Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #251--August 26, 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. WLS: The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has released Flowcharts for the 2003 graduate, and 2004 spouse, and sibling survey instruments.

2. CENSUS BUREAU: The Bureau has released Data Profiles, 2003 Multi-Year Profiles, and Public Use Microdata from the 2003 American Community Survey.

Data profiles:

Multi-Year profiles:

Detailed tables:

2000-2003 ACS PUMS:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2003," by Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Robert J. Mills (Current Population Reports Consumer Income, P60-226, August 2004, .pdf format, 69p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Income Stable, Poverty Up, Numbers of Americans With and Without Health Insurance Rise, Census Bureau Reports" (CB04-144, Aug. 26, 2004). "The report was compiled from data collected in the 2004 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS)."

B. "A Profile of Older Workers in Virginia," by Nick Carroll and Cynthia Taeuber (Local Employment Dynamics LED/OW-VA, July 2004, .pdf format, 22p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "As It Ages, Virginia's Work Force Remains on the Job" (CB04-137, Aug. 18, 2004).

Click on "A Profile of Older Workers in Virginia" for link to full text.


A. "Statement of Mark B. McClellan M.D, Ph.D., Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on U.S. Pharmacopeia's Draft" (US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Aug. 19, 2004). The statement links to"CMS Discussion Paper on USP Draft Model Guidelines" (.pdf format, 4p.).

B. "CMS Encourages States to Give Medicaid Beneficiaries More Control Over the Long-Term Care Services They Receive" US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Aug. 17, 2004).

C. "CY 2005 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System: Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System for Calendar Year 2005" (_Federal Register_ via CMS website, Aug. 16, 2004, .pdf format, p. 50448-50848).

D. "Decision Memo for Electrocardiographic Services" (US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CAG-00158N, Aug. 26, 2004).

5. NCHS REPORT: "National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2002 Summary," by David A. Woodwell and Donald K. Cherry (US National Center for Health Statistics, Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics No. 346, August 2004, .pdf format, 43p.). The report is linked to from a NCHS Fact Sheet: New Study Shows Critical Role for Primary Care Specialists: Most Often the Source of Preventive Care" (Aug. 26, 2004).

Click on "View/download PDF" for link to full text.


A. "International Update, August 2004" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.). "This monthly publication covers recent developments in foreign public and private pensions."

B. "OASDI (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) Beneficiaries by State and County, 2003," by Jennie H. Park (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, August 2004, HTML and .pdf format). Note: At the bottom of the website, there are links to selected reports going back to 1997. "This annual publication provides data on the Social Security population at the local level. It presents basic program data by type of benefit (retirement, survivors, and disability) and category of beneficiary (retired and disabled workers, wives and husbands, widows and widowers, and children)."

7. AOA NEWSLETTER: "AoA e-News," (US Administration on Aging, August 2004, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Word format, 9p.).

8. NIH NEWS RELEASE: "NIH Launches New Study to Compare Prostate Surgery and Drugs" (US National Institutes of Health, Aug. 19, 2004).

9. NEW ZEALAND CENTRE FOR HOUSING RESEARCH REPORT: "Accommodation Options for Older People in Aotearoa/New Zealand," (New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing, 2004, .pdf format, 198p.).

10. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUES IN BRIEF: "How Do Individual Accounts Work in the Swedish Pension System?" by Annika Sunden (IB #22, August 2004, .pdf format, 9p.).

Click on "click here" for full text.

11. CATO INSTITUTE REPORT: "How to Reduce the Cost of Federal Pension Insurance," by Richard A. Ippolito (Cato Policy Analysis No. 523, August 2004, .pdf format, 20p.).

Click on "Full text Full Text of Policy Analysis No. 523" at the bottom of the Executive Summary for full text.


A. "How Will the Boomers Fill the Political Shoes of Their Elders?" by Jeffrey Love (AARP Perspectives, August 2004).

B. The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, for Aug. 10-17, 2004, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Aug. 17, 2004--Manufactured Housing

13. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Multiple-stress analysis for isolation of _Drosophila_ longevity genes," by Horng-Dar Wang, Parsa Kazemi-Esfarjani, and Seymour Benzer (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 34, Aug. 24, 2004, p. 12610-12615).


A. "Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Weight Gain, and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Young and Middle-Aged Women," by Matthias B. Schulze, JoAnn E. Manson, David S. Ludwig, Graham A. Colditz, Meir J. Stampfer, Walter C. Willett, and Frank B. Hu (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 8, Aug. 25, 2004, p. 927-934).

B. "Cost-Lowering Strategies Used by Medicare Beneficiaries Who Exceed Drug Benefit Caps and Have a Gap in Drug Coverage," by Chien-Wen Tseng, Robert H. Brook, Emmett Keeler, W. Neil Steers, and Carol M. Mangione (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 8, Aug. 25, 2004, p. 952-960).

C. "Long-term Care Placement of Dementia Patients and Caregiver Health and Well-being," by Richard Schulz, Steven H. Belle, Sara J. Czaja, Kathleen A. McGinnis, Alan Stevens, and Song Zhang (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 8, Aug. 25, 2004, p. 961-967).

US National Institutes of Health news release: "Study Shows Placing Relative with Dementia into Long-Term Care Facility Does Little to Ease the Emotional Burden of Caregivers" (Aug. 26, 2004).

15. _LANCET_ PERSPECTIVES: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Reclaiming dignity from despair in Alzheimer's disease," book reviews of _Amazing Grace: Enjoying Alzheimer's_, by Ray Smith, and _Alive with Alzheimer's_, by Cathy Stein Greenblat, reviewed by Martha B. Holstein (_Lancet_, Vol. 364, No. 9435, Aug. 21, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 655-656).



16. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Defending Our Skies Against the Elderly," by Diane Dimond (_Newsweek_, Aug. 30, 2004).


III. Working Papers:

17. NBER:

A. "Detecting Medicare Abuse," by David Becker, Daniel Kessler, and Mark McClellan (National Bureau of Economic Research w10677, August 2004, .pdf format, 35p.).


This paper identifies which types of patients and hospitals have abusive Medicare billings that are responsive to law enforcement. For a 20 percent random sample of elderly Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized from 1994-98 with one or more of six illnesses that are prone to abuse, we obtain longitudinal claims data linked with Social Security death records, hospital characteristics, and state/year-level anti-fraud enforcement efforts. We show that increased enforcement leads certain types of types of patients and hospitals to have lower billings, without adverse consequences for patients' health outcomes.

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B. "Sex Differences in Morbidity and Mortality," by Anne C. Case and Christina Paxson (National Bureau of Economic Research, w10653, July 2004, .pdf format, 45p.).


Women have worse self-rated health and more hospitalization episodes than men from early adolescence to late middle age, but are less likely to die at each age. We use 14 years of data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey to examine this paradox. Our results indicate that the difference in self-assessed health between women and men can be entirely explained by differences in the distribution of the chronic conditions they face. Although on average women have worse self-rated health than men, women and men with the same chronic conditions have the same self-rated health. The results for hospital episodes are somewhat different. While the effect of poor health on hospital episodes is the same for men and women, men with respiratory cancer, cardiovascular disease, and bronchitis are more likely to experience hospital episodes than women who suffer from the same chronic conditions, implying that men may experience more severe forms of these conditions. The same is true for mortality. Although the effects of many chronic conditions on the probability of death are the same for women and men, men who report having cardiovascular disease and certain lung disorders are significantly more likely to die than women with these conditions. While some of the gender difference in mortality can be explained by differences in the distribution of chronic conditions, an equally large share can be attributed to the larger adverse effects of these conditions on male mortality. Is smoking the smoking gun? Conditions for which we find excess male hospitalizations and mortality are generally smoking-related.

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18. IIASA: "Productivity versus Age," by Cesare Marchetti (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis [Laxenburg, Austria], August 2004, .pdf and PostScript format, 104p.).


Personal actions appear to be driven by all sorts of mechanism, usually hidden, but basically stochastic, with a pinch of free will. In this analysis done on measurable indicators of this activity, we show that the final result obeys simple and predictive rules, usually with just one covering all the life span.

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19. URBAN INSTITUTE: "Distributional Effects of Defined Contribution Plans and Individual Retirement Accounts," by Leonard E. Burman, William G. Gale, Matthew Hall, and Peter Orszag (Tax Policy Center Discussion Paper No. 16, August 2004, .pdf format, 51p.).

Click on "Portable Document Format (PDF)" for full text.

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

20. Age and Ageing (Vol. 33, No. 5, September 2004).

21. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 160, No. 5, Sep. 1, 2004).

22. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 11, No. 4, 2004). 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.

23. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 23, No. 4, July 2004).

Click on "ScienceDirect Full Text & Abstracts" for link to tables of contents.


24. 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 Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 45, No. 2, 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.

Social Work (Vol. 49, No. 3, 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 these issues.

25. 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. 25, 2004:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 25, 2004:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug 25, 2004:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Aug 25, 2004:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

26. OECD: _Ageing and Employment Policies: Italy_ (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Aging Society Programme, 2004). For more information, including ordering information, see:,2340,en_2649_37435_33668425_1_1_1_37435,00.html


VI. Funding Opportunities:

27. AOA: "Aging Services Network Integrated Care Management" (US Administration on Aging, Application deadline, Sep. 10, 2004). For more information, including a link to application information see:

Click on "Here" at the bottom of the press release for to link to the application.

28. NIH: "Genetics and Pathobiology of Vascular Cognitive Impairment" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAS-04-149, Aug. 20, 2004). For more information see:


VII. Conferences:

29. ADI: "20th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International," to be held in Kyoto, Japan Oct. 15-17, 2004. The main theme of this year's conference is "Dementia Care in an Aging Society." For more information, including registration information, see:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

30. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Assistive Technologies for Independent Aging: Opportunities and Challenges," a hearing held Apr. 27, 2004 (Senate Hearing 108-523, Serial No. 108-33, ASCII text and .pdf format, 211p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-523" (without the quotes).

31. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE COMPENDIUM: _2004 Green Book: Background Material and Data on the Programs Within the Jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means_ (March 2004, ASCII text and .pdf format). "The House Ways and Means Committee Green Book provides program descriptions and historical data on a wide variety of social and economic topics, including Social Security, employment, earnings, welfare, child support, health insurance, the elderly, families with children, poverty and taxation. It has become a standard reference work for those interested in the direction of social policy in the United States. It is compiled by the staff of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives. GPO Access contains the Green Book 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004."

Click on "Browse" for link to full text.

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