Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #489 -- May 28, 2009

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. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF COMPUTERIZED DATA ON AGING: ICPSR/NACDA has recently added the following dataset to its collection. 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

Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS), 1998-2005 (Study No. 24901).

http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24901

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "SSI Recipients by State and County, 2008," (May 2009, .pdf, Excel, and HTML format, 108p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_sc/2008/index.html

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3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of the Calculations of Temporary Increases in Federal Medical Assistance Percentages Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," (A-09-09-00075, May 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).

Summary:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) calculated temporary Federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) increases for the first and second quarters of Federal fiscal year (FY) 2009 for the 50 States and the District of Columbia in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The ARRA, enacted February 17, 2009, provides fiscal relief to States to protect and maintain State Medicaid programs in a period of economic downturn.

For the recession adjustment period (October 1, 2008, through December 31, 2010), the ARRA provides $87 billion in additional Medicaid funding based on temporary increases in States FMAPs. The Federal Government pays its share of States medical assistance expenditures based on the FMAP, which varies depending on each States relative per capita income.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region9/90900075.pdf

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4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS), OFFICE OF DISABILITY, AGING AND LONG-TERM CARE POLICY REPORT: "Private Long-Term Care Insurance: Following an Admission Cohort over 28 Months to Track Claim Experience, Service Use and Transitions," by Jessica S. Miller, Xiaomei Shi, and Marc A. Cohen (April 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 41p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2008/coht28mo.htm

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5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "End-Stage Renal Disease: CMS Should Monitor Effect of Bundled Payment on Home Dialysis Utilization Rates," (GAO-09-537 May 2009, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-537

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6. AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY REPORT: "Near-Elderly Adults, Ages 55-64 Health Insurance Coverage, Cost and Access: Estimates from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey," by Jessica Vistnes, Philip Cooper, Didem Bernard, and Jessica Banthin (April 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 26p.).

http://www.ahrq.gov/data/meps/mepsneareld/

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7. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES/AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY REPORT: "Potential Conflict of Interest in the Production of Drug Compendia," by Ross McKinney, Amy P. Abernethy, David B. Matchar, and Jane L. Wheeler (April 2009, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewtechassess.asp?from2=viewtechassess.asp&where=index&tid=64&

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8. AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS REPORT: "Experimental Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2005-2007," (May 2009, .pdf and Excel format, 56p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3302.0.55.00320052007?OpenDocument

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9. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Shifting pensions," by Philippe Gougeon (Perspectives on Labour and Income, May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 16-23).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2009105/article/10866-eng.htm

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10. UK COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: "Life Expectancy at birth (monitored using all age all cause mortality), 1995-97 to 2005-07" (May 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/dso3-9ii

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11. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "More Than $14 Million for Palliative Care Initiatives," (May 27, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.)

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je071.htm

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12. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "Plan Demographics, Participants Saving Behavior, and Target-Date Fund Investments," by Youngkyun Park (Issue Brief No. 329, May 2009, .pdf format, 44p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=4280

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13. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Strange But True: Claim and Suspend Social Security," by Alicia H. Munnell, Alex Golub-Sass, and Nadia Karamcheva (IB No. 9-11, May 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/strange_but_true_claim_and_suspend_social_security.html

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14. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "The Social Security COLA and Medicare Part B Premium: Questions, Answers, and Issues," (May 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7912.cfm

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15. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 11, May 27, 2009).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=467

More information about FCA:

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=509

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

A. "Antioxidants prevent health-promoting effects of physical exercise in humans," by Michael Ristow, Kim Zarse, Andreas Oberbach, Nora Kling, Marc Birringer, Michael Kiehntopf, Michael Stumvoll, C. Ronald Kahn, and Matthias Bler (Vol. 106, No. 21, May 26, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, p. 8665-8670). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/21/8665.abstract

B. "Dopamine-induced proliferation of adult neural precursor cells in the mammalian subventricular zone is mediated through EGF," by Grnne C. O'Keeffe, Pam Tyers, Dag Aarsland, Jeffrey W. Dalley, Roger A. Barker, and Maeve A. Caldwell (Vol. 106, No. 21, May 26, 2009, p. 8754-8759).

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/21/8754.abstract

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17. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Accumulating Progenitor Cells in the Luminal Epithelial Cell Layer Are Candidate Tumor Initiating Cells in a Pten Knockout Mouse Prostate Cancer Model," by Hanneke Korsten, Angelique Ziel-van der Made, Xiaoqian Ma, Theo van der Kwast, and Jan Trapman (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5662. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005662, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005662

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18. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Age, Neuropathology, and Dementia," by George M. Savva, Stephen B. Wharton, Paul G. Ince, Gillian Forster, Fiona E. Matthews, and Carol Brayne, for the Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (Vol. 360, No. 22, May 28, 2009, p. 2302-2309).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/360/22/2302

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19. TIME ARTICLE: "How Stereotypes Defeat the Stereotyped," by John Cloud (Vol. 173, No. 21, June 1, 2009).

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1897009,00.html

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20. FORBES ARTICLE: "Tainted Pension Fund Advice," by Asher Hawkins with David K. Randall (June 8, 2009).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0608/100-consulting-services-retirement-tainted-pension-fund-advice.html

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III. Working Papers:

21. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, FINANCE AND ECONOMICS DISCUSSION SERIES: "Should Risky Firms Offer Risk-Free DB Pensions?" by David A. Love, Paul A. Smith, and David Wilcox (2009-20, April 2009, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2009/200920/200920abs.html

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22. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Migration-Regime Liberalization and Social Security: Political-Economy Effect," by Assaf Razin and Edith Sand (Working Paper No. 2356, May 2009, .pdf format, 11p). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=16755

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23. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Increasing the Legal Retirement Age: The Impact on Wages, Worker Flows and Firm Performance," by Pedro S. Martins, Alvaro A. Novo, and Pedro Portugal (Discussion Paper No. 4187, May 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=4187

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24. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "Transfers, Consumption and Income over the Lifecycle in Germany," by Fanny Annemarie Kluge (WP-2009-14, May 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

This paper seeks to quantify all public and private interage monetary flows in Germany applying the National Transfer Account method. Germany's lifecycle deficit is shaped by long periods spent in education, early retirement, and low labor force participation rates among the older work force, resulting in a rather short surplus period. Germany is a picture book welfare state, over the last century the government took over more and more functions the family would once have absorbed. During the long dependent periods of childhood and old age, the main expenditures-including education for younger people and pensions and health care for older people-are publicly financed. Private consumption is low for these items. In contrast to public in-kind transfers, public cash transfers are highly skewed to the elderly. Special emphasis will be placed on differences in East/West lifecycle deficit patterns.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2009-014.pdf

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

25. Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 28, No. 1, March 2009).

http://muse.jhu.edu/content/alerts/journals/canadian_journal_on_aging/toc/cja.28.1.html

26. Rotman International Journal of Pension Finance (Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2009).

http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/ICPM/details.aspx?ContentID=223

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27. 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 May 25, 2009:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 25, 2009:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 25, 2009:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 25, 2009:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 25, 2009:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 25, 2009:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Websites of Interest:

28. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE.GOV UPDATES. The following Medicare.gov pages were updated on May 28, 2009: "Nursing Home Compare"; "Supplier Directory"; and "Helpful Contacts".

http://www.medicare.gov/Updates.asp

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29. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU: "Cognitive Impairment and Decline: Interview With Kenneth Langa, University of Michigan," (April 2009, MP3 format, running time 16:00).

http://www.prb.org/Journalists/Webcasts/2009/cognitivedecline.aspx

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Thanks,

Charlie

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