Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #355--September 21, 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 UPDATE:

A. "The cross-reference feature of the Concordance has been extended with additional information from HRS 2004 Core Final." (September 15, 2006).

HRS Concordance:

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

B. The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced: "Cross-Wave Employment and Pension Data Labor Section Carry Forward Files have been updated with 2004 data,"(September 21, 2006).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news215&xtyp=1

Data Access:

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

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II. Reports and articles:

2. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES REPORT: "Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Study: MCPSS 2006 Results," by Vasudha Narayanan, Terita Jackson, Russ Mardon, Lauren Shrader, Pamela Giambo, Gladys Valentin, David Clark, and Colette Shatto (September 2006, .pdf format, 11p.).

https://www.mcpsstudy.org/srvy/pubdocs/2006_National-Implementation-MCPSS-Public-Report-Final.pdf
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3. WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING REPORT: "2005 White House Conference on Aging Final Report: The Booming Dynamics of Aging: From Awareness to Action," (September 2006, .pdf format, 175p.).

http://www.whcoa.gov/about/about.asp#report
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4. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Impact of Medicare and Medicaid Probe Questions on Health Insurance Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2005," by Robin A. Cohen and Michael E. Martinez (September 2006, HTML format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/impact/impact.htm
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5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION: "OIG Advisory Opinion No. 06-10 (concerning a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization's practice of providing certain therapy management services and assistance with Medicare cost-sharing obligations to financially needy Medicare beneficiaries undergoing medical treatment for certain diseases)," (September 21, 2006, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/advisoryopinions/2006/AdvOpn06-10A.pdf
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6. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT, PRIMETIME RADIO:

A. "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans: Second Quarter 2006 Update," by Clifford Binder, Leigh Gross Purvis, David Gross, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, and Susan Raetzman (September 2006, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/drugs/aresearch-import-869-2004-06--IB69.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "Second Quarter" (without the quotes).

B. "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)."

Aging in the Inner City (September 19, 2006).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/drugs/aresearch-import-869-2004-06--IB69.html
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7. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "The Implicit Tax on Work at Older Ages," by Barbara Butrica, Richard W. Johnson, Karen E. Smith, and C. Eugene Steuerle (September 2006, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001021
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8. PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA ISSUE BRIEF: "Prescription Medicine Spending Trends," (September 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.phrma.org/files/Prescription%20Medicine%20Spending%20Trends%202006%20FINAL.pdf

Related Press Release (Sept. 19, 2006):

http://www.phrma.org/news_room/press_releases/phrma_statement%3a_aarp_allegations_inaccurate%2c_flawed/
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9. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF, NOTES:

A. "Measuring Retirement Income Adequacy: Calculating Realistic Income Replacement Rates," (EBRI Issue Brief No. 297, September 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=3745

B. "Debt of the Elderly and Near Elderly, 1992-2004," (Vol. 27, No. 9, September 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3747
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10. ACCESS ECONOMICS REPORT: "Dementia in the Asia Pacific Region: The Epidemic is Here," (September 2006, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.accesseconomics.com.au/publicationsreports/showreport.php?id=99&searchfor=2006&searchby=year
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11. WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES REPORTS:

A. "Wisconsin Deaths, 2005," (September 2006, .pdf format, 86p.).

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/deaths/index.htm

B. "Wisconsin Life Expectancy Tables (Abridged Three-Year Life Tables) 2003-2005," (September 2006).

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/stats/lifeexpectancy.htm
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12. AUSTRALIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "Review to strengthen community aged care," (September 18, 2006, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2006-ss-san084.htm
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13. MINISTRY OF STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION [INDIA] REPORT: Note: The Ministry requires free registration prior to providing access."Morbidity, Health Care, and the Condition of the Aged," (Report No. 507, March 2006, .pdf format, 482p.).

http://mospi.nic.in/mospi_nsso_rept_pubn.htm

Scroll down to or "find in page" "507" (without the quotes).
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14. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "More men tested for
prostate cancer," by Frans Frenken (Sep. 12, 2006).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/mens-maatschappij/gezondheid-welzijn/publicaties/artikelen/2006-2028-wm.htm
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15. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Admixture mapping identifies 8q24 as a prostate cancer risk locus in African-American men," by Matthew L. Freedman, Christopher A. Haiman, Nick Patterson, Gavin J. McDonald, Arti Tandon, Alicja Waliszewska, Kathryn Penney, Robert G. Steen, Kristin Ardlie, Esther M. John, Ingrid Oakley-Girvan, Alice S. Whittemore, Kathleen A. Cooney, Sue A. Ingles, David Altshuler, Brian E. Henderson, and David Reich (Vol. 103, No. 38, September 20, 2006, p. 14068-14073).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/38/14068

B. "Combinations of biomarkers predictive of later life mortality," by Tara L. Gruenewald, Teresa E. Seeman, Carol D. Ryff, Arun S. Karlamangla, and Burton H. Singer (Vol. 103, No. 38, September 20, 2006, p. 14158-14163).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/38/14158

C. "Progestin negatively affects hearing in aged women," by Patricia Guimaraes, Susan T. Frisina, Frances Mapes, Sherif F. Tadros, D. Robert Frisina, and Robert D. Frisina (Vol. 103, No. 38, September 20, 2006, p. 14246-14249).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/38/14246
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16. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Opposing Activities Protect Against Age-Onset Proteotoxicity," by Ehud Cohen, Jan Bieschke, Rhonda M. Perciavalle, Jeffery W. Kelly, and Andrew Dillin (Vol. 313, No. 5793, September 15, 2006, p. 1604-1610).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/313/5793/1604

B. "Exogenous Induction of Cerebral {beta}-Amyloidogenesis Is Governed by Agent and Host," by Melanie Meyer-Luehmann, Janaky Coomaraswamy, Tristan Bolmont, Stephan Kaeser, Claudia Schaefer, Ellen Kilger, Anton Neuenschwander, Dorothee Abramowski, Peter Frey, Anneliese L. Jaton, Jean-Marie Vigouret, Paolo Paganetti, Dominic M. Walsh, Paul M. Mathews, Jorge Ghiso, Matthias Staufenbiel, Lary C. Walker, and Mathias Jucker (Vol. 313, No. 5794, September 22, 2006, p. 1781-1784.).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/313/5794/1781

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III. Working Papers:

17. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Health Effects of Medicare for the Near-Elderly Uninsured," by Daniel Polsky, Jalpa A. Doshi, Jose Escarce, Willard Manning, Susan M. Paddock, Liyi Cen, and Jeannette Rogowski (w12511, September 2006, .pdf format, 49p.).

Abstract:

We study how the trajectory of health for the near-elderly uninsured changes upon enrolling into Medicare at the age of 65. We find that Medicare increases the probability of the previously uninsured having excellent or very good health, decreases their probability of being in good health, and has no discernable effects at lower health levels. Surprisingly, we found Medicare had a similar effect on health for the previously insured. This suggests that Medicare helps the relatively healthy 65 year olds, but does little for those who are already in declining health once they reach the age of 65. The improvement in health between the uninsured and insured were not statistically different from each other. The stability of insurance coverage afforded by Medicare may be the source of the health benefit suggesting that universal coverage at other ages may have similar health effects.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w12511
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18. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Winners and Losers: Assessing the distributional effects of long-term care funding regimes," by Adelina Comas-Herrera, Ruth Hancock, Ariadna Juarez-Garcia, Derek King, Juliette Malley, Linda Pickard, and Raphael Wittenberg (Working Paper 2006-43, 2006, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Using two linked simulation models, we examine the public expenditure costs and distributional effects of potential reforms to long-term care funding in the UK. Changes to the means tests for user contributions to care costs are compared with options for abolition of these means tests ('free' personal care). The latter generally cost more than the former and benefit higher income groups more than those on lower incomes (measuring income in relation to the age-specific income distribution). Reforms to the means tests target benefits towards those on lower incomes. However the highest income group are net losers if free personal care is financed by a higher tax rate on higher incomes and the effect on the whole population considered.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2006-43.pdf

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

19. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 18, No. 5, October 2006). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol18/issue5/?etoc

20. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 54, No. 9, September, 2006).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/JGS

21. Research in Nursing and Aging (Vol. 29, No. 5, October 2006).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/33706
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22. 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.

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 18, No. 3, 2006).
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23. 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 20, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 20, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 20, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 20, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of September 20, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of September 20, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH: "NCRR Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PAR-06-549, Sept. 13, 2006).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-549.html

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

25. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY, HEARING PUBLICATION:

A. "Increasing Generic Drug Use: Savings for Seniors and Medicare," a hearing held September 21, 2006.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):

http://aging.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=189

B. "Bridging the Gender Gap: Eliminating Retirement Income Disparity for Women," a hearing held March 15, 2006 (S. Hrg. 109-493, .pdf and ASCII text format, 112p.).

http://www.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh109.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "109-493" (without the quotes).

C: "Not Born Yesterday: How Seniors Can Stop Investment Fraud," a hearing held March 29, 2006 (S.Hrg. 109-494, .pdf format, 376p.).

http://www.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh109.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "109-494" (without the quotes).
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26. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Pension Protection Act," a hearing held June 15, 2005 (Serial No. 109-22, .pdf format, 112p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS72920
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27. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Preventing the Next Pension Collapse: Lessons from the United Airlines Case," a hearing held June 7, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-424, .pdf format, 332p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS73768
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28. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Cost and Payment Plans of Medicare Part D," a hearing held September 22, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-514, .pdf format, 106p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS73701

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VII. Websites of Interest:

29. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: NIH has recently updated their NIHSeniorHealth site to include information about high blood pressure.

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/heartattack/toc.html

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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
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Phone: (608) 265-9240
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Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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