Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #297--July 28, 2005


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:


I. Data:

1. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: "2003 PSID Individual Data by Years," (July 26, 2005). "A complete codebook is now available in the data center, or FTP. Summary variables (ER32001-ER32049) contain values current as of the 2003 wave."

2. HRS: "HRS 2001 HUMS College Tuition Imputation Release (Version 1)," (Health and Retirement Study, July 27, 2005).


II. Reports and articles:

3. GAO CORRESPONDENCE: "The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Fiscal Year 2004 Management Representation Letter on Its Financial Statements," (US Government Accountability Office, GAO-05-610R , July 2005, .pdf format, 18p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:


A. "The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, by Total Expenses for the Elderly and Near Elderly in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002", by Marie N. Stagnitti (Statistical Brief #91, July 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Attitude Regarding Need for Help from Medical Professionals: Adults Age 18 and Over, 1987 and 2002", by Kelly Carper and Steve Machlin (Statistical Brief #92, July 2005, .pdf format, 6p.).

5. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Combination Hormone/Vaccine Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Benefit Patients Whose Disease Returns," (July 25, 2005).

6. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE PAPER: "Dual Eligibles: Medicaid Enrollment and Spending for Medicare Beneficiaries in 2003," by John Holahan and Arunabh Ghosh (July 2005, .pdf format, 23p.).

7. BROOKINGS INSTITUTE REPORT: "Can Rich Countries Afford to Grow Old?" by Gary Burtless (July 2005, .pdf format, 31p.).

8. ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Shifting risk: Workers today near retirement more vulnerable and with lower pensions," by Lee Price (Issue Brief #213, July 2005, .pdf and HTML format, 5p.).



9. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT: "Medicare at 40: Past Accomplishments
and Future Challenges," (July 2005, .pdf format, 17p.).

10. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, July 2005, .pdf format, 7p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

11. INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH [UK] PRESS RELEASE: "Public are not convinced they will live longer," (July 25, 2005).

For information on ordering "Working Later: raising the effective age of retirement":


A. "Older Adults' Engagement Should Be Recognized and Encouraged," by Sheila R. Zedlewski and Simone G. Schaner (Perspectives on Productive Aging Brief #1, July 2005, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Satisfaction and Engagement in Retirement," by Barbara Butrica and Simone Schaner (Perspectives on Productive Aging Brief #2, July 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

C. "Many Older Americans Engage in Caregiving Activities," by Richard Johnson and Simone Schaner (Perspectives on Productive Aging Brief #3, July 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

13. COMMONWEALTH FUND REPORT: "The Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey: Assessing Health Care Experts' Views on Medicare and Its Future," (July 2005, .pdf and HTML format).

14. OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS [UK] ARTICLE: "Private pension contributions: updated estimates 1996-2004," by Pauline Penneck and Geoff Tily (July 2005, .pdf format, 11p.).

15. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Community Aged Care Packages in Australia 2003-04," (Aged Care Statistics Series no. 21, July 2005, .pdf format, 53p.).

16. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Regulation of NMDA receptor trafficking by amyloid-{beta}," by Eric M. Snyder, Yi Nong, Claudia G. Almeida, Surojit Paul, Timothy Moran, Eun Young Choi, Angus C. Nairn, Michael W. Salter, Paul J Lombroso, Gunnar K. Gouras, and Paul Greengard (_Nature Neuroscience_, Vol. 8, No. 8, August 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1051-1058).

17. _NATURE_ LETTER ABSTRACT: "Molecular recycling within amyloid fibrils," by Natàlia Carulla, Gemma L. Caddy, Damien R. Hall, Jesús Zurdo, Margarida Gairí, Miguel Feliz, Ernest Giralt, Carol V. Robinson and Christopher M. Dobson (_Nature_, Vol. 436, No. 7050, July 28, 2005, .pdf and HTML format. p. 554-558).

18. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Amyloid ion channels: A common structural link for protein-misfolding disease," by Arjan Quist, Ivo Doudevski, Hai Lin, Rushana Azimova, Douglas Ng, Blas Frangione, Bruce Kagan, Jorge Ghiso, and Ratnesh Lal (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 102, No. 30, July 26, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 10427-10432).


A. "Risk of Prostate Cancer-Specific Mortality Following Biochemical Recurrence After Radical Prostatectomy," by Stephen J. Freedland, Elizabeth B. Humphreys, Leslie A. Mangold, Mario Eisenberger, Frederick J. Dorey, Patrick C. Walsh, and Alan W. Partin (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 294, No. 4, July 27, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 433-439).

B. "Pretreatment PSA Velocity and Risk of Death From Prostate Cancer Following External Beam Radiation Therapy," by Anthony V. D'Amico, Andrew A. Renshaw, Brenda Sussman, and Ming-Hui Chen (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 294, No. 4, July 27, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 440-447).

C. "Hypertension in Adults Across the Age Spectrum: Current Outcomes and Control in the Community," by Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, Jane C. Evans, and Daniel Levy (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 294, No. 4, July 27, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 466-472).

NIH Press Release:

D. "Delivery of Preventive Services to Older Adults by Primary Care Physicians," by Hoangmai H. Pham, Deborah Schrag, J. Lee Hargraves, and Peter B. Bach (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 294, No. 4, July 27, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 473-481).

20. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Aging: Small Is Beautiful," by Claudia Kalb and Vanessa Juarez (August 1, 2005).


III. Working Papers:

21. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Adult children's distress and their parents' well-being", by Emily A. Greenfield and Nadine F. Marks (WP 2004-27, 2005, .pdf format, 29p.).


This study investigated linkages between adult children's distress and their parents' psychological and relational well-being. Multivariate regression models were estimated based on data from 1,129 parents whose youngest child was at least 19 years old in the 1995 National Survey of Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS). Results indicated that participants whose adult children experienced more types of distress reported more negative affect, less positive affect, less self-acceptance, poorer overall parent-child relationship quality, and more family relationship strain. The problematic associations between adult children's distress and overall parent-child relationship quality, as well as between adult children's distress and negative affect, were stronger for parents coresiding with an adult child and/or grandchild. These results are consistent with the family life course perspective, which conceptualizes parents and children as occupying mutually influential interlocking developmental trajectories throughout their lives.

22. MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH [UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE]: "Health Status and Labour Force Status of Older Working-Age Australian Men," by Lixin Cai and Guyonne Kalb (Melbourne Institute Working Paper no. 9/05, July 2005, .pdf format, 37p.).


The trend of declining labour force participation by older working-age men, combined with an ageing population, has led many industrialised nations to develop policies encouraging older male workers to remain in the labour force. A better understanding of how an individual's health influences the labour force participation decision among this group of workers would facilitate the development of effective policies. The current research uses the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey to investigate the issue. The longitudinal nature of the three-wave HILDA data, which are currently available, allows for a better control for unobserved heterogeneity than was possible with earlier data. Therefore, more efficient estimates of the direct health effects on labour force participation can be obtained than in a cross-sectional analysis. Unobserved factors are likely to affect both health and labour force status, therefore we estimate a model that takes the correlation between the two error terms in the health and labour force status equations into account. The results show that controlling for unobserved heterogeneity and the correlation between the two equations is important. That is, the estimated variances of the unobserved heterogeneity terms are significantly different from zero in both equations and the two error terms are correlated. Any restriction on the correlation between the two equations appears to lead to underestimation of the direct health effects.


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

23. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 95, No. 8, August 1, 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and EBSCO Host Academic Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

24. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 24, No. 4, August 1, 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

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Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 53, no. SUPP/7, 2005).


26. 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 July 27, 2005:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of July 27, 2005:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of July 27, 2005:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of July 27, 2005:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of July 27, 2005:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of July 27, 2005:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

27. NIH: "Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)," (National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-05-143, July 22, 2005).


VI. Conferences:

28. CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF AGING [ALBANY, NY]: "Enhancing Lifelong Health and Fitness: Exercising Body and Mind After Age Sixty," is a conference to be held September 22-24, 2005 (Clifton Park, NY). "A national, three-day, participatory workshop-conference for health care and fitness professionals to enhance skills in motivating and communicating with older adults."


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Old Scams - New Victims: Breaking The Cycle of Victimization," a hearing held July 27, 2005.

Hearing testimony (PDF format):




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