Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #487 -- May 14, 2009

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, NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF COMPUTERIZED DATA ON AGING: ICPSR/NACDA has recently added the following dataset to its collection. 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:

National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS II): Cognitive Project, 2004-2006 (study no. 25281).


2. CENSUS BUREAU: "The latest national, state, and county estimates by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Puerto Rico Municipios by age and sex - for July 1, 2008 - were released May 14, 2009." Data can be downloaded in comma-delimited and Excel format.

Related Press Release:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "The 2009 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds," (May 2009, .pdf format, 232p.).



A. "2009 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds," (May 2009, .pdf format, 239p.).

B. "Decision Memo for Screening Computed Tomography Colonography (CTC) for Colorectal Cancer (CAG-00396N)," (May 12, 2009).


5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, May 2009" (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).


6. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING BROCHURE: "Can Alzheimer's Disease be Prevented?" (April2009, .pdf format, 32p.).


7. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Pensioners' Incomes Series" (May 2009, .pdf format and Microsoft Excel format).


8. STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND/TATAURANGA AOTEAROA REPORT: "New Zealand Life Tables: 2005-07" (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 79p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


9. MAURITIUS CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "Social Security Statistics 2002/2003--2007/2008" (May 2009, .pdf format, 23p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


10. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Caring for oral health in Australian residential care," by Jane M. Chalmers, A. John Spencer, Knute D. Carter, Peter L. King, and Clive Wright (May 2009, .pdf format, 61p.).


11. CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES (CEPS) REPORT: "Adequacy of Pension Systems in Europe: An analysis based on comprehensive replacement rates," by Margherita Borella and Elsa Fornero (April 2009, .pdf format, 56p.).

More information about CEPS:



A. "Older Workers on the Move: Recareering in Later Life," by Richard W. Johnson, Janette Kawachi, and Eric K. Lewis (May 2009, .pdf format, 67p.).

B. "Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America," by Jana Lynott, Jessica Haase, Kristin Nelson, Amanda Taylor, Hannah Twaddell, Jared Ulmer, Barbara McCann, and Edward R. Stollof (May 2009, .pdf format, 128p.).

C. "Physician Payment: Current System and Opportunities for Reform," by Lynn Nonnemaker, Sarah Thomas, and Joyce Dubow (April 2009, .pdf format, 31p.).



A. "The Obama Administration's 2010 Call Letter for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans: Implications for Beneficiaries," (May 2009, .pdf format, 25p.).

B. "Health Insurance Coverage for Older Adults: Implications of a Medicare Buy-In," by Gretchen Jacobson, Karyn Schwartz and Tricia Neuman (May 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).

C. "Update on Medicare Spending and Financing and Highlights from the 2009 Medicare Trustees' Report," (May 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).

D. "Medicare Spending and Financing Fact Sheet," (May 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).


14. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Why Are Older Workers at Greater Risk of Displacement?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Steven A. Sass, and Natalia A. Zhivan (IB No. 10, May 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).


15. RAND CORPORATION DISSERTATION: "Retirement Decisions of Women and Men in Response to Their Own and Spousal Health," by Serhii Ilchuk (RGSD-243, 2009, .pdf format, 208p.).


16. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 10, May 18, 2009).

More information about FCA:


17. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Development of a Second-Generation Antiandrogen for Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer," by Chris Tran, Samedy Ouk, Nicola J. Clegg, Yu Chen, Philip A. Watson, Vivek Arora, John Wongvipat, Peter M. Smith-Jones, Dongwon Yoo, Andrew Kwon, Teresa Wasielewska, Derek Welsbie, Charlie Degui Chen, Celestia S. Higano, Tomasz M. Beer, David T. Hung, Howard I. Scher, Michael E. Jung, and Charles L. Sawyers (Vol. 324, No. 5298, May 8, 2009, p. 787-790).



A. "Experimental characterization of disordered and ordered aggregates populated during the process of amyloid fibril formation," by Natalia Carulla, Min Zhou, Muriel Arimon, Margarida Gairi, Ernest Giralt, Carol V. Robinson, and Christopher M. Dobson (Vol. 106, No. 19, May 12, 2009, p. 7828-7833).

B. "p75 reduces {beta}-amyloid-induced sympathetic innervation deficits in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model," by Tasha G. Bengoechea, Zhijiang Chen, Deborah O'Leary, Eliezer Masliah, and Kuo-Fen Lee (Vol. 106, No. 19, May 12, 2009, p. 7870-7875).

C. "An age-related homeostasis mechanism is essential for spontaneous amelioration of hemophilia B Leyden," by Sumiko Kurachi, Jeffrey S. Huo, Afshin Ameri, Kezhong Zhang, Akiyasu C. Yoshizawa, and Kotoku Kurachi (Vol. 106, No. 19, May 12, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 7921-7926). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

D. "Fine mapping and functional analysis of a common variant in MSMB on chromosome 10q11.2 associated with prostate cancer susceptibility," by Hong Lou, Meredith Yeager, Hongchuan Li, Jesus Gonzalez Bosquet, Richard B. Hayes, Nick Orr, Kai Yu, Amy Hutchinson, Kevin B. Jacobs, Peter Kraft, Sholom Wacholder, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Heather Spencer Feigelson, Michael J. Thun, W. Ryan Diver, Demetrius Albanes, Jarmo Virtamo, Stephanie Weinstein, Jing Ma, J. Michael Gaziano, Meir Stampfer, Fredrick R. Schumacher, Edward Giovannucci, Geraldine Cancel-Tassin, Olivier Cussenot, Antoine Valeri, Gerald L. Andriole, E. David Crawford, Stephen K. Anderson, Margaret Tucker, Robert N. Hoover, Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr, Gilles Thomas, David J. Hunter, Michael Dean, and Stephen J. Chanock (Vol. 106, No. 19, May 12, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 7933-7938). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.


19. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Sociodemographic variations in the contribution of secondary drug prevention to stroke survival at middle and older ages: cohort study," by Rosalind Raine, Wun Wong, Gareth Ambler, Sarah Hardoon, Irene Petersen, Richard Morris, Mel Bartley, and David Blane (BMJ 2009;338:b1279, May 9, 2009).



A. "Incidence and Prediction of Falls in Dementia: A Prospective Study in Older People," by Louise M. Allan, Clive G. Ballard, Elise N. Rowan, and Rose Anne Kenny (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5521. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005521, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Apolipoprotein C3 Polymorphisms, Cognitive Function and Diabetes in Caribbean Origin Hispanics," by Caren E. Smith, Katherine L. Tucker, Tammy M. Scott, Maria Van Rompay, Josiemer Mattei, Chao-Qiang Lai, Laurence D. Parnell, Mireia Junyent, Yu-Chi Lee, Bibiana Garcia-Bailo, and Jose M. Ordovas (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5465. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005465, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "Striatal Neuroinflammation Promotes Parkinsonism in Rats," by Dong-Young Choi, Mei Liu, Randy L. Hunter, Wayne A. Cass, Jignesh D. Pandya, Patrick G. Sullivan, Eun-Joo Shin, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Don M. Gash, and Guoying Bing (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5482. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005482, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

D. "IL-6 Mediated Degeneration of Forebrain GABAergic Interneurons and Cognitive Impairment in Aged Mice through Activation of Neuronal NADPH Oxidase," by Laura L. Dugan, Sameh S. Ali, Grigoriy Shekhtman, Amanda J. Roberts, Jacinta Lucero, Kevin L. Quick, and M. Margarita Behrens (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5518. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005518, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

E. "Metabolites of Cerebellar Neurons and Hippocampal Neurons Play Opposite Roles in Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease," by Jing Du, Bing Sun, Kui Chen, Lang Zhang, Shubo Liu, Qingquan Gu, Li Fan, Nanming Zhao, and Zhao Wang (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5530. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005530, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).



A. "Effects of Home-Based Diet and Exercise on Functional Outcomes Among Older, Overweight Long-term Cancer Survivors: RENEW: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Miriam C. Morey, Denise C. Snyder, Richard Sloane, Harvey Jay Cohen, Bercedis Peterson, Terryl J. Hartman, Paige Miller, Diane C. Mitchell, and Wendy Demark-Wahnefried (Vol. 301, No. 18, May 13, 2009, p. 1883-1891).

B. "Circulating Estradiol and Mortality in Men With Systolic Chronic Heart Failure," by Ewa A. Jankowska, Piotr Rozentryt, Beata Ponikowska, Oliver Hartmann, Dorota Kustrzycka-Kratochwil, Krzysztof Reczuch, Jolanta Nowak, Ludmila Borodulin-Nadzieja, Lech Polonski, Waldemar Banasiak, Philip A. Poole-Wilson, Stefan D. Anker, and Piotr Ponikowski (Vol. 301, No. 18, May 13, 2009, p. 1892-1901).



A. "Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Older Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer," by Hyman B. Muss, Donald A. Berry, Constance T. Cirrincione, Maria Theodoulou, Ann M. Mauer, Alice B. Kornblith, Ann H. Partridge, Lynn G. Dressler, Harvey J. Cohen, Heather P. Becker, Patricia A. Kartcheske, Judith D. Wheeler, Edith A. Perez, Antonio C. Wolff, Julie R. Gralow, Harold J. Burstein, Ahmad A. Mahmood, Gutav Magrinat, Barbara A. Parker, Ronald D. Hart, Debjani Grenier, Larry Norton, Clifford A. Hudis, and Eric P. Winer, for the CALGB Investigators (Vol. 360, No. 20, May 14, 2009, p. 2055-2065).

B. "Effect of Clopidogrel Added to Aspirin in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation," by The ACTIVE Investigators (Vol. 360, No. 20, May 14, 2009, p. 2066-2078).

C. "Medicare and HMOs - The Search for Accountability," by Richard Kronick (Vol. 360, No. 20, May 14, 2009, p. 2048-2050).


23. FORBES ARTICLE: "Save Big, Move Grandma In," by Ashlea Ebeling (May 25, 2009).


III. Working Papers:

24. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: "What Makes a Better Annuity?" by Jason S. Scott, John G. Watson, and Wei-Yin Hu (WP 2009-03, May 2009, .pdf format, 39p.). Note: Free registration is required to access full-text content. Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

25. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 5, No. 3, May 2009).

26. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 169, No. 11, Jun. 1, 2009).

27. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 21, No. 4, June 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.


28. 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 12, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 12, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 12, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 12, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 12, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 12, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

29. DUKE POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE (DuPRI): "The Demography Training Program in the Duke Population Research Institute DuPRI) is accepting applications for Post-Doctoral Fellowship appointments in the Social, Medical, and Economic Demography of Aging to begin immediately or during the 2009-2010 academic year. Applicants should have completed, or be scheduled to complete, a Ph.D. in Demography, Sociology, Economics, or Public Policy, preferably with training in demography and aging. Appointments can be made for two years. Salary levels are determined by National Institutes on Health guidelines. Send applications (Curriculum Vitae, statement of past and future research interests, and names of 3 references) to:

Kenneth C. Land
Duke Population Research Institute
Department of Sociology
PO Box 90088
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0088
or email to: kland@soc.duke


VI. Conferences/Seminars:

30. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL SURVEY: "American Sociological Association Didactic Seminar: Doing Research with the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study," (Aug. 9, 2009, San Francisco). "The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) is hosting a free training workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about the WLS. Along with the history and content of the 51 year-old project, we will discuss the addition of DNA data to the analysis variables and our plans for in-person interviews with the graduate and sibling panel starting in 2010."

For more information about the training workshop please contact Carol Roan (


31. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES: The following conferences have been added to the AoA Conference page.

May 31-Jun. 3, 2009 "31st Annual Alliance of Information & Referral Systems (AIRS) Conference," Reno, Nev.


32. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM CONFERENCES IN AGING: Gerontology Conferences Worldwide:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "What Seniors Don't Know Before They Enroll--Aggressive Sales of MA Plans in Missouri," a hearing held June 30, 2008 (S. Hrg. 110-771, Serial No. 110-31, .pdf and HTML format, 63p.).



B. "Saving Smartly For Retirement: Are Americans Being Encouraged to Break Open the Piggy Bank?" a hearing held July 16, 2008 (S. Hrg. 110-780, Serial No. 110-32, .pdf and HTML format, 151p.).




VIII. Websites of Interest:

34. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATES. has issued the following updates, which may be of interest to researchers in aging.

- Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs)

- Medicare Advantage (MA)

- Medicare Service Use (NEW)


35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIH SENIORHEALTH UPDATE: A section on "Medicare" for families and caregivers has been added to NIHSeniorHealth.



36. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE.GOV UPDATES. The following pages were updated on May 8 & 14, 2009: "Physician and Other Healthcare Professional Directory"; "Medicare Options Compare"; "Helpful Contacts"; and "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder."


37. CURRICULA FOR HOMECARE ADVANCES IN MANAGEMENT AND PRACTICE (CHAMP) PROGRAM: "The Framework Initiative has forged a ground-breaking consensus on key values, critical practice areas, and core strategies for achieving maximally effective, efficient home health care that responds to the preferences, needs and values of older people and their families."

To access publications about the Framework:

Related Press Release (.pdf format, 2p.):

More information about the CHAMP program:


38. ROBERT REICH BLOG: "The Truth Behind the Social Security and Medicare Alarm Bells," (May 13, 2009).



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