Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #523 -- February 11, 2010

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. Reports and articles:

1. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Medicare Hospital Outpatient Services," (2009 Edition, Feb. 2010, tables 10.1-10.5, compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel [.xlsx] format).



A. "Department of Health: Progress in improving stroke care," (February 2010, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. "Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Protection Fund," (February 2010, .pdf format, 38p.).


3. CARE QUALITY COMMISSION [UK] REPORT: "The state of health care and adult social care in England: Key themes and quality of services in 2009," (February 2010, .pdf format, 96p.).


4. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING REPORT: "Aged Care Assessment Program National Data Repository: Minimum Data Set Report Annual Report 2007-2008," (October 2009, .pdf format, 209p.).


5. GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITY GROUP [UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, UK] REPORT: "Fair Society, Healthy Lives: The Marmot Review," (February 2010, .pdf format, 237p.).


6. AVIVA [UK] REPORT: "The Aviva Real Retirement Report," (February 2010, .pdf format, 14p.).


7. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Medicare Advantage 2010 Data Spotlight: Benefits and Cost-Sharing," by Marsha Gold, Maria Hudson, Gretchen Jacobson and Tricia Neuman (February 2010, .pdf format, 7p.).


8. BOSTON COLLEGE SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK ISSUE BRIEF: "Engaged as We Age: The End of Retirement as We Know It?" by Jackie James, Elyssa Besen, Christina Matz-Costa & Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes (IB24, February 2010, .pdf format, 20p.).


9. TRUST FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH REPORT: "Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives," (February 2010, .pdf format, 27p.).



A. "Inhibitors of Class 1 Histone Deacetylases Reverse Contextual Memory Deficits in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Mark Kilgore, Courtney A. Miller, Daniel M. Fass, Krista M. Hennig, Stephen J. Haggarty, J. David Sweatt and Gavin Rumbaugh (Vol. 35, No. 4, February 2010, p. 870-880).

B. "Treatment Strategies Targeting Excess Hippocampal Activity Benefit Aged Rats with Cognitive Impairment," by Ming Teng Koh, Rebecca P. Haberman, Stacey Foti, Thomas J. McCown and Michela Gallagher (Vol. 35, No. 4, February 2010, p. 1016-1025).



A. "A role for FKBP52 in Tau protein function," by Beatrice Chambraud, Elodie Sardin, Julien Giustiniani, Omar Dounane, Michael Schumacher, Michel Goedert, and Etienne-Emile Baulieu (Vol. 107, No. 6, February 9, 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2658-2663). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

B. "Role of DAB2IP in modulating epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and prostate cancer metastasis," by Daxing Xie, Crystal Gore, Jun Liu, Rey-Chen Pong, Ralph Mason, Guiyang Hao, Michael Long, Wareef Kabbani, Luyang Yu, Haifeng Zhang, Hong Chen, Xiankai Sun, David A. Boothman, Wang Min, and Jer-Tsong Hsieh (Vol. 107, No. 6, February 9, 2010, p. 2485-2490).

C. "Basal epithelial stem cells are efficient targets for prostate cancer initiation," by Devon A. Lawson, Yang Zong, Sanaz Memarzadeh, Li Xin, Jiaoti Huang, and Owen N. Witte (Vol. 107, No. 6, February 9, 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2610-2615). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

D. "A selective TrkB agonist with potent neurotrophic activities by 7,8-dihydroxyflavone," by Sung-Wuk Jang, Xia Liu, Manuel Yepesb, Kennie R. Shepherd, Gary W. Miller, Yang Liu, W. David Wilson, Ge Xiao, Bruno Blanchi, Yi E. Sun, and Keqiang Ye (Vol. 107, No. 6, February 9, 2010, p. 2687-2692).



A. "How Cholesterol Constrains Glycolipid Conformation for Optimal Recognition of Alzheimer's {beta} Amyloid Peptide (A{beta}1-40)," by Nouara Yahi, Anais Aulas, and Jacques Fantini (PLoS ONE 5(2): e9079. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009079, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "SRRM2, a Potential Blood Biomarker Revealing High Alternative Splicing in Parkinson's Disease," by Lina A. Shehadeh, Kristine Yu, Liyong Wang, Alexandra Guevara, Carlos Singer, Jeffery Vance, and Spyridon Papapetropoulos (PLoS ONE 5(2): e9104. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009104, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).


13. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Hospital Characteristics Associated With Feeding Tube Placement in Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Cognitive Impairment," by Joan M. Teno, Susan L. Mitchell, Pedro L. Gozalo, David Dosa, Amy Hsu, Orna Intrator, and Vincent Mor (Vol. 303, No. 6, February 10, 2010, p. 544-550).


14. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Childhood Obesity, Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Premature Death," by Paul W. Franks, Robert L. Hanson, William C. Knowler, Maurice L. Sievers, Peter H. Bennett, and Helen C. Looker (Vol. 362, No. 6, February 11, 2010, p. 485-493).


15. FORBES ARTICLE: "Leveraged Roth IRA Conversion Ploy Warrants Scrutiny," by William P. Barrett (Feb. 8, 2010).


16. TIME ARTICLE: "Divorcing While Dying," by Belinda Luscombe (Vol. 175, No. 6, Feb. 15, 2010).,8599,1959082,00.html


II. Working Papers:

17. NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILY AND MARRIAGE RESEARCH [BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY]: "Relationship Quality Among Cohabitors and Marrieds in Older Adulthood," by Susan L. Brown and Sayaka Kawamura (NCFMR WP-10-01, January 2010, .pdf format, 30p.).


The rapid growth in cohabitation in recent decades has coincided with a burgeoning literature on the topic. Yet despite a sustained increase in cohabitation among middle-aged and older adults, this group has received little research attention. Close relationships are integral to well-being and the quality of these relationships has consequences for health, especially among older adults. We use data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a nationally representative sample of 3,005 people ages 57-85 to compare the relationship quality of older cohabitors versus marrieds. The two groups are remarkably similar. Cohabitors and marrieds do not significantly differ in their reports of emotional satisfaction, pleasure, openness, time spent together, criticism, and demands. Cohabitors are less likely than marrieds to report that their relationship is very happy. There is some evidence of gender by union type differences. Cohabiting unions among older adults tend to be of relatively long duration. Overall, these results indicate that cohabitation may operate as an alternative to marriage for older adults.


18. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Retirement Responses to a Generous Pension Reform: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Eastern Europe," by Alexander M. Danzer (Discussion Paper No. 4726, January 2010, .pdf format, 64p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


19. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT WORKING PAPERS: "Providing greater old-age security in China," by Richard Herd, Yu-Wei Hu and Vincent Koen (Working Paper No. 750, February 2010, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:,3425,en_2649_34581_44538856_119684_1_1_1,00.html


20. 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 Jan. 30, 2010.


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

21. Age and Ageing (Vol. 39, No. 2, March 2010).

22. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 100, No. 3, March 2010).

23. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 17, No. 1, 2010).

24. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 22, No. 2, March 2010).


25. 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 Feb. 8, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 8, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 8, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 8, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 8, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Feb. 8, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Science of Behavior Change: Finding Mechanisms of Change in the Laboratory and the Field (R01)," (RFA-RM-10-002, Feb. 4, 2010, National Institute on Aging).

B. "Scientific Meetings for Creating Interdisciplinary Research Teams (R13)," (PA-10-106, Feb. 3, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjucntion with other agencies).


V. Conferences:

27. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: Conferencealerts Gerontology section has recently added the following new conferences:

* Feb. 17, 2010 The New Banking and Credit Event, Centennial CO
* Feb. 19, 2010 The New Banking and Credit Event, Los Angeles CA
* Feb. 24, 2010 The New Banking and Credit Event, Woodland Hills CA
* Feb. 27, 2010 The New Banking and Credit Event, Centennial CO
* March 17, 2010 The aging mind and the aging brain, Reading United Kingdom
* April 16, 2010 Police, Fire & Public Pensions Forum, Jacksonville Florida
* May 12, 2010 Issues in caring for the elderly, Cork Ireland
* May 21, 2010 Management of common problems in older people, York United Kingdom
* June 16, 2010 Common topics in the management of elderly care, Liverpool United Kingdom
* July 15, 2010 Culture and Media Education: An International Survey, Ludwigsburg Germany
* Oct. 7, 2010 International Conference on Social Sciences - thematic sessions: Community Development, Aging and Elderly, Culture and Art Education, Kusadasi - Izmir Turkey Gerontology Conferences:


28. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "4th National Conference: Current Issues in Palliative Care," to be held in London, United Kingdom May 6-7, 2010. Palliative Care:


29. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-AUSTIN: "2010 International Conference on Aging in the Americas: Issues of Disability, Caregiving, and Long-term Care Policy," (Sept. 15-17, 2010; Austin, Texas).


VI. Bibliography Updates:

30. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT SURVEY: HRS at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research has added the following items to its bibliography:


Babiarz, Patryk D. Health Events, Household Wealth and Debt Holdings: Evidence from the health and retirement study. United States, Indiana Purdue University [2009]

Bricker, Jesse. Three Essays in Labor Economics. United States, New York Syracuse University [2009]

Greenhalgh-Stanley, Nadia. Three Empirical Papers on Medicaid, Medicare, and Long-Term Care Insurance. United States, New York Syracuse University [2009]

Mehta, Neil K. Contemporary Topics in American Adult Health and Mortality: Obesity and immigration. United States, Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania [2009]

Wang, Yang. Subjective Expectations: Test for Bias and Implications for Choices. United States, North Carolina Duke University [2009]


Anderson, Christina N., Kim, Hyungsoo. "An Examination of Older Immigrants' Use of Dental Services in the United States" Journal of Aging and Social Policy. 22:1 p.18-32 [2010]

Ayalon, Liat, Covinsky, K. "Spouse-Rated vs. Self-rate Health as Predictors of Mortality" Archives of Internal Medicine. 169:22 p.2156-61 [2009]

Bender, Keith A., Theodossiou, Ioannis. "Controlling for Endogeneity in the Health-Socioeconomic Status Relationship of the Near Retired" Journal of Socio-Economics. 38:6 p.977-87 [2009]

Bhattacharya, Jay. "Insuring the Near-Elderly: How Much Would Medicare Save?" Annals of Internal Medicine. 151:11 p.816-17 [2009]

Chiu, Ching-Ju, Wray, Linda A., Beverley, Elizabeth A., Dominic, Oralia G. "The Role of Health Behaviors in Mediating the Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes: A structural equation modeling approach" Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 45:1 p.67-76 [2010]

Chung, Sukyung, Mehta, Kala, Shumway, Martha, Alvidrez, Jennifer, Perez-Stable, Eliseo J. "Risk Perception and Preference for Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease" Value in Health : the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. 12:4 p.450-58 [2009]

Gerstorf, Denis, Hoppmann, Christiane A., Kadlec, Kelly M., McArdle, John J. "Memory and Depressive Symptoms Are Dynamically Linked Among Married Couples: Longitudinal Evidence From the AHEAD Study" Developmental Psychology. 45:6 p.1595-610 [2009]

Hochguertel, Stefan, Ohlsson, Henry. "Compensatory Inter Vivos Gifts" Journal of Applied Econometrics. 24:6 p.993-1023 [2009]

Islam, M. Ataharul, Sultan, Khalaf S., Chowdhury, Rafiqul I. "Estimation and Tests for a Longitudinal Regression Model Based on the Markov Chain" Statistical Methodology. 6: p.478-89 [2009]

Katt, James A., Speranza, Linda, Shore, Wendy, Saenz, Karen H., Witta, E. Lea. "Doing Well: A SEM Analysis of the Relationships Between Various Activities of Daily Living and Geriatric Well-being" The Journal of Genetic Psychology. 170:3 p.213-26 [2009]

Liang, Jersey, Quinones, Ana, Bennett, Joan M., Ye, Wen, Xu, Xiao, Shaw, Benjamin A., Ofstedal, Mary Beth. "Evolving Self-Rated Health in Middle and Old Age: How Does it Differ Across Black, Hispanic, and White Americans?" Journal of Aging and Health. 22:1 p.3-26 [2010]

Maselko, Joanna, Bates, Lisa M., Avendano, Mauricio, Glymour, Maria M. "The Intersection of Sex, Marital Status, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Shaping Stroke Incidence: Results from the Health and Retirement Study" Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 57:12 p.2293-99 [2009]

McDonnall, Michele Capella. "The Effects of Developing a Dual Sensory Loss on Depression in Older Adults: A longitudinal study" Journal of Aging and Health. 21:8 p.1179-99 [2009]

McWilliams, J. Michael, Meara, Ellen, Zaslavsky, Alan M., Ayanian, John Z. "Medicare Spending for Previously Uninsured Adults" Annals of Internal Medicine. 151:11 p.757-66 [2009]

Reuser, M., Bonneux, L., Willekens, F. "Smoking Kills, Obesity Disables: A multistate approach of the US Health and Retirement Survey" Obesity. 17:4 p.783-89 [2009]

Sakshaug, Joseph W., Couper, Mick P., Ofstedal, Mary Beth. "Characteristics of Physical Measurement Consent in a Population-Based Survey of Older Adults" Medical Care. 48:1 p.64-71 [2010]

Shiovitz-Ezra, Sharon, Ayalon, Liat. "Situational Versus Chronic Loneliness as Risk Factors for All-Cause Mortality" International Psychogeriatrics. : [2009]

Townsend, A.L., Ishler, Karen J., Bowman, Karen F., Rose, Julia Hannum, Peak, Nicole Juszczak. "Health and Well-Being in Older Married Female Cancer Survivors" Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 57:Supl 2 p.S286-88 [2009]

Tucker-Seeley, Reginald D., Li, Yi, Subramanian, S.V., Sorensen, Glorian. "Financial Hardship and Mortality among Older Adults using the 1996-2004 Health and Retirement Study" Annals of Epidemiology. 19:12 p.850-57 [2009]


31. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Aiello, Allison E. and Kaplan, George A. Socioeconomic Position and Inflammatory and Immune Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease: Applications to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Biodemography and Social Biology. 2009; 55(2):178-205.

Almeida, David M.; McGonagle, Katherine, and King, Heather. Assessing Daily Stress Processes in Social Surveys by Combining Stressor Exposure and Salivary Cortisol. Biodemography and Social Biology. 2009; 55(2):219-237.

Battistin, Erich; Blundell, Richard, and Lewbel, Arthyr. Why Is Consumption More Log Normal than Income? Gibrat's Law Revisited. Journal of Political Economy. 2009; 117(6):_.

Burkhauser, Robert V. and Cawley, John. Adding Biomeasures Relating to Fatness and Obesity to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Biodemography and Social Biology. 2009; 55(2):118-139.

Chen, Edith and Yeung, Wei-Jun Jean. Measuring Respiratory Health in Longitudinal Social Science Surveys. Biodemography and Social Biology. 2009; 55(2):206-218.

Goldman, Noreen and Dowd, Jennifer B. Considering the Inclusion of Metabolic and Cardiovascular Markers in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Biodemography and Social Biology. 2009; 55(2):140-158.

Greeley, Henry T. Collecting Biomeasures in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Ethical and Legal Concerns. Biodemography and Social Biology. 2009; 55(2):270-278.

Hobcraft, John. Reflections on the Incorporation of Biomeasures into Longitudinal Social Surveys: An International Perspective. Biodemography and Social Biology. 2009; 55(2):252-269.

Sandoval, Daniel A.; Rank, Mark R., and Hirschl, Thomas A. The Increasing Risk of Poverty Across the American Life Course. Demography. 2009; 46(4):717-737.




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