Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #157--October 17, 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 UPDATE: "The US Census Bureau has updated its International Data Base as of October 10, 2002.

For an explanation of the updates, see:

Of particular interest to researchers in aging may be the "expansion of the projections to age 100+ for selected developed countries," which include, at present, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

2. AOA/CENSUS BUREAU: The US Administration on Aging has released the following tables, derived from US Census 2000 data.

A. A Profile of Hispanic Older Americans Aged 65+ (HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Age by Types of Disability for the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 65 Years and Over With Disabilities for Each State from the 2000 Census (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 2p.).


Microsoft Excel:


II. Reports and articles:

3. SSA COMPENDIUM: "Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Europe, 2002" (US Social Security Administration, September 2002). Note: Each country's information is given in a separate HTML file at present. A .pdf format file for each country may be forthcoming. "This publication summarizes the five main social insurance programs in countries throughout the world: old-age, disability, and survivors; sickness and maternity; work injury; unemployment; and family allowances."

4. NCHS REPORT: "Summary Health Statistics for the US Population: National Health Interview Survey, 1998," by D.L. Blackwell and L. Tonthat (US National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 207, October 2002, .pdf format, 93p.).


A. "Medical Devices and Supplies" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Industry Market Update, October 2002, .pdf format, 30p.).

B. "The CMS Quarterly Provider Update--October 2002 Release" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, October 2002, .pdf format). "As part of the Administrator's Culture of Responsiveness Initiative, the CMS Quarterly Provider Update is a quarterly compilation of upcoming changes. It provides the provider community with more regular and predictable information on new developments in Medicare and Medicaid programs than has been available in the past. This tool will make it easier for providers to understand CMS programs and comply with Medicare regulations and instructions, and will give them more time to react and prepare for new program requirements."


A. "Study Suggests Coenzyme Q10 Slows Functional Decline in Parkinson's Disease" (US National Institutes of Health, Oct. 14, 2002).

B. "Immediate Treatment Helps Delay Progression of Glaucoma" (US National Institutes of Health, Oct. 14, 2002).

C. "Protein Patterns in Blood May Predict Prostate Cancer Diagnosis" (US National Institutes of Health, Oct. 15, 2002).

7. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling [University of Canberra, Australia] Conference Paper: "Live Long and Prosper? Projecting the Likely Superannuation of the Baby Boomers in 2020," by Simon Kelly, Ann Harding, and Richard Percival (Conference Paper 2002_011, October 2002, .pdf format, 24p.).


The extent to which baby boomers can provide for themselves in retirement is becoming a critical issue for government policy makers. Clearly, the burden on future governments will be influenced by the level of superannuation assets that baby boomers take into retirement. This paper uses microsimulation to make projections of the superannuation assets of baby boomers as they enter retirement over the next 20 years. It considers the current situation of the baby boomers and then presents their circumstances in 2020 under differing superannuation policy namely, a higher level of compulsory contribution. The impact is considered from both the individual and government perspective.

Click on "Download as PDF" at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

More information about NATSEM:


A. "Caregiver Survival Tips" (US Administration on Aging, October 2002, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) Resource Guide for the Aging Network (US Administration on Aging and the Lewin Group, 2002, Microsoft Word and .pdf format, 245p.). "AoA's NFCSP Resource Guide has been designed to offer practical information to the aging network to help implement the new caregiver program. It features possible implementation strategies and approaches, based on current research and practice, that network staff may consider in carrying out the NFCSP."

9. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Tau filament formation and associative memory deficit in aged mice expressing mutant (R406W) human tau," by Yoshitaka Tatebayashi, Tomohiro Miyasaka, De-Hua Chui, Takumi Akagi, Ken-ichi Mishima, Katsunori Iwasaki, Michihiro Fujiwara, Kentaro Tanemura, Miyuki Murayama, Koichi Ishiguro, Emmanuel Planel, Shinji Sato, Tsutomu Hashikawa, and Akihiko Takashima (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 21, Oct. 15, 2002, p. 13896-13901).

10. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Subthalamic GAD Gene Therapy in a Parkinson's Disease Rat Model," by Jia Luo, Michael G. Kaplitt, Helen L. Fitzsimons, David S. Zuzga, Yuhong Liu, Michael L. Oshinsky, and Matthew J. During (_Science_, Vol. 298, No. 5592, Oct. 11, 2002, p. 425-429).


A. "Mortality in Medicare Beneficiaries Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery in States With and Without Certificate of Need Regulation," by Mary S. Vaughan-Sarrazin, Edward L. Hannan, Carol J. Gormley, and Gary E. Rosenthal (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 15, Oct. 16, 2002, p. 1859-1866).

B. "P53 for Parkinson Disease," by Brian Vastag (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Health Agencies Update, Vol. 288, No. 15, Oct. 16, 2002, p. 1838).


A. "Where does blood go? Prospective observational study of red cell transfusion in north England," by A.W. Wells, P.J. Mounter, C.E. Chapman, D. Stainsby, and J.P. Wallis (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7368, Oct. 12, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 803-806).

B. "Predictors of normotension on withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs in elderly patients: prospective study in second Australian national blood pressure study cohort," by Mark R. Nelson, Chris M. Reid, Henry Krum, Tui Muir, Philip Ryan, and John J. McNeil (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7368, Oct. 12, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 815-819).

13. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Valproate-Associated Dysmyelopoiesis in Elderly Patients," by Chi-chiu So, and Kit-fai Wong (_American Journal of Clinical Pathology_, Vol. 118, No. 2, 2002, p. 225-228 via Medscape).

B. "Asian and Asian-American College Students' Awareness of Osteoporosis," by Diem N. Nguyen, and Mary Beth O'Connell (_Pharmacotherapy_ Vol. 22, No. 8, 2002, p. 1047-1054 via Medscape).

C. "Polyclonal Anti-PSA Is More Sensitive but Less Specific Than Monoclonal Anti-PSA: Implications for Diagnostic Pathology," by Murali Varma, Meleri Morgan, Bharat Jasani, Pheroze Tamboli, and Mahul B. Amin (_American Journal of Clinical Pathology_, Vol. 118, No. 2, 2002, p. 202-207 via Medscape).

D. "Should Beta Blockers Be Used in the Treatment of Hypertension in the Elderly?" by L. Michael Prisant (_Journal of Clinical Hypertension_, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2002, p. 286-294, via Medscape).

E. "Preventable and Non-Preventable Risk Factors for Adverse Drug Events Related to Hospital Admission in the Elderly: A Prospective Study," by J. Doucet, A. Jego, D. Noel, C.E. Geffroy, C. Capet, A. Coquard, E. Couffin, A.L. Fauchais, P. Chassagne, D. Mouton-Schleifer and E. Bercoff (_Clinical Drug Investigation_, Vol. 22, No. 6, 2002, p. 385-392 via Medscape).

14. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLE: "Companies find workers want 401(k) advice," by Paul J. Lim (_US News and World Report_, Oct. 21, 2002).


III. Working Papers:

15. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY: "Getting Older, Getting Poorer? A Study of the Earnings, Pensions, Assets and Living Arrangements of Older People in Nine Countries," by Atsuhiro Yamada and Bernard Casey, (Working Paper No. 314, April 2002, .pdf format, 66p.).

Link to an extensive abstract:

Scroll to or "find in page" "314" (without the quotes).

Full text:


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

16. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 6, No. 4, November 2002).

17. American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 156, No. 8, Oct. 15, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal (HTML and .pdf format), may be available. Check your organization's library.

18. 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. 2, 2002).

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 28, No. 8, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

19. 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 Oct. 15, 2002:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 15, 2002:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 15, 2002:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

20. NIH:

A. The Lifecycle of the Adipocyte (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, DK-03-002, Oct. 10, 2002). For more information see:

B. HIV/AIDS and Aging: Basic and Clinical Research (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, MH-03-004, Oct. 10, 2002). For more information see:

C. Bone Anabolic Hormones, Their Receptors, and Signal Transduction Pathways (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-03-008, Oct. 10, 2002). For more information see:

D. Novel Genetic Methods to Map Functional Neuronal Circuits and Synaptic Change (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Oct. 10, 2002, PAR-03-007). For more information see:

E. Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAR-03-009, Oct. 10, 2002). For more information see:


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

21. US HOUSE EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Assessing Retiree Health Legacy Costs: Is America Prepared for a Healthy Retirement?" a hearing held May 16, 2002 (US House Serial Publication No. 107-64, ASCII text and .pdf format, 137p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-64" (without the quotes).

22. US HOUSE EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Enron Collapse and its Implications for Worker Retirement Security," a hearing held Feb. 6-7, 2002 (US House Serial Publication No. 107-42, ASCII text and .pdf format, 316p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-42" (without the quotes).

23. US HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Retirement Protection: Fighting Fraud in the Sale of Death," a hearing held Feb. 26, 2002 (US House Serial Publication No. 107-55, ASCII text and .pdf format, 118p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-55" (without the quotes).

24. US SENATE BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Protecting Retirement Savings: Federal Deposit Insurance Coverage for Retirement Accounts," a hearing held Nov. 1, 2001 (US Senate Hearing Publication No. 107-659, ASCII text and .pdf format, 43p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-659" (without the quotes).


VII. Websites of Interest:

25. CALIFORNIA NURSING HOME SEARCH: "This Web site is a free public service for California seniors, caregivers, family members, providers, and consumers. This site provides consumers with comprehensive, consumer-friendly comparative information about the quality of California nursing homes, as well as alternatives to nursing home care, government programs and services, and other helpful resources. ... The research was compiled, analyzed and validated by a team of researchers from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, the University of California, Los Angeles Borun Center for Gerontological Research at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, RAND, and the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison."

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