Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #207--October 9, 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. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan has recently released the following dataset, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

Survey of Aging and Intergenerational Relations in Baoding City [China], 1994 (#3800).


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2000" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, September 2003). Note: At present, only HTML format is available for each state. .pdf format is forthcoming.

B. "Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2003" ((US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, September 2003, HTML and .pdf format).


A. "Medicare: Discrepancy in Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Methodology Leads to Inaccurate Beneficiary Co-payments and Medicare Payments" (US General Accounting Office GAO-04-103R, Oct. 6, 2003, .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "Medicare: Most Beneficiaries Receive Some But Not All Recommended Preventive Services (US General Accounting Office GAO-03-958, September 2003, .pdf format, 37p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

4. KFF REPORT: "How States Are Responding to the Challenge of Financing Health Care for Retirees," by Jack Hoadley (Kaiser Family Foundation, September 2003, .pdf format, 43p.).


State governments are an important source of health insurance coverage for retired state employees. Confronted with rising health care costs, budget deficits, and an overall downturn in the economy, this report describes how states are responding to the challenge of financing health care for retirees who tend to be sicker and more costly to cover than active workers. This study, based on survey responses from 43 states and the District of Columbia, captures information on retiree health programs offered by state governments, including benefits, premiums, recent program changes and modifications expected in the future.

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5. CDC _MMWR_ ARTICLE: "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Levels Among Persons Aged >65 Years --- United States, 1989--2001" (US Centers for Disease Control, _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 52, No. 40, Oct. 10, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 958-962).



6. _OECD OBSERVER_ ARTICLE: "Population ageing: Facing the challenge: Ageing will make it hard for governments to deal with mounting financial pressures. It may be time to rethink our policies towards work," by Jean-Philippe Cotis (_OECD Observer_, Sep. 26, 2003).


A. "Head of German medicines body likens HRT to thalidomide," by Jane Burgermeister (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 327, No. 7418, Oct. 4, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 767).

B. "HRT may increase risk of ovarian cancer," by Scott Gottlieb (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 327, No. 7418, Oct. 4, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 767).

C. "Long term care will "implode" unless personal care comes free," by Katherine Burke (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 327, No. 7418, Oct. 4, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 770).

D. "Time trends and demography of mortality after fractured neck of femur in an English population, 1968-98: database study," by Stephen E. Roberts and Michael J. Goldacre (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7418, Oct. 4, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 771-775).

8. _LANCET_ RESEARCH LETTER ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing any content. "Change in rates of cerebral atrophy over time in early-onset Alzheimer's disease: longitudinal MRI study," by Dennis Chan, John C. Janssen, Jennifer L. Whitwell, Hilary C. Watt, Rhian Jenkins, Chris Frost, Martin N. Rossor, and Nick C. Fox (_Lancet_, Vol. 362, No. 9330, Oct. 4, 2003).

9. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Effect of Nurse Case Management on the Treatment of Older Women With Breast Cancer," by James S. Goodwin, Shiva Satish, Elizabeth T. Anderson, Ann B. Nattinger, and Jean L. Freeman (_Journal of the American Geriatrics Society_, Vol. 51, No. 9, 2003, p. 1252-1259).

10. AARP ARTICLE: "Seeking Love," by Sarah Mahoney _AARP: The Magazine_ (Oct.-Nov. 2003).

11. _NEWSWEEK_ WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Charging Into Retirement: New data show credit-card debt among seniors is growing even as their incomes and investments shrink," by Jennifer Barrett (_Newsweek_ Web Exclusive, Oct. 2, 2003).


III. Working Papers:

12. NBER: "Reference Pricing of Pharmaceuticals for Medicare: Evidence from Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand," by Patricia M. Danzon and Jonathn D. Ketcham (National Bureau of Economic Research w10007, October 2003, .pdf format, 47p.).


This paper describes three prototypical systems of therapeutic reference pricing (RP) for pharmaceuticals -- Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand -- and examines their effects on the availability of new drugs, reimbursement levels, manufacturer prices and out-of-pocket surcharges to patients. RP for pharmaceuticals is not simply analogous to a defined contribution approach to subsidizing insurance coverage. Although a major purpose of RP is to stimulate competition, theory suggests that this is unlikely and this is confirmed by the empirical evidence. Other effects of RP differ across countries in predictable ways, reflecting each country's system design and other cost control policies. New Zealand's RP system has reduced reimbursement and limited the availability of new drugs, particularly more expensive drugs. Compared to these three countries, if RP were applied in the US, it would likely have a more negative effect on prices of on-patent products, due to the more competitive US generic market, and a more negative effect on R&D and on the future supply of new drugs, due to the much larger US share of global pharmaceutical sales.

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

13. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 93, No. 10, October 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

14. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 51, No. 10, October 2003).

15. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2003.

16. 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.

American Sociological Review (Vol. 68, No. 4, 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.

Ageing and Society (Vol. 23, No. 5, 2003).

International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 56, No. 2, 2003).

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 60, No. 3, 2003).


V. Funding Opportunities:

17. NIH: "The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative" (US National Institute on Aging RFA-AG-04-005, Oct. 2, 2003). For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

18. AURORA HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE: "2003 Aurora Geriatrics Institute Two Day Conference - A Good Death: Paradox or Opportunity?" This two day conference will be held November 6-7, 2003 in Brookfield, WI. For more information about the conference, including registration information, see:

19. EAST WEST CENTER (HONOLULU, HAWAI'I): "Summer Seminar on Population," a seminar to be held in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Jun. 1- Jun. 30, 2004. Note: One of the workshops is on "Economic Aspects of Population Aging." For more information see:

VII. Legislation Information Updates:

20. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS SELECTED _GREEN BOOK_ CHAPTERS: The US House Ways and Means Committee has begun releasing selected chapters of it's 2003 _Green Book_ (program descriptions of various federal programs). Of possible interest to researchers in aging are Section 14: "The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation" (.pdf format, 16p.) and Appendix A: "Data on the Elderly" (.pdf format, 14p.).

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