Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #374--February 15, 2007

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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE UPDATE: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data. Germany data has been updated through 2007. Data is available for unified Germany from 1994-2007.

More information about the data:


2. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan has recently added "Multiple Cause of Death-Public Use Files 2000-2002" to its collection. 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:

Multiple Cause of Death 2000-2002 (#4640):


II. Reports and articles:

3. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Medicare: FY2008 Budget Issues" (RL33868, February 2007, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


4. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING NEWS RELEASE: "In Memoriam: Leon Thal, M.D." (Feb. 9, 2007).


5. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES TIP SHEET: Medicare Extra Help Tip Sheet for Partners (February 2007, .pdf format, 6p.)


6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Medicare Part B Services for Nursing Home Residents: 2002" (OEI-05-06-00240, Memorandum Report, January 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).


This memorandum report describes Medicare Part B services and allowed payments for nursing home residents not in a Medicare Part A covered stay during calendar year (CY) 2002. Previous studies by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have determined that Medicare Part B payments for beneficiaries residing in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to fraud and abuse. To protect the integrity of these Medicare payments, Congress required OIG to monitor potentially excessive or duplicative billing of Medicare Part B services for nursing home residents not in a Part A covered stay.

While this analysis does not establish whether CY 2002 payments are excessive or duplicative, it provides baseline data. Building on this work, OIG plans to assess more current data to help identify potential patterns and areas of questionable billing. As appropriate, OIG will review identified areas to establish the extent of excessive or duplicative payment and recommend controls to minimize or alleviate these payments.

This review found that Medicare allowed $5.3 billion for Part B services provided to 1.8 million nursing home residents who were not in a Part A covered stay in CY 2002. The $5.3 billion represents 5 percent of the total amount that Medicare allowed for all Part B services during CY 2002. Ten categories of service account for 79 percent of payments for Part B services for nursing home residents. In addition, payments varied by State for each of the top 10 categories.



A. "Security and protection legislation for aged care" (SAN012/07, Feb. 8, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Government to double continence assistance scheme" (SAN011/07, Feb. 4, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


8. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION/INSTITUT CANADIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE CONTINUING CARE ANALYSIS IN BRIEF: "Resident Safety: Characteristics Associated With Falling in Ontario Complex Continuing Care" (February 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).


9. NEW ZEALAND MINISTRY OF HEALTH/MANATU HAUORA CHARTBOOK: "Older People's Health Chart Book 2006" (Public Health Intelligence Monitoring Report No. 12, February 2007, .pdf, Microsoft Word, and compressed Microsoft Word format, 107p.).


10. AARP RESEARCH REPORTS: "Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable - Tough Choices: AARP Member Surveys" by Joanne Binette, Erica L. Dinger, Brittne M. Nelson, and Susan L. Silberman (February 2007, .pdf format) This page links to surveys for four states: Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska and New Mexico.


11. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES REPORT: "Loss of SSI Aid is Impoverishing Thousands of Refugees: Congress Could Prevent Further Hardship," by Zoe Neuberger (February 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

More information on CBPP:



A. "Identification of prostate cancer mRNA markers by averaged differential expression and their detection in biopsies, blood, and urine," by V. Uma Bai, Ahmed Kaseb, Sheela Tejwani, George W. Divine, Evelyn R. Barrack, Mani Menon, Arthur B. Pardee, and G. Prem-Veer Reddy (Vol. 104, No. 7, Feb. 13, 2007, p. 2343-2348).

B. "Transcutaneous beta-amyloid immunization reduces cerebral beta-amyloid deposits without T cell infiltration and microhemorrhage," by William V. Nikolic, Yun Bai, Demian Obregon, Huayan Hou, Takashi Mori, Jin Zeng, Jared Ehrhart, R. Douglas Shytle, Brian Giunta, Dave Morgan, Terrence Town, and Jun Tan (Vol. 104, No. 7, Feb. 13, 2007, p. 2507-2512).



A. "Development and Validation of Improved Algorithms for the Assessment of Global Cardiovascular Risk in Women," by Paul M Ridker, Julie E. Buring, Nader Rifai, and Nancy R. Cook (Article abstract, Vol. 297, No. 6, Feb. 14, 2007, p. 611-619).

B, "A 60-Year-Old Woman With Sexual Difficulties," by Jennifer E. Potter (Clinician's Corner abstract, Vol. 297, No. 6, Feb. 14, 2007, p. 620-633).

C. "Access to Health Care Records After Death," by David J. Robinson and Desmond O'Neill (Commentary extract, Vol. 297, No. 6, Feb. 14, 2007, p. 634-636).



A. "New treatments for neovascular acute macular degeneration," by Usha Chakravarthy and Jennifer I. Lim (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 269-270).

B. "Care of dying patients and safety dominate report on NHS (National Health Service) complaints," by Susan Mayor (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 278).

C. "Benzodiazepine restrictions did not affect hip fractures in older people" (News, Shortcuts from other journals extract Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 282-283).

D. "Prescribed drugs and deterioration in Alzheimer's disease" (News, Shortcuts from BMJPG journals extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 284).

E. "Role of non-governmental organisations in physician assisted suicide," by Stephen J. Ziegler and Georg Bosshard (Analysis extract, Vol. 334, No.\ 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 295-298).

F. "Out with "the old," elderly, and aged," by Marianne Falconer and Desmond O'Neill (Views and Reviews extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 316).


15. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON NEWS RELEASE: "Fragile X protein may play role in Alzheimer's disease," by Jill Sakai (Feb. 13, 2007).


16. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Hormone Therapy After The Women's Health Initiative: A Qualitative Study," by Linda M. French; Mindy A. Smith; Jodi S. Holtrop; Margaret Holmes-Rovner (BMC Family Practice open access article, Feb. 9, 2007).


17. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Promises, Promises: Better check the fine print on that newfangled Medicare plan," by Michelle Andrews (Feb. 19, 2007).


18. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Euthanasia in Oregon: By any other name" (Feb. 17, 2007).


III. Working Papers:


A. "The New Pension Law and Defined Benefit Plans: A Surprisingly Good Match," by Mark J. Warshawsky (WP2007-6, February 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Money in Motion: Dynamic Portfolio Choice in Retirement," by Wolfram J. Horneff, Raimond H. Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Michael Z. Stamos (WP2007-7, February 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "Public Pension Reform: A Primer," by Alain Jousten (WP 07/28, February 2007, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:

B. "Aging, Asset Allocation, and Costs: Evidence for the Pension Fund Industry in Switzerland," by David S. Gerber and Rene Weber (WP 07/29, February 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:


21. Korea Development Institute School [Seoul]: "PAYG pension in a small open economy," by Ilho Yoo (WP 06-08, December 2006, .pdf format, 21p.).


In a recent paper (2006), Pestieu showed that the optimal payroll tax rate for the PAYG pension in an open large economy should increase as number of countries increases. This rather counter intuitive result--increasing the factor mobility makes redistribution easier--depends on two crucial assumptions; fixed labor supply, single (payroll) tax. In this paper, same question in the small open economy setting is attempted. Under this new situation, it is shown here that the standard result of trade-off between equity and increase in the capital mobility could be restored. Case that the former restriction is lifted is also analyzed.


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

22. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 64, No. 2, April 2007).

23. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 55, No. 2, February 2007).

24. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2007).

25. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 53, No. 4, 2006, Vol. 54, No. 1, 2006-07).

26. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 62(A), Nos. 1, January 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

27. Research on Aging (Vol. 29, No. 2, March 2007). 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.


28. 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 Feb. 14, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 14, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 14, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 14, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 14, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Feb. 14, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Notice of Extension for Request for Information (RFI): Tools and Resources for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research in the Nervous System (Neuroscience Blueprint)" (NOT-DC-07-001, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Feb. 7, 2007). For more information see:

B. "Nursing Science Centers of Excellence in Self-Management or End-of-Life Research (P30)" (RFA-NR-07-005, National Institute of Nursing Research, Feb. 13, 2007). For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

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

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

10th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference: 12 March 2007 Dallas Texas

AGEACTION: Changing Expectations of Life: 23 April 2007 Newcastle Gateshead United Kingdom

24th Annual Summer Series on Aging: 25 June 2007 Lexington Kentucky

Frontiers of Clinical Investigation Symposium, Aging 2007: From Bench to Bedside: 18 October 2007 La Jolla California


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

31. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM HEARING TESTIMONY: "Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Pharmaceutical Pricing," a hearing held Feb. 9, 2007 (.pdf format).

Jack Solock
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Social Sciences Research Services
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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