Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #554 -- September 16, 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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Data for Portugal were revised and updated through 2009.

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Emergency Department Visits Involving Illicit Drug Use by Older Adults: 2008," (September 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/DAWN015/IllicitAbuse.cfm

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3. PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY [AUSTRALIA] REPORT: "Superannuation 2010-2011," by Leslie Nielson (Research Paper No. 3, September 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 32p.).

PDF:

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rp/2010-11/11rp03.pdf

HTML:

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rp/2010-11/11rp03.htm

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4. NATIONAL SENIORS AUSTRALIA/ACCESS ECONOMICS REPORT: "The Future Of Aged Care In Australia," (September 2010, zipped .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.nationalseniors.com.au/page/Driving_Change/News/Press_Releases/Current_Media_Releases/Aged_care_set_to_crumble/Access_Economics_Report/

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5. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [LONDON, UK] REPORT: "Pensions Reform after the Election: Can Consensus be Maintained?" (September 2010, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/files/pdf_pdf_141.pdf

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6. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Social Security's Financial Outlook: The 2010 Update in Perspective," by Alicia H. Munnell (IB No. 10-15, September 2010, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/brief/social_securitys_financial_outlook_the_2010_update_in_perspective.html

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7. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORTS:

A. "The Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy Program: Experience to Date and Policy Issues for Consideration," by Laura Summer, Jack Hoadley, and Elizabeth Hargrave (September 2010, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8094.cfm

B. "Coverage of Top Brand-Name and Specialty Drugs," by Elizabeth Hargrave, Jack Hoadley, Laura Summer, Juliette Cubanski and Tricia Neuman (September 2010, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8095.cfm

C. "Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in 2010 and Key Changes Over Five Years: Summary of Findings," by Jack Hoadley, Laura Summer, Elizabeth Hargrave, Juliette Cubanski and Tricia Neuman (September 2010, .pdf format, p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8096.cfm

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8. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 31, No. 9, September 2010, .pdf format, 24p.). The articles in this issues are "2010 Health Confidence Survey: Health Reform Does Not Increase Confidence in the Health Care System," by Ruth Helman and Paul Fronstin; and, "Retirement Income Adequacy for Today's Workers: How Certain, How Much Will It Cost, and How Does Eligibility for Participation in a Defined Contribution Plan Help?" by Jack VanDerhei.

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=4637

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9. PEW SOCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS REPORT: "Since the Start of the Great Recession, More Children Raised by Grandparents," by Gretchen Livingston and Kim Parker (September 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://pewsocialtrends.org/pubs/764/more-children-being-raised-by-grandparents-great-recession

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10. CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH [UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES] POLICY BRIEF: "Older Adults Need Twice the Federal Poverty Level to Make Ends Meet in California," by Steven P. Wallace, D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, and Susan E. Smith (September 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/Publication.aspx?pubID=423

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11. HERITAGE FOUNDATION BRIEF: "Reductions in Medicare Advantage Payments: The Impact on Seniors by Region," by Robert A. Book and James C. Capretta (Backgrounder No. 2464, September 2010, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/Reductions-in-Medicare-Advantage-Payments-The-Impact-on-Seniors-by-Region

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12. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: Retirement Policy Outlook (No. 2, September 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.). The title of this issue is "What Every American Needs to Know about Government-Entitlement Reform," by Andrew G. Biggs.

http://www.aei.org/outlook/100991

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13. MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Aging in Place 2.0 : Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge," (September 2010, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/aging-in-place.html#insights

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14. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 10, No. 16, September 14, 2010).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=467

More information about FCA:

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=349

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15. _SCIENCE_ POLICY FORUM ABSTRACT: "Remeasuring Aging," by Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov (Vol. 329, No. 5997, September 10, 2010, p. 1287-1288).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/329/5997/1287

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16. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Insulin-like growth factor 1 treatment extends longevity in a mouse model of human premature aging by restoring somatotroph axis function," by Guillermo Marino, Alejandro P. Ugalde, Alvaro F. Fernandez, Fernando G. Osorio, Antonio Fueyo, Jose M. P. Freije, and Carlos Lopez-Otin (Vol. 107, No. 37, September 14, 2010, p. .16268-16273).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/37/16268.abstract

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17. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing access to content. "Heart rate as a risk factor in chronic heart failure (SHIFT): the association between heart rate and outcomes in a randomised placebo-controlled trial," by Michael Bohm, Karl Swedberg, Michel Komajda, Jeffrey S Borer, Ian Ford, Ariane Dubost-Brama, Guy Lerebours, Luigi Tavazzi, on behalf of the SHIFT Investigators (Vol. 376, No. 9744, September 11, 2010, p. 886-894).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2961259-7/abstract

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18. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Colonic Biopsies to Assess the Neuropathology of Parkinson's Disease and Its Relationship with Symptoms," by Thibaud Lebouvier, Michel Neunlist, Stanislas Bruley des Varannes, Emmanuel Coron, Anne Drouard, Jean-Michel N'Guyen, Tanguy Chaumette, Maddalena Tasselli, Sebastien Paillusson, Mathurin Flamand, Jean-Paul Galmiche, Philippe Damier, and Pascal Derkinderen (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12728. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012728, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0012728

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19. THE ATLANTIC ARTICLE: "The Least We Can Do," by Michael Kinsley (October 2010).

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/10/the-least-we-can-do/8228

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III. Working Papers:

20. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: WPRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "Market Structure and Challenges for Annuities in India," by Mukul G. Asher and Deepa Vasudevan (WP2010-15, September 2010, .pdf format, 30p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=887

B. "The Swedish Annuity Market: Where It Is and Where It's Headed," by Edward Palmer and Bo Larsson (WP2010-14, September 2010, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=886

C. "Turning Wealth into Lifetime Income: The Challenge Ahead," by Olivia S. Mitchell and John Piggott (WP2010-13, September 2010, .pdf format, 17p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=885

D. "What's on the Menu? Included versus Excluded Investment Funds for Singapore's Central Provident Fund Investors," by Benedict S. K. Koh and Olivia S. Mitchell (WP2010-12, August 2010, .pdf format, 27p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=884

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21. PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL DEMOGRAPHY OF AGING [HARVARD UNIVERSITY]:

A. "Introduction: Social Security and the Challenge of Demographic Change," by David E. Bloom and Roddy McKinnon (PDGA Working Paper No. 61, September 2010, .pdf format, 24p.). Note: There is no abstract for this paper.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2010/PGDA_WP_61.pdf

B. "Economic Security Arrangements in the Context of Population Ageing in India," by David E. Bloom, Ajay Mahal, Larry Rosenberg, and Jaypee Sevilla (PDGA Working Paper No. 60, September 2010, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

The rapid ageing of India's population, in conjunction with migration out of rural areas and the continued concentration of the working population in the informal sector, has highlighted the need for better economic security arrangements for the elderly. Traditional family ties that have been key to ensuring a modicum of such security are beginning to fray, and increased longevity is making care of the elderly more expensive. As a result, the elderly are at increased risk of being poor or falling into poverty. In parallel with its efforts to address this issue, the Government of India and some of the Indian states have initiated an array of programmes for providing some level of access to health care or health insurance to the great majority of Indians who lack sufficient access. Formal-sector workers have greater social security than those in the informal sector, but they only represent a small share of the workforce. Women are particularly vulnerable to economic insecurity. India's experience offers some lessons for other countries. Although there is space for private initiatives in the social security arena, it is clear that most such efforts will need to be tax-financed. The role that private providers can play is substantial, even when most funding comes from public sources, but such activity will face greater challenges as more individuals seek benefits. India has also shown that implementation can often be carried out well by states using central government funds, with a set of advantages and disadvantages that such decentralization brings. Finally, India's experience with implementation can offer guidance on issues such as targeting, the use of information technology in social security systems, and human resource management.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2010/PGDA_WP60.pdf

C. "Data Sets on Pensions and Health: Data Collection and Sharing for Policy Design," by Jinkook Lee (PDGA Working Paper No. 59, September 2010, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

A growing number of countries are developing or reforming pension and health policies in response to population ageing and to enhance the welfare of their citizens. The adoption of different policies by different countries has resulted in several natural experiments. These offer unusual opportunities to examine the effects of varying policies on health and retirement, individual and family behaviour, and well-being. Realizing these opportunities requires harmonized data-collection efforts. An increasing number of countries have agreed to provide data harmonized with the Health and Retirement Study in the United States. This article discusses these data sets, including their key parameters of pension and health status, research designs, samples, and response rates. It also discusses the opportunities they offer for cross-national studies and their implications for policy evaluation and development.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2010/WP59_2010.pdf

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22. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Housing Mobility and Downsizing at Older Ages in Britain and the United States," by James Banks, Richard Blundell, Zoe Oldfield, and James P. Smith (Discussion Paper No. 5168, September 2010, .pdf format, p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=5168

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23. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilations are for Sep. 3, 2010.

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

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

24. Ageing International (Vol. 35, No. 2, June 2010).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/0163-5158/35/2/

25. Ageing and Society (Vol. 30, No. 7, October 2010).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=ASO&volumeId=30&issueId=07&iid=7894592

26. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 36, No. 4, 2010).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=g926896576

27. The Gerontologist (Vol. 50, No. 5, October 2010).

http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/5.toc

28. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 18, No. 4, October 2010).

http://journals.humankinetics.com/japa-current-issue

29. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 67, No. 5, October 2010).

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol67/issue5/?etoc

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30. 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 September 13, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 13, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 13, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 13, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of September 13, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of September 13, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

31. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Knockout Mouse Phenotyping (U54) (RFA-RM-10-011, application due date: Nov. 10, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-011.html

B. "Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Project Database (U54) (RFA-RM-10-012, application due date: Nov. 10, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-012.html

C. "Knockout Mouse Production and Cryopreservation (U42) (RFA-RM-10-013, application due date: Nov. 10, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-013.html

D. "Robotics Technology Development and Deployment [RTD2] (R43)," (PAR-10-279, application due date: Nov. 20, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-279.html

E. "Limited Competition for the Global Research Initiative Program, Basic/Biomedical Sciences (R01)," (PAR-10-278, a reissue of PAR-07-239, application due date: Dec. 10, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-278.html

F. "Limited Competition for the Global Research Initiative Program, Behavioral/Social Sciences (R01)," (PAR-10-280, a reissue of PAR-07-328, application due date: Dec. 10, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-280.html

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32. AGEWORK.COM: Agework.com has updated its employment listings through Sep. 15, 2010.

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

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VI. Conferences:

33. US FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION/DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL/CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES WORKSHOP: "Workshop on Issues Related to Accountable Care Organizations," (October 5, 2010; Baltimore, Maryland).

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/09/healthcare.shtm

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Field Hearing: Strengthening Our Commitment to Minnesota Seniors: Promoting Independent Living Through the Older Americans Act Reauthorization," a hearing held September 10, 2010 (witness statements in .pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=327545&

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35. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment: Implications for Quality, Cost and Access," a hearing held September 15, 2010 (witness statements in .pdf format, full hearing in Windows Media Player format).

http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2116

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

36. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING SENIORHEALTH.GOV UPDATE. Seniorhealth.gov has added a links page for the topic of "Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)."

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/peripheralarterialdisease/toc.html

Seniorhealth.gov:

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/index.html

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Charlie

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