Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #199--August 14, 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. UK DATA ARCHIVE (UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX): Survey of Quality of Life in Older Age, 2000-2001 (#4695). For more information see:

Click on "Information for new data users" if you do not already have an account for access and/or pricing information.

Click on "Search catalogue" and search "Study Number" for "4695" (without the quotes) for more information about this dataset.

2. CENSUS BUREAU IDB UPDATE: The US Census Bureau's International Data Base was updated with a new release July 17, 2003. Included are expansion of the projections to age 100+ for 18 countries, and other new data for 9 countries. IDB is available via web based extraction system or a downloadable program for the pc. "The International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized source of demographic and socio-economic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. The IDB was created in the Census Bureau's International Programs Center in response to the information requirements of IPC staff to meet the needs of organizations that sponsor IPC's research efforts. The IDB provides quick access to specialized information, with emphasis on demographic measures, for individual countries or selected groups of countries of the world."

3. NCHS: "U.S. Census Populations With Bridged Race Categories, July 1, 2000 - July 1, 2002" (US National Center for Health Statistics, August 2003, ASCII text and .zip compressed ASCII text format, with documentation in Microsoft Word format). "The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announces the release of bridged-race postcensal estimates of the resident population of the United States for July 1, 2000 - July 2002, from the U.S. Census Bureau's Vintage 2002 postcensal series. The estimates in the current release are by year, State, county, age, bridged-race, sex, and Hispanic origin. On January 12, 2003, NCHS released postcensal estimates of the national population of the U.S. for July 1, 2000, and July 1, 2001, from the Census Bureaus Vintage 2001 postcensal series. The postcensal estimates in the Vintage 2001 and Vintage 2002 series are based on the bridged single-race estimates of the April 1, 2000, resident population released by NCHS on January 12, 2003 The bridged-race postcensal population estimates were produced by the Population Estimates Program of the U.S. Census Bureau under a collaborative arrangement with NCHS." Note: Single year age data is available up to 85 years.


II. Reports and articles:

4. KFF MEDICARE BILL COMPARISON: "A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Prescription Drug Coverage Provisions of S.1 and H.R. 1" (Kaiser Family Foundation, August 2003, .pdf format, 28p.).


This document, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., provides a detailed side-by-side comparison of the prescription drug provisions of the House and Senate Medicare proposals, as passed on June 27, 2003. Along with these provisions, the side-by-side compares the major provisions relating to the role of private health plans in Medicare.

Note: This report updates an earlier Kaiser report: "Prescription Drug Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Side-by-Side Comparison of Selected Proposals," discussed in the July 17, 2003 issue (#195) of CAAR at:

Item #3A.

5. CBO REPORT: "Utilization of Tax Incentives for Retirement Saving" (US Congressional Budget Office, August 2003, HTML, .pdf and WordPerfect format, 44p.).

6. CMS REVISION TO PAYMENT POLICIES: "Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2004 (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS-1476-P, Aug. 8, 2003, to be published Aug. 15, 2003, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and Word format).

Under "2004 Information", click on "View the Display Copy...".

7. DHHS NEWS RELEASE: "HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, America's Doctors Team Up For Better Benefits, More Choices in Medicare" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Aug. 13, 2003).

8. NCHS REPORT: "National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2001 Summary," by Donald K. Cherry, Catharine W. Burt, and David A. Woodwell (US National Center for Health Statistics Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 337, August 2003, .pdf format, 44p.). The report is linked to from a NCHS news release: "Aging Boomers Drive Up Doctor Visits: Diagnostic Tests and Prescriptions Also on Increase" (Aug. 11, 2003).

Click on "View/Download PDF" for full text

9. COMMONWEALTH FUND ISSUE BRIEF: "Average Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs for Medicare+Choice Enrollees Increase 10 Percent in 2003," by Marsha Gold and Lori Achman (Commonwealth Fund, August 2003, .pdf format, 9p.)

Press Release:

For more information about the Commonwealth Fund:

10. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Stop Writing Off Older Australians" (Aug. 10, 2003).

11. "INVESTMENT AND FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION [AUSTRALIA] REPORT: "Retirement Incomes and Long Term Savings: Living Well in an Ageing Society," (IFSA, August 2003, .pdf format, 16p.).$File/2003_0814_Retirement+Income_purple+book.pdf

For more information about IFSA see:


A. "Impact of Medicare Coverage on Basic Clinical Services for Previously Uninsured Adults," by J. Michael McWilliams, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Ellen Meara, and John Z. Ayanian (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 290, No. 6, Aug. 13, 2003, p. 757-764).

B. "End-of-Life Practices in European Intensive Care Units: The Ethicus Study," by Charles L. Sprung, Simon L. Cohen, Peter Sjokvist, Mario Baras, Hans-Henrik Bulow, Seppo Hovilehto, Didier Ledoux, Anne Lippert, Paulo Maia, Dermot Phelan, Wolfgang Schobersberger, Elisabet Wennberg, and Tom Woodcock (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 290, No. 6, Aug. 13, 2003, p. 790-797).


A. "Breast cancer and hormone-replacement therapy in the Million Women Study," by Million Women Study Collaborators (_Lancet_, Vol. 362, No. 9382, Aug. 9, 2003, p. 419-427).

B. "Differential association of oral and transdermal oestrogen-replacement therapy with venous thromboembolism risk," by Pierre-Yves Scarabin, Emmanuel Oger, and Genevive Plu-Bureau (_Lancet_, Vol. 362, No. 9382, Aug. 9, 2003, p. 428-432).

14. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Bone Density Testing Practice Among Family Physicians: A Chart Review," by Sarina Schrager, Dinelli Monson, and Marlon Mundt (Medscape General Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2003).

15. _FORTUNE_ ARTICLE: "Uh-Oh: Pensions May _All_ Be in Peril: The court ruling against IBM's cash-balance plan could doom the entire pension system," by Janice Revell (_Fortune_, Vol. 148, No. 4, Sep. 1, 2003).,15114,474643,00.html


A. Selected articles from the July-August 2003 issue of _AARP Bulletin_ have been made available at the AARP web site.

Note: This is a temporary address. When the next _AARP Bulletin_ is released, selected articles from this one, along with selected issues back to 1997, will be available via the "Previous _AARP Bulletin_ tables of contents" link.

B. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ show, covering Jul. 29 - Aug. 5, 2003, is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Aug. 5, 2003: Experimenting on Women


A. "Death takes a holiday," by Jodie T. Allen (_US News and World Report_, Aug. 18, 2003).

B. "Hormones Redux: The latest on drug therapy for menopausal symptoms continues to muddy the picture," by Amanda Spake and Bernadine Healy (_US News and World Report_, Aug. 18, 2003).

III. Working Papers:


A. "Association of late childbearing with healthy longevity among the oldest-old in China," by Yi Zeng and James W. Vaupel (WP 2003-20, July 2003, .pdf format, 42p.).


Statistical analysis of a large and unique longitudinal data set demonstrates that late childbearing after age 35 or 40 is significantly associated with survival and healthy survival among very old Chinese women and men. The association is stronger in oldest-old women than men. The estimates are adjusted for a variety of confounding factors of demographic characteristics, family support, social connections, health practices, and health conditions. Further analysis based on an extension of the Fixed Attribute Dynamics method shows that late childbearing is positively associated with long-term survival and healthy survival from ages 80-85 to 90-95 and 100-105. This association exists among oldest-old women and men, but, again, the effects are substantially stronger in women than men. We discuss four possible factors which may explain why late childbearing affects healthy longevity at advanced ages: (1) social factors; (2) biological changes caused by late pregnancy and delivery; (3) genetic and other biological characteristics; and (4) selection.

B. "Age and individual productivity: a literature survey," by Vegard Skirbekk (WP 2003-28, July 2003, .pdf format, 37p.).


This article surveys supervisors ratings, work-sample tests, [analyses] of employer-employee datasets and other approaches used to estimate how individual productivity varies by age. The causes of productivity variations over the life cycle are addressed with an emphasis on how cognitive abilities affect labor market performance. Individual job performance is found to decrease from around 50 years of age, which contrasts almost life-long increases in wages. Productivity reductions at older ages are particularly strong for work tasks where problem solving, learning and speed are needed, while in jobs where experience and verbal abilities are important, older individuals maintain a relatively high productivity level.


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

19. American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 158, No. 4, Aug. 15, 2003.

20. 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. Click the "fax/ariel" radio button, type the Journal Name in the "by words in the title" search box and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 51, No. 7, 2003.

Note: Search on "American Geriatrics" for the journal name.

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 Aug. 12, 2003:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 12, 2003:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 12, 2003:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Aug. 12, 2003:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

22. NIH: "Research on the Reduction and Prevention of Suicidality" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-03-161, Aug. 7, 2003). For more information see:


VI. Websites of Interest:

23. AARP RESOURCES ON AGING: This searchable and browsable metapage, updated quarterly, is an excellent introduction to the field for lay people. Users can browse topically or alphabetically. Each listing contains a list of keywords (not hyperlinked, unfortunately), along with a link to a fuller description. This is a small, select metasite that can be very useful as a gateway to the topic.

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