Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #383--April 19, 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. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2004 National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS) Prescribed Medications Public-use File," (April 2007, .pdf (documentation) ASCII text and SAS (data) format, SAS, SPSS, and Stata programming statements). Documentation can be found at Follow the "2004" links to download the data and programming statements.


II. Reports and articles:

2. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Trends in Health Status and Health Care Use Among Older Woman," by Kristen Robinson (Aging Trends No. 7, March 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).


3. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Does High Caregiver Stress Lead to Nursing Home Entry?" by Brenda C. Spillman and Sharon K. Long (January 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 33p.).


4. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION/INSTITUT CANADIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE REPORT: "Clients Transitioning From Inpatient Rehabilitation to Complex Continuing Care or Home," (April 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).


5. OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS [UK] REPORT: "Private Pension Contributions: Updated Estimates 1996-2005," by Richard Wild (April 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).


6. AARP PERIODICAL: World Perspectives (Spring 2007). Note: The focus of this issue is electronic health records.


7. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Sharing Risk: The Netherlands' New Approach to Pensions," by Eduard H.M. Ponds and Bart van Riel (IB No. 7-5, April 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).


8. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Retirement Planning: Healthcare Considerations," (April 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).


9. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health (Winter 2006/2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).


10. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Dialysis Facility Ownership and Epoetin Dosing in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis," by Mae Thamer, Yi Zhang, James Kaufman, Dennis Cotter, Fan Dong, and Miguel A. Hernán (Vol. 297, No. 15, April 18, 2007, p. 1667-1674).


11. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "The Decrease in Breast-Cancer Incidence in 2003 in the United States," by Peter M. Ravdin, Kathleen A. Cronin, Nadia Howlader, Christine D. Berg, Rowan T. Chlebowski, Eric J. Feuer, Brenda K. Edwards, and Donald A. Berry (Vol 356, No. 16, April 19, 2007, p. 1670-1674).

Related NIH News Release:


12. TIME ARTICLE: "Homeward Bound," by Dan Kadlec (Vol. 169, No. 17, April 23, 2007).,9171,1609780,00.html


13. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "To Screen-or Not?" by Katherine Hobson (April 23, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

14. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Demographic Influences on Saving-Investment Balances in Developing and Developed Economies," by Ralph C. Bryant (WP No. 2007-8, April 2007, .pdf format, 61p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:



A. "Efficiency and Equity in the Time Pattern of Teacher Pension Benefits," by Robert M. Costrell and Michael Podgursky (April 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).


Defined Benefit pension plans often generate odd time patterns of benefits. One typical pattern exhibits low accrual in early years, accelerating in mid-late years, followed by dramatic decline, or even negative returns in years that are relatively young for retirement. We consider four states for specific analysis: Arkansas, Missouri, California and Massachusetts. There are interesting variations among these states' formulas, which affect the incentive to retire early. We identify key factors in the defined benefit formulas that drive such patterns and likely consequences for employee behavior. We examine the efficiency and equity consequences of these systems and lessons that might be drawn for pension reform.

B. "Teacher Pensions and Retirement Behavior: How Teacher Pension Rules Affect Behavior, Mobility, and Retirement," by Michael Podgursky and Mark Ehlert (April 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).


This paper examines late career mobility and retirement decisions for a cohort of mid-career Missouri public school teachers. The rate of accrual of traditional defined benefit pension systems is highly nonlinear and back-loaded with most of the gain occurring in the final years prior to retirement. Also, these pension systems have rules that introduce kinks or discontinuities in the rate of accrual after 30 years. This paper explores the effect of these pension rules on retirement patterns. Missouri permits teachers to continue teaching part-time while collecting benefits. Teachers can also retire from one pension system and begin teaching in another. The paper examines both types of behavior.


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

16. Epidemiology (Vol. 18, No. 3, May 2007).

17. The Gerontologist (Vol. 47, No. 2, April 1, 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

18. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 18, No. 1, 2006). D6WS3RL1&TOCName=J084v18n01%5FTOC&desc=Volume%3A%2018%20Issue%3A%201


19. 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 April 18, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 18, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 18, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 18, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of April 18, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of April 18, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Bioengineering and Obesity (R01)," (PA-07-354, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 13, 2007).

B. "Improving Heart Failure Disease Management (R01)," (PA-07-355, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 13, 2007).


VI. Conferences:

21. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES. AOA's Events Calendar has recently added several events. See under date and place for the following new listings:

May 5, 2007 Philippi, West Virginia

May 5, 2007 Sterling, Colorado

May 11, 2007 Bloomington,Indiana

May 11, 2007 Castle Rock, Colorado

May 11, 2007 Richmond, Virginia

May 14, 2007 Baltimore, Maryland

May 14, 2007 Sparks, Nevada

May 17, 2007 Grand Junction, Colorado

May 17, 2007 Aurora, Colorado

May 17, 2007 Victoria, Texas

May 17, 2007 State College, Pennsylvania

May 23, 2007 Allentown, Pennsylvania

May 28, 2007 Ignacio, Colorado

May 31, 2007 Tacoma, Washington


22. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE: "EBRI's 60th policy forum, The Impact of PPA, FASB, and GASB on Defined Benefit Pension Plans, will be held in Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 3, 2007." For more information, please contact Alicia Willis at (202) 572-7422; e-mail:, or Jack VanDerhei at (202) 775-6327; e-mail:



VII. Legislation Information Updates:

23. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicare Program Efficiency and Integrity," a hearing held April 18, 2007.

Hearing testimony (.pdf and Windows Media Player format):


24. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Bioidentical Hormones: Sound Science or Bad Medicine?" a hearing held April 18, 2007.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):


25. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING REPORT: "Administrative Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration," a hearing held March 14, 2006 (S.Hrg. 109-733, .pdf format, 121p.).


VIII. Websites of Interest:

26. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: "Kaiser's has added and updated several tables between Mar. 23, 2007 and Apr. 17, 2007 that may be of interest to researchers in aging.



27. WLS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES: These citations, along with all of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study bibliography, can be found at:

Journal Articles:

Flynn KE, Smith MA. "Personality and healthcare decision-making style." J Gerontol B (in press).

Flynn KE, Smith MA, Freese J. "When do older adults turn to the internet for health information? Findings from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study." J Gen Int Med 2006; 21:1295-301.

Flynn KE, Smith MA, Vanness D. "A typology of preferences for participation in healthcare decision making." Soc Sci Med 2006;63:1158-1169.


28. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Holst, Roland. Social Security and Policy Risk: Evidence, Welfare Costs, and Effects on Wealth Accumulation. Illinois: University of Chicago; 2006.

Hurst, Erik and Willen, Paul. Social Security and Unsecured Debt. Journal of Public Economics. 2007; online.

Kempter, Peter; Komisar, Harriet L., and Alecxih, Lisa. Long-Term Care Over an Uncertain Future: What Can Current Retirees Expect?. Inquiry - Excellus Health Plan. 2006; 42(4):335-351.

O'Rand, Angela and Shuey, Kim. Gender and the Devolution of Pension Risks in the U.S. Current Sociology. 2007; 55(2):287-304.

Way, Megan M. Intergenerational Transfer Inflows to Adult Children of Divorce. PAA Annual Meeting; March 29-31, 2007; New York, NY. ; 2007.

Yeung, Wei-Jun Jean. Time and Money Transfer to Elderly Parents: Family Assistance and Labor Market Behavior. PAA Annual Meeting; March 29-31, 2007; New York, NY. ; 2007.




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