Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #602 -- August 25, 2011

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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database:

- Data for Switzerland updated through 2009.

- Data for Sweden updated through 2010.

Data Availability:

http://www.mortality.org/cgi-bin/hmd/DataAvailability.php

Data Access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY POLICY REPORTS, PERIODICAL:

A. "Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2011," (August 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 189p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/2010-2011/africa/index.html

B. "SSI [Supplemental Security Income] Annual Statistical Report, 2010," (August 2011, .pdf, HTML, and Excel format, 163p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_asr/2010/index.html

C. _SSI [Supplemental Security Income] Monthly Statistics, July 2011_ (August 2011, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2011-07/index.html

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3. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES RESEARCH ARTICLE: "How Does the Volume of Post-acute Care Respond to Changes in the Payment Rate?" by Chapin White and Nguyen Nguyen (Medicare and Medicaid Research Review, Vol. 3, No. 1, August 2011, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.cms.gov/MMRR/Downloads/MMRR001_03_A01.pdf

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4. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF SAN FRANCISCO ECONOMIC LETTER: "Boomer Retirement: Headwinds for U.S. Equity Markets?" by Zheng Liu and Mark M. Spiegel (2011-26, August 22, 2011, HTML format).

http://www.frbsf.org/publications/economics/letter/2011/el2011-26.html

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5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Questionable Billing by Suppliers of Lower Limb Prostheses," (OEI-02-10-00170, August 2011, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-10-00170.asp

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6. PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION NEWS RELEASE: "PBGC's Plan for Regulatory Review," (August 2011, .pdf format, p.10).

http://www.pbgc.gov/documents/plan-for-regulatory-review.pdf

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7. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (August 22, 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

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

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8. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASES:

A. "HHS Tightens Financial Conflict of Interest Rules for Researchers" (Aug. 23, 2011).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2011/od-23.htm

B. "NIH releases best practices for combining qualitative and quantitative research" (Aug. 23, 2011).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2011/od-23a.htm

C. "Protein linked to Parkinson's disease may regulate fat metabolism," (August 25, 2011).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2011/nhlbi-25.htm

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9. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORTS:

A. "Use of antiresorptive agents for osteoporosis management," (August 2011, .pdf and Rich-text format, 48p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419752

B. "Population differences in health-care use for arthritis and osteoporosis in Australia," (August 2011, .pdf and Rich-text format, 61p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419754

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10. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION FACTSHEET: "Prevention of elder maltreatment (elder abuse)," (August 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/elder_abuse/en/index.html

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11. DEMOS [UK] REPORT: "The Truth About Suicide," by Louise Bazalgette, William Bradley, and Jenny Ousbey (August 2011, .pdf format, 113p.).

http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/thetruthaboutsuicide

For more information about Demos:

http://www.demos.co.uk/about

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12. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "Life Course Immunisation: Improving adult immunisation to support healthy ageing," by Rebecca Taylor (August 2011, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=98

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13. AARP REPORTS:

A. "The Employment Situation, July 2011: Little Improvement for Older Workers," by Sara E. Rix (August 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-08-2011/fs234-employment.html

B. "Summer Cooling Costs and Older Households - August 2011," by Ann McLarty Jackson and Neal Walters (August 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/money/low-income-assistance/info-07-2011/cooling-2011.html

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14. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "The Essentials: Falls and Fall Prevention," (August 2011, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/essentials/mmi-falls-fall-prevention-essentials.pdf

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15. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES REPORT: "Raising Medicares Eligibility Age Would Increase Overall Health Spending and Shift Costs to Seniors, States, and Employers," by Paul N. Van de Water (August 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3564

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16. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Aug. 19-Aug. 25, 2011).

http://www.cardi.ie/directory

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17. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "ADP ribosylation factor 6 (ARF6) controls amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing by mediating the endosomal sorting of BACE1," by Ragna Sannerud, Ilse Declerck, Aleksandar Peric, Tim Raemaekers, Guillermo Menendez, Lujia Zhou, Baert Veerle, Katrijn Coen, Sebastian Munck, Bart De Strooper, Giampietro Schiavo, and Wim Annaert (Vol. 108, No. 34, August 23, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. E559-E568). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/34/E559.abstract

B. "In vivo molecular imaging of peripheral amyloidosis using heparin-binding peptides," by Jonathan S. Wall, Tina Richey, Alan Stuckey, Robert Donnell, Sallie Macy, Emily B. Martin, Angela Williams, Keiichi Higuchi, and Stephen J. Kennel (Vol. 108, No. 34, August 23, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. E586-E594).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/34/E586.abstract

C. "Neuronal circuitry regulates the response of Caenorhabditis elegans to misfolded proteins," by Veena Prahlad and Richard I. Morimoto (Vol. 108, No. 34, August 23, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. 14204-14209). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/34/14204.abstract

D. "S-Nitrosylation activates Cdk5 and contributes to synaptic spine loss induced by {beta}-amyloid peptide," by Jing Qu, Tomohiro Nakamura, Gang Cao, Emily A. Holland, Scott R. McKercher, and Stuart A. Lipton (Vol. 108, No. 34, August 23, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. 14330-14335).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/34/14330.abstract

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18. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLES:

A. "Neurodegenerative Properties of Chronic Pain: Cognitive Decline in Patients with Chronic Pancreatitis," by Marijtje L. A. Jongsma, Simone A. E. Postma, Pierre Souren, Martijn Arns, Evian Gordon, Kris Vissers, Oliver Wilder-Smith, Clementina M. van Rijn, and Harry van Goor (PLoS ONE 6(8): e23363. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023363, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0023363

B. "Improved Immunodetection of Endogenous {alpha}-Synuclein," by Byung Rho Lee and Tetsu Kamitani (PLoS ONE 6(8): e23939. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023939, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0023939

C. "Characterisation and Carriage Ratio of Clostridium difficile Strains Isolated from a Community-Dwelling Elderly Population in the United Kingdom," by Fabio Miyajima, Paul Roberts, Andrew Swale, Valerie Price, Maureen Jones, Michael Horan, Nicholas Beeching, Jonathan Brazier, Christopher Parry, Neil Pendleton, and Munir Pirmohamed (PLoS ONE 6(8): e22804. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022804, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0022804

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19. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles. "The effects of the cardiac myosin activator, omecamtiv mecarbil, on cardiac function in systolic heart failure: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover, dose-ranging phase 2 trial," by John G.F. Cleland, John R. Teerlink, Roxy Senior, Evgeny M. Nifontov, John J.V. Mc Murray, Chim C. Lang, Vitaly A. Tsyrlin, Barry H. Greenberg, Jamil Mayet, Darrel P. Francis, Tamaz Shaburishvili, Mark Monaghan, Mitchell Saltzberg, Ludwig Neyses, Scott M. Wasserman, Jacqueline H. Lee, Khalil G. Saikali, Cyril P. Clarke, Jonathan H. Goldman, Andrew A. Wolff, and Fady I. Malik (Vol. 378, No. 9792, August 20, 2011, p. 676-683).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961126-4/abstract

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20. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE, COMMENTARY ABSTRACTS:

A. "Association of ICU or Hospital Admission With Unintentional Discontinuation of Medications for Chronic Diseases," by Chaim M. Bell, Stacey S. Brener, Nadia Gunraj, Cindy Huo, Arlene S. Bierman, Damon C. Scales, Jana Bajcar, Merrick Zwarenstein, and David R. Urbach (Vol. 306, No. 8, August 24/31, 2011, p. 840-847).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/8/840.abstract

B. "Progression of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Risk of Heart Failure," by Garvan C. Kane, Barry L. Karon, Douglas W. Mahoney, Margaret M. Redfield, Veronique L. Roger, John C. Burnett, Jr, Steven J. Jacobsen, and Richard J. Rodeheffer (Vol. 306, No. 8, August 24/31, 2011, p. 856-863).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/8/856.abstract

C. "The Older Smoker," by Bethea A. Kleykamp and Stephen J. Heishman (Vol. 306, No. 8, August 24/31, 2011, p. 876-877).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/8/876.extract

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III. Working Papers:

21. CENTER FOR FAMILY AND DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH [BOWLING GREEN UNIVERSITY]: "Negative and Positive Caregiving Experiences: A Closer Look at the Intersection of Gender and Relationship," by I-Fen Lin, Holly R. Fee, and Hsueh-Sheng Wu (Working Paper No. 2011-07, August 2011, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

Using data from the 2004 wave of the National Long-Term Care Survey, we examined how negative and positive caregiving experiences differ by caregivers' gender and relationship to care recipients. We further considered how their caregiving experiences are affected by caregivers' demographic characteristics, care recipients' problem behavior and dependency, caregivers' involvement, reciprocal help from care recipients, and social support available for caregivers. We found that female and adult-child caregivers, in general, reported having had more negative experiences than male and spouse caregivers, respectively. Wife caregivers were least likely to report positive experiences. We also found different risk factors for negative and positive caregiving experiences, and these factors varied depending on caregivers' gender and relationship to the care recipient. The findings underscore the heterogeneity of caregiving experiences. To sustain informal care, state and local agencies need to tailor services to wife, husband, daughter, and son caregivers unique needs.

http://www.bgsu.edu/downloads/cas/file99716.pdf

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22. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Health and Mortality Delta: Assessing the Welfare Cost of Household Insurance Choice," by Ralph Koijen, Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, and Motohiro Yogo (w17325, August 2011, .pdf format, 68p.).

Abstract:

We develop a pair of risk measures for the universe of health and longevity products that includes life insurance, annuities, and supplementary health insurance. Health delta measures the differential payoff that a policy delivers in poor health, while mortality delta measures the differential payoff that a policy delivers at death. Optimal portfolio choice simplifies to the problem of choosing a combination of health and longevity products that replicates the optimal exposure to health and mortality delta. For each household in the Health and Retirement Study, we calculate the health and mortality delta implied by its ownership of life insurance, annuities including private pensions, supplementary health insurance, and long-term care insurance. For the median household aged 51 to 58, the lifetime welfare cost of market incompleteness and suboptimal portfolio choice is 28 percent of total wealth.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17325

B. "Financial Literacy, Retirement Planning, and Household Wealth," by Maarten van Rooij, Annamaria Lusardi, and Rob J. Alessie (w17339, August 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

There is ample empirical evidence documenting widespread financial illiteracy and limited pension knowledge. At the same time, the distribution of wealth is widely dispersed and many workers arrive on the verge of retirement with few or no personal assets. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between financial literacy and household net worth, relying on comprehensive measures of financial knowledge designed for a special module of the Dutch Central Bank Household Survey (DHS). Our findings provide evidence of a strong positive association between financial literacy and net worth, even after controlling for many determinants of wealth. Moreover, we discuss two channels through which financial literacy might facilitate wealth accumulation. First, financial knowledge increases the likelihood of investing in the stock market, allowing individuals to benefit from the equity premium. Second, financial literacy is positively related to retirement planning, and the development of a savings plan has been shown to boost wealth. Overall, financial literacy, both directly and indirectly, is found to have a strong link to household wealth.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17339

C. "Nonparametric Evidence on the Effects of Financial Incentives on Retirement Decisions," by Dayanand S. Manoli and Andrea Weber (w17320, August 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

This paper presents new empirical evidence on the effects of retirement benefits on labor force participation decisions. We use administrative data on the census of private sector employees in Austria and variation from mandated discontinuous changes in retirement benefits from the Austrian pension system. We present graphical evidence documenting labor supply responses to the policy discontinuities. Next, we develop nonparametric procedures to estimate labor supply elasticities based on the graphical evidence and mandated financial incentives. We estimate elasticities of 0.12 for men and 0.38 for women. These relatively low elasticities highlight that many retirement decisions are likely to be affected by factors beyond only financial incentives from retirement benefits.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17320

D. "Was What Ail'd Ya' What Kill'd Ya'?" by Robert W. Fogel, Louis Cain, Joseph Burton, and Brian Bettenhausen (w17322, August 2011, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Making use of those Union Army veterans for whom death certificates are available, we compare the conditions with which they were diagnosed by Civil War pension surgeons to the causes of death on the certificates. We divide the data between those veterans who entered the pension system early because of war injuries and those who entered the pension system after the 1890 reform that made it available to many more veterans. We examine the correlation between specific conditions and death causes to gauge support for the hypothesis that death is attributable to something specific. We also examine the correlation between the accumulation of rated conditions to time until death to gauge support for the 'insult hypothesis.' In general, we find support for both hypotheses. Examining the hazard ratios for dying of a specific condition, there is support for the idea that what ail'd ya' is what kill'd ya'.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17322

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23. RAND CORPORATION: "Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work? Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt," by Nicole Maestas, Kathleen J. Mullen, and Alexander Strand (WR-865-2, March 2011, .pdf format, 44p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR853-2.html

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24. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]: "A Gravity Model of Mortality Rates for Two Related Populations," by Kevin Dowd, Andrew J.G. Cairns, David Blake, Guy D. Coughlan, and Marwa Khalaf-Allah (Discussion Paper PI-1110, August 2011, .pdf format, 24p.).

Abstract:

The mortality rate dynamics between two related but different-sized populations are modeled consistently using a new stochastic mortality model that we call the gravity model. The larger population is modeled independently, and the smaller population is modeled in terms of spreads (or deviations) relative to the evolution of the former, but the spreads in the period and cohort effects between the larger and smaller populations depend on gravity or spread reversion parameters for the two effects. The larger the two gravity parameters, the more strongly the smaller population's mortality rates move in line with those of the larger population in the long run. This is important where it is believed that the mortality rates between related populations should not diverge over time on grounds of biological reasonableness. The model is illustrated using an extension of the Age-Period-Cohort model and mortality rate data for English and Welsh males representing a large population and the Continuous Mortality Investigation assured male lives representing a smaller related population.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1110.pdf

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25. WORLD BANK: "Upgrading investment regulations in second pillar pension systems: a proposal for Colombia," by Pablo Castaneda and Heinz P. Rudolph (Working Paper No. 5775, August 2011, .pdf and ASCII text format, 52p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20110823090344

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26. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilations are for Aug. 15, 2011.

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-age/

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

27. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 15, No. 7, 2011).

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/camh20/current

28. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 5, Sep. 1, 2011).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol174/issue5/index.dtl?etoc

29. Medical Care (Vol. 49, No. 9, September 2011).

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/pages/currenttoc.aspx

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30. 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 August 22, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 22, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 22, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 22, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 22, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 22, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

31. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Behavioral and Social Genomics of Aging: Opportunities in the Health and Retirement Study (R01)," (PA-11-318, National Institute on Aging, application deadlines are February 5, June 5, and October 5).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-318.html

B. "Single Cell Studies in Aging Research (R01)," (PA-11-320, National Institute on Aging, application deadlines are February 5, June 5, and October 5). Note: There is a companion award "Single Cell Studies in Aging Research (R21)," (PA-11-321). A link to that program announcement is included under "Companion FOA."

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-320.html

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32. INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS AND EVALUATION [UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON] FELLOWSHIP: "Post-Graduate Fellowship Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Call for Applications," (August 2011, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/sites/default/files/jobs/PGF%20Job%20Announcement_2012.pdf

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33. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Aug. 25, 2011.

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

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Charlie

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