Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #311--November 3, 2005

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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:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY DATA ALERT: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has announced: "HRS Tracker 2002 (Version 2.0) is now available" (Oc. 26, 2005). For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news204&xtyp=1

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/data/index.html
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2. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY:

A. "MEPS HC-076:2003 Person Round Plan Public Use File" (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, August 2005, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=190

B. "MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2003 Pooled Estimation Linkage File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, October 2005, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=86

C. "MEPS HC-077A: 2003 Prescribed Medicines File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, October 2005, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=191
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3. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR 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:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS), 2002 (#4214)

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR-STUDY/04214.xml

National Health Interview Survey, 2004 (#4349)

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR-STUDY/04349.xml

New and updated acquisitions for the last 90 days are always available at ICPSR:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

Click on "list". Items marked *new* are new.
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II. Reports and articles:

4. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT, CORRESPONDENCE:

A. "Influenza Vaccine: Shortages in 2004-05 Season Underscore Need for Better Preparation," (GAO-05-984, September 2005, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05984.pdf

B."Medicare: Comments on CMS Proposed 2006 Rates for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs and Radiopharmaceuticals Used in Hospitals (GAO-06-17R correspondence, Oct. 31, 2005, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0617r.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always available at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html

Correspondence may be available at the above address.
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5. US GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE COMPENDIUM: "Unified Agenda" (taken from the US _Federal Register_, October 2005, ASCII text and .pdf format, p. 64079-65823). Agencies publish semiannual regulatory agendas describing regulatory actions they are developing or have recently completed in the Federal Register, usually during April and October each year, as part of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Unified Agenda has appeared in the Federal Register twice each year since 1983 and is available electronically on GPO Access from 1994 forward." Agencies that may be of interest to researchers in aging include: Department of Health and Human Services; Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; Railroad Retirement Board; and Social Security Administration."

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ua/browse1005.html

Earlier UAs:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ua/index.html
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6. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORTS:

A. "International Update, October 2005 (October 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.). Note: Links to Updates going back to October 2003 are available at the site.

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2005-10/index.html

B. "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, September 2005 (October 2005, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_monthly/2005-09/index.html

C. "SSI (Supplementary Security Income) Monthly Statistics, September 2005 (October 2005, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2005-09/index.html
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7. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Gonzales v. Oregon: Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Controlled Substances Act," by Brian T. Yeh (October 2005, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL33120_20051018.pdf
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8. US CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Veterans Day 2005: Nov. 11" (CB05-FF.17-2, Nov. 3, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

HTML:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/005696.html

.pdf:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2005/cb05ff17-2.pdf
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9. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Preretirement Distributions: Can You Take Them with You?" by William J. Wiatrowski (Compensation and Working Conditions Online, Oct. 24, 2005).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/cm20051018ar01p1.htm
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10. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS HEALTH E-LINES: "Older patients with caregivers and assistance for activities of daily living: 1998 and 2000," by Lisa L. Dwyer (November 2005).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/homhltpatients.htm
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11. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES COVERAGE ANALYSIS DECISION MEMO, NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Decision Memo for Tumor Antigen by Immunoassay CA 125 (Addition of Primary Peritoneal Adenocarcinoma as a Covered Indication) (CAG-00290R, Nov. 1, 2005).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=161

B. "CMS Announces Payment Update And Policy Changes For Medicare Physician Fee Schedule" (news release, Nov. 2, 2005).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1709

C. "Medicare Announces Payment Rates And Policy Changes For Hospital Outpatient Services In 2006" (news release, Nov. 2, 2005).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1711

D. "CMS Announces Refinements To Competitive Acquisition Program For Drugs Administered In Physician Offices" (news release, Nov. 2, 2005).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1713
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12. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Deficiencies in the Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, OEI-05-02-00072, October 2005, 37p.).

Due to systemic problems with the accuracy and reliability of the Government's record of 340B ceiling prices, OIG found that HRSA cannot appropriately oversee the 340B Drug Pricing Program. HRSA lacks the oversight mechanisms and authority to ensure that 340B entities pay at or below the 340B ceiling price. Finally, participating entities cannot independently verify that they receive the correct 340B discount because of confidentiality provisions surrounding the information used to calculate 340B ceiling prices. OIG recommends that CMS and HRSA work together to ensure accurate and timely pricing data for the Government's official record of 340B ceiling prices. In addition, HRSA should take four steps to strengthen its administration of the 340B Program: First, establish detailed standards for the calculation of 340B ceiling prices; second, institute oversight mechanisms to validate its 340B price calculations and the prices charged to participating entities; third, seek authority to establish penalties for violations of the Public Health Services Act; and fourth, provide participating entities with secure access to certain pricing data to help approximate the discount to which they are entitled. In response to our report, HRSA and CMS agreed with most of our recommendations and have already taken steps to improve the calculation of the 340B ceiling price. HRSA stated its intended actions for instituting increased oversight of the 340B Program; however, we do not believe its plan represents an adequate approach toward oversight of the program. HRSA does not support our recommendation to seek legislation to establish penalties for violations of the PHS Act, but OIG maintains that the ability to impose fines and civil penalties is essential in ensuring that entities receive the full 340B discount.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-02-00072.pdf
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13. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Researchers Use New Method to Discover Gene Rearrangements That Can Aid in Detection of Early Prostate Cancer," (October 27, 2005).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/oct2005/nci-27b.htm
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14. UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS, POPULATION DIVISION REPORT: "Living Arrangements of Older Persons Around the World" (2005, .pdf format, 216p.). "Populations everywhere are growing older, and the number of persons aged 60 years or over is expected nearly to triple by 2050. Not only are more people surviving to reach old age, but those who attain old age are living longer than ever before. As a consequence, families comprising three or even four generations have become common, considerably expanding the alternatives for living arrangements of older persons. At the same time, long-term shifts in economies and societies are transforming many aspects of day-to-day family life, including traditions favouring lifelong co-residence of parents and children as a basic means of ensuring support for young and old. The present publication provides the first global survey and analysis of the patterns and trends in the living arrangements of older persons. Comparable data are presented for more than 130 countries. The publication analyses the demographic, social and economic correlates of living arrangements of people aged 60 years or over as well, focusing on co-residence with family members, solitary living and the institutionalization of older persons."

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/livingarrangement/report.htm
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15. GOVERNMENT OF BERMUDA BRIEF REPORT: "Profile of Bermuda's Senior Citizens" (October 2005).

http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt?space=Opener&control=OpenObject&cached=true&parentname=CommunityPage&parentid=0&in_hi_ClassID=514&in_hi_userid=2&in_hi_ObjectID=602&in_hi_OpenerMode=2&
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16. NEW ZEALAND HEALTH INFORMATION SERVICE REPORTS:

A. "Mortality and Demographic Data 2001" (October 2005, .pdf format, 140p., with Microsoft Excel tables).

http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/publications/Mortality.html

B. "Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2001" (October 2005, .pdf format, 140p., with Microsoft Excel tables).

http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/publications/Cancer.html
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17. SOUTH KOREA NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "2005 Statistics on the Aged" (Oct. 21, 2005).

http://www.nso.go.kr/eng/releases/report_view.html?num=472
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18. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORTS:

A. "Women and Pensions: The Evidence," (November 2005, .pdf format, 151p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2005/wp/women-pensions.pdf

Press Release (Nov. 3, 2005).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2005/nov/pens028-031105.asp

B. "An evaluation of scheme joining techniques in workplace pension schemes with an employer contribution," by Sarah Horack and Andrew Wood (Research Report No. 292, November 2005, .pdf format, 141p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2005-2006/rrep292.pdf

C. "Combined Pension Forecasts - a survey of their impact on recipients," by Graham Kelly, Warren Linsdell and Dawn Scanlon (Research Report No. 293, November 2005, .pdf format, 154p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2005-2006/rrep293.pdf

D. "Providing pensions information and advice in the workplace where there is little or no employer contribution," by John Leston and Margaret Watmough (Research Report No. 294, November 2005, .pdf format, 184p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2005-2006/rrep294.pdf
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19. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans," by David Gross, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, and Susan Raetzman (November 2005, .pdf format). "These AARP Public Policy Institute reports present the results of studies of changes in manufacturers' prescription drug list prices (i.e., the prices set by drug manufacturers to charge wholesalers and other direct purchasers for drug products) for roughly 200 brand name and 75 generic prescription drugs most widely used by Americans age 50+. Specifically, the reports compare price changes with the rate of inflation from one year to the next and, beginning in 2004, show changes on a quarterly basis. They also present differences in average price changes by manufacturer and by major therapeutic category. The sample of drugs studied was identified using 2003 data from the AARP Pharmacy Service, and changes in prices charged by drug manufacturers to wholesalers were measured using changes in the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/drugs/aresearch-import-869-2004-06--IB69.html

B. "International Retirement Security Survey: Country Summaries" (October 2005, 10 country reports (Australia,Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States), .pdf format). " Recently AARP commissioned a major international poll of the general population in ten countries, including the Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Four hundred randomly selected respondents, ages 30-65, were surveyed in each country. The interviews were completed via computer-assisted telephone surveys in the country's native language. The primary goal of this study was to improve our understanding of attitudes and behaviors surrounding personal and national retirement issues, and to assess the public's confidence in having sufficient income to retire comfortably, attend to their health and long-term care needs, and live securely after leaving the workforce. Results revealed some unique views on retirement in the different nations, including attitudes on how retirement income security should be provided in the future. Ten reports that highlight the results from each of the ten countries surveyed [are presented].

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/irss_country_summaries.html

C. "Social Security Privatization Around the World," by John Turner (#2005-15, October 2005, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/socialsecurity/reform/2005_15_intl_ss.html

D. "Social Security Pensionable Age in OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] Countries: 1949-2035," by John Turner (#2005-16, October 2005, .pdf format, 50p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/socialsecurity/reform/2005_16_oecd.html
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20. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Why Do Women Claim Social Security Benefits So Early?, by Alicia H. Munnell and Mauricio Soto (IB #35, October 2005, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/ib_35.shtml

Click on "click here" above the Introduction for link to full text.
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21. _MILBANK QUARTERLY_ ARTICLE: "Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care with Better Information," by Vincent Mor (Vol. 83, No. 3, September 2005). Note: This article is freely available to the public.

http://www.milbank.org/quarterly/8303feat.html
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22. URBAN INSTITUTE OLDER AMERICANS ECONOMIC SECURITY REPORTS: UI's Retirement Security Project has recently released several brief reports: All can be accessed from:

http://www.urban.org/template.cfm?navmenuid=554&Template=/TaggedContent/OlderAmericans.cfm

A. "Working Longer To Enhance Retirement Security," by Richard W. Johnson (_Older Americans' Economic Security_, No. 1, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "How Will Boomers Fare at Retirement?," by Barbara Butrica and Cori E. Uccello (_Older Americans' Economic Security_, No. 2, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "What Will Happen to Poverty Rates Among Older Americans in the Future and Why?," by Eric Toder (_Older Americans' Economic Security_, No. 3, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "Lifetime Patterns of Voluntary Employee Pension Contributions," by Karen E. Smith (_Older Americans' Economic Security_, No. 4, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.)

E. "Changing Demographics of the Retired Population," by Karen E. Smith and Eric Toder (_Older Americans' Economic Security_, No. 5, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).
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23. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "The Impact of Enrollment in the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit on Premiums," by Jonathan Blum, Jennifer Bowman, and Chiquita White (October 2005, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7423.cfm

Click on "Report" for link to full text.
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24. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "The MetLife Market Survey of Assisted Living Costs," (October 2005, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.metlife.com/WPSAssets/84989326101130770986V1F2005%20Assisted%20Living%20Survey.pdf

More information on Metlife Mature Market Institute:

http://www.metlife.com/Applications/Corporate/WPS/CDA/PageGenerator/0,1674,P2801,00.htm
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25. TOMORROW'S COMPANY [London, UK] REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "The Ageing Population, Pensions and Wealth Creation," (October 2005, .pdf format, 14p., cost 25 pounds (44.42 US dollars). The executive summary is linked to from a TC news release: "There is no pensions crisis, Tomorrow's Company report says" (Oct. 31, 2005).

http://www.tomorrowscompany.com/news.htm#news0

More information on TC:

http://www.tomorrowscompany.com/aboutus.htm
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26. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Recurrent Fusion of TMPRSS2 and ETS Transcription Factor Genes in Prostate Cancer," by Scott A. Tomlins, Daniel R. Rhodes, Sven Perner, Saravana M. Dhanasekaran, Rohit Mehra, Xiao-Wei Sun, Sooryanarayana Varambally, Xuhong Cao, Joelle Tchinda, Rainer Kuefer, Charles Lee, James E. Montie, Rajal B. Shah, Kenneth J. Pienta, Mark A. Rubin, and Arul M. Chinnaiyan (Vol. 310, No. 5748, October 28, 2005, p. 644-648).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/310/5748/644
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27. _NATURE CELL BIOLOGY_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, LETTER ABSTRACT:

A. "Alzheimer peptides perturb lipid-regulating enzymes," by Mark P. Mattson, Roy G. Cutler and Dong-Gyu Jo (Vol. 7, No. 11, November 2005, p. 1045 - 1047).

http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/v7/n11/abs/ncb1105-1045.html

B. "Regulation of cholesterol and sphingomyelin metabolism by amyloid-bold beta and presenilin," by Marcus O.W. Grimm, Heike S. Grimm, Andreas J. Patzold, Eva G. Zinser, Riikka Halonen, Marco Duering, Jakob-A. Tschape, Bart De Strooper, Ulrike Muller, Jie Shen, and Tobias Hartmann (Vol. 7, No. 11, November 2005, p. 1118 - 1123).

http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/v7/n11/abs/ncb1313.html
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28. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS ROUNDUP EXTRACT, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Assisted suicide organisation opens branch in Germany," by Annette Tuffs (news roundup, Vol. 331, No. 7523, Oct. 29, 2005, p. 984).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7523/984-c

B. "Age at retirement and long term survival of an industrial population: prospective cohort study," by Shan P.Tsai, Judy K. Wendt, Robin P. Donnelly, Geert de Jong, and Farah S. Ahmed ((Vol. 331, No. 7523, Oct. 29, 2005, 5p.).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/331/7523/995
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29. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_ BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: _Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care_, by Christine K. Cassel, reviewed by Stephen Crystal (Vol. 294, No. 17, Nov. 2, 2005, p. 2238-2239).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/294/17/2238
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30. _TIME_ GENERATIONS UPDATES: _Time_ has updated its special Generations section with the following new articles for December 2005. _Time_ Generations articles can be accessed from:

http://www.time.com/time/generations/

"That's Funny: Seniors are increasingly taking the stage as, yes, stand-up comedians. And not just for laughs" by Laura Koss-Feder.

"Take Them Flying: Grandparents are learning to close two gaps--geographical and emotional--with one airplane," by Francine Russo.

"All Jumbled Up: Attention-deficit disorder is afflicting seniors too," by Lois Gilman.

"Red-Hot Grandma," by Desa Philadelphia.

"Giving Expertise: The new volunteers: more than envelope stuffers," by Francine Russo.
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31. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLES:

A. "Medicare's New Drug Plan: The new federal prescription drug benefit is ready for prime time. Here's how to make sense of it all," by Katherine Hobson (_US News and World Report_, Nov. 7, 2005).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/051107/7intro.htm

B. "How the Plan Works: Yes, it's more government gobbledygook. But the new Medicare drug benefit--no matter how daunting it seems--can be a cost saver for many seniors," by Katherine Hobson (_US News and World Report_, Nov. 7, 2005).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/051107/7medicare.htm

C. "How to Pick a Plan: Lipitor. Nexium. Plavix. Fosamax. You know that slew of pills you take every day? They're going to help drive your choice of a Medicare drug plan," by Katherine Hobson (_US News and World Report_, Nov. 7, 2005).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/051107/7pick.htm

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III. Working Papers:

32. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (IIASA) [LAXENBURG AUSTRIA]: China's Uncertain Demographic Present and Future," by Wolfgang Lutz, Sergei Scherbov, Gui Ying Cao, Qiang Ren, and Xiaoying Zheng (IR-05-043, September 2005, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

This paper will apply methods of probabilistic population forecasting to assess the range of uncertainty of China's future population trends. Unlike previous applications of probabilistic population projections that consider stochastic future fertility, mortality and migration, this paper will also account for the significant uncertainty of China's current fertility level (with estimates ranging from 1.2 to 2.3) and the related uncertainties about the sex ratio at birth (with estimates from 1.06 to above 1.2) and the size of the youngest cohorts in the 2000 census. The model applied in this paper will be based on expert based uncertainty ranges for current conditions, in addition to the probabilistic treatment of future trends. Given the sheer size of China's population, these significant uncertainties about current conditions are of high importance not only for the future population of China but also on a global scale.

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/cgi-bin/pubsrch?IR05043

Click on "PDF" for link to full text.
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33. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "SSI, Labor Supply, and Migration," by David Neumark and Elizabeth T. Powers (Discussion Paper 1820, October 2005, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program in the United States creates incentives for potential aged recipients to reduce labor supply prior to becoming eligible, and our past research finds that older men likely to be eligible for SSI at age 65 reduce their labor supply in the years immediately before the age of eligibility. However, given the dramatic supplementation of SSI benefits in some states, a migration response to these benefits cannot be dismissed, and migration that is associated with SSI benefits can lead to bias in estimates of the effects of SSI benefits on labor supply; depending on retirement and migration behavior, the disincentive effects can be overstated or understated. Migration responses to SSI benefits are also important in their own right, as another instance of the potential problem of "welfare magnets." We fail to find any statistically significant evidence that older individuals likely to be eligible for SSI in the near future, or already eligible for SSI, are more likely to move from low benefit to high benefit states. These findings are robust to the use of a number of different comparison groups to try to capture the state-to-state migration patterns that exist independently of a response to SSI. The evidence indicates that labor supply disincentive effects of SSI do not stem from migration behavior that could, in principle, spuriously generate these findings.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp1820.pdf
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34. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [University of Munich, Germany]

A. "Risk Management of Pension Systems from the Perspective of Loss Aversion," by Johannes Binswanger (Working Paper No. 1572, October 2005, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

This paper studies pension design from a risk management point of view using a lexicographic loss aversion model. Interest in this model stems from the fact that it explains income expansion paths of equity and total savings particularly well. I find that all income groups are likely to benefit from a PAYGO system, even in the absence of any redistribution. Optimal equity investments are close to zero for the two bottom income quintiles and increase sharply for higher incomes. The results are compared to optimal pension plans under HARA preferences. I find that a PAYGO system has higher value under loss aversion than in the HARA case. Moreover, equity shares correspond more closely to empirical observations.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=11976

Click on "Download PDF" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.

B. "Social Health Insurance - the Major Driver of Unsustainable Fiscal Policy?," by Christian Hagist, Norbert Klusen, Andreas Plate, and Bernd Raffelhüschen (Working Paper No. 1574, October 2005, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

During the next decades the populations of most developed countries will grow older as a result of the low level of birth rates since the 1970s and/or the continuously increasing life expectancy. We show within a Generational Accounting framework how unsustainable the public finances of France, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. are, given their demographic developments. Thereby our focus lies on social health insurance systems that are in addition affected by medical-technical progress. Due to the cost-increasing effect of medical-technical progress one can justifiably say that social health insurance schemes are the major drivers behind unsustainable fiscal policies.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=11978

Click on "Download PDF" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.

C. "Social Security and Longevity," by Torben Andersen (Working Paper No. 1577, October 2005, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

Many countries face the problem of how to reform social security systems to cope with increasing life expectancy. This raises questions concerning both distribution and risk sharing across generations. These issues are addressed within an OLG model with stochastic life expectancy across generations and endogenous retirement decisions. The social optimum is shown to imply that retirement age should be proportional to longevity. Moreover, increasing longevity calls for pre-funding even if the utility of all generations is weighted equal to the objective discount rate. The social optimum cannot be decentralized due to a conflict between incentives and risk sharing. The implications of stylized social security systems for risk sharing and retirement incentives are analyzed.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=11981

Click on "Download PDF" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.

D. "Young Liberals and Old Conservatives - Inequality, Mobility and Redistribution," by Astri Muren and Sten Nyberg (Working Paper No. 1581, November 2005, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

The paper examines the impact of income inequality and mobility on income redistribution in a modified median voter model where redistributive conflict takes place both between educational groups and age-groups. The effects of inequality and mobility are not unambiguous but depend on factors such as how mobility changes in different groups and causes of inequality. We also examine the effect of the length of electoral periods on redistribution and welfare for different groups and allow for majority voting on the length of electoral periods. Finally, we extend the model to encompass retirement and baby booms.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=11997

Click on "Download PDF" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

35. Age and Ageing (Vol. 34, No. 6, November 2005).

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol34/issue6/index.dtl?etoc

36. Dementia (Vol. 4, No. 4, November 2005).

http://dem.sagepub.com/content/vol4/issue4/

37. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 24, No. 5, November 2005). Note: Full electronic text of these journals 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.

http://jag.sagepub.com/content/vol24/issue5/?etoc

38. Journals of Gerontology (B) Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (Vols. 60, Nos. 6, November 2005). Note: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

http://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol60/issue6/?etoc
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39. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

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. 61, No. 3, 2005).

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40. 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 Nov. 2, 2005:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

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

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

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

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

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

http://amedeo.com/medicine/prc.htm

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

http://amedeo.com/medicine/stc.htm

F. "Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Nov. 2, 2005:

http://amedeo.com/medicine/eye.htm

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Books:

41. SPRINGER PUBLISHING COMPANY: _Encyclopedia of Aging_, (Fourth Edition, 2 Volume Set, to be published in February 2006, 720p. ISBN 0826148433, 299.01 US dollars). For more information see:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=48433

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

42. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "NIH Loan Repayment Application Cycle." "The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle will close in less than 5 weeks on December 1, 2005. The five LRPs offered by the NIH include the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP. Through these programs, the NIH offers to repay up to $35,000 annually of the qualified educational debt of health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities. To qualify, applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week) to research funded by a domestic non-profit organization or government entity (Federal, state, or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. nationals to be eligible. All applications for 2006 awards must be submitted online by 8:00 p.m. eastern time, on Thursday, December 1, 2005." For more information see:

http://www.lrp.nih.gov 

B. "Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Wilma" (NOT-OD-06-006, Oct. 25, 2005).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-006.html   

C. "Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on IRB Operations" (NOT-OD-06-009, Oct. 28, 2005).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-009.html

D. "Technological Enhancements and Archiving for Surveys of the Elderly: STTR (R41/42) Initiative" (US National Institute on Aging RFA-AG-06-007, Oct. 27, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-06-007.html

E. "Technology and Aging: NIA Small Business Technology Transfer Program Initiative (STTR [R41/R42]) (US National Institute on Aging, PA-06-048, Nov. 3, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-048.html

F. "Technology and Aging: NIA Small Business Innovation Research Program Initiative (SBIR [R43/R44]) (US National Institute on Aging, PA-06-049, Nov. 3, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-049.html 

G. "NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13/U13)" (US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other organizations, PA-06-041, Oct. 26, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-041.html

H. "Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)" (US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other organizations, PA-06-042, Oct. 26, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-042.html

I. "NIH Rolls Out Electronic Grant Submission" (NIH news release, Oct. 26, 2005).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/oct2005/od-26.htm
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43. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE CENTER ON AGE AND COMMUNITY: "The Center on Age and Community is offering a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in aging research. This Center is at UW-Milwaukee and strives to combine the university's expertise with the experience of those who work in the field to create innovative new ways of improving our lives as we age. Postdocs are paired with a faculty mentor who will work with an adviser from the community to help the postdoc hone skills in research,development, and building community partnerships." For more information see the document (Microsoft Word format, 4p.).

http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/ageandcommunity/documents/PostDoc2006-2008.doc

More information about CAC:

http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/ageandcommunity/

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VII. Conferences:

44. NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE AGING/AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING: "2006 Joint Conference of The National Council on the Aging and the American Society on Aging." a conference to be held on Mar. 16-19, 2006 in Anaheim, California. "The 2006 Joint Conference of The National Council on the Aging and the American Society on Aging will bring together a multidisciplinary group of more than 4,000 professionals in the field of aging, including researchers, practitioners, educators, business people and policymakers, to discuss the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging. The theme for this year's conference is " Invest in Aging: Strengthening Families, Communities and Ourselves." More than 50 subject areas will be covered in over 900 sessions throughout the four-day conference. Don't miss this once-yearly opportunity to learn about cutting-edge programs and research, network with colleagues and prospective collaborators, and expand your knowledge in the field of aging." For more information see:

http://www.agingconference.org/agingconference/jc06/index.cfm

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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
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu