Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #382--April 12, 2007

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I. Data:

1. GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEY: The Roper Center at the University of Connecticut has announced that availability of the 1972-2006 General Social Survey on CD-ROM. For more information see:



A. "1974: The Condition Supplement data file in the 1974 NHIS data release on the Internet has been replaced. The previous file was not the correct file. The replacement file CONDSUPP.EXE is available, along with the other 1974 data files, at":

B. "1988: The file documentation for the Medical Devices file (MDEVICES.PDF) and the Medical Devices Person file (MDIPERSN.PDF) in the 1988 NHIS data release on the Internet has been replaced. The previous MDEVICES.PDF was incomplete, and the previous MDIPERSN.PDF contained information about both the Medical Devices Person file and the Medical Devices file. The replacement file documentation is available, along with the other 1988 file documentation, at":

C. "1988: New example SAS input programs MDIREC61.SAS, MDIREC62.SAS, MDIREC63.SAS, MDIREC64.SAS, MDIREC65.SAS, and MDIREC66.SAS for the six types of records in the Medical Devices file are available at:

D. "1988: The previous MDEVICES.SAS program processed only record type 61 in the Medical Devices File; it has been removed. The readme.txt file has been revised to include information about MDIREC61.SAS, MDIREC62.SAS, MDIREC63.SAS, MDIREC64.SAS, MDIREC65.SAS, and MDIREC66.SAS":

E. "1989: The file documentation for the Digestive Disorders file (DIGESTIV.PDF) in the 1989 NHIS data release on the Internet has been replaced. The previous DIGESTIV.PDF contained incorrect information about several portions of the data file. The replacement file documentation is available, along with the other 1989 file documentation, at:


3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE UPDATE, CORRECTION: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data. On Apr. 5, 2007 HD announced the following:

A. "Data for Lithuania updated through 2005"

B. "Due to the discovery of potential errors in the updated data for Austria, those data were removed from the HMD website and the previous version of the data (1947-2002) was reposted."

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System: Early Implementation Challenges" (OEI-07-05-00100, April 2007, .pdf format, 19p.).


This report assesses the early implementation of the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) related to the timely processing of Medicare provider enrollment applications and system access. We found that because of misinterpretation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance, the majority of Part A applications contractors reported as exceeding timeframes as of July 31, 2005, had not actually exceeded time frames. Sixty-six percent of the Part A applications reported as exceeding the 99-percent processing timeframe had not actually exceeded it. The misclassification was due to the fact that contractors retained applications awaiting tie-in notices in pending inventory or failed to update the record status in the PECOS correctly. Part B applications contractors reported as exceeding timeframes as of July 31, 2005, were primarily the result of one contractors backlog and providers failure to respond to requests for information. Lastly, half of all contractors reported experiencing difficulty accessing the PECOS and obtaining and recertifying user identification (ID) numbers. We conclude that CMS could conduct updated training for Part A contractor staff to ensure consistent understanding of application-processing policy. CMS may also want to address issues with system access and user IDs that could lead to future delays in application processing. Additionally, CMS may want to determine the need for increased system capacity to ensure that periods of limited access to the PECOS will not reoccur as planned initiatives, such as the National Provider Identifier and enrollment of Medicaid providers, are implemented. Finally, CMS could revise the Enterprise User Administration Workflow process to prevent user ID requests and recertifications from being denied because of factors such as incorrect approver e-mail addresses, approvers being on leave, or approvers not acting upon e-mails. CMS indicated in its comments that the information in the report will assist in its ongoing management of the PECOS, but believes that the startup issues noted have been resolved.



A. "Older Driver Safety: Knowledge Sharing Should Help States Prepare for Increase in Older Driver Population" (GAO-07-413, April 2007, .pdf format, 54p.).

B. "Older Driver Safety: Survey of States on Their Implementation of Federal Highway Administration Recommendations and Guidelines" (GAO-07-517SP, April 2007, .pdf format, 19p.).

C. "An Assessment of Dependent Care Needs of Federal Workers Using the Office of Personnel Management's Survey" (GAO-07-437R, March 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available and correspondence may be available at:


6. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, EMPLOYEE BENEFIT SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Private Pension Plan Bulletin Historical Tables," (March 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).


7. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES DECISION MEMO: "Glycated Hemoglobin/Glycated Protein (Addition of CPT Code 83037, Hemoglobin; glycosylated [A1c] by device cleared by FDA for home use) (CAG-00373N, Apr. 2, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


8. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults, NIH-Sponsored Study Reports" (Apr. 6, 2007).


9. UTAH BUREAU OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH REPORT: "Salt Lake County's Distinctive Demographics: Implications for the Aging Population," by Pamela S. Perlich (December 2006, .pdf format, 51p.)


10. MALTA NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "Government expenditure on Social Security Benefits: January-December 2006" (April 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).



A. "Investor Protection and Trust: A Survey of AARP Hawai'i Members," by Jennifer H. Sauer (April 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. "Looking Toward an Older Workforce: A Focus on New Mexico Employers," by Regina Sims and Joanne Binette (April 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

C. The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer format, running times, between 23 and 30 minutes) have been added to the PTR site:

"A Late Bloomer and His Final Curtain" (Apr. 10, 2007).

"The 'Deal' with Pharmaceutical Drugs" (Apr. 10, 2007).

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTR shows are released, these will be available at:


12. EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "The Retirement System in Transition: The 2007 Retirement Confidence Survey," by Ruth Helman, Jack VanDerhei, and Craig Copeland (Issue Brief 304, April 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).


13. ALLIANCE FOR AGING RESEARCH REPORT: "2007 Task Force on Aging Research Funding," (April 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

Press Release:


14. CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE REPORT: "Waste and inefficiency in the Bush Medicare prescription drug plan: Allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices could save $30 billion a year," by Roger Hickey and Jeff Cruz In cooperation with Dean Baker, Ph.D. (April 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.). Links to state by state reports are also available.

More information about CAF:


15. EVERCARE SURVEY REPORT: "Evercare 100 @ 100 Survey" (April 2007, .pdf format, 23p.). The report is linked to from an Evercare news release: "Engaged And In Tune With The Times Are Key Themes Of Second Annual 'Evercare 100 @ 100 Survey'" (Apr. 3, 2007).

Click on report title at the beginning of the news release for link to full text.

More information on Evercare Health Plans:



A. "Ccr2 deficiency impairs microglial accumulation and accelerates progression of Alzheimer-like disease," by Joseph El Khoury, Michelle Toft, Suzanne E. Hickman, Terry K. Means, Kinya Terada, Changiz Geula and Andrew D. Luster (Vol. 13, No. 4, April 2007, p. 432-438).

B. "Stem cells act through multiple mechanisms to benefit mice with neurodegenerative metabolic disease," by Jean-Pyo Lee, Mylvaganam Jeyakumar, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Hiroto Takahashi, Pei-Jen Lee, Rena C. Baek, Dan Clark, Heather Rose, Gerald Fu, Jonathan Clarke, Scott McKercher, Jennifer Meerloo, Franz-Josef Muller, Kook In Park, Terry D. Butters, Raymond A. Dwek, Philip Schwartz, Gang Tong, David Wenger, Stuart A. Lipton, Thomas N. Seyfried, Frances M. Platt and Evan Y. Snyder (Vol. 13, No. 4, April 2007, p. 439-447).


17. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Lipocalin-type prostaglandin D synthase/{beta}-trace is a major amyloid beta-chaperone in human cerebrospinal fluid," by Takahisa Kanekiyo, Tadato Ban, Kosuke Aritake, Zhi-Li Huang, Wei-Min Qu, Issay Okazaki, Ikuko Mohri, Shigeo Murayama, Keiichi Ozono, Masako Taniike, Yuji Goto, and Yoshihiro Urade (Vol. 104, No. 15, Apr. 10, 2007, p. 6412-6417).



A. "Radiotherapy for Glioblastoma in the Elderly," by Florence Keime-Guibert, Olivier Chinot, Luc Taillandier, Stéphanie Cartalat-Carel, Marc Frenay, Guy Kantor, Jean-Sébastien Guillamo, Eric Jadaud, Philippe Colin, Pierre-Yves Bondiau, Philippe Meneï, Hugues Loiseau, Valérie Bernier, Jérôme Honnorat, Maryline Barrie, Karima Mokhtari, Jean-Jacques Mazeron, Anne Bissery, and Jean-Yves Delattre (Vol. 356, No. 15, April 12, 2007, p. 1527-1535).

B. "Clinical Trials in the Elderly - A Concept Comes of Age," by Lillian L. Siu (Vol. 356, No. 15, April 12, 2007, p. 1575-1576).



A. "The effect of different public health interventions on longevity, morbidity, and years of healthy life," by Paula Diehr, Ann Derleth, Liming Cai, and Anne B. Newman (BMC Public Health 7:52, April 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

B. "Ethical challenges related to elder care. High level decision-makers' experiences," by Anna-Greta Mamhidir, Mona Kihlgren, and Venke Sorlie (BMC Medical Ethics 8:3, April 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).


20. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL CLINICAL REVIEW EXTRACT: "Managing the menopause," by Helen Roberts (Vol. 334, No. 7596, Apr. 7, 2007, p. 736-741).


21. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles:

A. "Biology of Aging and Cancer," by Vladimir N. Anisimov (Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2007 via Medscape, p. 23-31).

B. "Pharmacokinetics of Chemotherapy in the Older Patient," by Arti Hurria and Stuart M. Lichtman (Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2007 via Medscape, p. 32-43).


22. TIME ARTICLE: "Hormone Therapy Redeemed," by Alice Park (Vol. 169, No. 16, Apr. 16, 2007).,9171,1607253,00.html


23. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "'Boomsday' Is Approaching: We self-indulgent baby boomers have planned big tax increases for our children to cover our retirement. Guess what? They may not go along," by Robert J. Samuelson (Apr. 16, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

24. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "The Victory of Hope over Angst? Funding, Asset Allocation, and Risk-Taking in German Public Sector Pension Reform," by Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Ralph Rogalla (WP 2007-8, April 2007, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


25. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: "Mending the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: Improving Consumer Choices and Restructuring Purchasing," by Richard G. Frank and Joseph P. Newhouse (Hamilton Project Discussion Paper, April 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

26. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 165, No. 9, May 1, 2007).


27. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.


28. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 55, No. 4, Vol. 55, Supplement 1, April 2007).

Vol. 55, No. 4:

Vol. 55, Supplement 1:


29. Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.


30. 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 Apr. 11, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 11, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 11, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Apr. 11, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 11, 2007:

F. "Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 11, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

31. MIDLIFE IN THE UNITED STATES (MIDUS) PILOT GRANT PROGRAM: MIDUS has announced "2007-8 Pilot Project Grant Program." "Two pilot project grants will be awarded for innovative interdisciplinary research on adult health and well-being, with an emphasis on integrative approaches to understanding life course and subgroup variations in physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive functioning. All research must be based on the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) data set, or its satellite studies including the National Study of Daily Experiences (NSDE) and sibling/twin subsample studies. Grants of up to 15,000 dollars (total costs) will be awarded to investigators from a variety of disciplines." For more information, including application deadlines, see:


32. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP)[R01]" (PAR-07-352, Apr. 6, 2007, reissue of PAR-06-459, National Institute of Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:



A. "National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)," (HHS-2007-AoA-AB-0704, Microsoft Word format). The deadline for receipt of applications is June 22, 2007. "As the effective and visible advocate for older Americans and their concerns, the Administration on Aging (AoA) is committed to protecting seniors from elder mistreatment. AoA's elder rights programs protect seniors from known abuses to which older adults are often susceptible and assure the basic rights and benefits of vulnerable older people. Elder rights program activities conserve and extend personal resources, help avoid threats to financial security, and empower older Americans to make informed choices that enhance their ability to remain in the community."

B. "Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States (ADDGS) Program," (HHS-2007-AoA-AZ-0703, Word format). The deadline for receipt of applications is May 11, 2007. "The Administration on Aging (AoA) will hold a competition for grant awards to develop innovative approaches that enhance state systems and provide support to persons with Alzheimer's Disease and their family caregivers."


VI. Conferences:

34. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: has recently updated its gerontology conferences page.

Newly added conference listings (click on the titles at for more information).

The State of Generational Equity, 2007: Weighing the Interest of Younger and Future Generations (01 May 2007 Washington, DC)

FutureVision: On Lok's Conference on Technology, Society and Aging (01 May 2007 San Francisco, California

Active Aging and the Built Environment: Health for All (08 June 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

1st European Congress on the Aging Male (14 June 2007, Warsaw Poland)

2007 Florida Conference on Aging (13 August 2007, Miami Florida)

4th Canadian Colloquium on Dementia (CCD) (18 October 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


35. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES. AOA'S Events Calendar has recently added several events. See under date and place for the following new listings:

Apr. 18, 2007--Omaha Nebraska

Apr. 20, 2007--Bryan Texas

Apr. 20, 2007--Carrizo Springs Texas

Apr. 23, 2007--Carson California

Apr. 25, 2007--Brenham Texas

Apr. 26, 2007--Dodge City Kansas

Apr. 27, 2007--Somerville New Jersey

Apr. 30, 2007--Azle Texas

May 1, 2007--La Grulla Texas

May 1, 2007--Florence Colorado

May 1, 2007--Leadville Colorado

May 1, 2007--Cheyenne Wyoming

May 2, 2007--Anaheim California

May 2-3, 2007--Topeka Kansas

May 4, 2007--Pueblo Colorado

May 4, 2007--Las Vegas Nevada

May 4, 2007--Somerville New Jersey

May 4, 2007--Tuscon Arizona

May 9, 2007--Menlo Park California

May 10, 2007--Los Angeles California

May 10, 2007--San Rafael California

May 10, 2007--Bryan Texas

May 14, 2007--San Mateo California

May 15, 2007--Santa Fe New Mexico

May 16, 2007--South San Francisco California

May 17, 2007--Bryan Texas

May 17, 2007--Grand Junction Colorado

May 17, 2007--Aurora Colorado

May 19, 2007--Sherman Texas

May 21, 2007--Wappingers Falls New York

May 22, 2007--Bryan Texas

May 23, 2007--Allentown Pennsylvania

May 23, 2007--Bryan Texas

May 23, 2007--Sherman Texas

May 23, 2007--Fort Worth Texas

May 29, 2007--Bryan Texas

May 30, 2007--Los Angeles California

May 30, 2007--Sonora California

May 30, 2007--Taos New Mexico

Jul. 13, 2007--Grapevine Texas


36. "5th Global Conference: Making Sense Of: Dying and Death," Call for Papers, for a conference to be held Jul. 9-12, 2007 in Oxford, UK. For more information see:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

37. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "An Examination of the Medicare Advantage Program," a hearing held Apr. 11, 2007.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):


VIII. Websites of Interest:

38. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING OLDER AMERICANS MONTH MATERIALS: A sample proclamation and article (Microsoft Word format), logo (various formats), and poster (various formats) are available at this site.




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