Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #596 -- July 14, 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: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announced the release of a new data file on July 12, 2011:

- HRS 2010 Core (Early, Version 1.0) Release

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news313

Data access:

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

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2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATES: "Medicare Part D: 2010" (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=CMS1242745&intNumPerPage=10

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3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following update has been added to the database:

- Data for Spain were 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:

4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT:

A. "Changes in Skilled Nursing Facilities Billing in Fiscal Year 2011," (OEI-02-09-00204, July 2011, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-09-00204.asp

B. "Medicaid Services Provided in an Adult Day Health Setting," (OEI-09-07-00500, July 2011, .pdf format, p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-09-07-00500.asp

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5. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES FINAL DECISION MEMORANDUM: "Decision Memo for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)," (CAG-00399R3, July 2011).

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?&NcaName=Magnetic%20Resonance%20Imaging%20(MRI)%20(3rd%20Recon)&bc=ACAAAAAAIAAA&NCAId=252&

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6. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Top Five Most Costly Conditions among the Elderly, Age 65 and Older, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population," by Anita Soni and Marc Roemer (Statistical Brief 327, July 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical+Brief&opt=2&id=1002

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7. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA BRIEF: "Death in the United States, 2009," by Arialdi M. Minino (Data Brief No. 64, July 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db64.htm

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8. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "NIH investigators discover new mechanism that may be important for learning and memory," (July 13, 2011).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2011/niehs-13.htm

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9. OFFICE FOR BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY [UK] REPORT: "Fiscal sustainability report - July 2011," (July 2011, .pdf format, 120p.).

http://budgetresponsibility.independent.gov.uk/fiscal-sustainability-report-july-2011/

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10. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 32, No. 7, July 2011, .pdf format, 16p.). The articles in this issue include: "Capping Tax-Preferred Retirement Contributions: Preliminary Evidence of the Impact of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Recommendations," by Jack VanDerhei; and, "The Impact of the Recession on Employment-Based Health Benefits: The Case of Union Membership," by Paul Fronstin.

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=4849

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11. AARP REPORT, FACTSHEET:

A. "Health Reform Law Creates New Opportunities for States to Save Medicaid Dollars," by Lynda Flowers and Wendy Fox-Grage (July 2011, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/info-07-2011/insight-52-medicaid.html

B. "How Many Older Americans Live: Ten Facts to Consider," by Gary Koenig and Lina Walker (June 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-06-2011/fs230-ten-facts-to-consider.html

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12. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION REPORT: "Supporting the Culminating Stages of Faculty Careers: Legal Issues," (July 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Faculty_Career_Flexibility&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=41776

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13. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Jul. 8-14, 2011).

http://www.cardi.ie/directory

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14. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 11, No. 12, Jul. 6, 2011).

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

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15. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE ARTICLE: "Should the Retirement Age be Raised?" by Andrew G. Biggs (July 2011, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.aei.org/article/103864

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

A. "Anti-amyloid therapy protects against retinal pigmented epithelium damage and vision loss in a model of age-related macular degeneration," by Jin-Dong Ding, Lincoln V. Johnson, Rolf Herrmann, Sina Farsiu, Stephanie G. Smith, Marybeth Groelle, Brian E. Mace, Patrick Sullivan, Jeffrey A. Jamison, Una Kelly, Ons Harrabi, Sangeetha Subbarao Bollini, Jeanette Dilley, Dione Kobayashi, Bing Kuang, Wenlin Li, Jaume Pons, John C. Lin, and Catherine Bowes Rickma (Vol. 108, No. 28, July 12, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. E279-E287). Note: PNAS is providing open-access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/28/E279.abstract?etoc

B. "Striatal origin of the pathologic beta oscillations in Parkinson's disease," by M. M. McCarthy, C. Moore-Kochlacs, X. Gu, E. S. Boyden, X. Han, and N. Kopell (Vol. 108, No. 28, July 12, 2011, p. 11620-11625).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/28/11620.abstract?etoc

C. "Altered temporal patterns of anxiety in aged and amyloid precursor protein (APP) transgenic mice," by Tracy A. Bedrosian, Kamillya L. Herring, Zachary M. Weil, and Randy J. Nelson (Vol. 108, No. 28, July 12, 2011, p. 11686-11691).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/28/11686.abstract?etoc

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

A. "Motor Skill Learning, Retention, and Control Deficits in Parkinson's Disease," by Lisa Katharina Pendt, Iris Reuter, and Hermann Muller (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21669. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021669, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0021669

B. "Metabolomics in Early Alzheimer's Disease: Identification of Altered Plasma Sphingolipidome Using Shotgun Lipidomics," by Xianlin Han, Steve Rozen, Stephen H. Boyle, Caroline Hellegers, Hua Cheng, James R. Burke, Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, P. Murali Doraiswamy, and Rima Kaddurah-Daouk (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21643. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021643, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0021643

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18. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Radiotherapy and Short-Term Androgen Deprivation for Localized Prostate Cancer," by Christopher U. Jones, Daniel Hunt, David G. McGowan, Mahul B. Amin, Michael P. Chetner, Deborah W. Bruner, Mark H. Leibenhaut, Siraj M. Husain, Marvin Rotman, Luis Souhami, Howard M. Sandler, and William U. Shipley (Vol. 365, No. 2, July 14, 2011, p. 107-118).

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1012348

Related NIH press release:

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2011/nci-13.htm

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19. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Association of Race and Sites of Care With Pressure Ulcers in High-Risk Nursing Home Residents," by Yue Li, Jun Yin, Xueya Cai, Jna Temkin-Greener, and Dana B. Mukamel (Vol. 306, No. 2, July 13, 2011, p. 179-186).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/306/2/179?etoc

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III. Working Papers:

20. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Economic Preparation for Retirement," by Michael D. Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (w17302, July 2011, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

We define and estimate measures of economic preparation for retirement based on a complete inventory of economic resources while taking into account the risk of living to advanced old age and the risk of high out-of-pocket spending for health care services. We ask whether, in a sample of 66-69 year-olds, observed economic resources could support with high probability a life-cycle consumption path anchored at the initial level of consumption until the end of life. We account for taxes, widowing, differential mortality and out-of-pocket health spending risk. We find that 71% of persons in our target age group are adequately prepared according to our definitions, but there is substantial variation by observable characteristics: 80% of married persons are adequately prepared compared with just 55% of single persons. We estimate that a reduction in Social Security benefits of 30 percent would reduce the fraction adequately prepared by 7.8 percentage points among married persons and by as much as 10.7 percentage points among single persons.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17203

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21. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]:

A. "Key q-duration: A Framework for Hedging Longevity Risk," by Johnny Siu-Hang Li, and Ancheng Luo (PI-1109, July 2011, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

When hedging longevity risk with standardized contracts, the hedger needs to calibrate the hedge carefully so that it can effectively reduce the risk. In this article, we present a calibration method that is based on matching mortality rate sensitivities. Specifically, we introduce a measure called key q-duration, which allows us to estimate the price sensitivity of a life-contingent liability to each portion of the underlying mortality curve. Given this measure, one can easily construct a longevity hedge with a handful of mortality forwards. Our empirical results indicate that using key q-durations, a hedge effectiveness of more than 97% can be attained with only five mortality forwards. We also investigate other important issues that are related to standardized longevity hedges, including the adaptation needed for hedging multiple birth cohorts, and the quantification of sampling risk and basis risk.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1109.pdf

B. "Progress in Medicine, Limits to Life and Forecasting Mortality," by Carlo A. Favero, and Marco Giacoletti (PI-1108, June 2011, .pdf format, 24p.).

Abstract:

In this paper we propose a model to forecast future mortality that includes information on the limits to life and on progress in medicine. We apply the model to forecasting future mortality and survival rates for the males population in England and Wales. Our proposal extends the benchmark stochastic mortality model along two dimensions. First, we try and deal explicitly with tail risk in the cross sectional estimation. By including in the sample used to construct factors to capture the cross-sectional variability of mortality rates in-formation about the "limit to life". Second, we propose to substitute to the usual stochastic trend model adopted for the risk factors in the time series framework with a predictive framework based on available evidence on medical progress. The model projects very little variability for limits to life over the next ten years and predicts that in 2020 the probability that an individual age 65 will survive until 85 is .20 with an upper bound of .23 and a lower bound of .17

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1108.pdf

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22. 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 Jun. 25 & Jul. 2, 2011.

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

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

23. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 26, No. 4, June 2011).

http://aja.sagepub.com/content/26/4.toc

24. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 101, No. 8, August 2011).

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/content/vol101/issue8/index.dtl?etoc

25. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 53, No. 2, Sept./Oct. 2011).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01674943

26. Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 23, No. 3, 2011).

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wasp20/current

27. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Vol. 24, No. 3, July 2011).

http://www.j-alz.com/issues/25/vol25-3.html

28. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 59, No. 7, July 2011).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.2011.59.issue-7/issuetoc

29. Journal of Gerontology (A): Biological Sciences (Vol. 66A, No. 6, June 2011).

http://biomedgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/66A/6.toc

30. Journal of Gerontology (B): Psychological Sciences (Vol. 66B, No. 4, July 2011).

http://psychsocgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/66B/4.toc

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31. 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 July 11, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of July 11, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of July 11, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of July 11, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of July 11, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of July 11, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

32. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS: Hands Off Not an Option! by Hans M. Becker (June 2011, ISBN: 9789059724129, 272p.).

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/detail.html?bookId=bo11316720

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VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

33. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through July 13, 2011.

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

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VII. Conferences:

34. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN INSTITUTE ON AGING: "22nd Annual Colloquium on Aging," (October 11, 2011, Madison, Wisconsin). Showcasing the latest research and resources on positive aging, with speakers, a poster session, and a Health & Resource Fair. This year's speaker topics include: building a better brain as you age to reduce Alzheimer's risk, the benefits of an active lifestyle on health and well-being in later life, meditation and exercise for preventing acute respiratory infections, and the GPII (creating computers that automatically change into a form that can be easily understood). Free and open to the public, but preregistration is required and space is limited.

http://aging.wisc.edu/outreach/colloquium.php

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35. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "There's No Place Like Home: Recharge Courage, Refresh Heart, Restore Wisdom, In the Face of Life's Traumatic Losses," to be held at Orillia, Canada (Oct. 12-14, 2011). For more information see:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca18m30x

"6th National Conference: Current Issues in Palliative Care," to be held at Manchester, United Kingdom (Nov. 22-23, 2011).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca18max0

Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care:

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

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36. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: Conferencealerts.com has recently added the following gerontology related conferences:

Sept. 27, 2011: 'Generational Sexualities' - A one-day event to bring different generations of Sexualities researchers into dialogue, Oxford United Kingdom.

Nov. 2, 2011: Ageing globally - Ageing locally, Dublin, Ireland.

More information, and links to the conference sites, are available at:

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

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

37. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY HEARING TESTIMONY: "Social Security's Finances," a hearing held July 8, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=249611

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38. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "IPAB: The Controversial Consequences for Medicare and Seniors," a hearing held July 13, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format).

http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=8684

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39. US HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY:

A. "Medicares Future: An Examination of the Independent Payment Advisory Board," a hearing held July 12, 2011 (witness statements available in .pdf format).

http://budget.house.gov/HearingSchedule/#07122011

B. "Medicare and Social Security: The Fiscal Facts," a hearing held July 12, 2011 (witness statements available in .pdf format).

http://budget.house.gov/HearingSchedule/#07132011

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40. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, FEDERAL SERVICES, AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY HEARING TESTIMONY: "Harnessing Technology and Innovation to Cut Waste and Curb Fraud in Federal Health Programs," a hearing held July 12, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format, the full hearing can be viewed in Flash format, running time).

http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=fefef393-0b8f-4fca-9bd9-6298b5fda386

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IX. Websites of Interest:

41. SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY [VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA] GERONTOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE: The Centre is making available Video and Powerpoint presentations for all keynote and plenary sessions from the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference (the title of this year's conference is "Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming").

http://www.sfu.ca/grc/Friesen/Friesen2011/

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Thanks,

Charlie

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