Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #350--August 10, 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

Note: There will be no CAAR Report next week. The next CAAR Report will be sent out on August 24, 2006.

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I. Data:

1. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2004 National Nursing Home Survey," (August 2006, compressed ASCII and SAS format (data), .pdf (documentation), and SAS, SPSS, and Stata input statements).

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

To download data and documentation, follow the "2004" links.
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2. CENSUS BUREAU: "The latest State and County Characteristics population estimates - for July 1, 2005 - were released August 4, 2006." Estimates are available in Excel format, and can be downloaded from the Census Bureau release " Census Bureau Releases Population Estimates by Race, Hispanic Origin and Age for States and Counties" (CB06-123).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/007263.html
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3. 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

Of possible interest to researchers in aging:

Survey of Program Dynamics (SPD) Third Longitudinal File: Data Years 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 (study no. 4470).

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR-STUDY/04470.xml

Survey of Program Dynamics (SPD), 2000: Cross-Sectional File (study no. 4534)

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR-STUDY/04534.xml

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:

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

A. "Trends in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs," (August 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 112p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/disability_trends/index.html

B. "International Update, July 2006" (August 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2006-07/index.html
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5. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2004," by By Patricia F. Adams and Patricia M. Barnes (_Vital and Health Statistics_, Series 10, No. 229, August 2006, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_229.pdf
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6. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ARTICLE: "QuickStats: Annual Rate* of Nonfatal, Medically Attended Fall Injuries Among Adults Aged >65 Years§ --- United States, 2001--2003," (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 55, No. 31, August 10, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 857).

HTML:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5531a7.htm

PDF:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5531.pdf
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7. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Report on the Medicare Drug Discount Card Program Sponsor Public Sector Partners," (A-06-05-00062, July 2006, .pdf format, 23p.).

Summary:

The objectives of our review were to determine whether Public Sector Partners (PSP) complied with Federal requirements to (1) ensure that beneficiaries did not exceed their transitional assistance (TA) limits, (2) apply TA funds only to covered drugs, (3) pass on negotiated prices to beneficiaries and offer the lower of the negotiated prices or the usual and customary prices, and (4) support the expenditures and withdrawals it reported to CMS. PSP properly supported the expenditures it made on behalf of beneficiaries and the withdrawals from the Payment Management System. However, PSP did not have proper procedures in place to ensure that it always complied with Federal requirements to ensure that beneficiaries did not exceed their TA fund limits, apply TA funds only to covered drugs, and pass on negotiated prices to beneficiaries and charge the lower of the negotiated prices or the usual and customary prices. As a result, CMS overpaid PSP $420,875 for beneficiaries who exceeded their TA limits and $231,260 for excluded drugs for the period July 12, 2004, through May 31, 2005. In its written comments on our draft report, PSP agreed that errors had occurred, but it did not agree with all of the causes we identified. PSP stated that it had worked with CMS to correct its procedures and had reimbursed CMS for the errors we identified. We recommended that PSP: (1) reimburse CMS for the $420,870; (2) determine whether the amount PSP reimbursed CMS for excluded drugs included any of the $231,620 identified in the audit and reimburse the difference; and (3) implement policies and procedures, if it continues as a prescription drug plan sponsor to ensure that it (a) does not pay for statutorily excluded drugs with CMS funds and (b) offers negotiated prices to beneficiaries.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region6/60500062.pdf
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8. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER POLICY: "The Gender Impact of Alternative Social Security Policies," by Estelle James, Alejandra Cox Edwards and Rebecca Wong (Policy Brief Number 3, July 2006, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/policy/pdf/JamesI.pdf
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9. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT: "Reimaging America: How America can Grow Older and Prosper," (August 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 30p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/blueprint/
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10. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE REPORT: "Caregivers Count Too! A Toolkit to Help Practitioners Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers," (June 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 98p.).

http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=1698
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11. NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER REPORT: "The Life and Debt Cycle: Part I: The Implications of Rising Credit Card Debt Among Older Consumers," by Deanne Loonin (July 2006, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.consumerlaw.org/news/content/rising_debt.pdf

More information about the NCLC:

http://www.consumerlaw.org/about/index.shtml
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12. DELOITTE CONSULTING REPORT: "Annual 401(k) Benchmarking Survey: 2005/2006 Edition," (August 2006, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/cda/doc/content/us_consulting_hc_401ksurveyresults_020806.pdf
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13. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT:

A. "Health expenditure for arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in Australia, 2000-01," (AIHW bulletin No. 46, August 2006, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10348

B. "National evaluation of the Retirement Villages Care Pilot," (Aged care series No. 11, August 2006, .pdf format, 320p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10287
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14. JAPAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH, LABOR, AND WELFARE REPORT: "Abridged Life Tables For Japan 2005" (July 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/database/db-hw/lifetb05/index.html
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15. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Number of highly educated over-55s on the increase," by Martje Roessingh (Aug. 1, 2006).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bedrijfsleven/innovatie-ict-investeringen/publicaties/artikelen/2006-1990-wm.htm
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16. HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS [UK] TABLES: The UK Revenue office is providing two tables of pension data (.pdf and Excel format).

- Personal pensions for employees and the self employed (Table 7.4)
- Stakeholder pensions for employees and the self employed (Table 7.5).

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/pensions/menu-by-year.htm
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17. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Age-dependent accumulation of recombinant cells in the mouse pancreas revealed by in situ fluorescence imaging," by Dominika M. Wiktor-Brown, Carrie A. Hendricks, Werner Olipitz, and Bevin P. Engelward (Vol. 103, No. 32, August 8, 2006, p. 11862-11867).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/32/11862

B. "Dendrites of rod bipolar cells sprout in normal aging retina," by Lauren C. Liets, Kasra Eliasieh, Deborah A. van der List, and Leo M. Chalupa (Vol. 103, No. 32, August 8, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11862-11867). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to this article.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/32/12156
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18. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Collaborative Analysis of {alpha}-Synuclein Gene Promoter Variability and Parkinson Disease," by Demetrius M. Maraganore, Mariza de Andrade, Alexis Elbaz, Matthew J. Farrer, John P. Ioannidis, Rejko Krüger, Walter A. Rocca, Nicole K. Schneider, Timothy G. Lesnick, Sarah J. Lincoln, Mary M. Hulihan, Jan O. Aasly, Tetsuo Ashizawa, Marie-Christine Chartier-Harlin, Harvey Checkoway, Carlo Ferrarese, Georgios Hadjigeorgiou, Nobutaka Hattori, Hideshi Kawakami, Jean-Charles Lambert, Timothy Lynch, George D. Mellick, Spiridon Papapetropoulos, Abbas Parsian, Aldo Quattrone, Olaf Riess, Eng-King Tan, and Christine Van Broeckhoven for the Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson's Disease (GEO-PD) Consortium (Vol. 296, No. 6, August 9, 2006, p. 661-670).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/296/6/661
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19. TIME ARTICLE: "The Graying of AIDS," by Christine Gorman (Vol. 168, No. 7, August 14, 2006).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1223367,00.html

Related multi-media feature:

http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/2006/graying_of_aids/
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20. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing access. "Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Practical Approach to a Challenging Disease," by Dan H. Bourla and Tara A. Young (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 54, No. 7, 2006, p. 1130-1135, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/541535

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III. Working Papers:

21. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER:

A. "The Excess Burden of Government Indecision," by Francisco Gomes, Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Luis M. Viceira (WP 2006-123, July 2006, .pdf format, 31p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=429

B. "The Role of Conventional Retirement Age in Retirement Decisions," by Charles Brown (WP 2006-120, July 2006, .pdf format, 14p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=426

C. "Social Security and Retirement Dynamics," by Alan L. Gustman and Thomas L. Steinmeier (WP 2006-121, July 2006, .pdf format, 44p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=427

D. "Savings Between Cohorts: the Role of Planning," by Annamaria Lusardi and Jason Beeler (WP 2006-122, July 2006, .pdf format, 44p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=428
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22. LEVY ECONOMICS INSTITUTE, BARD COLLEGE [ANNADALE-ON-HUDSON, NY]: "Differing Prospects For Women and Men: Young Old-Age, Old Old-Age, and Elder Care," by Lois B. Shaw (Working Paper No. 464, July 2006, .pdf format, 21p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.levy.org/default.asp?view=publications_view&pubID=10cb8c25fd9
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23. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON, UK]: "State pensions and the well-being of the elderly in the UK," by James Banks, Richard Blundell, Carl Emmerson and Zoë Oldfield (IFS Working Paper W06/14, August 2006, .pdf format, 53p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications.php?publication_id=3687
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24. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH [ROSTOCK, GERMANY]: "On engineering reliability concepts and biological aging," by Maxim S. Finkelstein (WP-2006-021, August 2006, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

Some stochastic approaches to biological aging modeling are studied. We assume that an organism acquires a random resource at birth. Death occurs when the accumulated damage (wear) exceeds this initial value, modeled by the discrete or continuous random variables. Another source of death of an organism is also taken into account, when it occurs as a consequence of a shock or of a demand for energy, which is a generalization of the Strehler-Mildwan's model (1960). Biological age based on the observed degradation is also defined. Finally, aging properties of repairable systems are discussed. We show that even in the case of imperfect repair, which is certainly the case for organisms, aging slows down with age and eventually can even fade out. This presents another possible explanation for the human mortality rate plateaus.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2006-021.pdf
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25. CENTRE FOR ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION [LONDON (UK) SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS]: "From Beveridge to Turner: Demography, Distribution and the Future of Pensions in the UK," by John Hill (CASE/110, June 2006, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

This article outlines the recommendations of the UK Pensions Commission, and the data and analysis on which they were based, including projections of demographic change, trends in private pension saving, and evolution of the state pension system. The Commission concluded that without reform, structural problems with UK pensions would lead to increasingly inadequate and inequitable provision in 15-20 years time. It recommended reforms which would lead to a more generous, more universal and less means-tested state system than would otherwise evolve, and the establishment of a low cost National Pension Savings Scheme, into which employees without good employer provision would automatically be enrolled. The proposals, which have now largely been adopted by the UK government, imply eventual increases both in state spending on pensions as a share of national income and in State Pension Age, but accompanied by measures to facilitate later and more flexible retirement.

http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/cp/CASEpaper110.pdf
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26. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "The Impact of Wealth on Job Exit Rates of Elderly Workers," by Hans Bloemen (Discussion Paper No. 2247, August 2006, .pdf format, 45p.) .

Abstract:

In the literature theoretical models have appeared that predict a positive impact of the level of individual wealth on the job exit probability. Empirically this prediction is most likely to be relevant for elderly workers who have been able to accumulate wealth throughout their working life and whose residual working life is relatively short. In the Netherlands, as in other European countries, there is a tendency of introducing more individual choice options in pension schemes. It is likely that the individual level of wealth will become an increasingly important factor in the retirement decision. Therefore it is interesting to know whether individuals with a different financial situation make different job exit decisions, given other factors. Empirical analysis of job exit behaviour of elderly workers so far has concentrated on properties of the pension system and the health situation. For a sample of elderly male workers in the Netherlands in the period 1995 through 2001, we analyse the impact of wealth, savings, and debt position on job exit rates. We find evidence for a positive effect of wealth on the probability to retire (early).

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2247.pdf

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

27. 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 August 9, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 9, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 9, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 9, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 9, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 9, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

28. NIH:

A. "Promoting Aging Research Careers In Health Disparities (K01)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-06-008, August 3, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-06-008.html

B. "Developmental Research on Elder Mistreatment (R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-06-009, August 4, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-06-009.html

C. "Development and Application of PET and SPECT Imaging Ligands as Biomarkers for Drug Discovery and for Pathophysiological Studies of CNS Disorders (R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-461, August 7, 2006).

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

D. "Development and Application of PET and SPECT Imaging Ligands as Biomarkers for Drug Discovery and for Pathophysiological Studies of CNS Disorders (R33)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-462, August 7, 2006).

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

E. "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])," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-463, August 7, 2006).

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

F. "Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-512, August 7, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-512.html

G. "Notice of Limited Competition for Postdoctoral Training in Research on Aging in Canada (F32; PA-06-469)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, NOT-AG-06-010, August 1, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-06-010.html

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VI. Conferences:

29. INSTITUTE ON AGING [UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON]: The "Annual Colloquim on Aging" will be held October 18, 2006 in Madison.

http://aging.wisc.edu/outreach/colloquium.php
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30. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: Conferencealerts.com has recently updated its gerontology conferences page.

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

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VII. Websites of Interest:

31. CONSUMER REPORTS.ORG: "The Consumer Reports Nursing Home Quality Monitor identifies nursing homes that are likely to provide better-quality care and those likely to provide poorer-quality care." The guide contains a state-level guide to nursing homes, and several reports on how to select an appropriate nursing home.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/health-fitness/nursing-home-guide/0608_nursing-home-guide.htm
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32. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography:

Burkhauser, Richard V.; Wasylenko, Michael J, and Butrica, Barbara A. Changing Needs, Changing Neighborhoods: How Older People Respond when Neighborhoods Change. Syracuse, NY: Ctr for Pol. Research - Maxwell School of Citizenship&Public Affairs, Syracuse University; 1994.

Lillard, Lee and Panis, Constantijn W. A. Panel Attrition from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Household Income, Marital Status, and Mortality. The Journal of Human Resources. 1998; 33(2):437-457.

Spilerman, Seymour. Wealth and Stratification Processes. Annual Review of Sociology. 2000; 26(1):497-524.

The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

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Thanks,

Charlie

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