Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #402--September 6, 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. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "National Health Interview Survey: 1969." "The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the release of 1969 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) files on the Internet (September 2007, datasets in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with file layouts in .pdf format, and SAS input statements in ASCII text format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/quest_data_related_1969_96a.htm#1969_NHIS

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2. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following update has been made to the HMD:

Aug. 30, 2007--Data for Norway updated through 2006

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/Public/DataAvailability.html

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (all August 2007, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format)

MEPS HC-094H: 2005 Home Health File:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094H

MEPS HC-094C: 2005 Other Medical Expenses:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094C

MEPS HC-094B: 2005 Dental Visits:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094B

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4. UK DATA ARCHIVE (ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following dataset, which may be of interest to researchers in aging, to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 5050 -English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Wave 0 (1998, 1999 and 2001) and Waves 1-2 (2002-2005)

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5050

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II. Reports and articles:

5. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORTS:

A. "Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2006 (Provisional)" (August 2007, .pdf format, 70p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_236.pdf

B. "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2006 (Provisional) (August 2007, .pdf format, 84p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_235.pdf

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6. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2006" (August 2007, HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, August 2007).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2006/index.html

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7. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Employer-Sponsored Benefits: Many Factors Affect the Treatment of Pension and Health Benefits in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy" (GAO-07-1101, September 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d071101.pdf

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

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/date.php

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8. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2006 performance indicator data collection" (AIHW bulletin no. 54, September 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10498

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9. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION/INSTITUT D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE REPORT: "HealthCare Use at the End of Life in Western Canada," (September 2007, .pdf format, 110p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_930_E&cw_topic=930&cw_rel=AR_1729_E

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10. AARP REPORTS, PERIODICAL, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "AARP Bulletin Poll on Workers 50+: Executive Summary," by Dawn V. Nelson (September 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/work/employment/workers_poll.html

B. "Health Care Reform in California: A Survey of AARP Members," by Samuel Gager and Joanne Binette (August 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/carefinancing/ca_hcr_07.html

C. AARP Bulletin (September 2007). Selected articles from the latest Bulletin are now available.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/toc/tableofcontents.html

D. "AARP Prime Time Radio: The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer format, running times, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

Generation on Fire (Sep. 4, 2007).

http://radioprimetime.org/

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTR shows are released, these will be available at:

http://radioprimetime.org/radioprograms.htm

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11. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE IN BRIEF: "Promoting Work: Implications of Raising Social Security's Early Retirement Age," by John A. Turner (Work Opportunities for Older Americans, WOB 12, August 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=470&Itemid=3

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12. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU PERIODICAL: Today's Research on Aging (Issue 6, August 2007, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is:"How Does HIV/AIDS Affect the Elderly in Developing Countries?"

http://www.prb.org/pdf07/TodaysResearchAging6.pdf

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13. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION SURVEY REPORT: "Findings from the Kaiser/Commonwealth/Tufts-New England Medical Center 2006 National Survey of Seniors and Prescription Drugs - Chartpack" (August 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7687.cfm

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14. FIDELITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Structuring Income for Retirement: Addressing America's Emerging Guaranteed Income 'Gap'," by W. Van Harlow and Moshe A. Milevsky (August 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.fidelityresearchinstitute.com/pdf/structuring_income_for_retirement.pdf

More information about FRI:

http://www.fidelityresearchinstitute.com/aboutus.html

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15. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK [NEW YORK] ARTICLE: ""The Demand for Local Services and Infrastructure Created by an Aging Population," by Richard Deitz and Ramon Garcia (Upstate New York Regional Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/regional_economy/upstate/upstatenews2-1.html

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16. AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING ARTICLE: "Beyond Golden Pond," by Edward Guthmann (2007).

http://www.asaging.org/asaconnection/02aug/feature_golden_pond.cfm

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17. NATURE REVIEWS IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY WEB FOCUS: AGEING: Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology presents a special focus on ageing published in September 2007. The newly-commissioned articles in this Focus provide an overview of this fast-moving field. In addition, ageing experts discuss the promise and the challenges of this fascinating topic in an accompanying Podcast." Full text and/or abstracts of articles are available at the site.

http://www.nature.com/nrm/focus/ageing/index.html

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18. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Inhibition of the leucine-rich repeat protein LINGO-1 enhances survival, structure, and function of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease models," by Haruhisa Inoue, Ling Lin, Xinhua Lee, Zhaohui Shao, Shannon Mendes, Pamela Snodgrass-Belt, Harry Sweigard, Tom Engber, Blake Pepinsky, Lichuan Yang, M. Flint Beal, Sha Mi, and Ole Isacson (Vol. 104, No. 36, Sep. 4, 2007, p. 14430-14435).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/36/14430?etoc

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19. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Mortality Among Hospitalized Medicare Beneficiaries in the First 2 Years Following ACGME Resident Duty Hour Reform," by Kevin G. Volpp, Amy K. Rosen, Paul R. Rosenbaum, Patrick S. Romano, Orit Even-Shoshan, Yanli Wang, Lisa Bellini, Tiffany Behringer, and Jeffrey H. Silber (Vol. 298, No. 9, Sep. 5, 2007, p. 975-983).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/9/975

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20. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: Evaluating the Science and Ethics of Research on Humans: A Guide for IRB Members, by Dennis J. Mazur, reviewed by Karen J. Maschke (Vol. 357, No. 10, Sep. 6, 2007, p. 1061-1062).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/357/10/1061

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21. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL CLINICAL REVIEW EXTRACT: "Parkinson's disease," by C.E. Clarke (Vol. 335, No. 7617, Sep. 1, 2007, p. 441-445).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/335/7617/441

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22. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Effect of the Medicaid Deficit Reduction Act on Older Adults," by Diana B. Koss (Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Vol. 55, No. 7, 2007, p. 1110-1114, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/561633

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23. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "This old man" (Aug. 30, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9719722

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III. Working Papers:

24. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL [WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Efficient Retirement Financial Strategies," by William F. Sharpe, Jason S. Scott, and John G. Watson (WP 2007-19, August 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=391

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25. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF BOSTON [MASSACHUSETTS]: "Population Aging, Labor Demand, and the Structure of Wages," by Margarita Sapozhnikov and Robert K. Triest (WP 07-8, August 2007, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/wp/wp2007/wp0708.htm

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26. RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR QUANTITATIVE STUDIES IN ECONOMICS AND POPULATION (QSEP) [McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada]:

A. "Gender Inequality in the Wealth of Older Canadians," by Margaret Denton and Linda Boos (Research Report No. 413, January 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

Beyond income, wealth is an important measure of economic well-being, because while income captures the current state of inequality, wealth has the potential for examining accumulated and historically structured inequality. This paper documents the extent of gender inequality in wealth for Canadian women and men aged 45 and older. The analysis uses data from the 1999 Canadian Survey of Financial Security, a large nationally representative survey of household wealth in Canada. Wealth is measured by total net worth as measured by total assets minus debt. We test two general hypotheses to account for gender differences in wealth. The differential exposure hypothesis suggest that women report less wealth accumulation because of their reduced access to the material and social conditions of life that foster economic security. The differential vulnerability hypothesis suggests that women report lower levels of wealth because they receive differential returns to material and social conditions of their lives. Support is found for both hypotheses. Much of the gender differences in wealth can be explained by the gendering of work and family roles that restricts women's ability to build up assets over the life course. But beyond this, there are significant gender interaction effects that indicate that women are further penalized by their returns to participation in family life, their health and where they live. When women do work, net of other factors, they are better able to accumulate wealth than their male counterparts.

http://socserv2.mcmaster.ca/qsep/p/qsep413.pdf

B. "Which Canadian Seniors Are Below the Low-Income Measure?" by Michael R. Veall (Research Report No. 414, May 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

About 6% of seniors in Canada have family incomes below the Low-Income Measure. (The Low-Income Measure is 50% of the median family income, adjusted for family size, and is a commonly used, if arbitrary, operational definition of relative poverty.) This is a low rate by international standards, in sharp contrast to the high rate in Canada about 35 years ago. It is lower than the comparable rates for the general Canadian population or for families with children and more Canadians leave below-LIM status during their retirement years than enter it. Canadian income tax data show that the remaining 6% are disproportionately immigrant, female, currently unmarried and supporting dependent children (possibly grandchildren). Age does not appear to be of great importance.

http://socserv2.mcmaster.ca/qsep/p/qsep414.pdf

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

27. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 15, No. 9, September 2007).

http://ajgponline.org/content/vol15/issue9/?etoc

28. The Gerontologist (Vol. 47, No. 4, August 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol47/issue4/?etoc

29. Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 49, No. 4, 2007).

http://www.haworthpress.com/store/Toc_views.asp?sid=PJ0JR5TV69EE9P56FD39RPA1AM68F9K4&TOCName=J083v49n04%5FTOC&desc=Volume%3A%2049%20Issue%3A%204

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30. 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 Sep. 5, 2007:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2007:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2007:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2007:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2007:

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

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2007:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

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

http://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/2007-spring/chapman.htm

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

32. GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA AGEWORK. Agework.com has added opportunities from Aug. 29-Sep. 6, 2007 to its employment opportunities page.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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VII. Conferences:

33. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES. AOA's Events Calendar has recently added several events. See under date and place for the following new listings:

http://www.aoa.gov/press/events/events.asp

Oct. 16-17, 2007--Springfield, Illinois

Oct. 31, 2007--Decatur Illinois

Nov. 1-2, 2007--Decatur Illinois

Nov. 3-6, 2007--South Padre Island, Texas

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Advising Seniors About Their Money: Who Is Qualified - and Who Is Not?" a hearing held Sep. 5, 2007 (.pdf format). Note: a webcast of this hearing (RealPlayer format, running time 2 hours, 13, minutes, 9 seconds, is also available at the site.

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=281760&

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35. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Carried Interest Part III: Pension Issues," a hearing held Sep. 6, 2007) (.pdf format).

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing090607.htm

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