 1996.


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

13. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 16, No. 3, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EbscoHost Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Click on "Tables of Contents" on the left side of the page.

14. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 21, No. 5, September 2002).

Click on "ScienceDirect Abstracts & Full Text".

15. 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.

Ageing International (Vol. 26, No. 3/4, 2000).

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 44, No. 3, 2002).

Social Work (Vol. 47, No. 3, 2002). 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.

16. 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 Aug. 22, 2002:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug 22, 2002:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 22, 2002:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Legislation Information Updates:

17. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Retirement Security and Defined Contribution Plans," a hearing held Feb. 26, 2002 (US House Publication Serial No. 107-66, ASCII text and .pdf format, 115p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-66" (without the quotes).

18. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Future of American Steel: Ensuring the Viability of the Industry and the Health Care and Retirement Security for its Workers," a hearing held Mar. 14, 2002 (US Senate Publication Serial No. 107-345, ASCII text and .pdf format, 48p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "107-345" (without the quotes).

VI. Websites of Interest:

19. LONG TERM CARE AWARENESS WEEK: "October 1-7, 2002 has been designated Long Term Care Awareness Week by advocates of the nation's largest LTC providers, consumers, people with disabilities, workers, and professionals. Coordinated in their efforts by Citizens For Long Term Care these organizations will be advancing a theme of C.A.R.E. [Conversation, Action, Reform, Experiences] to help educate consumers, the media, elected officials and candidates about the importance of long term care."

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