Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #212--November 13, 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. WLS: The Wisconsin Longitudinal Survey at the University of Wisconsin offers variable description cross reference tables for variables for all waves from 1957 to 1993-94.

WLS Main Page:

2. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan has recently released the following datasets, 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:

Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Six-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997, 2000 (#3812)

National Health Interview Survey, 1994: Second Longitudinal Study on Aging, Wave 3, 2000 (#3807)


II. Reports and articles:

3. NCHS: "Deaths: Leading Causes for 2001," by Robert N. Anderson and Betty L. Smith (US National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 52, No. 9, November 2003, .pdf format, 88p.).

4.CDC COMPENDIUM: "United States Cancer Statistics (USCS): 2000 Incidence" (U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group, 2003, .pdf format, 345p.).


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) are pleased to release the second annual United States Cancer Statistics report. This report marks the second time that CDC and NCI have combined cancer incidence data to produce a set of official federal statistics on cancer incidence. This year's report features information on cases diagnosed in the year 2000. Cancer incidence data from CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and NCI's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program are reported for 66 selected primary cancer sites and subsites for males, 70 selected primary cancer sites and subsites for females, and for all cancer sites combined. These data have been assembled into tables and figures that provide specific information with regard to geographic area, race, sex, and age.

Click on "print-friendly PDF format" for full text.

CDC Press Release:


A. "SSI Monthly Statistics, October 2003" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, November 2003, HTML and .pdf format).

B. "OASDI Monthly Statistics, October 2003" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, November 2003, HTML and .pdf format).

6. CMS MEDICARE NATIONAL COVERAGE DETERMINATION: "NCD for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (Reduction Pneumoplasty) (240.1)" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, November 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

Click on Internet Address under "Transmittal Link" for .pdf version.

7. GAO REPORT: "Dialysis Facilities: Problems Remain in Ensuring Compliance with Medicare Quality Standards" (US General Accounting Office GAO-04-63, October 2003, .pdf format, 57p.).

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always available at:

8. AARP REPORT: "Pennies from Heaven: Will Inheritances Bail Out the Boomers?" by Mitja Ng-Baumhackl, John Gist, and Carlos Figueiredo (AARP Public Policy Institute [PPI] 2003, .pdf format, 8p.). "Will inheritances play an important role in the financial security of boomers as they approach retirement? In this AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) Data Digest, [the authors] use recent data from the Federal Reserve Board to explore whether boomers are going to inherit large amounts of wealth from their parents, the implications for retirement security, and how inheritances might influence decisions to work and retire."

9. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORTS: "As the U.S. Congress continues to search for an agreement on the form of a Medicare prescription drug benefit, the [Kaiser]Commission [on Medicaid and the Uninsured] has two new reports related to the debate. One new publication reports on findings from an October 26 discussion with state Medicaid officials on the implications of a Medicare drug benefit for states and dual eligibles. The other report provides state-level estimates on spending on dual eligibles and illustrates the effects of scenarios where the federal government assumes the cost of prescription drugs, Medicare premiums, acute care, and long-term care for this population."

A. "Coordinating Medicaid and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage," by Vernon Smith, Sandy Kramer, and Jocelyn Guyer (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, November 2003, .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "Shifting the Cost of Dual Eligibles: Implications for States and the Federal Government," by Brian Bruen and John Holahan (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Issue Paper, November 2003, .pdf format, 20p.).

10. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, November 2003, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

11. ADEAR VIDEOTAPE: "Reflections on Memories Lost: Stories of Early Alzheimer's Disease" (Washington University at St. Louis Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, 2003, VHS videotape, 33 minutes, $7.50, via Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center [US National Institutes of Health]. Note: There is a link at the site to view the video (RealPlayer or Windows Media format).

12. HEWITT ASSOCIATES PRESS RELEASE: "Hewitt Data Shows U.S. Employees Cash Out of 401(k) Plans When Changing Jobs," (November 5, 2003).

More information about Hewitt Associates:

13. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS RESEARCH REPORT: "Entitled but not claiming? Pensioners, the Minimum Income Guarantee and Pension Credit," by Mark McConaghy, Christopher Hill, Catherine Kane, Deborah Lader, Paddy Costigan and Marie Thornby (November 2003, .pdf format, 117p.).

Press Release (Nov. 11, 2003):


A. "Neural correlates of training-related memory improvement in adulthood and aging," by Lars Nyberg, Johan Sandblom, Sari Jones, Anna Stigsdotter Neely, Karl Magnus Petersson, Martin Ingvar, and Lars Backman (Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, Vol. 100, No. 23, Nov. 11, 2003, p. 13728-13733).

B. "Differential effects on bone of estrogen receptor and androgen receptor activation in orchidectomized adult male mice," by Sofia Moverare, Katrien Venken, Anna-Lena Eriksson, Niklas Andersson, Stanko Skrtic, Jon Wergedal, Subburaman Mohan, Phil Salmon, Roger Bouillon, Jan-Ake Gustafsson, Dirk Vanderschueren, and Claes Ohlsson (Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, Vol. 100, No. 23, Nov. 11, 2003, p. 13573-13578).

C. "Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 is a mediator of dopaminergic neuron loss in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease," by Patrice D. Smith, Stephen J. Crocker, Vernice Jackson-Lewis, Kelly L. Jordan-Sciutto, Shawn Hayley, Matthew P. Mount, Michael J. O'Hare, Steven Callaghan, Ruth S. Slack, Serge Przedborski, Hymie Anisma, and David S. Park (Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, Vol. 100, No. 23, Nov. 11, 2003, p. 13650-13655).

D. "Allosteric modulation of group III metabotropic glutamate receptor 4: A potential approach to Parkinson's disease treatment," by Michael J. Marino, David L. Williams, Jr., Julie A. O'Brien, Ornella Valenti, Terrence P. McDonald, Michelle K. Clements, Ruiping Wang, Anthony G. DiLella, J. Fred Hess, Gene G. Kinney, and P. Jeffrey Conn (Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, Vol. 100, No. 23, Nov. 11, 2003, p. 13668-13673).

15. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effect of Improving Depression Care on Pain and Functional Outcomes Among Older Adults With Arthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Elizabeth H. B. Lin, Wayne Katon, Michael Von Korff, Lingqi Tang, John W. Williams Jr, Kurt Kroenke, Enid Hunkeler, Linda Harpole, Mark Hegel, Patricia Arean, Marc Hoffing, Richard Della Penna. Chris Langston, and Jurgen Unutzer (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 290, No. 18, Nov. 12, 2003, p. 2428-2429).


A. "Perspective: Subthalamic Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease -- Living Better Electrically?" by Anthony E. Lang (_New England Journal of Medicine_ Perspective, Vol. 349, No. 20, Nov. 13, 2003, p. 1888-1891).

B. "Costs to Society of Family Caregiving for Patients with End-Stage Alzheimer's Disease," by Holly G. Prigerson (_New England Journal of Medicine_ Perspective, Vol. 349, No. 20, Nov. 13, 2003, p. 1891-1892).

C. "Five-Year Follow-up of Bilateral Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus in Advanced Parkinson's Disease," by Paul Krack, Alina Batir, Nadege Van Blercom, Stephan Chabardes, Valerie Fraix, Claire Ardouin, Adnan Koudsie, Patricia Dowsey Limousin, Abdelhamid Benazzouz, Jean Franois LeBas,, Alim-Louis Benabid, and Pierre Pollak (_New England Journal of Medicine_ , Vol. 349, No. 20, Nov. 13, 2003, p. 1925-1934).

D. "End-of-Life Care and the Effects of Bereavement on Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia," by Richard Schulz, Aaron B. Mendelsohn, William E. Haley, Diane Mahoney, Rebecca S. Allen, Song Zhang, Larry Thompson, and Steven H. Belle (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 349, No. 20, Nov. 13, 2003, p. 1936-1942).

US National Institutes of Health Press Release:

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

A. "Sleep in the Older Adult: Implications for Nurses," by Sandra Hoffman (_Geriatric Nursing_, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2003, p. 210-216, via Medscape).

B. "Caregiving to Children and Grandchildren and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women," by Sunmin Lee, Graham Colditz, Lisa Berkman, and Ichiro Kawachi (_American Journal of Public Health_, Vol. 93, No. 11, p. 1939-1944, via Medscape).

C. "Vascular Dementia: Changing the Paradigm," by Gustavo C. Roman (_Current Opinion in Psychiatry_, Vol. 16, No. 6, 2003, p. 635-641, via Medscape).

D. "A Much Neglected Risk Factor In Elderly Mental Disorders," by Greg Whelan (_Current Opinion in Psychiatry_, Vol. 16, No. 6, 2003, p. 609-614, via Medscape).

18. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ show, covering Oct. 14, - Nov. 11, 2003, is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Nov. 11, 2003: Studs Terkel

19. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Planning Way Ahead: Long-term-care insurance is a lot cheaper while you're still young. Is it a good bet?" by Sharon Epperson (_Time_, Vol. 162, No. 20, Nov. 17, 2003).,9171,1101031117-538958,00.html


III. Working Papers:

20. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF POPULATION RESEARCH: "2000 Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study in Taiwan (SEBAS)," by Noreen Goldman, Maxine Weinstein, Ming-Cheng Chang, Hui-Sheng Lin, Yi-Li Chuang, Yu-Husan Lin, Shu-Hui Lin, I-Wen Liu, and Hsia-Yuan Liu (WP 2003-08, 2003, .pdf format, 114p.).


A. "Capital-skill Complementarity and the Redistributive Effects of Social Security Reform," by Alessandra Casarico and Carlo Devillanova (Working Paper No. 1038, September 2003, .pdf format, 16p.).


This paper analyses the general equilibrium implications of reforming pay-as-you-go pension systems in an economy with heterogeneous agents, human capital investment and capital-skill complementarity. It shows that increasing funding delivers in the long run higher physical and human capital and therefore higher output, but also higher wage and income inequality. The latter affects preferences over the degree of redistribution of the remaining pay-as-you-go component: despite the greater role that redistribution could perform in the new steady state, we find a preference for lower redistribution for a larger group of the population.

Click on "832-" and then scroll to No. 1038.

B. "Privatizing Social Security Under Balanced-Budget Constraints: A Political-Economy Approach, by Assaf Razin and Efraim Sadka (Working Paper No. 1039, September 2003, .pdf format, 27p.).


The aging of the population shakes the public finance of pay-as-you-go social security systems. We develop a political-economy framework in which this demographic change leads to the downsizing of the social security system, and, as a consequence, to the emergence of supplemental individual retirement programs. Making the balanced-budget rule (of the type of the Stability and Growth Pact in the EU) more flexible, to accommodate a one-shot cost of the social security reforms, is shown to facilitate the political-economy transition from a national to a private pension system, through an endogenously determined shift in the political economy equilibrium.

Click on "832-" and then scroll to No. 1039.

22. DEPARTMENT ET LABORATOIRE D'ECONOMIE THORIQUE ET APPLIQUEE (DELTA) [Paris, France]: "Stochastic fertility, moral hazard, and the design of pay-as-you- go pension plans," by Helmuth Cremer, Firouz Gahvari, and Pierre Pestieau (Working Paper No. 2003-21, September 2003, .pdf format, 20p.).


This paper models a two-period overlapping generations economy in the steady state where the realization of the quantity/quality number of children depends on an initial investment in children and on a random shock. It shows that the implementation of the first-best allocation, in which the effort level is publicly observable, requires a subsidy on the investment in children. There should also be full insurance with respect to second-period consumption and pensions must be invariant to the number of children. On the other hand, when investment is unobservable and one cannot subsidize it, the full insurance property goes away. In this case, pensions must be linked positively to the number of children.

More information about DELTA (French language only).


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

23. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 158, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2003).

24. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 51, No. 11, 2003).

25. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 22, No. 6, November 2003).

Click on "ScienceDirect Full Text & Abstracts".

26. Journals of Gerontology (B): Psychological and Social Sciences (Vols. 58B, Nos. 6, November 2003). Note: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

27. 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 Nov. 11, 2003:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 11, 2003:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 11, 2003:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Nov. 11, 2003:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

28. PAHO: _Mid-Life and Older Women in Latin America and the Caribbean_ (Pan American Health Organization, 2003, 424p. ISBN 92 75 12021 8). For more information about the book, including pricing information, see the PAHO news release: "PAHO Study Says Latin America, Caribbean Seniors Lack Health Care" (Nov. 7, 2003):

Click on "Mid-Life and Older Women in Latin America and the Caribbean" at the bottom of the page.

29. IOM NAP: _Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions_, edited by Catharyn T. Liverman and Dan G. Blazer (US Institute of Medicine, National Academies Press, 2004, OpenBook browsable and searchable format, 236p. with a summary [.pdf format]). Note: purchasing information is available at the site.

US National Institute on Aging News Release:


VI. Funding Opportunities:

30. NIH:

A. Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-04-007, Nov. 3, 2003). For more information see:

B. Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRNS) - Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, NOT-NS-04-003, Nov. 6, 2003). For more information see:

31. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION: "Community Partnerships for Older Adults." A new call for proposals will be issued on November 7, 2003. The deadline for application will be January 9, 2004. "Community Partnerships for Older Adults (CPOA) is a $20-million initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is designed to help communities improve the systems delivering long term care and supportive services to vulnerable older adults and their caregivers." For more information see:

For more information about the program:


VII. Conferences:

32. AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING/UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA REHABILITATION ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER ON TECHNOLOGY FOR SUCCESSFUL AGING: International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence, a conference to be held Dec. 4-6, 2003 in Washington, DC. For more information, including registration information, see:

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