Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #446--July 17, 2008

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:


I. Data:

1. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of July 13, 2008, Of particular interest to researchers in aging may be: "Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) -- Israel, 2005-2006" (#22160). Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) -- Israel, 2005-2006

New and updated data:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:


II. Reports and articles:

2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Measures of Cognitive Functioning in the 1994-2000 Second Longitudinal Study of Aging," by Laura A. Pratt, Julie D. Weeks, and Margie R. Goulding (National Health Statistics Report No. 2, July 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).


3. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers In Kentucky: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-KY, July 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

Scroll to "Kentucky"


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "A Comparison of Average Sales Prices to Widely Available Market Prices for Inhalation Drugs" (OEI-03-07-00190, July 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).


Sections 1847A(d)(1) and (2) of the Social Security Act (the Act) direct OIG to undertake pricing studies that compare average sales prices (ASP) to widely available market prices and average manufacturer prices (AMP). We found that the volume-weighted ASP for two of the five inhalation drugs under review (albuterol and levalbuterol) exceeded the widely available market price by at least 5 percent in the second quarter of 2007. In addition, we found that the Medicare payment amount for albuterol in the third quarter of 2007 was 13 times greater than the widely available market price in the previous quarter because of CMS's decision to reestablish a single drug code for albuterol and levalbuterol effective July 1, 2007. After we completed our analysis, but before we issued a draft report, CMS separated albuterol and levalbuterol back into two codes, thereby establishing separate payment amounts for the two drugs.


5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Part B Imaging Services: Rapid Spending Growth and Shift to Physician Offices Indicate Need for CMS to Consider Additional Management Practices" (GAO-08-452, June 2008, .pdf format, 49p.).



A. "New Report Shows CMS Pilot Program Saving Nearly 700 Million Dollars in Improper Medicare Payments" (Jul. 11, 2008).

B. "Medicare Quality Reporting Initiative Pays Over 36 Million Dollars to Participating Physicians from the 2007 PQRI Reporting Period" (Jul. 15, 2008).

C. "Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, 2008" (Jul. 16, 2008).


7. EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EUROSTAT PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Tourism in Europe: does age matter?" (Statistics in Focus, 69/2008, July 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-SF-08-069


8. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "National guidelines for nursing homes" (Jul. 15, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


9. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Do older Canadians have more friends now than in 1990?" by Colin Lindsay (June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).




10. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE "PENSION TRENDS" UPDATE: "Pension Trends" has been updated with data for Chapter 15: Household Pension Resources (.zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "Pension Trends July 2008 data."

For link to all "Pension Trends" click on "Pension Trends Online publication"



A. "A Balancing Act: State Long-Term Care Reform," by Enid Kassner, Susan Reinhard, Wendy Fox-Grage, Ari N. Houser, Jean C. Accius, Barbara Coleman, and Dann Milne (July 2008, .pdf format, 181p.).

B. "New York Money Management Needs Assessment," by Cassandra Cantave Burton (June 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

C. "Investing in Training 50+ Workers: A Talent Management Strategy," by Towers Perrin (April 2008, .pdf format, 71p.).


12. AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS: "2008 North American License Policies Workshop Proceedings" (June 2008, .pdf format, 171p.).

"Recommendations" (June 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

"Senior Passenger-Vehicle-Driver Fatalities by State, Year, and Age Group (2002 - 2006, Ages 65+)" (July 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).


13. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE REPORT: "Have Health Reformers Forgotten Medicare?" by Joseph Antos (in _Health Policy Outlook_ No. 5, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).


14. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "How Much Do Older Workers Value Employee Health Insurance?" by Leora Friedberg, Wei Sun, and Anthony Webb (IB #8-9, July 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).


15. CENTER FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXCELLENCE ISSUE BRIEF: "The Crisis in State and Local Government Retiree Health Benefit Plans: Myths and Realities," by Robert L. Clark (July 2008, .pdf format, 10p.)

More information on CSLGE:

Click on "About the Center" on the left side of the page.


16. CENTURY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Scare Tactics: Why Social Security Is Not in Crisis," by Bernard Wasow (Reality Check, July 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

More information about CF:


17. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 29, No. 7, July 2008, .pdf format, 10p.). The topic of this issue is "EBRI Policy Forum: Defined Contribution Plans in a Post-PPA Environment."


18. ERNST & YOUNG REPORT: "Retirement vulnerability of new retirees: The likelihood of outliving their assets" (Ernst & Young LLP for Americans for Secure Retirement, July 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

State by state data (July 2008, .pdf format):


19. NATIONAL ACADEMY ON AN AGING SOCIETY PERIODICAL: "Public Policy& Aging E-Newsletter" (Vol. 2, No. 4, July 2008).

More information on NAAS:



A. "Pharmacologic Stem Cell Based Intervention as a New Approach to Osteoporosis Treatment in Rodents," by Takayoshi Yamaza1, Yasuo Miura, Yanming Bi, Yongzhong Liu, Kentaro Akiyama, Wataru Sonoyama, Voymesh Patel, Silvio Gutkind, Marian Young, Stan Gronthos, Anh Le, Cun-Yu Wang, WanJun Chen, and Songtao Shi (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2615 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002615, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Haptic Perception of Object Curvature in Parkinson's Disease," by Jurgen Konczak, Kuan-yi Li, Paul J. Tuite, and Howard Poizne (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2625 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002625, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

C. "UV-Light Exposed Prion Protein Fails to Form Amyloid Fibrils," by Abhay Kumar Thakur and Ch Mohan Rao (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2688 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002688, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

D. "Age-Specific Epigenetic Drift in Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease," by Sun-Chong Wang, Beatrice Oelze, and Axel Schumacher (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2698 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002698, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).



A. The Alzheimer Action Plan: The Experts' Guide to the Best Diagnosis and Treatment for Memory Problems, by P. Murali Doraiswamy, L. Gwyther, and T. Adler, reviewed by D. P. Devanand (Vol. 300, No. 3, Jul. 16, 2008, p. 333-334).

B. The Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America, by E. S. Watkins, reviewed by K. Eddie Gabry (Vol. 300, No. 3, Jul. 16, 2008, p. 335-336).


22. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effect of Dissemination of Evidence in Reducing Injuries from Falls," by Mary E. Tinetti, Dorothy I. Baker, Mary King, Margaret Gottschalk, Terrence E. Murphy, Denise Acampora, Bradley P. Carlin, Linda Leo-Summers, and Heather G. Allore (Vol. 359, No. 3, Jul. 17, 2008, p. 252-261).



A. "Antipsychotics for people with dementia," by John OBrien (Editorial extract, Vol. 337:a602, doi: 10.1136/bmj.a602, p. 64-65).

B. "Should geriatric medicine remain a specialty? Yes," by Leon Flicker (Head to Head extract, BMJ 2008;337:a516, doi: 10.1136/bmj.39538.481273, p. 78).

C. "Should geriatric medicine remain a specialty? No," by C.P. Denaro and A. Mudge (Head to Head extract, BMJ 2008;337:a515, doi: 10.1136/bmj.39533.696076, p. 79).


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

24. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 20, No. 5, August 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

25. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 20, No. 1, 2008).

Search Journals for "Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect" (without the quotes. Then click on the retrieved title. Then click on "Complete Contents for Current & Past Volumes" on the right side of the page.

26. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 27, No. 4, July 2008).

27. Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 70, No. 3, August 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

28. Public Health (Vol. 122, No. 8, August 2008).

29. Public Policy and Aging (Vol. 18, No. 2, 2008).

30. Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 31, No. 4, August 2008).


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 Jul. 16, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 16, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 16, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 16, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 16, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jul. 16, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging (K08 & K23)" (RFA-AG-09-012, reissue of RFA-AG-08-006, Jul. 9, 2008, National Institute on Aging and Office of Dietary Supplements). For more information see:

B. "Social Neuroscience of Aging (R01) (RFA-AG-09-006, Jul. 7, 2008, National Institute of Aging). For more information see:

C. "Research on Causal Factors and Interventions that Promote and Support the Careers of Women in Biomedical and Behavioral Science and Engineering (R01)" (RFA-GM-09-012, Jul. 14, 2008, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies. For more information see:

D. "Technological Innovations for Interdisciplinary Research Incorporating the Behavioral and Social Sciences (STTR [R41/R42])" (PAR-08-201, Jul. 15, 2008, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies. For more information see:

E. "Technological Innovations for Interdisciplinary Research Incorporating the Behavioral and Social Sciences (SBIR [R43/R44]) (PAR-08-202, Jul. 15, 2008, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies. For more information see:


33. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Nursing Home Diversion Modernization Cooperative Agreement" (HHS-2008-AoA-CD-0814, AoA Office for Planning and Policy Development, submission deadline is Aug. 14, 2008). For more information (.pdf and Microsoft Word format, 67p.), see:

and scroll to "Nursing Home Diversion Modernization Cooperative Agreement."


34. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING/NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING: "Extended Submission Date: The Administration on Aging and the National Council on Aging Announce the Availability of Funding for Multigenerational and Civic Engagement Projects." Date for submission of concept paper has been extended to Aug. 1, 2008. For more information see:


35. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Mathematical Statistician. For more information see:


36. PENN STATE UNIVERSITY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: "Director of the Gerontology Center" (posted Jul. 14, 2008). For more information see:


37. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 17, 2008.


V. Legislation Information Updates:

38. US SENATE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Your Money, Your Future: Public Pension Plans and the Need to Strengthen Retirement Security and Economic Growth," a hearing held Jul. 10, 2008 (.pdf format). A video transcript of the hearing (RealPlayer format, running time: 2 hours, 21 minutes, 49 seconds) is available at the site.


39. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Saving Smartly for Retirement: Are Americans Being Encouraged To Break Open The Piggy Bank?" a hearing held Jul. 16, 2008 (.pdf format). A video hearing transcript of the hearing (RealPlayer format, running time 1 hour, 23 minutes, 18 seconds) is available at the site.


VI. Websites of Interest:

40. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES UPDATES: CMS updated the following interactive web query sites on Jul. 17, 2008:

Nursing Home Compare

Medicare Options Compare

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder

Home Health Compare

Scroll to "Data Updates".


41. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATES: updated several topics on Jul. 16, 2008. Of interest to researchers in aging may be "Discharges and Total Days of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries Discharged from Short-Stay Hospitals, 2006."

Other Jul. 16, 2008 updates:

Jack Solock
Director--Data and Information Services Center
Social Sciences Research Services
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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