Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #342--June 15, 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. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on June 7, 2006, 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

New data:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/org/announce.html

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

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

Click on "list".

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT:

A. "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, May 2006" (June 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_monthly/2006-05/index.html

B. "SSI (Supplementary Security Income) Monthly Statistics, May 2006," (June 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2006-05/index.html

C. "International Update, May 2006," (May 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2006-05/index.html
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3. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "The Changing Demographic Profile of the United States," by Laura B. Shrestha (May 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32701.pdf
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4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY CHARTBOOK: "Outpatient Prescription Drug Expenses in the U.S. Community Population, 2003," by Marie N. Stagnitti (Chartbook No. 16, June 2006, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=745
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5. _MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT_ ARTICLE: "QuickStats: Life Expectancy at Birth, by Sex --- Selected Countries, 2001" (Vol. 55, No. 22, Jun. 9, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 631).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5522a6.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5522.pdf
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6. JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE [US CONGRESS] REPORT: "Reconsidering the True Revenue Yield of the Estate Tax," (Research Report #109-38, June 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.house.gov/jec/news/news2006/rr109-38%20Estate%20tax%20revenue%20v4.pdf
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7. ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION ISSUE BRIEF:

A. "Medicaid Managed Long Term Care for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias," by Jane Tilly, Judy Riggs, Katie Maslow, and Kimberly Brown (March 2006, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.alz.org/Health/Care/MedicaidManagedLTCPolicyBrief.pdf

B. "Medicaid Eligibility Criteria for Long Term Care Services: Access for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias," by Janet O'Keeffe, Jane Tilly, and Christopher Lucas (May 2006, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.alz.org/Health/Care/Medicaideligibilityissues.pdf
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8. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER: _EBRI Notes_ (Vol. 27, No. 6, June 2006, .pdf format, 12p.). Note: The main article in this issue is: "Estimating the Value of Changes in OASI Benefits Under Social Security Reforms," by Craig Copeland.

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3643
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9. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE ARTICLE: "Addressing the Insolvency of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation," by Alex J. Pollack (June 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.24552/pub_detail.asp
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10. VIRGINIA TAX REVIEW ARTICLE: "Taxing the Global Worker: Three Spheres of International Social Security Coordination," by Allison Christians (Vol. 26, Summer 2006, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=898085
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11. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "China's Concern Over Population Aging and Health," by Toshiko Kaneda (June 2006, HTML format).

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/06_Articles/Chinas_Concern_Over_Population_Aging_and_Health.htm
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12. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Residential aged care in Australia 2004-05," (Aged care statistics series No. 22, June 2006, .pdf format, 103p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10303
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13. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: " Synergic effect of polymorphisms in ERCC6 5' flanking region and complement factor H on age-related macular degeneration predisposition," by Jingsheng Tuo, Baitang Ning, Christine M. Bojanowski, Zhong-Ning Lin, Robert J. Ross, George F. Reed, Defen Shen, Xiaodong Jiao, Min Zhou, Emily Y. Chew, Fred F. Kadlubar, and Chi-Chao Chan (Vol. 103, o. 24, June 13, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 9256-9261). Note: _PNAS_ is providing "Open Access" to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/24/9256
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14. _NATURE_ LETTER ABSTRACT, NEWS FEATURE:

A. "Loss of autophagy in the central nervous system causes neurodegeneration in mice," by Masaaki Komatsu, Satoshi Waguri, Tomoki Chiba, Shigeo Murata, Jun-ichi Iwata, Isei Tanida, Takashi Ueno, Masato Koike, Yasuo Uchiyama, Eiki Kominami and Keiji Tanaka (Vol. 441, No. 7095, June 15, 2006, p. 880-884).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v441/n7095/abs/nature04723.html

B. "Suppression of basal autophagy in neural cells causes neurodegenerative disease in mice," by Taichi Hara, Kenji Nakamura, Makoto Matsui, Akitsugu Yamamoto, Yohko Nakahara, Rika Suzuki-Migishima, Minesuke Yokoyama, Kenji Mishima, Ichiro Saito, Hideyuki Okano and Noboru Mizushima (Vol. 441, No. 7095, June 15, 2006, p. 885-889).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v441/n7095/abs/nature04724.html

C. "Gerontology: Eat your cake and have it," by Laura Spinney (Vol. 441, No. 7095, June 15, 2006, p. 807-809).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v441/n7095/full/441807a.html
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15. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Personality, lifestyle, and risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer: follow-up of population based cohort," by Til Stürmer, Petra Hasselbach, and Manfred Amelang (_Vol. 332, No. 7554, June 10, 2006, p. 1359-1362).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/332/7554/1359

B. "Effect of off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery on clinical, angiographic, neurocognitive, and quality of life outcomes: randomised controlled trial," by Sharif Al-Ruzzeh, Shane George, Mahmoud Bustami, Jo Wray, Charles Ilsley, Thanos Athanasiou, and Mohamed Amrani (_Vol. 332, No. 7554, June 10, 2006, p. 1365-1368).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/332/7554/1365
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16. AGEING RESEARCH ONLINE [AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT] NEWSLETTER: _Ageing Research Online News_ (Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aro.gov.au/aro/NewsletterFiles/ARO%20newsletterJune%202006.pdf

More information about ARO:

http://www.aro.gov.au/WebStreamer?page_id=33
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17. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE:

A. "Second Time Around," by Daniel McGinn (June 19, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13249472/site/newsweek/

B. "Learning to Adapt," by Peg Tyre (June 19, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13249473/site/newsweek/
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18. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: Prime Time Radio Webcasts (RealPlayer format, running times, between 24 and 30 minutes).

Elder Care Update

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

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III. Working Papers:

19. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Sources of Advantageous Selection: Evidence from the Medigap Insurance Market," by Hanming Fang, Michael P. Keane, Dan Silverman (Working Paper No. w12289, June 2006, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

We provide strong evidence of advantageous selection in the Medigap insurance market, and analyze its sources. Using Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) data, we find that, conditional on controls for the price of Medigap, medical expenditures for senior citizens with Medigap coverage are, on average, about $4,000 less than for those without. But, if we condition on health, expenditures for seniors on Medigap are about $2,000 more. These two findings can only be reconciled if those with less health expenditure risk are more likely to purchase Medigap, implying advantageous selection. By combining the MCBS and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), we investigate the sources of this advantageous selection. These include income, education, longevity expectations and financial planing horizons, as well as cognitive ability. Once we condition on all these factors, seniors with higher expected medical expenditure are indeed more likely to purchase Medigap. Surprisingly, risk preferences do not appear to be a source of advantageous selection. But cognitive ability emerges as a particularly important factor, consistent with a view that many senior citizens have difficulty understanding Medicare and Medigap rules.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12289
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20. FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI (FEEM): "Eliciting the Demand for Long Term Care Coverage: A Discrete Choice Modelling Analysis," by Rinaldo Brau and Matteo Lippi Bruni (Working Paper No. 71.06, May 2006, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.feem.it/Feem/Pub/Publications/WPapers/WP2006-071.htm?WP_Page=1

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

21. 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.

Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 25, No. 1, 2006).

Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 29, No. 2, 2005).
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22. 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 June 14, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 14, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 14, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of June 14, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of June 14, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of June 14, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

23. SPRINGER: _Handbook of the Life Course_ edited by Michael J. Shanahan and Jeylan T. Mortimer (2006, ISBN: 0-387-32457-7, 732p.).

http://www.springer.com/west/home?SGWID=4-102-22-144473162-0
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24. HAWORTH PRESS: _Civic Engagement and the Baby Boomer Generation: Research, Policy, and Practice Perspectives_ edited by Laura B. Wilson and Sharon P. Simson (2006, ISBN-13: 978-0-7890-0551-9 (Hard Cover); ISBN-13: 978-0-7890-0578-6 (Soft Cover); 276p.).

http://www.haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sid=9D3D8GJC5RP68JXJNLHSP5AB2FSR8Q25&sku=5700&AuthType=4

Information on this book can also be found at:

https://www.haworthpress.com/default.asp

and search title under "Books and Journals"

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

25. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Behavioral and Social Research on Disasters and Health (R21)," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-452, June 9, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-452.html

B. "Behavioral and Social Research on Disasters and Health (R03)," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-453, June 9, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-453.html

C. "Behavioral and Social Research on Disasters and Health (R01)," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-454, June 9, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-454.html

D. "Joint Degeneration: Mouse Models (R21)," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-450, June 9, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-450.html

E. "Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) [R01]," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-459, June 12, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-459.html

F. "Development and Application of PET and SPECT Imaging Ligands as Biomarkers for Drug Discovery and for Pathophysiological Studies of CNS Disorders (R21)," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-461, June 14, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-461.html

G. "Development and Application of PET and SPECT Imaging Ligands as Biomarkers for Drug Discovery and for Pathophysiological Studies of CNS Disorders (R33)," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-462, June 14, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-462.html

H. "Development and Application of PET and SPECT Imaging Ligands as Biomarkers for Drug Discovery and for Pathophysiological Studies of CNS Disorders (Phased Innovation Award [R21/R33])," (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-463, June 14, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-463.html

I. "Longitudinal Surveys of the Elderly: STTR Initiative (R41/R42)," (National Institute on Aging, PAR-06-464, June 14, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-464.html

J. "Longitudinal Surveys of the Elderly: SBIR Initiative (R43/R44)," (National Institute on Aging, PAR-06-465, June 14, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-465.html
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26. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH: "Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program in Health of Older Minorities," (June 2006).

http://www.utmb.edu/aging/research/MinorityTraining.asp

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VII. Conferences:

27. INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY ASSOCIATION: "5th International Research Conference on Social Security," a conference to be held March 5-7, 2007 (Warsaw, Poland). The theme of the conference is: "Social security and the labour market: A mismatch? The role of social security in relation to the labour market and employment policies."

http://www.issa.int/engl/reunion/2007/Warsaw/2warsaw.htm
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28. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: Conferencealerts.com has recently updated its gerontology conferences page.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/aging.htm

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Implementation of the Medicare Drug Benefit," a hearing held June 14, 2006.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=486

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Rm. 4470A Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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