Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #183--April 24, 2003


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. MEXICAN HEALTH AND AGING STUDY: "The Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) is a prospective panel study of health and aging in Mexico. MHAS is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging. The study is a collaborative effort among researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Wisconsin in the U.S., and the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica (INEGI) in Mexico." Note that users must register before gaining access to the public use data files. Documentation (.pdf format) is freely available at the site.

2. US CENSUS BUREAU: The Census Bureau has begun releasing 1-Percent Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files from the 2000 Census. Data (comma delimited ASCII format) and technical documentation (.pdf format) are available. At present, data are available for Florida, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming. Watch the site in future for more releases.


II. Reports and articles:

3. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: "Oldest Old Mortality in China," by Yi Zeng and James W. Vaupel (Demographic Research, Vol. 8, No. 7, April 2003, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: _DR_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research."


We find that the Kannisto model, a two-parameter logistic formula, fits Han Chinese death rates at oldest-old ages better than the Gompertz and four other models. Chinese death rates appear to be roughly similar to Swedish and Japanese rates after age 97 for both males and females. Because reports of age seem to be serviceably reliable up to age 100 and perhaps age 105 in China, we think that this convergence may be mainly due to mortality selection in the heterogeneous Chinese population. We show that in China, as in developed countries, the rate of increase in mortality with age decelerates at very old ages.

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4. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH JUST THE FACTS: "Pension Accounting & Personal Saving," by Annamaria Lusardi, Jonathan Skinner, and Steven Venti (Just the Facts No. 8, April 2003, .pdf format, 4p.).

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5. GAO REPORT: "Social Security and Minorities: Earnings, Disability Incidence, and Mortality Are Key Factors That Influence Taxes Paid and Benefits Received" (US General Accounting Office GAO-03-387, April 2003, .pdf format, 66p.).

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A. "Which U.S. States Are the 'Oldest'?" by Christine L. Himes (Population Reference Bureau, April 2003).

B. "Age 100 and Counting," by Christine L. Himes (Population Reference Bureau, April 2003).

7. NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE REPORT: "Summary of Vital Statistics for 2001" (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, April 2003, .pdf format, 66p.).

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Press Release:

8. AARP ARTICLE: "Capitalizing on the Older Worker: Will It Take Another 50 Years?" by Sara E. Rix (AARP International Perspectives on Aging, April 2003).

9. ROPER CENTER PUBLIC OPINION MATTERS: The latest installment of the Roper Center's Public Opinion Matters concerns "Public Opinion on Prescription Drugs." Included are selected poll results and relevant articles.;start=HS_special_topics?Topic=rxdrugs

10. OECD PRESS RELEASE: "Countries Face Slow Growth and Escalating Welfare Bills, unless Older Workers Remain Active" (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Apr. 23, 2003).,,EN-document-0-nodirectorate-no-12-40673-0,00.html

11. NIH NEWS RELEASE: "Study Boosts Confidence in Potential Screening Tool for Alzheimer's Disease" (US National Institutes of Health, Apr. 22, 2003).

12. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Common Structure of Soluble Amyloid Oligomers Implies Common Mechanism of Pathogenesis," by Rakez Kayed, Elizabeth Head, Jennifer L. Thompson, Theresa M. McIntire, Saskia C. Milton, Carl W. Cotman, and Charles G. Glabe (_Science_, Vol. 300, No. 5618, Apr. 18, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 486-489).

13. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Decreased beta-Amyloid 1-42 and Increased Tau Levels in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Patients With Alzheimer Disease," by Trey Sunderland, Gary Linker, Nadeem Mirza, Karen T. Putnam, David L. Friedman, Lida H. Kimmel, Judy Bergeson, Guy J. Manetti, Matthew Zimmermann, Brian Tang, John J. Bartko, and Robert M. Cohen (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 16, Apr. 23, 2003, p. 2094-2103).

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

A. "Alzheimer Disease's Double Edged Vaccine," by S.M. Greenberg, B.J. Bacskai, and B.T. Hyman (_Nature Medicine_ News and Views, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2003, p. 389-90, via Medscape).

B. "Increased Frequency of Venous Thromboembolism With the Combination of Docetaxel and Thalidomide in Patients With Metastatic Androgen-Independent Prostate Cancer," by McDonald K. Horne III, William D. Figg, Phil Arlen, James Gulley, Catherine Parker, Nehal Lakhani, Howard Parnes, and William L. Dahut (_Pharmacotherapy_, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2003, p. 315-318 via Medscape).


III. Working Papers:

15. CESIFO [CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES AND IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH, MUNICH GERMANY]: "Pensions and Fertility Incentives," by Robert Fenge and Volker Meier (CESifo Working Paper No. 879, February 2003, .pdf format, 22p.).


This paper discusses the efficiency of a pay-as-you-go pension reform by introducing a child benefit in an endogenous fertility setting. In the model of a small open economy, higher fertility is associated with a reduction of lifetime labor supply. The optimum share of fertility-related pensions is always below unity, but generally positive. The former is true since individuals do not take into account the impact of their labor supply choice on the parent generation. It is demonstrated that child allowances are equivalent to fertility-related pensions as instruments to achieve an efficient allocation.

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

16. The Gerontologist (Vol. 43, Special Issue 2, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

17. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "browse by publication"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "by words in the title" search box, click the "fax/ariel" radio button, and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 108, No. 2, 2002).

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 14, No. 4, 2002).

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 51, No. 3, 2003).

18. 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 April 23, 2003:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 23, 2003:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 23, 2003:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 23, 2003:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

19. NAP: "Medicare Coverage of Routine Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction," edited by Marc B. Stone and Robert B. Wallace (Committee on the Medicare Coverage of Routine Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction, National Academies Press, OpenBook format, 2003, 99p.). Note: Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.


VI. Funding Opportunities:

20. NIH:

A. "NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21)" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-03-107, Apr. 18, 2003).

B. "NIH Small Research Grant Program (R03)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-03-108, Apr. 18, 2003).

C. "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAR-03-106, Apr. 17, 2003).

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706