Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #454--September 11, 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. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "U.S. Census Populations With Bridged Race Categories." "Vintage 2007 Bridged-race postcensal population estimates for July 1, 2000 - July 1, 2007, by year, county, single-year of age, bridged, Hispanic origin, and sex" have been added to the site (ASCII text and .zip compressed ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format). The site contains data back to 1990.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/dvs/popbridge/popbridge.htm

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2. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan has announced the release of "Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS II): Milwaukee African American Sample, 2005-2006" (Sep. 8, 2008).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/22840.xml

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY CHARTBOOK, RESEARCH NOTE:

A. "Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2008" (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/fast_facts/2008/index.html

B. "Estimating the First Instance of Substantive-Covered Earnings in the Labor Market," by Michael Compson (Research and Statistics Note No. 2008-04, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 20p.).

HTML:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/rsnotes/rsn2008-04.html

.pdf:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/rsnotes/rsn2008-04.pdf

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4. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers In Montana: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (Local Employment Dynamics LED-OW04-MT, September 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://lehd.did.census.gov/led/library/profiles_2007.html

Scroll to "Montana".

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5. US GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REPORTS:

A. "Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy: Assets and Income Are Both Important in Subsidy Denials, and Access to State and Manufacturer Drug Programs Is Uneven" (GAO-08-824, September 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-824

B. "Defined Benefit Pension Plans: Guidance Needed to Better Inform Plans of the Challenges and Risks of Investing in Hedge Funds and Private Equity" (GAO-08-692, August 2008, .pdf format, 65p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-692

C. "Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Need for Improved Oversight Persists" (GAO-08-1062, September 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-1062

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6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES "MEDICARE AND MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT" UPDATE, NEWS RELEASE:

A. "Figures 10.1-10.2 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Services" (September 2008, .zip compressed .pdf format).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1205197

B. "CMS Funds State Efforts to Increase Awareness of Home-based Alternatives to Institutional Care" (Sep. 9, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3262

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7. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Medicare Claims Submitted by Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities During the Transition to the Prospective Payment System in 2005" (A-01-07-00520, August 2008, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

Inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) that split-billed transition stays did not always cancel the split bills and rebill the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) using prospective payment system rates and rules as required. Based on our sample results, we estimated that incorrectly billed transition stays for which IPFs had not canceled split bills and resubmitted correct bills resulted in about $9 million in overpayments in 2005. CMS instructions state that if a beneficiary's stay begins before and ends on or after the date on which the IPF becomes subject to the prospective payment system (a 'transition stay'), the fiscal intermediary must base its payments to the facility on prospective payment rates and rules. The instructions also state that IPFs that split the stay and submit two separate claims must cancel the split bills and then rebill the fiscal intermediary after the cancellation has been accepted.

We recommended that CMS instruct the fiscal intermediaries to adjust claims for the sampled stays that resulted in overpayments of $408,000; review our information on the stays not included in our sample, which had potential overpayments estimated at 8.6 million dollars (9 million dollars less 408,000 dollars), and work with the IPFs to recover any overpayments; and analyze postpayment data for claims submitted after our review to ensure that IPFs billed the claims properly and fiscal intermediaries paid them correctly. CMS agreed with our recommendations.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region1/10700520.pdf

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8. US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "The Role of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in Nutritional Assistance to Mothers, Infants, Children, and Seniors," by Kenneth Finegold, Fredrica D. Kramer, Brendan Saloner, and Joanna Parnes (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. CCR-48, August 2008, .pdf format, 71p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/CCR48/

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9. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Review of Conditional Adjustment Payment for Residential Aged Care -- Formal Timetable -- Call for Submissions" (Sep. 9, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr08-je-je165.htm

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10. AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Older persons in public housing: the policy and management issues," by Sean McNelis and Caroline Neske (September 2008, .pdf format, 87p.).

http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/50318_fr

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11. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORT, ARTICLE:

A. "New Frontiers of Research on Retirement," edited by Leroy O. Stone (September 2008, .pdf format, 444p.), with a Technical Annex, edited by Leroy O. Stone and Hasheem Nouroz (September 2008, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/75-511-XIE/75-511-XIE2006001.htm

Click on "PDF version" on the left side of the page for link to full text report. Click on "Volume 2" on the left side of the page for link to full text Technical Annex.

B. "2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement plans and expectations of older workers," by Grant Schellenberg and Yuri Ostrovsky (Canadian Social Trends, No. 86, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 11-34).

HTML:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-008-XIE/2008002/article/10666-en.htm

.pdf:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-008-XIE/2008002/article/10666-en.pdf

C. "2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement puzzle: Sorting the pieces," by Grant Schellenberg and Yuri Ostrovsky (Canadian Social Trends, No. 86, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 35-47).

HTML:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-008-XIE/2008002/article/10667-en.htm

.pdf:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-008-XIE/2008002/article/10667-en.pdf

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12. HONG KONG DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Health Care Voucher Scheme for the elderly" (Sep. 9, 2008).

http://www.dh.gov.hk/english/press/2008/080909.html

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13. IRELAND CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE/AN PHRIOMH-OIFIG STAIDRIMH REPORT: "Quarterly National Household Survey Pensions Update Quarter 1 2007& Quarter 1 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/labour_market/current/qnhspensionsupdate08.pdf

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14. POLAND CENTRAL STATISTICAL OFFICE REPORT: "Life tables of Poland in 2007" (August 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format, 61p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_4721_ENG_HTML.htm

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15. UK HOUSE OF COMMONS WORK AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE REPORT: "Valuing and Supporting Carers," (HC 485I and II, August 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 135p. and 189p. respectively).

Vol. I:

HTML:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmworpen/485/48502.htm

.pdf:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmworpen/485/485i.pdf

Vol. II:

HTML:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmworpen/485/48502.htm#evidence

.pdf:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmworpen/485/485ii.pdf

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16. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLES:

A. "Human Biodemography: Some challenges and possibilities," by Kaare Christensen (Vol. 19, Article 43, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 1575-1586). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol19/43/default.htm

B. "Top-down and bottom-up research in biodemography," by Hillard Kaplan and Michael Gurven (Vol. 19, Article 44, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 1587-1602). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol19/44/default.htm

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17. AARP RESEARCH REPORTS, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Going from Good to Great: Livable Communities Surveys in OH," by Brittne M. Nelson and Terri Guengerich (September 2008, .pdf format, 37p. and 29p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/indliving/oh_communities_08.html

B. "More to Give: Tapping the Talents of the Baby Boomer, Silent and Greatest Generations," by John M. Bridgeland, Robert D. Putnam, and Harris L. Wofford (September 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/family/volunteering/moretogive.html

C. "Comparison of 401(k) Participants' Understanding of Model Fee Disclosure forms Developed by the Department of Labor and AARP," by Colette Thayer (September 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/financial/ira/fee_disclosure.html

D. The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) have been added to the PTR site:

The Alzheimer's Action Plan--Sep. 9, 2008

Changing the Way We Age--Sep. 9, 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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18. C.D. HOWE INSTITUTE COMMENTARY: "The Case for Trills: Giving Canadians and their Pension Funds a Stake in the Wealth of the Nation," by Mark Kamstra and Robert J. Shiller (Commentary No. 271, August 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary_271.pdf

More information about CDHI:

http://www.cdhowe.org/display.cfm?page=about

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19. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION MEDICARE FACTSHEET UPDATES: KFF has updated the following factsheets (.pdf format).

A. Medicare Advantage" (September 2008, 2p.).

B. "Medicare Spending and Financing" (September 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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

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20. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "IRA Assets and Contributions, 2007," by Craig Copeland (in EBRI Notes, Vol. 29, No. 9, September 2008, .pdf format, p. 2-9).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3978

Click on "Download Notes PDF" for link to full text.

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21. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION GRANT RESULT REPORTS:

A. "Study Finds Reverse Mortgages Benefit Older Homeowners - and Saves Medicaid Money, too" (Sep. 5, 2008). Click on View next to "Grant Results Report" under "Downloads" near the bottom of the page.

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=17461&topicid=1049

B. "What Factors Influence the Kind of Long-term Services Patients with Private Insurance Choose Over Time" (Sep. 5, 2008). Click on View next to"Grant Results Report" under "Downloads" near the bottom of the page.

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=20213&topicid=1049

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22. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE QUCKPOLL REPORT: "Feeling the Economic Pinch: A MetLife QuickPOLL of Americans 60+" (September 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

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

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23. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Mechanisms of Hybrid Oligomer Formation in the Pathogenesis of Combined Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases," by Igor F. Tsigelny, Leslie Crews, Paula Desplats, Gideon M. Shaked, Yuriy Sharikov, Hideya Mizuno, Brian Spencer, Edward Rockenstein, Margarita Trejo, Oleksandr Platoshyn, Jason X.-J. Yuan, and Eliezer Masliah (PLoS ONE 3(9): e3135 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003135, September 2008, HTML, XLM, and .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003135

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24. NATURE MEDICINE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Restoration of chaperone-mediated autophagy in aging liver improves cellular maintenance and hepatic function," by Cong Zhang and Ana Maria Cuervo (Vol. 14, No. 9, September 2008, p. 959-965).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v14/n9/abs/nm.1851.html

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25. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Incidental Meniscal Findings on Knee MRI in Middle-Aged and Elderly Persons," by Martin Englund, Ali Guermazi, Daniel Gale, David J. Hunter, Piran Aliabadi, Margaret Clancy, and David T. Felson (Vol. 359, No. 11, Sep. 11, 2008, p. 1108-1115).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/359/11/1108

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26. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS EXTRACT, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Bias alone could account for benefit attributed to flu vaccine, study finds," by Jeanne Lenzer (BMJ 2008;337:a1550).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/337/sep03_1/a1550?papetoc

B. "Low dose aspirin and cognitive function in middle aged to elderly adults: randomised controlled trial," by Jackie F. Price, Marlene C. Stewart, Ian J. Deary, Gordon D. Murray, Peter Sandercock, Isabella Butcher, and F. Gerald R. Fowkes (BMJ 2008;337:a1198).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/337/sep01_1/a1198

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III. Working Papers:

27. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY:

A. "Early Life Exposure and its Effects on Health in the Puerto Rican Elderly Population," by Mary McEniry, Alberto Palloni, Ana Luisa Dila, and Alberto Garc 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

B. "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

C. "Assessing Longitudinal Relationships between Social Factors and Health," by Philip S. Brenner and Erica Siegl (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-11, 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract

Promoting the good health of an aging citizenry is a major research priority in the United States. This study contributes to this research agenda by examining the health benefits conferred by social support, social participation, and religiosity. Using cross-sectional and longitudinal ordinal logistic regression models, we test the effects of these variables on self-reported health in the two most recent waves of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. We find that benefits of social participation persisted in our full models but with a good deal of gender discrepancy. However, in sharp contrast to previous research, we find no evidence to support the universal health benefit to religious engagement.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2008-11.pdf

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28. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Measuring Welfare and the Effects of Regulation in a Government-Created Market: The Case of Medicare Part D Plans," by Claudio Lucarelli, Jeffrey Prince and Kosali Simon (w14296, September 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).

Abstract:

Medicare's prescription drug benefit (Part D) has been its largest expansion of benefits since 1965. Since the implementation of Part D, many regulatory proposals have been advanced to improve this government-created market. Among the most debated are proposals to limit the number of options, in response to concerns that there are "too many" plans. In this paper we study the welfare impacts of limiting the number of Part D plans. To do this, we first provide evidence that consumers view Medicare Part D plans as differentiated products. In doing so, we determine how much Medicare beneficiaries value the plans' various features -- an important measurement not only for our analysis, but also because these features are heavily dictated by policy. Second, using our demand- and supply-side estimates, we conduct several policy experiments to understand the implications of reducing the number of plans. Specifically, we assess the effects on equilibrium premia and welfare from removing plans that cover "the gap," reducing the maximum number of plans each firm can offer per region, and, for validation purposes, the impact of a recent major merger. Our counterfactuals regarding removal of plans provide an important assessment of the losses to consumers (and producers) resulting from government limitations on choice. These costs must be weighed against the widely discussed expected gains from limiting options (due to expected reductions in consumer search costs) when considering new restrictions on the number of plans that can be offered. We find that the search costs should be at least two thirds of the average monthly premium in order to justify a regulation that allows only two plans per firm, and that this number would be substantially lower if the limitation in the number of plans is coupled with a decrease in product differentiation (e.g., by removing plans that cover "the gap").

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14296

B. "The Effect of Medicare Coverage for the Disabled on the Market for Private Insurance," by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler (w14309, September 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

Subsidies for health insurance for chronically ill, high-cost individuals may increase coverage in the broader population by improving the functioning of insurance markets. In this paper, we assess an historical example of a policy intervention of this sort, the extension of Medicare to the disabled, on the private insurance coverage of non-disabled individuals. We use data on insurance coverage from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics from before and after the extension of Medicare to the disabled to estimate the effect of the program on private insurance coverage rates in the broader population. We find that the insurance coverage of individuals who had a health condition that limited their ability to work increased significantly in states with high versus low rates of disability. Our findings suggest that subsidizing individuals with high expected health costs is an effective way to increase the private insurance coverage of other high-cost individuals.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14309

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29. Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "On Myopia as Rationale for Social Security," by Torben Andersen and Joydeep Bhattacharya (WP2401, September 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). 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=15988

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

30. American Economic Review (Vol. 98, No. 4, September 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.aeaweb.org/issue.php?journal=AER&volume=98&issue=4

31. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 15, No. 5, 2008).

http://www.ejpc.eu.com/ejpc/ejpcIssue.asp?Z=239758&IssueID=86

32. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 63, Nos. 8, August 2008). Note: Full text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and these issues.

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol63/issue8/?etoc

33. Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 49, No. 3, September 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.ingentaconnect.com/content/asoca/jhsb/2008/00000049/00000003

34. Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 31, No. 5, October 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/33706/home

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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 Sep. 10, 2008:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 10, 2008:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 10, 2008:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Sep. 10, 2008:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 10, 2008:

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

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 10, 2008:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

36. NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL/INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE MONOGRAPH: 2008 Amendments to the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 41p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing .pdf copies. Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12260

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

37. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "NIH Announces New Transformative R01 Funding Program" (Sep. 9, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2008/od-09a.htm

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38. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sept. 11, 2008.

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

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VII. Conferences:

39. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: The following new conferences have been added to the Conferencealerts.com Gerontology site:

A New Age in Dementia Care--Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sep. 17, 2008

Multidisciplinary Approach to Healthy & Participatory Ageing--Mumbai, Mahararshtra, India, Jan. 22-24, 2009

Environments for Aging 09--Boston, Massachusetts, Mar. 29-31, 2009

ICAAM Asia - International Congress in Aesthetic, Anti-aging Medicine& Medical Spa--Macau, China, May 22-24, 20009

http://www.conferencealerts.com/aging.htm

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

40. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "1-800 Medicare: It's Time for a Check-Up," a hearing held Sep. 11, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=302806

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IX. Bibliography Updates:

41. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS has recently added the following items to its bibliography. The entire bibliography is available at:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/papers/sho_papers.php?hfyle=bib_all

Journal Articles:

Forman-Hoffman, Valerie L., Richardson, Kelly K., Yankey, Jon W., Hillis, Stephen L., Wallace, Robert B., Wolinsky, Fredric D. "Retirement and Weight Changes Among Men and Women in the Health and Retirement Study" The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 63B:3 p.S146-153 [2008]

Gerst, Kerstin, Burr, Jeffrey A. "Planning for End-of-Life Care: Black-White Differences in the Completion of Advance Directives" Research on Aging. 30:4 p.428 [2008]

Muramatsu, Naoko, Hoyem, Ruby L., Yin, Hongjun, Campbell, Richard T. "Place of Death Among Older Americans: Does State Spending on Home- and Community-Based Services Promote Home Death?" Medical Care. 46:8 p.829 [2008]

Steel, Nicholas, Clark, Allan, Lang, Iain L., Wallace, Robert B., Meltzer, David. "Racial Disparities in Receipt of Hip and Knee Joint Replacements Are Not Explained by Need: The Health and Retirement Study 1998-2004" The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 63A:6 p.629 [2008]

Steinman, Bernard A. "Self-Reported Vision, Upper/Lower Limb Disability, and Fall Risk in Older Adults" Journal of Applied Gerontology. 27:4 p.406 [2008]

Wang, Mo, Zhan, Yujie, Liu, Songqi, Shultz, Kenneth S. "Antecedents of bridge employment: A longitudinal investigation" Journal of Applied Psychology. 98:4 p.818 [2008]

White-Means, Shelley I., Rubin, Rose M. "Parent Caregiving Choices of Middle-Generation Blacks and Whites in the United States" Journal of Aging and Health. 20:5 p.560 [2008]

Monographs:

Hurd, Michael, Rohwedder, Susann. Adequacy of Economic Resources in Retirement and Returns-to-scale in Consumption. University of Michigan; Michigan Retirement Research Center [2008]

Michaud, Pierre-Carl, Rohwedder, Susann. Forecasting Labor Force Participation and Economic Resources of the Early Baby Boomers. University of Michigan; Michigan Retirement Research Center [2008]

Powers, Elizabeth, Elder, Todd. A Longitudinal Analysis of Entries and Exits of the Low-Income Elderly to and from the Supplemental Security Income Program. University of Michigan; Michigan Retirement Research Center [2007]

Zissimopoulos, Julie, Maestas, Nicole, Karoly, Lynn. The Effect of Retirement Incentives on Retirement Behavior: Evidence from the Self-Employed in the United States and England. University of Michigan; Michigan Retirement Research Center [2007]

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