Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #423--February 7, 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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS issued the following data announcement on Jan. 31, 2008:"HRS Tracker 2006 (Final, Version 2.0)."

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news244&xtyp=1

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/data/index.html

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2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES: "2008 Medicare Enrollment Information," (January 2008, zipped Excel format).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn/01_Overview.asp

Follow link to "2008 Enrollment Information".

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3. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released a new dataset on Feb. 3, 2008 which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2005 (study # 21560).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/21560.xml

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

Feb. 4, 2008 -- Data for Portugal were revised and updated through 2006.

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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5. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: "Private Pension Plan Bulletin Historical Tables," (February 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/privatepensionplanbulletinhistoricaltables.pdf

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II. Reports and articles:

6. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, January 2008," (January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2007-12/index.html

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7. CENSUS BUREAU COMPENDIUM: Census Atlas of the United States (2007, .pdf format, 302p.).

http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/censusatlas/

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8. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASE, FACTSHEET:

A. "Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit's Projected Costs Continue To Drop," (January 31, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=2868

B. "Medicare Proposes Coverage With Evidence Development For Artificial Heart Devices," (February 1, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=2872

C. "Medicare Releases Solicitations For Quality Improvement Organizations' 9th Statement Of Work," (February 5, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/factsheet.asp?Counter=2880

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9. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING LEGISLATION AND BUDGET STATEMENT: "Statement of Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging On the Release of the FY 2009 Budget Request to Congress Monday, February 4, 2008," (HTML format, with additional documentation in .pdf format).

http://www.aoa.gov/about/legbudg/current_budg/legbudg_current_budg.asp

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10. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief No. 199, February 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=849

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11. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Researchers Find Biological Factors that May Drive Prostate Tumor Aggressiveness in African-American Men," (February 1, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/feb2008/nci-01.htm

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12. MARYLAND HEALTH CARE COMMISSION REPORT: "2007 Maryland Nursing Facility Family Survey," (January 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/nhguide/satisfactionsurvey.aspx

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13. WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Death Data: 2006" (January 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/chs-data/death/dea_VD.htm

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14. AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS REPORT: "Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Jul. 2006 to Jun. 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 54p., with tables in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6238.0?OpenDocument

Click on the "Details" tab for link to full text.

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15. UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS GUIDE: "Guide to the National Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing," (February 2008, .pdf format, 136p.).

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/ageing/documents/papers/guide.pdf

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16. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF [VIENNA, AUSTRIA]: "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 No. 2, February 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1120

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17. COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION [UK] REPORT: "The state of social care in England 2006-07" (January 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.csci.org.uk/about_us/news/state_of_social_care_2007_ne-1.aspx

More information about CSCI:

http://www.csci.org.uk/about_csci.aspx

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18. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "An "Elastic" Earliest Eligibility Age for Social Security," by Natalia Zhivan, Steven A. Sass, Margarita Sapozhnikov, and Kelly Haverstick (IB No. 8-2, February 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/preview/an_elastic_earliest_eligibility_age_for_social_security_3.html

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19. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT, PODCAST:

A. "Employer-Sponsored Pensions: A Primer," by Brendan Cushing-Daniels and Richard W. Johnson (January 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/901144.html

B. "Decision Points '08: Retirement Security," (January 2008, MP3 format).

http://www.urban.org/decisionpoints08/retirement.cfm

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20. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE REPORT: "Social Security: An Essential Asset and Insurance Protection for All," by Robert Rosenblatt (February 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.nasi.org/publications2763/publications_show.htm?doc_id=659119&name=Social%20Security

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21. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Should Older Americans Be Included in The Stimulus Package? Attitudes of Likely Voters," by S. Kathi Brown (February 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/reference/publicopinions/econ_stimulus.html

B. "They Want to Know: The Opinions of AARP Members in West Virginia About Data Breach Notification Legislation," by Terri Guengerich (February 2008, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/frauds-scams/fraud/wv_data_breach_08.html

C. "Delaware Health Care: A Study of Current Challenges and the Support for State Reform," by Prantik Baruah and Joanne Bine (January 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/carequality/de_hcr_08.html

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22. NATURE CELL BIOLOGY LETTER ABSTRACT: "Developmentally regulated transcription of mammalian telomeres by DNA-dependent RNA polymerase II," by Stefan Schoeftner & Maria A. Blasco (Vol. 10, No. 2, February 2008, p. 228-236).

http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/v10/n2/abs/ncb1685.html

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23. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Structure of the ROC domain from the Parkinson's disease-associated leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 reveals a dimeric GTPase," by Junpeng Deng, Patrick A. Lewis, Elisa Greggio, Eli Sluch, Alexandra Beilina, and Mark R. Cookson (Vol. 105, No. 5, February 5, 2008, p. 1499-1504).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/5/1499

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24. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT:

A. "The coming acceleration of global population ageing," by Wolfgang Lutz, Warren Sanderson, & Sergei Scherbov (Vol. 451, No. 7179, February 7, 2008, p. 716-719).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7179/abs/nature06516.html

B. "Rapid appearance and local toxicity of amyloid-{beta} plaques in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease," by Melanie Meyer-Luehmann, Tara L. Spires-Jones, Claudia Prada, Monica Garcia-Alloza, Alix de Calignon, Anete Rozkalne, Jessica Koenigsknecht-Talboo, David M. Holtzman, Brian J. Bacskai, and Bradley T. Hyman (Vol. 451, No. 7179, February 7, 2008, p. 720-724).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7179/abs/nature06616.html

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25. 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 & Victor L. Perez (Vol. 14, No. 2, February 2008, p. 194-198).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v14/n2/abs/nm1709.html

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26. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL EDITORIAL, RESEARCH ARTICLES:

A. "Caring for people with dementia," by Murna Downs and Barbara Bowers (Vol. 336, No. 7638, February 2, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 225-226).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7638/225

B. "Survival times in people with dementia: analysis from population based cohort study with 14 year follow-up," by Jing Xie, Carol Brayne, Fiona E. Matthews, and the Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study collaborators (Vol. 336, No. 7638, February 2, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 258-262).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/336/7638/258

C. "Vascular events in healthy older women receiving calcium supplementation: randomised controlled trial," by Mark J. Bolland, P. Alan Barber, Robert N. Doughty, Barbara Mason, Anne Horne, Ruth Ames, Gregory D Gamble, Andrew Grey, and Ian R. Reid (Vol. 336, No. 7638, February 2, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 262-266).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/336/7638/262

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27. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE, EDITORIAL ABSTRACT:

A. "Phenotype and Course of Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome," by Melissa A. Merideth, Leslie B. Gordon, Sarah Clauss, Vandana Sachdev, Ann C.M. Smith, Monique B. Perry, Carmen C. Brewer, Christopher Zalewski, H. Jeffrey Kim, Beth Solomon, Brian P. Brooks, Lynn H. Gerber, Maria L. Turner, Demetrio L. Domingo, Thomas C. Hart, Jennifer Graf, James C. Reynolds, Andrea Gropman, Jack A. Yanovski, Marie Gerhard-Herman, Francis S. Collins, Elizabeth G. Nabel, Richard O. Cannon, III, William A. Gahl, and Wendy J. Introne (Vol. 358, No. 6, February 7, 2008, p. 592-604).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/358/6/592

B. "Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, Aging, and the Nuclear Lamina," by Bruce Korf (Vol. 358, No. 6, February 7, 2008, p. 552-555).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/358/6/552

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28. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF MEDICINE ONE ARTICLE: "No Effect of One-Year Treatment with Indomethacin on Alzheimer's Disease Progression: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Danielle de Jong, Rene Jansen, Willibrord Hoefnagels, Marja Jellesma-Eggenkamp, Marcel Verbeek, George Borm, and Berry Kremer (PLoS ONE 3(1): e1475 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001475, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0001475

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29. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Atherosclerotic Plaque Composition and Occurrence of Restenosis After Carotid Endarterectomy," BY Willem E. Hellings, Frans L. Moll, Jean-Paul P. M. De Vries, Rob G. A. Ackerstaff, Kees A. Seldenrijk, Rosemarie Met, Evelyn Velema, Wouter J. M. Derksen, Dominique P. V. De Kleijn, and Gerard Pasterkamp (Vol. 299, No. 5, February 5, 2008, p. 547-554).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/5/547

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III. Working Papers:

30. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Fitting Event-History Models to Uneventful Data," by Douglas A. Wolf and Thomas M. Gill (TRENDS Working Paper No. 08-07, February 2008, .pdf format, 9p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4905

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31. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS: "Exploring the experimental economics approach in pensions," by John D. Hey (Working Paper No 43, January 2008, .pdf format, 101p.). Note: There is no abstract for this paper.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/WP43.pdf

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32. WORLD BANK: "Upgrading the investment policy framework of public pension funds," by Dimitri Vittas, Gregorio Impavido, and Ronan O'Connor (WPS 4499, January 2008, .pdf and ASCII text format, 68p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469382&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20080129145436

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33. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY]: "The Design of Pension Pay Out Options when the Health Status during Retirement is Uncertain," by Mathias Kifmann (WP No. 2211, February 2008, .pdf format, 27p.). 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=15067

Link to full text is at bottom of abstract.

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

34. Age and Ageing (Vol. 37, Supp. No. 1, January 2008).

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol37/suppl_1/index.dtl?etoc

35. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 16, No. 2, February 2008).

http://ajgponline.org/content/vol16/issue2/?etoc

36. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 66, No. 1, 2008).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=kh33024n5v37

37. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 20, No. 1, February 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol20/issue1/?etoc

38. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 56, No. 2, February 2008).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jgs/56/2

39. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 63, No. 1, January, 2008).

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol63/issue1/?etoc

40. OMEGA: The Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 56, No. 4, 2007/2008).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=hn73711qmx87

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41. 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 6, 2008:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of February 6, 2008:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of February 6, 2008:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of February 6, 2008:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of February 6, 2008:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of February 6, 2008:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

42. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery (R01)," (PA-08-083, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, January 31, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-083.html

B. "The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery (R21)," (PA-08-084, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, January 31, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-084.html

C. "The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery (R03)," (PA-08-085, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, January 31, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-085.html

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

43. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Selling to Seniors: The Need for Accountability and Oversight of Marketing and Sales by Medicare Private Plans," a hearing held Feb. 7, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing020708.htm

Thanks,

Charlie

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Phone: (608) 265-9240
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Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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