Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #165--December 12, 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. HRS DATA ALERT: W2PARS (Parents) File Replaced; 1994 HRS (Final) (v.1.0) (University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Health and Retirement Study, Dec. 9, 2002). For more information see:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Life Tables for the United States Social Security Area 1900-2100," by Felicitie C. Bell and Michael L. Miller (US Social Security Administration, Office of the Chief Actuary, August 2002). Note: Electronic full text is not available at this time. However, the study can be obtained from the OACT. Contact information is available at the site."Actuarial Study No. 116 displays life tables based on historical and projected mortality in the area covered by the United States Social Security program. This projected mortality was used in estimating the future costs for the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program included in the 2002 Report of the OASDI Board of Trustees to Congress. A web address for this and other Actuarial Studies is The life tables in this study differ from the U.S. Decennial Life Tables published by the National Center for Health Statistics in conjunction with each decennial census. However, the tables in this study are better suited to studying time trends because, unlike the U.S. decennial tables, they have all been constructed using the same method."

B. "Actuarial Tables Based on the U.S. Life Tables: 1989-1991," by Felicitie C. Bell and Alice H. Wade (US Social Security Administration, Office of the Chief Actuary, 2002).

3. USDA ERS PERIODICAL: _Rural America_, (Vol. 17, No. 3, December 2002, .pdf format). "This issue of Rural America examines the aging of the rural population; describing the elderly population in rural America, recent trends in older population change in non-metro areas, characteristics of older farmers, and federal funding in non-metro elderly counties." Included are five articles that may be of interest to researchers on aging.

4. NCHS REPORT: "National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2000 Annual Summary With Detailed Diagnosis and Procedure Data," by L.J. Kozak, M.J. Hall, and M.F. Owings (US National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics Series 13, No. 153, December 2002, .pdf format, 194p.). "This report presents data from the 2000 National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS). The survey has been conducted continuously by the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) since 1965. National estimates of hospital use derived from the NHDS are published for each calendar year by NCHS. This report provides a summary of the 2000 data, including estimates of diagnoses and procedures by _International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM)_ code number.

Click on "View/download PDF" for full text.

5. WHO REPORT: "Impact of AIDS on Older People in Africa: Zimbabwe Case Study" (World Health Organization, December 2002, .pdf format, 50p.).

Click on "Impact of AIDS on Older People in Africa" for full text.


A. "Solicitation of Public Comments on Exceptions Under Section 1128A(a)(5) of the Social Security Act: Notice of Intent to Develop Regulations," (Federal Register, Vol. 67, No. 236, December 9, 2002, .pdf format, p. 72892-72894).

B. "Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Rulemaking: Medicare and State Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Civil Money Penalty Exception To Protect Payment of Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medigap Premiums for ESRD Beneficiaries," (Federal Register, Vol. 67, No. 236, December 9, 2002, .pdf format, p. 72896-72898).

7. NATIONAL CENTER ON WOMEN AND AGING REPORT: "2002 National Poll Women 50+," (National Center on Women and Aging, November 2002, .pdf format, 11p.).

8. ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH INSURERS REPORT: "What Makes People Save?" by Graham Vidler (Association of British Insurers, December 2002, .pdf format, 24p.).

9. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "Minister Welcomes Strong New Voice for Older Australians," (December 11, 2002).

10. JPEF SEMINAR SLIDES: "JPEF Seminar on The Future of Annuities" (Britannic Retirement Solutions, November 2002, Microsoft Powerpoint or .pdf format).


A. "Collaborative Care Management of Late-Life Depression in the Primary Care Setting: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Jrgen Untzer, Wayne Katon, Christopher M. Callahan, John W. Williams, Jr, Enid Hunkeler, Linda Harpole, Marc Hoffing, Richard D. Della Penna, Polly Hitchcock Nol, Elizabeth H. B. Lin, Patricia A. Aren, Mark T. Hegel, Lingqi Tang, Thomas R. Belin, Sabine Oishi, Christopher Langston, for the IMPACT Investigators (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 22, December 11, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2836-2845).

B. "Risks of Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement," by Nina Radford, Tim Church, Frank E. Speizer, Beverley E. Pearson Murphy, Susan R. Davis, Henry G. Burger, William H. Goodson III, Henk R. Franke, Ishay Lev, Amnon Lahad, Aharon Karni, Eric Brunner, Raanan Gillon, Houston H. Stokes, Edeltraut Garbe, Samy Suissa, Sean I. Savitz, Lou Caplan, The WHI Steering Committee and Writing Group (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 22, December 11, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2819-2824).


A. "Sensory stimulation in dementia," by Alistair Burns, Jane Byrne, Clive Ballard, and Clive Holmes (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7376, December 7, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1312-1313).

B. "Withholding the artificial administration of fluids and food from elderly patients with dementia: ethnographic study," by Anne-Mei The, Roeline Pasman, Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Miel Ribbe, and Gerrit van der Wal (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7376, December 7, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1326-1328).

C. "Withdrawing life support and resolution of conflict with families," by Jenny Way, Anthony L. Back, and J. Randall Curtis (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 325, No. 7376, December 7, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1342-1345).

13. _LANCET_ REVIEW ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

"Hot flushes," by Vered Stearns, Lynda Ullmer, Juan F. Lopez, Yolanda Smith, Claudine Isaacs, and Daniel F. Hayes (_Lancet_, Vol. 360, No. 9348, December 7, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1851-1861).


A. "RNA interference-mediated silencing of Sod2 in Drosophila leads to early adult-onset mortality and elevated endogenous oxidative stress," by Kim Kirby, Jianguo Hu, Arthur J. Hilliker, and John P. Phillips (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 25, December 10, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 16162-16167).

B. "Murine apolipoprotein serum amyloid A in solution forms a hexamer containing a central channel," by Limin Wang, Hilal A. Lashuel, Thomas Walz, and Wilfredo Coln (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 25, December 10, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 15947-15952).

15. AARP PERIODICAL: Selected articles from the December 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.

16. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, covering Oct. 8 through Nov. 19, 2002, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Oct. 8: A Writing Handbook for Older Adults
Oct. 15: Good Life, Good Death
Nov. 12: Double Lives

Scroll to the story or stories of your choice.

17. AARP PERIODICAL: The following articles are electronically available from: _My Generation_ (January-February 2003).

"Run for Cover," by Richard Gehr

"Will Power," by Diane Harris

Links to a complete table of contents are available from each article.

III. Working Papers:

18. NBER: Note: If you experience any difficulty accessing these papers please try the link at a later time.

A. "The Deteriorating Fiscal Situation and an Aging Population," by Robert Dekle (National Bureau of Economic Research w9367, December 2002, .pdf format, 22p.).


Japan's deteriorating fiscal situation has attracted international attention. I assess what current Japanese government policies mean for the future of public debt and the economy in general, given the inevitable aging of the population. I review how Japan got into this current fiscal mess, and then perform an analysis of some debt dynamics. With unchanged fiscal policies, Japan's public debt will rise to between 260% and 380% of GDP in 2030, and to between 700% and 1300% in 2040 -- clearly unsustainable levels. For the debt to be sustainable, significant increases in taxes, or cuts in government spending are necessary.

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

B. "Human Capital and Earnings Distribution Dynamics," by Mark Hugget, Gustavo Ventura, and Amir Yaron (National Bureau of Economic Research w9366, December 2002, .pdf format, 39p.).


Mean earnings and measures of earnings dispersion and skewness all increase in US data over most of the working life-cycle for a typical cohort as the cohort ages. We show that a benchmark human capital model can replicate these properties from the right distribution of initial human capital and learning ability. These distributions have the property that learning ability must differ across agents and that learning ability and initial human capital are positively correlated.

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19. CESifo: "Social Security Reform and Intergenerational Trade: Is there Scope for a Pareto-Improvement?" by Marko Kthenbrger and Panu Poutvaara (CESifo [Center for Economic Studies and the Ifo Institute, Munich, Germany] Working Paper No. 795, October 2002, .pdf format, 26p.).


In earlier literature, the suggested Pareto improvements in pay-as-you-go (PAYG) systems have relied on the presence of externalities or the possibility of intragenerational redistribution. We show that neither assumption is necessary in an economy with intergenerational trade in a fixed factor of production, here labeled as land. Reducing the social security tax rate encourages investment in complementary human capital. Future efficiency gains accruing to land are capitalized in its value which compensates the landowning pensioners for reduced benefits. We also explain why the PAYG system may have lost its appeal even for pensioners after its introduction.

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

20. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 9, No. 6, 2002).

21. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 22, No. 1, Jan. 2003). Note: Full electronic text (.pdf format) may be available at the site. Check your organization's library.

Click on "ScienceDirect Abstracts & Full Text".

22. 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 Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 14, No. 1, 2002).

Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 14, No. 1/2, 2002).

Omega (Vol. 45, No. 2, 2002).

Social Work (Vol. 47, No. 4, 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.

23. 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 December 6/December 12, 2002:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of December 6/December 12,

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of December 6/December 12,

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH:

A. "Institutional Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Neuroinformatics," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-03-034, December 3, 2002).

B. "The Human Brain Project (Neuroinformatics): Phase I - Feasibility; Phase II - Refinements, Maintenance and Integration," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-03-035, December 3, 2002).

C. "Innovative Exploratory Studies and Technology Development in Neuroinformatics Research (R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-03-036, December 3, 2002).

VI. Conferences:

25. NIA: "Summer Institute on Aging Research," to be held June 21-27, 2003 Airlie, VA. The deadline for application is February 28, 2003. "The Summer Institute on Aging Research offers new researchers intensive exposure to issues and challenges in research on aging. New researchers are defined as those who have received the M.D., Ph.D. or other doctoral level degree, are at the beginning stages of a research career, and demonstrate a capacity or potential for highly productive independent research. The doctoral degree may be in the biological, clinical, behavioral or social sciences." For more information, including application information, go to:

VII. Legislation Information Updates:

26. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Medicare Payments for Medical Supplies," a hearing held June 12, 2002 (Senate Hearing No. 107-720, ASCII text and .pdf format, 70p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-720" (without the quotes).




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