Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #433--April 17, 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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Apr. 10, 2008: Data for England and Wales were revised and updated through 2005.

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION VARIOUS:

A. Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 67, No. 3, 2007, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v67n3/index.html

B. "International Update, April 2008" (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2008-04/index.html

C. "SSI Monthly Statistics: March 2008 (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2008-03/index.html

D. "Efforts Since 2000 to Simplify the SSI Program: Legislative and Regulatory Changes," by Rene Parent and Richard Balkus (Policy Brief No. 2008-01, April 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

HTML:
http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/policybriefs/pb2008-01.html

PDF:
http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/policybriefs/pb2008-01.pdf

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3. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Trends in Influenza and Pneumonia Among Older Persons in the United States," by Yelena Gorina, Tanika Kelly, James Lubitz, and Zahiyah Hines (Aging Trends No. 8, February 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/agingtrends/08influenza.htm

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4. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Summary of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)," by Patrick Purcell and Jennifer Staman (RL34443, April 2008, .pdf format, 72p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RL34443

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5. NATIONAL CENTER ON ELDER ABUSE (ADMINISTRATION ON AGING) WEBCAST: "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15, 2008: What Can Your Community Do to Raise Awareness?" (April 15, 2008). Note: Registration is required.

http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/NCEARoot/Main_Site/Library/Events_Webcast/Featured_Event.aspx

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6. US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT TO CONGRESS: "Intergenerational Housing Needs and HUD Program Options" (April 2008, .pdf format, 72p.).

http://www.huduser.org/publications/affhsg/int_genrtnl.html

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7. MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REPORT: "Massachusetts Deaths 2006" (April 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 154p., with an accompanying presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word format, 40 slides.

http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=eohhs2terminal&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Consumer&L2=Community+Health+and+Safety&L3=Population+Health+Statistics&sid=Eeohhs2&b=terminalcontent&f=dph_research_epi_c_deaths&csid=Eeohhs2

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8. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES REPORT: "Preliminary Death Data for 2005" (April 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/stats05/mort05prelim.pdf

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9. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "$6.5m palliative care boost for rural areas," (April 15, 2008).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr08-je-je039.htm

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10. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEMS PRESS RELEASE: "National hospice study reveals gaps in service," (April 11, 2008).

http://www2.med.umich.edu/prmc/media/newsroom/details.cfm?ID=154

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11. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 29, No. 4, April 2008, .pdf format, 12p.). Note: See the article on the Social Security Trustees report ("Facts from EBRI-The Basics of Social Security, Updated With the 2008 Board of Trustees Report") starting on page 6.

http://www.ebri.org/pdf/EBRI_Notes_04-20081.pdf

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12. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: "Medicare's Bad News; Is Anyone Listening?" by Joseph Antos (Health Policy Outlook, No. 3, April 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 5p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27825/pub_detail.asp

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13. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 8, No. 8, April 16, 2008).

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs037/1101399948055/archive/1102061981416.html

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14. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [LONDON] REPORT: "Obesity and Public Health Policy: Lessons from Tobacco Control," by Primrose Musingarimi (April 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/files/pdf_pdf_53.pdf

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

Project Renewment: Apr. 15, 2008.

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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16. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Activation of the lifespan regulator p66Shc through reversible disulfide bond formation," by Melanie Gertz, Frank Fischer, Dirk Wolters, and Clemens Steegborn (Vol. 105, No. 14, April 15, 2008, p. 5705-5709).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/15/5705

B. "Magnesium deficiency accelerates cellular senescence in cultured human fibroblasts," by David W. Killilea and Bruce N. Ames (Vol. 105, No. 14, April 15, 2008, p. 5768-5773).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/15/5768

C. "Neurons derived from reprogrammed fibroblasts functionally integrate into the fetal brain and improve symptoms of rats with Parkinson's disease," by Marius Wernig, Jian-Ping Zhao, Jan Pruszak, Eva Hedlund, Dongdong Fu, Frank Soldner, Vania Broccoli, Martha Constantine-Paton, Ole Isacson, and Rudolf Jaenisch (Vol. 105, No. 14, April 15, 2008, p. 5856-5861).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/15/5856

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17. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Continuous deep sedation for patients nearing death in the Netherlands: descriptive study," by Judith Rietjens, Johannes van Delden, Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Hilde Buiting, Paul van der Maas, and Agnes van der Heide (Vol. 336, No. 7648, April 12, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 810-813).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/336/7648/810

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18. FORBES ARTICLE:

A. "Unfilled Prescription," by David Whelan (April 21, 2008).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0421/040.html

B. "Attacking Alzheimer's," by Robert Langreth (April 21, 2008).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0421/094.html

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III. Working Papers:

19. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Early life exposures and the occurrence and timing of heart disease among the Puerto Rican elderly population," by Mary McEniry and Alberto Palloni (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-03, 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Background. Season of birth has been shown to be a useful proxy of early growth and development among adults. It is an indicator that disentangles the effects of childhood conditions (health, SES) on adult health and sheds light on the adult health effects of poor nutrition and infectious diseases in utero.

Methods. We used a sample of 1438 Puerto Ricans 60-74 years of age born in Puerto Rico who lived in the countryside during most of childhood. Retrospective measures of early childhood (health status, SES); knee height, height and weight measurements and adult risk factors (adult SES, obesity, self-reported smoking, exercise, diabetes) were obtained through home interviews. We defined exposure period to poor nutrition and infectious and parasitic diseases to be the third-fourth quarter. Using Cox and log logistic hazard models we examined the degree to which overlap between late gestation (last trimester of pregnancy) and exposure period had important effects on the timing of onset of and the probability of ever experiencing adult heart disease while controlling for other risk factors.

Results. Risk of onset of heart disease was 65% higher among those born when the third trimester of gestation overlapped completely with exposure period compared with unexposed individuals but there were no differences in median time of onset by exposure for those reporting heart disease.

Conclusions. Effects of exposure to a high risk period operate through the probability of ever experiencing heart disease not through the timing of onset among those who do experience it.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2008-03.pdf

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20. PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY [AUSTRALIA]: "Superannuation contributions-the soft option," by Leslie Nielson (Research Paper no. 22 2007-08, March 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 23p.).

HTML:
http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rp/2007-08/08rp22.htm

PDF:
http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rp/2007-08/08rp22.pdf

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21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Retirement Consumption Puzzle: Actual Spending Change in Panel Data," by Michael D. Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (w13929, April 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).

Abstract:

The simple one-good model of life-cycle consumption requires that consumption be continuous over retirement; yet prior research based on partial measures of consumption or on synthetic panels indicates that spending drops at retirement, a result that has been called the retirement-consumption puzzle. Using panel data on total spending, nondurable spending and food spending, we find that spending declines at small rates over retirement, at rates that could be explained by mechanisms such as the cessation of work-related expenses, unexpected retirement due to a health shock or by the substitution of time for spending. In the low-wealth population where spending did decline at higher rates, the main explanation for the decline appears to be a high rate of early retirement due to poor health. We conclude that at the population level there is no retirement consumption puzzle in our data, and that in subpopulations where there were substantial declines, conventional economic theory can provide the main explanation.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w13929

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

22. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 46, No. 3, May-June 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01674943

23. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issues.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08904065

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24. 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 April 16, 2008:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 16, 2008:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 16, 2008:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 16, 2008:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of April 16, 2008:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of April 16, 2008:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

25. NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS: Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, by Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans, Institute of Medicine (2008, ISBN-10: 0-309-11966-9, OpenBook format, 312p.).

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12089

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26. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE: Markets Without Magic: How Competition Might Save Medicare by Mark V. Pauly (April 2008, ISBN: 978-8447-4261-8, 71p.).

http://www.aei.org/books/bookID.929,filter.all/book_detail.asp

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

27. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Development of New Tools for Cell Fate Determination and Tissue Homeostasis in the Aged (R21)," (RFA-AG-09-004, National Institute on Aging, April 11, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-09-004.html

B. "Development of PET and SPECT Ligands for Brain Imaging (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-08-137, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 9, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-137.html

C. "Genetic Screens to Enhance Zebrafish Research (R01)," (PAR-08-138, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 9, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-138.html

D. "NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13)," (PA-08-149, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 16, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-149.html

E. "Probes and Instrumentation for Monitoring and Manipulating Nervous System Plasticity (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-08-146, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 16, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-146.html

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VII. Conferences:

28. SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND: "Health in Ageing - Achievements and Potential of Longitudinal Research," (to be held in Dublin, May 29, 2008).

http://www.tilda.ie/tilda_conference.html

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Caring For Our Seniors: How Can We Support Those On The Frontlines?" a hearing held April 16, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=296192&

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IX. Websites of Interest:

30. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS: "Fraud Target: Senior Citizens." This website is designed to provide seniors and their families with information about fraud schemes that target seniors.

http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/seniorsfam.htm

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31. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

Hilber, Christian A. L. and Liu, Yingchun. Explaining the Black-White Homeownership Gap: The Role of Own Wealth, Parental Externalities and Locational Preferences. Journal of Housing Economics. 2008; _(_):_.

Croix, de la, David and Docquier, Frederic. School Attendance and Skill Premiums in France and the U.S.: A General Equilibrium Approach. Fiscal Studies. 2007; 28(4):383-417.

Thanks,

Charlie

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