Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #192--June 26, 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. Reports and articles:

1. _KFF_ REPORT: "Prescription Drug Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Side-by-Side Comparison of Selected Proposals (as of June 19, 2003)," (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2003, .pdf format, 4p.).

From the Introduction:

"This document, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., provides a side-by-side comparison of two leading proposals to provide outpatient prescription drug coverage to Medicare beneficiaries, introduced as of June 19, 2003: H.R. 2473, The Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act of 2003 (passed by the House Ways and Means Committee on June 17, 2003) and S. 1, The Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 (passed by the Senate Finance Committee on June 12, 2003). This document summarizes the key provisions of these proposals as part of the Foundations continuing effort to track the Medicare prescription drug debate. This side-by-side will be updated in the near future to reflect key developments in this debate."

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2. CONSUMERS UNION REPORT: "How Good Are Your State's Nursing Homes," (Consumers Union, June 18, 2003, .pdf format, 46p.).

From the Press Release:

"Beginning in 2000, the Center for Consumer Health Choices published an annual Nursing Home Watch List, which identifies approximately 10 percent of nursing homes in each state whose inspection reports Consumers Union judged to raise concerns about the quality of resident care. The list was published again in 2001 and 2002, providing the opportunity to examine trends in the quality of nursing home care. In the latest Nursing Home Watch List published in 2002, almost 17 percent of 1,709 nursing homes remain on the watch list. Nearly seven percent of those facilities were cited for an "immediate jeopardy" deficiency that places residents at immediate risk for being seriously harmed. Two hundred ninety (290) facilities have been on all three watch lists, raising concerns that state and federal oversight is failing to improve the quality of care that residents receive throughout the country."

Press release:

3. MMWR ARTICLE: "Public Health and Aging: Hospitalizations for Stroke Among Adults Aged > 65 Years --- United States, 2000," (US Centers for Disease Control, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 52, No. 25, June 27, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 586-589).



4. ADEAR PRESS RELEASE: "Effects of Alzheimers Disease May Be Influenced by Education," (Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, June 23, 2003).

5. NCI PRESS RELEASE: "First Prostate Cancer Prevention Drug Found, But Not All Men Benefit: NCI Announces Results of Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial," (National Cancer Institute, June 24, 2003).


A. "New Commonwealth Funding for Extra Aged Care Nurses in Queensland," (June 24, 2003).

B. "New Commonwealth Funding for Extra Aged Care Nurses in Victoria," (June 24, 2003).

C. "$101 Million Funding Increase For Aged Care Services From 1 July 2003," (June 26, 2003).

7. _NATURE MAGAZINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "alpha-Neurexins couple Ca2+ channels to synaptic vesicle exocytosis," by Markus Missler, Weiqi Zhang, Astrid Rohlmann, Gunnar Kattenstroth, Robert E. Hammer, Durt Gottmann, and Thomas C. Sudhof (_Nature_, Vol. 423, No. 6943, June 26, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 939-948).


A. "Prostate intraepithelial neoplasia induced by prostate restricted Akt activation: The MPAKT model," by Pradip K. Majumder, Jen Jen Yeh, Daniel J. George, Phillip G. Febbo, Jennifer Kum, Qi Xue, Rachel Bikoff, Hongfeng Ma, Philip W. Kantoff, Todd R. Golub, Massimo Loda, and William R. Sellers (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 13, June 24, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 7841-7846).

B. "Maspin expression inhibits osteolysis, tumor growth, and angiogenesis in a model of prostate cancer bone metastasis," by Michael L. Cher, Hector R. Biliran, Jr., Sunita Bhagat, Yonghong Meng, Mingxin Che, Jaron Lockett, Judith Abrams, Rafael Fridman, Michael Zachareas, and Shijie Sheng (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 13, June 24, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 7847-7852).

C. "Evidence for neurogenesis in the adult mammalian substantia nigra," by Ming Zhao, Stefan Momma, Kioumars Delfani, Marie Carlen, Robert M. Cassidy, Clas B. Johansson, Hjalmar Brismar, Oleg Shupliakov, Jonas Frisen, and Ann Marie Janson (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 13, June 24, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 7925-7930).


A. "Influence of Estrogen Plus Progestin on Breast Cancer and Mammography in Healthy Postmenopausal Women: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Trial," by Rowan T. Chlebowski, Susan L. Hendrix, Robert D. Langer, Marcia L. Stefanick, Margery Gass, Dorothy Lane, Rebecca J. Rodabough, Mary Ann Gilligan, Michele G. Cyr, Cynthia A. Thomson, Janardan Khandekar, Helen Petrovitch, and Anne McTiernan (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 24, June 25, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3243-3253).

B. "Relationship Between Long Durations and Different Regimens of Hormone Therapy and Risk of Breast Cancer," by Christopher I. Li, Kathleen E. Malone, Peggy L. Porter, Noel S. Weiss, Mei-Tzu C. Tang, Kara L. Cushing-Haugen, and Janet R. Daling (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 24, June 25, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3254-3263).

C. "Combined Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer: A Single-Edged Sword," by Peter H. Gann and Monica Morrow (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 24, June 25, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3304-3306).

D. "Prescriptions for Estrogen Replacement Therapy in Ontario Before and After Publication of the Women's Health Initiative Study," by Peter C. Austin, Muhammad M. Mamdani, Karen Tu, and Liisa Jaakkimainen (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 24, June 25, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3241-3242).

10. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet and Survival in a Greek Population," by Antonia Trichopoulou, Tina Costacou, Christina Bamia, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 348, No. 26, June 26, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2599-2608).

11. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Diagnosis of Aortic Stenosis in the Elderly: Role of Echocardiography," by Massoud S. Alipour and Pravin M. Shah (_The American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology_, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2003, p. 201-206, via Medscape).


A. "Medicare math," by Susan Brink (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 30, 2003).

B. "Rx drugs: Whose issue is it?" by Gloria Borger (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 30, 2003).

13. TIME ARTICLE: "Being Out at 65," by Wendy Cole-Palmetto (_Time_, Vol. 161, No. 26, June 30, 2003).,9171,1101030630-460203,00.html


II. Working Papers:

14. NBER:

A. "The Married Widow: Marriage Penalties Matter!" by Michael Baker, Emily Hanna, and Jasmin Kantarevic (NBER Working Paper No. w9782, June 2003, .pdf format, 51p.).


Marriage penalties are a controversial feature of many government policies. Empirical evidence of their behavioral effects is quite mixed. This is surprising because economic theory predicts that they should have an impact on the headship decision. We investigate the removal of marriage penalties from the surviving spouse pensions of the Canadian public pension system in the 1980s. These reforms provide a simple and transparent source of identification. Our results indicate that marriage penalties can have large and persistent effects on marriage decisions. We also present evidence suggesting that it is individuals with characteristics correlated with greater wealth who respond to the penalties.

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B. "'Will Social Security Be There For You?': How Americans Perceive Their Benefits," by Jeff Dominitz, Charles F. Manski, and Jordan Heinz (NBER Working Paper No. w9798, June 2003, .pdf format, 30p.).


Americans may be uncertain of their future Social Security benefits for several reasons, including uncertainty about their future labor earnings, the formula now determining Social Security benefits, and the future structure of the Social Security system. To learn how Americans perceive their benefits, we have elicited Social Security expectations from respondents to the Survey of Economic Expectations. We have also performed a more intensive face-to-face survey on a small sample of respondents. We find clear and striking evidence of substantial uncertainty and heterogeneity of beliefs about the long-term existence of the Social Security system and about the level of benefits provided should the system survive.

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15. BOSTON COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS: "Changes in the Distribution of Long Run Earnings and Retirement Incomes--Have Recent Cohorts Fallen Behind?" by Peter Gottschalk and Minh Huynh (Working Paper No. 564, June 2003, .pdf format, 14p.).

No abstract is available for this paper.


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

16. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 37, No. 1, 2003).

Follow the link to "Tables of Contents and Abstracts" and go to "Volume 37, Issue 1".

17. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 10, 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. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 24, 2003

B. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 24, 2003:

C. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of June 24, 2003:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding Opportunities:

19. NIH: "Centers on the Demography of Aging," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-04-001, June 17, 2003).

20. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE DISSERTATION AWARD: "The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance, health care financing, and related issues through research and education. The Academy's dissertation award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. The award is presented annually in honor of Senator John Heinz. He was a leading expert in the Senate on private pension and health care policy and was a member of the Academy's Board of Advisors from the organization's inception in 1986." The deadline for application is July 31, 2004. For more information go to:


V. Conferences:

21. NIH: "Physical Disabilities Through the Lifespan," a conference to be held July 21-22, 2003 at the NIH. "With improvements in health care, developed nations face an unprecedented increase in the number of older individuals living more active lives. Yet, with these advances comes an increase in the number of older individuals with disabilities, resulting from those with serious disabilities living longer, and from the increased prevalence of disabilities associated with aging. This conference will focus on the special problems faced by individuals with physical disabilities as they age." For more information about the conference, including registration information, go to:


VI. Websites of Interest:

22. GERONTOLOGY CENTER OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION: "Caring and Connecting: New Continuing Education Online Workshops for Caregiving Practitioners". "The focus of this new interactive Internet Workshop project is to learn about the variety of Internet resources for one's current work and practice needs, and to build an interdisciplinary learning and supportive community online with colleagues in different locations. Anyone working in the fields of aging, caregiving, policy, administration, and direct service is invited to inquire."

23. KFF: "Medicare Drug Benefit Calculator". "This calculator allows users to enter their prescription drug costs to determine what they would pay under leading Medicare reform proposals being considered in Congress. Enter annual drug costs below and click on the "Calculate" button."




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