Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #347--July 20, 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. ENGLISH LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON AGEING REPORT: The Institute for Fiscal Studies [London, UK] has released results from the first wave of the 2004 ELSA (July 2006, .pdf format, 383p.).

http://www.ifs.org.uk/elsa/report_wave2.php

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, June 2006" (July 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2006-06/index.html
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3. US INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Accumulation and Distribution of Individual Retirement Arrangements, 2001-2002," by Victoria L. Bryant and Peter J. Sailer (_SOI [Statistics of Income] Bulletin_, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2006, .pdf format, p. 233-254).

http://ftp.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/spring06bul.pdf

scroll to p. 233 or type in "234" (without the quotes) in the page number box of the Acrobat screen.
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4. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING NEWS RELEASE: "Scientists Discover New Frontotemporal Dementia Gene" (Jul. 16, 2006).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/ResearchInformation/NewsReleases/PR20060716FTDgene.htm
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5. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES DECISION MEMOS:

A. "Decision Memo for Addition of ICD-9-CM 600.21, Benign localized hyperplasia of prostate with urinary obstruction as a covered indication for the PSA NCD (CAG-00332N)" (Jul. 17, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=184

B. "Decision Memo for Addition of ICD-9-CM 600.10, Nodular prostate without urinary obstruction and 600.11, with urinary obstruction, as covered indications for the PSA NCD (CAG-00331N) (Jul. 17, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=185
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6. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "QuickStats: Percentage of Older Adults Who Engaged in Regular Leisure-Time Physical Activity,* by Age Group and Sex --- United States, 2000--2003" (_Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 55, No. 28, Jul. 21, 2006, HTML and .pdf format. p. 779).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5528a7.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5528.pdf
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7. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Veterans on Community Aged Care Packages" (Aged Care Series No. 9, July 2006, .pdf format, 100p., with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10194
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8. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY MAXWELL SCHOOL CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "How Will Declining Rates of Marriage Reshape Eligibility for Social Security?" by Madonna Harrington Meyer, Douglas A. Wolf, and Christine L. Himes (Brief No. 33, July 2006, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/pbriefs/pb33.pdf
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9. LEVY ECONOMICS INSTITUTE (BARD COLLEGE) [[Annandale-on-Hudson, NY] POLICY BRIEF: "The Burden of Aging: Much Ado About Nothing, or Little to do About Something," by L. Randall Wray (Policy Note 2006/5, May 2006, .pdf format, 8p.)

http://www.levy.org/default.asp?view=publications_view&pubID=10c47bdf760

More information about the Levy Institute:

http://www.levy.org/default.asp?view=aboutlevy_info
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10. COMMONWEALTH FUND SURVEY REPORT: "The Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey: Evaluating Medicare Part D" (survey toplines, tables and press release in .pdf format, with chartpack in Microsoft PowerPoint format).

http://www.cmwf.org/surveys/surveys_show.htm?doc_id=382509

More information on CF:

http://www.cmwf.org/aboutus/aboutus.htm
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11. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A molecular correlate to the Gleason grading system for prostate adenocarcinoma," by Lawrence True, Ilsa Coleman, Sarah Hawley, Ching-Ying Huang, David Gifford, Roger Coleman, Tomasz M. Beer, Edward Gelmann, Milton Datta, Elahe Mostaghel, Beatrice Knudsen, Paul Lange, Robert Vessella, Daniel Lin, Leroy Hood, and Peter S. Nelson (Vol. 103, No. 29, Jul. 18, 2006, p. 10991-10996).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/29/10991?etoc
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12. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_, VARIOUS:

A. "Complement Factor H Polymorphism, Complement Activators, and Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Dominiek D.G. Despriet, Caroline C. W. Klaver, Jacqueline C. M. Witteman, Arthur A B. Bergen, Isabella Kardys, Moniek P.M. de Maat, Sharmila S. Boekhoorn, Johannes R. Vingerling, Albert Hofman, Ben A. Oostra, Andre G. Uitterlinden, Theo Stijnen, Cornelia M. van Duijn, Paulus T.V.M. de Jong (Article Abstract, Vol. 296, No. 3, Jul. 19, 2006, p. 301-309).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/296/3/301

B. "Alzheimer Vaccine Study," by Joan Stephenson (The World In Medicine Extract, Vol. 296, No. 3, Jul. 19, 2006, p. 272).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/296/3/272

C. _Self, Senility, and Alzheimer Disease in Modern America: A History_, by Jesse Ballenger, reviewed by Patrick Fox (Book Review Extract, Vol. 296, No. 3, Jul. 19, 2006, p. 336-337).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/296/3/336

D. _The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life_, edited by Arthur L. Caplan, James J. McCartney, and Dominic A. Sisti, reviewed by Paul Bascom (Book Review Extract, Vol. 2967, No. 3, Jul. 19, 2006, p. 339-340).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/296/3/339
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13. MEDSCAPE EXPERT INTERVIEW: NOTE: MEDSCAPE REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION BEFORE PROVIDING ARTICLES. "Improving Quality of Life in Patients With Advanced Prostate Cancer: An Expert Interview With Dr. Tomasz Beer" (July 2006).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/536667
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14. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLE: "An Alarming Link: New studies say diabetes leads to Alzheimer's. Still, that raises hope for novel brain treatments," by Josh Fischman (Jul. 24, 2006).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/060724/24alzheimers.htm
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15. _ECONOMIST_ ARTICLE: "The baby-boomers retire: Of gambling, grannies and good sense: Nevada is the new hot spot for retirees. America should watch how it copes with the influx, and learn" (Jul. 20, 2006).

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7194595
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16. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: "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).

The Pension Protector (Jul. 4, 2006).

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

The Boomers' Traveling Frenzy (Jul. 11, 2006).

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

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III. Working Papers:

17. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION RESEARCH CENTER:

A. "Older Persons AIDS Knowledge and Willingness to Provide Care in an Impoverished Nation: Evidence from Cambodia," by John E. Knodel and Zachary S. Zimmer (PSC Research Report 06-602, July 2006, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4147

B. "Chronic Conditions and the Decline in Late-Life Disability," by Vicki A. Freedman, Robert F. Schoeni, Linda G. Martin, Jennifer C. Cornman (TRENDS Working Paper No. 06-5, July 2006, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4146
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18. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Efficiency in Family Bargaining: Living Arrangements and Caregiving Decisions of Adult Children and Disabled Elderly Parents," by Liliana E. Pezzin, Robert A. Pollak, and Barbara S. Schone (w12358, July 2006, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

In this paper, we use a two-stage bargaining model to analyze the living arrangement of a disabled elderly parent and the assistance provided to the parent by her adult children. The first stage determines the living arrangement: the parent can live in a nursing home, live alone in the community, or live with any child who has invited coresidence. The second stage determines the assistance provided by each child in the family. Working by backward induction, we first calculate the level of assistance that each child would provide to the parent in each possible living arrangement. Using these calculations, we then analyze the living arrangement that would emerge from the first stage game. A key assumption of our model is that family members cannot or will not make binding agreements at the first stage regarding transfers at the second stage. Because coresidence is likely to reduce the bargaining power of the coresident child relative to her siblings, coresidence may fail to emerge as the equilibrium living arrangement even when it is Pareto efficient. That is, the outcome of the two-stage game need not be Pareto efficient.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w12358

B. "Nursing Home Quality as a Public Good," by David C. Grabowski, Jonathan Gruber, and Joseph J. Angelelli (w12361, July 2006, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

There has been much debate among economists about whether nursing home quality is a public good across Medicaid and private-pay patients within a common facility. However, there has been only limited empirical work addressing this issue. Using a unique individual level panel of residents of nursing homes from seven states, we exploit both within-facility and within-patient variation in payer source and quality to examine this issue. We also test the robustness of these results across states with different Medicaid and private-pay rate differentials. Across our various identification strategies, the results generally support the idea that quality is a public good within nursing homes. That is, within a common nursing home, there is very little evidence to suggest that Medicaid-funded residents receive consistently lower quality care relative to their private-paying counterparts.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w12361
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19. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (THE WHARTON SCHOOL) [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: "Optimizing the Retirement Portfolio: Asset Allocation, Annuitization, and Risk Aversion," by Wolfram J. Horneff, Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Ivica Dus (WP 2006-10, July 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

Retirees must draw down their accumulated assets in an orderly fashion so as not to exhaust their funds too soon. We derive the optimal retirement portfolio from a menu that includes payout annuities as well as an investment allocation and a withdrawal strategy, assuming risk aversion, stochastic capital markets, and uncertain lifetimes. The resulting portfolio allocation, when fixed as of retirement, is then compared to phased withdrawal strategies such a "self-annuitization" plan or the 401(k)" default" pattern encouraged under US tax law. Surprisingly, the fixed percentage approach proves appealing for retirees across a wide range of risk preferences, supporting financial planning advisors who often recommend this rule. We then permit the retiree to switch to an annuity later, which gives her the chance to invest in the capital market and "bet on death." As risk aversion rises, annuities first crowd out bonds in retiree portfolios; at higher risk aversion still, annuities replace equities in the portfolio. Making annuitization compulsory can also lead to substantial utility losses for less risk-averse investors.

http://rider.wharton.upenn.edu/~prc/PRC/WP/PRC%20WP10-2006.pdf
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20. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS: "New Evidence on Earnings and Benefit Claims Following Changes in the Retirement Earnings Test in 2000," by Jae G. Song and Joyce Manchester (June 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 43p.).

HTML:

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/workingpapers/wp107.xml

.pdf:

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/workingpapers/wp107.pdf
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21. RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR QUANTITATIVE STUDIES IN ECONOMICS AND POPULATION (QSEP) [MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]: "The Top Shares of Older Earners in Canada," by Michael R. Veall (Research Report No. 408, July 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

Within the 65+ age group, the percentage of labour market income received by the top 1% of earners has increased from about 30% in 1982 to more than 60% in 2002. The trend is smooth, is roughly uniform across provinces and does not appear to have been accelerated by top marginal tax rate reductions in 1988. Hence there is little evidence from this time series that further marginal tax rate reductions would have an important permanent effect on aggregate labour supply for this age group. Moreover, it is unlikely that this period could provide evidence regarding aggregate labour supply effects for this group with respect to reductions in Old Age Security or Guaranteed Income Supplement clawbacks, because the top 1% of earners are above the income range served by these programs.

http://socserv.socsci.mcmaster.ca/qsep/p/qsep408.pdf
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22. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Intergenerational Risk Sharing by Means of Pay-as-you-go Programs--an Investigation of Alternative Mechanisms," by Oystein Thogersen (Working Paper 1759, July 2006, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page?_pageid=36,302752&_dad=portal&_schema =PORTAL&p_file_id=13322

Click on "Download PDF" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.
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23. CENTER FOR FINANCIAL STUDIES (FRANKFORT [GERMANY] UNIVERSITY):"Retirement Expectations, Pension Reforms, and Their Impact on Private Wealth Accumulation," by Renata Bottazzi, Tullio Jappelli, and Mario Padula (WP 2006/10, April 2006, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifk-cfs.de/index.php?id=748

Click on PDF icon for link to full text.
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

24. Journals of Gerontology (B): Social and Psychological Sciences (Vols. 61(B), Nos. 4, July 2006). Note: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of these databases and these issues.

http://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol61/issue4/?etoc

25. Medical Care (Vol. 44, No, 8, Supplement 2, August 2006).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200608002-00000.htm

26. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 63, 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 this issue.

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol63/issue4/

27. Sociology (Vol. 40, No. 4, August 2006).

http://soc.sagepub.com/content/vol40/issue4/?etoc
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28. 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.

American Sociological Review (Vol. 71, No. 3, June 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.

Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 29, No. 3, 2006).
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29. 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 Jul. 19, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 19, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 19, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 19, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 19, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 19, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

30. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Pathophysiology and Treatment Response in Late-Life Mood and Anxiety Disorders (R01)" (PA-06-489, National Institute of Mental Health, Jul. 18, 2006). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-489.html

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VI. Conferences:

31. 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR MEDICAL INFORMATICS (MIE 2006), a conference to be held in Maastricht, Netherlands, Aug. 27-30, 2006. For more information see:

http://www.mie2006.org/

Note: there have been intermittent connectivity problems with this site. If you cannot reach it, please try again later.
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

32. US HOUSE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Medicare Physician Payment: How to Build a More Efficient Payment System," a hearing held Apr. 27, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-75, ASCII text and .pdf format, 154p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house05ch109.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-75" (without the quotes).
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33. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "The Generic Drug Maze: Speeding Access to Affordable, Life Saving Drugs," a hearing held Jul. 20, 2006 (.pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=184

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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
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu