Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #159--October 31, 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. Reports and articles:

1. KFF SURVEY FINDINGS: "A Generational Look at the Public: Politics and Policy" (Kaiser Family Foundation, October 2002, .pdf format, 30p.). Frequency distributions are available. "The _Washington Post_/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University Survey Projects latest findings appeared in an article in The Washington Post on October 20, 2002. The survey explores age-related variations in views of politics and policy, including voting behaviors, opinions of the government, and social values."

2. NIH NEWS RELEASE: "Promising New Treatment Preserves Bone Mass in Mice; May Help Women and Men with Osteoporosis" (US National Institutes of Health, Oct. 24, 2002).


A. "Letter to the Honorable W. J. 'Billy' Tauzin regarding H.R. 4954, the Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act of 2002" (US Congressional Budget Office, September 2002, HTML, .pdf, and WordPerfect format, 4p.).

B. "Issues in Designing a Prescription Drug Benefit for Medicare" (US Congressional Budget Office, October 2002, HTML, .pdf, and WordPerfect format, 52p.).

Note: If your mailer has trouble resolving these two CBO addresses, the best solution is to cut and paste the entire address from this email into your Internet browser.

4. ADEAR PAMPHLET UPDATE: The US National Institute on Aging's Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center has announced the updated release of the pamphlet: "Home Safety for People with Alzheimer's Disease" (HTML and .pdf format, 37p.).

5. ILC POLICY REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, October 2002, .pdf format, 5p.). Note: ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

6. OECD PENSION FUND GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES: "OECD [Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development] governments have approved guidelines for the administration of private pension funds that are designed to help protect individuals' retirement benefits from mismanagement and fraud." The document is titled "Guidelines for Pension Fund Governance (OECD Secretariat, July 2002, .pdf format, 15p.), and can be found at the bottom of the press release: "Financial Governance: OECD Guidelines for Pension Fund Governance" (Oct. 24, 2002).,,EN-document-26-nodirectorate-no-12-35842-26,00.html

Click on "full text of the guidelines".


A. "Need for Culturally Appropriate Care Will Grow" (Oct. 25, 2002).

B. "Aged Care Homes to Offer Palliative Care to All Residents" (Oct. 30, 2002).

8. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Alzheimer's Disease Is a Synaptic Failure," by Dennis J. Selkoe (_Science_, Vol. 298, No. 5594, p. 789-791).


A. "Neurotoxic effects of thioflavin S-positive amyloid deposits in transgenic mice and Alzheimer's disease," by B. Urbanc, L. Cruz, R. Le, J. Sanders, K. Hsiao Ashe, K. Duff, H. E. Stanley, M. C. Irizarry, and B. T. Hyman (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 22, Oct. 29, 2002, p. 13990-13995).

B. "Stabilities and conformations of Alzheimer's beta -amyloid peptide oligomers (Abeta 16-22, Abeta 16-35, and Abeta 10-35): Sequence effects," by Buyong Ma and Ruth Nussinov (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 22, Oct. 29, 2002, p. 14126-14131).

C. "A test of evolutionary theories of aging," by Kimberly A. Hughes, Julie A. Alipaz, Jenny M. Drnevich, and Rose M. Reynolds (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 22, Oct. 29, 2002, p. 14286-14291).

D. "Functional characterization and immunolocalization of the transporter encoded by the life-extending gene _Indy_," by Felix Knauf, Blanka Rogina, Zhirong Jiang, Peter S. Aronson, and Stephen L. Helfand (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 22, Oct. 29, 2002, p. 14315-14319).

E. "Expression of colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor during prostate development and prostate cancer progression," by Hisamitsu Ide, David B. Seligson, Sanaz Memarzadeh, Li Xin, Steve Horvath, Purnima Dubey, Maryann B. Flick, Barry M. Kacinski, Aarno Palotie, and Owen N. Witte (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 22, Oct. 29, 2002, p. 14404-14409).

F. "Resistance of alpha -synuclein null mice to the parkinsonian neurotoxin MPTP," by William Dauer, Nikolai Kholodilov, Miquel Vila, Anne-Cecile Trillat, Rose Goodchild, Kristin E. Larsen, Roland Staal, Kim Tieu, Yvonne Schmitz, Chao Annie Yuan, Marcelo Rocha, Vernice Jackson-Lewis, Steven Hersch, David Sulzer, Serge Przedborski, Robert Burke, and Rene Hen (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 22, Oct. 29, 2002, p. 14524-14529).

10. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Long-Term Trends in the Incidence of and Survival with Heart Failure," by Daniel Levy, Satish Kenchaiah, Martin G. Larson, Emelia J. Benjamin, Michelle J. Kupka, Kalon K.L. Ho, Joanne M. Murabito, and Ramachandran S. Vasan (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 347, No. 18, Oct. 31, 2002).


A. "Palliative care for heart failure," by John J.V. McMurray (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 325, No. 7370, Oct. 26, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 915-916).

B. "Complications of diabetes in elderly people," by Michael M. Engelgau and Venkat Narayan (_British Medical Journal_ Editorial, Vol. 325, No. 7370, Oct. 26, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 916-917).

C. "Doctor convicted of helping patient to commit suicide may be retried," by Tony Sheldon (_British Medical Journal_ News extra, Vol. 325, No. 7370, Oct. 26, 2002, p. 924).

D. "Fish, meat, and risk of dementia: cohort study," by Pascale Barberger-Gateau, Luc Letenneur, Valerie Deschamps, Karine Peres, Jean-Franois Dartigues, and Serge Renaud (_British Medical Journal_ Vol. 325, No. 7370, Oct. 26, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 932-933).

12. _LANCET_ SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, HYPOTHESIS ABSTRACT, JABS AND JIVES: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Mechanism of macular degeneration starts to appear," by David M. Lawrence (_Lancet_ Science and Medicine, Vol. 360, No. 9342, Oct. 26, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1307).



B. "Accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations in ageing, cancer, and mitochondrial disease: is there a common mechanism?" by Patrick F. Chinnery, David C. Samuels, Joanna Elson, and Douglass M. Turnbull (_Lancet_ Hypothesis abstract, Vol. 360, No. 9342, Oct. 26, 2002, p. 1323-25).

C. "My oldest patient," by Johannes Borgstein (_Lancet_ Jabs and Jives, Vol. 360, No. 9342, Oct. 26, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1340).



13. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Controversies Surrounding Androgen Deprivation for Prostate Cancer," by Stephen G. Patterson, Lodovico Balducci, and Julio M. Pow-Sang (_Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center_, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2002, p. 315-325).

14. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Coping After HRT: Off the hormones, many women suffer withdrawal," by Claudia Kalb (_Newsweek_, Nov. 4, 2002).


A. "Help for aging eyes without lasers or glasses," by Katherine Hobson (_US News and World Report_, Nov. 4, 2002).

B. "A scan of worms: A tiny lab animal provides a petri dish model of aging and clues about how to postpone it," by Nell Boyce (_US News and World Report_, Nov. 4, 2002).


II. Working Papers:

16. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM: "Health Status of Older Immigrants in the United States," by Melonie P. Heron, Robert F. Schoeni and Leo S. Morales (Working Paper 02-07, DRU-2862-NIA, March 2002, .pdf format, 34p.).


In light of increased immigration to the U.S. over the past thirty years, our objective is to examine the unique patterns of health status among immigrants aged 55 and over, using more detailed racial/ethnic categories than previously done. We explore health disparities within the immigrant population and between immigrants and natives of the same racial/ethnic group. Logistic regression is used to analyze data from the 1992-1995 National Health Interview Survey. Immigrants are less likely than natives to report an activity limitation or to be obese, but more likely than natives to report themselves in poor or fair general health. There are significant differences among immigrants arriving from different countries and between immigrants and natives who are of the same race/ethnicity. For some groups and health measures, a large share of the differences are explained by disparities in socioeconomic status; however, for others, the majority of the differences remain after adjusting for education and income. Older immigrants are not a large enough share of the population, nor do they have distinct enough health status, to substantially alter the aggregate prevalence of health conditions in the total population. However, the diversity in health status within the immigrant population is enormous. These estimates can be used to target populations with especially high rates of obesity and limitations.

17. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [Bonn, Germany]: "Human Capital Formation, Life Expectancy and the Process of Economic Development," by Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde (Discussion Paper No. 585, September 2002, .pdf format, 41p.).


This paper presents a microfounded theory of long-term development. We model the interplay between economic variables, namely the process of human capital formation and technological progress, and the biological constraint of finite lifetime expectancy. All these processes affect each other and are endogenously determined. The model is analytically solved and simulated for illustrative purposes. The resulting dynamics reproduce a long period of stagnant growth as well as an endogenous and rapid transition to a situation characterized by permanent growth. This transition can be interpreted as industrial revolution. Historical and empirical evidence is discussed and shown to be in line with the predictions of the model.

More information on IZA:

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

18. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 92, No. 11, November 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your organization's library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

19. Journals of Gernotology (A) Medical and Biological Sciences (Vols. 57A, Nos. 11, November 2002). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database and these issues.

20. 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. 3, 2002).

International Journal of Ageing and Human Development (Vol. 55, No. 1, 2002).

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 37, No. 2, 2002).

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 45, No. 1, 2002).

21. 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. 29, 2002:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 29, 2002:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 29, 2002:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


IV. Books:

22. IOM: _Leadership by Example: Coordinating Government Roles in Improving Health Care Quality_ (US Institute of Medicine, 2002, Open Book browsable only format, 250p. approx.). Note: While Open Book format is cumbersome and rather difficult to read online, ordering information is also available at the site.

Click on "READ".

For more information on this publication see the US National Academies news release: "Stronger Federal Leadership Needed to Reduce Medical Errors, Improve Care; Quality Initiatives in Government Programs Affect Entire Health Care Sector" (Oct. 30, 2002), which also links to the above full text. Of particular interest to researchers in aging may be the analysis of the Medicare program.


V. Funding Opportunities:

23. NIH:

A. "Research on Mental Illnesses in Older Adults" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, PA-03-014, Oct. 22, 2002).

B. NIA: "Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences" (National Institute on Aging, AG-03-002, Oct. 28, 2002). For more information see:


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

24. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Settling for Silver in the Golden Years: The Special Challenges of Women in Retirement Planning and Security," a hearing held May 23, 2002 (Senate Hearing Serial No. 107-26, Hearing 107-582, ASCII text and .pdf format, 80p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-582" (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