Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #483 -- April 16, 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:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Reports and articles:

1. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Defined Benefit Plans: Proposed Plan Buyouts by Financial Firms Pose Potential Risks and Benefits," (GAO-09-207 March 2009, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-207

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2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, April 2009" (April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2009-04/index.html

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3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Potential Improper Medicaid Payments for Outpatient Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Services for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries," (OEI-04-07-00340, April 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

Summary:

We determined that Medicaid programs in 8 of 11 selected States spent a total of $1.3 million in potential improper payments for clinical diagnostic laboratory services that were provided on an assignment-related basis to dual eligibles in FY 2005 and 2006. Dual eligibles are beneficiaries who are enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B and also entitled to some Medicaid benefits. Over half of the potential improper payments we identified corresponded to five Current Procedural Terminology codes. One of these codes accounted for almost 30 percent of the potential improper payments we identified. State Medicaid programs should not pay for any portion of outpatient clinical diagnostic laboratory services that were provided on an assignment-related basis to dual eligibles who are enrolled in Medicare Part B.

This memorandum has no recommendations. Our results demonstrate that opportunities exist to educate State Medicaid programs that they should not pay for any portion of outpatient clinical diagnostic laboratory services provided to dual-eligible beneficiaries. CMS did not have any comments on this memorandum.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-07-00340.pdf

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4. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASE, TABLES:

A. "Medicare Announces Sites For Pilot Program To Improve Quality As Patients Move Across Care Settings," (April 13, 2009).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3439

B. "Medicare Hospices, 2008," (Tables 8.1-8.3, April 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1221785&intNumPerPage=10

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5. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE:

A. "Transition Care: Helping Older Territorians Regain Their Independence," (April 14, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je042.htm

B. "319 Community Aged Care Jobs in the NT," (April 14, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je041.htm

C. "Minister Opens Extension to Largest Nursing Home in NT: More Aged Care Beds for Darwin," (April 14, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 3p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je040.htm

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6. NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE [MALTA] PRESS RELEASE: "Accrued-to-date Pension Liabilities: 2006-2007," (058/2009, April 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.nso.gov.mt/statdoc/document_view.aspx?id=2397&backUrl=news_by_date.aspx%3fretainCriteria%3dtrue

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7. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPENDIUM: OECD Factbook 2009: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics (2009, .pdf and HTML format). Note: Within the "Population and Migration" section are three articles devoted to aging and pensions.

http://titania.sourceoecd.org/vl=9748122/cl=14/nw=1/rpsv/factbook2009/index.htm

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8. CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES (CEPS) REPORT: "How to make European pensions adequate and sustainable?" by Juraj Draxler (March 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://shop.ceps.eu/downfree.php?item_id=1811

More information about CEPS:

http://ceps.eu/wAbout.php?article_id=1

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9. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "The 2009 Retirement Confidence Survey: Economy Drives Confidence to Record Lows; Many Looking to Work Longer," by Ruth Helman, Craig Copeland and Jack VanDerhei (EBRI Issue Brief No. 328, April 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=4226

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10. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Employment Support for the Transition to Retirement: Can a New Program Help Older Workers Continue to Work and Protect Those Who Cannot?" by David C. Stapleton (2009-05, April 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/work/retirement/2009_05_transition.html

B. "Rx Watchdog Report: Trends in Prices of Prescription Drugs Used by Medicare Beneficiaries," by David J. Gross, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, and Leigh Purvis (2009-07, April 2009, .pdf format, 71p.). Note: The latest report is for 2008.

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/drugs/rx_watchdog.html

C. "19 Million Working-Age Americans Have a Disability that Limits or Prevents Work. Most Are Poor or Low-Income," by Ellen O'Brien and Carlos Figueiredo (April 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/assistance/lowincome/fs153_ssdi.html

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11. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "Rising Tides and Retirement: The Aggregate and Distributional Effects of Differential Wage Growth on Social Security," by Melissa Favreault (April 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411872

B. "The Impact of Changing Earnings Volatility on Retirement Wealth," by Austin Nichols and Melissa Favreault (March 2009, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411873

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12. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK AT BOSTON COLLEGE REPORT: "Age and Generations: Understanding Experiences at the Workplace," by Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Christina Matz-Costa, and Elyssa Besen (Research Highlight 6, March 2009, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/RH06_Age&Generations_2009-03-20.pdf

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13. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "How Do Emotions Influence Saving Behavior?" by Gergana Y. Nenkov, Deborah J. MacInnis, and Maureen Morrin (IB No. 9-8, April 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/how_do_emotions_influence_saving_behavior_.html

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14. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: _Retirement Policy Outlook_ (No. 3, April 2009, .pdf format, 6p.). Note: The title of this issue is "Does It Pay to Work? The Case for Cutting the Social Security Tax for Workers near Retirement," by Andrew G. Biggs.

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.29723/pub_detail.asp

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15. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ONE ARTICLE: "Gender- and Age-Dependent {gamma}-Secretase Activity in Mouse Brain and Its Implication in Sporadic Alzheimer Disease," by Lisa Placanica, Lei Zhu and Yue-Ming Li (PLoS ONE 4(4): e5088. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005088, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005088

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16. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Hypoglycemic Episodes and Risk of Dementia in Older Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus," by Rachel A. Whitmer, Andrew J. Karter, Kristine Yaffe, Charles P. Quesenberry Jr., and Joseph V. Selby (Vol. 301, No. 15, April 15, 2009, p. 1565-1572).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/15/1565?etoc

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17. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Gene regulatory logic of dopamine neuron differentiation," by Nuria Flames and Oliver Hobert (Vol 458, No. 7240, April 14, 2009, p. 885-889).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v458/n7240/abs/nature07929.html

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18. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Optical Deconstruction of Parkinsonian Neural Circuitry," by Viviana Gradinaru, Murtaza Mogri, Kimberly R. Thompson, Jaimie M. Henderson, and Karl Deisseroth (Vol. 324, No. 5925, April 17, 2009, p. 354-359).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/324/5925/354

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19. LANCET NEUROLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "The Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) In Stroke (PAIS) trial: a multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase III trial," by Heleen M. den Hertog, H. Bart van der Worp, H. Maarten A. van Gemert, Ale Algra, L. Jaap Kappelle, Jan van Gijn, Peter J. Koudstaal, and Diederik W.J. Dippel (Vol. 8, No. 5, May 2009, p. 434-440).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474442209700511/abstract

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20. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "A Racial Divide: Blacks experience heart failure earlier and at a far greater rate than whites," by Jesse Ellison (April 20, 2009).

http://www.newsweek.com/id/193482

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II. Working Papers:

21. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY POLICY: "Social Security and Marginal Returns to Work Near Retirement," by Gayle L. Reznik, David A. Weaver, and Andrew G. Biggs (Issue Paper No. 2009-02, April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 19p.).

Summary:

Using the Social Security Administration's MINT (Modeling Income in the Near Term) model, this paper calculates the marginal returns to work near retirement, as measured by the increase in benefits associated with an additional year of employment at the end of an individual's work life. With exceptions for certain population subgroups, the analysis finds that marginal returns on Social Security taxes paid near retirement are generally low. The paper also tests the effects on marginal returns of a variety of potential Social Security policy changes designed to improve incentives to work.

HTML:

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/issuepapers/ip2009-02.html

PDF:

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/issuepapers/ip2009-02.pdf

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22. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: "Portfolio Choice in Retirement: Health Risk and the Demand for Annuities, Housing, and Risky Assets," by Motohiro Yogo (WP2009-02, April 2009, .pdf format, 50p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at. Free registration is required to access the full-text:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=765

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23. RAND CORPORATION: "Grossman's Health Threshold and Retirement," by Titus Galama, Arie Kapteyn, Raquel Fonseca, and Pierre-Carl Michaud (WR-658, 2009, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR658/

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24. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Pension Schemes for the Self-employed in OECD Countries," by Jongkyun Choi (OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 84, April 2009, .pdf format, 60p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_34757_42545992_119684_1_1_1,00.html

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

25. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 68, No. 3, 2009).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=wj1110w80211

26. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 8, No. 2, April 2009).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=PEF&volumeId=8&issueId=02&iid=5449144

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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 Apr. 15, 2009:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 15, 2009:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 15, 2009:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Apr. 15, 2009:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/prc.htm

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 15, 2009:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/stc.htm

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Apr. 15, 2009:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/eye.htm

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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IV. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

28. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03)," (PA-09-163, a reissue of PA-06-180, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 16, 2009).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-163.html

B. "NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21)," (PA-09-164, a reissue of PA-06-181, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 16, 2009).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-164.html

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29. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ADMINISTRATION ON AGING:

A. "Congressional Mandates- non NORC," (HHS-2009-AoA-MA-0907).

B. "Congressional Mandates- NORC," (HHS-2009-AoA-MA-0908).

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2009/2009EarmarkApplicationInstructions.doc

The deadline for both grants is May 29, 2009.

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30. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: "Living well with dementia - a national dementia strategy: demonstrator site programme," (Reference No. 11503, April 2009). Note: Completed applications must be mail by May 21, 2009.

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_097629

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31. SEALY CENTER ON AGING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH: "Pre and Post Doctoral Training Program in Health of Older Minorities." "These positions are for research focusing on the health of older minorities, with an emphasis on older Hispanics. Fellows collaborate with any of more than 15 Center faculty who have over $42 million in research pertaining to minority health and aging in the areas of medical outcomes, health service utilization, social epidemiology, psychosocial stress, and health promotion."

http://www.utmb.edu/scoa/ResearchTraining/ppdtphom.html

Thanks,

Charlie

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