Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #277--March 3, 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:

1. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Social and Economic Research at the University of Michigan has recently released the following dataset, which may be of interest to demography researchers. 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:

Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997: [California] (#4076)

2. NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS OF CHINA ANNOUNCEMENT: The NBS has announced the availability of Tabulation of 2000 Population Census of China; China Population by Township; and China Population E-Atlas. Data files are available on CD-ROM (HTML and Microsoft Excel format). The E-Atlas is in Chinese. The announcement is not clear on the language of the data tabulations. For more information see:

Note: Cancel any request to download a Chinese language character set. This announcement is in English.


II. Reports and articles:

3. NCHS Report: "Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2003," by Donna L. Hoyert, Hsiang-Ching Kung, and Betty L. Smith (US National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 53, No. 15, February 2005, .pdf format, 48p.). The report is linked to from a NCHS news release: "Life Expectancy Hits Record High: Gender Gap Narrows" (Feb. 28, 2005).


A. "CMS to Implement New Claims Appeal Process" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, March 2005, .pdf format 511p., with an accompanying factsheet (March 2005, .pdf format, 3p.).

B. "Medicare Competitive Acquisition Program For Part B Drugs and Biologicals" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Mar. 1, 2005, .pdf format, 157p.).

C. "Lower-cost Health Plan Choices Available To More Beneficiaries In 2005" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Feb. 18, 2005).

D. "Overall Health Care Cost Growth Projections Slow From 2003 Medicare Drug Coverage Expected to Lower Prices" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Feb. 23, 2005).

E. "CMS Continues Efforts As A Cost-efficient Payer For Quality Health Care For Medicare Beneficiaries" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Feb. 23, 2005).

5. ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT: "Social Security and the States" (February 2005, .pdf format). Note that each state has an individual .pdf report.

More information about EPI:

6. AOA NEWSLETTER: "AoA e-News" (US Administration on Aging, March 2005, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 8p.).


A. "Australia well prepared to combat bird flu" (Feb. 25, 2005).

B. "274,614 extra hours for Vic home and community care" (Feb. 24, 2005).

8. UK NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE REVIEW: "Health Technology Assessment: Alzheimer's disease - donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine and memantine (review)," (NICE, March 1, 2005,.pdf format, 392p.).

More information about the review:

More information about NICE:

9. KFF HEALTH POLL REPORT: The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Poll Report (February 2005) concerns "Views On Prescription Drugs And The Pharmaceutical Industry." "The Kaiser Health Poll Report is a bimonthly report designed to provide key tracking information on public opinion about health care topics to journalists, policymakers and the general public. Each Current Feature includes poll findings on a unique and timely topic, while the other sections track public opinion on some key broad questions over time."

10. MEPS STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Overweight and Obese Elderly and Near Elderly in the United States, 2002: Estimates for the Noninstitutionalized Population Age 55 and Older," by Jeffrey A. Rhoades (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief No. 68, February 2005, .pdf format, 6p.).


This Statistical Brief presents data from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) for 2002 concerning the prevalence of overweight and obesity among the elderly and near elderly (age 55 and older) noninstitutionalized (community) population. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between body mass index (BMI) and demographic characteristics of the population, total health care expenditures, and inpatient and prescribed medicines expenditures.

11. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH "JUST THE FACTS": "Will Baby Boomers Drown in Debt?" by Mauricio Soto (JTF No. 15, March 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).


A. "Parkinson-like syndrome induced by continuous MPTP infusion: Convergent roles of the ubiquitin-proteasome system and {alpha}-synuclein," by Francesco Fornai, Oliver M. Schluter, Paola Lenzi, Marco Gesi, Riccardo Ruffoli, Michela Ferrucci, Gloria Lazzeri, Carla L. Busceti, Fabrizio Pontarelli, Giuseppe Battaglia, Antonio Pellegrini, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Stefano Ruggieri, Antonio Paparelli, and Thomas C. Sudhof (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 102, No. 9, Mar. 1, 2005, p. 3413-3418).

B. "Antagonist of growth hormone-releasing hormone induces apoptosis in LNCaP human prostate cancer cells through a Ca2+-dependent pathway," by Zoltan Rekasi, Tamas Czompoly, Andrew V. Schally, Ferenc Boldizsar, Jozsef L. Varga, Marta Zarandi, Timea Berki, Reka A. Horvath, and Peter Nemeth (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 102, No 9, Mar. 1, 2005, p. 3435-3440).


A. "Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Older and Younger Women With Lymph Node--Positive Breast Cancer," by Hyman B. Muss, Susan Woolf, Donald Berry, Constance Cirrincione, Raymond B. Weiss, Daniel Budman, William C. Wood, I. Craig Henderson, Clifford Hudis, Eric Winer, Harvey Cohen, Judith Wheeler, and Larry Norton (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 293, No. 9, Mar. 2, 2005, p. 1073-1081).

B. "Adjuvant Therapy of Breast Cancer in the Elderly," by William J. Gradishar, and Virginia G. Kaklamani (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial, Vol. 293, No. 9, Mar. 2, 2005, p. 1118-1120).


A. "Genetic Factors in Alzheimer's Disease," by Thomas D. Bird (_New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives, Vol. 352, No. 9, Mar. 3, 2005, p. 862-864).

B. "Family-Based Association between Alzheimer's Disease and Variants in UBQLN1," by Lars Bertram, Mikko Hiltunen, Michele Parkinson, Martin Ingelsson, Christoph Lange, Karunya Ramasamy, Kristina Mullin, Rashmi Menon, Andrew J. Sampson, Monica Y. Hsiao, Kathryn J. Elliott, Gonul Velicelebi, Thomas Moscarillo, Bradley T. Hyman, Steven L. Wagner, K. David Becker, Deborah Blacker, and Rudolph E. Tanzi (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 352, No. 9, Mar. 3, 2005, p. 884-894).

15. _BMJ_ Article Abstract, Clinical Review Extract:

A. "Atypical antipsychotic drugs and risk of ischaemic stroke: population based retrospective cohort study," by Sudeep S Gill, Paula A Rochon, Nathan Herrmann, Philip E Lee, Kathy Sykora, Nadia Gunraj, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Jerry H Gurwitz, Connie Marras, Walter P Wodchis, and Muhammad Mamdani (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 330, No. 7489, Feb. 26, 2005, p. 445-450).

B. "Recent developments in pain in dementia," by Erik Scherder, Joukje Oosterman, Dick Swaab, Keela Herr, Marcel Ooms, Miel Ribbe, Joseph Sergeant, Gisele Pickering, Fabrizio Benedetti (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 330, No. 7489, Feb. 26, 2005, p. 461-464).


A. "Seniors Draw Fire: AARP prepares to punch back on Social Security," by Howard Fineman (_Newsweek_, Mar. 7, 2005).

B. "Seducing Scientists: California and Massachusetts do battle over stem cells," by Mary Carmichael (_Newsweek, Mar. 7, 2005).

17. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE_: "A mighty tough sell," by Terence Samuel. (_U.S. News & World Report_, March 7, 2005).


III. Working Papers:

18. CESifo (Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research [University of Munich, Germany]):

A. "Optimal Response to a Demographic Shock," by Juan C. Conesa and Carlos Garriga (WP 1393, January 2005, .pdf format, 26p.).


We examine the optimal policy response to an exogenously given demographic shock. Such a shock affects negatively the financing of retirement pensions, and we use optimal fiscal policy in order to determine the optimal strategy of the social security administration. Our approach provides specific policy responses in an environment that guarantees the financial sustainability of existing retirement pensions. At the same time, pensions will be financed in a way that by construction generates no welfare losses for any of the cohorts in our economy. In contrast to existing literature we endogenously determine optimal policies rather than exploring implications of exogenously given policies. Our results show that the optimal strategy is based in the following ingredients: elimination of compulsory retirement, a change in the structure of labor income taxation and a temporary increase in the level of government debt.

B. "Optimal Portfolio Management for Individual Pension Plans," by Christian Gollier (WP 1394, February 2005, .pdf format, 20p.).


We explore the various arguments for and against the recommendation that younger households should invest a larger share of their pension wealth in risky assets. The ability of young agents to compensate their financial losses by saving more during their career provides the strongest argument in favour of younger people investing more aggressively in the stock market. Meanreversion in stock returns yields another argument. However, the uninsurability of the risky human capital goes in the opposite direction, together with the imperfect knowledge that young investors have about the distribution of asset returns.

19. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) [Canberra (Australia) University]: "Who's going to care--Projecting the impact of an ageing population on carers," by Simon Kelly (Conference Paper CP0504, February 2005, Microsoft PowerPoint slide show in .pdf format, 27p.).


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

20. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 60A, Nos. 1, January 2005). 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.

21. Journals of Gerontology (B) Psychological and Social Sciences (Vols. 60B, Nos. 2, March 2005). 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.

22. 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 Aging and Human Development (Vol. 60, No. 1, 2005).

23. 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 Mar. 2, 2005:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 2, 2005:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar 2, 2005:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar 2, 2005:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar 2, 2005:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

24. POPULATION COUNCIL: _Aging, Health, and Public Policy: Demographic and Economic Perspectives_, edited by Linda J. Waite and Lucy Flower (2005, 280p. 21.00 US dollars). For more information, including ordering information, see:

Link to order form is half-way down the page.


VI. Funding Opportunities:

25. NIH:

A. "NIA Intervention Testing Program Solicits Proposals for Compounds to Test for Anti-Aging Activity in Mice" (NOT-AG-05-004, US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Feb. 24, 2005). For more information see:

B. "Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity" (PAR-05-061, US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Mar. 1, 2005). For more information see:

26. AOA/CHCPR: "The U.S. Administration on Aging and the Center for Home Care Policy and Research are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Models of Livable Communities Competition. The purpose of this competition is to identify and showcase cities and counties that exemplify a livable community and to highlight promising practices that can be used by local governments throughout the country in preparing for the aging of the baby boom population. Through the development and national dissemination of case studies that highlight leading practices, AoA aims to inspire other communities to also become Livable Communities for All Ages, including older adults." For more information see:


VII. Conferences:

27. NCI: "NCI (US National Cancer Institute)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers Science Writer's Seminar in New York City: New Frontiers in Prostate Cancer Treatment and Prevention," to be held at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, Mar. 23, 2005). For more information, see the US National Institutes of Health news release at:

28. AARP: "Universal Village: Livable Communities in the 21st Century," a conference to be held in Washington, DC, Jun. 15, 2005. For more information see:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "Implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act: Delivering Prescription Drugs to Dual Eligibles," a hearing held Mar. 3, 2005, .pdf format). In addition to the testimony, a video transcript of the entire hearing (RealPlayer format) should be available shortly

B. "Medicare Discount Drug Card: Measuring the Savings, Forum," a hearing held Sep. 23, 2004, (Senate Hearing 108-751, Serial Publication 108-44, ASCII text and .pdf format, 208p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-751" (without the quotes).


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