Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #314--November 23, 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. US CENSUS BUREAU: "The U.S. Census Bureau has released over 600 additional base tables from the 2004 ACS [American Community Survey]. Included are 258 new base tables as well as race iterations of most of the tables released last August. Some of the new tables include: median age by residence one year ago; place of birth by language spoken at home and ability to speak English; place of birth by marital status; means of transportation to work by industry; and median monthly housing costs. Also featured in this release are Subject Tables, a new ACS data product. They are similar to the Census 2000 Quick Tables, but contain much more detail than Quick Tables. Subject tables display percent distributions rather than the estimates. Universe lines are displayed as numeric estimates to show the base of each distribution. Subject tables allow for other measures such as medians and means where appropriate, and include the imputation rates for relevant measures. The Bureau has issued subject tables in 42 subject areas, including education, employment, poverty, income, language, and housing." The data is available via the Bureau's " Factfinder" web data extractor.

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_program=ACS&_lang=en&_ts=150362838515
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2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS:

A. "Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES II) Linked Mortality File: 2005 Release (November 2005)." "NCHS has completed a mortality update for the second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES II) Mortality Study (1992), which includes new record linkages of adult NHANES II participants with death records from the National Death Index (NDI). This new resource allows researchers the opportunity to conduct a vast array of outcome studies designed to investigate the associations of a wide variety of health and risk factors with mortality.  This updated mortality file is comprehensive in design so that it contains death information for deaths ascertained as part of the 1992 NHANES II Mortality Study as well as new deaths identified with the new probabilistic linkage with the NDI through December 31, 2000. Due to confidentiality requirements, access to this file is available only through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC). The NCHS RDC offers on-site and remote access capabilities. Interested researchers must submit an application to the NCHS RDC. For more information on the RDC application process, see":

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/rdc.htm

For more information about the file see:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/nhanesii_data_linkage_activities.htm

B. "NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study (NHEFS) Linked Mortality File: 2005 Release" (November 2005). "NCHS has completed a mortality update for NHEFS, which includes new record linkages of NHEFS participants to death records from the National Death Index (NDI).  This new resource allows researchers the opportunity to conduct a vast array of outcome studies designed to investigate the association of a wide variety of health and risk factors collected over time with subsequent mortality.  The updated mortality file is comprehensive in design so that it contains death information for deaths ascertained during the NHEFS data collection follow-up survey periods in 1982-84, 1986, 1987, and 1992, as well as new deaths identified through probabilistic record linkages with the NDI.  The current NHEFS Linked Mortality file contains death information for all NHEFS participants identified as deceased as of December 31, 2000. Due to confidentiality requirements, access to this file is available only through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC). The NCHS RDC offers on-site and remote access capabilities.  Interested researchers must submit an application to the NCHS RDC. For more information on the RDC application process, see":

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/rdc.htm

For more information about the file see:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/nhefs_data_linkage_activities.htm
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3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY:

A. "MEPS HC-078: 2003 Medical Conditions File," (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, November 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).

This public use data file provides information on household-reported medical conditions collected on a nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States for the 2003 MEPS Household Component. Released as an ASCII file (with SAS and SPSS programming statements, and also in SAS transport format), this public use file provides information on the household-reported medical conditions reported in the 2003 portion of Round 3 and Rounds 4 and 5 for Panel 7, as well as Rounds 1 and 2 and the 2003 portion of Round 3 for Panel 8 (i.e., rounds for MEPS panels covering calendar year 2003).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=192

B. "MEPS HC-077I: Appendix to MEPS 2003 Event Files," ((Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, November 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).

This public use release is one in a series of public use event files drawn from the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household (HC) and Medical Provider Components (MPC). This release contains 2 data files each of which is provided as an ASCII file with SAS and SPSS programming statements and as a SAS transport file. File 1 is used for linking the MEPS 2003 condition file (HC-078) with the MEPS 2003 event files (HC-077A through HC-077H); File 2 is used for linking the MEPS 2003 prescribed medicines event file (HC-077A) with other 2003 event files. This release also includes two tables provided as PDF files: Table 1, the "MEPS 2003 Condition-Event Frequency" table contains unweighted and weighted counts of records on the MEPS 2003 event files for each of the condition, procedure and clinical classification codes on the MEPS 2003 condition file; Table 2, the "MEPS 2003 Utilization and Expenditures Summary" table contains statistics for all of the utilization and expenditure variables contained on the MEPS 2003 person-level and event-level files.

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=193
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4. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has announced an error: "1992 HRS (Final Release, Version 2.0): Miscoded data in V504 in Health.DA." For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/meta/alerts/sho_alerts.php?hfyle=apub031&xtyp=3
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5. STATE OF WASHINGTON OFFICE OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: "Intercensal and Postcensal Estimates of County Population by Age and Sex: 1980-2005"(November 2005, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and SAS format).

http://www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/coagemf/index.htm
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6. UK GOVERNMENT ACTUARY'S DEPARTMENT: "Current Interim Life Tables" (2005, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.gad.gov.uk/Life_Tables/Interim_Life_Tables.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORTS:

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

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_monthly/2005-10/index.html

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

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2005-10/index.html
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8. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE COVERAGE DATABASE DECISION MEMO: "Decision Memo for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery"(CAG-00115R2, Nov. 17, 2005).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=153
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9. _MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT_ ARTICLE: "Mobility Limitation Among Persons Aged >40 Years With and Without Diagnosed Diabetes and Lower Extremity Disease --- United States, 1999--2002" (US Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 54, No. 46, Nov. 25, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1183-1186).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5446a4.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5446.pdf
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10. ORGANISATON FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATON AND DEVELOPMENT MONOGRAPH: _Ageing and Employment Policies - Germany_, (2005, 168p., ISBN: 9264012737). Ordering information is available at the site.

http://www.oecd.org/document/27/0,2340,en_2649_37435_35693339_1_1_1_37435,00.html
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11. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: Note: "_DR_ is "a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research [Rostock, Germany]." "Five period measures of longevity," by John Bongaarts (Vol. 13, Article 21, November 2005, .pdf format, p. 547-558).

Abstract:

This study provides a summary of recently proposed alternatives period measures of "longevity" and assesses whether empirical differences between these measures are consistent with predictions from analytic studies. Particular attention is given to the tempo effect. Three of the five period measures are virtually equal to one another in a simulated population in which mortality follows a Gompertz model with a constant rate of improvement. Similar results are observed among females in Denmark, England and Wales and Sweden in the last quarter century. However, these three measures differ substantially from the conventional period life expectancy when mortality changes over time. These findings are consistent with theoretical analysis by Bongaarts and Feeney (2002, 2003, 2005) which demonstrated that this deviation is caused by a tempo effect whose size varies with the rate of change in mortality.

http://www.demographic-research.org/

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12. AARP REPORT, ARTICLE:

A. "Reimagining America: AARP's Blueprint for the Future," (2005, .pdf format, 49p.).

http://www.aarp.org/issues/reimagining_america.html

Click on "Read this..." for link to full text.

B. "Intergenerational Relationships: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren," by Amy Goyer (November 2005).

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/perspectives/nov_05_grandparents.html
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13. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, November 2005, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/nov%20newsltr2.pdf
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14. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH BRIEF, ISSUE BRIEF:

A. "Sorting Out Social Security Replacement Rates," by Alicia H. Munnell and Mauricio Soto (Just the Facts JTF#19, November 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/jtf_19.shtml

B. "How Do Pensions Affect Replacement Rates?" by Alicia H. Munnell and Mauricio Soto (Issue Brief IB#37, November 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/ib_37.shtml
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15. NORTH DAKOTA STATE DATA CENTER ARTICLE: "Seeing seniors as assets," by Patrick Springer (NDSD "The Forum," Nov. 14, 2005).

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/media/forum111405.htm
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16. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION CHARTPACK, ISSUE BRIEF:

A. "A Profile of African Americans, Latinos, and Whites with Medicare" (chartpack, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Medicare Policy Project, and the Race/Ethnicity and Health Care Program, November 2005, .pdf format, 20p.). "his chartpack highlights demographic data about African Americans, Hispanics and whites with Medicare to highlight potential implications for outreach efforts under the new Medicare drug benefit."

http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/7435.cfm

B. "Displaced by Hurricane Katrina: Issues and Options for Medicare Beneficiaries," by Nora Super and Brian Biles (Medicare Policy Project Issue Brief, November 2005, .pdf format, 25p.). "An estimated 200,000 Medicare beneficiaries were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Medicare played a key role in meeting the health care needs of the elderly and disabled beneficiaries who were displaced by the hurricane. Many of these beneficiaries face new challenges as a direct result of the hurricane. This issue brief identifies issues and challenges for individuals on Medicare affected by the hurricane and offers options for addressing these problems during the transition period. This issue brief focuses on subgroups of the Medicare population, including beneficiaries in traditional Medicare, those enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, and dual eligibles and nursing home residents. It looks at potential transition issues affecting beneficiaries as the new drug benefit is implemented. It also identifies issues to be considered in future disaster planning efforts."

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7437.cfm
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17. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Selective butyrylcholinesterase inhibition elevates brain acetylcholine, augments learning and lowers Alzheimer {beta}-amyloid peptide in rodent," by Nigel H. Greig, Tadanobu Utsuki, Donald K. Ingram, Yue Wang, Giancarlo Pepeu, Carla Scali, Qian-Sheng Yu, Jacek Mamczarz, Harold W. Holloway, Tony Giordano, DeMao Chen, Katsutoshi Furukawa, Kumar Sambamurti, Arnold Brossi, and Debomoy K. Lahiri (Vol. 102, No. 47, Nov. 22, 2005, p. 17213-17218).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/102/47/17213?etoc
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18. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE SUMMARY, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Twists in the Tale of the Aging Yeast," by Jasper Rine (Perspectives summary, Vol. 310, No. 5751, Nov. 18, 2005, p. 1124-1125).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/310/5751/1124

B. "Regulation of Yeast Replicative Life Span by TOR and Sch9 in Response to Nutrients," by Matt Kaeberlein, R. Wilson Powers, III, Kristan K. Steffen, Eric A. Westman, Di Hu, Nick Dang, Emily O. Kerr, Kathryn T. Kirkland, Stanley Fields, and Brian K. Kennedy (Vol. 310, No. 5751, Nov. 18, 2005, p. 1193-1196).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/310/5751/1193
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19. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT, EDITORIAL EXTRACT, COMMENTARY EXTRACT, MEDICAL NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES EXTRACT:

A. "Risk of Pelvic Fractures in Older Women Following Pelvic Irradiation," by Nancy N. Baxter, Elizabeth B. Habermann, Joel E. Tepper, Sara B. Durham, and Beth A. Virnig (article abstract, Vol. 294, No. 20, Nov. 23/30 2005, p. 2587-2593).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/294/20/2587

B. "Postradiotherapy Pelvic Fractures: Cause for Concern or Opportunity for Future Research?" by William Small, Jr. and Lisa Kachnic (editorial extract Vol. 294, No. 20, Nov. 23/30 2005, p. 2635-2637).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/294/20/2635

C. "Drug Prices and Value for Money," by David A. Henry, Suzanne R. Hill, and Anthony Harris (commentary extract, Vol. 294, No. 20, Nov. 23/30 2005, p. 2630-2632).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/294/20/2630

D. "Advances Aim to Ease Stem Cell Concerns," by Bridget M. Kuehn (medical news and perspectives extract, Vol. 294, No. 20, Nov. 23/30 2005, p. 2557-2558).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/294/20/2557

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III. Working Papers:

20. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Life is Cheap: Using Mortality Bonds to Hedge Aggregate Mortality Risk," by Leora Friedberg and Anthony Webb (WP #2005-13, October 2005, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

Using the Lee-Carter mortality model, we quantify aggregate mortality risk, the risk that annuitants might live longer than predicted by the model. We calculate that a markup of 4.3 percent on an annuity premium, or else shareholders' capital equal to 4.3 percent of the expected present value of annuity payments, would reduce the probability of insolvency resulting from uncertain aggregate mortality trends to five percent, and a markup of 6.1 percent would reduce the probability of insolvency to one percent. Using the same model, we find evidence that the projection scale that the insurance industry commonly refers to underestimates aggregate mortality improvements. Consequently, annuities that are priced on that projections scale without any conservative margin will be substantially under priced. Insurance companies could deal with aggregate mortality risk by transferring it to the financial markets through newly-available mortality-contingent bonds. We calculate the returns that investors would have obtained on such bonds had they been available previously, and the historical covariance between these bond returns and the growth in per-capita consumption. Using the Consumption Capital Asset Pricing Model (CCAPM), we determine the risk premium that investors would have required on such bonds. At plausible coefficients of risk aversion, investors should be able to hedge aggregate mortality risk via such bonds at very low cost.

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2005-13.shtml
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21. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Survivor Benefits and the Gender Tax Gap in Public Pension Schemes: Observations from Germany," by Martin Werding (CESifo Working Paper No. 1596, November 2005, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Since its inception, the traditional form of providing survivor benefits within public pension schemes has lost much of its legitimacy. As a result of fundamental changes in marriage behaviour and the typical division of labour between married spouses, offering non-contributory benefits of this kind could be seen as inequitable. Since these benefits usually substitute for non-derived pension entitlements based on the surviving spouse's own contributions, they can also lead to incentive effects, especially for married women with some degree of labour-force attachment, that appear to be far from optimal. The present paper highlights this problem referring to institutional details and empirical results related to Germany and shows how it could be resolved by jointly annuitizing a given couple's pension entitlements.

http://www.cesifo.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=12079

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

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

22. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 162, No. 11, Dec. 1, 2005).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol162/issue11/index.dtl?etoc

23. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 95, No. 12, December 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.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol95/issue12/?etoc

24. Medical Care (Vol. 43, No. 12, December 2005).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200512000-00000.htm
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25. 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. 23, 2005:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 23, 2005:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 23, 2005:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Nov. 23, 2005:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Nov. 23, 2005:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Nov. 23, 2005:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

26. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Development of Recombinase-Expressing ("Driver") Mouse Lines for Studying the Nervous System (U01)" (RFA-MH-06-007, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Nov. 18, 2005). For more information see:

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

B. "International Clinical, Operational and Health Services Research Training Award (ICOHRTA) [D43]" (RFA-TW-06-002, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Nov. 15, 2005). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-06-002.html
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27. PENN STATE POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE: "Postdoctoral Positions - Research Training in the Demography of Aging." "Pending renewal funding, the Population Research Institute (PRI) at Penn State University expects to have two postdoctoral positions for research training in the demography of aging available beginning in summer 2006. This program has been funded by a training grant from the National Institute on Aging over the past 15 years. Postdoctoral positions are for one year, with re-appointment typically occurring for a second year, and provide a yearly stipend commensurate with experience, based on levels mandated by NIH." For more information see:

http://www.pop.psu.edu/general/postdoc/postdoc_position.htm
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28. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA--BERKELEY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMS: "The Health Policy and Management division in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley is inviting applications for postdoctoral and mid-career fellowships that will begin August, 2006.  These fellowships provide advanced multidisciplinary training and education to prepare outstanding economists, health professionals, political scientists, sociologists, and public policy professionals for leadership roles in health economics, health services financing, public health policy, managed care, the health workforce, and health insurance: For more information see:

http://www.petris.org/trainingprograms.htm
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29. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH:

A. "Sandell Grants for Junior Scholars." "This program promotes research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines. We will award six grants of $30,000.  The deadline for proposal submission is February 28, 2006.  Awards will be announced on April 15, 2006. For more information see:

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

B. "Dissertation Fellowships." "This program promotes the next generation of retirement research scholars.  We will award six fellowships of $20,000.  Fellowships for successful applicants are renewable for a second year based on adequate progress.  Deadline for proposal submission is January 31, 2006.  Awards will be announced on March 15, 2006. For more information see:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/dissertation.shtml
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30. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA POPULATION CENTER: "The Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota is recruiting graduate students to work on several projects to develop new demographic data sources. These projects include: The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA), an individual-level database of U.S. censuses from 1850 to 2000, including projects to create samples for 1880, 1900 and 1930; and, IPUMS International, a data series incorporating international census microdata for the period 1960 to the present." For more information see:

http://www.pop.umn.edu/employment/grads.shtml

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VI. Conferences:

31. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "Monitoring the Public's Health: Using Data from the National Center for Health Statistics," a pre-conference workshop to be held on Dec. 10, 2006, at this year's American Public Health Association Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information see:

http://apha.confex.com/apha/133am/techprogram/session_16584.htm

For more on APHA convention see:

http://www.apha.org/meetings/

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

32. US SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS/SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Private-Sector Retirement Savings Plans: What Does the Future Hold? Joint Hearing on Examining a Long-Term Perspective on the Future of Our Nation's Retirement Plans in the Private Sector," a hearing held Mar. 15, 2005 (US Senate Hearing 109-90, ASCII text and .pdf format, 130p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate15sh109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-90" (without the quotes).

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

33. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION

A. Medicare Q&A: "The Kaiser Family Foundation produces a weekly Q&A column that will be distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services explaining the basics of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. The columns provide consumer-oriented information with helpful advice for people on Medicare and their families as the drug benefit goes into effect." Columns going back to Sep. 15, 2005 are available at the site.

http://www.kff.org/medicare/QA/index.cfm

B. "statehealthfacts.org." KFF has added "Number of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) by Type, 2006" to its interactive web extractor.

http://statehealthfacts.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi?action=whatsnew

See the entry "Number of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) by Type, 2006," listed on "11/22/05".

For more on statehealthfacts.org see:

http://statehealthfacts.org/
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34. ELDERLAWANSWERS.COM: Note: Annotation is courtesy of Brandy Kreisler of the Cornell University [Ithaca, New York] InSITE Current Awareness Service: "A product of the Boston law firm Margolis & Associates, ElderLawAnswers seeks to provide the best information on the Internet about crucial legal issues facing seniors. ElderLawAnswers offers extensive explanations of topics such as 'Disability Planning', 'Estate Planning','Grandchildren', 'Long-Term Care Insurance', and 'Medical Directives'. Each topic is covered in detail, and readers are provided with sources and citations, links to further reading, graphs, charts, and other visual aids, as well a FAQ at the end of the entry. Each entry is date-stamped. The site also provides state-specific information, such as practicing lawyers in the area of elder law, news articles, and helpful links. Under the 'Resources' section, the site provides visitors with calculators, checklists, a glossary from the Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology, and a suggested reading list. A discussion forum is also available. The 'For Attorneys' section provides visitors with a free monthly newsletter and current news; other content is available with subscription only."

http://www.elderlawanswers.com/

More information about InSITE:

http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/RESOURCES/insite.htm

Under "Searchable Database" "Search topics" pull down menu to "Elder Law" to find other relevant InSITE resources.

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