Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #432--April 10, 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: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Apr. 9, 2008: Data for Canada were revised and updated through 2005

Apr. 9, 2008: Data for United States were revised and updated through 2005

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

2. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Long Term Care Hospitals Short-Stay Outliers" (OEI-01-07-00290, March 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).



A. "NCD for Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) (20.7)" (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).



B. "Medicare Announces Funding for Health Insurance Counseling Programs for 2008" (Apr. 7, 2008).


4. US MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING TRANSCRIPT: The transcript of the Mar. 5-6, 2008 MEDPAC Meeting is available (.pdf format, 405p.).


5. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Retirement and Survivor Annuities for Former Spouses of Federal Employees," by Patrick Purcell (RS22856, April 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).


6. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION& REFERRAL CENTER PERIODICAL: Connections Newsletter (Vol. 15, No. 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

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7. CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "State of Connecticut prepares to allocate 9.84 million dollars in stem cell research funds" (Apr. 2, 2008).



A. "345 million dollars for care for Queensland aged and disabled" (Apr. 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Australian Government pledges to continue to work with community to improve quality for older Australians in aged care" (Apr. 7, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "One-third of all drownings in Australia are aged over 55" (Apr. 9, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "More aged care places for NSW" (Apr. 10, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


9. MALTA NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: "Government expenditure on Social Security Benefits: January-December 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).


10. GIBRALTAR GOVRERNMENT PRESS RELEASE: "Up-Rating of Gibraltar Pensions" (Apr. 1, 2008).


11. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH/DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods: A National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society" .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 175p.).


12. DARTMOUTH INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH POLICY & CLINICAL PRACTICE [HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE] COMPENDIUM: Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care (2008, .pdf format, 170p., with accompanying tables available via interactive web based extraction, HTML and Microsoft Excel format, and hospital reports by state, .pdf format).



A. "2007 Survey of WV (West Virginia) Residents Age 50+ on Prescription Drug Affordability," by John Fries (April 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

B. "Colorado Health Care: A Study of Voter Concerns and the Support for State Reform," by Prantik Baruah and Joanne Binette (April 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

C. "What Do the New Auto Industry VEBAs (Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Associations) Mean for Current and Future Retirees?" by Ellen O'Brien (Insight Into the Issues, March 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

D. AARP Bulletin (April 2008). Selected articles from the latest Bulletin are available at the site.


14. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Medicare Part D 2008 Data Spotlights" update. The latest spotlights are "Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in 2008 And Key Changes Since 2006: Summary Of Findings," Medicare Part D 2008 Data Spotlight: Ten Most Common Brand-Name Drugs," and Medicare Part D 2008 Data Spotlight: Low-Income Subsidy Plan Availability" (April 2008, .pdf format).


15. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "Global Aging and the Demographic Divide," by Carl Haub (April 2008).


16. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 8, No. 7, Apr. 2, 2008).


17. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Why Do More Older Men Work in Some States?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Mauricio Soto, and Natalia A. Zhivan (IB#8-6, April 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).


18. METLIFE REPORT: "Sixth Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends: Findings from the National Survey of Employers and Employees" (April 2008, .pdf format, 63p.).


19. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "The 2008 Retirement Confidence Survey: Americans Much More Worried About Retirement, Health Costs a Big Concern," by Ruth Helman, Jack VanDerhei, and Craig Copeland (Issue Brief 316, April 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).


20. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Many Say Social Security Is Healthy Enough: Some experts disagree with the treasury secretary's grim assessment of the government benefits fund," by Bret Schulte (Apr. 4, 2008).


21. NEW YORKER ARTICLE: "Mine is longer Than yours: The last boomer game, by Michael Kinsley (Apr. 7, 2008).



A. "Medicare (Dis)Advantage?" by Mike Mitka (Capitol Health Call extract, Vol. 299, No. 14, Apr. 9, 2008, p. 1657).

B. "Effectiveness of Specialized Palliative Care: A Systematic Review," by Camilla Zimmermann, Rachel Riechelmann, Monika Krzyzanowska, Gary Rodin, and Ian Tannock (Clinician's Corner abstract, Vol. 299, No. 14, Apr. 9, 2008, p. 1698-1709).

C. Stem Cell Century: Law and Policy for a Breakthrough Technology, by Russell Korobkin with Stephen R. Munzer," reviewed by Alan G. Williams (Book Review extract, Vol. 299, No. 14, Apr. 9, 2008, p. 1725-1726).


23. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: Medical Problems in Women over 70: When Normative Treatment Plans Do Not Apply, edited by Margaret Rees and Louis G. Keith, reviewed by Frank W. Ling (Vol. 358, No. 15, Apr. 10, 2008, p. 1645-1646).


III. Working Papers:

24. CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR POPULATION RESEARCH: "Glutathione S-transferase mu, omega, pi, and theta class variants and smoking in Parkinson's disease," by Angelika D. Wahner, Charles E. Glatt, Jeff M. Bronstein, and Beate Ritz (PWP-CCPR-2008-005, April 2008, .pdf format, 10p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


25. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Effect of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical Prices and Utilization," by Mark Duggan and Fiona Scott Morton (w13917, April 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).


On January 1, 2006, the federal government began providing insurance coverage for Medicare recipients' prescription drug expenditures through a new program known as Medicare Part D. Rather than setting pharmaceutical prices itself, the government contracted with private insurance plans to provide this coverage. Enrollment in Part D was voluntary, with each Medicare recipient allowed to choose from one of the private insurers with a contract to offer coverage in her geographic region. This paper evaluates the effect of this program on the price and utilization of pharmaceutical treatments. Theoretically, it is ambiguous whether the expansion in insurance coverage would increase or reduce pharmaceutical prices. Insurance-induced reductions in demand elasticities would predict an increase in pharmaceutical firms' optimal prices. However, Part D plans could potentially negotiate price discounts through their ability to influence the market share of specific treatments. Using data on product-specific prices and quantities sold in each year in the U.S., our findings indicate that Part D substantially lowered the average price and increased the total utilization of prescription drugs by Medicare recipients. Our results further suggest that the magnitude of these average effects varies across drugs as predicted by economic theory.


26. URBAN INSTITUTE: "The Implications of Career Lengths for Social Security," by Melissa Favreault and C. Eugene Steuerle (Retirement Policy Discussion Paper No. 08-03, April 2008, .pdf format, 48p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "Exogenous determinants of early-life conditions, and mortality later in life," by Gerard J. van den Berg, Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter, and Kaare Christensen (WP 2008-16, April 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


28. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY: "Understanding Poverty among the Elderly in India: Implications for Social Pension Policy," by Sarmistha Pal and Robert Palacios (Discussion Paper 3431, April 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


29. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY]: "Is Prescott Right? Welfare State Policies and the Incentives to Work, Learn and Retire," by Bas Jacobs (CESifo Working Paper No. 2277, April 2008, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

30. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 66, No. 4, 2008).

Search for "International Journal of Aging and Human Development" in Publications.

31. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 56, No. s1, April 2008).

32. Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 70, No. 2, May 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.

33. OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 57, No. 1, 2008).

Search for "OMEGA" in Publications.

34. Public Policy & Aging Report (Vol. 18, No. 1, 2008). Note: the theme of this issue is "America's Regional Demographics in the Early 21st Century: The Role of Seniors, Boomers, and New Minorities."


35. 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 Apr. 9, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 9, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of: Apr. 9, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of: Apr. 9, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of: Apr. 9, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of: Apr. 9, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities Employment Opportunities:

36. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "International Research in Infectious Diseases including AIDS (IRIDA) Program (R01)" (PAR-08-130, reissue of PAR-07-376, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Mar. 31, 2008).


37. AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 9, 2008.


VI. Conferences:

38. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has added the following to its conferences page. Scroll to date and place for more information:

May 14, 2008: Concord, New Hampshire

May 29, 2008: Manchester, New Hampshire


39. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: The following new conferences have been added to the Gerontology site:

Understanding Aging: Biomedical and Bioengineering Approaches: Jun. 27, 2008, Los Angeles, California

12th Annual Conference on Hypertension: Jul. 18, 2008, Savannah, Georgia

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