Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #568 -- December 23, 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

Note: Due to the holidays, there will be no CAAR Report next week (December 30, 2010). The CAAR Report will return during the first week of the New Year (January 6, 2011). Have a safe and happy holiday season!!

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I. Data:

1. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released several new MEPS data file (December 2010, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

- MEPS HC-036BRR: MEPS 1996-2008 Replicates for Calculating Variances File

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-036BRR

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2. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY: LIS has recently announced the following update: "Revisions to wave II-V Germany datasets (1984, 1989, 1994 and 2000) have been made"

http://www.lisproject.org/techdoc/de/deindex.htm

Data Access:

http://www.lisproject.org/introduction/faq.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORTS:

A. "State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2010," (December 2010, .pdf format, 117p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssi_st_asst/2010/index.html

B. "Monthly Statistical Snapshot, November 2010," (December 2010, HTML format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/stat_snapshot/index.html

C. "SSI Monthly Statistics, November 2010," (December 2010, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2010-11/index.html

D. "International Update, December 2010" (HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2010-12/index.html

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4. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE CORRESPONDENCES:

A. "Long-Term Care Hospitals: Differences in Their Oversight Compared to Other Types of Hospitals and Nursing Homes," (GAO-11-130R, November 2010, .pdf format, 51p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-130R

B. "Medicare: CMS Needs to Collect Consistent Information from Quality Improvement Organizations to Strengthen Its Establishment of Budgets for Quality of Care Reviews," (GAO-11-116R, December 2010, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-116R

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

A. "Questionable Billing for Medicare Outpatient Therapy Services," (OEI-04-09-00540, December 2010, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-09-00540.asp

B. "Questionable Billing for Brand-Name Inhalation Drugs in South Florida," (OEI-03-09-00530, December 2010, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-09-00530.asp

C. "Questionable Billing by Skilled Nursing Facilities," (OEI-02-09-00202, December 2010, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-09-00202.asp

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6. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Life Expectancy Free of Chronic Condition-induced Activity Limitations Among White and Black Americans, 2000-2006," by Michael T. Molla and Jennifer H. Madans (Vital and Health Statistics, Series 3, No. 34, December 2010, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_03/sr03_034.pdf

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7. AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY, HEALTHCARE COST AND UTILIZATION PROJECT STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Hospital Utilization among Oldest Adults, 2008," by Lauren Wier, Anne Pfuntner, and Claudia Steiner (Statistical Brief No. 103, December 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 11p.).

PDF:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb103.pdf

HTML:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb103.jsp

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8. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Medicare Home Health Agencies," (2010, Tables 7.1-7.7, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1242669&intNumPerPage=10

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9. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Study ties blood protein to Alzheimer's brain abnormalities," (Dec. 20, 2010).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/dec2010/nia-20.htm

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10. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Responding to the Downturn: How Does Information Change Behavior?" by Norma B. Coe and Kelly Haverstick (IB No. 10-20, December 2010, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/responding_to_the_downturn_how_does_information_change_behavior.html

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11. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Winter Heating Costs and Older and Low-Income Households," by Ann McLarty Jackson and Neal Walters (December 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/money/low-income-assistance/info-12-2010/heatingcostsdec.html

B. "Prepaid Cards: Promise and Pitfalls for Consumers," by Neal Walters (November 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.aarp.org/money/credit-loans-debt/info-11-2010/insight47.html

C. "The Employment Situation, November 2010: Little Holiday Cheer in the News," by Sara E. Rix (December 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-12-2010/fs208-economic.html

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12. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "Dual Eligibles: Medicaid Enrollment and Spending for Medicare Beneficiaries in 2007," by David Rousseau, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Emily Lawton, Jessica Langston, John Connolly and Jhamirah Howard (December 2010, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7846.cfm

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13. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "Inheritance and Wealth Transfer to Baby Boomers," (December 2010, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/inheritance-and-wealth-transfer-to-baby-boomers.html

B. "The MetLife Study of Finances and Female Executives," (November 2010, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/finances-and-female-executives.html

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14. COMMONWEALTH FUND ISSUE BRIEF: "The Impact of a Regulatory Intervention on Resident-Centered Nursing Home Care: Rhode Island's Individualized Care Pilot," by David G. Stevenson and David R. Gifford (December 2010, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2010/Dec/Regulatory-Intervention-and-Nursing-Home-Care.aspx

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15. PEW SOCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS REPORT: "Baby Boomers Approach 65 - Glumly," by D'Vera Cohn and Paul Taylor (December 2010, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://pewsocialtrends.org/2010/12/20/baby-boomers-approach-65-glumly/

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16. PEW INTERNET AND AMERICAN LIFE PROJECT REPORT: "Generations 2010," by Kathryn Zickuhr (December 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 29p.).

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Generations-2010.aspx

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17. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: _Caregiving Policy Digest_ (Vol. 10, No. 23, Dec. 15, 2010).

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

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18. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effects of a growth hormone-releasing hormone antagonist on telomerase activity, oxidative stress, longevity, and aging in mice," by William A. Banks, John E. Morley, Susan A. Farr, Tulin O. Price, Nuran Ercal, Irving Vidaurre, and Andrew V. Schally (Vol. 107, No. 51, December 21, 2010, p. 22272-22277).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/51/22272.abstract?etoc

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19. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "mTORC1 controls fasting-induced ketogenesis and its modulation by ageing," by Shomit Sengupta, Timothy R. Peterson, Mathieu Laplante, Stephanie Oh and David M. Sabatini (Vol. 468, No. 7327, December 23, 2010, p. 1100-1104).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v468/n7327/abs/nature09584.html

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20. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ARTICLES:

A. "Zinc Overload Enhances APP Cleavage and A{beta} Deposition in the Alzheimer Mouse Brain," by Chun-Yan Wang, Tao Wang, Wei Zheng, Bao-Lu Zhao, Gorm Danscher, Yu-Hua Chen, and Zhan-You Wang (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15349. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015349, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0015349

B. "{beta}-Amyloid 1-42 Oligomers Impair Function of Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Forebrain Cholinergic Neurons," by Linn Wicklund, Richardson N. Leão, Anne-Marie Strömberg, Malahat Mousavi, Outi Hovatta, Agneta Nordberg, and Amelia Marutle (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15600. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015600, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0015600

C. "Amyloid-{beta} Triggers the Release of Neuronal Hexokinase 1 from Mitochondria," by Leonardo M. Saraiva, Gisele S. Seixas da Silva, Antonio Galina, Wagner S. da-Silva, William L. Klein, Sergio T. Ferreira, and Fernanda G. De Felice (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15230. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015230, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0015230

D. "MicroRNA-Related Cofilin Abnormality in Alzheimer's Disease," by Jiaqi Yao, Tom Hennessey, Alex Flynt, Eric Lai, M. Flint Beal, and Michael T. Lin (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15546. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015546, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0015546

E. "Lithium Improves Hippocampal Neurogenesis, Neuropathology and Cognitive Functions in APP Mutant Mice," by Anna Fiorentini, Maria Cristina Rosi, Cristina Grossi, Ilaria Luccarini, and Fiorella Casamenti (PLoS ONE 5(12): e14382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014382, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0014382

F. "Age and the Neural Network of Personal Familiarity," by Markus Donix, Katja Petrowski, Luisa Jurjanz, Thomas Huebner, Ulf Herold, Damaris Baeumler, Eva C. Amanatidis, Katrin Poettrich, Michael N. Smolka, and Vjera A. Holthoff (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15790. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015790, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0015790

G. "Amyloid-{beta} Inhibits No-cGMP Signaling in a CD36- and CD47-Dependent Manner," by Thomas W. Miller, Jeff S. Isenberg, Hubert B. Shih, Yichen Wang, and David D. Roberts (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15686. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015686, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0015686

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21. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Apixaban versus Enoxaparin for Thromboprophylaxis after Hip Replacement," by Michael Rud Lassen, Alexander Gallus, Gary E. Raskob, Graham Pineo, Dalei Chen, and Luz Margarita Ramirez, for the ADVANCE-3 Investigators (Vol. 363, No. 26, December 23, 2010, p. 2487-2498).

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1006885

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III. Working Papers:

22. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER:

A. "Framing Social Security Reform: Behavioral Responses to Changes in the Full Retirement Age," by Luc Behaghel and David Blau (WP 2010-243, December 2010, .pdf format, 56p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=755

B. "Post-Retirement Adjustments in Defined Benefit Pensions," by Charles Brown (WP 2010-242, December 2010, .pdf format, 15p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=753

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23. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Role of Financial Literacy in Determining Retirement Plans," by Robert Clark, Melinda Sandler Morrill, Steven G. Allen (w16612, December 2010, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

Workers nearing retirement face many important, and often irreversible, choices. We collected detailed demographic and financial literacy data on over 1,500 workers nearing retirement at three large companies to assess how individuals are planning for retirement. Many respondents display limited knowledge and understanding of public and company-provided retirement benefits. Controlling for basic demographics and wealth, we find that misconceptions about eligibility ages and plan generosity influence workers’ expected age of retirement. Although retirement-related decisions will affect workers’ wellbeing for the remainder of their lifetimes, many do not possess enough basic financial knowledge to confidently make optimal choices.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w16612

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24. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA: "The Impact of Medical and Nursing Home Expenses and Social Insurance," by Karen A. Kopecky and Tatyana Koreshkova (Working Paper 2010-19, December 2010, .pdf format, 58p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.frbatlanta.org/pubs/wp/working_paper_2010-19.cfm

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25. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Improving the governance and investment of Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund," by Fiona Stewart and Juan Yermo (OECD Working Paper on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions No. 6, December 2010, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

This paper suggests avenues for strengthening the governance and management of the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest single pool of pension assets in the world. The GPIF earned its name in 2006 as part of a major governance reform that aimed at increasing the transparency and autonomy of the fund. While much improved, the new governance structure still falls short of international best practices and in some aspects does not meet some of the basic criteria contained in OECD recommendations, in particular the OECD Guidelines for Pension Fund Governance.

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/39/2/46798132.pdf

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26. WORLD BANK: "Can China's rural elderly count on support from adult children? Implications of rural-to-urban migration," (WPS No. 5510, December 2010, .pdf and ASCII text format, 37p.). Note: 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_20101221171745

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27. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Mortality Regimes and Pricing," by Andreas Milidonis, Yijia Lin and Samuel H. Cox (PI 11-01, June 2010, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

Mortality dynamics are characterized by changes in mortality regimes. This paper describes a Markov regime switching model which incorporates mortality state switches into mortality dynamics. Using the 1901-2005 US population mortality data, we illustrate that regime switching models can perform better than well-known models in the literature. Furthermore, we extend the Lee-Carter (1992) model in such a way that the time-series common risk factor to all cohorts has distinct mortality regimes with different means and volatilities. Finally, we show how to price mortality securities with this model.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1101.pdf

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28. DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK: "Pension benefit security: a comparison of solvency requirements, a pension guarantee fund and sponsor support," by Dirk Broeders and An Chen (No. 268, December 2010, .pdf format, 43p.).

Abstract:

Developed countries apply different security mechanisms in regulation to protect defined pension benefits: solvency requirements, a pension guarantee fund, and sponsor support. We test the performance of these mechanisms in terms of the protection offered to pension benefits in relation to the costs. For this, we calculate the expected log-return for the beneficiaries and the shortfall probability, i.e. the likelihood of the pension payment falling below the promised level. We show that it is possible to compare different pension security mechanisms using appropriate finance tools. Compared to a system based on solvency requirements alone, support by a pension guarantee fund or by the sponsor offers better downside protection for pension funds pursuing an aggressive investment policy. However, this comes at an additional cost. Beneficiaries of pension funds with conservative investment policies are better off under solvency requirements.

http://www.dnb.nl/en/binaries/268%20-%20Pension%20benefit%20security_tcm47-243121.pdf

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29. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Residential Mobility of the European Elderly," by Viola Angelini and Anne Laferrere (CESifo Working Paper No. 3280, December 2010, .pdf format, 21p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=14710922&category=

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30. 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 Dec. 11, 2010.

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

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

31. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 173, No. 1, January 2011).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol173/issue1/index.dtl?etoc

32. American Journal of Geriatric Pyschiatry (Vol. 19, No. 1, January 2011).

http://journals.lww.com/ajgponline/pages/currenttoc.aspx

33. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 101, No. 1, January 2010).

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/content/vol101/issue1/index.dtl?etoc

34. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2011).

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/uedg/2011/00000037/00000001

35. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Vol. 22, No. 3, December 2010).

http://www.j-alz.com/issues/22/vol22-3.html

36. Research on Aging (Vol. 33, No. 1, January 2011).

http://roa.sagepub.com/content/vol33/issue1/?etoc

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37. 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 December 20/27, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of December 20/27, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of December 20/27, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of December 20/27, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of December 20/27, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of December 20/27, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

38. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Limited Competition for the Renewal of the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer's Disease (NCRAD) (U24)," (PAR-11-080, National Institute on Aging, due data for applications February 25, 2011).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-080.html

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39. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAM: "2011 Postdoctoral Fellowships," (screening of applicants begins January 14, 2011). "PSC expects to have openings for postdoctoral fellows sponsored by NIA. Positions to start on or about September 1, 2011. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, public health, or one of the social sciences (e.g. sociology, economics, psychology, history, anthropology) at the starting date. An interest in population-based research on aging (broadly defined) is important."

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/training/postdoc.html

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40. AGEWORK.COM: Agework.com has updated its employment listings through Dec. 22, 2010.

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

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VI. Conferences:

41. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "9th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2011 - Palliative Care in Mainstream Medicine," to be held in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia (July 14-17, 2011).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1ixxii

- "NCRI Cancer Conference," to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom (Nov. 6-9, 2011).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1ixmms

Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care:

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

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42. COMMONWEALTH FUND/AARP WEBINAR: "Realizing Health Reform's Potential Webinar: Adults Ages 50 to 64 and the Affordable Care Act," (to be held Jan. 6, 2011, 2pm EST). Note: Registration is required.

https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=afbjui0r2gan

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VII. Websites of Interest:

43. HUMAN VALUES IN AGING NEWSLETTER: "The Human Values in Aging Newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter covering dimensions of positive aging, such as lifelong learning, spirituality, later life creativity, and civic engagement. The newsletter is edited by AARP's Office of Academic Affairs and published by the Gerontological Society of America. For a sample copy or no cost subscription, send a message to hrmoody@yahoo.com" or go to:

http://wssrv.mansellgroup.com/aarp/forms/aarp/aarpform16.asp

Thanks,

Charlie

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