Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #216--December 11, 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. NBER: The National Bureau of Economic Research has added the March 2003 Current Population Survey to its growing collection of freely distributed data files. Files are in .Z compressed ASCII format with .pdf and text documentation.

NBER also provides SAS, SPSS, and Stata programs for reading selected files, including the above mentioned one, at:

2. NLS: The Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University has made available in electronic format (.pdf) 1966-90 Older men's questionnaires, as well as the codebook supplement. In addition, flow charts for the Mature Women survey (W08) have also been made available electronically.

Scroll to or "find in page" "Set of Questionnaires - Older Men" (without the quotes). For older women scroll to or "find in page" "W08" (without the quotes).

3. PSID: On Dec. 4, 2003, the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics issued information on 1999 and 2001 individual data.

II. Reports and articles:


A. "Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2001," by P.M. Barnes, P.F. Adams, and J.S. Schiller (Vital and Health Statistics Vol. 10, No. 217, December 2003, .pdf format, 82p.).

B. "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2000," by J.R. Pleis, J.S. Schiller, and V. Benson (Vital and Health Statistics Vol. 10, No. 215, December 2003, .pdf format, 132p.).

5. US CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Social Security COLA" (CB03-FF.19SE, Dec. 11, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).



6. CMS REPORT: "CMS Health Care Industry Market Update: Medical Devices & Supplies" (US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dec. 5, 2003, .pdf format, 24p.).

7. DHHS NEWS RELEASE: "HHS Announces Immediate Steps to Make Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Card Programs Available Next Spring" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Dec. 10, 2003).

8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS PRESS RELEASE: "Cash boost for pensioners," (December 10, 2003, HTML and .pdf format).

Complete list of changes (.pdf format, 20p.) can be found at:


A. "Funding boost for NT's Home And Community Care services" (Dec. 9, 2003).

B. "102.4 Million Dollars for Home and Community Care in South Australia" (Dec. 10, 2003).

C. "22 Million Dollar funding boost for Home and Community Care in Queensland" (Dec. 10, 2003).

10. URBAN INSTITUTE ARTICLE, REPORT: "Charitable Giving and the Estate Tax," by Jon M. Bakija and William G. Gale (December 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


A. "Does The Aging Of The Population Really Drive The Demand For Health Care?" by Uwe E. Reinhardt (_Health Affairs_, Vol. 22, No. 6, November/December 2003, p. 27-39).

B. "Challenges And Opportunities For Medicare's Original Prospective Payment System," by Chantal Worzala, Julian Pettengill and Jack Ashby (_Health Affairs_, Vol. 22, No. 6, November/December 2003, p. 175-182).

C. "Reducing The Growth Of Medicare Spending: Geographic Versus Patient-Based Strategies," by Steven M. Lieberman, Julie Lee, Todd Anderson, and Dan L. Crippen (_Health Affairs_, December 2003, Web Exclusive, p. W3-603--W3-613).

D. "Getting Serious About Excessive Medicare Spending: A Purchasing Model," by Robert A. Berenson (_Health Affairs_, December 2003, Web Exclusive, p. W3-586--W3-602).

E. "Perspective: Addressing Variations: Is There Hope For The Future?" by David E. Wennberg and John E. Wennberg (_Health Affairs_, December 2003, Web Exclusive, p. W3-614--W3-617).

12. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Labeled cortical mantle distance maps of the cingulate quantify differences between dementia of the Alzheimer type and healthy aging," by M.I. Miller, M. Hosakere, A.R. Barker, C.E. Priebe, N. Lee, J.T. Ratnanather, L. Wang, M. Gado, J.C. Morris, and J.G. Csernansky (_Proceedings of the National Academies of Science_, Vol. 100, No. 25, Dec. 9, 2003, p. 15172-15177).

13. _BMJ_ NEWS ROUNDUP: "Large increases occur in cancers of skin and prostate," by Annabel Ferriman (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7427, Dec. 6, 2003, p. 1306).

14. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Influence of TOR kinase on lifespan in C. elegans," by Tibor Vellai, Krisztina Takacs-Vellai, Yue Zhang, Attila L. Kovacs, Laszlo Orosz, and Fritz Muller (_Nature_ Brief Communications, Vol. 426, No. 6967, Dec. 11, 2003, p. 620).

15. AARP PERIODICAL: Selected items from the November 2003 issue of _AARP BULLETIN_ are available at the _Bulletin_ site.

Note: This is a temporary address. Back issues are available by clicking on the arrow next to the drop-down menu under "Use the drop-down menu below to access other AARP Bulletin tables of contents".

16. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "An Easier Colon Test: A virtual colonoscopy is now as good as the real thing. Is it right for you?" by Christine Gorman (_Time_, Vol. 162, No. 24, Dec. 15, 2003).,9171,1101031215-557050,00.html


A. "Sex, Love and Nursing Homes," by Dirk Johnson and Julie Scelfo (_Newsweek_, Dec. 15, 2003).

B. "Relief That May Be Too Risky: Hormones: About 9 million women use hormones, down from 15 million last year," by Karen Springen and Barbara Kantrowitz (_Newsweek, Dec. 8, 2003).

18. SLATE ARTICLE: "Meet the Greedy Grandparents: Why America's elderly are so spoiled," by Steve Chapman (Slate, Dec. 10, 2003).


III. Working Papers:

19. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE: "Aged Care Innovative Pool dementia and disability pilot services evaluation" (Welfare Working Paper 41, December 2003, .pdf format, 96p.).


This paper summarises a project undertaken by the Ageing and Aged Care Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to define the scope of work for the development of a national evaluation framework for the Aged Care Innovative Pool dementia care and disability services.

Click on "Available on the web" for full text.

20. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Individual Mortality and Macro-Economic Conditions from Birth to Death," by Maarten Lindeboom, France Portrait, and Gerard J. van den Berg (IZA Discussion Paper DP-930, November 2003, .pdf format, 34p.).


This paper analyzes the effects of macro-economic conditions throughout life on the individual mortality rate. We estimate flexible duration models where the individuals mortality rate depends on current conditions, conditions earlier in life (notably during childhood), calendar time, age, individual characteristics, including individual socio-economic indicators, and interaction terms. We use individual data records from Dutch registers of birth, marriage, and death certificates, covering an observation window of unprecedented size (1812-1999). These are merged with historical data on macro-economic and health indicators. The results indicate a strong effect of macro-economic conditions during childhood on mortality at all ages. Those who are born in bad times on average have a high mortality rate throughout life, in particular during childhood itself and at ages above 50. Current macro-economic conditions mostly have an effect on youths and on the elderly.


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

21. 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.

Aging and Society (Vol. 23, No. 6, 2003).

American Sociological Review (Vol. 68, No. 5, 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.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 10, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 18, No. 4, 2003).

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 40, No. 3, 2003).

22. 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 Dec. 10, 2003:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 10, 2003:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 10, 2003:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Dec. 10, 2003:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Fellowships/Funding Opportunities:

23. RAND FELLOWS IN POPULATION STUDIES AND THE STUDY OF AGING: "The RAND Fellows in Population Studies and the Study of Aging program enables outstanding junior scholars in demographic and aging research to sharpen their analytic skills, learn to communicate research results effectively, and advance their research agendae. Housed within the Labor and Population Program, the program blends formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers in a variety of disciplines. In a typical year, the program will accept one fellow per year in Population Studies and one fellow per year in the Study of Aging. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second. Each fellow receives a yearly stipend of 44,300 to 56,500 US dollars, depending on qualifications." For more information see:

24. NIH: "Research on Crystal Deposition Arthropathies" (RFA-AR-04-006, US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with one other agency, Dec. 5, 2003). For more information see:

25. CMS: "FY 2004 State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS-04-001, Dec. 10, 2003). For more information see:

26. GRANTS.GOV: "This site allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies." One of the useful features of the site is that it allows users to subscribe to email notification of federal grant opportunities based on opportunity number, agencies & categories of funding opportunities, or selected interest & eligibility groups. For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

27. NASI: "In Search of Retirement Security: The Changing Mix of Social Insurance, Employee Benefits, and Personal Responsibility," a conference to be held Jan. 22-23, 2004, in Washington D.C. (National Academy of Social Insurance). For more information, including registration information, see:

28. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY: This website offers information about upcoming gerontology conferences worldwide.

More information on


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES HEARING PUBLICATION: "Retirement Security: What Seniors Need to Know About Protecting Their Futures," a hearing held May 15, 2003 (US House Serial Publication 108-29, ASCII text and .pdf format, 131p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-29" (without the quotes).


A. "Canadian Prescription Drug Importation: Is there a Safety Issue?" a hearing held Jun. 12, 2003 (US House Serial Publication 108-59, ASCII text and .pdf format, 143p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-59" (without the quotes).

B. "The Economic Aspects of the Pharmaceutical Industry in the United States," a hearing held Jun. 25, 2003 (US House Serial Publication 108-63, ASCII text and .pdf format, 87p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-63" (without the quotes).

31. US HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "H.R. 1, Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003," a hearing held Jun. 25, 2003 (ASCII text and .pdf format, 119p.).

32. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Medicare Reform and Competition: Separating Fact from Fiction," a hearing held May 6, 2003 (US Senate Hearing 108-45, Serial Publication 108-9, ASCII text and .pdf format, 108p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-145" (without the quotes).



33. CMS: Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance Program. This US Center for Medicare and Medicaid site provides the latest information on the Medicare drug discount program.

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