Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #323--February 2, 2006

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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. DUKE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL LONG TERM CARE SURVEY DATA UPDATE: "The following omission in the "1999 NLTCS Variables not appearing on any Survey Instrument" document for variable SIC1 has been corrected: "(6) A person who aged into the 1984 sample (not in the 1982 population due to age)." For more information see:

http://nltcs.cds.duke.edu/alerts.htm

Note: the link to a complete set of non-survey variables at this site is incorrect at this time. The correct link to a complete list of non-survey variables (.pdf format, 6p.) is:

http://www.cds.duke.edu/pdf/99_NonSurveyVariables.pdf
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2. LUXEMBBOURG INCOME STUDY: LIS announced the following data update on Jan. 31, 2006: "We have slightly revised the following SAS program (giniatkdec) used to measure income inequality. The keyfigures themselves have not been changed". See link at:

http://www.lisproject.org/whatsnew.htm

Click on "giniatkdec".

Direct link:

http://www.lisproject.org/keyfigures/sasprograms/sasginatkpct_20060127.txt
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3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY: "Benefits and Earnings Public-Use File, 2004" (October 2005, .zip compressed ASCII text and SAS format with documentation in .pdf format). "The Benefits and Earnings Public-Use File, 2004, consists of two separate but linkable subfiles--one with benefit information and the other with longitudinal earnings information. Sample beneficiary records drawn from the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program can be linked to their corresponding earnings histories. Information about beneficiaries needed to administer the OASDI program resides on SSA's Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) file, which in December 2004 contained records for approximately 47 million individuals who were entitled to receive a Social Security (OASDI) benefit for that month. Data in the benefit subfile are an extract from the MBR, consisting of a 1 percent random, representative sample of approximately 470,000 records. These records are representative of OASDI beneficiaries who were entitled to receive an OASDI benefit payment for December 2004. Each record in the benefit and earnings subfiles has a unique identifier that allows each earnings record to be linked to its appropriate benefit record. Both subfiles are available as flat text files or SAS data sets. Since the sample for this public-use file is a representative, 1 percent random sample of persons entitled to receive an OASDI benefit payment for December 2004, all records have weight equal to 100. Variances and standard errors can be approximated with the standard formulas used for simple random sampling. Descriptions of data fields are provided in the Data Dictionary for this file. The descriptions cover the content of each field, the method of presentation, and the disclosure avoidance steps taken to provide confidentiality. Because information on the internal MBR file is used to administer the OASDI program, these data are validated and kept current. As a result, the quality of the data in this public-use file is extremely high. Note that benefits payable for December 2004 are computed using earnings through the year 2003."

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/microdata/earn/index.html
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4. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY PERIODICAL: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has released _HRS Data User News_ (Fall 2005, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/newsletter/Fall2005UsrNws.pdf

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II. Reports and articles:

5. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE COVERAGE DECISION MEMO: "Decision Memo for Removal of ICD-9-CM Code V76.51, Special Screening for Malignant Neoplasms of Colon, From the List of Codes Never Covered by Medicare (CAG-00312N) (Feb. 1, 2006).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=175
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6. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT: "Ageing and Employment Policies - Ireland" (2006, .pdf read only format, 119p.). Note: purchasing information for a print copy is available at the site.

http://www.oecd.org/document/54/0,2340,en_2649_37435_36030134_1_1_1_37435,00.html

Click on "browse-it" near the bottom of the page for link to full text.
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7. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Older Victorians get 23.7 million dollar (17.8 million US dollars) support boost" (BIS013, Jan. 25, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2006-jb-bis013.htm

B. "Increased support for Older South Australians" (BIS015/06, Jan. 27, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2006-jb-bis015.htm
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8. JAPAN STATISTICS BUREAU AND STATISTICAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING INSTITUTE REPORT: "Population Estimates by Age (5-Year Group) and Sex (Sep. 1, 2005 Final Estimate and Jan. 1, 2006 Provisional Estimate) (January 2006, HTML and .Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/jinsui/tsuki/index.htm
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9. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORTS:

A. "Second Tier Pension Provision 1978/79 to 2003/04" (January 2006, .pdf format, 17p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/dsu/second_tier/second_tier.asp

B. "Contributions and Qualifying Years for State Pension 1978/79 to 2003/04" (January 2006, .pdf format, 16p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/dsu/contsandqualify/contsandqualify.asp

Links to full text for each are at the bottom of the page.
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10. AARP Periodicals, Global Aging Perspective, Research Reports, Prime Time Radio:

A. _AARP Bulletin_ (February 2006). Selected articles from the latest _Bulletin_ are available at the site.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/toc/tableofcontents.html

B. _AARP The Magazine_ (March & April 2006). Selected articles from the latest issue are available at the site.

http://www.aarpmagazine.org/inprint.html

C. "NGO Role in Advocating on Pensions," by Jane Barratt (Global Aging Perspectives, January 2006).

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/perspectives/jan_06_ifa.html

D. "The State of 50+ America 2006," by Laurel Beedon, Lisa Southworth. and John Gist (Research Report, January 2006, .pdf format, 56p.)

http://www.aarp.org/research/economy/trends/fifty_plus_2006.html

E. "Opinions on the Federal Budget Among U.S. Adults," by Jean Kalata (Research Report, January 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/economy/budget/federal_budget.html

F. The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

"AARP Bulletin January Roundtable" (Jan. 12, 2006).

http://www.aarp.org/fun/radio/pt_radio/aarp_bulletin_january_roundtable.html

"More Spicy After 50" (Jan. 24, 2006).

http://www.aarp.org/fun/radio/pt_radio/more_spicy_after_50.html
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11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION COMMISSION ON MEDICAID AND THE UNINSURED ISSUE BRIEF: "Dual Eligibles and Medicare Part D: An Implementation Update" (January 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7454.cfm
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12. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_ ARTICLES, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "An early specific cell-cell interaction occurs in the production of beta-amyloid in cell cultures," by Nazneen N. Dewji, Debashis Mukhopadhyay, and Jonathan Singer (Vol. 103, No. 5, Jan. 31, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1540-1545. Note: _PNAS_ is providing this article free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/5/1540?etoc

B. "Evidence that Perutz's double-beta-stranded subunit structure for beta-amyloids also applies to their channel-forming structures in membranes," by S. Jonathan Singer and Nazneen N. Dewj (Vol. 103, No. 5, Jan. 31, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1546-1550. Note: _PNAS_ is providing this article free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/5/1546?etoc

C. "Enigma, a mitochondrial protein affecting lifespan and oxidative stress response in Drosophila," by Philippos Mourikis, Gregory D. Hurlbut, and Spyros Artavanis-Tsakonas (Vol. 103, No. 5, Jan. 31, 2006, p. 1307-1312).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/5/1307?etoc
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13. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Role of p21-activated kinase pathway defects in the cognitive deficits of Alzheimer disease," by Lixia Zhao, Qiu-Lan Ma, Frederic Calon, Marni E. Harris-White, Fusheng Yang, Giselle P. Lim, Takashi Morihara, Oliver J. Ubeda, Surendra Ambegaokar, James E. Hansen, Richard H. Weisbart, Bruce Teter, Sally A. Frautschy and Greg M Cole (Vol. 9, No. 2, February 2006, p. 234-242).

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v9/n2/abs/nn1630.html

B. "Selective elimination of glutamatergic synapses on striatopallidal neurons in Parkinson disease models," by Michelle Day, Zhongfeng Wang, Jun Ding, Xinhai An, Cali A. Ingham, Andrew F. Shering, David Wokosin, Ema Ilijic, Zhuoxin Sun, Allan R. Sampson, Enrico Mugnaini, Ariel Y. Deutch, Susan R. Sesack, Gordon W. Arbuthnott & D. James Surmeier (Vol. 9, No. 2, February 2006, p. 251-259).

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v9/n2/abs/nn1632.html
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14. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ NEWS EXTRACTS:

A. "NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommends drugs for moderate Alzheimer's disease," by Susan Mayor (news extract, Vol. 332, No. 7535, p. 195).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7535/195

B. "US Supreme Court upholds Oregon's Death with Dignity Act," by Fred Charatan (news extract, Vol. 332, No. 7535, p. 195).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7535/195-a
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15. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLES:

A. "Beating Back the Blues," by Anne Kuchment (Jan. 30, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10964639/site/newsweek/

B. "The Last Hurrah: The baby boomers tacked left, then right. Where will their politics go in the golden years? The 'I want it all and I want it now' crowd confronts its hardest campaigns," by Howard Fineman (Jan. 23, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10855757/site/newsweek/

C. "'Be Informed': Anti-aging guru and best-selling author Dr. Michael Roizen's latest book explains how to be a smart patient," by Jennifer Barrett (Web exclusive, Jan. 24, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10950920/site/newsweek/

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III. Working Papers:

16. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Consumption and Economic Well-Being at Older Ages: Income- and Consumption-Based Poverty Measures in the HRS (Health and Retirement Study)," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (January 2006, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=396
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17. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH:

A. " Private Transfers in a Cross Section of Developing Countries," by Donald Cox, Emanuela Galasso and Emmauel Jimenez (WP 2006-1, January 2006, .pdf format, 13p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2006-1.shtml

Note: At the time of release of this issue, the link from the above page was incorrect. For the correct link use:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/papers/wp_2006-1.pdf

B. "Policies to Promote Labor Force Participation of Older People," by Alicia H. Munnell (WP 2006-2, January 2006, .pdf format, 59p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2006-2.shtml
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18. WORLD BANK DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME: "Is formal lifelong learning a profitable investment for all of life? How age, education level, and flexibility of provision affect rates of return to adult education in Colombia," by Andreas Blom and Thomas Pave Sohnesen (WP 3800, January 2006, ASCII text and .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20051215160919
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19. CENTRE FOR MARKET AND PUBLIC ORGANISATION [UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, UK]:

A. "The retirement-consumption puzzle and involuntary early retirement: Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey," by Sarah Smith (Working Paper No. 06/138, January 2006, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/CMPO/workingpapers/abstracts5.htm#05138

B. "Persistency of pension contributions in the UK: Evidence from aggregate and micro-data," by Sarah Smith (Working Paper No. 06/139, January 2006, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/CMPO/workingpapers/abstracts5.htm#05139

C. "Retirement in the UK," by Sarah Smith and James Banks (Working Paper No. 06/140, January 2006, .pdf format, 27p.) Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/CMPO/workingpapers/abstracts5.htm#05140

Click on Title above each abstract for link to full text.
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20. RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF THE FINNISH ECONOMY [HELSINKI]: "The Finnish Pension Reform of 2005," by Jukka Lassila and Tarmo Valkonen (Discussion Paper No. 1000, January 2006, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.etla.fi/eng/julkaisuhaku.php?type=details&id=1247

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

21. The Gerontologist (Vol. 46, No. 1, February 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol46/issue1/?etoc

22. Journal of Marriage and Family (Vol. 68, No. 1, February 2006). 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.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/jomf

23. Public Policy and Aging (Vol. 15, Nos. 3 and 4 2005).

http://www.agingsociety.org/agingsociety/publications/public_policy/previous.html
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24. INGENTACONNECT: INGENTACONNECT provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingentaconnect.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.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 46, No. 4, 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Human Resources (Vol. 40, No. 4, 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.
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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 Feb. 1, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 1, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 1, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 1, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 1, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 1, 2006:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

26. JOSEPH ROUNTREE FOUNDATION: _Lessons from the funding of long-term care in Scotland_, by David Bell and Alison Bowes (February 2006, .pdf format, 106p.).

http://www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/details.asp?pubID=755

More information about JRF:

http://www.jrf.org.uk/about/

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

27. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Expert Meeting on the Future of the National Long-Term Care Survey: Data Needs for Disability Policy Making and Research for the Future" (NOT-AG-06-003, National Institute on Aging, Jan. 26, 2006). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-06-003.html

B. "Change in Expiration Date of Program Announcement PA-03-167" (NOT-AG-06-004, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Jan. 23, 2006). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-06-004.html

C. "Change in Expiration Date of PA-05-136" (NOT-AG-06-005, National Institute on Aging, Jan. 23, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-06-005.html

D. "NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00) (PA-06-133, National Institute of Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Jan. 27, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-133.html
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28. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY: WLS has announced a "Pilot Grant Program." "The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will award three pilot grants to investigators using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) data for scholarly research. Selected recipients will receive $10,000 to support their research, along with a residency at CDHA, where they will receive training and support in use of WLS data. The residency will take place on August 3rd and 4th, 2006. Grant recipients will be invited back to CDHA to present their work at a later date. Authors will be encouraged to publish their work in any appropriate outlet." For more information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/pilot/
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29. CIVIC VENTURES: "The Purpose Prize for Americans Leading With Experience." "The Purpose Prize awards $100,000 each to five innovators who are taking on society's biggest challenges. It's for those with the passion and experience to discover new opportunities, create new programs, and make lasting change." For more information see:

http://www.leadwithexperience.org/prize/

More information about CV:

http://www.leadwithexperience.org/prize/about/aboutcivicventures.cfm

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VII. Conferences:

30. WORLD PARKINSON CONGRESS: "World Parkinson Congress 2006," to be held Mar. 22-26, 2006 in Washington, DC. For more information see:

http://www.worldpdcongress.org/
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31. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO: "5th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias," a conference to be held in San Francisco, California Sep. 6-8, 2006. For more information see:

https://www.cme.ucsf.edu/cme/CourseDetail.aspx?coursenumber=MNR07002

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

32. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Meeting The Challenges of Medicare Drug Benefit Implementation," a hearing held Feb. 2, 2006 (.pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=74

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IX. Websites of Interest:

33. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: NIHSENIORHEALTH.GOV, NIH's senior oriented metasite, has recently added material on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), Heart Failure, and Osteoporosis.

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/

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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