Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #494 -- July 2, 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/pubs/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT SURVEY: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS has announced the latest release of "HRS 2006 Core." (Jun. 30, 2009). For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/index.php?p=shoavail&iyear=KC

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/index.php?p=data

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2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2008 National Health Interview Survey" (June 2009, data in self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with SAS, SPSS, and Stata statements in ASCII text format, and documentation in .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/quest_data_related_1997_forward.htm

See under "2008 NHIS".

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey" (June 2009, .pdf format, 109p.). Of particular interest to researchers in aging may be the section on 'Personal care needs'."

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/released200906.htm

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4. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL NEWS RELEASE: "47,000 Older Adults Treated in Emergency Departments Annually for Fall Injuries Related to Walkers and Canes" (Jun. 29, 2009).

http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2009/r090629.htm

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5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY PERIODICAL: Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 69, No. 2, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 75p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v69n2/index.html

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6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATES, NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Personal Health Care Expenditures" (2008 edition, tables 8.1-8.4, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) have recently been updated.

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1218816&intNumPerPage=10

B. "CMS Proposes Policy, Payment Rate Changes for Services in Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers in 2010" (Jul. 1, 2009).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3471

C. "CMS Proposes Payment, Policy Changes for Physicians Services to Medicare Beneficiaries in 2010" (Jul. 1, 2009).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3469

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7. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Payment for Medicare Advantage Plans: Policy Issues and Options" (June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 48p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/09/medicareadvantage/index.shtml

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8. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENGERAL REPORT: "Medicare Part B Chemotherapy Administration: Payment And Policy" (OEI-09-08-00190, June 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-09-08-00190.pdf

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9. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Reverse Mortgages: Product Complexity and Consumer Protection Issues Underscore Need for Improved Controls over Counseling for Borrowers" (GAO-09-606, June 2009, .pdf format, 74p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-606

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10. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: The latest issue of "eNewsletter" (July 2009, Microsoft Word format, 13p.).

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/Enews/index.aspx

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11. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING REPORT, NEWS RELEASES:

A. "The state of our public hospitals, June 2009 report" (June 2009, .pdf format, 96p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-ahca-sooph-index09.htm

B. "Meeting the Needs of Older Australians: Additional Residential and Community Care Places" (Jun. 30, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je080.htm

C. "More than 2.7 Million Dollars Support for Older People from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds" (Jul. 2, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je083.htm

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12. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "An update on mammography use in Canada," by Margot Shields and Kathryn Wilkins (in _Health Reports_, Vol. 20, No. 3, June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-13).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/82-003-x2009003-eng.htm

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13. STATISTICS DENMARK FOCUS ON: "Early retirement pay" (June 2009).

http://www.dst.dk/HomeUK/Statistics/focus_on/focus_on_show.aspx?sci=1104

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14. GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE FOR SCOTLAND REPORT: "Centenarians in Scotland, 2002-2008" (June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/population/population-estimates-for-scottish-centenarians/centenarians-in-scotland-2002-2008/index.html

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15. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT, SNAPSHOT:

A. "English Life Tables No. 16 (2000-02)" (June 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=333

B. "Subnational population ageing: Oldest in West Somerset: (June 2009).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=2238

Focus on Older People:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/focuson/olderpeople/

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16. ECONOMIST SPECIAL REPORT: "A slow-burning fuse: Age is creeping up on the world, and any moment now it will begin to show. The consequences will be scary," by Barbara Beck (Jun. 25, 2009). Note: the report links to an audio interview with the author (running time 19 minutes, 45 seconds, click on "here" next to "Barbara Beck").

http://www.economist.com/specialreports/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13888045

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17. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISERS (AIFA) AND PRUDENTIAL UK report: "Financial Planning Through Retirement" (June 2009, .pdf format, 65p.).

http://www.pensions-institute.org/reports/Financial_Planning_Through_Retirement_report.pdf

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18. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU PERIODICAL: Today's Research on Aging (No. 17, April 2009, .pdf format, 6p.). The topic of this issue is "Social Support, Networks, and Happiness."

http://www.prb.org/TodaysResearch.aspx

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19. PEW RESEARCH CENTER REPORT: "Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality" (June 2009, .pdf format, 151p.).

http://pewsocialtrends.org/pubs/736/getting-old-in-america

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20. MEDSCAPE, VARIOUS: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Vitamin D Levels in Elders," by Allan S. Brett (Journal Watch General Medicine, June 2009).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/703976

B. "NAMS Position Statement on Estrogen and Progestogen in Postmenopausal Women" (June 2009).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/704910

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21. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Mental Rotation of Faces in Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Disease," by Cassandra A. Adduri and Jonathan J. Marotta (PLoS ONE 4(7): e6120. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006120, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 2009, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0006120

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22. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION MEDICAL NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES EXTRACT: "New Pain Guideline for Older Patients: Avoid NSAIDs, Consider Opioids," by Bridget M. Kuehn (Vol. 302, No. 1, p. 19).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/302/1/19

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23. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SPECIAL ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "The Effect of Medicare Part D on Drug and Medical Spending," by Yuting Zhang, Julie M. Donohue, Judith R. Lave, Gerald O'Donnell, and Joseph P. Newhouse (Vol. 361, No. 1, Jul. 1, 2009, p. 52-61).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/361/1/52

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24. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLES:

A. "Analysis of cost effectiveness of screening Danish men aged 65 for abdominal aortic aneurysm," by Lars Ehlers, Kim Overvad, Jan Sorensen, Soren Christensen, Merete Bech, and Mette Kjolby (BMJ 2009;338:b2243, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/338/jun24_2/b2243

B. "Value of routine monitoring of bone mineral density after starting bisphosphonate treatment: secondary analysis of trial data," by Katy J.L. Bell, Andrew Hayen, Petra Macaskill, Les Irwig, Jonathan C. Craig, Kristine Ensrud, and Douglas C. Bauer (BMJ 2009;338:b2266, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/338/jun23_2/b2266

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III. Working Papers:

25. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (THE WHARTON SCHOOL) [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "The Effect of Uncertain Labor Income and Social Security on Life-cycle Portfolios," by Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Ralph Rogalla (WP2009-06, June 2009, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=798

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26. BOSTON [MASSACHUSETTS] COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Capital Income Taxes With Heterogeneous Discount Rates," by Peter Diamond and Johannes Spinnewijn (WP 2009-14, June 2009, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/capital_income_taxes_with_heterogeneous_discount_rates.html

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27. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Cumulative Effects of Job Characteristics on Health," by Jason M. Fletcher, Jody L. Sindelar, and Shintaro Yamaguchi (w15121, June 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

We examine whether the job characteristics of physical demands and environmental conditions affect individuals health. Five-year cumulative measures of these job characteristics are used to reflect findings in the biologic and physiologic literature that indicate that cumulative exposure to hazards and stresses harms health. To create our analytic sample, we merge job characteristics from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles with the Panel Study of Income Dynamics dataset. We control for early and lagged health measures and a set of pre-determined characteristics to address concerns that individuals self-select into jobs. Our results indicate that individuals who work in jobs with the worst conditions experience declines in their health, though this effect varies by demographic group. For example, for non-white men, a one standard deviation increase in cumulative physical demands decreases health by an amount that offsets an increase of two years of schooling or four years of aging. We also find evidence that job characteristics are more detrimental to the health of females and older workers. Finally, we report suggestive evidence that earned income, another job characteristic, partially cushions the health impact of physical demands and harsh environmental conditions for workers. These results are robust to inclusion of occupation fixed effects.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15121

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28. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]:

A. "How Does Retirement Affect Health?" by Stefanie Behncke (Discussion Paper 4253, June 2009, .pdf format, 52p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/index_html?lang=en&mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract%3Fdp_id%3D4253

B. "Will You Still Need Me--When I'm 64?" by Jan C. van Ours (Discussion Paper 4264, June 2009, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/index_html?lang=en&mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract%3Fdp_id%3D4264

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29. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Participation in disability benefit programmes. A partial identification analysis of the British Attendance Allowance system," by Stephen Pudney (ISER Working Paper 2009-19, June 2009, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2009-19

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30. LONDON [UK] SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS SUNTORY AND TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL CENTRES FOR ECONOMICS AND RELATED DISCIPLINES (STICERD) ESRC RSEARCH CENTRE FOR ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION (CASE): "The relationship between womens work histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany," by Tom Sefton, Jane Falkingham, and Maria Evandrou (CASE/137, June 2009, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/case/_new/publications/abstract.asp?index=3439

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

31. Alzheimer's and Dementia (Vol. 5, No. 4, July 2009, Vol. 5, No. 4, Supplement, July 2009).

Vol. 5, No. 4:

http://www.alzheimersanddementia.org/issues/contents?issue_key=S1552-5260(09)X0004-X

Vol. 5, No. 4, Supplement: "Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease"

http://www.alzheimersanddementia.org/issues/contents?issue_key=S1552-5260(09)X0005-1

32. Dementia (Vol. 8, No. 3, August 2009).

http://dem.sagepub.com/content/vol8/issue3/

33. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 35, No. 6, June 2009).

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/uedg

34. International Social Security Review (Vol. 62, No. 3, July/September 2009).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118538866/home

35. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 23, No. 3, August 2009).

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

36. Journal of the American Geriatric Society (Vol. 57, No. 7, July 2009).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117995531/home

37. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 8, No. 3, July 2009).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=PEF&volumeId=8&issueId=03&iid=5880164

38. Journal of Social Work (Vol. 9, No. 3, July 2009).

http://jsw.sagepub.com/content/vol9/issue3/

39. Medical Care (Vol. 47, No. 7, July 2009).

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/toc/2009/07000

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40. 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 June 29, 2009:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 29, 2009:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 29, 2009:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of June 29, 2009:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of June 29, 2009:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of June 29, 2009:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

41. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 2, 2009.

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

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VI. Conferences:

42. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has recently released a list of selected conferences for July 2009.

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/events/events.aspx

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

43. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Reverse Mortgages: Leaving Seniors and Taxpayers on the Hook?" a hearing held Jun. 29, 2009 (.pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=315269&

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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.

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