Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #344--June 29, 2006


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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: HRS at the University of Michigan has released the following data: HRS 2002 Core Final Release (Version 2.0) (June 22, 2006).

Data access:

2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: _2005 National Health Interview Survey Data Release_. NCHS has released the 2005 NHIS data and supporting documentation. Data is available in Windows based self-decompressing (.exe) ASCII format, with documentation available in .pdf format. SAS, SPSS, and Stata programming statements are provided for each file.


II. Reports and articles:


A. "National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2004 Summary," by Esther Hing, Donald K. Cherry, and David A. Woodwell (Advance data No. 374, June 2006, .pdf format, 34p.).

B "National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2004 Outpatient Department Summary," by Kimberly R. Middleton, and Esther Hing (Advance data No. 373, June 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

C. "National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2004 Emergency Department Summary," by Linda F. McCaig and Eric W. Nawar (Advance data No. 372, June 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

D. "Use of Computerized Medical Records in Home Health and Hospice Agencies: United States, 2000," by William S. Pearsonb and Anita R. Bercovitz (_Vital and Health Statistics_, Series 13, No. 161, June 2006, .pdf format, 14p.).

4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, REPORT: "A Comparison of Average Sales Price to Widely Available Market Prices: Fourth Quarter 2005," (OEI-03-05-00430, June 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).


According to Section 1847A(d)(3)(C) of the Social Security Act, OIG shall inform the Secretary if OIG finds that the ASP for a drug or biological exceeds widely available market price for such drug or biological by 5 percent. If this criterion is met, the lesser of 103 percent of the AMP for the drug or the widely available market price for the drug shall be substituted for the ASP-based payment amount. OIG found that 5 of the 9 procedure codes included in our sample met or surpassed the 5-percent threshold defined by the Act. For these 5 codes, the difference between ASP and widely available market price ranged from 17 to 185 percent. OIG estimates that Medicare expenditures would be reduced by as much as $67 million in 2006 if reimbursement amounts were lowered to the widely available market price for these five codes. CMS shares OIG's concern that Medicare pay appropriately for Part B drugs, and states that our findings are helpful to its ongoing efforts to enhance implementation of the ASP methodology. However, CMS believes that Medicare savings would be substantially less than the amount originally estimated in the report because the report does not reflect the downward trend in drug prices and Medicare reimbursement that has occurred for some drugs since our analysis.

5. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS ARTICLE: "Working until 65 rather unpopular," (June 20, 2006).

6. SCOTTISH WIDOWS REPORT: "The Scottish Widows UK Pensions Report: A Major Assessment of Pensions Savings Behaviour," (June 2006, .pdf format, 33p.).

Scroll down to full-report link at the end of the page.

7. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "Funding boost for age-friendly communities," (June 26, 2006).

8. _MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT_ EARLY RELEASE REPORT: " Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," (Vol. 55, June 28, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1-42).



9. _NATURE_ LETTER ABSTRACT: "Drosophila pink1 is required for mitochondrial function and interacts genetically with parkin p1162," by Ira E. Clark, Mark W. Dodson, Changan Jiang, Joseph H. Cao, Jun R. Huh, Jae Hong Seol, Soon Ji Yoo, Bruce A. Hay and Ming Guo (Vol. 441, No. 7097, June 29, 2006, p. 1162-1166).

10. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Control of microglial neurotoxicity by the fractalkine receptor," by Astrid E. Cardona, Erik P. Pioro, Margaret E. Sasse, Volodymyr Kostenko, Sandra M. Cardona, Ineke M. Dijkstra, DeRen Huang, Grahame Kidd, Stephen Dombrowski, RanJan Dutta, Jar-Chi Lee, Donald N. Cook, Steffen Jung, Sergio A. Lira, Dan R. Littman, and Richard M. Ransohoff (Vol. 9, No. 7, July 2006, p. 917-924).

11. _SCIENCE_ PERSPECTIVE ABSTRACT: "Redistributing Work in Aging Europe," by James W. Vaupel and Elke Loichinger (Vol. 312, No. 5782, June 30, 2006, p. 1911-1913).

12. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Hippocampal disconnection contributes to memory dysfunction in individuals at risk for Alzheimer's disease," by Travis R. Stoub, Leyla deToledo-Morrell, Glenn T. Stebbins, Sue Leurgans, David A. Bennett, and Raj C. Shah (Vol. 103, No. 26, June 27, 2006, p. 10041-10045). Note: _PNAS_ is providing Open Access to the full-text of this article.

13. _NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A Controlled Trial of Homocysteine Lowering and Cognitive Performance," by Jennifer A. McMahon, Timothy J. Green, C. Murray Skeaff, Robert G. Knight, Jim I. Mann, and Sheila M. Williams (Vol. 354, No. 26, June 29, 2006, p. 2764-2772).


A. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Zopiclone for Treatment of Chronic Primary Insomnia in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial, by Børge Sivertsen, Siri Omvik, Ståle Pallesen, Bjørn Bjorvatn, Odd E. Havik, Gerd Kvale, Geir Høstmark Nielsen, and Inger Hilde Nordhus (Vol. 295, No. 24, June 28, 2006, p. 2851-2858).

B. "Diurnal Blood Pressure Pattern and Risk of Congestive Heart Failure," by Erik Ingelsson, Kristina Björklund-Bodegård, Lars Lind, Johan Ärnlöv, and Johan Sundström (Vol. 295, No. 24, June 28, 2006, p. 2859-2866).


A. "A Requiem for Pensions," by Jane Bryant Quinn (July 3-10, 2006).

B. "Health: Rebuilding Your Body," by Raina Kelley (July 3-10, 2006).

16. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report," (International Longevity Center, USA, June 2006, .pdf format, 5p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."


III. Working Papers:

17. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Consumption Over the Life Cycle: The Role of Annuities," by Gary D. Hansen and Selahattin Imrohoroglu (Working Paper No. w12341, June 2006, .pdf format, 32p.).


We explore the quantitative implications of uncertainty about the length of life and a lack of annuity markets for life cycle consumption in a general equilibrium overlapping generations model in which markets are otherwise complete. Empirical studies find that consumption tends to rise early in life, peak around age 45-55, and to decline after that. Our calibrated model exhibits life cycle consumption that is consistent with this pattern. This follows from the fact that, due to a lack of annuity markets, households discount the future more heavily as they age and their probability of survival falls. Once an unfunded social security system is introduced, the profile is still hump shaped, but the decline in consumption does not begin until after retirement in our base case. Adding a bequest motive causes this decline to begin at a younger age.

18. POPULATION AGING RESEARCH CENTER [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: "Rate of Decline in Alzheimer's Disease Measured by a Dementia," by Sharon X. Xie, Douglas C. Ewbank, Jesse Chittams, Jason H.T. Karlawish, Steven E. Arnold, and Christopher M. Clark (WPS 06-03, June 2006, .pdf format, 2p.). Note: The full-text of this working paper is not available. "Requests for unpublished papers should be sent to"


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

19. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 10, No. 4, July 2006).

20. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 96, No. 7, July 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

21. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 61, No. 6, June 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and issue.

22. Medical Care (Vol. 44, No. 7, July 2006).

23. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

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Health and Social Work (Vol. 31, No. 2, 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and issue.


24. 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 28, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 28, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 28, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of June 28, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of June 28, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of June 28, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

25. UNIVERSAL PUBLISHERS: _Old Age is a Terminal Illness: How I Learned to Age Gracefully and Conquer My Fear of Dying_ by Alma H. Bond (2006, ISBN: 1581129041, 185p.). Note: You can browse the first twenty-five pages (.pdf format).


VI. Conferences/Call for Papers:

26. SOCIETY OF ACTUARIES: "Retirement Spending and Changing Needs During the Retirement Period - Call for Papers." "This call for papers focuses on understanding needs and spending in the post-retirement period, as defined as the period after leaving full-time work. Most individuals self-identify themselves as 'retired' when they retire from full-time work in their primary occupation. These people may still be working, on a part-time or project basis, or may shift back to full-time work for short periods. However, most individuals will start to draw some retirement income during this phase. Submit an electronic abstract or outline for your proposed paper by August 15, 2006."


VII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "The Globalization of Health Care: Can Medical Tourism Reduce Health Care Costs?" a hearing held June 27, 2006.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):

B. "Meeting the Challenges of Medicare Drug Benefit Implementation," a hearing held February 2, 2005 (S. Hrg. 109-389. .pdf and ASCII text format, 197p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "109-389" (without the quotes).

28. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT REVENUE MEASURES, HEARING PUBLICATION: "Funding Rules for Multiemployer Defined Benefit Plans in H.R. 2830, the 'Pension Protection Act of 2005,'" a hearing held June 28, 2005 (Serial No. 109-48, .pdf format, 59p.).




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