Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report No. 551 -- August 26, 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. HEALTH AND RETIRMENT STUDY UPDATE: On. Aug. 19, 2010, the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study announced: "HRS 2008 Core Final Release (Version 1.0) is now available."

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news293

Data access:

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

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

Data for Iceland were revised and updated through 2008.

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/cgi-bin/hmd/DataAvailability.php

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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3. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH/HEALTH AND MEDICAL CARE ARCHIVE: On Aug. 22, 2010, ICPSR's HMCA Released: "Community Partnerships for Older Adults (CPFOA) Program Survey of Older Adults, 2008 [United States]" (#27181).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/HMCA/studies/27181

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II. Reports and articles:

4. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE & MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE, NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Medicare Part D" (2009, tables 14.1-14.8, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1230930

B. "Medicare Imposes Stronger Protections on Medical Equipment Suppliers" (Aug. 26, 2010).

http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3831

C. "HHS Announces Medicare Expands Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Counseling" (Aug. 25, 2010).

http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3830

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

A. "Review of Less-Than-Effective Drugs in the Medicare Part D Program" (A-07-09-04138, August 2010, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an executive summary and full text are available at:

http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region7/70904138.asp

B. "Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services" (OEI-05-09-00030, August 2010, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

Thirty-four percent of transforaminal epidural injection services allowed by Medicare in 2007 did not meet Medicare requirements, resulting in approximately $45 million in improper payments. Medicare allowed an additional $23 million in associated facility claims for transforaminal epidural injections performed in error. In addition, services provided in offices were more likely to have a documentation error than those provided in ambulatory surgical centers or hospital outpatient departments.

Transforaminal epidural injections are a type of interventional pain management technique used to diagnose or treat pain. Transforaminal epidural injections may be used to treat pain that starts in the back and radiates down the leg, such as that from a herniated disc pressing on a nerve.

Medicare Part B physician payments for transforaminal epidural injections increased from $57 million in 2003 to $141 million to 2007. This represents an increase of almost 150 percent.

Medicare Part B contractors are responsible for implementing program safeguards to reduce payment error. To safeguard payments, they may create local coverage determinations (LCD), implement electronic edits, or conduct medical review.

We found that in 2007, 9 of 14 contractors had an LCD for transforaminal epidural injection services, but reported limited use of other safeguards. Only one contractor enforced all of its LCD requirements with edits. No contractor staff reported performing a medical review.

Based on the results of our review, we recommended that CMS conduct provider education, directly and through contractors, about proper documentation and strengthen program safeguards to prevent improper payment for transforaminal epidural injection services. In addition, we recommended that CMS take appropriate action regarding the undocumented, medically unnecessary, and miscoded services identified in our sample.

CMS concurred with our recommendations and outlined steps to improve its oversight of payments for transforaminal epidural injection services.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-09-00030.pdf

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6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Sociodemographic Characteristics of Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Aged 50 or Older: 1992 to 2008," (August 2010, HTML and .pdf format,4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/240/240OlderAdm2k10.cfm

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7. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE, QUICKSTATS:

A. "Estimates of Deaths Associated with Seasonal Influenza --- United States, 1976--2007" (Vol. 59, No. 33, Aug. 27, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1057-1062).

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5933a1.htm

B. "QuickStats: Outpatient Colonoscopy Procedure Rates, by Age Group --- National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery, United States, 1996 and 2006" (Vol. 59, No. 33, Aug. 27, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1075).

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5933a7.htm

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8. US PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION COMPENDIUM: Pension Insurance Data Book 2009 (August 2010, .pdf format, 112p.). The compendium is linked to from a PBGC news release: "PBGC Data Book Reports on Growing Multiemployer Liability: (Aug. 20, 2010).

http://www.pbgc.gov/media/news-archive/news-releases/2010/pr10-46.html

Click on compendium title for link to full text.

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9. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "SSI Monthly Statistics, July 2010" (August 2010, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2010-07/index.html

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10. AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Housing needs of asset-poor older Australians: other countries' policy initiatives and their implications for Australia," by Gavin Wood, Val Colic-Peisker, Rachel Ong, Naomi Bailey and Mike Berry (AHURI Positioning Paper No. 133, August 2010, .pdf format, 69p.).

http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/30563_pp

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11. CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH INFORMATION/INSTITUT CANADIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE REPORT: "Caring for Seniors With Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia," (August 2010, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_3131_E&cw_topic=3131&cw_rel=AR_2129_E

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12. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS RESEARCH REPORT: "Employers attitudes and likely reactions to the workplace pension reforms 2009: Report of a quantitative survey," by Helen Bewley and John Forth (Research Report 683, August 2010, .pdf format, 130p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_683.asp

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13. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT: "Rx Price Watch Report: Tracking Retail Price Changes for Widely Used Prescription Drugs," by Stephen W. Schondelmeyer and Leigh Purvis (August 2010, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-08-2010/rx_price_watch.html

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14. MATHEMATICA POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "Aging in Place: Do Older Americans Act Title III Services Reach Those Most Likely to Enter Nursing Homes?" by Norma Altshuler and Jody Schimmel (August 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/health/vulnerableseniors_IB1.pdf

More information about MPR:

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/About_Us/

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15. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE [NASI] BRIEF: "Social Security Finances: Findings of the 2010 Trustees Report," by Virginia P. Reno and Elizabeth Lamme (Social Security Brief No. 34, August 2010, .pdf format, 8p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:

http://www.nasi.org/research/2010/social-security-finances-findings-2010-trustees-report

More information about NASI:

http://www.nasi.org/about

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16. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK [BOSTON COLLEGE] REPORT: "Talent Pressures and the Aging Workforce: Prof/Sci/Tech Services," by Stephen Sweet and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes (August 2010, .pdf format, 49p.).

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

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

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17. MEDSCAPE ONCOLOGY SLIDE SHOW: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing content. "Are Older Patients With Colon Cancer Undertreated?" by Howard Hochster (video slide show, running time: 2 minutes, 35 seconds).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/726253

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18. NATURE SUPPLEMENT: "Outlook on Parkinson's" (Vol. 466, No. 7310, Supplement S1, Aug. 26, 2010, p. S3-S22, HTML and .pdf format). This supplement is available free of charge.

http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/parkinsons/index.html

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

A. "Caloric restriction or catalase inactivation extends yeast chronological lifespan by inducing H2O2 and superoxide dismutase activity," by Ana Mesquita, Martin Weinberger, Alexandra Silva, Belem Sampaio-Marques, Bruno Almeida, Cecia Leao, Vor Costa, Fernando Rodrigues, William C. Burhans, and Paula Ludovico (Vol. 107, No. 34, Aug. 24, 2010, p. 15123-15128).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/34/15123.abstract?etoc

B. "Local prolactin is a target to prevent expansion of basal/stem cells in prostate tumors," by Vincent Rouet, Roman L. Bogorad, Christine Kayser, Karima Kessal, Catherine Genestie, Armelle Bardier, David R. Grattan, Bruce Kelder, John J. Kopchick, Paul A. Kelly, and Vincent Goffin (Vol. 107, No. 34, Aug. 24, 2010, p. 15199-15204).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/34/15199.abstract?etoc

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20. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Genetic Variants of the Protein Kinase C-{beta} 1 Gene and Development of End-Stage Renal Disease in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes," by Ronald C.W. Ma, Claudia H.T. Tam, Ying Wang, Andrea O. Luk, Cheng Hu, Xilin Yang, Vincent Lam, Alfred W.H. Chan, Janice S.K. Ho, Chun-Chung Chow, Peter C.Y. Tong, Weiping Jia, Maggie C.Y. Ng, Wing-Yee So, and Juliana C.N. Chan (Vol. 304, No. 8, August 25, 2010, p. 881-889).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/304/8/881

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21. LANCET, VARIOUS: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Donald Berwick takes charge of Medicare and Medicaid," by Nellie Bristol (World Report, Vol. 376, No. 9741, Aug. 21, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 582.).

http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2961281-0/fulltext

B. "Overcoming the social death of dementia through language," by Daniel R George (Perspectives, Vol. 376, No. 9741, Aug. 21, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 586-587).

http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2961286-X/fulltext

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III. Working Papers:

22. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Are Older Workers Worthy of Their Pay? An Empirical Investigation of Age-Productivity and Age-Wage Nexuses," by Ana Rute Cardoso, Paulo Guimaraes, and Jose Varejao (Discussion Paper 5121, August 2010, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=5121

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23. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK: "The Future of Health," by David Sinclair (August 2010, .pdf format, 9p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=67

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24. VIENNA INSTITUTE OF DEMOGRAPHY: "Life Expectancy in Developed Countries Is Higher Than Conventionally Estimated. Implications from Improved Measurement of Human Longevity," by Dalkhat M. Ediev (Research Paper No. 1, 2010, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

Conventional indicators of human lifespan (Graunt 1661; Chiang 1984) are based on a hypothetical synthesis of the mortality conditions of different cohorts with (as yet) incomplete life histories. There is a considerable ongoing debate about improvements to the traditional methodology under changing mortality rates (Bongaarts and Feeney 2002; Wilmoth 2005; Barbi et al. 2008). Improved measurement of the human lifespan is crucial for estimating prospects of longevity (Wilmoth 1998; Tuljapurkar et al. 2000; Oeppen and Vaupel 2002; Robine et al. 2006; Olshansky et al. 2009) and for understanding the implications of population ageing (Olshansky et al. 2009; Sanderson and Scherbov 2005; Lutz et al. 2008; Council of the European Union 2009). Here we show that both the centuries-long tradition of conventional lifespan indicators and the more recent criticism of them ignore the true exposures of individuals to prevailing mortality levels. These exposures form a genuine part of a more comprehensive picture of the prevailing mortality conditions. In low mortality countries, our estimated duration of human life is about 95 years, which exceeds the conventional estimates by 15 years. This difference is crucial for health care, long-term care and pension systems. Our theory implies that mortality dynamics are characterised by considerable inertia. This is used to develop new effective methods of forecasting, leading to a more optimistic outlook for future mortality. Even if there were no further change in mortality conditions, conventional life expectancy at birth will rise to 90 years by 2050, while the probability to survive beyond age 100 will reach 30% in low-mortality countries. Conventional longevity indicators still provide a useful summary of the observed mortality rates which, in turn, are essential for population projections. However, they do not give the full picture of current mortality conditions and mislead about the prospects of human longevity.

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/vid/download/edrp_1_10.pdf

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

25. Age and Ageing (Vol. 39, No. 5, September 2010 and Supplement 2, August 2010). This issue contains Communications to the British Geriatrics Society Spring Meeting 22nd-24th April 2010, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Vol. 39, No. 5:

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol39/issue5/index.dtl?etoc

Supplement 2:

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol39/suppl_2/index.dtl?etoc

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26. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 14, No. 7, 2010).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g926178656

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27. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 172, No. 5, Sep. 1, 2010).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol172/issue5/index.dtl?etoc

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28. Dementia (Vol. 9, No. 3, August 2010).

http://dem.sagepub.com/content/9/3.toc

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29. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 7, No. 2, September 2010).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/1813-7253/7/2/

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30. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 22, No. 6, September 2010).

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol22/issue6/?etoc

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31. Journal of Gerontology (B): Psychological Sciences (Vol. 65B, No. 5, September 2010).

http://psychsocgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/65B/5.toc

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32. Research on Aging (Vol. 32, No. 5, September 2010).

http://roa.sagepub.com/content/32/5.toc?etoc

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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 Aug. 23, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 23, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 23, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Aug. 23, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Aug. 23, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Aug. 23, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

34. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Depressed Older Adults: Education and Screening, by Jacqueline Berman and Lisa M. Furst (2010, 200p., ISBN: 9780826171023). For more information see:

http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826171023

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging (K08)" (RFA-AG-11-008, reissue of RFA-AG-10-010, application deadline Nov. 9, 2010, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-11-008.html

B. " Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award in Aging (K23)" (RFA-AG-11-009, reissue of RFA-AG-10-011, application deadline Nov. 9, 2010, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-11-009.html

C. "Psychosocial Stress and Behavior: Integration of Behavioral and Physiological Processes (R01)" (RFA-HL-11-033, application deadline Oct. 14, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-11-033.html

D. "Development of Comprehensive and Conceptually-based Measures of Psychosocial Stress (R21)" (RFA-HL-11-034, application deadline Oct. 14, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-11-034.html

E. "Basic Mechanisms Influencing Behavioral Maintenance (R01)" (RFA-HL-11-035, application deadline Oct. 14, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-11-035.html

F. "Asthma in Older Adults (R01)" (PA-10-263, application deadline: multiple dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with two other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-263.html

G. "Asthma in Older Adults (R21) (PA-10-264, application deadline: multiple dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with two other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-264.html

H. "Asthma in Older Adults (R03)" (PA-10-265, application deadline: multiple dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-265.html

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36. AGEWORK.COM: Agework.com has updated its employment listings through Aug. 26, 2010.

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

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VII. Conferences:

37. AARP SOLUTIONS FORUM: "Social Security and the Future of Retirement," to be held Sep. 22, 2010, in Washington, DC. For more information see:

http://msg1svc.net/servlet/FormListener?YWFycHBwaTo0OkxO

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38. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: Conferencealerts.com has recently updated its palliative care section with the following conferences:

Sep. 23, 2010: Hospice and Palliative Care in the Global Community: Fresno CA

Nov. 10, 2010: ACMA Transitions of Care Conference: Little Rock AR

Mar. 20, 2011: 1st Global Conference Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Practice and Pedagogy: Prague Czech Republic

Mar. 29, 2011: Cancer Pain Conference: Scottsdale Arizona

More information about these and other palliative care conferences is available at:

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

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

39. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following sites were updated Aug. 20-26, 2010: "Helpful Contacts"; "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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Jack Solock
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Social Sciences Research Services
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu
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