Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #246--July 15, 2004


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. WHO: The World Health Organization has recently updated data from its WHO Mortality Database. Documentation (.zip compressed Microsoft Word format), countries/years available (.zip compressed Microsoft Excel format), reference populations and live births (.zip compressed ASCII data) and the ICD9 and ICD10 (International Classification of Diseases) (.zip compressed ASCII data) files were all updated as of July 12, 2004.,whsa,mort_download&language=english

Note: Data updates are at the bottom of the page.


II. Reports and articles:

2. CMS REPORT: "Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards Offer Substantial Savings to Beneficiaries with Common Health Conditions," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, June 2004, .pdf format, 6p.).

Press release:

3. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "A Profile of Older Workers in West Virginia," by Nick Carroll and Cynthia Taeuber (Census Bureau, LED/OW-WV, July 2004, .pdf format, 22p.).

Press Release:

4. DHHS OIG REPORT: "Inspection Results on Nursing Home Compare: Completeness and Accuracy," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, OEI-01-03-00130, June 2004, .pdf format, 23p.).

From the report summary:

Overall, Nursing Home Compare's inspection results provide consumers with a valuable resource on the past performance of Medicare- and Medicaid- certified nursing homes. This OIG inspection found that Nursing Home Compare contains nearly all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes. However, one or more surveys were missing from 19 percent of nursing homes, leaving consumers with incomplete information about those homes' survey and complaint histories. Inspection results on Nursing Home Compare are largely accurate, but one or more deficiencies were missing from 11 percent of nursing homes' inspection results, and Nursing Home Compare presents deficiencies not found on State survey documentation for 15 percent of nursing homes. Inaccuracies may be due to late data entry by State survey agencies, no tracking of inaccuracy reports by CMS, and failure of State survey agencies to transmit data on amended deficiencies. The OIG recommended that CMS require State agencies to verify that the most recent inspection results are in CMS databases and establish a single point of contact for reporting discrepancies on the Web site.

5. NCHS CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: "Eighth Conference on Health Survey Research Methods," edited by Steven B. Cohen and James M. Lepkowski (US National Center for Health Statistics, 2004, .pdf format, 214p.).

6. AHRQ MEPS REPORT: "Outpatient Prescription Medicines: A Comparison of Expenditures by Household-Reported Condition, 1987 and 2001," by Marie Stagnitti and Mamatha Pancholi (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief No. 43, July 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).


This Statistical Brief summarizes differences in expenditures for outpatient prescription medicines reported for specific conditions by the household in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population for the years 1987 and 2001. The data used are derived from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) and the Household Component of the 2001 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC).

7. CMS NCA DATABASE: "NCA Tracking Sheet for Obesity as an Illness (CAG-00108N)," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Coverage Analysis, July 15, 2004).

Press release:

8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "The New Pension Credit: A review of the Campaign to May 2004," (UK DWP, July 2004, .pdf format, 27p.).

9. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Induction of phase 2 genes by sulforaphane protects retinal pigment epithelial cells against photooxidative damage," by Xiangqun Gao and Paul Talalay (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 28, July 13, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 10446-10451).


A. "Long-Lived Drosophila with Overexpressed dFOXO in Adult Fat Body," by Maria E. Giannakou, Martin Goss, Martin A. Jünger, Ernst Hafen, Sally J. Leevers, and Linda Partridge (_Science_, Vol. 305, No. 5682, July 16, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 361).

B. "Calorie Restriction Promotes Mammalian Cell Survival by Inducing the SIRT1 Deacetylase," by Haim Y. Cohen, Christine Miller, Kevin J. Bitterman, Nathan R. Wall, Brian Hekking, Benedikt Kessler, Konrad T. Howitz, Myriam Gorospe, Rafael de Cabo, and David A. Sinclair (_Science_, Vol. 305, No. 5682, July 16, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 390-392).

11. _BMJ_ PAPER: "Atypical antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: systematic review," by Philip E. Lee, Sudeep S. Gill, Morris Freedman, Susan E. Bronskill, Michael P. Hillmer, and Paula A. Rochon (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 329, No. 7457, July 10, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 75-78).

12. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles: "The Personal and Social Context of Planning for End-of-Life Care," by Boaz Kahana, Amy Dan, Eva Kahana, and Kyle Kerch (_Journal of the American Geriatrics Society_, Vol. 52, No. 7, 2004, p. 1163-1167, via Medscape).


A. "Nutrition Labeling at Fast-Food and Other Chain Restaurants," by Sandra B. Eskin and Sharon Hermanson (AARP Public Policy Institute, IB 71, July 2004, .pdf format, 6p.).

Click on "Download or view" at the bottom of the page for full text.

B. "Redefining Medicare's Long-Term Financial Health: A Closer Look at the 'Medicare Funding Warning' in the Trustees' Report," (AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Brief 67, June 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

14. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, July 2004, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

15. The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, for June 23 - July 6, 2004, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

July 6, 2004: The Re-Importation of Prescription Drugs
July 6, 2004: Shopping for the RX Card


III. Working Papers:

16. WHARTON SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA) PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: "The Impact of Health Status and Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenditures on Annuity Valuation," by Cassio M. Turra and Olivia S. Mitchell (WP 2004-02, July 2004, .pdf format, 31p.).


This paper describes how differences in health status at retirement can influence the decision to purchase a life annuity. We extend previous research on annuitization decisions by incorporating the effect of health differentials via differences in survival throughout the latter portion of life. Next, we consider how precautionary savings motivated by uncertain out-of-pocket medical expenses influence annuitization decisions. Our results show that annuities become less attractive to people facing uncertain medical expenses. While full annuitization would still be optimal if annuity markets were truly complete and both life- and health-contingent, lacking this, annuity equivalent wealth values are much lower for those in poor health, as compared to persons in good health.

17. URBAN INSTITUTE: "Distributional Effects of Defined Contribution Plans and Individual Retirement Arrangements," by Leonard E. Burman, William G. Gale, Matthew Hall, and Peter Orszag (Tax Policy Center Discussion Paper 16. July 2004, .pdf format, 51p.).


This paper incorporates retirement saving incentives into the Tax Policy Center microsimulation model and analyzes the distributional effects of current tax preferences for saving. As a share of income, tax-preferred saving incentives provide the largest benefits to households with income between $75,000 and $500,000, roughly the 80th to 99th percentile of the income distribution. In 2004, the top 20 percent of tax filing units by income will receive 70 percent of the tax benefits from new contributions to defined contribution plans and almost 60 percent of IRA tax benefits.

Click on "PDF" for full text.


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

18. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 160, No. 2, July 15, 2004).

19. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 39, No. 2, Sept. 2004).

Click on "Table of Contents & Abstracts" on the right side of the page.

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.

International Journal of Ageing and Human Development (Vol. 58, No. 2 & 3, 2004).

Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 16, No. 4, August 2004). 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.

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 48, No. 2, 2003).


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 July 14, 2004:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of July 14, 2004:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of July 14, 2004:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of July 14, 2004:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

22. NIH:

A. "Sociobehavioral Data Analysis and Archiving in Aging," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, PA-04-123, July 7, 2004).

B. "Novel Approaches to Enhance Animal Stem Cell Research," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-04-125, July 8, 2004).

C. "Supplements to Promote Re-entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-04-126, July 9, 2004).

23. CMMS/AOA: "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Administration on Aging: Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Card Outreach Campaign, Request for Proposals," (July 2004). The application deadline for this RFP is July 30, 2004.


VI. Conferences:

24. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: has recently updated its Gerontology conference webiste.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

25. SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medical Liability in Long Term Care: Is Escalating Litigation a Threat to Quality and Access?" a hearing held July 15, 2004.

To view hearing testimony (.pdf format):

26. SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY HEARING TESTIMONY: "Examining the Implications of Drug Importation," a hearing held July 14, 2004.

To view hearing testimony (HTML format):


VIII. Websites of Interest:

27. AARP: "Aging Everywhere: World Facts on the 50+," (AARP, June 2004). "This Interactive World Map serves as a "one-stop" international clearing house of relevant and timely information on aging populations worldwide. This site is updated regularly with newly published regional and country specific research, reports, and resources. We intend for it to serve as a useful tool for policymakers, researchers, students, media, and all others interested in the issues of global aging." This site will be updated frequently, as information for additional countries are added.

28. GPO: "Congressional Hearings: Browse." The US Government Printing Office has recently added this feature to its GPO Access site. Interested researchers can now browse House and Senate hearings going back to the 105th Congress (1997-98).





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