Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #346--July 13, 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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY DATA, DOCUMENTATION:

A. "HRS 2000 Post-Exit (Final, Version 1.0)," (July 6, 2006).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news210&xtyp=1

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/data/index.html

B. "Getting Started with the Health and Retirement Study (Version 1.0)," (Spring 2006, .pdf format, 80p.). Note: "This document provides new users with an introduction to HRS data resources. It includes a tutorial on using Stata to analyze the RAND-HRS Data file, a cleaned and easy-to-use version of cross-wave data from the Health and Retirement Study data."

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/docs/dmgt/gshrs1.0.pdf

C. "Minor changes have been made to the layout of the Questionnaires page, including removal of links to Health Care Utilization and Health Care Costs for HRS 1992 and HRS 1994." (July 11, 2006).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/meta/sho_meta.php?hfyle=qnaires

D. "The Resources of Analysis of Family Data page has been updated to include information for HRS 2002 and HRS 2004." (July 11, 2006).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/intro/sho_intro.php?hfyle=famdat
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2. FEDERAL INTERAGENCY FORUM ON AGING-RELATED STATISTICS CHART BOOK: "Older Americans Update 2006: Key Indicators of Well-Being," (2006, .pdf format, 67p.).

http://agingstats.gov/update2006/default.htm

Excel worksheets:

http://agingstats.gov/update2006/spreadsheets.html
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3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS:

A. _Injury Data and Resources_ (July 2006). "The purpose of this Web site is to provide an overview of injury morbidity and mortality data and statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and other sources and to provide details on injury surveillance methodology and tools to assist in data analysis."

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/injury.htm

B. NCHS is releasing older years of the National Health Interview Survey data file via their FTP server. Data is available in Windows based self-decompressing (.exe) ASCII format, with documentation available in .pdf format. SAS programming statements are also provided. The 1982-1986 data files are now available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/quest_data_related_1969_96.htm
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4. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU/VIENNA INSTITUTE OF DEMOGRAPHY DATA SHEET: "European Demographic Data Sheet, 2006," by Wolfgang Lutz (July 2006, .pdf format).

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/vid/popeurope/download/European_Demographic_Data_Sheet_2006_A4.pdf

Related article:

http://www.prb.org/Template.cfm?Section=PRB&template=/Content/ContentGroups/Datasheets/Europes_Population_Aging_Will_Accelerate,_Says_Data_Sheet.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

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

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

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_monthly/2006-06/index.html

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

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2006-06/index.html
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6. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Plan Sponsor Call Center Responses Were Prompt, but Not Consistently Accurate and Complete," (GAO-06-710, June 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06710.pdf

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

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html
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7. US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE, ARTICLE: "Farmland Retirement's Impact on Rural Growth," by Patrick Sullivan, Daniel Hellerstein, David McGranahan, and Stephen Vogel (_Amber Waves_, Vol. 4, Special Issue, July 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p.).

HTML:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/July06SpecialIssue/Features/Farmland.htm

PDF:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/July06SpecialIssue/pdf/FarmlandFeatureJuly06.pdf
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8. CENSUS FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Grandparents Day 2006: Sept. 10," (CB06-FF.13, July 10, 2006).

HTML:
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/007130.html

.pdf:
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2006/cb06ff-13.pdf
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9. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: _AoA eNews_ (July 2006, .pdf and Word format, 3p.).

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/press/enewsletter/enewsletter.asp
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10. CENTER FOR THE EVALUATIVE CLINICAL SCIENCES [DARTMOUTH UNIVERSITY] REPORT: "The Care of Patients with Severe Chronic Illness: An Online Report on the Medicare Program by the Dartmouth Atlas Project," (2006, .pdf format, 108p.).

http://www.dartmouthatlas.org/atlases/2006_Chronic_Care_Atlas.pdf
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11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "Medicare Drug Benefit Enrollment Update," (June 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7453.cfm
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12. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "The MetLife Caregiving Cost Study: Productivity Losses to U.S. Business," (July 2006, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.metlife.com/WPSAssets/19063721401152559701V1FEmployerCostStudy2006.pdf
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13. STATISTICS CANADA REPORT: "Death of a Spouse: The Impact on Income for Senior Men and Women," by André Bernard and Chris Li (Analysis in Brief No. 46, July 2006, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11-621-MIE/11-621-MIE2006046.pdf
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14. _PREVENTING CHRONIC DISEASE_ ARTICLE: "Body Mass Index and Up-to-Date Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Marylanders Aged 50 Years and Older," by Mikhail Menis, Bernard Kozlovsky, Pat Langenberg, Min Zhan, Diane M. Dwyer, Ebenezer Israel, Carmela Groves, Annette Hopkins, and Eileen K. Steinberger (Vol. 3, No. 3, July 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/jul/05_0178.htm
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15. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "A functional variant of the dopamine D3 receptor is associated with risk and age-at-onset of essential tremor," by Freddy Jeanneteau, Benoît Funalot, Joseph Jankovic, Hao Deng, Jean-Pierre Lagarde, Gérard Lucotte, and Pierre Sokoloff (Vol. 103, No. 28, July 11, 2006, p. 10753-10758).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/28/10753

B. "Mitochondrial pathology and muscle and dopaminergic neuron degeneration caused by inactivation of Drosophila Pink1 is rescued by Parkin," by Yufeng Yang, Stephan Gehrke, Yuzuru Imai, Zhinong Huang, Yingshi Ouyang, Ji-Wu Wang, Lichuan Yang, M. Flint Beal, Hannes Vogel, and Bingwei Lu (Vol. 103, No. 28, July 11, 2006, p. 10793-10798).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/28/10793
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16. _NATURE MEDICINE_ TECHNICAL REPORT, ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: This month's issue of _Nature Medicine_ focuses on Alzheimer's Disease.

A. "Human amyloid-{beta} synthesis and clearance rates as measured in cerebrospinal fluid in vivo," by Randall J. Bateman, Ling Y. Munsell, John C. Morris, Robert Swarm, Kevin E. Yarasheski and David M. Holtzman (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 856-861).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v12/n7/abs/nm1438.html

B. "Cyclohexanehexol inhibitors of A-{beta} aggregation prevent and reverse Alzheimer phenotype in a mouse model," by JoAnne McLaurin, Meredith E. Kierstead, Mary E. Brown, Cheryl A. Hawkes, Mark H. L. Lambermon, Amie L. Phinney, Audrey A. Darabie, Julian E. Cousins, Janet E. French, Melissa F. Lan, Fusheng Chen, Sydney S. N. Wong, Howard T. J. Mount, Paul E. Fraser, David Westaway and Peter St. George-Hyslop (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 801-808).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v12/n7/abs/nm1423.html

Related News and Views articles:

C. "The amyloid code," by Apoorva Mandavilli (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 747-751).
D. "Pinpointing plaques with PIB," by Kaj Blennow & Henrik Zetterberg (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 753-754).
E. "Highly cited research papers on Alzheimer disease published in 2003," (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 754).
F. "Can the immune system fight Alzheimer disease?" by Bradley T. Hyman & John H. Growdon (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 755-756).
G. "Amyloid at the blood vessel wall," by John Hardy & Karen Cullen (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 756-757).
H. "Highly cited research papers on Alzheimer disease published in 2004," (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 757).
I. "The ups and downs of A-beta," by Dennis J. Selkoe (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 758-759).
J. "Highly cited research papers on Alzheimer disease published in 2005," (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 759).
K. "A-beta star: a light onto synaptic dysfunction?" by Seong-Hun Kim, Ya-Ping Tang & Sangram S Sisodia (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 760-761).
L. "Highly cited clinical and epidemiological papers on Alzheimer disease published in 2003," (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 761).
M. "A transgenic triple scores a home run," by Greg Cole (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 762-763).
N. "Highly cited clinical and epidemiological papers on Alzheimer disease published in 2004," (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 763).
O. "Teasing out the tangles," by Stefan Kins & Konrad Beyreuther (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 764-765).
P. "Highly cited clinical and epidemiological papers on Alzheimer disease published in 2005," (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 765).
Q. "The players on the gamma-secretase team," by Akihiko Takashima, Masafumi Shimojo & Benjamin Wolozin (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 766-767).
R. "Recent papers on Alzheimer disease identified by leaders in the field as notable advances," (Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2006, p. 767).

For more Commentaries and articles see the journal table of contents:

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v12/n7/index.html
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17. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_ ARTICLE, EDITORIAL ABSTRACT:

A. "Daily Activity Energy Expenditure and Mortality Among Older Adults," by Todd M. Manini, James E. Everhart, Kushang V. Patel, Dale A. Schoeller, Lisa H. Colbert, Marjolein Visser, Frances Tylavsky, Douglas C. Bauer, Bret H. Goodpaster, Tamara B. Harris (Vol. 296, No. 2, July 12, 2006, p. 171-179).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/296/2/171

Related NIH Press Release:

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/PR20060711Energy.htm

B. "Adult Weight Change and Risk of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer," by A. Heather Eliassen, Graham A. Colditz, Bernard Rosner, Walter C. Willett, and Susan E. Hankinson (Vol. 296, No. 2, July 12, 2006, p. 193-201).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/296/2/193

C. "Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Mortality in Older Adults," by Steven N. Blair and William L. Haskell (Vol. 296, No. 2, July 12, 2006, p. 216-218).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/296/2/216
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18. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ ARTICLE: "Risk in primary care of colorectal cancer from new onset rectal bleeding: 10 year prospective study," by Jennifer du Toit, William Hamilton, and Kevin Barraclough (Vol. 333, No. 7558, July 8, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 69-70).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/333/7558/69
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19. _NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effects of Raloxifene on Cardiovascular Events and Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women," by Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Lori Mosca, Peter Collins, Mary Jane Geiger, Deborah Grady, Marcel Kornitzer, Michelle A. McNabb, and Nanette K. Wenger (Vol. 355, No. 2, July 13, 2006, p. 125-137).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/355/2/125

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III. Working Papers:

20. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Education and Health: Evaluating Theories and Evidence," by David M. Cutler and Adriana Lleras-Muney (Working Paper No. w12352, July 2006, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

There is a large and persistent association between education and health. In this paper, we review what is known about this link. We first document the facts about the relationship between education and health. The education 'gradient' is found for both health behaviors and health status, though the former does not fully explain the latter. The effect of education increases with increasing years of education, with no evidence of a sheepskin effect. Nor are there differences between blacks and whites, or men and women. Gradients in behavior are biggest at young ages, and decline after age 50 or 60. We then consider differing reasons why education might be related to health. The obvious economic explanations - education is related to income or occupational choice - explain only a part of the education effect. We suggest that increasing levels of education lead to different thinking and decision-making patterns. The monetary value of the return to education in terms of health is perhaps half of the return to education on earnings, so policies that impact educational attainment could have a large effect on population health.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w12352
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21. WORLD BANK: "On the financial sustainability of earnings-related pension schemes with "pay-as-you-go" financing and the role of government indexed bonds," by David A. Robalino and Andras Bodor (Policy Research Working Paper No. 3966, July 2006, .pdf format, 50p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20060712160519

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

22. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 14, No. 7, July 2006).

http://ajgponline.org/content/vol14/issue7/

23. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 32, No. 3, July-September 2006). Note: Note: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the EbscoHost database. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0361-073X&issue=current

24. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 18, No. 4, August 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 issue.

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol18/issue4/?etoc

25. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 25, No. 4, August 2006). 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 this database and these issues.

http://jag.sagepub.com/content/vol25/issue4/?etoc

26. Journal of Family Issues (Vol. 27, No. 8, August 2006).

http://jfi.sagepub.com/content/vol27/issue8/?etoc
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27. 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.

Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 18, No. 1, 2006).

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 47, No. 2, 2006).

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28. 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 July 12, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of July 12, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of July 12, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of July 12, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of July 12, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of July 12, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

29. NIH:

A. "The Role of Nuclear Receptors in Tissue and Organismal Aging (R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAS-06-466, July 10, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-06-466.html

B. "Technological Enhancements for Surveys of the Elderly: SBIR (R43/R44) Initiative," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-471, July 10, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-471.html

C. "Technological Enhancements for Surveys of the Elderly: STTR (R41/R42) Initiative," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-472, July 10, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-472.html

D. "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine(R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-475, July 10, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-475.html

E. "Targeting Diseases Caused by Protein Misfolding or Misprocessing (R01)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-479, July 12, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-479.html

F. "Targeting Diseases Caused by Protein Misfolding or Misprocessing (R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-480, July 12, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-480.html

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VI. Conferences:

30. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING: "Taking the Next Step: Technical Assistance Workshop," November 16-17, 2006 (Dallas, TX). "The Technical Assistance Workshop is a 2-day interactive forum for pre- and postdoctoral students and recent recipients of Ph.D., M.D., or related doctoral degrees who are members of groups underrepresented in aging research. During the workshop, NIA staff and associated faculty members will present information and provide technical assistance on applying for NIA grants. Participants in the workshop, depending on career stage, will have an opportunity to make poster or oral presentations of current or planned research projects while receiving feedback from peers and NIA staff." The deadline for applications is July 17, 2006.

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/Calendar/2006TAW.htm
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31. INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY ASSOCIATION: "5th International Research Conference on Social Security," to be held in Warsaw, Poland (March 5-7, 2007). 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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32. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: Conferencealerts.com has recently updated its gerontology conferences page.

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

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

33. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Medicare Reimbursement of Physician-Administered Drugs,"a hearing held July 13, 2006.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=493
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34. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "From Medicaid to Retiree Benefits: How Seniors Impact America's Health Care Costs," a hearing held July 13, 2006.

Hearing testimony (PDF format):

http://aging.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=183

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

35. LONG LIFE FAMILY STUDY: "The goal of the Long Life Family Study (LLFS) is to answer an important question: Why do some people and their families live very long lives?

LLFS is a unique international project that is studying families who have several members reaching a very old age. Families from the United States and Denmark will help us learn why some people live until a very old age and why some families maintain their health far longer than the average family."

http://www.longlifefamilystudy.org/

Related NIA Press Release:

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jul2006/nia-11.htm
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36. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: NIH has recently updated their NIHSeniorHealth site to include information about heart attacks.

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/heartattack/toc.html
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37. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: Kaiser has recently updated this website. Items listed from Jun. 22 - Jul. 6, 2006 have been updated.

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

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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