Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #358--October 12, 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:


A. The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced: "2004 HRS Core (Final Release, Version 1.0): Corrections to the secondary ID variables in all the non-respondent level files."

Data access:

B. "A new version of the Overview of HRS Public Data Files for Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Analysis has been added to the User Guide page." (October 2006, .pdf format, 33p.).

User guide page:

C. "RAND HRS Data: RAND HRS data files have been updated on the HRS web site in the data download area and the codebook has been updated."

2. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: HMD has updated data for Portugal and Russia through 2005.

For data access click on "Change/Reset Password under "User Registration" on the left side of the page.

3. INTEGRATED PUBLIC USE MICRODATA SERIES: The University of Minnesota's IPUMS project announced the release of the 2005 American Community Survey.

Data can be accessed at:

II. Reports and articles:

4. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Provisional Report. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2005" (Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 232, October 2006, .pdf format, 244p.).

5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL: "International Update, September 2006" (September 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


A. "Decision Memo for Hepatitis Panel/Acute Hepatitis Panel (Addition of ICD-9-CM 790.5, Other nonspecific abnormal serum enzyme levels, as a covered indication) (CAG-00335N, October 2006, HTML and .pdf format.)

B. "Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT) (Addition of ICD-9-CM V58.83, Encounter for therapeutic drug monitoring, as a covered indication)"(CAG-00338N. October 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

C. "Prothrombin Time (PT) (Addition of ICD-9-CM V58.83, Encounter for therapeutic drug monitoring, as a covered indication) (CAG-00339N, October 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

D. "Decision Memo for Thyroid Testing (Addition of ICD-9-CM 783.0, Anorexia, as a covered indication) (CAG-00337N, October 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

7. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Integrity Program: Agency Approach for Allocating Funds Should Be Revised" (GAO-06-813, September 2006, .pdf format, 45p.).

8. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Carrier Determination of Copayments for Medicare Mental Health Services" (OEI-09-04-00221, October 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).


OIG found that beneficiary copayments can be more than double for the same mental health service based on the beneficiary's geographic location. Carriers inconsistently apply the "outpatient mental health treatment limitation" (the limitation), causing these disparities in copayments. In addition, carriers are incorrectly applying the limitation to claims for medical management services for beneficiaries diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Over a 4-year period, Medicare underpaid $27 million for these services, passing the costs on to beneficiaries in the form of higher copayments. To address these issues, OIG recommends that CMS issue new guidance to its carriers regarding the limitation and ensure that the limitation is consistently applied among all carriers. In addition, OIG recommends that CMS require its carriers to adjust the copayments for the beneficiaries who were overcharged. CMS plans to issue more precise guidance to its carriers, post educational materials to its Web site, and to the extent it is feasible, require its carriers to reopen and adjust incorrectly processed claims.


A. "Researchers Publish Results of Largest Genome-Wide Linkage Study of Prostate Cancer Among African American Men: Collaborative Effort May Open Doors to Improved Diagnosis and Treatment" (Oct. 11, 2006).

B. "New Nationwide Study Will Evaluate Effect of Antioxidants and Fish Oil on Progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): Nearly 100 Clinical Centers Are Now Seeking 4,000 Study Participants Ages 50 - 85 Who Have AMD" (Oct. 12, 2006).

10. NORTH DAKOTA STATE DATA CENTER REPORT: "Age Distribution in North Dakota: Census 2000 and the July 1, 2005 Estimate" (Population Bulletin, Vol. 22, No. 10, October 2006, .pdf format, 3p.).

11. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT AGING SOCIETY PROGRAMME PERIODICAL: Pension Markets in Focus (No. 3, October 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).,2340,en_2649_37435_36082019_1_1_1_37435,00.html

12. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "National indicators for monitoring osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis" (Arthritis series No. 2, October 2006, .pdf format, 56p.).


A. "Boomer Wealth: Beware of the Median," by John Gist (Data Digest, September 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Retirement Plan Coverage of Boomers: Analysis of 2003 SIPP (Survey of Income and Program Participation) Data," by Satyendra Verma (Research Report, August 2006, .pdf format, 50p.).

C. "Minimum Benefits in Social Security," by Melissa M. Favreault, Gordon B.T. Mermin, and C. Eugene Steuerle (Research Report, August 2006, .pdf format, 66p.).

D. "AARP Election Watch 2006: Pulse of a Generation," by Curt Davies and William E. Wright (October 2006). The latest issue is "Healthcare Coverage"(.pdf format, 19p.).

E. "Business Executives' Attitudes Toward the Aging Workforce: Aware But Not Prepared?" (BusinessWeek Research Services, October 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

F. "Stem Cell Wars" (AARP Prime Time Radio, Oct. 10, 2006, RealPlayer plug-in or helper application needed to hear this audio transcript, running time, 23 minutes, 29 seconds).

Click on "Listen" under "Stem Cell Wars"

Note: This is a temporary address. These shows are archived at:

14. MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW ARTICLE: "The 'sandwich generation': women caring for parents and children," by Charles R. Pierret (Monthly Labor Review, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Vol. 129, No. 9, September 2006, .pdf format, p.3-9).

15. CONSUMER'S UNION REPORT: "Not Low Enough: Medicare Part D "Donut Hole" Prices Compared with Retail and VA Prices" (October 2006, .pdf format, 78p.).

More information about Consumers Union:


A. "Poverty of Elderly People in EU25," by Asghar Zaidi (August 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Pension Policy in EU25 and its Possible Impact on Elderly Poverty," by Asghar Zaidi (September 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).

More information on ECSWP:

17. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "DJ-1, a cancer- and Parkinson's disease-associated protein, stabilizes the antioxidant transcriptional master regulator Nrf2," by Casey M. Clements, Richard S. McNally, Brian J. Conti, Tak W. Mak, and Jenny P.-Y. Ting (Vol. 103, No. 41, Oct. 10, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 15091-15096). This article is freely available to the public.

18. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS EXTRACT: "Aging Brings New Challenges for Polio Survivors," by Mike Mitka (Vol. 296, No. 4, Oct. 11, 2006, p. 1718-1719).


A. "Effectiveness of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease," by Lon S. Schneider,Pierre N. Tariot, Karen S. Dagerman,, Sonia M. Davis, John K. Hsiao, M. Saleem Ismail, Barry D. Lebowitz, Constantine G. Lyketsos, J. Michael Ryan, T. Scott Stroup, David L. Sultzer, Daniel Weintraub, and Jeffrey A. Lieberman (Vol. 355, No. 15, Oct. 12, 2006, p. 1525-1538).

B. "Alzheimer's Disease -- Clinical Trials and the Logic of Clinical Purpose (Editorial Extract, Vol. 355, No. 15, Oct. 12, 2006, p. 1604-1606).


III. Working Papers:

20. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Age Patterns of Disease Incidences in the U.S. Elderly: Population-Based Analysis," by Igor Akushevich, Alexander Kulminshi, Lucy Akushevich, and Kenneth G. Manton (TRENDS Working Paper No. 06-6, October 2006, .pdf format, 17p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

21. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER. MRRC has released several working papers. Links to abstracts and full texts are available from:

The recently released papers are 2006-123 -- 2006-131.

22. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF POPULATION RESEARCH: "Socioeconomic differences in health among older adults in Mexico," by Kimberly V. Smith and Noreen Goldman (WP 2006-07, September 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).


Although the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and health is well-established in developed countries, few studies have examined this association in developing countries, particularly among older cohorts. We use the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), a nationally representative survey of Mexicans age 50 and older, to investigate the linkages between three indicators of SES (education, income, and net wealth) and a set of health outcomes and behaviors in urban and non-urban areas of Mexico. We consider three measures of current health (self-rated health and two measures of physical functioning) and three behavioral indicators (obesity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption). We find substantial differences in the SES-health relationship by area of residence. In urban areas, patterns are similar to those in developed countries: higher SES individuals are more likely to report better health than their lower SES counterparts, regardless of the SES measure considered. In contrast, we find few significant SES-health associations in non-urban areas. The results for health behaviors are generally similar between the two areas of residence. One exception is the education-obesity relationship, which is negative in urban areas and positive in non-urban ones. Contrary to patterns in the industrialized world, income is positively associated with obesity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption in both urban and non-urban areas. The analysis also identifies sex differences in the SES-health relationship, with smaller SES differentials in health found among women. The results suggest that further economic development in Mexico may lead to a widening of socioeconomic inequalities in health. The study also provides insight into why socioeconomic gradients in health are weak among Mexican-Americans in the U.S. and underscores the importance of understanding health inequalities in Latin America for research on Hispanic health in the U.S.

23. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH [ROSTOCK, GERMANY]: "10 years after Kannisto: further evidence for mortality decline at advanced ages in developed countries," by Roland Rau, Eugeny Soroko, Domantas Jasilionis, and James W. Vaupel (WP-2006-033, October 2006, .pdf format, 20p.).


A. "Inheritance and Saving," by David Joulfaian (w12569, October 2006, .pdf format, 24p.).


This paper explores the effects of inheritances on the saving of recipients. Information on inheritances and heirs is obtained from estate tax records of decedents which are linked to the income tax records of beneficiaries. The observed pattern of wealth mobility within two years of the receipt of inheritances and multivariate analyses show that wealth increases by less than the full amount of the inheritance received. Similarly, and consistent with previous findings, large inheritances are found to depress labor force participation.

B. "Labor Market Shocks and Retirement: Do Government Programs Matter?" by Courtney C. Coile and Phillip B. Levine (w12559, October 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).


This paper examines how unemployment affects retirement and whether the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system and Social Security (SS) system affect how older workers respond to labor market shocks. To do so, we use pooled cross-sectional data from the March Current Population Survey (CPS) as well as March CPS files matched between one year and the next and longitudinal data from the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS). We find that downturns in the labor market increase retirement transitions. The magnitude of this effect is comparable to that associated with moderate changes in financial incentives to retire and to the threat of a health shock to which older workers are exposed. Interestingly, retirements only increase in response to an economic downturn once workers become SS-eligible, suggesting that retirement benefits may help alleviate the income loss associated with a weak labor market. We also estimate the impact of UI generosity on retirement and find little consistent evidence of an effect. This suggests that in some ways SS may serve as a more effective form of unemployment insurance for older workers than UI.

25. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Longevity and Aggregate Savings," by Eytan Sheshinski (WP 1828, October 2006, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=13552

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


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

26. Aging & Mental Health (Vol. 10, No. 5, September 2006, Vol. 10, No. 6, November 2006).



27. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 21, No. 5, October/November 2006).

28. Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 29, No. 5, October 2006).

29. 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 Oct. 11, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 11, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 11, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Oct. 11, 2006:

E. "Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Oct. 11, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Oct. 11, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

30. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: Restructuring Retirement Risks, edited by David Blitzstein, Olivia S. Mitchell and Stephen P. Utkus (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-920465-9). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Developing Integrated Economic Models of Health and Retirement (R01)" (RFA-AG-07-007. National Institute on Aging, Oct. 10, 2006). For more information see:

B. "Notice of Extension of Expiration Date for PAR-02-076 -- Mentored Clinical Scientists Development Award (K12)" (NOT-DA-06-031, National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Aging, Oct. 3, 2006). For more information see:

C. "Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging (K08 & K23)" (RFA-AG-07-001, National Institute on Aging and Office of Dietary Supplements, Oct. 2, 2006). For more information see:

D. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Interdisciplinary Individual Postdoctoral Fellows for Training in Neurodegeneration Research (F32) (RFA-AG-07-004, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Oct. 2, 2006). For more information see:

E. "Membrane Associated Signaling Defects in Immune Cells with Aging (R21) (FA-AG-07-006, National Institute on Aging, Oct. 5, 2006). For more information see:

F. "Short-Term Interdisciplinary Career Enhancement Awards for Neurodegeneration Research (K18) (RFA-DC-07-005, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Oct. 2, 2006). For more information see:

G. "Therapeutics Delivery for Neurodegenerative Diseases (R21)" (RFA-EY-07-001, National Institutes on Aging, in conjunction with several other agenices, Oct. 2, 2006). For more information see:

H. "Biomarkers for Neurodegeneration (R21)" (RFA-NS-07-004, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Oct. 2, 2006). For more information see:

I. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)" (PA-07-002, reissue of PA-04-032, Oct. 6, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:


VII. Conferences:

32. INTEGRATED PUBLIC USE MICRODATA SURVEY WINTER WORKSHOP, to be held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Jan. 7-10, 2007). For more information see:

33. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: has recently updated its gerontology conferences page.

Newly added conference listings (click on the titles at for more information).

First National Concepts in Care Conference (Dallas Texas, Oct. 21-22, 2006)

Nutrition and Older People in Residential and Community Care Settings (Tullamore, County Offaly Ireland, Oct. 25, 2006)

7th Annual Population Research Conference (Peshawar, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan, Nov. 28-30, 2006)

American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 8-9, 2007)

18th Challenges in Geriatric Practices Aging In A Changing World (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Feb. 16-17, 2007).

Edmonton Aging Symposium - Repairing the Damage (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Mar. 30-31, 2007).

6th European Congress of Gerontology (St. Petersburg, Russia, Jul. 5-8, 2007).

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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