Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #447--July 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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS announced the following data release on July 28, 2008:"2007 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) Version 1.0".

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news248&xtyp=1

Data access:

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

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2. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY: "LIS Variable Availability Matrix" (July 2008, Excel format).

http://www.lisproject.org/techdoc/varmatrix.xls

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3. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: "WHO Mortality Database" has been updated as of July 21, 2008 (.zip compressed ASCII format, with documentation in .zip compressed Microsoft Word format).

http://www.who.int/whosis/mort/download/en/index.html

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4. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISITCS: "National Health Interview Survey: 1963 and 1964" (July 2008, data in .zip compressed and Windows self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format, and SAS input statements in ASCII text format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/quest_data_related_1996_prior.htm

Scroll to 1963 or 1964, near the bottom of the page.

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II. Reports and articles:

5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "Income of the Population 55 or Older, 2004 (Expanded Edition)" (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 311p., with data tables in HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/income_pop55/2004ee/index.html

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6. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORTS:

A. "Medicare Part D: Complaint Rates Are Declining, but Operational and Oversight Challenges Remain" (GAO-08-719, June 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-719

B. "Prescription Drugs: FDA's Oversight of the Promotion of Drugs for Off-Label Uses" (GAO-08-835, July 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-835

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7. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATES, PERIODICAL:

A. "Details for Figures 11.1-11.2 Medicare ESRD" (July 2008,.pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1210027&intNumPerPage=10

B. "Details for Figures 12.1-12.10 Medicare Managed Care" (July 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1213199&intNumPerPage=10

C. "Details for Figures 9.1-9.10 Medicare Physician Services" (July 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1208536&intNumPerPage=10

D. _Health Care Financing Review_ (Spring 2008, General Topics). The topic of this issue is "Medicare Disease Management in Policy Context," by Ariel Linden and Julia Adler-Milstein (.pdf format, 93p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HealthCareFinancingReview/07_2008_Edition.asp

Link to full text is available under "Downloads", near the bottom of the page.

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8. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Medicare Administrative Law Judge Hearings: Early Implementation, 2005-2006" (July 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and suppliers of health care services can appeal certain decisions related to their Medicare claims. This report assesses the use of telephone, video teleconference, and in-person hearings to decide Medicare administrative law judge (ALJ) cases and the timeliness of ALJ decisions during OMHA's first 13 months of operation. It is based on an analysis of data from the appeals system as well as on interviews with sample appellants and OMHA staff. We found that in its first 13 months of operation, OMHA held an estimated three-quarters of its hearings over the telephone. We found that most sample appellants were satisfied with their hearing format. We also found that incomplete and inaccurate data limit OMHA's ability to manage its caseload. Lastly, we found that in its first 13 months of operation, OMHA did not decide a number of its cases in a timely manner. Specifically, 15 percent of the cases that had a 90-day requirement and a decision date in the appeals system were not decided on time. Based on the results of our review, OIG recommends that OMHA consistently offer appellants the option of video teleconference, continue to improve the timeliness of cases with the 90-day decision requirement, address problems associated with telephone and video teleconference hearings, and improve the quality of the data in the appeals system. OMHA concurred with all four of our recommendations and noted numerous measures that it has taken to address them.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-06-00110.pdf

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9. US NATIONAL INSITUTE OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASES:

A. "NIDDK Publishes a Strategic Plan for Research into Benign Prostate Disease" (Jul. 25, 2008). The news release links to full text of the plan (.pdf format, 88p.).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2008/niddk-25.htm

B. "Advice for Older Adults on Staying Safe in Hot Weather: Risk of Heat-Related Problems Increases with Age" (Jul. 31, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2008/nia-31.htm

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10. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults Aged 50 or Older: 2005 & 2006," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k8/SPDolder/SPDolderadults.cfm

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11. NEW JERSEY CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Prescription and Non-Prescription Drug Use among NJ Older Adults, 2004" (Topics in Health Statistics, June 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/topics0801.pdf

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12. UKRAINE STATE STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TABLE: "Monthly average pensions and amount of pensioners: 1991-2008" (July 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/sz/sz_e/srp_07rik_e.html

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13. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "End of Life Care Strategy - promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life" (July 2008, .pdf format, 167p., with ancillary documents, .pdf format).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_086277

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14. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "The Annuity Puzzle and Negative Framing," by Julie R. Agnew, Lisa R. Anderson, Jeffrey R. Gerlach, and Lisa R. Szykman (IB#8-10, July 2008, .pdf format, 5p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

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15. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER PERIODICAL: MRRC Newsletter (Vol. 9, No. 3, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/newsletters/

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16. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "An integrated approach to cause-of-death analysis: cause-deleted life tables and decompositions of life expectancy," by Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, Samuel H. Preston, and Vladimir Canudas-Romo (Vol. 19, Article 35, .pdf format, p. 1323-1350).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol19/35/default.htm

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17. AARP REPORTS:

A. "What Should Our Next President Do About Health Care Costs?" by Sarah Thomas (July 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/legis-polit/elections/i7_health_costs.html

B. "What Retirement? Working and Learning for AARP Members in Michigan," by Erica L. Dinger (July 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/work/retirement/mi_learning_07.html

C. "Evaluation of the AARP Red Hat Society Step & Stride with Ruby: A Year-Long Walking Program," by Helen Brown (July 2008, .pdf format, 84p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/prevention/step_stride.html

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18. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "MetLife Retirement Income IQ Study: A Survey of Pre-Retiree Knowledge of Financial Retirement Issues" (June 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.metlife.com/FileAssets/MMI/MMIStudiesRetirementIQ.pdf

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19. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "4 Cellphones for Seniors: Seniors can use these phones for emergencies," by David LaGesse (Jul. 29, 2008).

http://www.usnews.com/articles/business/technology/2008/07/29/4-cellphones-for-seniors.html

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20. NATION ARTICLE: "How Wall Street Wrecked Your Retirement," by Nicholas von Hoffman (Jul. 23, 2008).

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080804/vonhoffman

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21. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles: American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting: "From AGS 2008: Ethics and Quality of Life in the Elderly: Recent Advances," by Mark E. Williams (July 2008).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/577607

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22. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ONE ARTICLES:

A. "Sample Size and Precision in NIH Peer Review," by David Kaplan, Nicola Lacetera, and Celia Kaplan (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2761 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002761, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002761

B. "Quantitative Image Analysis Reveals Distinct Structural Transitions during Aging in Caenorhabditis elegans Tissues," by Josiah Johnston, Wendy B. Iser, David K. Chow, Ilya G. Goldberg, and Catherine A. Wolkow (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2821 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002821, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2821 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002821, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002821

C. "Social Competitiveness and Plasticity of Neuroendocrine Function in Old Age: Influence of Neonatal Novelty Exposure and Maternal Care Reliability," by Katherine G. Akers, Zhen Yang, Dominic P. DelVecchio, Bethany C. Reeb, Russell D. Romeo, Bruce S. McEwen, and Akaysha C. Tang (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2690 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002690, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002840;jsessionid=9EB6F32B8BD8E4488589F69062DDF6EC

D. "Mitochondrial Dysfunction Increases Oxidative Stress and Decreases Chronological Life Span in Fission Yeast," by Alice Zuin, Natalia Gabrielli, Isabel A. Calvo, Sarela Garcia-Santamarina, Kwang-Lae Hoe, Dong Uk Kim, Han-Oh Park, Jacqueline Hayles, Jose Ayte, and Elena Hidalgo (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2842 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002842, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002842

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23. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: The Aging Kidney in Health and Disease, edited by Juan F. Macias Nunez, J. Stewart Cameron, and Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos, reviewed by Jane F. Reckelhoff and Julio C. Sartori-Valinotti (Vol. 359, No. 4, Jul. 24, 2008, p. 438).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/359/4/438

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24. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL VARIOUS:

A. "A strategy for end of life care in the UK: We need to overcome taboos about death and communicate better," by Julia Riley (Editorial extract, BMJ 2008;337:a943, Jul. 23, 2008).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/337/jul23_2/a943?papetoc

B. "Cancer expert doubts claims about prostate cancer trial," by Andrew Cole (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a979, Jul. 24, 2008).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/337/jul24_3/a979?papetoc

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III. Working Papers:

25. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM: "Retirement Effects on Health in Europe," by Norma B. Coe and Gema Zamarro (WR-588, June 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR588/

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26. INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND INFORMATION IN HEALTH ECONOMICS (IRDES) [PARIS, FRANCE]: "The sooner, the better? Analyzing preferences for early retirement in European countries," by Didier Blanchet and Thierry Debrand (Discussion Paper 13, July 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

Individual preferences concerning retirement age are strongly differentiated both within and between countries. According to the Share survey, the proportion of workers aged from 50 to 65 who wished to retire as soon as possible in 2004 ranged from 31% in the Netherlands to 67% in Spain. Such a preference for early retirement can depend on both financial and non financial factors. Non financial factors include working conditions, health status and mortality expectations. Economic or "monetary" factors essentially correspond to the magnitude of pension entitlements and how they depend upon retirement age. Entitlements that depend positively on retirement age should reduce the motivation to retire as soon as possible.

This paper compares the role of these different factors by combining individual data from the Share survey with macroeconomic indicators of pension entitlements recently produced by the OECD. Health and work conditions come out as strong determinants of the preference for early retirement. Being generally satisfied with ones work leads to a drop of approximately 16 percentage points in the probability of wishing to retire as soon as possible. Declaring oneself in bad or very bad health has a positive effect on this probability of a comparable order of magnitude. However, these non financial factors do not significantly contribute to the explanation of cross-country differentials. Conversely, financial factors seem to have a lower impact at micro-level, but a higher one for the explanation of cross-country differentials.

http://www.irdes.fr/EspaceAnglais/Publications/WorkingPapers/DT13SoonerBetterAnalysingPrefRetirEuropCountries.pdf

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27. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON, UK]: "The retirement consumption puzzle: evidence from a regression discontinuity approach," by Erich Battistin, Agar Brugiavini, Enrico Rettore and Guglielmo Weber (IFS Working Papers, WP08/05, July 2008, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications.php?publication_id=4298

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28. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, GERMANY: "Alternative Social Security Systems and Growth," by Michael Kaganovich and Itzhak Zilcha (WP 2353, July 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). 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=15760

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

29. American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 113, No. 6, May 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://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/ajs/113/6

30. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 47, No. 2, September/October 2008).

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

31. Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 31, No. 4, 2008). Note: this issue has a special section on "Suicide in Later Life."

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/docdel/3286.288000

32. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 22, No. 3, August 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

33. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 20, No. 3, 2008).

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/docdel/4973.293000

34. Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 8, August 2008).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200808000-00000.htm

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35. 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 Jul. 30, 2008:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

36. CENTURY FOUNDATION: Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities, by Jeanne Lambrew and Henry J. Aaron (2008, ISBN: 978-0-8157-0124-8, 224p.). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=650

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

37. Agework.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 30, 2008.

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

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

38. US HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Long-Term Care Insurance: Are Consumers Protected for the Long Term?" a hearing held Jul. 24, 2008 (.pdf format). A video transcript (Windows Media Player, running time: 4 hours, 33 minutes, 12 seconds) is available at the site.

http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-oi-hrg.072408.LongTermCare.shtml

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39. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Aging in Rural America: Preserving Seniors' Access to Health Care," a hearing held Jul. 31, 2008 (.pdf format). A video transcript of the hearing (RealPlayer format, running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes, 14 seconds) is available at the site.

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=301584&

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

40. Volunteering in America: "The Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) is pleased to present Volunteering in America: 2008 State and City Trends and Rankings. The Corporation has again partnered in producing this comprehensive report with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2008 report updates and unifies information previously published in separate state and city reports, and greatly expands local information, presenting data from 162 of our nation's large and mid-size cities."

http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/index.cfm

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