Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #426--February 28, 2008

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: The following update has been added to the database: "Data for Spain were revised (including death counts for 2005) and updated through 2006." (Feb. 25, 2008).

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:


A. Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 67, No. 2, 2007, .pdf format, 131p.).

B. "International Update, February 2008" (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C: "SSI Monthly Statistics: January 2008 (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format).


3. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Study Finds Improved Cognitive Health among Older Americans" (Feb. 25, 2008).


4. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Veterans' use of health services," by Jonas Lloyd and Phil Anderson (Aged Care Services No. 13, February 2008, .pdf format, 180p.).


5. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Funding boost for Home and Community Care in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory)" (JE 08/11, Feb. 22, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


6. NEW ZEALAND FAMILIES COMMISSION/KOMIHANA A WHANAU REPORT: "Elder Abuse and Neglect: Exploration of Risk and Protective Factors," (Research Report No. 1/08, January 2008, .pdf format, 69p.).

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


7. SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF HEALTH REPORT: "Improving the Intermediate and Long-Term Care Sector for the benefit of patients" (Feb. 22, 2008).


8. AGE CONCERN [UK] REPORT: "The Age Agenda 2008: Public Policy and Older People," (February 2008, .pdf format, 128p.).

Link to the full-text is in the right hand column of the press release.



A. "The Saver's Credit: What Does it Do For Saving?" by Lisa Southworth (AARP Public Policy Institute, February 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Westchester County, New York Livable Communities Fact Sheet, Annotation, and Methodology," by Terri Guengerich (February 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

C. "From Work to Retirement: Tracking Changes in Women's Poverty Status," by Sunhwa Lee and Lois Shaw (February 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).

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

Aging and the GLBT Community: Feb. 26, 2008.

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


10. RAND CORPORATION RESEARCH BRIEF: "Improving Quality of Health Care for Older Adults," by Joshua Chodosh, et. al. (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


11. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Typical Wealth Held by Those at the Verge of Retirement," by Gordon Mermin (Opportunity and Ownership Facts, February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


12. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTER USA PERIODICAL: "ILC Policy Report" (February 2008, .pdf format, 5p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad".

Scroll to "Policy Report".


13. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE-UK REPORT: "A National Care Fund for Long-term Care," by James Lloyd (February 2008, .pdf format, 75p.).

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



A. Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 8, No. 4, Feb. 20, 2008). ""This focused newsletter from Family Caregiver Alliance's National Center on Caregiving offers a fresh look at the rapidly changing environment of caregiving. (It contains) briefings on key legislation, news on innovative public programs, and the latest information on caregiving and long-term care policy at national and state levels."

B. Update (Vol. 24, No. 3, Fall 2007/Winter 2008).

More information about FCA:


15. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Asymmetric segregation of protein aggregates is associated with cellular aging and rejuvenation," by Ariel B. Lindner, Richard Madden, Alice Demarez, Eric J. Stewart, and Francois Tadde (Vol. 105, No. 8, Feb. 26, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 3076-3081 ). This article is available free of charge.



A. "A molecular pathway of neurodegeneration linking [alpha]-synuclein to ApoE and A[beta] peptides," by Gilbert Gallardo, Oliver M Schluter, and Thomas C Sudhof (Vol. 11, No. 3, March 2008, p. 301-308).

B. "Diabetes impairs hippocampal function through glucocorticoid-mediated effects on new and mature neurons," by Alexis M Stranahan, Thiruma V. Arumugam,, Roy G. Cutler, Kim Lee, Josephine M. Egan, and Mark P. Mattson (Vol. 11, No. 3, March 2008, p. 309-317).

C. "Activation of estrogen receptor-[beta] regulates hippocampal synaptic plasticity and improves memory," by Feng Liu, Mark Day, Luis C. Muniz, Daniel Bitran, Robert Arias, Raquel Revilla-Sanchez, Steve Grauer, Guoming Zhang, Cody Kelley, Virginia Pulito, Amy Sung, Ronald F. Mervis, Rachel Navarra, Warren D. Hirst, Peter H. Reinhart, Karen L. Marquis, Stephen J. Moss, Menelas N. Pangalos, and Nicholas J. Brandon (Vol. 11, No. 3, March 2008, p. 334-343).


17. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION MEDICAL NEWS & PERSPECTIVES EXTRACT: "Guideline for End-of-Life Care Released," by Bridget M. Kuehn (Vol. 299, No. 8, Feb. 27, 2008, p. 888).



A. "Cumulative Association of Five Genetic Variants with Prostate Cancer," by S. Lilly Zheng, Jielin Sun, Fredrik Wiklund, Shelly Smith, Par Stattin, Ge Li, Hans-Olov Adami, Fang-Chi Hsu, Yi Zhu, Katarina Balter, A. Karim Kader, Aubrey R. Turner,, Wennuan Liu, Eugene R. Bleecker, Deborah A. Meyers, David Duggan, John D. Carpten, Bao-Li Chang, William B. Isaacs, Jianfeng Xu, and Henrik Gronberg (Article abstract, Vol. 358, No. 9, Feb. 28, 2008, p. 910-919).

B. "Complexities of Prostate-Cancer Risk," by Edward P. Gelmann (Editorial extract, Vol. 358, No. 9, Feb. 28, 2008, p. 961-963).

C. "A New Dawn for Stem-Cell Therapy," by Douglas R. Higgs (Clinical Implications of Basic Research extract, Vol. 358, No. 9, Feb. 28, 2008, p. 964-966).


III. Working Papers:

19. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM: "Childhood Educational Disruption and Later Life Outcomes Evidence from Prince Edward County," by Paul Heaton (WR 522, January 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


20. EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK: "Population ageing and public pension reforms in a small open economy," by Christiane Nickel, Philipp C. Rother and Angeliki Theophilopoulou (Working Paper No. 863, February 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).


This paper aims to address the issue of public pension reforms under demographic ageing that is likely to occur in Europe over the next 50 years. Three possible scenarios are analysed in a Blanchard OLG framework. These include: i) a decrease both in public pensions and the lump sum labour income tax, ii) a decrease both in public pensions and the distortionary corporate tax, iii) an increase in the retirement age. The analysis focuses on the effects of these fiscal policies on key economic variables such as consumption, private and public debt, output and wages. Quantitative experiments assess the impact of different fiscal policies in terms of public debt sustainability but most importantly suggest policies that smooth the transition of the economy to the new equilibrium. The main results suggest that the adverse effects of pension reforms on consumption are moderated when they are accompanied by appropriate taxation policies. In particular, when the tax response is rapid most of the adverse movement in consumption is avoided while public and national debt reach lower equilibrium levels.


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

21. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 12, No. 1, 2008).

22. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 5, Mar. 1, 2008).

23. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 3, March 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

24. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 63A, Nos. 2, February 2008). Note: Full text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and these issues.

25. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance: Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2008).

26. Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 3, March 2008).


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 Feb. 27, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 27, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 27, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 27, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 27, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 27, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Senior Medicare Patrol Projects" (HHS-2008-AOA-MP-0806, deadline for applications is Apr. 11, 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 45p.).

B. "Congressional Mandates Under Title IV of the Older Americans Act" (HHS-2008-AOA-MA-0804, HHS-2008-AOA-MA-0805, deadline for applications is May 1, 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 28p.).

More information about both is available at:


29. YALE UNIVERSITY (NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT) CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON INEQUALITIES AND THE LIFE COURSE (CIQLE): The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for one or more years, to start in Fall 2008. Candidates should be interested and have experience in empirical research with longitudinal data on the processes that generate inequalities of social class, race/ethnicity, generation, and gender across the life course." Application deadline is Mar. 28, 2008). For more information see:


30. AGEWORK.COM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The Gerontological Society of America's website has added new employment opportunities to its website in the last week.

Opportunities from Feb. 18-Feb. 27, 2008 are new.


VI. Conferences:

31. AARP INTERNATIONAL: "Health Care '08: Global Trends & Best Practices," to be held in Washington, DC Apr. 15-16, 2008. For more information see:


32. BRITISH SOCIETY FOR POPULATION STUDIES CALL FOR PAPERS: "The 2008 BSPS Conference will be held at Hulme Hall, the University of Manchester, from 10-12 September (2008). There will be a full programme of simultaneous strand sessions of submitted papers. Proposals or abstracts for papers and posters are invited across the entire demographic and population studies spectrum. For organizational purposes, strand organizers have been allocated to specific themes, but if you wish to submit a paper that does not appear to come under any of the headings given, please submit either to the strand organiser that appears most appropriate, or to Professor Paul Boyle, as shown in the list provided in the full announcement. If accepted, the paper will be allocated to an appropriate strand session when the programme is timetabled. Submissions of both qualitative and quantitative papers are most welcome. Preliminary abstracts of papers--which may be in the form of a declaration of intent--(maximum 250 words, please), plus a provisional title, should be submitted by Thursday 1 May 2008." For more information see:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

33. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Medicare Advantage," a hearing held Feb. 28, 2008 (HTML or .pdf format).


34. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Surgeons for Sale: Conflicts and Consultant Payments in the Medical Device Industry," a hearing held Feb. 27, 2008 (.pdf format). A full audio transcript of the hearing is available at the site (RealPlayer format, running time: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 36 seconds.


VIII. Websites of Interest:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEATLH NIHSENIORHEALTH UPDATE: A section on "High Blood Cholesterol" has been added to NIHSeniorHealth.



36. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: added new medicare tables on Feb. 21-Feb. 22, 2008.

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