Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #579 -- March 17, 2011

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 RETIREMENT STUDY: On Mar. 14, 2010, the University of Michigan's HRS announced the following data release:

- HRS 2007 Prescription Drug Study (Final, Version 1.0).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news302

Data access:

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

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2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE & MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE:

A. "End Stage Renal Disease" (2010, tables 11.1-11.2, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1239990&intNumPerPage=10

B. "Medicare Enrollment," (2010, tables 2.1-2.8, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1239899&intNumPerPage=10

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICALS:

A. SSI Monthly Statistics February 2011 (March 2011, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2011-02/index.html

B. International Update, March 2011 (March 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2011-03/index.html

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4. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "401(k) Plans: Certain Investment Options and Practices That May Restrict Withdrawals Not Widely Understood," (GAO-11-291, March 2011, .pdf format, 73p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-291

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5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs in the Medicare Part D Program," (A-07-10-03143, March 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region7/71003143.asp

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6. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL REPORT: "Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults: Closing the Gap," (March 2011, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/features/PreventiveServices/Clinical_Preventive_Services_Closing_the_Gap_Report.pdf

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7. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "NIH study: High blood pressure linked to steeper decline in walking speeds in seniors," (March 15, 2011).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2011/nhlbi-15.htm

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8. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "The 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey: Confidence Drops to Record Lows, Reflecting 'the New Normal'," by Ruth Helman, Craig Copeland, and Jack VanDerhei (EBRI Issue Brief No. 355, March 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=4772

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9. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "The Social Security Early Retirement Benefit as a Safety Net," by John Bound and Timothy Waidmann (March 2011, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412313.html

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10. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Equity Returns in the Coming Decade," by Richard W. Kopcke and Zhenya Karamcheva (IB No. 11-5, March 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

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

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11. INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH [UK] REPORT: "Dementia care in London," by Alice Sachrajda (March 2011, .pdf format, 23p.). Note: IPPR asks you to register (for free) prior to providing content, but allows you to access the report without registering.

http://www.ippr.org.uk/publicationsandreports/publication.asp?id=808

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12. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 11, No. 5, Mar. 16, 2011).

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

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13. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A neurodegenerative disease mutation that accelerates the clearance of apoptotic cells," by Aimee W. Kao, Robin J. Eisenhut, Lauren Herl Martens, Ayumi Nakamura, Anne Huang, Josh A. Bagley, Ping Zhou, Alberto de Luis, Lukas J. Neukomm, Juan Cabello, Robert V. Farese, Jr., and Cynthia Kenyon (Vol. 108, No. 11, March 15, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 4441-4446). Note: _PNAS_ if providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/11/4441.abstract

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14. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "DICER1 deficit induces Alu RNA toxicity in age-related macular degeneration," by Hiroki Kaneko, Sami Dridi, Valeria Tarallo, Bradley D. Gelfand, Benjamin J. Fowler, Won Gil Cho, Mark E. Kleinman, Steven L. Ponicsan, William W. Hauswirth, Vince A. Chiodo, Katalin Kariko, Jae Wook Yoo, Dong-ki Lee, Majda Hadziahmetovic, Ying Song, Smita Misra, Gautam Chaudhuri, Frank W. Buaas, Robert E. Braun, David R. Hinton, Qing Zhang, Hans E. Grossniklaus, Jan M. Provis, Michele C. Madigan, Ann H. Milam, Nikki L. Justice, Romulo J. C. Albuquerque, Alexander D. Blandford, Sasha Bogdanovich, Yoshio Hirano, Jassir Witta, Elaine Fuchs, Dan R. Littman, Balamurali K. Ambati, Charles M. Rudin, Mark M. W. Chong, Patrick Provost, Jennifer F. Kugel, James A. Goodrich, Joshua L. Dunaief, Judit Z. Baffi & Jayakrishna Ambati (Vol. 471, No. 7338, March 17, 2011, p. 325-330).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v471/n7338/abs/nature09830.html

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15. SCIENCE REPORT ABSTRACT: "Cardiac Myosin Activation: A Potential Therapeutic Approach for Systolic Heart Failure," by Fady I. Malik, James J. Hartman, Kathleen A. Elias, Bradley P. Morgan, Hector Rodriguez, Katjusa Brejc, Robert L. Anderson, Sandra H. Sueoka, Kenneth H. Lee, Jeffrey T. Finer, Roman Sakowicz, Ramesh Baliga, David R. Cox, Marc Garard, Guillermo Godinez, Raja Kawas, Erica Kraynack, David Lenzi, Pu Ping Lu, Alexander Muci, Congrong Niu, Xiangping Qian, Daniel W. Pierce, Maria Pokrovskii, Ion Suehiro, Sheila Sylvester, Todd Tochimoto, Corey Valdez, Wenyue Wang, Tatsuo Katori, David A. Kass, You-Tang Shen, Stephen F. Vatner, and David J. Morgans (Vol. 331, No. 6023, March 18, 2011, p. 1439-1443).

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6023/1439.abstract

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16. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Geographic Variation in Diagnosis Frequency and Risk of Death Among Medicare Beneficiaries," by H. Gilbert Welch, Sandra M. Sharp, Dan J. Gottlieb, Jonathan S. Skinner, and John E. Wennberg (Vol. 305, No. 11, March 16, 2011, p. 1113-1118).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/11/1113.abstract

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

A. "Metal Ionophore Treatment Restores Dendritic Spine Density and Synaptic Protein Levels in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Paul A. Adlard, Laura Bica, Anthony R. White, Milawaty Nurjono, Gulay Filiz, Peter J. Crouch, Paul S. Donnelly, Roberto Cappai, David I. Finkelstein, and Ashley I. Bush (PLoS ONE 6(3): e17669. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017669, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0017669

B. "Promotional Tone in Reviews of Menopausal Hormone Therapy After the Women's Health Initiative: An Analysis of Published Articles," by Adriane Fugh-Berman, Christina Pike McDonald, Alicia M. Bell, Emily Catherine Bethards, and Anthony R. Scialli (PLoS Med 8(3): e1000425. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000425, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1000425

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III. Working Papers:

18. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Longevity Hedging 101: A Framework for Longevity Basis Risk Analysis and Hedge Effectiveness," by Guy D. Coughlan, Marwa Khalaf-Allah, Yijing Ye, Sumit Kumar, Andrew J.G. Cairns, David Blake and Kevin Dowd (PI-1013, February 2011, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

Basis risk is an important consideration when hedging longevity risk with instruments based on longevity indices, since the longevity experience of the hedged exposure may differ from that of the index. As a result, any decision to execute an index-based hedge requires a framework for (i) developing an informed understanding of the basis risk, (ii) appropriately calibrating the hedging instrument and (iii) evaluating hedge effectiveness. We describe such a framework and apply it to a UK case study, which compares the population of assured lives from the Continuous Mortality Investigation with the England & Wales national population. The framework is founded on an analysis of historical experience data, together with an appreciation of the contextual relationship between the two related populations in social, economic and demographic terms. Despite the different demographic profiles, the case study provides evidence of stable long-term relationships between the mortality experiences of the two populations. This suggests the important result that high levels of hedge effectiveness should be achievable with appropriately-calibrated, static, index-based longevity hedges. Indeed, this is borne out in detailed calculations of hedge effectiveness for a hypothetical pension portfolio where the basis risk is based on the case study. A robustness check involving populations from the US yields similar results.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1013.pdf

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19. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH [UK]: "Generational Accounts for the United Kingdom," by James Sefton, Martin Weale, and David McCarthy (Discussion Paper No. 377, March 2011, .pdf format, 29p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.niesr.ac.uk/pubs/searchdetail.php?PublicationID=2934

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20. 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 March 5, 2011.

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

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

21. Ageing and Society (Vol. 31, No. 3, April 2011).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?decade=2010&jid=ASO&volumeId=31&issueId=03&iid=8193120

22. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 7, No. 2, March 2011).

http://www.alzheimersanddementia.org/current

23. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 26, No. 2, March 2011).

http://aja.sagepub.com/content/26/2.toc

24. Gerontologist (Vol. 51, No. 2, April 2011).

http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/51/2.toc

25. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 10, No. 1, January 2011).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?decade=2010&jid=PEF&volumeId=10&issueId=01&iid=7947342

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26. 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 March 14, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of March 14, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of March 14, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of March 14, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of March 14, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of March 14, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

27. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Aging, Society, and the Life Course, Fourth Edition, by Leslie A. Morgan and Suzanne R. Kunkel (March 2011, ISBN-13: 9780826119377, 384p.).

http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826119377

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VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

28. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: Note: There were problems with the NIH grant page when this report was being finalized. If the links to these grant announcements do not work, please check them at a later time.

A. "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine (R01)," (PA-11-148, a reissue of PA-08-052, earliest submission date is May 5, 2011, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-148.html

B. "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine (R21)," (PA-11-149, a reissue of PA-08-053, earliest submission date is May 16, 2011, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-149.html

C. "Nutrition and Diet in the Causation, Prevention, and Management of Heart Failure (R01)," (PA-11-165, a reissue of PA-07-139, earliest submission date is May 5, 2011, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-165.html

D. "Nutrition and Diet in the Causation, Prevention, and Management of Heart Failure (R01)," (PA-11-166, a reissue of PA-06-136, earliest submission date is May 16, 2011, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-166.html

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29. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through March 16, 2011.

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

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VII. Conferences:

30. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "Palliative Care Overview with Special Consideration on Breast Cancer," Adelaide, Australia (April 18-20, 2011).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1isx3a

- "Dying and Death in 18th-21st century Europe, fourth edition (ABDD04)," to be held in Alba Iulia, Romania (Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2011).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1is3x6

Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care:

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

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

31. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY:

A. "Roundtable: Assisted Living at the Dawn of America's "Age Wave": What Have States Achieved and How is the Federal Role Evolving?" a hearing held March 15, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format, full hearing can be viewed in Flash Player format, running time 2 hours 58 minutes).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=331935&

B. "Securities Lending in Retirement Plans: Why the Banks Win, Even When You Lose," a hearing held March 16, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format, full hearing can be viewed in Flash Player format, running time 1 hour 18 minutes).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=331988&

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32. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "MedPACs Annual March Report to Congress," a hearing held March 15, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=228237

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33. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET HEARING TESTIMONY: "Fulfilling the Mission of Health and Retirement Security," a hearing held March 17, 2011 (witness statements in .pdf format).

http://budget.house.gov/HearingSchedule/#03172011

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Charlie

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