Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #521 -- January 28, 2010

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 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Comparison of Second-Quarter 2009 Average Sales Prices and Average Manufacturer Prices: Impact on Medicare Reimbursement for Fourth Quarter 2009," (OEI-03-09-00640, January 2010, .pdf format, 19p.).

Summary:

Using a revised payment methodology recently implemented by CMS, we identified a total of 24 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes with average sales prices (ASP) that exceeded average manufacturer prices (AMP) by at least 5 percent in the second quarter of 2009. If reimbursement amounts for these 24 codes had been based on 103 percent of the AMPs, Medicare expenditures would have been reduced by $3.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2009.

Pursuant to section 1847A(d)(3) of the Social Security Act (the Act), OIG must notify the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) if the ASP for a particular drug exceeds the drug's AMP by a threshold of 5 percent. If that threshold is met, the Act authorizes the Secretary to disregard the ASP for that drug and substitute the payment amount for the drug code with the lesser of the widely available market price for the drug (if any) or 103 percent of the AMP. This is OIG's 14th report comparing ASPs to AMPs; however, CMS has yet to make any changes to reimbursement as a result of OIG's findings.

Of the 24 HCPCS codes that met the threshold for price adjustment, 13 had AMP data for every drug product that CMS used to establish reimbursement amounts. Eight of these thirteen drugs were also eligible for price adjustments in one or more of the previous four quarters, with one drug meeting the 5-percent threshold in all five quarters under review. The remaining 11 of 24 HCPCS codes also met the 5-percent threshold in the second quarter of 2009 but did not have AMP data for every drug product that CMS used when calculating reimbursement. We could not compare ASPs and AMPs for 51 HCPCS codes because AMP data were not submitted for any of the drug products that CMS used to calculate reimbursement. Manufacturers for 10 percent of those drug products had Medicaid drug rebate agreements and were therefore generally required to submit AMPs. OIG will continue to work with CMS to evaluate and pursue appropriate actions against manufacturers that fail to submit required data.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-09-00640.pdf

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2. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORTS:

A. "50+ back to work evidence review and indicative guide for secondary data analysis," by Sandra Vegeris, Deborah Smeaton and Melahat Sahin-Dikmen (Research Report No. 615, January 2010, .pdf format, 148p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_615.asp

B. "Default options in Workplace Personal Pensions: report of a qualitative study," by Chris Dobson, Stephen Hogan, Sarah Horsfield and Mark Winstanley (Research Report No. 628, January 2010, .pdf format, 53p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2009-2010/rrep628.pdf

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3. UK NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE REPORT: "Improving dementia services in England - an interim report," (January 2010, .pdf format, 44p.).

http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/0910/improving_dementia_services.aspx

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4. NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HEALTH/HUNGA KAITITIRO I TE HAUORA O TE TANGATA REPORT: "How Should We Care for the Carers, Now and Into the Future? Manaaki tangata," (January 2010, Word and .pdf format, 61p.).

http://www.nhc.health.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexcm/nhc-how-should-we-care-for-the-carers

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5. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Caring for a parent who lives far away: The consequences," by Mireille Vézina and Martin Turcotte (Canadian Social Trends, Summer 2010, No.89, January 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3-13).

HTML:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2010001/article/11072-eng.htm

PDF:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2010001/article/11072-eng.pdf

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6. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS ARTICLE: "One in ten employees do not participate in supplementary pension schemes," (January 21, 2010).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/inkomen-bestedingen/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2010/2010-3030-wm.htm

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7. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "2009-10 Aged Care Approvals Round Commences," (January 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-je-je005.htm

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8. AARP REPORT, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Resource Tests and Eligibility for Federal Assistance Programs: Effects of Current Rules and Options for Change," by Mark Merlis (January 2010, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/ppi/econ-sec/low-income/articles/2010-01-resource-tests.html

B. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer and MP3 format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) have been added to the PTR site:

"Living in Poverty: A Spotlight on Women Struggling to Pay the Bills" (Jan. 26, 2010)

http://www.aarp.org/aarp/broadcast/aarp_radio/radio_prime_time/articles/elder_poverty.html

"A Conversation with Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee" (Jan. 26, 2010)

http://www.aarp.org/aarp/broadcast/aarp_radio/radio_prime_time/articles/kathy_greenlee.html

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9. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "Poverty Risks for Older People in EU Countries - An Update," by Asghar Zaidi (January 2010, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1657

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10. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK AT BOSTON COLLEGE FACT SHEET: "Trends in volunteerism among older adults," (Fact Sheet No. 3, January 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/FS03_TrendsVolunteerism_2010-01-14.pdf

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11. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Differential effects and rates of normal aging in cerebellum and hippocampus," by Diana S. Woodruff-Pak, Michael R. Foy, Garnik G. Akopian, Ka Hung Lee, Jordan Zach, Kim Phuong Thi Nguyen, David M. Comalli, John A. Kennard, Alexis Agelan, and Richard F. Thompson (Vol. 107, No. 4, January 26, 2010, p. 1624-1629).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/4/1624.abstract

B. "Alzheimer's-related endosome dysfunction in Down syndrome is A{beta}-independent but requires APP and is reversed by BACE-1 inhibition," by Ying Jiang, Kerry A. Mullaney, Corrinne M. Peterhoff, Shaoli Che, Stephen D. Schmidt, Anne Boyer-Boiteau, Stephen D. Ginsberg, Anne M. Cataldo, Paul M. Mathews, and Ralph A. Nixon (Vol. 107, No. 4, January 26, 2010, p. 1630-1635).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/4/1630.abstract

C. "Evolution in Health and Medicine Sackler Colloquium: Genetic variation in human telomerase is associated with telomere length in Ashkenazi centenarians," by Gil Atzmon, Miook Cho, Richard M. Cawthon, Temuri Budagov, Micol Katz, Xiaoman Yang, Glenn Siegel, Aviv Bergman, Derek M. Huffman, Clyde B. Schechter, Woodring E. Wright, Jerry W. Shay, Nir Barzilai, Diddahally R. Govindaraju, and Yousin Suh (Vol. 107, Suppl. 1, January 26, 2010, p. 1710-1717).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/suppl.1/1710.abstract

D. "Evolution in Health and Medicine Sackler Colloquium: Evolution of the human lifespan and diseases of aging: Roles of infection, inflammation, and nutrition," by Caleb E. Finch (Vol. 107, Suppl. 1, January 26, 2010, p. 1718-1724).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/suppl.1/1718.abstract

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12. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Systemic signals regulate ageing and rejuvenation of blood stem cell niches," by Shane R. Mayack, Jennifer L. Shadrach, Francis S. Kim & Amy J. Wagers (Vol. 463, No. 7280, January 27, 2010, p. 495-500).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v463/n7280/abs/nature08749.html

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13. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Amyloid beta from axons and dendrites reduces local spine number and plasticity," by Wei Wei, Louis N. Nguyen, Helmut W. Kessels, Hiroaki Hagiwara, Sangram Sisodia and Roberto Malinow (Vol. 13, No. 2, February 2010, p. 190-196).

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v13/n2/abs/nn.2476.html

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14. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Increased Ambulatory Care Copayments and Hospitalizations among the Elderly," by Amal N. Trivedi, Husein Moloo, and Vincent Mor (Vol. 362, No. 4, January 28, 2010, p. 320-328).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/362/4/320

B. "Alzheimer's Disease," by Henry W. Querfurth and Frank M. LaFerla (Vol. 362, No. 4, January 28, 2010, p. 320-328).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/362/4/329

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15. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "The Patient Who Falls: 'It's Always a Trade-off'," by Mary E. Tinetti and Chandrika Kumar (Vol. 303, No. 3, January 20, 2010, p. 258-266).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/303/3/258

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16. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ARTICLES:

A. "HH Domain of Alzheimer's Disease A{beta} Provides Structural Basis for Neuronal Binding in PC12 and Mouse Cortical/Hippocampal Neurons," by Joseph F. Poduslo, Emily J. Gilles, Muthu Ramakrishnan, Kyle G. Howell, Thomas M. Wengenack, Geoffry L. Curran, and Karunya K. Kandimalla (PLoS ONE 5(1): e8813. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008813, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008813

B. "S100a9 Knockdown Decreases the Memory Impairment and the Neuropathology in Tg2576 Mice, AD Animal Model," by Tae-Young Ha, Keun-A Chang, Jeong a Kim, Hye-Sun Kim, Seonghan Kim, Young Hae Chong, and Yoo-Hun Suh (PLoS ONE 5(1): e8840. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008840, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008840

C. "Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease with Anti-Homocysteic Acid Antibody in 3xTg-AD Male Mice," by Tohru Hasegawa, Nobuyuki Mikoda, Masashi Kitazawa, and Frank M. LaFerla (PLoS ONE 5(1): e8593. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008593, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008593

D. "Evidence for Gender-Specific Transcriptional Profiles of Nigral Dopamine Neurons in Parkinson Disease," by Filip Simunovic, Ming Yi, Yulei Wang, Robert Stephens, and Kai C. Sonntag (PLoS ONE 5(1): e8856. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008856, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008856

E. "Synaptic and Endosomal Localization of Active {gamma}-Secretase in Rat Brain," by Susanne Frykman, Ji-Yeun Hur, Jenny Frĺnberg, Mikio Aoki, Bengt Winblad, Jarmila Nahalkova, Homira Behbahani, and Lars O. Tjernberg (PLoS ONE 5(1): e8948. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008948, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008948

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17. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles: "The Benefits of Risk Factor Prevention in Americans Aged 51 Years and Older," by Dana P. Goldman, Yuhui Zheng, Federico Girosi, Pierre-Carl Michaud, S. Jay Olshansky, David Cutler, and John W. Rowe (American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 99, No. 11, 2009, p. 2096-2101, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/714347

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18. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE:

A. "Quality of life three years after diagnosis of localised prostate cancer: population based cohort study," by David P. Smith, Madeleine T King, Sam Egger, Martin P. Berry, Phillip D. Stricker, Paul Cozzi, Jeanette Ward, Dianne L. O'Connell, and Bruce K. Armstrong (BMJ 2009;339:b4817, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/339/nov27_2/b4817

B. "The association between BMI and mortality using offspring BMI as an indicator of own BMI: large intergenerational mortality study," by George Davey Smith, Jonathan A.C. Sterne, Abigail Fraser, Per Tynelius, Debbie A. Lawlor, and Finn Rasmussen (BMJ 2009;339:b5043, .pdf and HTML format, 9p.).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/339/dec22_1/b5043

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19. TIME ARTICLE: "When Caring for Aging Parents Brings Back Sibling Tensions," by Francine Russo (Vol. 175, No. 4, February 1, 2010).

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1956619,00.html

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II. Working Papers:

20. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Terminal Care and The Value of Life Near Its End," by Tomas J. Philipson, Gary Becker, Dana Goldman, and Kevin M. Murphy (w15648, January 2010, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Medical care at the end of life, estimated to contribute up to a quarter of US health care spending, often encounters skepticism from payers and policy makers who question its high cost and often minimal health benefits. However, though many observers have claimed that such spending is often irrational and wasteful, little explicit analysis exists on the incentives that determine end of life health care spending. This paper attempts to provide the first rational and systematic analysis of the incentives behind end of life care. The main argument we make is that existing theoretical and empirical analysis of the value of life do not apply, and often under-values, the value of life near its end and terminal care. We argue that several factors drive up the value of life near its end including the low opportunity cost of medical spending near ones death, the value of hope including living into new innovations, and the potential positive effect of on the value of life from being frail. We calibrate the ex-post value of hope associated with treatments for HIV patients to be as much as four times as high as standard per-capita estimates of treatment effects and as many as two and a half times as high as aggregate values across all cohorts.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15649

B. "Explaining the Rise in Educational Gradients in Mortality," by David M. Cutler, Fabian Lange, Ellen Meara, Seth Richards, and Christopher J. Ruhm (w15678, January 2010, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

The long-standing inverse relationship between education and mortality strengthened substantially later in the 20th century. This paper examines the reasons for this increase. We show that behavioral risk factors are not of primary importance. Smoking has declined more for the better educated, but not enough to explain the trend. Obesity has risen at similar rates across education groups, and control of blood pressure and cholesterol has increased fairly uniformly as well. Rather, our results show that the mortality returns to risk factors, and conditional on risk factors, the return to education, have grown over time.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15678

C. "The Effect of Uncertain Labor Income and Social Security on Life-cycle Portfolios," by Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Ralph Rogalla (w15682, January 2010, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines how labor income volatility and social security benefits can influence lifecycle household portfolios. We examine how much the individual optimally saves and where, taking into account liquid financial wealth and annuities, and stocks as well as bonds. Higher labor income uncertainty and lower old-age benefits boost demand for stable income in retirement, but also when young. In addition, a declining equity glide path with age is appropriate for the worker with low income uncertainty; for the high income risk worker, equity exposure rises until retirement. We also evaluate how differences in social security benefits can influence retirement risk management.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15682

D. "How general are risk preferences? Choices under uncertainty in different domains," by Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Iuliana Pascu, and Mark R. Cullen (w15686, January 2010, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

We examine the extent to which an individual's actual insurance and investment choices display a stable ranking in willingness to bear risk, relative to his peers, across different contexts. We do so by examining the same individuals' decisions regarding their 401(k) asset allocations and their choices in five different employer-provided insurance domains, including health and disability insurance. We reject the null that there is no domain-general component of preferences. Among the five insurance domains, the magnitude of the domain-general component of preferences appears substantial; we find for example that one's choices in other insurance domains are substantially more predictive of one's choice in a given insurance domain than either one's detailed demographic characteristics or one's claims experience in that domain. However, we find considerably less predictive power between one's insurance choices and the riskiness of one's 401(k) asset allocations, suggesting that the common element of an individual's preferences may be stronger among domains that are "closer" in context. We also find that the relationship between insurance and investment choices appears considerably larger for employees who may be associated with better "financial sophistication." Overall, we view our findings as largely consistent with an important domain-general component of risk preferences.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15686

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21. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: WPRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Implications of the Financial Crisis for Long Run Retirement Security," by Olivia S. Mitchell (WP2010-02, January 2010, .pdf format, 11p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=822

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22. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Ageing and the Welfare State: Securing Sustainability," by Volker Meier and Martin Werding (WP2916, January 2010, .pdf format, 23p). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=17298

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23. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Disability Benefits for Older People: How Does the UK Attendance Allowance System Really Work?" by Stephen Pudney (WP2010-02, January 2010, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2010-02

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24. PENSIONS INSTITUTE [CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON, UK]: "Estimation and Pricing with the Cairns-Blake-Dowd Model of Mortality," by Edmund Cannon (PI 1003, January 2010, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

Parametric forecasts of future mortality improvements can be based on models with a small number of factors which summarise both the improvement in mortality and changes in the relationship between mortality and age. I extend the analysis of the two-factor model of Cairns, Blake and Dowd (2006) to a more general dynamic process for the factors and also consider the problems arising from modelling estimated rather than observed factors. The methods are applied to mortality data for sixteen countries and are used to estimate the value of an annuity and measures of risk. The consequences for the money’s worth of an annuity and reserving are also considered.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/WP1003.pdf

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25. WORLD DEMOGRAPHIC AND AGEING FORUM [ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND]: "Retire Later or Work Harder?" by David N. F. Bell and Robert A. Hart (No. 2010/01, January 2010, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: A copy of the extract is not available.

http://www.wdassociation.org/_project/docs/_pub/articles/455/WDA-HSG%20DP%202010-1.pdf

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

26. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 50, No. 2, March-April 2010).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01674943

27. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 58, No. 2, February 2010).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117995531/home

28. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 1, February 2010).

http://jag.sagepub.com/content/vol29/issue1/

29. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vol. 65A, No. 2, February 2010).

http://biomedgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol65A/issue2/index.dtl

30. Review of Economics and Statistics (Vol. 92, No. 1, February 2010).

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/rest/92/1

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31. 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 January 25, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of January 25, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of January 25, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of January 25, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of January 25, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of January 25, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding Opportunities:

32. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Parkinson's Disease Data Organizing Center [PD-DOC] (U24)," (RFA-NS-11-001, January 21, 2010, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-11-001.html

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V. Conferences:

33. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: "Conference on Spatial Distance Between Family Members Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)." The deadline for submission is February 28, 2010).

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Call4Papers/DistFamMem.pdf

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, TRADE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION HEARING TESTIMONY: "H.R. 3655, the Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights Act of 2009," a hearing held January 26, 2010 (statements in .pdf format, the full-hearing is available in .wmv format, running time 1 hour 36 minutes).

http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1879

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35. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Social Security: Keeping The Promise In The 21St Century," a hearing held June 17, 2009 (S. Hrg. 111-188, ASCII text and .pdf format, 81p.).

ASCII:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:53718.wais

PDF:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:53718.pdf

Thanks,

Charlie

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