Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #339--May 25, 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. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS ANNOUNCEMENT: NCHS has announced a plan to make all National Health Interview Survey data files and documentation from 1963-1996 available on the Internet. At present, files from 1992-1996 have been made available. CAAR reports will inform readers as older files are released.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/quest_data_related_1969_96.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORTS:

A. "Trends in causes of death among older persons in the United States," by Yelena Gorina, Donna Hoyert, Harold Lentzner, and Margie Goulding (Trends in Health and Aging No. 6, October 2005, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/agingtrends/06olderpersons.pdf

B. "Provisional Report. Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2004" (Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, Data From the National Health Interview Survey No. 229, May 2006, .pdf format, 69p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_229.pdf
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3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Nursing Home Enforcement: Application of Mandatory Remedies" (OEI-06-03-00410, May 2006, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-03-00410.pdf
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4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEFS:

A. "Outpatient Prescribed Medicine Expenses by Source of Payment and Insurance Status for the Medicare and Non-Medicare Populations, 2003," by Marie N. Stagnitti (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief #125, May 2006, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=743

B. "Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2003," by Steven R. Machlin and Marc W. Zodet (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief #126, May 2006, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=744
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5. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Study Finds Higher Dose of Flu Vaccine Improves Immune Response in the Elderly" (May 22, 2006).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/may2006/niaid-22.htm
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6. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: _AOA ENEWS_ (May 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 5p.).

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/press/enewsletter/enewsletter.asp
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7. STATISTICS NORWAY NEWS RELEASE: "Strong income growth for the elderly: Pensioner couples have experienced the strongest rise in household income in recent years, while young singles had the weakest rise in income" (May 19, 2006). The news release links to several topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/ifhus_en/
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8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS [UK] REPORT: "Security in retirement: towards a new pensions system," (May 2006, .pdf format, 212p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/pensionsreform/whitepaper.asp
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9. AARP REPORT: "Kansas TABOR: A Survey of AARP Members," by Joanne Binette and Terri Guengerich (May 2006, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/legis-polit/legislation/ks_tabor.html
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10. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report," (International Longevity Center, USA, May 2006, .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/may%202006.pdf
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11. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS: "Enjoying the Golden Work Years," by Barbara Butrica, Simone G. Schaner, and Sheila R.Zedlewski (Perspectives on Productive Aging Brief No. 6, May 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/311324.html
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12. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_, VARIOUS:

A. "Another weapon against amyloid," by David A. Greenberg (Editorial extract, Vol. 103, No. 21, May 23, 2006, p. 7943-7944).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/extract/103/21/7943?etoc

B. "Runaway domain swapping in amyloid-like fibrils of T7 endonuclease I," by Zhefeng Guo and David Eisenberg (Article abstract, Vol. 103, No. 21, May 23, 2006, p. 8042-8047).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/21/8042?etoc

C. "Selenoprotein deficiency accelerates prostate carcinogenesis in a transgenic model," by Veda Diwadkar-Navsariwala, Gail S. Prins, Steven M. Swanson, Lynn A. Birch, Vera H. Ray, Samad Hedayat, Daniel L. Lantvit, and Alan M. Diamond (Article abstract, Vol. 103, No. 21, May 23, 2006, p. 8179-8184).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/21/8179?etoc
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13. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Lamin A-Dependent Nuclear Defects in Human Aging," by Paola Scaffidi and Tom Misteli (Vol. 312, No. 5776, May 19, 2006, p. 1059-1063).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/312/5776/1059
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14. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Screening Colonoscopy in Very Elderly Patients: Prevalence of Neoplasia and Estimated Impact on Life Expectancy," by Otto S. Lin, Richard A. Kozarek, Drew B. Schembre, Kamran Ayub, Michael Gluck, Fred Drennan, Maw-Soan Soon, and Linda Rabeneck (Article abstract, Vol. 295, No. 20, May 24/31, 2006, p. 2357-2365).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/20/2357
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15. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_, VARIOUS:

A. "Improved food intake in frail older people," by Anne C. Milne, Alison
Avenell, and Jan Potter (Editorial extract, Vol. 332, No. 7551, May 20, 2006, p. 1165-1166).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7551/1165

B. "Decent health care for older people," by Jacqueline Morris, David Beaumont, and David Oliver (Editorial extract, Vol. 332, No. 7551, May 20, 2006, p. 1166-1168).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7551/1166

C. "UK House of Lords rejects physician assisted suicide," by Clare Dyer (News extract, Vol. 332, No. 7551, May 20, 2006, p. 1169).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7551/1169

D. "Effect of family style mealtimes on quality of life, physical performance, and body weight of nursing home residents: cluster randomised controlled trial," by Kristel A.N.D Nijs, Cees de Graaf, Frans J. Kok, Wija A. van Staveren (Article, Vol. 332, No. 7551, May 20, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1180-1184). This article is freely available to the public.

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/332/7551/1180
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16. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Cardiovascular System: Lessons Learned and Unanswered Questions," by Pamela Ouyang, Erin D. Michos, and Richard H. Karas (_Journal of the American College of Cardiology_, Vol. 49, No. 9, 2006, p. 1741-1753, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/528595

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III. Working Papers:

17. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER:

A. "Public Health Insurance and SSI Program Participation Among the Aged," by Todd Elder and Elizabeth Powers (WP 2006-117, May 2006, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=412

Click on "Full Paper (PDF)" at the bottom of the abstract for link to full text.

B. "The Impact of Misperceptions about Social Security on Saving and Well-being," by Susann Rohwedder and Arthur van Soest (WP 2006-118, May 2006, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=411

Click on "Full Paper (PDF)" at the bottom of the abstract for link to full text.
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18. AMERICAN UNIVERSITY [WASHINGTON, DC] DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS: "Macroeconomic Dimensions of Social Economics: Saving, the Stock Market, and Pension," by Martha A. Starr (WP 2006-09, May 2006, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

Saving, investment, and pensions are avenues by which households build up claims to future income and consumption. Such claims are important in a number of respects: they broaden people's options, reduce their insecurities about material living standards, and enhance their ability to live with dignity in old age. As such, understanding the multiplicity of factors that shape how people save, invest and acquire pension rights is important for understanding their access to well-being and the ways in which social arrangements improve or undercut that access. This paper reviews social-economics perspectives on these macroeconomic issues, highlighting contributions of existing research and identifying fruitful directions for future work.

http://www.american.edu/academic.depts/cas/econ/workingpapers/2006-09.pdf
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19. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "Forecasts of cohort mortality after age 50," by Kirill F. Andreev and James W. Vaupel (WP-2006-012, May 2006, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to full text and additional files (.zip compressed) are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=2206&field1=&field2=&field3=&logic1=&logic2=
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20. TINBERGEN INSTITUTE [AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS]: "Mapping the Minds of Retirement Planners," by Douglas A. Hershey and Kene Henkens, and Hendrik P. van Dalen (WP 06-038/1, April 2006, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.tinbergen.nl/scripts/papers.pl?paper=06038.rdf

Click on "PDF File" at the bottom of the abstract for link to full text.
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21. URBAN INSTITUTE:

A. "Work Impediments at Older Ages," by Richard W. Johnson, Gordon Mermin, and C. Eugene Steuerle (The Retirement Project Discussion Paper No. 06-02, May 2006, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.urban.org/publications/311313.html

B. ""Working for a Good Retirement," by Barbara Butrica, Karen E. Smith, and C. Eugene Steuerle (Retirement Project Discussion Paper No. 06-03, May 2006, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.urban.org/publications/311333.html

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

22. Aging & Mental Health (Vol. 10, No. 3, May 2006).

http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=r4108211812m

23. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 61, Nos. 5, May 2006). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol61/issue5/?etoc
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24. INGENTACONNECT: IngentConnect 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.

Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 29, No. 1, 2005).

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 18, No. 1, 2006).
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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 May 24, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 24, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 24, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 24, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 24, 2006:

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

F. Opthalmology Research: Literature for the week of May 24, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

26. URBAN INSTITUTE MONOGRAPH: _Medicare: A Policy Primer_, by Marilyn Moon (May 2006, 230p., ISBN 0-87766-753-5). For more information see:

http://www.uipress.org/Template.cfm?Section=Bookstore&Template=/Ecommerce/ProductDisplay.cfm&ProductID=4768

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

27. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants(EBRG) [R21]" (PA-06-418, May 17, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, reissue of PA-03-058). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-418.html

B. "Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG) [R01]" (PA-06-419, May 17, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, reissue of PA-02-011). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-419.html

C. "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology (R01)" (PAR-06-410, May 15, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, reissue of PAR-03-106). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-410.html

D. "Exploratory Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology (R21)" (PAR-06-411, May 15, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, reissue of PAR-03-106). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-411.html

E. "Brain Disorders in the Developing World: Research Across the Lifespan (R21)" (PAR-06-420, May 17, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, modification of PAR-05-100). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-420.html

F. "Clinical Research on Mental Illnesses in Older Adults (R01)" (PA-06-422, May 17, 2006, National Institute of Mental Health, reissue of PA-03-014). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-422.html
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28. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: BCCRR has announced the following employment opportunities: "Research Economist and Research Associate." For more information see the following announcement (.pdf format 1p.):

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/publications/CRR%20Job%20Postings.pdf

BCCRR:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr
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VII. Conferences:

29. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY SANDERS-BROWN CENTER ON AGING: 23rd Annual Summer Series on Aging, to be held Jun. 12-14, 2006, in Lexington, Kentucky: "University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is proud to provide this annual forum for professionals to share the most current information in geriatrics and gerontology from a multidisciplinary perspective. When the Summer Series on Aging began in 1983, it was the only conference of its kind targeting professionals in aging. Today we have over 350 attending annually and continue to pursue the highest of educational goals. During three days of educational sessions, lectures and workshops, participants choose from topics on clinical issues, policy, technology, management, wellness, housing, healthcare, and service." For more information see:

http://www.research.uky.edu/aging/summerseries/

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

30. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Preparing For Pandemic Flu," a hearing held May 25, 2006 (.pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=171
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31. US SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Fiscal Year 2006 Field Hearing: The Future of Social Security," a hearing held Mar. 23, 2005 (Senate Hearing 109-244, ASCII text and .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate06ch109.html

Scroll to "109-244".
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32. US House Ways and Means Committee Hearing Publications:

A. "Eighth in a Series of Subcommittee Hearings on Protecting and Strengthening Social Security," a hearing held Jun. 23, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-27, ASCII text and .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wmhearings/109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-27" (without the quotes).

B. "Long Term Care," a hearing held Apr. 19, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-46, ASCII text and .pdf format, 90p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wmhearings/109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-46" (without the quotes).

C. "Measuring Physician Quality and Efficiency of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries," a hearing held Mar. 15, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-39, .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wmhearings/109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-39" (without the quotes).

D. "Medicare Drug Discount Card," a hearing held Apr. 1, 2004 (US House Serial Publication No. 108-48, ASCII text and .pdf format, 51p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wmhearings/108.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-48" (without the quotes).

E. "Medicare Payments to Physicians," a hearing held Feb. 10, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-11, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wmhearings/109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-11" (without the quotes).

F. "Value-Based Purchasing for Physicians Under Medicare," a hearing held Jul. 21, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-50, ASCII text and .pdf format, 108p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wmhearings/109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-50" (without the quotes).
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33. US HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE: "Restoring the Public Trust: A Review of the Federal Pension Forfeiture Act," a hearing held Feb. 1, 2006 (US House Serial Publication 109-118, ASCII text and .pdf format, 160p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house07ch109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-118" (without the quotes).

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IX. Websites of Interest:

34. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION

A. Medicare Information: "Medicare Drug Plans: Experiences of Dual Enrollees and Other Low-Income Beneficiaries." This page links to relevant reports, factsheets, and videos (Windows Media format).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/med051806pkg.cfm

B. Statehealthfacts.org Update: Kaiser has recently updated this website.Items listed from Apr. 21 - May 24, 2006 have been updated.

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

C. KaiserEdu SmartLinks Topic Searches: SmartLinks provides 'pre-queried' searches on health policy topics in several different Internet search engines." For more information, see:

http://www.kaiseredu.org/smartlinks.asp

--
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