Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #377--March 8, 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 DATA UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has announced the following update:

"2004 HRS Core (Final Release, Version 1.0): Several comment coding errors and a programming error were discovered." (March 6, 2007).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/meta/alerts/sho_alerts.php?hfyle=jpub006&xtyp=3

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2. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2005 National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS)," (March 2007, data is available in ASCII text format, documentation is available in .pdf format). Note: "The National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) covers discharges from noninstitutional hospitals, excluding Federal, military, and Veterans Administration hospitals, located in the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Only short-stay hospitals (hospitals with an average length of stay for all patients of less than 30 days) or those whose specialty is general (medical or surgical) or children's general are included in the survey."

Data:
ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/Datasets/NHDS/nhds05/

Documentation:
ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/Dataset_Documentation/NHDS/NHDS_2005_Documentation.pdf

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORTS:

A. "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, January 2007 (February 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_monthly/2007-01/index.html

B. "SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Monthly Statistics, January 2007 (February 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2007-01/index.html

C. "International Update, January 2007," (February 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2007-02/index.html

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4. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare: Improvements Needed to Address Improper Payments for Medical Equipment and Supplies," (GAO-07-59, January 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0759.pdf

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

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

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5. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Could Baby Boomers Be Approaching Retirement in Worse Shape Than Their Predecessors?" (March 5, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nia-05.htm

The NBER Working Paper can be found at:

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w12762

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6. SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE STATISTICS REPORT: "Day Care Services, Scotland 2006," (February 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

PDF format:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/166682/0045471.pdf

HTML format:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/02/21130548/1

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7. STATISTICS CANADA REPORT: "Seniors as victims of crime : 2004 and 2005," by Lucie Ogrodnik (March 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/85F0033MIE/85F0033MIE2007014.pdf

Related article (The Daily):

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070306/d070306b.htm

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8. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT:

A. "Contributions and Qualifying Years for State Pension 1978/79 to 2003/04" (February 2007, .pdf format, 16p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/dsu/contsandqualify/contsandqualify.asp

B. "Second Tier Pension Provision 1978/79 to 2003/04" (February 2007, .pdf format, 17p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/dsu/second_tier/second_tier.asp

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9. MINISTRY OF HEALTH, LABOUR, AND WELFARE [JAPAN] REPORT:

A. "Financial Report on the Public Pension System FY 2004 (Summary)(2006.11)," (February 2007, .pdf format, 7p.)

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/org/policy/dl/p36-37n.pdf

B. "Review of the 2004 Actuarial Valuation of the Public Pension Plans (Summary)," (February 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/org/policy/dl/p36-37m.pdf

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10. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Home care 2005: fewer clients, more hours of care provided," by Mirthe de Groot (Feb. 27, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/gezondheid-welzijn/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2131-wm.htm

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11. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Will People Be Healthy Enough to Work Longer?" by Alicia H. Munnell and Jerilyn Libby (IB No. 3, March 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/ib_2007-3.shtml

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12. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ARTICLES:

A. "Pension Income of the Elderly and Characteristics of Their Former Employers," by Craig Copeland (EBRI Notes, Vol. 28, No. 3, March 2007, .pdf format, p. 2-7).

B. "Retirement Annuity and Employment-Based Pension Income Among Individuals Age 50 and Over: 2005," by Ken McDonnell (EBRI Notes, Vol. 28, No. 3, March 2007, .pdf format, p. 8-14).

http://www.ebri.org/pdf/notespdf/EBRI_Notes_03-20071.pdf

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13. AARP REPORT:

A. "Long-Term Care Preferences: A Survey of Alabama Residents Age 35+," by Anita Stowell-Ritter (March 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/longtermcare/trends/al_ltc_2007.html

B. "Mandatory Employer Pensions in Ireland, Germany, and the United Kingdom," by Sophie Korczyk (2007-03, January 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/financial/pensions/2007_03_pension.html

C. "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans," by David Gross, Leigh Gross Purvis, and Stephen W. Schondelmeyer (March 2007, .pdf format).

Brand Name Prescription Drugs (17p.):

http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/health/dd154_drugprices.pdf

Generic Prescription Drugs (4p.):

http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/health/dd153_drugprices.pdf

D. "Training and Reskilling Practices of Healthcare Organizations," by Elizabeth Willis and S. Kathi Brown (March 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

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

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14. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Do Annuities Help Older Adults Manage Their Spending?" by Barbara Butrica and Gordon Mermin (Number 14, March 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=311431

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15. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "KCNQ potassium channel mutations cause cardiac arrhythmias in Drosophila that mimic the effects of aging," by Karen Ocorr, Nick L. Reeves, Robert J. Wessells, Martin Fink, H.-S. Vincent Chen, Takeshi Akasaka, Soichiro Yasuda, Joseph M. Metzger, Wayne Giles, James W. Posakony, and Rolf Bodmer (Vol. 104, No. 10, March 6, 2007, p. 3943-3948).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/10/3943

B. "Spatial navigation deficit in amnestic mild cognitive impairment," by Jakub Hort, Jan Laczo, Martin Vyhnalek, Martin Bojar, Jan Bures, and Kamil Vlcek (Vol. 104, No. 10, March 6, 2007, p. 4042-4047).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/10/4042

C. "Regulation of Alzheimer's disease amyloid-{beta} formation by casein kinase I," by Marc Flajolet, Gen He, Myriam Heiman, Angie Lin, Angus C. Nairn, and Paul Greengard (Vol. 104, No. 10, March 6, 2007, p. 4159-4165).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/10/4159

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16. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION REVIEW ABSTRACT:

A. "Mortality in Randomized Trials of Antioxidant Supplements for Primary and Secondary Prevention: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," by Goran Bjelakovic, Dimitrinka Nikolova, Lise Lotte Gluud, Rosa G. Simonetti, and Christian Gluud (Vol. 297, No. 8, February 28, 2007, p. 842-857). Note: See item no. 17 for related US News article.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/8/842

B. "Opening of Specialty Cardiac Hospitals and Use of Coronary Revascularization in Medicare Beneficiaries," by Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, Mary A. M. Rogers, Michael E. Chernew, Harlan M. Krumholz, Kim A. Eagle, and John D. Birkmeyer (Vol. 297, No. 9, March 6, 2007, p. 962-968).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/9/962

C. "Aging, Adiposity, and Calorie Restriction," by Luigi Fontana and Samuel Klein (Vol. 297, No. 9, March 6, 2007, p. 986-994).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/9/986

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17. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Vitamins and Good Sense," by Bernadine Healy (March 12, 2007).

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/070304/12healy.htm

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III. Working Papers:

18. CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH (CEPR) [LONDON]: "Pension systems, Intergenerational Risk Sharing and Inflation," by Roel Beetsma and A. Lans Bovenberg (DP6089, February 2007, .pdf format, 42p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.cepr.org/pubs/new-dps/dplist.asp?dpno=6089

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

A. "Informal and Formal Care in Europe," by Tarja Viitanen (Discussion Paper No. 2648, February 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

Abstract:

Government expenditure on formal residential care and home-help services for the elderly significantly reduces 45-59 year old women's informal care-giving affecting both the extensive and the intensive margin. Allowing for country fixed-effects and country-specific trends and correcting for attrition, the estimates - based on the European Community Household Panel - imply that a 1000 Euro increase in the government expenditure on formal residential care and home-help services for the elderly decreases the probability of informal care-giving outside of the caregiver's household by 6 percentage points. Formal care substitutes for informal care that is undertaken outside of the carer's own household, but does not substitute for intergenerational household formation. A simulation exercise shows that an increase in government formal care expenditure is a cost-effective way of increasing the labour force participation rates.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2648.pdf

B. "An Experimental Investigation of Age Discrimination in the Spanish Labour Market," by Peter A. Riach and Judy Rich (Discussion Paper No. 2654, March 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).

Abstract:

In a field experiment of age discrimination, pairs of men aged twenty-seven and forty-seven, inquired, by email, about employment as waiters in twenty five Spanish towns. Discrimination against the older waiters, corresponded to the highest rates ever recorded anywhere, by written tests, for racial discrimination.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2654.pdf

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

20. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 62(A), No. 2, February 2007). 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://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol62/issue2/?etoc

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21. 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 March 7, 2007:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of March 7, 2007:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of March 7, 2007:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of March 7, 2007:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of March 7, 2007:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of March 7, 2007:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

22. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Occupational Safety and Health Research (R01)," (PA-07-318, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, March 7, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-318.html

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VI. Conferences:

23. STATE HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: "13th Annual SHIP Director's Conference," to be held June 9-13, 2007 (Arlington, Virginia).

http://www.meetinglink.org/ship07/default.aspx

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

24. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicare Payment for Physician Services: Examining New Approaches," a hearing held March 1, 2007.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing030107.htm

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25. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY:

A. "Hearing on MedPAC's Report on the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)," a hearing held March 6, 2007.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=532

B. "Hearing on Medicare Program Integrity," a hearing held March 8, 2007 (joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Oversight).

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=534

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26. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR HEARING TESTIMONY: "Are Hidden 401(k) Fees Undermining Retirement Security?" a hearing held March 6, 2007.

Hearing testimony (.pdf and Audio format):

http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings/fc030607.shtml

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27. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Exploring Options for Improving the Medicare Physician Payment System," a hearing held March 6, 2007.

Hearing testimony (.pdf and Window's Media Player format):

http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-he_hrg.030607.Medicare_physician_payment.shtml

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Thanks,

Charlie

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Center for Demography and Ecology and
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