Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #151--September 5, 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. NCHS DATA: Healthy Women: State Trends in Health and Mortality (US National Center for Health Statistics, 2002, Beyond 20/20 format).


II. Reports and articles:


A. "CMS Announces Final Rule for the Medicare-Endorsed Prescription Drug Card Assistance Initiative" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, August 2002, .pdf format)."The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) has announced a final regulation (CMS-4027-F) that would establish an education and assistance initiative through the President's Medicare-endorsed Prescription Drug Card Assistance Initiative to help Medicare beneficiaries buy their prescription drugs at lower costs and to assist Medicare beneficiaries in making the best use of their Medicare-covered services. The proposed regulation is on public display at the Office of the Federal Register, and will be published in the Federal Register on August 30."

B. "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Hypoxic Wounds and Diabetic Wounds of the Lower Extremities" (US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services #CAG-00060N, 2002).

3. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, August 2002, .pdf format, 6p.). Note: ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

4. NIH PRESS RELEASE: "Women with Premature Menopause at Increased Risk for Potentially Fatal Adrenal Condition: Early Diagnosis Can Lead to Effective Treatment" (US National Institutes of Health, Aug. 30, 2002).

5. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "The Alzheimer's A beta-peptide is deposited at sites of complement activation in pathologic deposits associated with aging and age-related macular degeneration," by Lincoln V. Johnson, William P. Leitner, Alexander J. Rivest, Michelle K. Staples, Monte J. Radeke, and Don H. Anderson (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, Issue 18, Sep. 3, 2002, p. 11830-11835).

6. _NATURE CELL BIOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT_: "Lon protease preferentially degrades oxidized mitochondrial aconitase by an ATP-stimulated mechanism," by Daniela A. Bota and Kelvin J. A. Davies (_Nature Cell Biology_, Vol. 4, No. 9, September 2002, p. 674-680).


A. "APOE-epsilon 4 and APOE -491A polymorphisms in individuals with subjective memory loss," by S M. Laws, R.M. Clarnette, K. Taddei, G. Martins, A. Paton, J. Hallmayer, O.P. Almeida, D.M. Groth, S.E. Gandy, H. Frstl and R.N. Martins (_Molecular Psychiatry_, Vol. 7, No. 7, 2002, p. 768-775).

B. "A polymorphism of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is associated with Alzheimer's disease in patients lacking the Apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 allele," by M. Riemenschneider, S. Schwarz, S. Wagenpfeil, J. Diehl, U. Mller, H. Frstl and A. Kurz (_Molecular Psychiatry_, Vol. 7, No. 7, 2002, p. 776-781).

8. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Walking Compared with Vigorous Exercise for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Women," by JoAnn E. Manson, Philip Greenland, Andrea Z. LaCroix, Marcia L. Stefanick, Charles P. Mouton, Albert Oberman, Michael G. Perri, David S. Sheps, Mary B. Pettinger, and David S. Siscovick (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 347, No. 10, Sep. 5, 2002, p. 716-725).


A. "Age-Related Underutilization of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors in Older Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients," by Ali Ahmed, Richard M. Allman, James F. Delong, Eric V. Bodner, and George Howard (_Southern Medical Journal_ via Medscape, Vol. 95, No. 7, 2002, p. 703-710).

B. Medscape Conference Coverage, based on selected sessions at: The 8th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, held July 20-25, 2002 in Stockholm, Sweden.

10. AARP PERIODICAL: Selected articles from the September 2002 _AARP Bulletin_ are available from the _AARP Bulletin_ website.

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next _AARP Bulletin_ becomes available, this one will be available from the "other issues" link.


III. Working Papers:

11. NBER:

A. "Wealth Portfolios in the UK and the US," by James Bank, Richard Blundell, and James P. Smith (National Center for Economic Research w9128, August 2002, .pdf format, 53p.).


In this paper, we attempt to explain differences between the US and UK household wealth distributions, with an emphasis on the quite different porfolios held in stock and housing equities in the two countries. As a proportion of their total wealth, British households hold relatively small amounts of financial assets - including equities in stock - compared to American households. In contrast, British households appear to move into home ownership at relatively young ages and a large fraction of their household wealth is concentrated in houseing. Finally, the age gradient in home equity appears to be much steeper in the UK while US households exhibit a steeper age gradient in stock equity. We argue that the higher price housing price volatility in the UK combined with much younger entry into home ownership there are important factors accounting for the relatively small participation of young British householders in the stock market. We show it is important to acknowledge the dual role of housing - providing both wealth and consumption services - in understanding wealth accumulation differences between the US and the UK. Institutional differences, particularly in housing markets, that affect the demand and supply of housing services, turn out to be important in generating portfolio differences between the two countries. In particular, these differences in housing price risk imply steeper life-cycle accumulations in housing and less steep accumulation in stock equity over the life cycle in the UK.

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B. "'3rd of the Month': Do Social Security Recipients Smooth Consumption Between Checks?" by Melvin Stephens Jr. (National Center for Economic Research w9128, August 2002, .pdf format, 41p.).


This paper examines the response of consumption expenditures to the monthly receipt of Social Security checks. Since the amount and arrival date of these checks are known to the recipients, the basic Life-Cycle/Permanent Income Hypothesis (LCPIH) predicts that consumption should not respond to the receipt of these checks. Using daily diary data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey, this paper finds evidence that both the dollar amount and probability of expenditures increase immediately following the receipt of this check. Most relevant to testing the LCPIH, categories of instantaneous consumption expenditure such as food away from home increase on the check arrival date. The response is found primarily amongst households for whom Social Security is the primary source of income. However, the magnitude of the estimated responses are relatively small and do not suggest that the utility losses are large from this non-smoothing behavior.

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12. LIS: "The Public-Private Mix of Retirement Income in Nine OECD Countries: Some Evidence From Micro-data and an Exploration of its Implications," by Bernard H. Casey and Atsuhiro Yamada, (Luxembourg Income Study Working Paper 311, August 2002, .pdf format, 28p.).


Over the past three decades, the wellbeing of people over retirement age has improved, not only absolutely but also relatively. Being old is no longer synonymous with being poor. This improvement has occurred across almost all of the main OECD countries, and has occurred almost regardless of the type of pension system that is operating in the country concerned. This chapter seeks to illustrate the importance or other wise of the nature of the public-private mix in incomes in old age both in producing this improvement in wellbeing and in leading to differences in the level of wellbeing enjoyed by different types of person. It draws from a number of studies undertaken at the Social Policy Division of the OECD in the course of 2000 and 2001, many of which have been reported upon in OECD (2001) and Yamada and Casey (2002).

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

13. American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 107, No. 6, May 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.

14. 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.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 50, No. 8, 2002).

15. 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. 4, 2002:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 4, 2002:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 4, 2002:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

16. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: BOSTON COLLEGE: "The Center is currently soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The submission deadline for proposals is November 15, 2002." For more information see:

17. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT PROPOSAL GUIDE UPDATE: An updated Grant Proposal Guide from NSF has recently been released (.pdf format, 55p.). The guide will be effective for proposals submitted after October 1, 2002).

18. NIH NIA: Change in Receipt Date for Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, NOT-ES-02-012, Aug. 30, 2002). For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

19. NEW YORK TIMES/INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTER-USA: "2002 Age Boom Academy," to be held Nov. 3-8, 2002 in New York, New York. For more information see:

and click on any link under "The 3rd Annual Age Boom Academy".

VII. Legislation Information Updates:

20. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY PUBLICATION: "Social Security Improvements for Women, Seniors, and Working Americans," hearings held Feb. 28, and Mar. 6, 2002 (US House Serial Publication 107-72, ASCII text and. .pdf format, 180p.).

Search in 107th Congress House Hearings. Search :"Social Security Improvements for Women, Seniors, and Working Americans" (WITH the quotes).

21. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING: "The Image of Aging in Media and Marketing," a hearing held Sep. 4, 2002).

Scroll to "The Image of Aging in Media and Marketing". Note: This hearing can also be viewed (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required). Click on "click here to view hearing".

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