Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #375--February 22, 2007

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: Note: HRS requires free registration before providing public use data. The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan HRS announced the following data file.

A. "HRS ADAMS 1 data (Early, Version 1.0)," (February 15, 2007).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news228&xtyp=1

B. "2003 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) Final Version 1.0," (February 19, 2007).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news229&xtyp=1

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II. Reports and articles:

2. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORTS QUICK STATS: "Life Expectancy at Age 65 Years, by Sex and Race --- United States, 1999--2004," (Vol. 56, No. 7, February 23, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 147).

HTML:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5607a5.htm

PDF (entire report):
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5607.pdf

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3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Employee Benefits Security Administration: Enforcement : Improvements Made but Additional Actions Could Further Enhance Pension Plan Oversight," (GAO-07-22, January 2007, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0722.pdf

"Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html

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4. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES DECISION MEMORANDUM: "Decision Memo for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Addition of ICD-9-CM Code 158.9, Malignant Neoplasm of Peritoneum, Unspecified) (CAG-00372N)," (February 16, 2007).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=200

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5. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Older Americans Act: FY2006 Funding, FY2007 Proposals, and FY2008 Budget Request," (RL33880, February 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RL33880

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6. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Jobs in weddings and funerals: Working with the betrothed and the bereaved," by Elka Maria Torpey (Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 4 Winter 2006-07, .pdf format, p. 30-45).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2006/winter/art03.pdf

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7. STATISTICS CANADA ARTICLE: "Young pensioners," by Ted Wannell (Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 8, No. 2, February 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 5-14). Note: Scroll to the end of the page to access the full-text article.

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/75-001-XIE/10207/high-1.htm

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8. STATISTICS NORWAY REPORT: "Municipal Health and Care Statistics 1994-2005" (February 2007, .pdf format, 14p., with five accompanying tables).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/03/02/nos_d371_en/

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9. AARP KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT REPORT, GLOBAL AGING PROGRAM PERIODICAL, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Use Of Leave By 50+ Workers For Family And Medical Reasons," by S. Kathi Brown (February 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/work/issues/fmla_2007.html

B. "Medicare Price Negotiation of Prescription Drugs - A National Poll: February 12, 2007," by Curt Davies and William E. Wright (February 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/medicare/drugs/rx_negotiation.html

C. "Retirement Security Survey Report: February 19, 2007," William E. Wright and Curt Davies (February 2007, .pdf format, 51p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/socialsecurity/reform/retirement_security.html

D. Aging Advances (Spring 2007). Articles include:

- International: Robots Roll in an Aging Society
- The Netherlands: Dutch Unveil 'Varibel' - The Eyeglasses That Hear
- China: Blogging and web pages? Seniors break down the digital divide
- Germany/Finland: German Foundation Awards Finnish Program for Active Aging
- United States: Consultants Assist Seniors with Moving

http://www.aarp.org/international/agingadvances/

E. "Healthy Sex = Healthy Life," (AARP Prime Time Radio, Jan. 23, 2007, RealPlayer plug-in or helper application needed to hear this audio transcript, running times are usually between about 25 and 30 minutes).

http://radioprimetime.org/

Note: this is a temporary address. When future PTRs are released, these will be available at:

http://radioprimetime.org/radioprograms.htm

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10. NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: "The Rising Burden of Health Spending on Seniors," by Liqun Liu, Andrew J. Rettenmaier, and Zijun Wang (NCPA Policy Report No. 297, February 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st/st297/st297.pdf

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11. LONG TERM CARE PHARMACY ALLIANCE REPORT: "State by State Formulary Variability In Medicare Prescription Drug Plans for Auto-Assigned Long-Term Care Residents," (February 2007, .pdf format, 77p.).

http://www.ltcpa.org/pdf/LTCPA_2007_Regional_PDP.pdf

More about the Alliance:

http://www.ltcpa.org/mission/pharmacy/default.asp

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12. EMPIRE CENTER FOR NEW YORK STATE POLICY REPORT: "Medicaid In Depth: A Special Research Series," by Tarren Bragdon (February 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.empirecenter.org/pdfs/medicaid_facts01.pdf

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13. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, February 2007, .pdf format, 5p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/February202007.pdf

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14. STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE [UNIVERSITY OF YORK, UK]: "Greening the Greys: Climate Change and the Over 50s," by Gary Haq, Jan Minx, John Whitelegg, and Anne Owen (2007, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.climatetalk.org.uk/downloads/ClimateChangeandOver50s.pdf

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15. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PENSION FUNDS [UK] PRESS RELEASE: "New NAPF survey shows one-third of salary - related schemes still open," (February 19, 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.napf.co.uk/DocumentArchive/Press%20Releases/009_2007/20070221_New%20NAPF%20survey%20shows%20one-third%20of%20salary-related%20schemes%20still %20open.pdf

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16. NATURE MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY REVIEW ABSTRACT: "Soluble protein oligomers in neurodegeneration: lessons from the Alzheimer's amyloid{beta}-peptide," by Christian Haass and Dennis J. Selkoe (Vol. 8, No. 2, February 2007, p. 101-112).

http://www.nature.com/nrm/journal/v8/n2/abs/nrm2101.html

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17. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Properties of glutamate receptors of Alzheimer's disease brain transplanted to frog oocytes," by Annalisa Bernareggi, Zulma Dueñas, Jorge Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Fabio Ruzzier, and Ricardo Miledi (Vol. 104, No. 8, February 20, 2007, p. 2956-2960).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/8/2956

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18. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "eIF4E function in somatic cells modulates ageing in Caenorhabditis elegans," by Popi Syntichaki, Kostoula Troulinaki and Nektarios Tavernarakis (Vol. 445, No. 7130, February 22, 2007, p. 922-926).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v445/n7130/abs/nature05603.html

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19. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "An Empirical Examination of the Stage Theory of Grief," by Paul K. Maciejewski, Baohui Zhang, Susan D. Block, and Holly G. Prigerson (Vol. 297, No. 7, February 21, 2007, p. 716-723).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/7/716

B. "Cognitive and Cardiac Outcomes 5 Years After Off-Pump vs On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery," by Diederik van Dijk, Monique Spoor, Ron Hijman, Hendrik M. Nathoe, Cornelius Borst, Erik W. L. Jansen, Diederick E. Grobbee, Peter P. T. de Jaegere, amd Cor J. Kalkman, for the Octopus Study Group (Vol. 297, No. 7, February 21, 2007, p. 701-708).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/7/701

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20. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Still the third rail," (February 22, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8744559

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III. Working Papers:

21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Diabetes and the Rise of the SES Health Gradient," by James Smith (w12905, February 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

This paper investigates the salient diabetes prevalence patterns across key SES indicators, and how they changed over time. The investigation spans both the conventional concept of diagnosed diabetes and a more comprehensive measure including those whose diabetes is undiagnosed. By doing so, I separate the distinct impact of covariates on disease onset, better self-management, and the probability of disease diagnosis. Emphasis is given to SES correlates of undiagnosed diabetes and how these changed as those with undiagnosed diabetes plummeted over the last 25 years. I estimate the differential ability by education to successful self-manage diabetes, especially when disease self-management became more complicated.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12905

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22. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: "Aging, Asset Allocation, and Costs: Evidence for the Pension Fund Industry in Switzerland," by David S. Gerber and Rene Weber (Working Paper No. 07/29, February 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.cfm?sk=20329.0

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23. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]:

A. "Should Old-Age Benefits Be Earnings-Tested?" by Niku Maattanen and Panu Poutvaara (Discussion Paper No. 2616, February 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

We study the welfare effects of earnings testing flat-rate old-age benefits in a quantitative overlapping generations model with idiosyncratic labor income risk. In our model economy, even a moderate earnings testing reduces individuals' expected lifetime utility, whenever other taxes are taken into account. Moreover, it also lowers the realized lifetime utilities of those at the bottom of the lifetime utility distribution.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2616.pdf

B. "The German Social Long-Term Care Insurance: Structure and Reform Options," by Melanie Arntz, Ralf Sacchetto, Alexander Spermann, Susanne Steffes, Sarah Widmaier (Discussion Paper No. 2625, February 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

Regarding social needs in Germany long-term care is an important issue due to an ageing population. Shrinking social networks are leading to a greater need for a public long-term care system. In 1995 the social long-term care insurance was introduced in Germany. In recent years some drawbacks of the social long-term care insurance structure turned out to be in need of reform: While health insurance is a fully comprehensive system, long-term care insurance only provides limited cover. Therefore, insurance funds have an incentive to shift some services from health care to long-term care insurance. Additionally, there is no free competition on the long-term care market because care packages included in the in-kind transfers are negotiated (with respect to services and prices) between insurance funds and professional care providers. Finally, the financial situation of the German social long-term care insurance is tight. While in the first years after introduction the net results of revenues and expenditures were positive they have been negative since 1999 which is due to an increasing number of benefit recipients. Therefore, we discuss several reform options which have been proposed in order to overcome the financial and structural problems. Suggestions for the income side include the introduction of fixed premiums, a fully funded system, a private insurance, or a citizens' insurance. The introduction of individual budgets is the most popular option for the outcome side. A social experiment is under way in order to evaluate the impact of so-called matching transfers.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2625.pdf

C. "Golden Years? The Labor Market Effects of Caring for Grandchildren," by Ying Wang and Dave E. Marcotte (Discussion Paper No. 2629, February 2007, .pdf format, 29p.)

Abstract:

The number of Americans raising grandchildren has been rising steadily. In this paper, we add to what is known about the implications of this trend by focusing on the economic effects of raising a grandchild. We make use of a unique data set compiled from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics along with its Parent Identification File. Using this nationally representative sample of 3,240 grandparents who are heads of households, we estimate the effect of taking in a grandchild on a grandparent's labor force participation and hours worked. We estimate ordinary and two-stage models that distinguishing between grandparents living only with grandchildren (skipped generation families) and those who also have taken in their own children families) (three-generation families). The results suggest that caring for grandchildren leads to families)greater attachment to the labor force, especially in skipped-generation families, for grandfathers, and among married grandparents.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2629.pdf

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

24. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2007).

http://www.alzheimersanddementia.org/current

25. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 22, No. 1, Feb. 2006/Mar. 2007).

http://aja.sagepub.com/archive/

26. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 35, No. 3, March 2007). 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://fcs.sagepub.com/content/vol35/issue3/?etoc

27. Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 3, March 2007).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200703000-00000.htm

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28. 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.

Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 30, No. 2, 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 February 21, 2007:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of February 21, 2007:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of February 21, 2007:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of February 21, 2007:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of February 21, 2007:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of February 21, 2007:

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:

A. "Nursing Science Centers in Self-Management or End-of-Life Research: Building Research Teams for the Future (P20)," (RFA-NR-07-004, National Institute of Nursing Research, February 14, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-07-004.html

B. "Diet Composition and Energy Balance (R01)," (PA-07-218, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, February 14, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-218.html

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31. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION: "New Funding Opportunity for Long-Term Care Workforce Development: SGA/DFA PY-06-07," (February 16, 2007).

http://www.doleta.gov/BRG/Indprof/LTCSGA.cfm

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VI. Conferences:

32. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF DENISTRY: "Dental-Medical Management of an Aging Population," a conference held October 5, 2007 (Minneapolis , MN). The deadline for registration is Sept. 21, 2007.

http://www.dentalce.umn.edu/dentalce/coursecalendar/AgingPop.html

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VII. Websites of Interest:

33. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

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

Grafova, Irina; McGonagle, Katherine A., and Stafford, Frank P. Functioning and Well-Being in the Third Age. James, Jacqueline Boone and Wink, Paul, (Eds.). The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Post-Retirement Years. New York: Springer Publishing; 2006; pp19-38.

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Rm. 3329 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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