Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #415--December 6, 2007

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I. Data:

1. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL STUDY: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS has released the following datasets (all, November 2007, 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)

MEPS HC-096: 2005 Medical Conditions File

MEPS HC-097: 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data File

MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2005 Pooled Estimation Linkage File

MEPS HC-094I: Appendix to MEPS 2005 Event Files

MEPS HC-036BRR: MEPS 1996-2005 Replicates for Calculating Variances File


II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, November 2007," (November 2007).


3. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS COMPENDIUM: Health, United States, 2007 (2007, .pdf and Excel format, 501p.).

Tables for people 65 and over can be found at:


4. PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION REPORT: "Pension Insurance Data Book, 2006," (Number 11, Fall 2007, .pdf format, 120p.).


5. NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR QUALITY LONG-TERM CARE REPORT: "From Isolation to Integration: Recommendations to Improve Quality in Long-Term Care," (December 2007, .pdf format, 94p.).


6. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Older Adults with Mild Memory Impairment Still Benefit from Cognitive Training in Areas not Reliant on Memorization," (November 30, 2007).



A. "Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006: Analytical report," (November 2007, .pdf format, 38p.).

Related tables can be found at:

B. "Canada's population by age and sex: As of July 1, 2007 (preliminary)" (Nov. 29, 2007).


8. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Australia's welfare 2007," (Australia's welfare no. 8, December 2007, .pdf format, 530p.).

A link to the chapter on aged care services in Australia (p. 77-151) can be found at:


9. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH [VIENNA AUSTRIA] BRIEF: "Transition from Work to Retirement in the Czech Republic and Slovakia," by Rastislav Bednárik and Jan Skorpík (November 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).


10. RAND LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM REPORT: "Labor Market Status and Transitions during the Pre-Retirement Years: Learning from International Differences," by Arie Kapteyn, James P. Smith, Arthur van Soest, and James Banks (WR-536, November 2007, .pdf format, 47p.).



A. "Effects of Migration on the Elderly Population in the District of Columbia," by Marlene A. Lee (September 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

B. "Why Do We Make Bad Decisions? Findings From a New Science," (Today's Research on Aging, No. 9, November 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).


12. NATIONAL CAREGIVER'S ALLIANCE REPORT: "Family Caregivers--What They Spend, What They Sacrifice," (November 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).


13. URBAN INSTITUTE WEBCAST: "Who Will Hire Me When I'm 64? Challenges in Increasing the Employment of Older Workers," (December 2007, MP3 format).


14. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer format, running times, between 23 and 30 minutes) have been added to the PTR site:

Regulating Older Drivers (Dec. 4, 2007)

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTR shows are released, these will be available at:



A. "Myocontrol in Aging," by Eric J. Fimbel and Martin Arguin (November 2007, Issue 11, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "DAF-2/Insulin-Like Signaling in C. elegans Modifies Effects of Dietary Restriction and Nutrient Stress on Aging, Stress and Growth," by Wendy B. Iser and Catherine A. Wolkow (November 2007, Issue 11, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).



A. "Directed selection of a conformational antibody domain that prevents mature amyloid fibril formation by stabilizing A{beta} protofibrils," by Gernot Habicht, Christian Haupt, Ralf P. Friedrich, Peter Hortschansky, Carsten Sachse, Jessica Meinhardt, Karin Wieligmann, Gerald P. Gellermann, Michael Brodhun, Jürgen Götz, Karl-Jürgen Halbhuber, Christoph Röcken, Uwe Horn, and Marcus Fändrich (Vol. 104, No. 49, December 4, 2007, p. 19232-19237).

B. "B7-H3 and B7x are highly expressed in human prostate cancer and associated with disease spread and poor outcome," by Xingxing Zang, R. Houston Thompson, Hikmat A. Al-Ahmadie, Angel M. Serio, Victor E. Reuter, James A. Eastham, Peter T. Scardino, Padmanee Sharma, and James P. Allison (Vol. 104, No. 49, December 4, 2007, p. 19458-19463).

C. "Modulation of metabolic brain networks after subthalamic gene therapy for Parkinson's disease," by Andrew Feigin, Michael G. Kaplitt, Chengke Tang, Tanya Lin, Paul Mattis, Vijay Dhawan, Matthew J. During, and David Eidelberg (Vol. 104, No. 49, December 4, 2007, p. 19559-19564).



A. "Cancer incidence and mortality in relation to body mass index in the Million Women Study: cohort study," by Gillian K. Reeves, Kirstin Pirie, Valerie Beral, Jane Green, Elizabeth Spencer, and Diana Bull, Million Women Study Collaboration (Vol. 335, No. 7630, December 1, 2007, p. 1134-1138).

B. "Detection of prostate cancer in unselected young men: prospective cohort nested within a randomised controlled trial," by J. Athene Lane, Joanne Howson, Jenny L. Donovan, John R. Goepel, Daniel J. Dedman, Liz Down, Emma L. Turner, David E. Neal, Freddie C. Hamdy (Vol. 335, No. 7630, December 1, 2007, p. 1139-1142).


18. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content. "Blood cholesterol and vascular mortality by age, sex, and blood pressure: a meta-analysis of individual data from 61 prospective studies with 55,000 vascular deaths," by Prospective Studies Collaboration (Vol. 370, No. 9620, December 1, 2007, .pdf format, p. 1829-1839).


19. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Adiposity as Mortality Predictors in Older Adults," by Xuemei Sui, Michael J. LaMonte, James N. Laditka, James W. Hardin, Nancy Chase, Steven P. Hooker, and Steven N. Blair (Vol. 298, No. 21, December 5, 2007, p. 2507-2516).


20. GLOBAL PENSIONS [London, UK] ARTICLE: "Hungary: a pension system in a tight grip," by Tibor Parniczky (Dec. 6, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Flypaper Effect in Individual Investor Asset Allocation," by James J. Choi, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian (w13656, November 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).


We document a flypaper effect in asset allocation: securities received in kind "stick where they hit." We study a firm that twice changed the rules governing the securities in which its 401(k) matching contributions were initially invested. Both of these rule changes were economically neutral: employees were always free to immediately reallocate their match account balances. However, we find that most employees neither reallocate their match balances, nor offset employer-initiated changes in the match allocation by adjusting the allocation of their own contributions. Consequently, these rule changes caused dramatic shifts in participants' 401(k) portfolio risk. After examining several alternative explanations for this flypaper effect, we conclude that it is largely due to a combination of passivity and mental accounting.


22. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON, UK]: "Tax reform and retirement saving incentives: evidence from the introduction of stakeholder pensions in the UK," by Richard Disney, Carl Emmerson and Matthew Wakefield (IFS Working Papers, W07/19, November 2007, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

23. 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 5, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of December 5, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of December 5, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of December 5, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of December 5, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of December 5, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

24. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Nursing Home Administration: Fifth Edition, by James E. Allen (2007, ISBN10: 0826153941, ISBN13: 9780826153944, 688p.).


VI. Funding Opportunities/Position Announcements:


A. "Limited Competition for Evaluating the Health Benefits of Workplace Policies and Practices - Phase II (U01)," (RFA-HD-07-101, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, November 27, 2007).

B. "Thyroid in Aging (R01)," (PA-08-037, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, December 5, 2007).

C. "Thyroid in Aging (R21)," (PA-08-038, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, December 5, 2007).

D. "Thyroid in Aging (R03)," (PA-08-039, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, December 5, 2007).


26. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "2008 Postdoctoral Fellowships." "PSC expects to have openings for postdoctoral fellows sponsored by NICHD and NIA. Positions to start on or about September 1, 2008." For more information:


VII. Conferences:

27. AGEING DESIGN MONTREAL: "International Federation on Ageing's 9th Global Conference on Ageing as well as Expo Ageing and Design," (Sept. 4-8, 2008, Montreal).


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

28. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Forced to Flee: Caring for the Elderly Displaced by War, Poverty and Persecution Abroad," a hearing held December 5, 2007 (.pdf format).




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