Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #353--September 7, 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 UPDATE: "HRS Tracker 2004 (Final Release, Version 1.0): Two person numbers mistakenly assigned in Tracker file," (August 31, 2006).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/meta/alerts/sho_alerts.php?hfyle=xwave008&xtyp=3

Data access:

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

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II. Reports and articles:

2. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Pension Sponsorship and Participation: Summary of Recent Trends," by Patrick Purcell (August 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL30122_20060831.pdf
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3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Privacy: Domestic and Offshore Outsourcing of Personal Information in Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE," (GAO-06-676, Sept. 2006, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06676.pdf

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

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html
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4. CENTURY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "Meeting Social Security's Long-Range Shortfall," by Robert M. Ball (Sept. 2006, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=531
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5. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Implementing Continuing Competency Requirements for Health Care Practitioners," by David Swankin, Rebecca Arnold LeBuhn, and Richard Morrison (2006-16, July 2006, .pdf format, 52p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/carequality/2006_16_competency.html

B. "Rebalancing: Ensuring Greater Access to Home and Community-Based Services," by Wendy Fox-Grage, Barbara Coleman, and Marc Freiman (Sept. 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/homecare/fs132_hcbs.html

C. "The following AARP Prime Time Radio show is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes)."

Financial Planning During Divorce

http://www.aarp.org/fun/radio/pt_radio/financial_planning_during_divorce.html
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6. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION SURVEY RESULTS: "National Surveys of Pharmacists and Physicians, Findings on Medicare Part D," (Sept. 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/pomr090706pkg.cfm
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7. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Investment Returns: Defined Benefit vs. 401(k) Plans" by Alicia H. Munnell, Mauricio Soto, Jerilyn Libby, and John Prinzivalli (IB #52, September 2006, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/ib_52.shtml
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8. MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION DATA UPDATE: "Population estimates of Minnesota counties by age, 2005" (August 2006, comma separated value [.csv] format).

http://www.demography.state.mn.us/resource.html?Id=18770
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9. SOUTH CAROLINA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S OFFICE ON AGING REPORT: "Mature Adults Count 2006 State Report," (June 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 63p.).

http://www.scmatureadults.org/MA06_index.asp
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10. STATISTICS DENMARK UPDATE: "OFF10B: Short-term indicators for income transfers by type of income," (August 2006).

http://www.statbank.dk/OFF10B
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11. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among older people in Australia," (September 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10338
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12. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Antioxidants protect PINK1-dependent dopaminergic neurons in Drosophila," by Danling Wang, Li Qian, Hui Xiong, Jiandong Liu, Wendi S. Neckameyer, Sean Oldham, Kun Xia, Jianzhi Wang, Rolf Bodmer, and Zhuohua Zhang (Vol. 103, No. 36, Sept. 5, 2006, p. 13520-13525).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/36/13520
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13. CANCER ARTICLE: "Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975-2003, featuring cancer among U.S. Hispanic/Latino populations," by Holly L. Howe, Xiaocheng Wu, Lynn A. G. Ries, Vilma Cokkinides, Faruque Ahmed, Ahmedin Jemal, Barry Miller, Melanie Williams, Elizabeth Ward, Phyllis A. Wingo, Amelie Ramirez, and Brenda K. Edwards (Vol. 107, No. 7, October 15, 2006, HTML format).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/112777119/HTMLSTART

Related NIH Press Release:

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2006/nci-06.htm
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14. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Editing-defective tRNA synthetase causes protein misfolding and neurodegeneration," by Jeong Woong Lee, Kirk Beebe, Leslie A. Nangle, Jaeseon Jang, Chantal M. Longo-Guess, Susan A. Cook, Muriel T. Davisson, John P. Sundberg, Paul Schimmel and Susan L. Ackerman (Vol. 443, No. 7107, Sept. 7, 2006, p. 50-55).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7107/abs/nature05096.html
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15. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Retirement: Cracking Open the Nest Egg," by Jane Bryant Quinn (Sept. 11, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14639458/site/newsweek/

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III. Working Papers:

16. POPULATION STUDIES CENTER [UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN]: "Older Persons AIDS Knowledge and Willingness to Provide Care in an Impoverished Nation: Evidence from Cambodia," by John E. Knobel and Zachary S. Zimmer (PSC Research Report No. 06-602, September 2006, .pdf format, 15p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4147
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17. POPULATION AGING RESEARCH CENTER [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: "An Analysis of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit," by Claudio Lucarelli (WPS 06-09, August 2006, .pdf format, 62p.).

Abstract:

Medicare has recently experienced the largest expansion of benefits since its inception: the inclusion of prescription drug coverage under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The policy debate has mainly focused on estimating the cost of implementing the new benefit, with little attention to the quantification of its impact on beneficiaries' life expectancy, health status, and health-related behaviors. The policy came into effect in January 2006; therefore, no post-policy data are available yet. This paper develops and estimates a dynamic model of the demand for supplemental health insurance and different types of medical care, and uses the model to forecast the effects of the new Medicare benefit in a way that explicitly takes into account the policy's unique actuarial design and the dynamic features it includes. The results show that the new policy increases expenditure on prescription drugs by 24%, and has a positive effect on health status and life expectancy. There is a corresponding increase in the utilization of inpatient and outpatient care, due to the extension of life for people in poor health. The cost of extending life by a year is estimated to be between $38,000 and $62,000. The take-up rate of the new benefit reaches 85% by the fifth year of implementation, and there is a sizable crowding-out effect of private plans offering supplemental prescription drug coverage. The dynamic model is also used to evaluate the impact of alternative designs for the prescription drug benefit.

http://www.pop.upenn.edu/rc/parc/aging_center/2006/PARCwps06-09.pdf

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

18. American Economic Review (Vol. 96, No. 4, Sept. 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal 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 this issue.

http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/contents/

19. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vol. 61, No. 9, September 1, 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://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol61/issue9/?etoc

20. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 63, No. 5, October 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/issue5/

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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.

Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 18, No. 2, 2006).

Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 20, No. 2, 2005).

Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 17 No. 3, 2005).

Social Work (Vol. 51, No. 3, 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.

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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 September 6, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 6, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 6, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 6, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of September 6, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of September 6, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

23. URBAN INSTITUTE PRESS: Making America Work by Jonathan B. Forman (2006, ISBN 0-87766-731-4, 448p.).

http://www.urban.org/books/makingamericawork/index.cfm

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH:

A. "Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-542, August 31, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-542.html

B. "Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R03)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-543, August 31, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-543.html

C. "Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R01)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-544, August 31, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-544.html
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25. AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY: "2007 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Awards." "The award offers two-year career development awards to support junior faculty in the specialties of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, thoracic surgery, and urology. The award is intended to allow individuals to initiate and ultimately sustain a career in research and education in the geriatrics aspects of his/her discipline." The deadline for applications is December 5, 2006.

http://www.americangeriatrics.org/hartford/jahnigen.shtml

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

26. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Exploitation of Seniors: America's Ailing Guardianship System," a hearing held Sept. 7, 2006.

Hearing Testimony:

http://aging.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=186

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

27. A.G. EDWARDS: "2006 Nest Egg Index: How Well Are Americans Saving Money?" State and community rankings are available in .pdf format.

http://www.agedwards.com/public/content/sc/invedu/nest_egg_savings/savings_results.html

For a more detailed description of the index go to:

http://www.agedwards.com/public/content/sc/invedu/nest_egg_savings/nest_egg_index.html

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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