Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #362--November 16, 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:


NOTE!! The next CAAR Report will be released Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Thursday distribution will return on Nov. 30, 2006).


I. Data:

1. US CENSUS BUREAU AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY DATA UPDATE: "The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) provides the latest detailed look at the nation’s rapidly changing and diverse population with the release of new population profiles by race, Hispanic origin, ancestry and age." The tables are linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "New Population Profiles Released by Census Bureau American Community Survey Data Iterated by Race, Hispanic origin, Ancestry, and Age" (CB06-CN.08, Nov. 14, 2006).

2. MISSOURI STATE DATA CENTER UPDATE: "Population Estimates by Age" (November 2006, data available in comma separated value [.csv], HTML, or SAS Windows V9 format).


II. Reports and articles:


A. Health, United States, 2006 (November 2006, .pdf format, 543p., with tables available in Microsoft Excel format).

Click on PDF icons for links to .pdfs.

B. "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January-March 2006 National Health Interview Survey" (November 2006, .pdf format).

4. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE: "Fatalities and Injuries from Falls Among Older Adults --- United States, 1993--2003 and 2001--2005" (US Centers for Disease Control, Vol.. 55, No. 45, Nov. 17, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1221-1224).




A. "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, October 2006 (November 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

B. "SSI (Supplementary Security Income) Monthly Statistics, October 2006 (November 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

C. "Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2006" (September 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 37p.).

6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION: "Advisory Opinion concerning a pharmaceutical company's proposal to establish a patient assistance program to provide outpatient prescription drugs to financially-needy Medicare Part D enrollees entirely outside of the Part D benefit" (November 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

7. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Chronic diseases and associated risk factors in Australia, 2006" (November 2006, .pdf format, 82p.).

8. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "Community Care Statistics 2006: Supported Residents (adults) report" (November 2006, .pdf format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format, 93p.).

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

9. AARP REPORT: "Caught in the NET: A Survey of Raleigh-Durham Area Residents 40+ About Online Use and Safety," by Jennifer H. Sauer (October 2006, .pdf format, 22p.).


A. "Benefit Design and Formularies of Medicare Drug Plans: A Comparison of 2006 and 2007 Offerings," by Jack Hoadley, Elizabeth Hargrave, Katie Merrell, Juliette Cubanski, and Tricia Neuman (November 2006, .pdf format, 32p.).

B. "State-level Medicare Part D Plan Characteristics, A 2007 Update" (November 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit - An Updated Fact Sheet" (November 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

Resources on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit:

11. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "What Happens to Household Portfolios After Retirement?" by Courtney Coile and Kevin Milligan (IB #56, November 2006, .pdf format, 6p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Click on "click here" for link to full text.

12. FAMLIY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE REPORT: " Estimated Prevalence and Economic Value of Family Caregiving, by State" (November 2006, .pdf format 3p.).

Click "HERE" for link to full text.

More information on FCA:

13. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES PRESS RELEASE: "Medicaid Costs are Growing More Slowly Than Costs for Medicare or Private Insurance," by Leighton Ku (November 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.).

More information on CBPP:

14. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Individuals homozygous for the age-related macular degeneration risk-conferring variant of complement factor H have elevated levels of CRP in the choroid," by P.T. Johnson, K.E. Betts, M.J. Radeke, G.S. Hageman, D. H. Anderson, and L.V. Johnson (Vol.. 103, No. 46, Nov. 14, 2006, p. 17456-17461).

15. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Resveratrol improves health and survival of mice on a high-calorie diet," by Joseph A. Baur, Kevin J. Pearson, Nathan L. Price, Hamish A. Jamieson, Carles Lerin, Avash Kalra, Vinayakumar V. Prabhu, Joanne S. Allard, Guillermo Lopez-Lluch, Kaitlyn Lewis, Paul J. Pistell, Suresh Poosala, Kevin G. Becker, Olivier Boss, Dana Gwinn, Mingyi Wang, Sharan Ramaswamy, Kenneth W. Fishbein, Richard G. Spencer, Edward G. Lakatta, David Le Couteur, Reuben J. Shaw, Placido Navas, Pere Puigserver, Donald K. Ingram, Rafael de Cabo, and David A. Sinclair (Vol.. 444, No. 7117, Nov. 16, 2006, p. 337-342).


A. "HTRA1 Promoter Polymorphism in Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Andrew DeWan, Mugen Liu, Stephen Hartman, Samuel Shao-Min Zhang, David T. L. Liu, Connie Zhao, Pancy O.S. Tam, Wai Man Chan, Dennis S.C. Lam, Michael Snyder, Colin Barnstable, Chi Pui Pang, and Josephine Hoh (Vol.. 314, No. 5801, Nov. 10, 2006, p. 989-992).

B. "A Variant of the HTRA1 Gene Increases Susceptibility to Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Zhenglin Yang, Nicola J. Camp, Hui Sun, Zongzhong Tong, Daniel Gibbs, D. Joshua Cameron, Haoyu Chen, Yu Zhao, Erik Pearson, Xi Li, Jeremy Chien, Andrew DeWan, Jennifer Harmon, Paul S. Bernstein, Viji Shridhar, Norman A. Zabriskie, Josephine Hoh, Kimberly Howes, and Kang Zhang (Vol.. 314, No. 5801, Nov. 10, 2006, p. 992-993.).


A. "Tolterodine and Tamsulosin for Treatment of Men With Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Overactive Bladder: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Steven A. Kaplan, Claus G. Roehrborn, Eric S. Rovner, Martin Carlsson, Tamara Bavendam, and Zhonghong Guan (Article abstract, Vol. 296, No. 19, Nov. 15, 2006, p. 2319-2328).

B. "Adjuvant Radiotherapy for Pathologically Advanced Prostate Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial," by Ian M. Thompson, Catherine M. Tangen, Jorge Paradelo, Scott Lucia, Gary Miller, Dean Troyer, Edward Messing, Jeffrey Forman, Joseph Chin, Gregory Swanson, Edith Canby-Hagino, and E. David Crawford (Article abstract, Vol. 296, No. 19, Nov. 15, 2006, p. 2329-2335).

C. "PSA Screening Among Elderly Men With Limited Life Expectancies," by Louise C. Walter, Daniel Bertenthal, Karla Lindquist, and Badrinath R. Konety (Article abstract, Vol. 296, No. 19, Nov. 15, 2006, p. 2336-2342).

D. "Midlife Risk Factors and Healthy Survival in Men," by Bradley J. Willcox, Qimei He, Randi Chen, Katsuhiko Yano, Kamal H. Masaki, John S. Grove, Timothy A. Donlon, D. Craig Willcox, and J. David Curb (Article abstract, Vol. 296, No. 19, Nov. 15, 2006, p. 2343-2350).

E. "PSA Testing: Public Policy or Private Penchant?" by Peter C. Albertsen (Editorial extract, Vol. 296, No. 19, Nov. 15, 2006, p. 2371-2373).

F. "Researchers Probe Consequences of Androgen Deprivation for Prostate Cancer," by M.J. Friedrich (News and Analysis extract, Vol. 296, No. 19, Nov. 15, 2006, p. 2305-2306).

G. "Aging and Supplements," by Joan Stephenson (The World in Medicine extract, Vol. 296, No. 19, Nov. 15, 2006, p. 2307).

18. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE EXTRACT: "Recalibrating Medicare Payments for Inpatient Care," by Paul B. Ginsburg (Vol.. 355, No. 20, Nov. 16, 2006, p. 2061-2064).

19. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effectiveness of community physiotherapy and enhanced pharmacy review for knee pain in people aged over 55 presenting to primary care: pragmatic randomised trial," by Elaine M. Hay, Nadine E. Foster, Elaine Thomas, George Peat, Mike Phelan, Hannah E .Yates, Alison Blenkinsopp, and Julius Sim (Vol.. 333, No. 7576, Nov. 11, 2006, 9p.).

20. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Television Was UsTube: How a new medium formed--and was formed by--a new generation. Boomers bonded in TV's shared experience, and then things got ... complicated," by Marc Peyser (Nov. 13, 2006).

21. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Not Yet Dearly Departed," by Bernadine Healy (Nov. 12, 2006).


III. Working Papers:

22. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Retirement Savings Portfolio Management," by Jeff Dominitz and Angela Hung (WP 2006-138, November 2006, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

23. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: Free registration is required in order to obtain working papers. "A Tale of Two Pension Reforms: A US-Japan Comparison," by Elmer Huh and Sarah McLellan (WP2007-1, January 2007, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

24. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol.. 63, No. 6, December 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 this issue.

25. 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 Nov. 15, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 15, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of: Nov. 15, 2006

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of: Nov. 15, 2006

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of: Nov. 15, 2006

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of: Nov. 15, 2006

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

Jack Solock
Data Librarian: Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging
3313 Social Science Building
University of Wisconsin-Madison