Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #435--May 1, 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. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL STUDY: "MEPS HC-092: 1996-2004 Risk Adjustment Scores File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, April 2008, 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).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-092

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II. Reports and articles:

2. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Multiple Causes of Death in Old Age," by Yelena Gorina and Harold Lentzner (Aging Report No. 9, April 2008, .pdf format, 9p.)

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/agingtrends/09causes.pdf

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3. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE: "A Review of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's New Investment Strategy," (April 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=9156

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4. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Social Security Reform: Possible Effects on the Elderly Poor and Mitigation Options," by Kathleen Romig (RL34433, April 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RL34433

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5. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES DECISION MEMORANDUM: "Screening DNA Stool Test for Colorectal Cancer (CAG-00144N)," (April 28, 2008).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?from2=viewdecisionmemo.asp&id=212&

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6. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Retiring together, or not," by Grant Schellenberg and Yuri Ostrovsky (Perspectives on Labour and Income, April 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 5-11).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/75-001-XIE/75-001-XIE2008104.htm

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7. UK NATIONAL HEALTH OFFICE REPORT: "Prescription Cost Analysis 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 708p., with data in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/prescostanalysis2007

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8. GERMAN FEDERAL STATISTICS OFFICE PRESS RELEASE: "Number of retired public officials of the Federation slightly higher" (April 29, 2008).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/04/PE08__166__742,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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9. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Long-Term Care in Connecticut: A Survey of AARP Members," by Katherine Bridges (April 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/longtermcare/resources/ct_ltc_08.html

B. "Quick Health Facts 2008: A Compilation of Selected State Data," by Leigh Purvis and Lynda Flowers (April 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/reference/statistics/d18971_healthfacts.html

C. "State Handbook of Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Indicators 2008," by David Baer (April 2008, .pdf format, 462p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/reference/statistics/d19014_fiscal.html

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10. GENWORTH FINANCIAL REPORT: "2008 Cost of Care Survey; Home Care Providers, Adult Day Health Care Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes," (April 2008, .pdf format, 46p.). Note: Also available are interactive maps and related tables.

http://www.genworth.com/content/genworth/www_genworth_com/web/us/en/products_we_offer/long_term_care_insurance/long_term_care_overview/what_is_the_cost_of_long_term_care.html

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11. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "U.S. Baby Boomers Moving Out, Minorities Moving In," by Mark Mather (May 2008).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2008/usbabyboomers.aspx

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12. INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR LONGEVITY-USA PERIODICAL: ILC Policy Report: April 2008 (April 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). "The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad".

http://www.ilcusa.org/media/pdfs/Policy_Report_April_2008.pdf

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13. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Oligomeric amyloid-[beta] peptide disrupts phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate metabolism," by Diego E. Berman, Claudia Dall'Armi, Sergey V. Voronov, Laura Beth J. McIntire, Hong Zhang, Ann Z Moore, Agniezka Staniszewski, Ottavio Arancio, Tae-Wan Kim, and Gilbert Di Paolo (Vol. 11, No. 5, May 2008, p. 547-554).

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v11/n5/abs/nn.2100.html

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

A. "Drosophila germ-line modulation of insulin signaling and lifespan," by Thomas Flatt, Kyung-Jin Min, Cecilia D'Alterio, Eugenia Villa-Cuesta, John Cumbers, Ruth Lehmann, D. Leanne Jones, and Marc Tatar (Vol. 105, No. 17, April 29, 2008, p. 6368-6373).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/17/6368

B. "Loss of microRNA cluster miR-29a/b-1 in sporadic Alzheimer's disease correlates with increased BACE1/[beta]-secretase expression," by Sébastien S. Hébert, Katrien Horré, Laura Nicolaï, Aikaterini S. Papadopoulou, Wim Mandemakers, Asli N. Silahtaroglu, Sakari Kauppinen, André Delacourte, and Bart De Strooper (Vol. 105, No. 17, April 29, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 6415-6420). Note: PNAS is providing open access to this article.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/17/6415

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15. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Treatment of Hypertension in Patients 80 Years of Age or Older," by Nigel S. Beckett, Ruth Peters, Astrid E. Fletcher, Jan A. Staessen, Lisheng Liu, Dan Dumitrascu, Vassil Stoyanovsky, Riitta L. Antikainen, Yuri Nikitin, Craig Anderson, Alli Belhani, Françoise Forette, Chakravarthi Rajkumar, Lutgarde Thijs, Winston Banya, and Christopher J. Bulpitt, for the HYVET Study Group (Vol. 358, No. 18, May 1, 2008, p. 1887-1898).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/358/18/1887

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III. Working Papers:

16. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Optimal Life-Cycle Investing with Flexible Labor Supply: A Welfare Analysis of Life-Cycle Funds," by Francisco J. Gomes, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, and Luis M. Viceira (w13966, March 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

We investigate optimal consumption, asset accumulation and portfolio decisions in a realistically calibrated life-cycle model with flexible labor supply. Our framework allows for wage rate uncertainly, variable labor supply, social security benefits and portfolio choice over safe bonds and risky equities. Our analysis reinforces prior findings that equities are the preferred asset for young households, with the optimal share of equities generally declining prior to retirement. However, variable labor materially alters pre-retirement portfolio choice by significantly raising optimal equity holdings. Using this model, we also investigate the welfare costs of constraining portfolio allocations over the life cycle to mimic popular default investment choices in defined-contribution pension plans, such as stable value funds, balanced funds, and life-cycle (or target date) funds. We find that life-cycle funds designed to match the risk tolerance and investment horizon of investors have small welfare costs. All other choices, including life-cycle funds which do not match investors' risk tolerance, can have substantial welfare costs.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13966

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17. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD FINANCE AND ECONOMICS DISCUSSION SERIES: "A New Look at the Wealth Adequacy of Older U.S. Households," by David A. Love, Paul A. Smith, and Lucy C. McNair (Working Paper No. 2008-20, April 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/Pubs/feds/2008/200820/200820abs.html

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18. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: "Global Aging and Declining World Interest Rates: Macroeconomic Insurance Through Pension Reform in Cyprus," by Mario Catalan, Jaime Guarjardo, and Alexandar W. Hoffmaister (Working Paper No. 98, April 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.cfm?sk=21895.0

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

19. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 9, May 1, 2008).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol167/issue9/index.dtl?etoc

20. Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 26, No. 4, 2007).

http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/xk3l6p6121w6/?p=656db168fa6f4989b1732017ed14c039&pi=0

21. Health and Social Work (Vol. 33, No. 2, May 2008). 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://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nasw/hsw/2008/00000033/00000002

22. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 20, No. 4, June 2008).

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol20/issue4/?etoc

23. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (Vol. 63, No. 2, April 2008). 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/vol63/issue2/?etoc

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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 30, 2008:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

25. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Consortium for Clinical Trials on Anemia in Older Persons (U01)," (RFA-AG-09-003, National Institute on Aging, April 25, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-09-003.html

B. "Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R01)," (PA-08-161, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 25, 2008)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-161.html

C. "Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R21)," (PA-08-162, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 25, 2008)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-162.html

D. "Mouse Models Containing Human Alleles: Novel Tools to Study Brain Function (R21/R33)," (PAR-08-158, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 25, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-158.html

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26. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: "Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities," (HRSA-08-134, deadline for applications is May 31, 2008).

https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/FundingOppDetails.asp?FundingCycleId=144BFB47-CFC3-4928-A4B3-564A2069C477

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27. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through April 28, 2008.

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

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

28. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Clearing the Disability Backlog - Giving the Social Security Administration the Resources It Needs to Provide the Benefits Workers Have Earned," a hearing held April 23, 2008 (HTML format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=626

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29. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Leading By Example: Making Government a Model for Hiring and Retaining Older Workers," a hearing held April 30, 2008.

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=296963&

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VII. Websites of Interest:

30. 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

Wagmiller, Robert L. Jr.; Lennon, Mary Clare, and Kuang, Li. Parental Health and Children's Economic Well-Being. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 2008; 49(March):37-55.

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31. NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFERENCE SERVICE: As part of its' observance of Older Americans Month, NCJRS has put together this "compilation of resources addressing the prevention and reporting of various types of elder abuse."

http://www.ncjrs.gov/olderamericansmonth/

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32. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: Statehealthfacts.org added new medicare tables on Apr. 22, 2008.

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

Statehealthfacts.org:

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

Thanks,

Charlie

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