Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #87--June 7, 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:


A. Census 2000 Summary File 1: "Data from the 2000 Census will be released over the next two years on a flow basis. These state-by-state news releases (including data for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) provide users this data on individual state web pages as it becomes available. In addition, each state page includes links to other relevant Census 2000 information." Raw data will also be available via FTP. Note that each state will consist of one geographic header file and 39 data files. See technical documentation for SF1 coverage.


B. "The Older Population in the United States: March 2000 Detailed Tables (PPL-147)," (US Census Bureau, ASCII and Excel format, Jun. 1, 2001). These tables present data on the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the population age 55 and over in the United States from the March 2000 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Topics covered include geographic distribution, age and sex distribution, marital status, household type and size, educational attainment, labor force status, employment status, occupational characteristics, family income, and poverty status. Data are presented for the United States. Tables 1-5 and 7-21 provide data for the population 55 years and over and table 6 provides data on family type by size and age of householder for the population 65 years and over."

Press release that links to tables:

Scroll to "The Older Population in the United States: March 2000" for link to tables.

2. ROPER CENTER GSS: The Roper Center at the University of Connecticut has announced the availability of the General Social Survey 1972-2000. For more information, including ordering information, see:

3. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan released nine new studies on Jun. 5, 2001. Of possible interest to researchers in aging are:


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

Search on title or study number.

4. ELDERWEB US AGE DEMOGRAPHICS, 1990-2000. ElderWeb has created state census tables of age based population from the 1990 and 2000 US censuses that compare those years, and also the individual states to the nation at large, in terms of both numbers and percentages. Percent changes from 1990-2000 are also presented.

For more information on ElderWeb see:

II. Reports and articles:

5. PSID BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics website has released the 2001 annual update to its bibliography. It includes publications, working papers, and government reports based on the PSID. The journal, article, and book and book chapter section is browsable by keyword, with a list of cross-references, as well as by author.

6. NCI SEER REPORT: "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer (1973 Through 1998), Featuring Cancers With Recent Increasing Trends," by Holly L. Howe, Phyllis A. Wingo, Michael J. Thun, Lynn A.G. Ries, Harry M. Rosenberg, Ellen G. Feigal, and Brenda K. Edwards (US National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program, published in _Journal of the National Cancer Institute_, Vol. Vol. 93, No. 11, Jun. 6, 2001, p. 824-842). The SEER website links to an abstract of the article (full electronic text [HTML and .pdf format] may be available; check your organization's library), and supplemental materials, of which "Rates and Trends by Sex, Age, and Site for 1992-1998" (.pdf format, 1 p.) may be of interest.

7. IMS HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "IMS Health Reports 14.9 Percent Growth in US Prescription Sales to $145 Billion in 2000," (IMS Health, May 31, 2001).,2779,1000-1000-126684,00.html

For more information on IMS Health see:,2779,1012-1012-0,00.html

8. DHHS OIG OEI REPORT: "Medicare Part B Payments for Mental Health Services" (US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-03-99-00130, May 2001, .pdf format, 26p.).


Medicare allowed $185 million in 1998 for outpatient mental health services that were medically unnecessary, billed incorrectly, rendered by unqualified providers, and undocumented or poorly documented, according to this study. We recommended that HCFA identify problematic mental health services for pre-payment edits or post-payment medical review, promote provider awareness of documentation and medical necessity requirements for Part B mental health services, develop a specific and comprehensive listing of psychological assessments that can be correctly billed under psychological testing code 96100, and require carriers to initiate recovery of payments for the inappropriate outpatient mental health services identified in this report. The HCFA concurred with our recommendations.

9. CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Older Americans Month Celebrated in May" (US Census Bureau CB01-FF.07, Jun. 1, 2001). The facts listed link to relevant Census Bureau data and reports on the topic.

10. NCHS NHANES LISTSERV: The US National Center for Health Statistics National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) listserv"provides a mechanism for dissemination of information regarding NHANES activities, products, and release dates." For more information, including subscription information, see:

11. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS, COMMENTARY: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. The _in vivo_ neuromodulatory effects of the herbal medicine ginkgo biloba," by Coran M.H. Watanabe, Siegfried Wolffram, Peter Ader, Gerald Rimbach, Lester Packer, John J. Maguire, Peter G. Schultz, and Kishorchandra Gohil (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 12, Jun. 5, 2001, p. 6577-6580).

B. "Lifespan extension and delayed immune and collagen aging in mutant mice with defects in growth hormone production," by Kevin Flurkey, John Papaconstantinou, Richard A. Miller, and David E. Harrison (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 12, Jun. 5, 2001, p. 6736-6741).

C. "Hyperphosphorylation induces self-assembly of {tau} into tangles of paired helical filaments/straight filaments," by Alejandra del C. Alonso, Tanweer Zaidi, Michal Novak, Inge Grundke-Iqbal, and Khalid Iqbal (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 12, Jun. 5, 2001, p. 6923-6928).

D. "The reduction in disability among the elderly," by David M. Cutler (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ Commentary, Vol. 98, No. 12, Jun. 5, 2001, p. 6546-6547).


A. "Alzheimer's disease: Molecular consequences of presenilin-1 mutation," by Sam Gandy, Jan Naslund, and Christer Nordstedt (_Nature_ Vol. 411, No. 6838, Jun. 7, 2001, p. 654).

B. "Reply: Alzheimer's disease: Molecular consequences of presenilin-1 mutation," by C. Russo, G. Schettinin, T.C. Saido, C. Hulette, C. Lippa, L. Lannfelt, B. Ghetti, P. Gambetti, M. Tabaton, and J.K. Teller (_Nature_ Vol. 411, No. 6838, Jun. 7, 2001, p. 655).


A. "High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Ischemic Stroke in the Elderly: The Northern Manhattan Stroke Study," by Ralph L. Sacco, Richard T. Benson, Douglas E. Kargman, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Catherine Tuck, I-Feng Lin, J.F. Cheng, Myunghee C. Paik, Steven Shea, and Lars Berglund (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 285, No. 21, Jun. 6, 2001, p. 2729-2735).

B. "Mortality and Locomotion 6 Months After Hospitalization for Hip Fracture: Risk Factors and Risk-Adjusted Hospital Outcomes," by Edward L. Hannan, Jay Magaziner, Jason J. Wang, Elizabeth A. Eastwood, Stacey B. Silberzweig, Marvin Gilbert, R. Sean Morrison, Mary Ann McLaughlin, Gretchen M. Orosz, and Albert L. Siu (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 285, No. 21, Jun. 6, 2001, p. 2736-2742).

C. "Cancer Screening in Elderly Patients: A Framework for Individualized Decision Making," by Louise C. Walter and Kenneth E. Covinsky (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Special Communication, Vol. 285, No. 21, Jun. 6, 2001, p. 2750-2756).

D. "Informed Choice in Cancer Screening," by H. Gilbert Welch (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ editorial, Vol. 285, No. 21, Jun. 6, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2776-2778).

14. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Increased Need for Thyroxine in Women with Hypothyroidism during Estrogen Therapy," by Baha M. Arafah (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 344, No. 23, Jun. 7, 2001, p. 1743-1749).

15. _BMJ_ ARTICLE: "Analysis of trends in premature mortality by Labour voting in the 1997 general election," by Danny Dorling, George Davey Smith, and Mary Shaw (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 322, No. 7298, Jun. 2, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1336-1337).

16. _LANCET_ SCIENCE AND MEDICINE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Stress and education level linked to stroke risk in middle-aged men," by Minal Chande (_Lancet_ Science and Medicine, Vol. 357, No. 9270, Jun. 2, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1771). Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.



17. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Pharmaceutical Cost Control in Canada: Does It Work?" by Devidas Menon (_Health Affairs_ via Medscape, Vol. 20, No. 3, May/June 2001, p. 92-103).


18. AARP _MY GENERATION_ ARTICLE: "A Father's Confession," by Kate Wenner
(AARP _My Generation_, July-August 2001).

19. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Forget Miami: Gringos are retiring in Mexico because it's sunny, sandy and cheap," by Margot Roosevelt (_Time_, Vol. 157, No. 23, Jun. 11, 2001)

III. Working Papers:

20. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: "Developments in Decumulation: The Role of Annuity Products in Financing Retirement," by Olivia S. Mitchell (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper 2001-9, May 2001, .pdf format, 45p.).


Longer lifespans are generally seen as a positive outcome of economic growth. Yet life extension also means that more people face the risk of living too long -- that is, outliving their assets and means of support. A range of financial products exists currently or can be envisioned for the future that would be useful in helping to protect people against having to dramatically curtail consumption in old age. This paper reviews the usefulness of life annuities providing protection against longevity risk.


IV. Journal tables of contents (check your library for availability):

21. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 153, No. 11, Jun. 1, 2001). Note: Full text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

22. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 32, No. 3, June 2001).

Click on "Tables of Contents and Abstracts" and then "Volume 32, Issue 3".

23. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the EBSCO Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Click on "Tables of Contents" on the left side of the page, and then"Volume 15, Issue 2".

24. 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. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 1, 2001:

B. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 1, 2001:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

25. ELSEVIER BOOK SERIES: _Advances in Cell Aging and Gerontology_, series editor: Mark. P. Mattson, has 4 new volumes out:"

_The Role of DNA Damage and Repair in Cell Aging_
_Programmed Cell Death I & II_
_Interorganellar Signalling in Age-Related Disease_

For more information on these volumes, including series and individual volume descriptions, as well as pricing information, see:

Individual volumes are listed at the bottom of the page.


VI. Conferences:

26. HCFA TELECONFERENCE: "Applicants' Teleconference-System Change Grants for Community Living" (US Health Care Financing Administration). The teleconference will take place Jun. 8, 2001, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm Eastern Time. For more information, see:


VII. Websites of interest:

27. BENFITSCHECKUP.ORG: The National Council on Aging has opened this new website, devoted to "help[ing] seniors, their families and caregivers find the right benefits programs to meet their needs... The site contains a fast, free and confidential screening tool to determine eligibility for nearly 1,000 unique state and federal programs and provide detailed instructions on how to apply for them." Users answer an interactive series of questions and then are presented with resources relevant to their profile.

NCOA press release:



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