Current Awareness in Aging Report No. 543 -- July 1, 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. Data:

1. US CENSUS BUREAU INTERNATIONAL DATA BASE: The Census Bureau updated its IDB as of June 2010, adding data for 28 countries, including data by age groups up to 100 and over.

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/

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

A. "Details for End Stage Renal Disease (tables 11.1, 11.2).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1230541

B. "Details for Medicare Physician Services" (tables 9.1-9.9).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1232665

C. "Details for Personal Health Care Expenditures" (tables 1.1-1.4).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1232664

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3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2009 National Health Interview Survey, Data and Documentation (June 2010, data in self-decompressing [.exe] ASCII format, with documentation and program statements in .pdf and ASCII format, respectively).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/quest_data_related_1997_forward.htm

Click on "Data Release" under 2009.

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4. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announced on Jul. 1, 2010: "A new version of the RAND HRS Data File has been released, replacing all prior versions." For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news292

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5. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WHO MORTALITY DATABASE UPDATE: WHO updated the following files (.zip compressed ASCII format, with documentation in .pdf or Microsoft Excel format) it's Mortality Database on Jul. 1, 2010. "Documentation"; "Availability"; " Notes"; "Populations and live birth"; "Mortality, ICD-9"; and "Mortality, ICD-10."

http://www.who.int/whosis/mort/download/en/index.html

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6. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH DATA RELEASE: ICPSR announced the release of the following new datasets that may be of interest to researchers of aging on Jun. 27, 2009.

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

China Multi-Generational Panel Dataset, 1749-1909 (#27063)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/DSDR/STUDY/27063.xml

Health Interview Survey, 1963 (#28381)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACDA/studies/28381

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2007 (#28442)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACDA/studies/28442

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II. Reports and articles:

7. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "CMS To Expand Medicare Preventive Services And Improve Access To Primary Care In 2011" (Jun. 25, 2010).

http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3770

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8. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Applications for Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Now Being Accepted" (Jun. 29, 2010).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/06/20100629a.html

B. "Statement from Secretary Sebelius on Proposed CMS Rule to Expand Medicare Preventive Services and Expand Access to Primary Care" (Jun. 25, 2010).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/06/20100625b.html

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9. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Invalid Prescriber Identifiers on Medicare Part D Drug Claims" (OEI-03-09-00140, June 2010, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

OIG found that $1.2 billion in Medicare Part D prescription drug claims contained invalid prescriber identifiers in 2007. Invalid identifiers were used on more than 18 million prescription drug claims. These identifiers either (1) were not listed as valid identifiers in the National Provider Identifier (NPI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number, or Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) registry databases or (2) had been deactivated or retired before January 1, 2006.

Part D drug plans must submit an electronic record to CMS for each covered prescription filled for their enrollees. This electronic record, called a prescription drug event (PDE) record, contains drug cost and payment data fields that enable CMS to make payments to plans and oversee the Part D benefit. CMS requires that PDE records contain an identifier for the drug's prescriber. Identifiers that may be used include NPIs, DEA numbers, and UPINs. Each type of prescriber identifier has specific length and format requirements. For 17 percent of the PDE records that contained invalid prescriber identifiers, the identifiers did not conform to length or format specifications. These PDE records represented $213 million in payments by Medicare drug plans and enrollees in 2007.

Our review also revealed that 10 of the nearly 530,000 invalid identifiers accounted for 17 percent of all drug claims with invalid prescriber identifiers in 2007. Medicare Part D plans and enrollees paid pharmacies $237 million in 2007 for drug claims that contained these 10 invalid identifiers. Five of the top ten invalid identifiers appeared on individual claims for very expensive drugs, with payment amounts totaling more than $10,000 per claim. In addition, the majority of PDE records that contained 1 of the top 10 invalid prescriber identifiers were submitted by a single company, which is a large pharmacy benefit manager and mail-order pharmacy.

Prescriber identifiers are valuable Part D program safeguards. These identifiers are the only data on Part D drug claims to indicate that legitimate practitioners have prescribed medications for Medicare enrollees. Based on our findings, we conclude that CMS and Part D plans do not have adequate procedures in place to detect invalid values in the prescriber identifier field. To address this vulnerability, we recommend that CMS conduct periodic reviews to ensure the validity of prescriber identifiers used on PDE records. In addition, we recommend that CMS require Part D plans to institute procedures to (1) identify invalid identifiers in the prescriber identifier field on Part D drug claims and (2) flag for review Part D drug claims that contain invalid identifiers in the prescriber identifier field. CMS concurred with our recommendations.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-09-00140.pdf

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10. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "United States Life Tables, 2006," by Elizabeth Arias (National Vital Statistics Report Vol. 58, No. 21, June 2010, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_21.pdf

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11. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING NEWS RELEASE: "Adverse Cardiovascular Events Reported in Testosterone Trial in Older Men" (Jun. 30, 2010).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/PR20100630testosterone.htm

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12. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare," by State and County, 2007" (June 2010, HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 479p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/2007/index.html

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13. UN WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION NEWS RELEASE: "WHO launches global network of age-friendly cities" (Jun. 29, 2010).

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2010/age_friendly_cities_20100628/en/index.html

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14. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Funding for Better Services to Older Australians Starts to Flow" (Jul. 1, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-je-je047.htm

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15. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Health factors and early retirement among older workers," by Jungwee Park (Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 11, No. 6, June 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 5-13).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2010106/article/11275-eng.htm

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16. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORTS:

A. "Consultation on workplace pension reforms: Qualitative research with small and medium-sized companies," by Andrew Wood, Marisa Robertson, and Dominika Wintersgill (Research Report 652, 2010, .pdf format, 103p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2009-2010/rrep652.pdf

B. "Likely treatment of different types of worker under the workplace pension reforms: Qualitative research with employers," by Andrew Wood, Sara Spinks, Jason Leong, and Kate Reeve (Research Report 662, 2010, .pdf format, 69p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2009-2010/rrep662.pdf

C. "Review of international pension reform," by Sharon Collard and Nick Moore (Research Report, 663, 2010, .pdf format, 117p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2009-2010/rrep663.pdf

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17. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT UPDATE: "Pension Trends." Chapter 3: "Life expectancy and healthy ageing," was published Jun. 25, 2010 (.pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pensiontrends/

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18. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR OLDER ADULTS ARTICLES:

A. "Bringing the Community Partnership to Life: Convening and Catalyzing the Partnership Table," by Phyllis Bailey (June 2010, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.partnershipsforolderadults.org/content/public/news/BringingthePartnershiptoLife.pdf

B. "Why Work in Community Partnership?" by Phyllis Bailey (June 2010, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.partnershipsforolderadults.org/content/public/news/WhyDoCommunityPartnership.pdf

More information on CPOA:

http://www.partnershipsforolderadults.org/aboutcpfoa/index.aspx

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19. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "Total daily change with age equals average lifetime change," by James Vaupel (Vol. 22, Article 36, June 2010, .pdf format, p. 1143-1148). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol22/36/

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20. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION DATA SPOTLIGHT: "Medicare Advantage 2010 Data Spotlight: Plan Enrollment Patterns and Trends," by Marsha Gold, Dawn Phelps. Gretchen Jacobson, and Tricia Neuman (June 2010, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8080.cfm

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21. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE UNITS ON AGING REPORTS: "State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: A Primer for State Aging Directors and Executive Staff" (May 2010, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.nasua.org/documents/Homepage/NASUA%20Ombudsman%20Rpt%20(final).pdf

More information on NASUA:

http://www.nasua.org/about_nasua/index.html

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22. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Old-Age Disability in the U.S.," by Kata Fustos (June 2010).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2010/oldagedisability.aspx

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23. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK AT BOSTON COLLEGE REPORT: "Talent Pressures and the Aging Workforce: Responsive Action Steps for the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector," by Stephen Sweet and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes with Elyssa Besen, Shoghik Hovhannisyan, and Farooq Pasha (June 2010, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/all_feeds/TM_HealthCare.html

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24. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH REPORT: "Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders in California," by Delight E. Satter, Steven P. Wallace, Andrea N. Garcia, Lauren M. Smith (June 2010, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/Publication.aspx?pubID=416

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25. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "How Social Security Can Costlessly Offset Declines in Private Pension Protection," by C. Eugene Steuerle (June 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/901355.html

B. "Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differentials in Employer-Sponsored Pensions Before the ERISA Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Labor," by Barbara Butrica and Richard W. Johnson (testimony before the ERISA Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Labor, June 2010, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/901357.html

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26. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "The Revised Direct Assessment of Functional Status for Independent Older Adults," by Graham J. McDougall, Heather Becker, Phillip W. Vaughan, Taylor W. Acee, and Carol L. Delville (The Gerontologist, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2010, p. 363-370 via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/722408

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27. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Parkin overexpression selects against a deleterious mtDNA mutation in heteroplasmic cybrid cells," by Der-Fen Suen, Derek P. Narendra, Atsushi Tanaka, Giovanni Manfredi, and Richard J. Youle (Vol. 107, No. 26, Jun. 29, 2010, p. 11835-11840).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/26/11835.abstract

B. "ApoE4 reduces glutamate receptor function and synaptic plasticity by selectively impairing ApoE receptor recycling," by Ying Chen, Murat S. Durakoglugil, Xunde Xiana, and Joachim Herz (Vol. 107, No. 26, Jun. 29, 2010, p. 12011-12016).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/26/12011.abstract

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28. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLES:

A. "The Impact of Matching Vaccine Strains and Post-SARS Public Health Efforts on Reducing Influenza-Associated Mortality among the Elderly," by Ta-Chien Chan, Chuhsing Kate Hsiao, Chang-Chun Lee, Po-Huang Chiang, Chuan-Liang Kao, Chung-Ming Liu, and Chwan-Chuen King (PLoS ONE 5(6): e11317. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011317, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0011317

B. "A Computational Approach for Identifying the Chemical Factors Involved in the Glycosaminoglycans-Mediated Acceleration of Amyloid Fibril Formation," by Elodie Monsellier, Matteo Ramazzotti, Niccolo Taddei, and Fabrizio Chiti (PLoS ONE 5(6): e11363. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011363, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0011363

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29. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE: "Clarifying Sources of Geographic Differences in Medicare Spending," by Stephen Zuckerman, Timothy Waidmann, Robert Berenson, and Jack Hadley (Vol. 363, No. 1, Jul. 1, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 54-62). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/363/1/54

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30. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE, ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Primary total hip arthroplasty versus hemiarthroplasty for displaced intracapsular hip fractures in older patients: systematic review," by Colin Hopley, Dirk Stengel, Axel Ekkernkamp, and Michael Wich (BMJ 2010;340:c2332, HTML and .pdf format, 14p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/340/jun11_1/c2332

B. "Bevacizumab for neovascular age related macular degeneration (ABC Trial): multicentre randomised double masked study," by Adnan Tufail, Praveen J Patel, Catherine Egan, Philip Hykin, Lyndon da Cruz, Zdenek Gregor, Jonathan Dowler, Mohammed A Majid, Clare Bailey, Quresh Mohamed, Robert Johnston, Catey Bunce, and Wen Xing (BMJ 2010;340:c2459, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/340/jun09_4/c2459

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III. Working Papers:

31. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE: "The Crisis in Public Sector Pension Plans: A Blueprint for Reform in New Jersey," by Andrew G. Biggs and Eileen Norcross (No. 10-31, June 2010, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.aei.org/paper/100123

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32. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Spousal Health Shocks and the Timing of the Retirement Decision in the Face of Forward-Looking Financial Incentives," by Courtney Harold Van Houtven and Norma B. Coe (WP#2010-7, June 2010, .pdf format, 68p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/spousal_health_shocks_and_the_timing_of_the_retirement_decision_in_the_face_of_forward-looking_financial_incentives.html

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33. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Suburbanization, Demographic Change and the Consequences for School Finance," by David N. Figlio and Deborah Fletcher (w16137, June 2010, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

The existing literature on the relationship between the share of elderly in a community and the support for local public education has led to mixed results to date. One potential reason behind this is that the share of elderly in a community is endogenous, and it is very difficult to disentangle the effects of individuals aging in place from that of dynamic Tiebout sorting. The point of this paper is to carefully document the degree to which aging in place has occurred in the American suburbs, and to estimate the degree to which it has influenced school finance once the initial settlers of these suburbs were no longer the parents of school-aged children. We hand-match data from the 1950 and 1960 Censuses of Population and Housing to more recent data to link postwar suburban development to later school finance. Using a novel method for identifying the causal effects of aging in place, we find that the share of elderly adults who age in place is negatively related to the level of support for public schooling, and that this is particularly true for school districts in metropolitan areas where the school-aged population is more heavily nonwhite relative to the elderly population.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16137

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34. 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 June 18, 2010.

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

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

35. Ageing and Society (Vol. 30, No. 6, August 2010).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=ASO&volumeId=30&issueId=06&iid=7828852

36. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 18, No. 7, July 2010).

http://journals.lww.com/ajgponline/toc/2010/07000

37. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 22, No. 5, August 2010).

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol22/issue5/?etoc

38. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 9, No. 3, July 2010).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=PEF&volumeId=9&issueId=03&iid=7826281

39. Medical Care (Vol. 48, No. 7, July 2010).

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/toc/2010/07000

40. Omega-Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 61, No. 2, 2010).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=300329

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41. 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 Jun. 28, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 28, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 28, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 28, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 28, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jun. 28, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

42. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTER USA: The Longevity Prescription, The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life, by Robert Butler (2010, 288p., ISBN: 1583333886). More information, including ordering information, is available at:

http://www.ilcusa.org/pages/publications/the-longevity-prescription.php

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43. SPRINGER BOOK: Integrating Gerontological Content Into Advanced Practice Nursing Education, by Carolyn Auerhahn and Laurie Kennedy-Malone (2010, 224p., ISBN: 9780826105363). More information, including ordering information, is available at:

http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826105363

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

44. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Strengthening the Aging Network: An Opportunity for Training and Evaluation" (HHS-2010-AoA-PG-1029, application deadline, Aug. 13, 2010). For more information (.pdf and Microsoft Word format) see:

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/index.aspx

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45. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Cell Lineage Determination and Tissue Homeostasis in the Aged (R01)" (RFA-AG-11-001, National Institute on Aging, Jun. 23, 2010). For more information see:

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

B. "Subjective Well-being: Advances in Measurement and Applications to Aging (R01)" (RFA-AG-11-003, National Institute on Aging and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Jun. 22, 2010). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-11-003.html

C. "Regional and International Differences in Health and Longevity at Older Ages (R01)" (RFA-AG-11-004, National Institute on Aging, Jun. 22, 2010). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-11-004.html

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46. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 30, 2010.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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VII. Conferences:

47. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has listed the following new conferences for July 2010.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: n4a's 35th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, to be held Jul. 17-21, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging: Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference: Blending Research and Practice, to be held Jul. 29-31, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more information see:

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/events/events.aspx

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48. VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATIONS OF AMERICA: Annual Meeting 2011, to be held Apr. 13-15, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information see:

http://vnaa.org/vnaa/g/?H=html/AM_2011.html

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

49. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY, PUBLICATION:

A. "Drug Waste and Disposal: When Prescriptions Become Poison," a hearing held Jun. 30, 2010 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a complete video transcript (running time, approximately 86 minutes) is available at the site. Click on "click here" next to the Flash video icon for link to the transcript.

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=326079&

B. "Default Nation: Are 401(K) Target Date Funds Missing The Mark?" a hearing held Oct. 28, 2009 (Serial Publication 111-14, ASCII text and .pdf format, 131p.).

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:55906.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:55906.wais.pdf

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IX. Websites of Interest:

50. HEALTHCARE.GOV: Launched on Jun. 30, 2010, Healthcare.gov is "a website designed to help you take control of your health care--by putting the power of information at your fingertips. Its the first website to collect both public and private health insurance options across the nation in a single place. Even better, our insurance options finder automatically sorts through this huge catalog of options to help you identify the ones that may be right for you. Other highlights of the site include extensive information about your rights as a consumer, how to navigate the health insurance marketplace, and how the Affordable Care Act can help you--all tailored to you." One of the main subsites of the site concerns health care for seniors.

http://www.healthcare.gov/

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51. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following sites were updated Jun. 23-26, 2010: "Helpful Contacts"; "Medicare Options Compare"; "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder"; "Nursing Home Compare"; and "Supplier Directory." For all of Medicare.gov's suite of interactive web databases see:

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

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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.

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