Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #379--March 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. Reports and articles:

1. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Social Security Reform: Greater Transparency Needed about Potential General Revenue Financing," (GAO-07-213, March 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07213.pdf

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

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

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2. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES DECISION MEMORANDUM: "Decision Memo for Blood Brain Barrier Disruption (BBBD) Chemotherapy (CAG-00333N)," (March 2007, .pdf format, 49p.).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=188

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3. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT:

A. "The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Single-Employer Plan Terminations," by Jennifer Staman and Erika Lunder (RS22624, March 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22624/

B. "Health Care Spending and the Aging of the Population," by Jennifer Jenson (RS22619, March 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22619

C. "Railroad Retirement Board Annuities for Widows and Widowers," by Kathleen Romig (RS22623, March 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22623/

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4. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "NIH Announces Phase III Clinical Trial of Creatine for Parkinson's Disease," (March 22, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/ninds-22.htm

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5. CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES REPORT: "The Aging of Korea: Demographics and Retirement Policy in the Land of the Morning Calm," by Neil Howe, Richard Jackson, and Keisuke Nakashima (March 2007, .pdf format, 52p.).

http://www.csis.org/component/option,com_csis_pubs/task,view/id,3787/type,1/

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6. NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURE REPORT: "Volunteer Driver Liability and Immunity," by Matt Sundeen and Nicholas Farber (December 2006, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.ncsl.org/print/transportation/vol_driverliabl06.pdf

Separate page with State Volunteer Driver Liability Laws Information:

http://www.ncsl.org/programs/transportation/SVDLLaws.htm

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7. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT, WEBCAST:

A. "Private Plans In Medicare: A 2007 Update," by Marsha Gold (March 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7622.cfm

B. "An Examination of Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans," by Jonathan Blum, Ruth Brown and Miryam Frieder (March 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7621a.cfm

C. "Medicare Consumer-Directed Health Plan: Medicare MSAs and HSA-like Plans in 2007." by Beth Fuchs and Lisa Potetz (March 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7623.cfm

D. "Medicare Payments and Beneficiary Costs for Prescription Drug Coverage," by Mark Merlis (March 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7620.cfm

E. "Medicare: A Primer," (March 2007, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7615.cfm

F. "Medicare Policy Workshop on the Rise of Private Fee-For-Service Plans," a workshop held March 16, 2007 (MP3 and video format, running time 1:29:32). Note: A transcript in .pdf format is also available.

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/kff/16mar07

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8. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "The Recent Trend Towards Later Retirement," by Leora Friedberg (WOB No. 9, March 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wob_9.shtml

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9. AARP REPORT: "Long-Term Care: An AARP Survey of New York Residents Age 50+," by Cassandra Cantave Burton and Katherine Bridges (March 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/longtermcare/costs/ny_ltc_2007.html

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10. CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION REPORT: "Racial, Cultural, and Ethnic Factors Affecting the Quality of End-of-Life Care in California," by LaVera Crawley and Marjorie Kagawa Singer (March 2007, .pdf format, 51p.). Links to the report, and supplemental material, can be found at the end of the page.

http://www.chcf.org/topics/chronicdisease/index.cfm?itemID=131674

More about CHCF:

http://www.chcf.org/aboutchcf/

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11. INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY NEWSLETTER: Status Report (Vol. 43, No. 3, March 19, 2007, .pdf format, 8p.). Note: This issue focuses on older drivers.

http://www.iihs.org/sr/pdfs/sr4203.pdf

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12. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING (NATSEM) [AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY] CONFERENCE PAPER: "Population Ageing, Government Budgets and the Baby Boomers," by Ann Harding (CP0620, 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.natsem.canberra.edu.au/publication.jsp?titleID=CP0620

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13. DEFENSE ANALYTICAL SERVICES AGENCY [UK] PERIODICAL: War Pensions Quarterly Statistics, December 2006 (March 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 32p.).

PDF:
http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/pensions/pdfs/warpens_dec06.pdf

HTML:
http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/pensions/introduction.html

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

A. "Alterations in mitosis and cell cycle progression caused by a mutant lamin A known to accelerate human aging," by Thomas Dechat, Takeshi Shimi, Stephen A. Adam, Antonio E. Rusinol, Douglas A. Andres, H. Peter Spielmann, Michael S. Sinensky, and Robert D. Goldman (Vol. 104, No. 12, March 20, 2007, p. 4955-4960).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/12/4955

B. "A lamin A protein isoform overexpressed in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome interferes with mitosis in progeria and normal cells," by Kan Cao, Brian C. Capell, Michael R. Erdos, Karima Djabali, and Francis S. Collins (Vol. 104, No. 12, March 20, 2007, p. 4949-4954). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/12/4949

C. "A genomic screen for activators of the antioxidant response element," by Yanxia Liu, Jonathan T. Kern, John R. Walker, Jeffrey A. Johnson, Peter G. Schultz, and Hendrik Luesch (Vol. 104, No. 12, March 20, 2007, p. 5205-5210).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/12/5205

D. "Absence of the proapoptotic Bax protein extends fertility and alleviates age-related health complications in female mice," by Gloria I. Perez, Andrea Jurisicova, Lisa Wise, Tatiana Lipina, Marijana Kanisek, Allison Bechard, Yasushi Takai, Patricia Hunt, John Roder, Marc Grynpas, and Jonathan L. Tilly (Vol. 104, No. 12, March 20, 2007, p. 5229-5234). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/12/5229

E. "A bile acid-like steroid modulates Caenorhabditis elegans lifespan through nuclear receptor signaling," by Birgit Gerisch, Veerle Rottiers, Dongling Li, Daniel L. Motola, Carolyn L. Cummins, Hans Lehrach, David J. Mangelsdorf, and Adam Antebi (Vol. 104, No. 12, March 20, 2007, p. 5014-5019). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/12/5014

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15. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Trends in the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap in the United States, 1983-2003," by Sam Harper, John Lynch, Scott Burris, and George Davey Smith (Vol. 297, No. 1, March 21, 2007, p. 1224-1232).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/11/1224

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16. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL EDITORIAL, ANALYSIS:

A. "Caring for the oldest old," by Domhnall MacAuley and Zoe Slote Morris (Vol. 334, No. 7593, March 17, 2007, p. 546-547).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7593/546

B. "Who will care for the oldest people in our ageing society?" by Jean-Marie Robine, Jean-Pierre Michel, and Francois R. Herrmann (Vol. 334, No. 7593, March 17, 2007, p. 570-571).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7593/570

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17. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE ABSTRACT: "Revising Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule - Much Activity, Little Change," by Paul B. Ginsburg and Robert A. Berenson (Vol. 356, No. 12, March 22, 2007, p. 1201-1203).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/356/12/1201

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18. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Stronger, Faster, Smarter," by Mary Carmichael (March 26, 2007).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17662246/site/newsweek/

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II. Working Papers:

19. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Formal Religious Participation and Daily Spiritual Experiences: Separate, but Equal, Linkages with Psychological Well-Being?" by Emily A. Greenfield, George Vaillant and Nadine F. Marks (WP #2007-01, March 2007, .pdf format, 26p.)

Abstract:

Building on the idea that religiosity and spirituality are related yet distinct phenomena, this study examined whether formal religious participation and daily spiritual experiences are independently and equally associated with diverse dimensions of psychological well-being (negative affect, positive affect, purpose in life, positive relations with others, personal growth, self-acceptance, environmental mastery, and autonomy). Data came from 1,801 respondents in the 2005 National Survey of Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS). Results indicated that more frequent daily spiritual experiences were independently and consistently associated with better psychological well-being; three salutary associations were stronger among women than men. Although more frequent formal religious participation was independently associated with higher purpose in life, positive relations with others, and (among older adults) personal growth, it was also linked with lower autonomy and environmental mastery. Overall, results suggest that daily spiritual experiences and formal religious participation are linked in separate and non-equal ways with psychological well-being.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2007-01.pdf

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20. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE:

A. "Saving and Demographic Change: The Global Dimension," by Barry Bosworth and Gabriel Chodorow-Reich (WP 2007-2, February 2007, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2007-2.shtml

B. "Cross-National Comparison of Income and Wealth Status in Retirement: First Results From the Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS)," by Eva Sierminska, Andrea Brandolini, and Timothy M. Smeeding (WP 2007-3, February 2007, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2007-3.shtml

C. "Job Changes at Older Ages: Effects on Wages, Benefits, and Other Job Attributes," by Richard W. Johnson and Janette Kawachi (WP 2007-4, February 2007, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2007-4.shtml

D. "International Investment for Retirement Savers: Historical Evidence on Risk and Returns," by Gary Burtless (WP 2007-5, February 2007, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2007-5.shtml

E. "How Economic Security Changes During Retirement," by Barbara A. Butrica (WP 2007-6, February 2007, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2007-6.shtml

F. "Social Security Spouse and Survivor Benefits for the Modern Family," by Melissa M. Favreault and C. Eugene Steuerle (WP 2007-7, February 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/wp_2007-7.shtml

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21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Patient Cost-Sharing, Hospitalization Offsets, and the Design of Optimal Health Insurance for the Elderly," by Amitabh Chandra, Jonathan Gruber, and Robin McKnight (w12972, March 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

Patient cost-sharing for primary care and prescription drugs is designed to reduce the prevalence of moral hazard in utilization. Yet the success of this strategy depends on two factors: the elasticity of demand for those medical goods, and the risk of downstream hospitalizations by reducing access to beneficial health care. Amazingly, we know little about either of these factors for the elderly, the most intensive consumers of health care in our country. We remedy both of these deficiencies by studying a policy change that raised patient cost-sharing for retired public employees in California. We find that physician office visits and prescription drug utilization are very price sensitive; while direct comparison is difficult, the price sensitivity appears to greatly exceed that of the famous RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE). Moreover, unlike the HIE, we find large "offset" effects in terms of increased hospital utilization in response to the combination of higher copayments for physicians and prescription drugs. These offset effects are concentrated in patients for whom medical care is presumably efficacious: those with a chronic disease. Finally, we find that the savings from increased cost-sharing accrue mostly to the supplemental insurer, while the costs of increased hospitalization accrue mostly to Medicare; thus, there is a fiscal externality associated with cost-sharing increases by supplemental insurers. Our findings suggest that optimal insurance should be tied to underlying health status, with chronically ill patients facing lower cost-sharing. We also conclude that the externalities to Medicare from supplemental insurance coverage may be more modest than previously suggested due to these offsets.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w12972

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

22. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 11, No. 2, 2007).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g773474925~db=all

23. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 97, No. 4, April 1, 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and EBSCO Host Academic Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol97/issue4/?etoc

24. Dementia (Vol. 6, No. 1, February 2007).

http://dem.sagepub.com/content/vol6/issue1/

25. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 14, No. , 2007).

http://www.ejpc.eu.com/ejpc/ejpcIssue.asp?Z=135205&IssueID=77

26. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (Vol. 62B, No. 2, 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://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol62/issue2/?etoc

27. Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 4, April 2007).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200704000-00000.htm

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28. 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 21, 2007:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Books:

29. SCIENCE DIRECT: Encyclopedia of Gerontology, edited by James E. Birren (2006, 2 Vols., ISBN: 0-12-370530-4, 1594p.).

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/712322/description

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30. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS: On Retirement : 75 Poems, edited by Robin Chapman and Judith Strasser (2007, ISBN: 1-58729-527-X, 140p.).

http://www.uiowa.edu/uiowapress/2007-chapman-strasser.htm

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V. Funding Opportunities:

31. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "NOTICE: Administrative Supplements for Making Knockout Mice," (NOT-HG-07-011, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, March 12, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HG-07-011.html

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32. LEAVEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS [SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY: "2007 Silicon Valley Boomer Business Plan Competition," June 19, 2007 (Santa Clara, CA). "From early-stage ventures in medicine to media, fashion to financial services and beyond, the 2007 Boomer Business Plan Competition aims to generate the best ideas from the best universities as well as tap into the business expertise and creativity of any entrepreneurs globally who are addressing the 45+ market." Executive summaries are due April 20, 2007.

http://www.boomerventuresummit.com/competition/

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VI. Conferences:

33. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING: "Taking the Next Step: Technical Assistance Workshop," to be held November 15-16, 2007 (San Francisco, CA). "The Technical Assistance Workshop is a 2-day interactive forum for pre- and post-doctoral students and recent recipients of Ph.D., M.D. or related doctoral degrees who are members of groups under-represented in aging research. During the workshop, NIA staff and associated faculty members will present information and provide technical assistance on applying for NIA grants. Participants in the workshop, depending on career stage, will have an opportunity to make podium presentations of current or planned research projects, receiving feedback from peers and NIA staff." The deadline for applications is July 16, 2007.

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/Calendar/2007TAW.htm

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34. AARP: "Feria de la Segunda Juventud (Festival of the Second Youth)," on May 5-6, 2007 (San Juan, Puerto Rico).

http://www.aarp.org/aarp_benefits/natl_events/puerto_rico/

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

35. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Medicare Advantage," a hearing held March 21, 2007.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=543

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36. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON INCOME SECURITY AND FAMILY SUPPORT HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Assistance for Elderly and Disabled Refugees," a hearing held March 22, 2007.

Hearing testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=545

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37. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicare Doctors Who Cheat On Their Taxes And What Should Be Done About It," a hearing held March 20, 2007.

Hearing testimony:

http://hsgac.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=427

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38. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING PUBLICATION: "Medicare Reimbursements of Physician-Administered Drugs," a hearing held July 13, 2006 (Serial No. 109-83, .pdf format, 114p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS78291

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39. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit," a hearing held February 8, 2006 (S.Hrg. 109-726, .pdf format, 300p.).

http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/31519.pdf

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

40. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATES: "Kaiser's statehealthfacts.org has added and updated several tables between Mar. 1, 2007 and Mar. 19, 2007 that may be of interest to aging researchers.

http://statehealthfacts.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi?action=whatsnew

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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