Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #605 -- September 15, 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. Reports and articles:

1. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010," by Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith (P60-239, September 2011, .pdf format, 87p.).

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/data/incpovhlth/2010/index.html

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2. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS BRIEF: "Part D Prescription Drug Coverage and Health Care Spending by Seniors on Medicare," (Focus on Prices and Spending Consumer Expenditure: 2010, Vol. 2, No. 8, August 2011, HTML format).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/focus/volume2_number8/cex_2_8.htm

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3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, RESEARCH, STATISTICS, AND POLICY ANALYSIS PERIODICAL: International Update, September 2011 (September 2011, .HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2011-09/index.html

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4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Use of Surety Bonds to Recover Overpayments Made to Suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies: Early Findings," (OEI-03-11-00351, September 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-11-00351.asp

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5. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING PRESS RELEASE: "NIH-supported pilot trial of insulin nasal-spray for Alzheimer's yields promising results," (September 12, 2011).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/PR20110912nasalinsulin.htm

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6. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (Sep. 12, 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/Enews/index.aspx

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7. UK PARLIAMENT BRIEFING PAPER: "Pensions: Automatic enrolment and employer contributions," Djuna Thurley (SN04847, September 2011, .pdf format, 56p.).

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN04847

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8. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK REPORT: "Asian Development Outlook 2011 Update: Preparing for Demographic Transition," (September 2011, .pdf format, 150p.).

http://beta.adb.org/publications/asian-development-outlook-2011-update-preparing-demographic-transition

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9. AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Age-specific housing and care for low to moderate income older people," by Catherine Bridge, Laura Davy, Bruce Judd, Paul Flatau, Alan Morris and Peter Phibbs (AHURI Final Report No. 174, September 2011, .pdf format, 142p.).

http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70589

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10. PRINCESS ROYAL TRUST FOR CARERS [UK] REPORT: "Always on Call, Always Concerned," (September 2011, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.carers.org/news/devastating-impact-health-older-carers

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11. EUROPEAN OBSERVATORY ON HEALTH SYSTEMS AND POLICIES [LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS] PERIODICAL: Eurohealth (Vol. 17, No. 2/3, 2011, .pdf format, 44p.). The topic of this issue is: "Ageing and long-term care."

http://www2.lse.ac.uk/LSEHealthAndSocialCare/LSEHealth/pdf/eurohealth/VOL17No2-3/Eurohealth%20V17n2-3.pdf

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12. ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE INTERNATIONAL REPORT: "World Alzheimer Report 2011," (September 2011, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.alz.co.uk/research/world-report-2011

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13. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Improving the Quality and Efficiency of the Medicare Program Through Coverage Policy," by Sean R. Tunis, Robert A. Berenson, Steve E. Phurrough, and Penny E. Mohr (August 2011, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412392.html

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14. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Protecting Investors-Establishing the SEC Fiduciary Duty Standard," by Mercer Bullard (September 2011, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.aarp.org/money/investing/info-09-2011/rr2011-02.html

B. "Social Security Is a Critical Income Source for Older Americans: State-Level Estimates, 2007-2009," by Selena Caldera (September 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/work/social-security/info-09-2011/fs236-ss.html

C. "Social Security Keeps Older Americans Out of Poverty: State-Level Estimates, 2007-2009," by Selena Caldera (September 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.aarp.org/work/social-security/info-09-2011/fs235.html

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15. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE REPORT: "Reforming Washington State Pensions," by Andrew G. Biggs (September 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.aei.org/paper/100247

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16. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION DATA SPOTLIGHT REPORTS:

A. "Medicare Advantage 2011 Data Spotlight: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Market Update," by Marsha Gold, Gretchen Jacobson, Anthony Damico, and Tricia Neuman (September 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8228.cfm

B. "Firm Perspectives on the Medicare Advantage Market," by Marsha Gold, Gretchen Jacobson and Tricia Neuman (September 2011, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8227.cfm

C. "Medicare Advantage 2011 Data Spotlight: Special Needs Plans: Availability and Enrollment," by Marsha Gold, Gretchen Jacobson, Anthony Damico, and Tricia Neuman (September 2011, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8229.cfm

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17. HERITAGE FOUNDATION MEMORANDUM: "Congress Should Not Undermine What Works in the Medicare Drug Benefit," by James C. Capretta (No. 3360, September 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 3p.).

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/09/Medicare-Drug-Benefit-Model-for-Broader-Healthcare-Reform

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18. MEDICARE RIGHTS CENTER REPORT: "Medicare Voices: A Report by the Medicare Rights Center," (September 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.medicarerights.org/pdf/Medicare-Voices.pdf

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19. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Sep. 8-Sep. 15, 2011).

http://www.cardi.ie/directory

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20. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 11, No. 17, Sept. 14, 2011).

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

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21. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "Changes in the age-at-death distribution in four low mortality countries: A nonparametric approach," by Nadine Ouellette and Robert Bourbeau (Vol. 25, Article 19, September 2011, .pdf format, p. 595-628).

http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol25/19/

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

A. "Leptin in Sarcopenic Visceral Obesity: Possible Link between Adipocytes and Myocytes," by Katsuhiko Kohara, Masayuki Ochi, Yasuharu Tabara, Tokihisa Nagai, Michiya Igase, and Tetsuro Miki (PLoS ONE 6(9): e24633. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024633, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024633

B. "Happy Aged People Are All Alike, While Every Unhappy Aged Person Is Unhappy in Its Own Way," by Michele Tumminello, Salvatore Micciche, Ligia J. Dominguez, Giovanni Lamura, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Mario Barbagallo, and Rosario N. Mantegna (PLoS ONE 6(9): e23377. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023377, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0023377

C. "Patterns of Cognitive Performance in Healthy Ageing in Northern Portugal: A Cross-Sectional Analysis," by Ana Cristina Paulo, Adriana Sampaio, Nadine Correia Santos, Patricio Soares Costa, Pedro Cunha, Joseph Zihl, Joao Cerqueira, Joana Almeida Palha, and Nuno Sousa (PLoS ONE 6(9): e24553. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024553, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024553

D. "The locus coeruleus Is Directly Implicated in L-DOPA-Induced Dyskinesia in Parkinsonian Rats: An Electrophysiological and Behavioural Study," by Cristina Miguelez, Asier Aristieta, Maria Angela Cenci, and Luisa Ugedo (PLoS ONE 6(9): e24679. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024679, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024679

E. "The Influence of Physiological Aging and Atrophy on Brain Viscoelastic Properties in Humans," by Ingolf Sack, Kaspar-Josche Streitberger, Dagmar Krefting, Friedemann Paul, and Jurgen Braun (PLoS ONE 6(9): e23451. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023451, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0023451

F. "Styryl-Based and Tricyclic Compounds as Potential Anti-Prion Agents," by Erika Chung, Frances Prelli, Stephen Dealler, Woo Sirl Lee, Young-Tae Chang, and Thomas Wisniewski (PLoS ONE 6(9): e24844. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024844, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024844

G. "Activation of JNK Signaling Mediates Amyloid-{beta}-Dependent Cell Death," by Meghana Tare, Rohan M. Modi, Jaison J. Nainaparampil, Oorvashi Roy Puli, Shimpi Bedi, Pedro Fernandez-Funez, Madhuri Kango-Singh, and Amit Singh (PLoS ONE 6(9): e24361. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024361, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024361

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23. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Association Between Serum Cathepsin S and Mortality in Older Adults," by Elisabeth Jobs, Erik Ingelsson, Ulf Riserus, Elisabet Nerpin, Magnus Jobs, Johan Sundstrom, Samar Basu, Anders Larsson, Lars Lind, and Johan Arnlov (Vol. 306, No. 10, September 14, 2011, p. 1113-1121).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/10/1113.abstract

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II. Working Papers:

24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Comparison Friction: Experimental Evidence from Medicare Drug Plans," by Jeffrey R. Kling, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, Lee Vermeulen, and Marian Wrobe (w17410, September 2011, .pdf format, 52p.).

Abstract:

Consumers need information to compare alternatives for markets to function efficiently. Recognizing this, public policies often pair competition with easy access to comparative information. The implicit assumption is that comparison friction-the wedge between the availability of comparative information and consumers' use of it-is inconsequential because information is readily available and consumers will access this information and make effective choices. We examine the extent of comparison friction in the market for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in the United States. In a randomized field experiment, an intervention group received a letter with personalized cost information. That information was readily available for free and widely advertised. However, this additional step-providing the information rather than having consumers actively access it-had an impact. Plan switching was 28 percent in the intervention group, versus 17 percent in the comparison group, and the intervention caused an average decline in predicted consumer cost of about $100 per year among letter recipients-roughly 5 percent of the cost in the comparison group. Our results suggest that comparison friction can be large even when the cost of acquiring information is small, and may be relevant for a wide range of public policies that incorporate consumer choice.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17410

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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 Aug. 22, Aug. 29, & Sept. 5, 2011.

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

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

26. Ageing and Society (Vol. 31, No. 7, October 2011).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?decade=2010&jid=ASO&volumeId=31&issueId=07&iid=8369077

27. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 101, No. 10, October 2011).

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/content/vol101/issue10/index.dtl?etoc

28. Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 34, No. 5, 2011).

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wcli20/current

29. Health Affairs (Vol. 30, No. 9, Sept./Oct. 2011).

http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/vol30/issue9/index.dtl?etoc

30. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 73, No. 2, 2011).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=n3234ux742n4

31. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 25, No. 4, December 2011).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08904065

32. OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 63, No. 4, 2011).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=m3050080r861

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33. 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 12, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 12, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 12, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 12, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of September 12, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of September 12, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

34. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Biomedical and Behavioral Research (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-11-335, a reissue of PA-08-114, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application deadlines are April 5, August 5, and December 5).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-335.html

B. "Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics of Aging (R01)," (PAR-11-337, National Institute on Aging, deadlines: February 5, 2012, February 5, 2013, and February 5, 2014 for new applications; March 5, 2012, March 5, 2013 and March 5, 2014). Note: There is a companion award "Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics of Aging (R21)," (PA-11-336, deadlines are: February 16, 2012, February 16, 2013, and February 16, 2014 for new applications; March 16, 2012, March 16, 2013 and March 16, 2014 for resubmission applications). A link to that program announcement is included under "Companion FOA."

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-337.html

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35. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sept. 15, 2011.

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

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V. Conferences:

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

Oct. 26, 2011: Tonkin's Retirement Village Development, Investment & Operations Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Nov. 3, 2011: Age Friendly Workforce Asia 2011, Singapore, Singapore.

Nov. 15, 2011: "9th Annual Geriatric Palliative Care Conference, New York City, New York.

Nov. 16, 2011: "Mouse Models of Cancer Conference, Online Web Event Other.

Nov. 18, 2011: "IFSSO 20th General Conference, Batangas City, Philippines.

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

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37. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES:

Nov. 18, 2011: 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative - Houston, Texas.

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

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

38. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Tax Reform Options: Promoting Retirement Security," a hearing held September 15, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format, the full hearing can be viewed in Flash format, running time 1 hour 39 minutes).

http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=ba387157-5056-a032-5252-c7bf71fc6c90

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VII. Websites of Interest:

39. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU: "Global Aging Monitoring Project" (September 2011). "The rapid population aging that faces much of the world represents a historically unprecedented demographic shift with profound social, political, and economic implications. With funding from the Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL), PRB has collaborated with the Global Aging Program at SCL on the development of the SCL/PRB Index of Well-Being in Older Populations, a composite index to measure the well-being of older people across countries." The site include links to the final report on the SCL/PRB Index: "SCL/PRB Index of Well-Being in Older Populations: Final Report Global Aging and Monitoring Project," by Toshiko Kaneda, Marlene Lee, and Kelvin Pollard (June 2011, .pdf format, 57p.). The site also include links to data (Excel format) and factsheets (.pdf format) related to the Index:

http://www.prb.org/About/InternationalPrograms/Projects-Programs/GlobalAging.aspx

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40. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION: "The First Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Administration on Aging headquarters in Washington, D.C." For more information about the Council, as well as a link to provide public comments on the National Plan for ADRD, go to:

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/index.shtml

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Charlie

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