Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #75--March 15, 2001

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 Political and Social Research added 5 studies on Mar. 9, 2001. Of possible interest may be:


Note: This is a temporary address. Studies can always be found at:

Search by study number or title.

2. NCHS TRENDS IN HEALTH AND AGING UPDATE: The US National Center for Health Statistics has enhanced its Trends in Health and Aging web site (last discussed in CAAR #17, January 20, 2000--item #1 Sections have been added on Medicare Expenditures, Days of Care, and New Risk Factors. There are also sections on state mortality by race and Hispanic origin. The interactive tables allow users the choice of the "Beyond 20/20" extraction system or viewing and/or downloading data via direct web extraction ("expedited query").

Ready Reference Database:

More information about "Trends in Health and Aging":


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Estimated Sustainable Growth Rate and Conversion Factor, for Medicare Payments to Physicians," 2002 preliminary estimate, (US Health Care Financing Administration Office of the Actuary, March 2000, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.)

B. "National Health Expenditures Projections 1999" (US Health Care Financing Administration, March 2001, HTML and ASCII comma delimited format).

C. "National Health Expenditures Projections 2000 - 2010," (US Health Care Financing Administration, March 2001, HTML and .pdf format, with ASCII comma delimited data from 1965-2010).

4. IRS SOI REPORT: "Federal Taxation of Inheritance and Wealth Transfers," by Barry W. Johnson and Martha Britton Eller (US Internal Revenue Service Statistics of Income Branch, March 2001, .pdf format, 24p.).

5. _SCIENCE_ NEWS FOCUS ABSTRACT: Note: Full electronic text (HTML format) of this article may be available. Check your organization's library."Patience Yields Secrets of Seed Longevity," by Kathryn Brown (_Science_ News Focus, Vol. 291, No. 5510, Mar. 9, 2001, p. 1884-1885).

6. _THE LANCET_ ARTICLE: Note: _The Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Association between trans fatty acid intake and 10-year risk of coronary heart disease in the Zutphen Elderly Study: a prospective population-based study," by Claudia M. Oomen, Marga C. Ocke, Edith J.M. Feskens, Marie-Agnes J.van Erp-Baart, Frans J. Kok, and Daan Kromhout (_The Lancet_, Vol. 357, No. 9258, Mar. 10, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 746-751).



7. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Legal Slippery Slope," by Robert M. Walker (_Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center_, Vol. 8, No. 1, January/February 2001, p. 25-31).


B. "A Cost-Effectiveness Model of Tibolone as Treatment for the Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures in Postmenopausal Women in Sweden," by Michael Wills, Knut Odegaard, Ulf Persson, Johan Hedbrant, Dan Mellstrom, and Mats Hammar (_Clinical Drug Investigations_, Vol. 21, No. 2, February 2001, p. 115-127).


8. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Declining brain activity in cognitively normal apolipoprotein E 4 heterozygotes: A foundation for using positron emission tomography to efficiently test treatments to prevent Alzheimer's disease," by Eric M. Reiman, Richard J. Caselli, Kewei Chen, Gene E. Alexander, Daniel Bandy, and Jennifer Frost (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 6, Mar. 13, 2001, p. 3334-3339).

B. "Patients with Alzheimer's disease have reduced activities in midlife compared with healthy control-group members," by Robert P. Friedland, Thomas Fritsch, Kathleen A. Smyth, Elisabeth Koss, Alan J. Lerner, Chien Hsiun Chen, Grace J. Petot, and Sara M. Debanne (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ Vol. 98, No. 6, Mar. 13, 2001, p. 3440-3445).


III. Working Papers:

9. NBER: "Dying to Save Taxes: Evidence from Estate Tax Returns on the Death Elasticity," by Wojciech Kopczuk and Joel Slemrod (National Bureau of Economic Research W8158, March 2001, .pdf format, 32p).


This paper examines data from U.S. federal tax returns to shed light on whether the timing of death is responsive to its tax consequences. We investigate the temporal pattern of deaths around the time of changes in the estate tax system periods when living longer, or dying sooner, could significantly affect estate tax liability. We find some evidence that there is a small death elasticity, although we cannot rule out that what we have uncovered is ex post doctoring of the reported date of death. However, the fact that we find that postponement, rather than acceleration, of death is more likely to occur suggests that this phenomenon is at l[e]ast partly a real (albeit timing) response to taxation.

Note: Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.


10. "The Impact of 401(k) Plans on Retirement," by Leora Friedberg and Anthony Webb (UCSD Economic Working Papers No. 2000-30, November 2000, .pdf format, 37p.).


In 1993 38.9 million people were covered by a 401(k) plan, up from 7.1 million in 1983. The rapid growth of 401(k) and other defined contribution pension plans may alter retirement patterns of older workers. Previous research showed that the spread of defined benefit plans, with sharp age-related incentives first discouraging and later encouraging retirement, contributed to the early retirement trend of past decades. Defined contribution plans differ along several dimensions, especially in their smooth rate of pension wealth accrual. We use data from the Health and Retirement Study to show that retirement patterns have begun to change as defined contribution plans have spread. Our estimates indicate that the financial incentives in defined benefit pensions lead people to retire almost two years earlier on average, compared to people with defined contribution plans.


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

11. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 32, No. 1, February 2001).

Click on "Tables of Contents and Abstracts," then "Volume 32, Issue 1."

12. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents. CARL Uncover provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "Search Uncover"
C. click on "Search Uncover Now"
D. Type the Journal Name in the search box and click the radio button "Journal Title Browse"
E. click on the journal name
F. click on "journal issues"
G. click on the issues identified below

American Sociological Review (Vol. 65, No. 6, December 2000). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research
Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 21, No. 3, 2000).

International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 51, No. 4, 2000).

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 12, Supplement 1, 2000).

V. Books:

13. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS: _To Retire or Not?: Retirement Policy and Practice in Higher Education_, edited by Robert L. Clark and P. Brett Hammond (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000, 192p., ISBN 0-8122-3572-X, $38.50). Note: This book is made up of essays originally released as working papers from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Pension Research Council:

_To Retire or Not?..._:

Original working paper titles:

See paper titles 2000-16 - 2000-25.


VI. Funding Opportunities:

14. NIA: Administrative Supplements For High Throughput Technology in NIA-Funded Laboratories (US National Institutes on Aging NOT-AG-01-003, Mar. 5, 2001). For more information see:

15. SOCIETY ON AGING OF NEW JERSEY: "The Society on Aging of NJ will distribute three $2,500.00 scholarships for graduate study in aging to New Jersey residents studying at accredited universities throughout the U.S. and planning careers in service to the aged of NJ. We seek assistance from faculty and administrators in notifying qualified applicants. Please forward this message to appropriate students, distribution lists, your campus financial aid/career planning center, etc. All materials must be received by March 30, 2001. Complete application materials are available online at:

16. AOA: The US Administration on Aging Announces Funding Availability for States to Develop Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Models (Mar. 14, 2001)."Note that eligibility for these grant awards is limited to state agencies (one per state) in states which currently do NOT have an award under the ADDGS program. See Guidelines for full details." For more information see:

Click on "Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States Program" for more information.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

17. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH: "Medicare Reform: Bringing Regulatory Relief to Beneficiaries and Providers," a hearing held Mar. 15, 2001.

Hearing testimony:


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