Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #269--January 6, 2005


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:


A. The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced the release of "HRS 1998 Exit (Final, Version 1.0)." (Jan. 4, 2005).

Click on "Data" for access.

B. Study of Aging and Health Dynamics (AHEAD): "Machine-generated representations of the original AHEAD 1995 SurveyCraft specification files have been added to the Questionnaires page. Note that these documents are not constructed in the traditional 'box and arrow' format." See the Jan. 5, 2005 item at:

2. MEPS:

A. "New Compendium tables from the MEPS Household Component - Medical Expenditures by Condition tables for year 2002." (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey).

B. "MEPSnet/Household Component - 2002 data now available." This data is available via the MEPSnet interactive web extraction tool. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey).

3. 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:

National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2002 (#4166)


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Notes and Errata: 2000 Census of Population and Housing" (US Census Bureau (SF/01-ER), December 2004, .pdf format, 284p.).

B. "Employee Retirement Systems of State and Local Governments: 2002" (US Census Bureau 2002 Census of Governments, Vol. 4, No. 6, Government Finances, GCO 2(4)-6, December 2004, .pdf format, 71p.).

5. GSA PROGRAM ABSTRACTS: The Gerontological Society of America has made available complete program abstracts from its recently concluded GSA Annual Conference (held in Washington D.C., Nov. 19-23, 2004). The abstracts are in the form of a special issue of _The Gerontologist_ (Vol. 44, Special Issue 1, October 2004, .pdf format, 693p.).

6. SSA PERIODICAL: "International Update, December 2004," (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, December 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

7. FDA TALK PAPER: "Court Halts Illegal Importation of Prescription Drugs" (US Food and Drug Administration Talk Paper T04-62, December 2004).


A. "NCA Tracking Sheet for Implantable Defibrillators (CAG-00157R2)" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dec. 28, 2004).

Click on "final decision memorandum" next to December 28, 2004.

B. "Progress in Nursing Home Quality" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, December, 2004, .pdf format, 7p.). This report, along with other information from CMS' Nursing Home Quality Initiative, is available at:

C. _The CMS Quarterly Provider Update_ (January 2005).

Scroll to bottom of page and click on "View The January 2005 CMS Quarterly Provider Update Table of Contents" for link to the issue.

9. USDA ERS REPORT: "Nutrition and Health Characteristics of Low-Income Populations: Volume IV, Older Adults," by Nancy Cole and Mary Kay Fox (US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, E-FAN No. 04014-4, December 2004, .pdf format, 358p.).


Data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III), conducted in 1988-94, were used to compare the nutrition and health characteristics of the Nation's older adults--men and women ages 60 years and older. Three groups of older adults were compared based on household income: income at or below 130 percent of poverty (lowest income), income between 131 and 185 percent of poverty (low income), and income above 185 percent of poverty (higher income). This research was designed to establish a baseline from which to monitor the nutrition and health characteristics of older Americans over time, particularly those in low- and lowest income groups.

10. CIHI NEWS RELEASE: "Nursing Workforce Getting Older: One in Three Canadian Nurses is 50 or Older," (Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut Canadien d'Information sur la Sante, Dec. 14, 2004).

Note: Click on "Report" near "In this release" at the top of the page, and then " Workforce Trends of Regulated Nurses in Canada, 2003" for link to information on the report this release is based on: "Workforce Trends of Regulated Nurses in Canada, 2003" (December 2004). Purchasing information is available. Tables in the report (.zip compressed) are available free of charge.


A. "Social Security Reform and Its Effects on Participation in the Supplemental Security Income Program," by Melissa Favreault, Jilian A. Berk, and Karen E. Smith (AARP Policy Institute Paper No. 2004-18, December 2004, .pdf format, 53p.).

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

B. The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ show, for Nov. 30 - Dec. 28, 2004, is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Dec. 28, 2004--Merrill Goozner on Social Security

C. "New AARP Ad Campaign Highlights Danger in Proposals for Private Accounts Carved Out of Social Security" (Jan. 3, 2005).

12. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION REPORT: "The Long-Term Care Partnership Program: Issues and Options," by Alexis Ahlstrom, Emily Clements, Anne Tumlinson, and Jeanne Lambrew (December 2004, .pdf format, 11p.).

13. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Retirement Saving Incentives and Personal Saving," by Elizabeth Bell, Adam Carasso, and C. Eugene Steuerle (Tax Analysts "Tax Facts," December 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

14. OXFORD INSTITUTE ON AGEING PERIODICAL: "Pension reform and social justice," (_Ageing Horizons_, Issue No. 1, .pdf format).

More information about Oxford Institute on Ageing:


A. "Caloric restriction increases neurotrophic factor levels and attenuates neurochemical and behavioral deficits in a primate model of Parkinson's disease," by Navin Maswood, Jennifer Young, Edward Tilmont, Zhiming Zhang, Don M. Gash, Greg A. Gerhardt, Richard Grondin, George S. Roth, Julie Mattison, Mark A. Lane, Richard E. Carson, Robert M. Cohen, Peter R. Mouton, Christopher Quigley, Mark P. Mattson, and Donald K. Ingram (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 52, Dec. 28, 2004, p. 18171-18176).

B. "Stimulation of proteoglycan synthesis by glucuronosyltransferase-I gene delivery: A strategyto promote cartilage repair," by N. Venkatesan, L. Barré, A. Benani, P. Netter, J. Magdalou, S. Fournel-Gigleux, and M. Ouzzine (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 52, Dec. 28, 2004, p. 18087-18092).

16. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Natural oligomers of the amyloid-{beta} protein specifically disrupt cognitive function," by James P. Cleary, Dominic M. Walsh, Jacki J. Hofmeister, Ganesh M. Shankar, Michael A. Kuskowski, Dennis J. Selkoe, & Karen H. Ashe (_Nature Neuroscience_, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2005, p. 79-84).

17. MEDSCAPE CONFERENCE REPORT, ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Highlights of the 2004 Cachexia in Aging and Cancer Conference, held Dec. 4-5, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois.

B. "Effects of an Herbal Medication Containing Bee Products on Menopausal Symptoms and Cardiovascular Risk Markers: Results of a Pilot Open-uncontrolled Trial," by Dimiter B. Georgiev, Marcus Metka, Johannes C. Huber, Assen R. Goudev, and Nikolai Manassiev (Medscape General Medicine, December 2004).


A. "Pegaptanib for Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Evangelos S. Gragoudas, Anthony P. Adamis, Emmett T. Cunningham, Jr., Matthew Feinsod, and David R. Guyer (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 351, No. 27, Dec. 30, 2004, p. 2805-2816).

B. "A New Treatment for Ocular Neovascularization," by Frederick L. Ferris, III (_New England Journal of Medicine_ Editorial extract, Vol. 351, No. 27, Dec. 30, 2004, p. 2863-2865).

C. _Ethical Foundations of Palliative Care for Alzheimer Disease_, edited by Ruth B. Purtilo and Henk A.M.J. ten Have, reviewed by Peter J. Whitehouse (_New England Journal of Medicine_ Book Review extract, Vol. 351, No. 27, Dec. 30, 2004, p. 2885).


A. "National criteria needed to overcome current "hit and miss" process of applying for funded long term care," by Zosia Kmietowicz (_British Medical Journal_ News Extra, Vol. 330, No. 7481, Jan. 1, 2005, available on the web only).

B. "Concealment of drugs in food and beverages in nursing homes: cross sectional study," by Oyvind Kirkevold and Knut Engedal (_British Medical Journal_ Primary Care, Vol. 330, No. 7481, Jan. 1, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

20. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLE: "The lessons of Clintoncare," by Michael Barone (_US News and World Report_, Jan. 10, 2005).

21. _ECONOMIST_ ARTICLE: "The route to real pensions reform: The route to real pensions reform," by Robert Pozen (_Economist_, Jan. 6, 2005).


III. Working Papers:

22. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION WORKING PAPERS: "Health and Wealth of Elderly Couples: Causality Tests Using Dynamic Panel Data Models," by Pierre-Carl Michaud and Arthur van Soest (WR-191, September 2004, .pdf format, 48p.).


A positive relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and health, the so-called "health-wealth gradient", is repeatedly found in most industrialized countries with similar levels of health care technology and economic welfare. This study analyzes causality from health to wealth (health causation) and from wealth to health (wealth or social causation) for elderly couples in the US. Using six biennial waves of couples aged 51-61 in 1992 from the Health and Retirement Study, we compare the recently developed strategy using Granger causality tests of Adams et al. (2003, _Journal of Econometrics_) with tests for causality in dynamic panel data models incorporating unobserved heterogeneity. While Adams et al. tests reject the hypothesis of no causality from wealth to husband's or wife's health, the tests in the dynamic panel data model do not provide evidence of wealth-health causality. On the other hand, both methodologies lead to strong evidence of causal effects from both spouses' health on household wealth.

Click on "PDF" for full text.

23. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE: "Administrative Challenges in Managing the Medicare Program," by Michael E. Gluck, and Richard Sorian (WP 2004-15, Dec. 2004, .pdf format, 83p.).

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

24. ISER: "The Gender Gap in Private Pensions," by Elena Bardasi and Stephen P. Jenkins (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex [Colchester, UK], WP2004-29, December 2004, .pdf format, 21p.).


Older women in Britain receive considerably less private pension income than older men, on average. We analyse this differential by examining differences between the sexes both in private pension coverage and in pension income conditional on receipt. Using regression-based decompositions, we show that both gaps are associated mainly with gender differences in returns to personal characteristics rather than with gender differences in personal characteristics per se. In particular, although there are marked differences between elderly men and elderly women in their lifetime employment histories, these differences account for only a small fraction of the overall private pension income gap between the sexes.

25. Mannheim [Germany] Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA): "Aging, Pension Reform, and Capital Flows: A Multi-Country Simulation Model," by Axel Borsch-Supan, Alexander Ludwig, and Joachim Winter (August 2004, .pdf format, 58p.).


We present a quantitative analysis of the effects of population aging and pension reform on international capital markets. First, demographic change alters the time path of aggregate savings within each country. Second, this process may be amplified when a pension reform shifts old-age provision towards more pre-funding. Third, while the patterns of population aging are similar in most countries, timing and initial conditions differ substantially. Hence, to the extent that capital is internationally mobile, population aging will induce capital flows between countries. All three effects influence the rate of return to capital and interact with the demand for capital in production and with labor supply. In order to quantify these effects, we develop a computational general equilibrium model. We feed this multi-country overlapping generations model with detailed long-term demographic projections for seven world regions. Our simulations indicate that capital flows from fast-aging regions to the rest of the world will initially be substantial but that trends are reversed when households decumulate savings. We also conclude that closed-economy models of pension reform miss quantitatively important effects of international capital mobility.


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

26. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 161, No. 2, Jan. 15, 2005).

27. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 95, No. 1, January 2005). 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.

28. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 11, No. 6, 2004).

29. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 19, No. 1, Feburary 2005). 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.

30. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "advanced search"
C. Type in your publication name and click "Exact title" radio button
D. Under "Show", click the "fax/ariel" radio button.
E. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

International Journal of Ageing and Human Development (Vol. 59, No. 4, 2004).

31. 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 Jan. 6, 2005:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 6, 2005:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 6, 2005:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jan. 6, 2005:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 6, 2005:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

32. NIH:

A. "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Pathophysiology and Treatment" (PA-05-030, Dec. 21, 2004, US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Retirement Economics" (PA-05-036, Dec. 29, 2004 US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

33. AOA: "Title VI Part A and Part C Grants": For more information see:

and scroll to the announcement about Title VI grants.


and scroll to the announcement about Title VI grants.


VI. Conferences:

34. AOA: "National Title VI Training and Technical Assistance Conference," to be held Apr. 24-28, 2005 in Washington D.C. (US Administration on Aging, Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Programs). For more information see:

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