Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #580 -- March 24, 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 RETIRMENT STUDY UPDATE: On. Mar. 21, 2011, the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study announced: "The 2002 Core online codebook contains links in the Ref 2000 field that cross-reference the Blaise variable names of the 2002 instrument to the Surveycraft question identifiers used in 2000. During the most recent revision of this Web site, the folder containing the 2002 Core codebook files was moved, but the URLs underlying the Ref 2000 links were not updated. This problem has now been corrected." For links to more information see:

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

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 update has been added to the database:

Data for Ireland were revised and updated through 2009 (Mar. 22, 2011).

Data Availability:

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

Data Access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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3. UK DATA ARCHIVE (ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 5705 -Annual Deaths by Cause, Age and Sex in England and Wales, 1848-1900

http://www.esds.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5705

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II. Reports and articles:

4. US CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Older Americans Month: May 2011" (CB11-FF.08, Mar. 23, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff08.html

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5. 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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6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "MEDCAC Meeting 5/11/2011 - Cochlear Implants for Sensorineural Hearing Loss" (Mar. 21, 2011).

http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/medcac-meeting-details.aspx?MEDCACId=58

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7. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Part D: CMS Conducted Fraud and Abuse Compliance Plan Audits, but All Audit Findings Are Not Yet Available" (GAO-11-269R, February 2011, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-269R

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8. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January-September 2010 National Health Interview Survey" (March 2011, .pdf format, 113p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/released201103.htm

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9. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ACTUARY REPORT: "Illustrative Benefits for Retired Workers, Disabled Workers, and Survivors," by Michael Clingman, Kyle Burkhalter, and Chris Chaplain (No. 2010.4, February 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/NOTES/ran4/index.html

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10. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, RESEARCH, STATISTICS, AND POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: "Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2008" (revised March 2011, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/

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11. WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES REPORT: "Wisconsin Life Expectancy Tables (Abridged Three-Year Life Tables: 2007-2009) (March 2009).

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/stats/lifeexpectancy.htm

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12. AARP, VARIOUS:

A. "Japan's Lesson: Older People in United States May Be Vulnerable," by Elaine S. Povich (_AARP Bulletin_, Mar. 23, 2011).

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/around-the-globe/info-03-2011/older-people-most-vulnerable-during-disasters.html

B. "2011 AARP-UN Briefing Series on Global Aging" (AARP International, March 2011, various formats).

http://www.aarpinternational.org/conference/conference_show.htm?doc_id=1437042

C. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer and MP3 format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

The Myths and Marketing of Growing Old: How to grow old gracefully in Americas youth oriented culture (Mar. 15, 2011).

http://www.aarp.org/health/longevity/info-03-2011/myths-and-marketing-of-growing-old.html

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13. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE-UK [LONDON] REPORT: "Localism and Neighbourhoods for All Ages: Is localism sounding a death knell or a wake-up call for creating neighbourhoods for all ages?" by Dylan Kneale and David Sinclair (March 2011, .pdf format, 47p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=87

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14. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION WEBCAST: "Medicare: A Primer" (various video formats, March 2011, running time: one hour, 53 minutes, 45 seconds.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/ahr031111video.cfm

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15. NATIONAL CENTER FOR SENIOR TRANSPORTATION "ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR MOBILITY TRANSITION" (ARMT) TOOL" (2011). For more information see:

http://seniortransportation.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=NCST2_about_projects_ARMT

More information about NCST:

http://seniortransportation.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=NCST2_about

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16. URBAN INSTITUTE ARTICLE: "The Pointless Debate Over the Social Security Trust Fund," by C. Eugene Steuerle (The Government We Deserve, March 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/901417.html

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17. THE WEEKLY STANDARD ARTICLE: "Pensions Aren't the Problem: How not to balance state budgets," by Eli Lehrer (Vol. 16, No. 27, Mar. 28, 2011).

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/pensions-aren-t-problem_554833.html

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

A. "Noncanonical Wnt signaling mediates androgen-dependent tumor growth in a mouse model of prostate cancer," by Sayuri Takahashi, Tomoyuki Watanabe, Maiko Okada, Kazuki Inoue, Takashi Ueda, Ichiro Takada, Tetsuro Watabe, Yoko Yamamoto, Toru Fukuda, Takashi Nakamura, Chihiro Akimoto, Tetsuya Fujimura, Maiko Hoshino, Yuuki Imai, Daniel Metzger, Kohei Miyazono, Yasuhiro Minami, Pierre Chambon, Tadaichi Kitamura, Takahiro Matsumoto, and Shigeaki Kato (Vol. 108, No. 12, Mar. 22, 2011, p. 4938-4943).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/12/4938.abstract?etoc

B. "Scavenger receptor CD36 is essential for the cerebrovascular oxidative stress and neurovascular dysfunction induced by amyloid-{beta}," by Laibaik Park, Gang Wang, Ping Zhou, Joan Zhou, Rose Pitstick, Mary Lou Previti, Linda Younkin, Steven G. Younkin, William E. Van Nostrand, Sunghee Cho, Josef Anrather, George A. Carlson, and Costantino Iadecola (Vol. 108, No. 12, Mar. 22, 2011, p. 5063-5068).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/12/5063.abstract?etoc

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

A. "Combined Evaluation of FDG-PET and MRI Improves Detection and Differentiation of Dementia," by Juergen Dukart, Karsten Mueller, Annette Horstmann, Henryk Barthel, Harald E. Moller, Arno Villringer, Osama Sabri, and Matthias L. Schroeter (PLoS ONE 6(3): e18111. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018111, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0018111

B. "The Intracellular Threonine of Amyloid Precursor Protein That Is Essential for Docking of Pin1 Is Dispensable for Developmental Function," by Alessia P. M. Barbagallo, Zilai Wang, Hui Zheng, and Luciano D'Ada (PLoS ONE 6(3): e18006. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018006, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0018006

C. "Tauopathic Changes in the Striatum of A53T a-Synuclein Mutant Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease," by Joel Credle, Thomas Haggerty, Jae-Hoon Lee, Adam W. Oaks, and Anita Sidhu (PLoS ONE 6(3): e17953. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017953, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0017953

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20. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "All cause and disease specific mortality in patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis: population based cohort study," by Eveline Nuesch, Paul Dieppe, Stephan Reichenbach, Susan Williams, Samuel Iff, and Peter Juni (Vol. 342, No. 7798, Mar. 19, 2011, BMJ 342:doi:10.1136/bmj.d1165, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d1165.full

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21. LANCET NEUROLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles. "AAV2-GAD gene therapy for advanced Parkinson's disease: a double-blind, sham-surgery controlled, randomised trial," by Peter A. LeWitt, Ali R. Rezai, Maureen A. Leehey, Steven G. Ojemann, Alice W. Flaherty, Emad N. Eskandar, Sandra K. Kostyk, Karen Thomas, Atom Sarkar, Mustafa S. Siddiqui, Stephen B. Tatter, Jason M. Schwalb, Kathleen L. Poston, Jaimie M. Henderson, Roger M. Kurlan, Irene H. Richard, Lori Van Meter, Christine V. Sapan, Matthew J. During, Michael G. Kaplitt, and Andrew Feigin (Vol. 10, No. 4, April 2011, p. 309-319).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2811%2970039-4/abstract

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III. Working Papers:

22. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Intergenerational Family Care for and by Older People in Thailand," by John E. Knodel and Napaporn Chayovan (PSC Research Report No. 11-732, March 2011, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

Nationally representative surveys of the older population in Thailand clearly document the primary role of the family, especially adult children and spouses, in providing personal care to elderly members who are no longer able to function on their own. The role of the state, market and voluntary sectors, i.e. the other three points of the "care diamond" vary but are clearly subsidiary to the family although their relative contributions may shift in the future. It is also clear that older persons, in their role as grandparents, make significant contributions to the care of young children, especially in situations where the childs parents have migrated and left the grandchild in their care. Demographic trends are underway that pose important challenges for the future of intergenerational family care. The future role of older persons in providing care to young dependent grandchildren is likely to be impacted by reduced fertility among persons of reproductive age and by the increased migration of working age adults although these are likely to operate in opposite directions. The much smaller family sizes of the persons entering older age in the future and the increased migration of their adult children to find employment have serious implications for filial elder care and are already leading to shifts in living arrangements including a substantial decline in coresidence of elderly parents with a child. In terms of intra-generational family care, i.e. by spouses, the demographic underpinnings are far less subject to change.

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/pdf/rr11-732.pdf

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23. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON, UK]: "The effect of childhood education on old age cognitive abilities: evidence from a Regression Discontinuity design," by James Banks and Fabrizio Mazzonna (W11/04, March 2011, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/5521

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24. DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK: "Economy wide risk diversification in a three-pillar pension system," by Cai Cai Du, Joan Muysken and Olaf Sleijpen (No. 286, March 2011, .pdf format, 56p.).

Abstract:

We model a three-pillar pension system and analyse in this context the impact of exogenous shocks on an open economy, using an overlapping generations model where individuals live for two periods. The three-pillar pension system consists of (1) a PAYG pension system, (2) a defined benefit pension fund, and (3) private savings. The economy is exposed to an ageing trend, inflation and a stock market crash. We show that in the three-pillar pension system the impact of these shocks on the economy is mitigated when compared to a two- pillar system, since each shock has a different impact on the three pillars. In order to illustrate the working of the model with respect to the impact of these shocks, both in magnitude and the development over time, we provide simulation results for the Netherlands.

http://www.dnb.nl/en/binaries/working%20paper%20286_tcm47-248904.pdf

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25. 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 12, 2011.

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

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

26. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 19, No. 4, April 2011).

http://journals.lww.com/ajgponline/toc/2011/04000

27. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 37, No. 4, April 2011).

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/uedg/2011/00000037/00000004

28. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 37, No. 2, 2011).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713722867~db=all

29. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 23, No. 3, April 2011).

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/vol23/issue3/?etoc

30. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2011).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/0169-3816/26/1/

31. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 68, No. 2, April 2011).

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/68/2.toc?etoc

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32. 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 May 25, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 21, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 21, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 21, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 21, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Mar. 21, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

33. NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL MONOGRAPH: Assessing the Impact of Severe Economic Recession on the Elderly: Summary of a Workshop, by Malay Majmundar (National Academies Press, 2011, OpenBook and .pdf format, 60p.). Links to ordering information for a print copy are available at the site. Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13118

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34. PENGUIN BOOK: The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study, by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin (2011, 272p.). For more information, including ordering information, see:

ePub eBook: ISBN: 9781101513378

http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781101513378,00.html

eBook: Adobe reader: ISBN: 9781101503973

http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781101503973,00.html

Hard Cover: ISBN: 9781594630750

http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781594630750,00.html

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEATLH:

A. "NIA Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Data Warehouse (U24)" (PAR-11-175, application deadline: multiple dates, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-175.html

B. "NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Grand Challenge: Developing Novel Drugs for Disorders of the Nervous System (U01)" (RFA-NS-12-002, reissue of RFA-NS-11-002 application deadlines, Jun. 10 and Dec. 15, 2011, National Institute on Aging, in conjuction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-12-002.html

C. "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine (R01)" (PA-11-148, reissue of PA-08-052, application deadline: multiple dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjuction with several other agencies). For more information see:

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

D. "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine (R21) (PA-11-149, reissue of PA-08-053, application deadline: multiple dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjuction with several other agencies). For more information see:

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

E. "Nutrition and Diet in the Causation, Prevention, and Management of Heart Failure (R21, reissue of PA-06-136, 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-11-166.html

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36. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through March 24, 2011.

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

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VII. Conferences:

37. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "Updates in Primary Care," to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, Oct. 17-18, 2011). For more information see:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1is8ax

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

38. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: "Share of Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries with Access to and Share Enrolled In a 4+ Star Plan, 2011" (updated February 2011).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemapreport.jsp?rep=57&cat=6

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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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