Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #515 -- December 3, 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. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released several new MEPS data file (November 2009, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

- HC-113 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File

- HC-112 2007 Medical Conditions

- HC-110I Appendix to MEPS 2007 Event Files

- HC-036 MEPS 1996-2007 Pooled Estimation Linkage

- HC-036BRR MEPS 1996-2007 Replicates for Calculating Variances File


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Elderly Voters: Information on Promising Practices Could Strengthen the Integrity of the Voting Process in Long-term Care Facilities," (GAO-10-6, November 2009, .pdf format, 49p.).

B. "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Deficiencies in Contract Management Internal Control Are Pervasive," (GAO-10-60, October 2009, .pdf format, 65p.).


3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY PERIODICAL: _Social Security Bulletin_ (Vol. 69, No. 4, December 2009, .pdf and HTML format).


4. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA BRIEF: "Racial Differences in Functioning Among Elderly Nursing Home Residents, 2004," by Adrienne L. Jones; Nancy L. Sonnenfeld, and Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin (Data Brief No. 25, November 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).


5. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING REPORT: "Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 - 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009," (November 2009, .pdf format, 110p.).$File/ROACA09.pdf


6. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Understanding small employers' likely responses to the 2012 workplace pension reforms: Report of a qualitative study," by Andrew Thomas and Cassie Philpin (Research Report No. 617, November 2009, .pdf format, 79p.).


7. UK OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS REPORT: "Excess winter mortality in England and Wales: 2008/09 (provisional) and 2007/08 (final)," (November 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).


8. NATIONAL SENIORS AUSTRALIA REPORT: "Moving or Staying Put: Deciding where to live in later life," (November 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).

Related Department of Health and Ageing Press Release:


9. ACCESS ECONOMICS [AUSTRALIA] REPORT: "Nurses in residential aged care," (November 2009, .pdf format, 58p.).


10. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "Report from the Ministerial Summit on Dementia Research," (November 2009, .pdf format, 63p.).



A. "Performance judgements for adult social services: An overview of the performance of councils in England," (December 2009, .pdf format, 56p.).

B. "The quality and capacity of adult social care services: An overview of the adult social care market in England 2008/09," (December 2009, .pdf format, 62p.).

C. "Care Quality Commission response to the Green Paper on Shaping the Future of Care and Support Together," (November 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).


12. KING'S FUND [LONDON, UK] REPORT: "Windmill 2009: NHS Response to the Financial Storm," by Sarah Harvey, Alasdair Liddell, and Laurie McMahon (December 2009, .pdf format, 68p.).



A. "Social Security Fix-It Book: 2009 Edition," by Steven Sass, Alicia H. Munnell, and Andrew Eschtruth (December 2009, .pdf format, 52p.).

B. "Social Security Claiming Guide," (December 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).



A. "Medicare Savings in Perspective: A Comparison of 2009 Health Reform Legislation and Other Laws in the Last 15 Years," (December 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Summary of Key Medicare Provisions in House and Senate Health Reform Bills," (December 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).


15. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: _EBRI Notes_ (Vol. 30, No. 12, December 2009, .pdf format, 15p.). The articles in this issue are: "Investment Behavior of Target-Date Fund Users Having Other Funds in 401(k) Plan Accounts," by Youngkyun Park; and "What Do We Know About Enrollment in Consumer-Driven Health Plans?" by Paul Fronstin.


16. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: _Caregiving PolicyDigest_ (Vol. 9, No. 23, Dec. 2, 2009).

More information about FCA:



A. "Modulation of {gamma}-secretase specificity using small molecule allosteric inhibitors," by Christopher C. Shelton, Lei Zhu, Deming Chau, Li Yang, Rong Wang, Hakim Djaballah, Hui Zheng, and Yue-Ming Li (Vol. 106, No. 48, December 1, 2009, p. 20228-20233).

B. "Amyloid seeds formed by cellular uptake, concentration, and aggregation of the amyloid-{beta} peptide," by Xiaoyan Hu, Scott L. Crick, Guojun Bu, Carl Frieden, Rohit V. Pappu, and Jin-Moo Lee (Vol. 106, No. 48, December 1, 2009, p. 20324-20329).

C. "Increased muscle PGC-1{alpha} expression protects from sarcopenia and metabolic disease during aging," by Tina Wenz, Susana G. Rossi, Richard L. Rotundo, Bruce M. Spiegelman, and Carlos T. Moraes (Vol. 106, No. 48, December 1, 2009, p. 20405-20410).

D. "GluN2B subunit-containing NMDA receptor antagonists prevent A{beta}-mediated synaptic plasticity disruption in vivo," by Neng-Wei Hu, Igor Klyubin, Roger Anwy, and Michael J. Rowan (Vol. 106, No. 48, December 1, 2009, p. 20504-20509).

E. "The antioxidant role of thiocyanate in the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis and other inflammation-related diseases," by Yanping Xu, Szilvia Szép, and Zhe Lu (Vol. 106, No. 48, December 1, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, p. 20515-20519). Note: _PNAS_ is providing free access to the full-text of this article.


18. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ RESEARCH ARTICLE: "Concept of unbearable suffering in context of ungranted requests for euthanasia: qualitative interviews with patients and physicians," by H. R. W. Pasman, M. L. Rurup, D. L. Willems, and B. D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen (BMJ 2009;339:b4362, November 28, 2009).


19. _LANCET_ ARTICLE, COMMENT ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration prior to providing content.

A. "Contribution of chronic diseases to disability in elderly people in countries with low and middle incomes: a 10/66 Dementia Research Group population-based survey," by Renata M. Sousa, Cleusa P. Ferri, Daisy Acosta, Emiliano Albanese, Mariella Guerra, Yueqin Huang, K.S. Jacob, A.T. Jotheeswaran, Juan J. Llibre Rodriguez, Guillermina Rodriguez Pichardo, Marina Calvo Rodriguez, Aquiles Salas, Ana Luisa Sosa, Joseph Williams, Tirso Zuniga, and Martin Prince (Vol. 374, No. 9704, November 28, 2009, p. 1821-1830).

B. "Dementia in developing countries: a tidal wave on the horizon," by Steven R. Sabat (Vol. 374, No. 9704, November 28, 2009, p. 1805-1806).



A. "Influenza Morbidity and Mortality in Elderly Patients Receiving Statins: A Cohort Study," by Jeffrey C. Kwong, Ping Li, and Donald A. Redelmeier (PLoS ONE 4(11): e8087. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008087, XML, HTML. and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "The Extract of Ginkgo biloba EGb 761 Reactivates a Juvenile Profile in the Skeletal Muscle of Sarcopenic Rats by Transcriptional Reprogramming," by Caroline Bidon, Joël Lachuer, Jordi Molgó, Anne Wierinckx, Sabine de la Porte, Bernadette Pignol, Yves Christen, Rolando Meloni, Herbert Koenig, Nicole Faucon Biguet, and Jacques Mallet (PLoS ONE 4(11): e7998. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007998, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "Sphingosine Kinase-1 Is Central to Androgen-Regulated Prostate Cancer Growth and Survival," by Audrey Dayon, Leyre Brizuela, Claire Martin, Catherine Mazerolles, Nelly Pirot, Nicolas Doumerc, Leonor Nogueira, Muriel Golzio, Justin Teissié, Guy Serre, Pascal Rischmann, Bernard Malavaud, and Olivier Cuvillier (PLoS ONE 4(11): e8048. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008048, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

D. "Why Some Women Look Young for Their Age," by David A. Gunn, Helle Rexbye, Christopher E. M. Griffiths, Peter G. Murray, Amelia Fereday, Sharon D. Catt, Cyrena C. Tomlin, Barbara H. Strongitharm, Dave I. Perrett, Michael Catt, Andrew E. Mayes, Andrew G. Messenger, Martin R. Green, Frans van der Ouderaa, James W. Vaupel, and Kaare Christensen (PLoS ONE 4(12): e8021. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008021, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

E. "Microglial Involvement in Neuroplastic Changes Following Focal Brain Ischemia in Rats," by Alexandre Madinier, Nathalie Bertrand, Claude Mossiat, Anne Prigent-Tessier, Alain Beley, Christine Marie, and Philippe Garnier (PLoS ONE 4(12): e8101. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008101, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).



A. "Forecasting the Effects of Obesity and Smoking on U.S. Life Expectancy," by Susan T. Stewart, David M. Cutler, and Allison B. Rosen (Vol. 361, No. 23, December 3, 2009, p. 2252-2260).

B. "Advanced Heart Failure Treated with Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device," by Mark S. Slaughter, Joseph G. Rogers, Carmelo A. Milano, Stuart D. Russell, John V. Conte, David Feldman, Benjamin Sun, Antone J. Tatooles, Reynolds M. Delgado, III, James W. Long, Thomas C. Wozniak, Waqas Ghumman, David J. Farrar, and O. Howard Frazier,for the HeartMate II Investigators (Vol. 361, No. 23, December 3, 2009, p. 2241-2251).


III. Working Papers:

22. PENSIONS INSTITUTE [CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON, UK]: "Decentralized Investment Management: Evidence from the Pension Fund Industry," by David Lake, Allan Timmermann, Ian Tonks and Russ Wermers (PI-0914, December 2009, .pdf format, 38p.).


Pension fund sponsors have largely moved from centralized to decentralized investment management over the past few decades, despite the increased coordination problems that this brings. Using a unique, proprietary dataset of pension sponsors and managers, we find two major decentralization trends: sponsors switched (i) from balanced to specialist managers and (ii) from single to multiple managers. We study the effect of decentralization on the risk and performance of pension funds, and find evidence supporting some predictions of recent theory on this subject. Specifically, the switch from balanced to specialist managers is motivated by the superior performance of specialists, and the switch from single to multiple managers is driven by sponsors properly anticipating diseconomies-of-scale as funds grow larger and adding managers with different strategies before performance deteriorates. Interestingly, competition between multiple specialist managers also improves performance, after controlling for size of assets and fund management company-level skill effects. We also study changes in risktaking when moving to decentralized management. Here, we find that sponsors appear to rationally anticipate the difficulty of coordinating multiple managers by allocating reduced risk budgets to each manager, which helps to compensate for the suboptimal diversification that results. Overall, our results provide support for pension fund sponsors rationally choosing their delegation structure.


23. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilation is for Nov. 21, 2009.


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

24. Aging International (Vol. 34, No. 3, Sept. 2009).

25. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts (Vol. 3, No. 4, 2009).


26. 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 November 30, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 30, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 30, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 30, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of November 30, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of November 30, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

27. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH: _Facts and Figures on Long-Term Care: Europe and North America_, by Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues, Frédérique Hoffmann, Katrin Gasior, and Bernd Marin (November 2009, ISBN 978-3-902426-49-9, 140p.).


VI. Funding Opportunities:

28. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY: "2010 WLS Pilot Grant Program," the deadline for applications is May 26, 2010.



A. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)," (PA-10-036, a reissue of PA-08-226, November 27, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

B. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35)," (PA-10-037, a reissue of PA-08-227, November 27, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

C. "Critical Illness and Injury in Aging (R01)," (PA-10-042, December 1, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

D. "Critical Illness and Injury in Aging (R03)," (PA-10-043, November 30, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

E. "Critical Illness and Injury in Aging (R21)," (PA-10-044, December 1, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

F. "Clinical Trial Planning Grants for Critical Illness and Injury in Aging (R34)," (PA-10-045, December 1, 2009, National Institute on Aging).


30. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The National Bureau of Economic Research seeks applications to its Visiting Fellows Program in Aging Research for the 2010-2011 and/or 2011-2012 academic years." The deadline for application is December 29, 2009.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

31. US COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR, HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR, AND PENSIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Examining the Delphi Bankruptcy's Impact on Workers and Retirees," a hearing held December 2, 2009 (statements are in .pdf format and Windows Media Player format, ).


VIII. Websites of Interest:

32. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The "Supplier Directory" page was updated on Dec. 1, 2009. For all of's suite of interactive web databases see:




Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Data and Information Services Center
Rm. 3329 Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400