Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #536 -- May 13, 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

=======================================================================

I. Data:

1. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study announced the release of a new data file:

- Researcher Contribution: Table Data: Pensions in the Health and Retirement Study (Ver 1.0): Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier, and Nahid Tabatabai (May 6, 2010).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news285

- HRS 2008 Core (Early, Version 2.0) (May 10, 2010).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news286

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/index.php?p=data

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

2. 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:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/administration/institutions

- Study of Dementia in Swedish Twins, 1990-1999 (study number 25963).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACDA/studies/25963

- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2007-2008 (study number 25505).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACDA/studies/25505

=======================================================================

II. Reports and articles:

3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS:

A. "Medicare Overpayments Identified by Program Safeguard Contractor," (OEI-03-08-00031, May 2010, .pdf format, 18p.).

Summary:

Program safeguard contractors (PSC) referred $835 million in overpayments to claims processors for collection in 2007; however, 2 of 18 PSCs were responsible for 62 percent of this amount. Moreover, the amount of overpayment dollars that PSCs referred for collection was not always related to the size of PSCs' oversight responsibility.

PSCs' identification and referral of overpayments to claims processors for collection is an important PSC activity because it can lead to the recovery of funds to the Medicare program. In this report, we identified the number, dollar amount, and claim type of Medicare overpayments that PSCs referred to claims processors for collection in calendar year 2007. This report and its companion report, entitled Collection Status of Medicare Overpayments Identified by Program Safeguard Contractors, OEI-03-08-00030, are our response to a request from Congressman John Dingell, then Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congressman Bart Stupak, then and current Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

All 18 PSCs referred 4,239 overpayments to claims processors for collection in 2007. These overpayments totaled $835 million. However, two PSCs were responsible for 62 percent of this amount. PSCs differed substantially in the dollar amount of overpayments that they referred for collection in 2007. PSCs referred from $3 million to $266 million in overpayments for collection, with a median of $15 million. We also found that, while Part B payments represented 29 percent of PSCs' oversight responsibility ($87 billion of $296 billion), Part B overpayments accounted for 89 percent of PSCs' overpayment dollars referred for collection ($747 million of $835 million). Part A payments represented 71 percent of PSCs' oversight responsibility ($209 billion of $296 billion), and Part A overpayments accounted for 11 percent of PSCs' overpayment dollars referred for collection ($88 million of $835 million).

CMS is in the process of transitioning PSCs to seven Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC). Each ZPIC will be responsible for all claim types in its geographic zone.

We recommended that CMS determine why certain PSCs have low levels of overpayment dollars referred for collection compared to their oversight responsibility. We also recommended that CMS determine why certain PSCs have low Part A overpayment dollars referred for collection compared to their Part B overpayment dollars referred for collection. CMS concurred with both recommendations and stated that the change to the new ZPIC contracting strategy should address OIG's concerns.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-08-00031.pdf

B. "Collection Status of Medicare Overpayments Identified by Program Safeguard Contractors (OEI-03-08-00030, May 2010, .pdf format, 21p.).

Summary:

Overpayments referred for collection by program safeguard contractors (PSC) in 2007 did not result in significant recoveries to the Medicare program. PSCs referred 4,239 overpayments totaling $835 million to claims processors in 2007, but only 7 percent ($55 million of $835 million) had been collected by claims processors as of June 2008. Of the $55 million collected, 27 percent was for Part A claims; 56 percent was for Part B claims excluding durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS); and 17 percent was for Part B DMEPOS claims.

PSCs' identification and referral of overpayments to claims processors for collection is an important PSC activity because it can lead to the recovery of funds to the Medicare program. In this report, we determined the collection status, as of June 2008, of overpayments referred by PSCs for collection in calendar year 2007. At the time of our review, PSCs were not required to keep track of the amount claims processors collect on PSC overpayment referrals. CMS is in the process of transitioning PSCs to seven Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC) and is providing ZPICs an incentive to keep track of the amount claims processors collect on ZPIC overpayment referrals. CMS is now providing incentives to claims processors to provide collection information to ZPICs. According to CMS staff, CMS also expects ZPICs in high fraud regions to focus on quick response to fraud and administrative actions. This report and its companion report, entitled Medicare Overpayments Identified by Program Safeguard Contractors, OEI-03-08-00031, are our response to a request from Congressman John Dingell, then Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congressman Bart Stupak, then and current Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

As of June 2008, 53 percent ($446 million) of the $835 million in overpayment dollars that PSCs referred to claims processors for collection in 2007 was sent to the Department of the Treasury's cross-servicing program for collection. However, this program does not have a high rate of return. Claims processors reported that collection was not complete for $40 million or 5 percent of the $835 million in overpayments that PSCs referred for collection. Another 5 percent of the PSC overpayment dollars will not likely be collected by claims processors because the provider stopped billing, filed bankruptcy, went out of business, or was deceased. Collection was on hold, pending investigation or appeal for 17 percent of the PSC overpayment dollars. As of June 2008, 6 percent of the PSC overpayment dollars was no longer owed by providers because of revisions claims processors made to overpayment collection amounts and appeal decisions that were favorable to providers. Finally, claims processors could not provide data for one of four PSC overpayment referrals, which accounted for 8 percent of the PSC overpayment dollars. Claims processors reported that they did not receive or that they could not provide any collection information for 1,060 of 4,239 overpayments.

We recommended that CMS regularly collect all necessary information to determine the overpayments PSCs and ZPICs refer to claims processors for collection, the collection status of these overpayments, and the percentage of overpayments in each category of collection status. We also recommended that CMS require that PSCs, ZPICs, and claims processors have controls in their tracking systems to ensure that all overpayment referrals and data related to their collection status can be found. Additionally, CMS should determine what happened to the 1,060 overpayments that PSCs referred to claims processors in 2007, for which claims processors could not provide any collection information. CMS concurred with all three recommendations.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-08-00030.pdf

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

4. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING/ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION AND REFERRAL CENTER BOOKLET: "Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?" (May 2010, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/ADPrevented/

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

5. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: AoA Enews (May 2010, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/Enews/index.aspx

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

6. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORT: "Residential Care Facilities 2007/2008," (May 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 117p.).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/83-237-x/83-237-x2010001-eng.htm

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

7. AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Reverse mortgages and older people: growth factors and implications for retirement decisions," by Catherine Bridge, Toni Adams, Peter Phibbs, Mark Mathews, Hal Kendig (No. 146, May 2010, .pdf format, 107p.).

http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/70512_fr

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

8. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Does Staying Healthy Reduce Your Lifetime Health Care Costs?" by Wei Sun, Anthony Webb, and Natalia Zhivan (IB No. 10-8, May 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/does_staying_healthy_reduce_your_lifetime_health_care_costs_.html

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

9. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Sex, Romance, and Relationships: AARP Survey of Midlife and Older Adults," by Linda Fisher; With the Assistance of Gretchen Anderson, Matrika Chapagain, Xenia Montegnegro, James Smoot, and Amishi Takalkar (April 2010, .pdf format, 92p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/surveys/life/lifestyle/relations/articles/srr_09.html

B. "Pet Ownership and Exercise Among Midlife and Older Adults: An AARP Bulletin Poll," by Teresa A. Keenan (April 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/surveys/care/health/fitness/articles/bulletin_petex.html

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

10. AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION REPORT: "Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population," by David Koffman, Richard Weiner, Amy Pfeiffer, and Scott Chapman (March 2010, .pdf format, 47p.).

http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/TCRP_J11_Funding_Transit_Needs_of_Aging_Population.pdf

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

11. CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH [UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES] BRIEF: "Older Californians At Risk for Avoidable Falls," by Steven P. Wallace, Nadereh Pourat, Eva Durazo, and Rosana Leos (May 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/Publication.aspx?pubID=405

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

12. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES REPORT: "CLASS: A New Voluntary Long-Term Care Insurance Program," by Paul N. Van de Water (April 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3156

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

13. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Altered Histone Acetylation Is Associated with Age-Dependent Memory Impairment in Mice," by Shahaf Peleg, Farahnaz Sananbenesi, Athanasios Zovoilis, Susanne Burkhardt, Sanaz Bahari-Javan, Roberto Carlos Agis-Balboa, Perla Cota, Jessica Lee Wittnam, Andreas Gogol-Doering, Lennart Opitz, Gabriella Salinas-Riester, Markus Dettenhofer, Hui Kang, Laurent Farinelli, Wei Chen,and Andre Fischer (Vol. 328, No. 5979, May 7, 2010, p. 753-756).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/328/5979/753

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

14. PROCEEDING OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Mechanisms linking early life stress to adult health outcomes," by Shelley E. Taylor (Vol. 107, No. 19, May 11, 2010, p. 8507-8512).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/19/8507.abstract

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

15. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ARTICLES:

A. "Mitochondrial Superoxide Contributes to Blood Flow and Axonal Transport Deficits in the Tg2576 Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Cynthia A. Massaad, Samir K. Amin, Lingyun Hu, Yuan Mei, Eric Klann, and Robia G. Pautler (PLoS ONE 5(5): e10561. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010561, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010561

B. "MicroRNA-29b Regulates the Expression Level of Human Progranulin, a Secreted Glycoprotein Implicated in Frontotemporal Dementia," by Jian Jiao, Lauren D. Herl, Robert V. Farese Jr, and Fen-Biao Gao (PLoS ONE 5(5): e10551. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010551, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010551

C. "ETS Transcription Factors Control Transcription of EZH2 and Epigenetic Silencing of the Tumor Suppressor Gene Nkx3.1 in Prostate Cancer," by Paolo Kunderfranco, Maurizia Mello-Grand, Romina Cangemi, Stefania Pellini, Afua Mensah, Veronica Albertini, Anastasia Malek, Giovanna Chiorino, Carlo V. Catapano, and Giuseppina M. Carbone (PLoS ONE 5(5): e10547. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010547, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010547

D. "Antibodies Targeted to the Brain with Image-Guided Focused Ultrasound Reduces Amyloid-{beta} Plaque Load in the TgCRND8 Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Jessica F. Jord, Carlos A. Ayala-Grosso, Kelly Markham, Yuexi Huang, Rajiv Chopra, JoAnne McLaurin, Kullervo Hynynen, and Isabelle Aubert (PLoS ONE 5(5): e10549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010549, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010549

E. "In Vivo Imaging of {alpha}-Synuclein in Mouse Cortex Demonstrates Stable Expression and Differential Subcellular Compartment Mobility," by Vivek K. Unni, Tamily A. Weissman, Edward Rockenstein, Eliezer Masliah, Pamela J. McLean, and Bradley T. Hyman (PLoS ONE 5(5): e10589. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010589, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010589

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

16. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Annual High-Dose Oral Vitamin D and Falls and Fractures in Older Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Kerrie M. Sanders, Amanda L. Stuart, Elizabeth J. Williamson, Julie A. Simpson, Mark A. Kotowicz, Doris Young, and Geoffrey C. Nicholson (Vol. 303, No. 18, May 12, 2010, p. 1815-1822).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/303/18/1815

B. "Genome-wide Analysis of Genetic Loci Associated With Alzheimer Disease," by Sudha Seshadri, Annette L. Fitzpatrick, M. Arfan Ikram, Anita L. DeStefano, Vilmundur Gudnason, Merce Boada, Joshua C. Bis, Albert V. Smith, Minerva M. Carassquillo, Jean Charles Lambert, Denise Harold, Elisabeth M. C. Schrijvers, Reposo Ramirez-Lorca, Stephanie Debette, W. T. Longstreth Jr, A. Cecile J. W. Janssens, V. Shane Pankratz, Jean Franis Dartigues, Paul Hollingworth, Thor Aspelund, Isabel Hernandez, Alexa Beiser, Lewis H. Kuller, Peter J. Koudstaal, Dennis W. Dickson, Christophe Tzourio, Richard Abraham, Carmen Antunez, Yangchun Du, Jerome I. Rotter, Yurii S. Aulchenko, Tamara B. Harris, Ronald C. Petersen, Claudine Berr, Michael J. Owen, Jesus Lopez-Arrieta, Badri N. Varadarajan, James T. Becker, Fernando Rivadeneira, Michael A. Nalls, Neill R. Graff-Radford, Dominique Campion, Sanford Auerbach, Kenneth Rice, Albert Hofman, Palmi V. Jonsson, Helena Schmidt, Mark Lathrop, Thomas H. Mosley, Rhoda Au, Bruce M. Psaty, Andre G. Uitterlinden, Lindsay A. Farrer, Thomas Lumley, Agustin Ruiz, Julie Williams, Philippe Amouyel, Steve G. Younkin, Philip A. Wolf, Lenore J. Launer, Oscar L. Lopez, Cornelia M. van Duijn, and Monique M. B. Breteler, for the CHARGE, GERAD1, and EADI1 Consortia (Vol. 303, No. 18, May 12, 2010, p. 1832-1840).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/303/18/1832

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

17. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Robot-Assisted Therapy for Long-Term Upper-Limb Impairment after Stroke," by Albert C. Lo, Peter D. Guarino, Lorie G. Richards, Jodie K. Haselkorn, George F. Wittenberg, Daniel G. Federman, Robert J. Ringer, Todd H. Wagner, Hermano I. Krebs, Bruce T. Volpe, Christopher T. Bever, Jr., Dawn M. Bravata, Pamela W. Duncan, Barbara H. Corn, Alysia D. Maffucci, Stephen E. Nadeau, Susan S. Conroy, Janet M. Powell, Grant D. Huang, and Peter Peduzzi (Vol. 362, No. 19, May 13, 2010, p. 1772-1783).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/362/19/1772

=======================================================================

III. Working Papers:

18. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: WPRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Why Don't People Annuitize? The Role of Advice Provided by Retirement Planning Software," by John A. Turner (WP2010-07, May 2010, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=858

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

19. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE:

A. "Accurately Measuring Health Over the Life Course," by Fabian Lange and Doug McKee (WP No. 2010-5, May 2010, .pdf format, 48p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/accurately_measuring_health_over_the_life_course.html

B. "The Shrinking Tax Preference for Pension Savings: An Analysis of Income Tax Changes, 1985-2007," by Gary Burtless and Eric Toder (WP No. 2010-3, April 2010, .pdf format, 53p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/the_shrinking_tax_preference_for_pension_savings_an_analysis_of_income_tax_changes_1985-2007.html

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

20. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "The Impact of National Health Insurance on Treatment for High Blood Pressure among Older Taiwanese," by Archana Prakash and Mary Beth Ofstedal (Elderly in Asia Report No. 10-64, May 2010, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs/6395

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

21. CENTER FOR FAMILY AND DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH [BOWLING GREEN UNIVERSITY]: "Gender, Divorce, and Expectations of Support from Adult Children," by I-Fen Lin (WP 2010-04, May 2010, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

This study uses a cohort of older adults from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to examine whether older adults' expectations of support from their children vary by gender and divorce. The results show that although a majority of older adults would turn to their children when needed, men are less likely than women to name their children as sources of support. For men, divorce is related to lower expectations of emotional support, financial assistance, and sick care; for women, divorce is correlated with a lower expectation of financial assistance only. Divorce widens gender differences in anticipated sick care. The passage of time since divorce is negatively associated with men's expected sick care. Some of the associations, however, are attributable to parent-child closeness and past exchanges with children. In sum, divorce is negatively related to older adults' expected support from children, and the negative association is stronger for men than for women.

http://www.bgsu.edu/downloads/cas/file81493.pdf

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

22. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO (ILLINOIS): "Accounting for Non-annuitization," by Svetlana Pashchenko (WP 2010-03, March 2010, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.chicagofed.org/webpages/publications/working_papers/2010/wp_03.cfm

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

23. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Pension Fund Performance and Costs: Small is Beautiful," by Rob M.M.J. Bauer, K. J. Martijn Cremers and Rik G. P.Frehen (PI-1010, April 2010, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

Using the CEM pension fund data set, we document the cost structure and performance of a large sample of US pension funds. To date, self-reporting biases and a deficiency of comprehensive return and cost data have severely hindered pension fund performance studies. The bias-free CEM dataset resolves these issues and provides detailed information on fund-specific returns, benchmarks and costs for all types of pension plans and equity mandates. We find that pension fund cost levels are substantially lower than mutual fund fees. The domestic equity investments of US pension funds tend to generate abnormal returns (after expenses and trading costs) close to zero or slightly positive, contrasting the average underperformance of mutual funds. However, small cap mandates of defined benefit funds have outperformed their benchmarks by about 3% a year. While larger scale brings costs advantages, liquidity limitations seem to allow only smaller funds, and especially small cap mandates, to outperform their benchmarks.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1010.pdf

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

24. WORLD BANK POLICY RESEARCH PROGRAMME: "Universal minimum old age pensions : impact on poverty and fiscal cost in 18 Latin American countries," by Jean-Jacques Dethier, Pierre Pestieau, and Rabia Ali (WPS No. 5292, May 2010, .pdf and ASCII text format, 44p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20100506135339

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

25. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilation is for May 2, 2010.

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-age

=======================================================================

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

26. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 14, No. 4, 2010).

http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=issue&issn=1360-7863&volume=14&issue=4

27. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 6, No. 3, May 2010).

http://www.alzheimersanddementia.org/current

28. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 171, No. 10, May 15, 2010).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol171/issue10/index.dtl?etoc

29. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 17, No. 3, 2010).

http://www.ejpc.eu.com/ejpc/ejpcIssue.asp?Z=494961&IssueID=103

30. Gerontologist (Vol. 50, No. 3, June 2010).

http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/3.toc

31. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 22, No. 4, June 2010).

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol22/issue4/?etoc

32. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 58, No. 5, May 2010).

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

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

33. 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 May 12, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 12, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 12, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 12, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 12, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 12, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

=======================================================================

V. Books:

34. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS:

A. Research Findings in the Economics of Aging, edited by David A. Wise (2010, ISBN: 9780226903064, 504p.).

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=6952615

B. Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World, edited by Jonathan Gruber and David A. Wise (2010, ISBN: 9780226309484, 384p.).

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=8612444

=======================================================================

VI. Funding Opportunities:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Grand Challenge on the Transition from Acute to Chronic Neuropathic Pain (R01)," (RFA-DE-11-002, May 7, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-11-002.html

B. "NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Grand Challenge: Developing Novel Drugs for Disorders of the Nervous System (U01)," (RFA-NS-11-002, May 5, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-11-002.html

=======================================================================

VII. Conferences:

36. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY UPDATES: Conferencealerts.com has recently updated its Gerontology page with new conference listings:

A. ICAET 3-day weekend Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Workshop 14 May 2010 New York.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca16xxh3

B. The changing face of health and ageing - Prof Barbara Berkman 05 July 2010 Uxbridge United Kingdom.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca16xash

C. British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 06 July 2010 Uxbridge, United Kingdom.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca16xh06

D. National seminar on Human Rights Abuse on Elderly People 08 July 2010 Pollachi India.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1636ss

E. 18th International Congress on Palliative Care 05 October 2010 Montreal Canada.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1638sh

F. Celebrate Diversity in Aging 04 November 2010 Charlotte NC.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca163800

Conferencealerts.com Gerontology Conferences:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/aging.htm

=======================================================================

VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

37. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Ensuring Fairness for Older Workers," a hearing held May 6, 2010 (statements in .pdf format, the full hearing can be viewed in Flash format).

http://help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=466c8557-5056-9502-5d37-67384ccdc18a

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

38. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE PRESS RELEASE: "Baucus, Grassley Question For-Profit Home Health Agencies on Relationship Between Operating Procedures and Reimbursements," (May 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 16p.). Note: Copies of the letters sent to the four companies mentioned in the press release are available in .pdf format.

http://finance.senate.gov/newsroom/chairman/release/?id=639a6007-36d6-4b61-92be-49e681c03061

=======================================================================

IX. Websites of Interest:

39. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following sites were updated on May 13, 2010: "Medicare Options Compare", "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder", and "Physician and Other Healthcare Professional Directory."

http://www.medicare.gov/Updates.asp

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

40. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIH SENIORHEALTH UPDATE: A section on "Gum Disease" has been added to NIHSeniorHealth.

http://www.nihseniorhealth.gov/periodontaldisease/toc.html

NIHSeniorHealth:

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/

--

Thanks,

Charlie

***************************************************

Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Data and Information Services Center
Rm. 3329 Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

***************************************************