Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #491 -- June 11, 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. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "National Health Interview Survey Linked Mortality Files," (June 2009). "NCHS has updated the mortality linkage of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) years 1986-2004 to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). The updated NHIS Linked Mortality Files provide mortality follow-up data from the date of NHIS interview through December 31, 2006. Mortality ascertainment is based primarily upon the results from a probabilistic match between NHIS and NDI death certificate records." There are two versions of the NHIS Linked Mortality Files: public-use files that include a limited set of mortality variables for adult NHIS participants and restricted-use files that includes more detailed mortality information and mortality follow-up for children. Each NHIS survey year (1986-2004) is available on a separate date file. The public-use file will be updated soon.


II. Reports and articles:

2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "The National Nursing Home Survey: 2004 Overview," by A.L. Jones, L.L. Dwyer, A.R. Bercovitz, and G.W. Strahan (Vital and Health Statistics Series 13, No. 167, June 2009, .pdf format, 167p.).


3. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "$13.3 Million to Help People in NSW Remain Independent, in their Homes and in their Communities" (Jun. 10, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


4. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Pension plans in Canada; As of January 1, 2008," (The Daily, June 8, 2009, HTML and .pdf format).




5. ALZHEIMER'S AUSTRALIA REPORT: "Making choices - Future dementia care: projections, problems and preferences," (April 2009, .pdf format, 165p.).



A. "50+ Hispanic Workers: A Growing Segment of the U.S. Workforce," by Richard W. Johnson and Mauricio Soto (June 2009, .pdf format, 77p.).

B. "Medicare Beneficiaries Out-of-Pocket Spending for Health Care Services," by K. Lynn Nonnemaker and Shelly-Ann Sinclair (June 2009, .pdf format, 12p.).


7. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION POLICY BRIEF: "Examining the Role of Private Long-Term Care Insurance in the Financing of Long-Term Care," by Anne Tumlinson, Christine Aguiar, and Molly OMalley Watts (June 2009, .pdf format. 16p.).



A. "Risk Pooling and the Market Crash: Lessons From Canada's Pension Plan," by Ashby H.B. Monk and Steven A. Sass (IB No. 9-12, June 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

B. CRR 2009 Summer Update (June 2009, .pdf format).


9. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 30, No. 6, June 2009, .pdf format, 17p.). The lead articles of this month's issue are: "Savings Needed for Health Expenses in Retirement: An Examination of Persons Ages 55 and 65 in 2009," by Paul Fronstin, Dallas Salisbury, and Jack VanDerhei, and "Many 401(k) Sponsors Suspending Matching Contributions Are Funding Defined Benefit Pension Plans," by Dallas Salisbury and Liz Buser.


10. NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS BRIEF: "Social Security and Medicare Projections: 2009," by Pamela Villarreal (Brief 662, June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

More information about NCPA:


11. DELOITTE REPORT: "Mining the retirement income market," (May 2009, .pdf format, 17p.).,1015,cid%253D263239,00.html

More information about Deloitte:,1041,sid%253D2250,00.html



A. "Worlds apart: Britains pensions apartheid looks unsustainable" (Jun. 11, 2009).

B. "Early detection of arthritis; Painful predictions," (Jun. 4, 2009).



A. "{alpha}-Helix targeting reduces amyloid-{beta} peptide toxicity," by C. Nerelius, A. Sandegren, H. Sargsyan, R. Raunak, H. Leijonmarck, U. Chatterjee, A. Fisahn, S. Imarisio, D. A. Lomas, D. C. Crowther, R. Stromberg, and J. Johansson (Vol. 106, No. 23, June 9, 2009, p. 9191-9196).

B. "Long-lived Indy and calorie restriction interact to extend life span," by Pei-Yu Wang, Nicola Neretti, Rachel Whitaker, Suzanne Hosier, Chengyi Chang, Daniel Lu, Blanka Rogina, and Stephen L. Helfand (Vol. 106, No. 23, June 9, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, p. 9262-9267). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

C. "Identification of {beta}Arrestin2 as a corepressor of androgen receptor signaling in prostate cancer," by Vijayabaskar Lakshmikanthan, Lin Zou, Jae I. Kim, Allison Michal, Zhongzhen Nie, Nidia C. Messias, Jeffrey L. Benovic, and Yehia Daaka (Vol. 106, No. 23, June 9, 2009, p. 9379-9384).


14. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Histone H4 lysine 16 acetylation regulates cellular lifespan,' by Weiwei Dang, Kristan K. Steffen, Rocco Perry, Jean A. Dorsey, F. Brad Johnson, Ali Shilatifard, Matt Kaeberlein, Brian K. Kennedy, and Shelley L. Berger (Vol. 459, No. 7248, Jun. 11, 2009, p. 802-807).



A. "Impaired gastric acidification negatively affects calcium homeostasis and bone mass," by Thorsten Schinke, Arndt F. Schilling, Anke Baranowsky, Sebastian Seitz, Robert P. Marshall, Tilman Linn, Michael Blaeker, Antje K. Huebner, Ansgar Schulz, Ronald Simon, Matthias Gebauer, Matthias Priemel, Uwe Kornak, Sandra Perkovic, Florian Barvencik, F. Timo Beil, Andrea Del Fattore, Annalisa Frattini, Thomas Streichert, Klaus Pueschel, Anna Villa, Klaus-Michael Debatin, Johannes M. Rueger, Anna Teti, Jozef Zustin, Guido Sauter, and Michael Amling (Vol. 15, No. 6, June 2009, p. 674-681).

B. "Inhibition of osteoblastic bone formation by nuclear factor-{kappa}B," by Jia Chang, Zhuo Wang, Eric Tang, Zhipeng Fan, Laurie McCauley, Renny Franceschi, Kunliang Guan, Paul H. Krebsbach, and Cun-Yu Wang (Vol. 15, No. 6, June 2009, p. 682-689).



A. "Exercise-Training in Young Drosophila melanogaster Reduces Age-Related Decline in Mobility and Cardiac Performance," by Nicole Piazza, Babina Gosangi, Shawn Devilla, Robert Arking, and Robert Wessells (PLoS ONE 4(6): e5886. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005886, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "Aging Is Not Associated with Proteasome Impairment in UPS Reporter Mice," by Casey Cook, Jennifer Gass, Judith Dunmore, Jimei Tong, Julie Taylor, Jason Eriksen1, Eileen McGowan, Jada Lewis, Jennifer Johnston, and Leonard Petrucelli (PLoS ONE 4(6): e5888. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005888, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).


17. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Duration of Androgen Suppression in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer," by Michel Bolla, Theodorus M. de Reijke, Geertjan Van Tienhoven, Alphonsus C.M. Van den Bergh, Jorg Oddens, Philip M.P. Poortmans, Eliahu Gez, Paul Kil, Atif Akdas, Guy Soete, Oleg Kariakine, Elsbietha M. van der Steen-Banasik, Elena Musat,, Marianne Pierart, Murielle E. Mauer, and Laurence Collette (Vol. 360, No. 24, Jun. 11, 2009, p. 2516-2527).


18. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Video decision support tool for advance care planning in dementia: randomised controlled trial," by Angelo E. Volandes, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Michael J. Barry, Muriel R. Gillick, Kenneth L. Minaker, Yuchiao Chang, E. Francis Cook, Elmer D. Abbo, Areej El-Jawahri, and Susan L. Mitchell (BMJ 2009;338:b2159, June 6, 2009).


III. Working Papers:

19. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers: "Default, Framing and Spillover Effects: The Case of Lifecycle Funds in 401(k) Plans," by Olivia S. Mitchell, Gary R. Mottola, Stephen P. Utkus and Takeshi Yamaguchi (WP2009-05, June 2009, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

20. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 169, No. 12, Jun. 15, 2009).

21. Journal of Biosocial Science (Vol. 41, No. 4, July 2009).

22. Journal of Population Ageing (Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2008).


23. 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 June 8, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 8, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 8, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of June 8, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of June 8, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of June 8, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Recovery Act Limited Competition: Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Pilot Program (RC3)," (RFA-OD-09-008, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, June 2, 2009).

B. "Recovery Act Limited Competition: Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Pilot Program (R43)," (RFA-OD-09-009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, June 2, 2009).

C. "Bioenergetics, Fatigability, and Activity Limitations in Aging (R01)," (PA-09-190, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, June 3, 2009).

D. "Bioenergetics, Fatigability, and Activity Limitations in Aging (R21)," (PA-09-191, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, June 3, 2009).

E. "Bioenergetics, Fatigability, and Activity Limitations in Aging (R03)," (PA-09-192, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, June 3, 2009).


VI. Conferences:

25. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM CONFERENCES IN AGING: Gerontology Conferences Worldwide has recently been updated.


VII. Websites of Interest:

26. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION: "2009 Medicare Part D Data Spotlights" (June 2009). "The Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a collection of analyses and other resources related to the Part D Medicare drug plan options available to seniors for calendar year 2009. Each of these spotlights focus on a key aspect of the drug plans that will be available to Medicare beneficiaries in 2009 and examine relevant trends since the Medicare drug benefit took effect in 2006. They were prepared by a team of researchers at Georgetown University, NORC and the Kaiser Family Foundation."


It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.


Jack Solock
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Social Sciences Research Services
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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