Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #365--December 7, 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. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: On Nov. 30, 2006 the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format, and a codebook in ASP format):

MEPS HC-087: 2004 Medical Conditions File

MEPS HC-085I: Appendix to MEPS 2004 Event Files

2. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Dec. 5, 2006. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

Of possible interest to researchers in aging:

National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program, 2004 (#4598):

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

Click on "list".


II. Reports and articles:

3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "End-Stage Renal Disease: Bundling Medicare's Payment for Drugs with Payment for All ESRD Services Would Promote Efficiency and Clinical Flexibility," (GAO-07-77, November 2006, .pdf format, 35p.).

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

See Item #32 in this report for related Congressional Hearing.

4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Adult Day Services: A Key Community Service for Older Adults," by Janet O'Keeffe and Kristin Siebenaler (July 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 81p.).

5. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Why Do Boomers Plan To Work So Long?" by Gordon Mermin, Richard W. Johnson, and Dan Murphy (December 2006, .pdf format, 31p.).


A. "2006 Medicare Advantage Benefits and Premiums," by Marsha Gold, Maria Cupples Hudson, and Sara Davis (November 2006, .pdf format, 93p.).

B. "Methodological Issues in Estimating Prescription Drug Coverage Using The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey," by Becky A. Briesacher, Bruce Stuart, John Poisal, Jalpa A. Doshi, and Puneet Singhal (October 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

B. "Brain Health" (AARP Prime Time Radio, Dec. 5, 2006, RealPlayer plug-in or helper application needed to hear this audio transcript, running time, 29 minutes, 1 second).

Click on "Listen" under "Brain Health ".

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

7. MANHATTAN INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH REPORT: "The Human Cost of Federal Price Negotiations: The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit and Pharmaceutical Innovation," by Benjamin Zycher (Medical Progress Report No. 3, October 2006, .pdf format, 31p.).

More information about the Institute:

8. NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION REPORT: "The Experience of Sole Community Rural Independent Pharmacies with Medicare Part D: Reports from the Field," by Andrea Radford, Rebecca Slifkin, Roslyn Fraser, Michelle Mason, and Keith Mueller (November 2006, .pdf format, 22p.).

More about NRHA:

9. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Transition from Work to Retirement in EU25," by Asghar Zaidi and Michael Fuchs (December 2006, .pdf format, 20p.).

10. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "More transition care after hospital for older people in South Australia,"(December 1, 2006).


A. "Hypoxia facilitates Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis by up-regulating BACE1 gene expression," by Xiulian Sun, Guiqiong He, Hong Qing, Weihui Zhou, Frederick Dobie, Fang Cai, Matthias Staufenbiel, L. Eric Huang, and Weihong Song (Vol. 103, No. 49, December 5, 2006, p. 18727-18732).

B. "Oncoprotein Akt/PKB induces trophic effects in murine models of Parkinson's disease," by Vincent Ries, Claire Henchcliffe, Tatyana Kareva, Margarita Rzhetskaya, Ross Bland, Matthew J. During, Nikolai Kholodilov, and Robert E. Burke (Vol. 103, No. 49, December 5, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 18757-18762). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

C. "Blocking the apolipoprotein E/amyloid-{beta} interaction as a potential therapeutic approach for Alzheimer's disease," by Martin J. Sadowski, Joanna Pankiewicz, Henrieta Scholtzova, Pankaj D. Mehta, Frances Prelli, David Quartermain, and Thomas Wisniewski (Vol. 103, No. 49, December 5, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 18787-18792). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

12. NATURE MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Activation of [beta]2-adrenergic receptor stimulates [gamma]-secretase activity and accelerates amyloid plaque formation," by Yanxiang Ni, Xiaohui Zhao, Guobin Bao, Lin Zou, Lin Teng, Zhu Wang, Min Song, Jiaxiang Xiong, Yun Bai and Gang Pei (Vol. 12, No. 12, December 2006, p. 1390-1396).

13. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Lifetime cost effectiveness of simvastatin in a range of risk groups and age groups derived from a randomised trial of 20,536 people," by Heart Protection Study Collaborative (Vol. 333, No. 7579, December 2, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1145-1148).

14. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effect of a Pharmacy Care Program on Medication Adherence and Persistence, Blood Pressure, and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol : A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Jeannie K. Lee, Karen A. Grace, and Allen J. Taylor (Vol. 296, No. 21, December 6, 2006, p. 2563-2571).

15. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT QUICKSTAT: "Percentage of Men Aged > 40 Years* with Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Levels of >2.5 and> 4.0 ng/mL, by Race/Ethnicity --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2001--2004," (Vol. 55, No. 48, December 8, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1305).


PDF (entire issue):


A. "Alzheimer's Today," by Josh Fischman (December 11, 2006).

B. "There's Hope in the Drug Pipeline," by Josh Fischman (December 11, 2006).

C. "That's What You Call a Screen Saver," by Josh Fischman (December 11, 2006).

17. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Can We Slow Aging?" by David Sinclair and Anthony L. Komaroff (December 11, 2006).


A. "Retirement Rip-Off," by Neil Weinberg (December 11, 2006).

B. "Give Now," by Ashlea Ebeling (December 11, 2006).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Home Production by Dual Earner Couples and Consumption During Retirement," by Christopher House, John P. Laitner and Dmitriy Stolyarov (WP 2006-143, November 2006, .pdf format, 24p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

B. "Consumption, Retirement, and Social Security: Evaluating the Efficiency of Reform with a Life-Cycle Model," by John P. Laitner and Daniel Silverman (WP 2006-142, November 2006, .pdf format, 38p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

C. "Self-Assessed Retirement Outcomes: Determinants and Pathways," by Susann Rohwedder (WP 2006-141, November 2006, .pdf format, 33p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

D. "Social Security Privatization with Income-Mortality Correlation," by Shinichi Nishiyama and Kent Smetters (WP 2006-140, November 2006, .pdf format, 41p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

E. "Taxes, Wages, and the Labor Supply of Older Americans," by Lucie Schmidt and Purvi Sevak (WP 2006-139, November 2006, .pdf format, 29p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:


A. "State Age Protection Laws and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act," by Joanna Lahey (WP 2006-24, November 2006, .pdf format, 36p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

B. "Age, Women, and Hiring: An Experimental Study," by Joanna Lahey (WP 2006-23, November 2006, .pdf format, 46p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

C. "Optimal Retirement Asset Decumulation Strategies: The Impact of Housing Wealth," by Wei Sun, Robert Triest, and Anthony Webb (WP 2006-22, November 2006, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

D. "The Impact of Aggregate Mortality Risk on Defined Benefit Pension Plans," by Irena Dushi, Leora Friedberg, and Anthony Webb (WP 2006-21, November 2006, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

E. "Health Care Costs, Taxes, and the Retirement Decision: Conceptual Issues and Illustrative Simulations," by Rudolph G. Penner and Richard W. Johnson (WP 2006-20, November 2006, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:

F. "Job Tenure and Pension Coverage," by Alicia H. Munnell, Kelly Haverstick, and Geoffrey Sanzenbacher (WP 2006-18, October 2006, .pdf format, 35p.). Note: A link to the abstract and full-text is available at:


A. "The Determinants of Household Saving in China: A Dynamic Panel Analysis of Provincial Data," by Charles Yuji Horioka and Junmin Wan (w12723, December 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).


In this paper, we conduct a dynamic panel analysis of the determinants of the household saving rate in China using a life cycle model and panel data on Chinese provinces for the 1995-2004 period from China's household survey. We find that China's household saving rate has been high and rising and that the main determinants of variations over time and over space therein are the lagged saving rate, the income growth rate, and (in some cases) the real interest rate and the inflation rate. However, we find that the variables relating to the age structure of the population usually do not have a significant impact on the household saving rate. These results provide mixed support for the life cycle hypothesis, are consistent with the existence of inertia or persistence, and imply that China's household saving rate will remain high for some time to come.

B. "Global Patterns of Income and Health: Facts, Interpretations, and Policies," by Angus Deaton (w12735, December 2006, .pdf format, 38p.).


People in poor countries live shorter lives than people in rich countries so that, if we scale income by some index of health, there is more inequality in the world than if we consider income alone. Such international inequalities in life expectancy decreased for many years after 1945, and the strong correlation between income and life-expectancy might lead us to hope that economic growth will improve people's health as well as their material living conditions. I argue that the apparent convergence in life expectancies is not as beneficial as might appear, and that, while economic growth is the key to poverty reduction, there is no evidence that it will deliver automatic health improvements in the absence of appropriate conditions. The strong negative correlation between economic growth on the one hand and the proportionate rate of decline of infant and child mortality on the other vanishes altogether if we look at the relationship between growth and the absolute rate of decline in infant and child mortality. In effect, the correlation is between the level of infant mortality and the growth of real incomes, most likely reflecting the importance of factors such as education and the quality of institutions that affect both health and growth.

C. "The Effects of the Ageing European Population on Economic Growth and Budgets: Implications for Immigration and Other Policies," by Martin S. Feldstein (w12736, December 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).


The ageing of the population presents a major fiscal challenge for the countries of Europe. The combination of increased longevity and a reduced birth rate will directly reduce the growth rates of the European economies by slowing the growth of the capital stock and by weakening the productivity of the labor force. This slower growth of GDP means a smaller tax base and less tax revenue. In addition, the current tax-financed systems of social pensions and health care will require substantial increases in the already high tax rates. The analysis in this paper shows that the common prescription of increased immigration would do little to reduce the future fiscal burden. The increased revenue from a large rise in immigration would finance only a small part of the coming rise in the cost of pension and health benefits. The only alternative to significantly higher tax rates or substantially lower retirement income is to shift from a pure tax-financed system to a mixed system that supplements the tax financed benefits with benefits based on increased saving financial investment.

22. LEVY ECONOMICS INSTITUTE OF BARD COLLEGE [ANNADALE-ON-HUDSON, NY]: "Net Intergenerational Transfers from an Increase in Social Security Benefits," by Li Gan, Guan Gong, and Michael Hurd (Working Paper No. 482, November 2006, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

23. American Economic Review (Vol. 96, No. 5, December 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 these databases and this issue.

24. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 164, No. 12, Dec. 15, 2006).

25. Research on Aging (Vol. 29, No. 1, January 1, 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals 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 these issues.

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

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Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 30, No. 1, 2006).

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 18, No. 4, 2006).

Journal of Adult Development (Vol. 13, No. 1, March 2006).

27. 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 December 6, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of December 6, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of December 6, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of December 6, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of December 6, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of December 6, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

28. CENTER ON DEMOGRAPHY AND ECONOMICS OF AGING [UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO/NORC]: "With support from the US National Institute on Aging (NIA, the University of Chicago offers two postdoctoral fellowships through its Center on Aging for the 2007-2008 academic year. The interdisciplinary nature of research and training at the University of Chicago is one of its distinctive marks and one of its strengths.

The goal of these postdoctoral fellowships is to train skilled, engaged, committed new practitioners and new scholars who will make use of and contribute to the field of demography and economics of aging by engaging in basic and applied research and policy making and analysis.

These NIA fellowships carry a stipend, health insurance, computing support and travel support, and are renewable with acceptable progress. NORC (National Opinion Research Center) at the University of Chicago also provides opportunities to supplement the stipend.

Candidates must be interested in the demography and economics of aging and must have completed their Ph.D. by 2007. Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a statement outlining a research agenda, two letters of recommendation, and a sample of written work or a recent publication. Previous research in demography/economics of aging is not necessary; however, a future commitment is required."

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2007.

For more information please contact Kathleen Parks (

29. CIVIC VENTURES: "Purpose Prize," deadline for nominations is Feb. 7, 2007. For more information about the program, go to:

30. NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING: "My Medicare Matters Outreach and Enrollment Demonstration Grants," deadline for applications is January 5, 2007. "Through the My Medicare Matters (MMM) program, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will provide 5-10 grants of up to $100,000 each to local or state organizations for the implementation of innovative, cost-effective strategies and approaches for finding, educating and enrolling people with Medicare of limited means-both seniors and younger beneficiaries with disabilities-in the Extra Help (also known as the Low-Income Subsidy, or LIS) available through the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and other prescription and health care savings programs (such as the Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, and state pharmacy assistance programs), as needed."


VI. Conferences/Seminars/Courses:

31. LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE SHORT COURSE: "Ageing, Health and Well-being in Older Populations," to be held April 16-20, 2007. For more information about the course go to:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

32. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Patient Safety and Quality Issues in End Stage Renal Disease Treatment," a hearing held December 6, 2006.

Hearing testimony (HTML format):




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