Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #422--January 31, 2008

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. UK DATA ARCHIVE (ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets 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 1-3 (2002-2007). "A preliminary ('Phase 1') version of the Wave 3 Core data and documentation have been added to the study.

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

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2. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database:

Jan. 24, 2008: Luxembourg (1960-2005) added to HMD.

Jan. 28, 2008: Data for Netherlands were revised and updated through 2006. Deaths for 1860, 1913, and 2000-2002 were revised.

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING NEWS RELEASE: "Distinguished Scientists Appointed to National Advisory Council on Aging" (Jan. 30, 2008).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/PR20080130NACA.htm

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4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Performance Measurement in the Hospital Outpatient Setting," by Stephanie S. Teleki, Melony E.S. Sorbero, Lee Hilborne, Susan Lovejoy, Lily Bradley, Ateev Mehrotra, and Cheryl l. Damberg (December 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 135p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/08/outpatient/index.htm

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5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "'Driving for Quality in Long-Term Care: A Board of Directors Dashboard' Government-Industry Roundtable" (January 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/complianceguidance/Roundtable013007.pdf

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6. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "QuickStats: Percentage of Nursing Home Facilities Using Certain Strategies to Encourage Influenza Vaccination of Their Employees, by Strategy Used --- National Nursing Home Survey, United States, 2004" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 57, No. 3, Jan. 25, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 74).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5703a6.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5703.pdf

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7. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASE: "CMS Proposes Stronger Protections for Beneficiaries Using Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies" (Jan. 28, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=2866

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8. CALIFORNIA RESEARCH BUREAU REPORT: "California Research Bureau Public Retirement System Survey," by Grant Boyken (CRB-07-014, December, 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/07/07-014.pdf

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9. EUROPEAN COMMISSION EUROSTATS REPORT: "ESSPROS Manual - The European System of integrated Social PROtection Statistics" (January 2008, .pdf format, 87p.

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1073,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-RA-07-027

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10. UK HOUSE OF COMMONS PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REPORT: "Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia," (HC228, January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 19p.).

HTML:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmpubacc/228/22802.htm

.pdf:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmpubacc/228/228.pdf

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11. AARP REPORTS, FACTSHEET

A. "The State of Health Care: A Survey of New York Residents Age 50-64," by Joanne Binette and Katherine Bridges (January 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/carefinancing/ny_hcr_08.html

B. "Workforce Trends: An AARP Study of Employers and Workers in Puerto Rico," by Jennifer H. Sauer (January 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/work/issues/pr_work_08.html

C. "The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: A Critical Resource for Low-Income Households," by Ann McLarty Jackson and Christopher Baker (January 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/utilities/access/fs138_liheap.html

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12. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health (No. 22, Fall 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nber.org/aginghealth/

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13. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT, DATA SPOTLIGHTS:

A. "The Value of Extra Benefits Offered by Medicare Advantage Plans in 2006," by Mark Merlis (January 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7744.cfm

B. "Medicare Part D 2008 Data Spotlights" (January 2008, .pdf format). "To better understand changes in the private plans providing drug coverage to Medicare beneficiaries under the program's Part D benefit, the Kaiser Family Foundation is issuing a series of data spotlights analyzing key elements of Medicare's private drug plans. Each spotlight will focus on a key aspect of the drug plans that will be available to Medicare beneficiaries in 2008 and examine relevant trends since the Medicare drug benefit took effect in 2006."

http://www.kff.org/medicare/med102507pkg.cfm

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14. AMERICAN SEXUALITY ARTICLE: "The Beauty of Gray: Women are ditching the bottle and feeling free, sexy, and true," by Anne Kreamer (January 2008).

http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/MagArticle.cfm?SID=7C130407F886C81479E3574F13B9B535&DSN=nsrc_dsn&Mode=EDIT&Article=808&ReturnURL=1

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15. INVESTMENT COMPANY INSTITUTE PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "The Role of IRAs in U.S. Households' Saving for Retirement" (in Research Fundamentals, Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2008, .pdf format, p. 1-16). The article is linked to from an ICI news release: "IRA Investors Plan Retirement Income Carefully" (Jan. 28, 2008).

http://www.ici.org/statements/nr/08_news_ira.html

Click on "a new study" for link to full text.

More information on ICI:

http://www.ici.org/about_ici.html

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16. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "A Major Policy Impact of the European Centre's Consultancy: A New Long-term Care Scheme for Bolzano-Alto-Adige (Italy)," by Kai Leichsenring (Policy Brief 2, 2008, p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/data/1201260830_78098.pdf

More information about ECSWP:

http://www.euro.centre.org/index.php

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17. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Attacking Alzheimer's: The latest news on treatment and diagnosis," by Christine Larson (Jan. 31, 2008).

http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/brain-and-behavior/2008/01/31/attacking-alzheimers.html

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18. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLES, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Osteoblast expression of an engineered Gs-coupled receptor dramatically increases bone mass," by Edward C. Hsiao, Benjamin M. Boudignon, Wei C. Chang, Margaret Bencsik, Jeffrey Peng, Trieu D. Nguyen, Carlota Manalac, Bernard P. Halloran, Bruce R. Conklin, and Robert A. Nissenson (Vol. 105, No. 4, Jan. 29, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1209-1214). Note: this article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/4/1209?etoc

B. "Rosiglitazone increases dendritic spine density and rescues spine loss caused by apolipoprotein E4 in primary cortical neurons," by Jens Brodbeck, Maureen E. Balestra, Ann M. Saunders, Allen D. Roses, Robert W. Mahley, and Yadong Huang (Vol. 105, No. 4, Jan. 29, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1343-1346). Note: this article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/4/1343?etoc

C. "Nox2-derived radicals contribute to neurovascular and behavioral dysfunction in mice overexpressing the amyloid precursor protein," by Laibaik Park, Ping Zhou, Rose Pitstick, Carmen Capone, Josef Anrather, Erin H. Norris, Linda Younkin, Steven Younkin, George Carlson, Bruce S. McEwen, and Costantino Iadecola (Vol. 105, No. 4, January 29, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1347-1352).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/4/1347

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19. NATURE MEDICINE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Oxidative damage--induced inflammation initiates age-related macular degeneration," by Joe G. Hollyfield, Vera L. Bonilha, Mary E. Rayborn, Xiaoping Yang, Karen G Shadrach, Liang Lu, Rafael L. Ufret, Robert G. Salomon, and Victor L. Perez (No. 1709, Jan. 27, 2008. 5p.).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nm1709.html

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20. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians, by Joanne Lynn, Janice Schuster, Anne Wilkinson, and Lin Noyes Simon, reviewed by Ernle W.D. Young (Vol. 299, No. 4, Jan. 30, 2008, p. 462).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/299/4/462

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21. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Endovascular vs. Open Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in the Medicare Population," by Marc L. Schermerhorn, A. James O'Malley, Ami Jhaveri, Philip Cotterill, Frank Pomposelli, and Bruce E. Landon (Vol. 358, No. 5, Jan. 31, 2008, p. 464-474).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/358/5/464

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22. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS EXTRACT: "Row breaks out over German plan to test law on assisted suicide," by Ned Stafford (Vol. 336, No. 7637, Jan. 26, 2008, p. 181).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7637/181

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23. LANCET WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: Note:Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Euthanasia in legal limbo in Colombia," by Mike Ceaser (Vol. 371, No. 9609, Jan. 26, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 290-291). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673608601506/fulltext

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III. Working Papers:

24. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Early Life Exposure and its Effects on Health in the Puerto Rican Elderly Population," by Mary McEniry, Alberto Palloni, Ana Luisa Davila, and Alberto García Gurucharri (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-01, 2008, .pdf format, 49p.).

Abstract:

Season of birth may help disentangle the effects on health of early life exposure to poor nutrition and infectious diseases from effects associated with other childhood conditions. Using data from 60 to 74 year old Puerto Ricans who lived in rural areas during childhood (n=1459), we estimated effects of exposure to poor nutrition and infectious diseases during late gestation on the probability of (a) chronic conditions (diabetes, heart disease, obesity), (b) decreased functionality (limitation in at least one ADL and IADL), and (c) poor self-reported health controlling for childhood health and SES and knee height. Findings: (1) strong associations between exposure and heart disease; (2) virtually no attenuation of effects of self-reported childhood health with controls for exposure; (3) no association between exposure and diabetes, obesity, functionality, poor health. Conclusions: timing of birth may reveal conditions experienced perinatally which affect adult heart disease, but there is little evidence of similar effects on adult diabetes and obesity.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2008-01.pdf

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25. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Deconstructing Lifecycle Expenditure," by Mark Aguiar and Erik Hurst (WP 2008-173, January 2008, .pdf format, 56p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=536

Link to full text is at the bottom of the abstract.

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26. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Managed Care and Medical Expenditures of Medicare Beneficiaries," by Michael Chernew, Philip DeCicca and Robert Town (w13747, January 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

This paper investigates the impact of Medicare HMO penetration on the medical care expenditures incurred by Medicare fee-for-service enrollees. We find that increasing penetration leads to reduced health care spending on fee-for-service beneficiaries. In particular, a one percentage point increase in Medicare HMO penetration reduces such spending by .9 percent. We estimate similar models for various measures of health care utilization and find penetration-induced reductions, consistent with our spending estimates. Finally, we present evidence that suggests our estimated spending reductions are driven by beneficiaries who have at least one chronic condition.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w13747

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27. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY]: "Ageing and Productivity Growth: Are there Macro-level Cohort Effects of Human Capital?" by Martin Werding (WP No. 2207, January 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=15046

Link to full text is at bottom of abstract.

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

28. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 3, Feb. 1, 2008).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol167/issue3/index.dtl

29. Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2008).

http://www.journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=HEP&volumeId=3&issueId=01

30. Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 2, February 2008).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200802000-00000.htm

31. Public Policy and Aging Reports (National Academy on an Aging Society) (Vol. 17, No. 4, 2008).

http://www.agingsociety.org/agingsociety/publications/public_policy/previous.html

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32. 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 Jan. 30, 2008:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 30, 2008:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 30, 2008:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jan. 30, 2008:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 30, 2008:

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

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 30, 2008:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

33. SPRINGER BOOK: Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies, by Lisa Nerenberg (2007, 320p., ISBN: 0826103278). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=03278

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

34. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "PHS 2008-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44]) (PA-08-050, Jan. 25, 2008, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-050.html

B. "PHS 2008-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42])" PA-08-051, Jan. 25, 2008, National Institute on Aging,, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-051.html

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35. US Administration on Aging: "Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Title VI Tribal Organizations in National Disasters Declared by the President" (HHS-2008-AOA-DA-0803, application deadline Sep. 19, 2008, Microsoft Word format, 29p.).

http://www.aoa.gov/doingbus/fundopp/announcements/2008/DisasterAssistance.doc

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

36. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Older Voters: Opportunities and Challenges in the 2008 Elections, a hearing held Jan. 31, 2008, .pdf format). A video webcast of the hearing is available at the site (RealPlayer format, running time: 1 hour, 27 minutes, 13 seconds).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=291548&

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37. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Private Fee for Service Plans in Medicare Advantage: A Closer Look," a hearing held January 30, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing013008.htm

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

38. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATES: Statehealthfacts.org has recently been updated A table that may be of interest to researchers in aging is "Number of Nursing Home Residents, 2006" (under "Providers & Service Use).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/whatsnew.jsp

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