Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #469--January 8, 2009

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. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: The following tables (.zip compressed and uncompressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel have been updated:

Personal Health Care Expenditures (Tables 1.1 to 1.4):

Medicare Enrollment (Tables 2.1 to 2.8):

Complete Medicare & Medicaid Statistical Supplement:


2. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database:

Data for Ireland (1950-2006) was added.

Data for Scotland (1855-2007) was added.

Data availability:

Data access:


3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new MEPS data file (December 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

MEPS HC-106: MEPS Panel 10 Longitudinal Data File


4. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF COMPUTERIZED DATA ON AGING: ICPSR/NACDA has recently added the following datasets 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:

Comparison of Older Volunteers and Older Nonvolunteers in the Philadelphia Area, 1993-1998

American Community Survey (ACS): Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), 2006


5. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS is seeking "suggestions for experimental modules from the research community for the 2010 wave of HRS." (December, 2008). For more information about how to submit a suggestion, go to:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "International Update, December 2008" (December 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

B. "SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Monthly Statistics, November 2008," (December 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

C. "State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2008," (December 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 118p.).



A. "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Kansas: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (Local Employment Dynamics LED-Ow04-KS, December 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

Scroll to "Kansas".

B. "Public Retirement Benefit Payments Reach Record $168 Billion," (CD08-189, December 29, 2008).

Link to the data tables:

Select 2007.


8. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Medicare: Part B Premiums," by Jim Hahn (R40082, December 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).



A. "Comparison of Average Sales Prices and Average Manufacturer Prices: An Overview of 2007," (OEI-03-08-00450, December 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. "Comparison of First-Quarter 2008 Average Sales Prices and Average Manufacturer Prices: Impact on Medicare Reimbursement for Third Quarter 2008," (OEI-03-08-00530, December 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

C. "Comparing Special Needs Plan Beneficiaries to Other Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan Beneficiaries," (OEI-05-07-00490, December 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

D. "Adverse Events in Hospitals: Overview of Key Issues," (OEI-06-07-00470, December 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

E. "Adverse Events in Hospitals: State Reporting Systems," (OEI-06-07-00471, December 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).



A. "CMS Strengthens Efforts To Fight Medicare Waste, Fraud and Abuse," (Dec. 29, 2008).

B. "CMS Reports Lowest Rate of Overall Growth in National Health Spending Since 1998," (Jan. 6, 2009).

C. "Medicare Clarifies 'Negotiated Prices' Under Part D," (Jan. 6, 2009).

D. "CMS Announces First Results of Hospital Quality Reporting for Outpatient Services," (Jan. 8, 2009).

E. "Decision Memo for Serum Iron Studies NCD 190.18 (Addition of ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 285.22 Anemia of Malignancy and 285.29 Anemia of Other Chronic Condition) (CAG-00406N)," (December 18, 2008).



A. "Quality Guidelines for Indigenous Aged Care," (December 22, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

B. "Unannounced Visits to Nursing Homes and Hostels," (December 22, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).


12. STATISTISKA CENTRALBYRAN/STATISTICS SWEDEN PRESS RELEASE: "Retired men have most financial assets," (December 18, 2008).


13. AGEING RESEARCH ONLINE [AUSTRALIA] PERIODICAL: Ageing Research Online Newsletter(Vol. 5, No. 4, January 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).



A. "Asian countries should reform their pension systems, says OECD," (January 2009). OECD/World Bank has recently completed a report titled "Pensions at a Glance: Asia/Pacific." There is a link to an eight page summary of the report (.pdf format) near the bottom of the press release.,3343,en_2649_34757_41939482_1_1_1_1,00.html

B. Pension Markets In Focus (Issue 5, December 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).



A. "Prescription for the Future: Medications, Medicare Part D, and Managing Expenses in a Difficult Economy," by Teresa A. Keenan (December 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).

B. "What Employees Think: The Opinions of Florida Workers 40+ About Their Jobs, Employers, and Retirement," by Terri Guengerich (December 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

C. "A Year-End Look at the Economic Slowdowns Impact on Middle-Aged and Older Americans," by S. Kathi Brown (January 2009, .pdf format, 32p.).

D. "Legal Needs of Older Ohioans: A 2008 Survey," by Brittne M. Nelson, Rhonda Y. Moore, and Thomas G. Bedall (December 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

E. The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

Parent Guardianship--Dec. 23, 2008

Retirement Without Borders--Jan. 6, 2009

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



A. "401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2007," by Jack VanDerhei, Sarah Holden, Luis Alonso, and Craig Copeland (EBRI Issue Brief No. 324, December 2008, .pdf format, 52p.).

Related Data Tables:

B. "Lump-Sum Distributions at Job Change," by Craig Copeland (EBRI Notes, Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).


17. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Can the Bottom Third Work Longer?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Geoffrey Sanzenbacher, and Steven A. Sass (IB No. 9-1, January 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).


18. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Diversity in Retirement Wealth Accumulation," by Gordon Mermin, Desmond Toohey, and Sheila R. Zedlewski (December 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).


19. INVESTMENT COMPANY INSTITUTE REPORT: "Retirement Saving in Wake of Financial Market Volatility," by Brian Reed and Sarah Holden (December 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

More information about ICI:


20. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 8, No. 25, Dec. 17, 2008 and Vol. 9, No. 1, Jan. 7, 2009).).

More information about FCA:



A. "Determination of tag density required for digital transcriptome analysis: Application to an androgen-sensitive prostate cancer model," by Hairi Li, Michael T. Lovci, Young-Soo Kwon, Michael G. Rosenfeld, Xiang-Dong Fu, and Gene W. Yeo (Vol. 105, No. 51, December 23, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 20179-20184). Note: PNAS is providing free access to the full-text of this article.

B. "Antioxidant activity of growth hormone-releasing hormone antagonists in LNCaP human prostate cancer line," by Nektarios Barabutis and Andrew V. Schally (Vol. 105, No. 51, December 23, 2008, p. 20470-20475).

C. "The role of PTEN/Akt/PI3K signaling in the maintenance and viability of prostate cancer stem-like cell populations," by Anna Dubrovska, Sungeun Kim, Richard J. Salamone, John R. Walker, Sauveur-Michel Maira, Carlos Garc-Echeverr, Peter G. Schultz, and Venkateshwar A. Reddy (Vol. 106, No. 1, January 6, 2009, p. 268-273).

D. "Glyconanoparticles allow pre-symptomatic in vivo imaging of brain disease," by Sander I. van Kasteren, Sandra J. Campbell, Sastien Serres, Daniel C. Anthony, Nicola R. Sibson, and Benjamin G. Davis (Vol. 106, No. 1, January 6, 2009, p. 18-23).


22. SCIENCE REPORT ABSTRACT: "Regulation of Neuronal Survival Factor MEF2D by Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy," by Qian Yang, Hua She, Marla Gearing, Emanuela Colla, Michael Lee, John J. Shacka, and Zixu Mao (Vol. 323, No. 5910, January 2, 2008, p. 124-127).


23. NATURE LETTER EXTRACT: "Caenorhabditis elegans dauers need LKB1/AMPK to ration lipid reserves and ensure long-term survival," by Patrick Narbonne and Richard Roy (Vol. 457, No. 7226, January 8, 2009, p. 210-214).



A. "Use of Prescription and Over-the-counter Medications and Dietary Supplements Among Older Adults in the United States," by Dima M. Qato, G. Caleb Alexander, Rena M. Conti, Michael Johnson, Phil Schumm, and Stacy Tessler Lindau (Vol. 300, No. 24, Dec. 24/31, 2008, p. 2867-2878).

B. "Effect of Selenium and Vitamin E on Risk of Prostate Cancer and Other Cancers: The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT)," by Scott M. Lippman, Eric A. Klein, Phyllis J. Goodman, M. Scott Lucia, Ian M. Thompson, Leslie G. Ford, Howard L. Parnes, Lori M. Minasian, J. Michael Gaziano, Jo Ann Hartline, J. Kellogg Parsons; James D. Bearden III, E. David Crawford, Gary E. Goodman, Jaime Claudio, Eric Winquist, Elise D. Cook, Daniel D. Karp, Philip Walther, Michael M. Lieber, Alan R. Kristal, Amy K. Darke, Kathryn B. Arnold, Patricia A. Ganz, Regina M. Santella, Demetrius Albanes, Philip R. Taylor, Jeffrey L. Probstfield, T. J. Jagpal, John J. Crowley, Frank L. Meyskens Jr., Laurence H. Baker, and Charles A. Coltman Jr. (Vol. 301, No. 1, January 7, 2008, p. 39-51).

C. "Vitamins E and C in the Prevention of Prostate and Total Cancer in Men: The Physicians' Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial," by J. Michael Gaziano, Robert J. Glynn, William G. Christen, Tobias Kurth, Charlene Belanger, Jean MacFadyen, Vadim Bubes, JoAnn E. Manson, Howard D. Sesso, and Julie E. Buring (Vol. 301, No. 1, January 7, 2008, p. 52-62).

D. "Bilateral Deep Brain Stimulation vs Best Medical Therapy for Patients With Advanced Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Frances M. Weaver, Kenneth Follett, Matthew Stern, Kwan Hur, Crystal Harris, William J. Marks Jr., Johannes Rothlind, Oren Sagher, Domenic Reda, Claudia S. Moy, Rajesh Pahwa, Kim Burchiel, Penelope Hogarth, Eugene C. Lai, John E. Duda, Kathryn Holloway, Ali Samii, Stacy Horn, Jeff Bronstein, Gatana Stoner, Jill Heemskerk, and Grant D. Huang; for the CSP 468 Study Group (Vol. 301, No. 1, January 7, 2008, p. 63-73).



A. "The Effects of Aging on Researchers' Publication and Citation Patterns," by Yves Gingras, Vincent Lariviere, Benoit Macaluso, and Jean-Pierre Robitaille (PLoS ONE 3(12): e4048. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004048, XML, HTML, and .pdf
format, 8p.).

B. "The Toll-NFkB Signaling Pathway Mediates the Neuropathological Effects of the Human Alzheimer's A{beta}-42 Polypeptide in Drosophila," by Lihua Tan, Paul Schedl, Ho-Juhn Song, Dan Garza, and Mary Konsolaki (PLoS ONE 3(12): e3966. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003966, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "Antidepressants of the Serotonin-Antagonist Type Increase Body Fat and Decrease Lifespan of Adult Caenorhabditis elegans," by Kim Zarse and Michael Ristow (PLoS ONE 3(12): e4062. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004062, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

D. "Transmission in Heteronymous Spinal Pathways Is Modified after Stroke and Related to Motor Incoordination," by Joseph-Omer Dyer, Eric Maupas, Sibele de Andrade Melo, Daniel Bourbonnais, Jean Fleury, and Robert Forget (PLoS ONE 4(1): e4123. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004123, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

E. "Aging Alters Functionally Human Dermal Papillary Fibroblasts but Not Reticular Fibroblasts: A New View of Skin Morphogenesis and Aging," by Sole Mine, Nicolas O. Fortunel, HervPageon, and Daniel Asselineau (PLoS ONE 3(12): e4066. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004066, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

F. "Diabetes and the Risk of Multi-System Aging Phenotypes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," by Feng-Ping Lu, Kun-Pei Lin, and Hsu-Ko Kuo (PLoS ONE 4(1): e4144. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004144, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).



A. "Giant Osteoclast Formation and Long-Term Oral Bisphosphonate Therapy," by Robert S. Weinstein, Paula K. Roberson, and Stavros C. Manolagas (Vol. 360, No. 1, January 1, 2008, p. 53-62).

B. "Mortality Attributable to Smoking in China," by Dongfeng Gu, Tanika N. Kelly, Xigui Wu, Jing Chen, Jonathan M. Samet, Jian-feng Huang, Manlu Zhu, Ji-chun Chen, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Xiufang Duan, Michael J. Klag, and Jiang He (Vol. 360, No. 2, January 8, 2009, p. 150-159).

C. "Glucose Control and Vascular Complications in Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes," by William Duckworth, Carlos Abraira, Thomas Moritz, Domenic Reda, Nicholas Emanuele, Peter D. Reaven, Franklin J. Zieve, Jennifer Marks, Stephen N. Davis, Rodney Hayward, Stuart R. Warren, Steven Goldman, Madeline McCarren, Mary Ellen Vitek, William G. Henderson, Ph.D., Grant D. Huang, for the VADT Investigators (Vol. 360, No. 2, January 8, 2009, p. 129-139).



A. "Risk of Parkinson's disease after hospital contact for head injury: population based case-control study," by Kathrine Rugbjerg, Beate Ritz, Lise Korbo, Nick Martinussen, and Jorgen H. Olsen (BMJ 2008;337:a2494, December 15, 2008, Article).

B. "Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study," by James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis (BMJ 2008;337:a2338, December 4, 2008, Article).

C. "Memory clinics could improve dementia care, say experts," by Zosia Kmietowicz (BMJ 2008;337:a3127, December 24, 2008, News).



A. "Don't bring me your huddled masses," by Nishi-Koizumi (Jan. 3, 2009).

B. "Greying Globe," (Jan. 3, 2009). Note: This article is a review of the book "The Age of Aging: How Demographics are Changing the Global Economy and Our World," by George Magnus.


III. Working Papers:

29. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "How Much Do Respondents in the Health and Retirement Study Know About Their Tax-deferred Contribution Plans? A Cross-cohort Comparison," by Irena Dushi and Marjorie Honig (WP 2008-201, December 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


30. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Gender and Ageing in Thailand: A Situation Analysis of Older Women and Men," by John E. Knodel and Napaporn Chayovan (PSC Research Report No. 08-664, December 2008, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


31. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Why Aren't Developed Countries Saving?" by Loretti I. Dobrescu, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, and Alberto F. Motta (w14580, December 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).


National saving rates differ enormously across developed countries. But these differences obscure a common trend, namely a dramatic decline over time. France and Italy, for example, saved over 17 percent of national income in 1970, but less than 7 percent in 2006. Japan saved 30 percent in 1970, but only 8 percent in 2006. And the U.S. saved 9 percent in 1970, but only 2 percent in 2006. What explains these international and intertemporal differences? Is it demographics, government spending, productivity growth or preferences? Our answer is preferences. Developed societies are placing increasing weight on the welfare of those currently alive, particularly contemporaneous older generations. This conclusion emerges from estimating two models in which society makes consumption and labor supply decisions in light of uncertainty over future government spending, productivity, and social preferences. The two models differ in terms of the nature of preference uncertainty and the extent to which current society can control future societies' spending and labor supply decisions.


32. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD FINANCE AND ECONOMICS DISCUSSION SERIES: "Stock Market Participation, Portfolio Choice and Pensions over the Life-Cycle," by Steffan G. Ball (2008-64, November 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


33. CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR POPULATION RESEARCH [UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES]: "The Association Between Retirement and Emotional Well-Being: Does Prior Work-Family Conflict Matter?" by Kathryn M. Coursolle, Megan M. Sweeney, James M. Raymo, and Jeong-Hwa Ho (PWP-CCPR-2008-052, December 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).


Objectives. This study investigates whether the association between retirement and emotional well-being depends on prior experience of work-family conflict.

Methods. We use data from the 1993 and 2004 waves of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to estimate linear regression models of emotional well-being, including symptoms of depression and positive psychological functioning. We also use fixed effects models to investigate whether key findings persist after controlling for stable but unobserved characteristics of individuals.

Results. Retirement is associated with a relatively greater reduction in depressive symptoms among individuals previously experiencing high levels of work stress interfering with family life. We find suggestive evidence of a similar improvement in well-being with respect to positive psychological functioning after accounting for unobserved characteristics of individuals such as personality or coping style. Among those previously exposed to high levels of family stress spilling into work at midlife, our results suggest that retirement tends to bring greater improvements in emotional well-being among men than women.

Discussion. Retirement may come more as a relief than a stressor for individuals previously experiencing high levels of work demands interfering with family life. However, particularly among women, retirement may not relieve the burdens of family life stressors.



A. "Using International Micro Data to Learn about Individuals' Responses to Changes in Social Insurance," by Michael Hurd, Pierre-Carl Michaud, and Susann Rohwedder (WR-626, November 2008, .pdf format, 53p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Methodological Innovations in Collecting Spending Data: The HRS Consumption and Activities Mail Survey," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedde (WR-464, November 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:



A. "Benchmarking Medicare Managed Care Plan Enrollment Estimates from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and Administrative Enrollment Files from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid," by Merrile Sing (Working Paper 8011, December 2008, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Accuracy of Household Reports of Medicare Managed Care Enrollment in the MEPS," by Samuel Zuvekas and Gary Olin (Working Paper 8012, December 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


36. ESRC RESEARCH CENTRE FOR ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION (CASE) [LONDON (UK) SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS]: "Family ties: Women's work and family histories and their association with incomes in later life in the UK," by Tom Sefton, Maria Evandrou, and Jane Falkingham (CASE/135, December 2008, .pdf format, 53p).


This paper examines the relationship between the family and work histories of older women in the UK and their individual incomes in later life, using retrospective data from the first fifteen waves of the British Household Panel Survey. The associations between women's family histories and their incomes later in life are relatively weak, and in many cases insignificant. Divorce, early widowhood and re-marriage are not associated with significant differences in older women's incomes, whilst motherhood is only associated with a small reduction in incomes later in life - and not at all for certain sub-groups of the population. Whilst there are significant differences in the work histories of older women with different family histories, this does not translate into large differences in their personal incomes, because work history-related income differentials are also relatively small. Even long periods in employment are not associated with significantly higher incomes in later life if these periods were in predominantly part-time or mixed employment. Our analysis demonstrates how effective public transfers have been in dampening work history-related differentials in older women's incomes, especially for widows and those towards the bottom of the income distribution. On the one hand, this could be seen as a positive finding in that the 'pension penalty' associated with events such as motherhood and divorce are not as severe as is often anticipated. On the other hand, the main reason for this is that the pension returns to working longer are relatively low, especially for low-skilled women. Recent pensions reforms should eventually produce more equitable outcomes as between men and women, though possibly at the expense of greater inequality among women with different work and family histories.


37. INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS [LONDON]: "Understanding the Labour Market for Older Workers," by John S. Heywood and W. Stanley Siebert (IEA Discussion Paper No. 23, November 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

38. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2009).

39. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 23, No. 6, December/January 2009).

40. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 16, No. 1, 2009).

41. Health and Social Work (Vol. 33, No. 4, November 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

42. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 67, No. 4, 2008).

43. International Social Security Review (Vol. 62, No. 1, Jan./Mar. 2009).

44. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2009).

45. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 57, No. 1, January 2009).

46. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 20, No. 4, 2008).

47. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2009).

48. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 63, No. 12, December 2008).

49. Medical Care (Vol. 47, No. 1, January 2009).


50. 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 Dec. 31, 2008/Jan. 7, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 31, 2008/Jan. 7, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 31, 2008/Jan. 7, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Dec. 31, 2008/Jan. 7, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Dec. 31, 2008/Jan. 7, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Dec. 31, 2008/Jan. 7, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

51. INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS [LONDON]: Pension Provision: Government Failure Around the World, edited by Philip Booth, Oskari Juurikkala, and Nick Silver (December 2008, .pdf format, 161p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Probes for Microimaging The Nervous System (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-09-062, a reissue of PA-06-021, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, Dec. 18, 2008).

B. "Vulnerable Dendrites and Synapses in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease (R01)," (PA-09-061, National Institute on Aging, Dec. 18, 2008).

C. "Notice of Non-Participation in PA-09-036 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)," (NOT-TW-09-002, National Institute on Aging, Dec. 18, 2008).


53. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: "Older Worker Demonstration Grants," (SGA/DFA PY 08-06).


VII. Websites of Interest:

54. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: The Social Security Administration has released a new web site that allows you to calculate your estimated benefit online. The new web site can be found at:


55. NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE: "SEER-Medicare Linked Database," (December 2008). "The SEER-Medicare data reflect the linkage of two large population-based sources of data that provide detailed information about elderly persons with cancer. The data come from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program of cancer registries that collect clinical, demographic and cause of death information for persons with cancer and the Medicare claims for covered health care services from the time of a person's Medicare eligibility until death.

The linkage of these two data sources results in a unique population-based source of information that can be used for an array of epidemiological and health services research. For example, investigators using this combined dataset have conducted studies on patterns of care for persons with cancer before a cancer diagnosis, over the period of initial diagnosis and treatment, and during long-term follow-up. Investigators have also examined the use of cancer tests and procedures and the costs of cancer treatment." Please note that the SEER-Medicare data is not a public use database. Users must apply to NCI for approval to use the data. For more information about the data, and the process for acquiring the data, go to:




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