Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #549 -- August 12, 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:


A. "OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County, 2009" (August 2010, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 185p.).

B. "Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2010," (August 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 36p.).


2. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: AoA Enews (August 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).


3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS BRIEF: "Population Aging and the Use of Office-based Physician Services," by Donald Cherry, Christine Lucas, and Sandra L. Decker (NCHS Data Brief No. 41, August 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.).


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "Prescription Drug Cost Relief to More Than 750,000 Medicare Beneficiaries" (Aug. 10, 2010).


5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Place-of-Service Coding for Physician Services Processed by Medicare Part B Carriers During Calendar Year 2007," (A-01-09-00503, July 2010, .pdf format, 21p.).


We found that physicians did not always correctly code nonfacility places of service on Medicare Part B claims. Based on our sample results, we estimated that Medicare contractors nationwide overpaid physicians $13.8 million for incorrectly coded services provided during calendar year 2007. To account for the increased overhead expense that physicians incur by performing services in nonfacility locations, such as physician's offices, Medicare reimburses physicians at a higher rate for certain services performed in these locations and at a lower rate for services performed in facility settings, such as hospital outpatient departments or ambulatory surgical centers. Physicians are required to identify the place of service on the health insurance claim forms that they submit to Medicare contractors. However, for 90 of the 100 services in our sample, physicians used nonfacility place-of-service codes on their claims for services that were actually performed in hospital outpatient departments or ambulatory surgical centers.


6. ALZHEIMER'S AUSTRALIA REPORT: "Caring Places: Planning for Aged Care & Dementia 2010-2050" (July 2010, .pdf format, 117p.).

More information on AA:


7. AARP REPORT: "Quick Health Facts 2010: A Compilation of Selected State Data," by Leigh Purvis (August 2010, .pdf format, 120p.).


8. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC POLICY ISSUE BRIEF: "Patterns in Physically Demanding Labor Among Older Workers," by Hye Jin Rho (August 2010, .pdf format, 17p.).


9. THE CENTURY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "The Impact of Housing and Investment Market Declines on the Wealth of Baby Boomers," by Greg Anrig and Millie Parekh (August 2010, .pdf format, 11p.).

More information about TCF:


10. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION FACTSHEET UPDATE: "Medicare Spending and Financing Fact Sheet" (updated August 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).


11. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION REPORT: "What Works in Physical Activity Programs for Sedentary Older Adults? Best Practices Identified and Put in a Web-Based Directory," (August 2010, .pdf format, 10p.).


12. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE BRIEF: "Social Security Finances: Findings of the 2010 Trustees Report," by Virginia P. Reno and Elizabeth Lamme (Social Security Brief No. 34, August 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).


13. STANFORD UNIVERSITY CENTER ON LONGEVITY REPORT: "New Realities of an Older America," by Adele M. Hayutin, Miranda Dietz, and Lillian Mitchell (2010, .pdf and flipdocs format, 81p.).



A. "The prion protein as a receptor for amyloid-{beta}," by Helmut W. Kessels, Louis N. Nguyen, Sadegh Nabavi, and Roberto Malinow (Vol. 466, No. 7308, Aug. 12, 2010, P. E3-E4).

B. "Lauren et al. reply," by Juha Lauren, David A. Gimbel, Haakon B. Nygaard, John W. Gilbert, and Stephen M. Strittmatter (Vol. 466, No. 7308, Aug. 12, 2010, P. E4-E5).



A. "Hollow core of Alzheimer's A{beta)42 amyloid observed by cryoEM is relevant at physiological pH," by Yifat Miller, Buyong Ma, Chung-Jung Tsai, and Ruth Nussinov (Vol. 107, No. 32, Aug. 10, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 14128-14133). This article is available free of charge.

B. "eIF4E phosphorylation promotes tumorigenesis and is associated with prostate cancer progression," by Luc Furic, Liwei Rong, Ola Larsson, Ismael Herve Koumakpayi, Kaori Yoshida, Andrea Brueschke, Emmanuel Petroulakis, Nathaniel Robichaud, Michael Pollak, Louis A. Gaboury, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Fred Saad, and Nahum Sonenberg (Vol. 107, No. 32, Aug. 10, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 14134-14139).

C. "Genome-wide analysis reveals mechanisms modulating autophagy in normal brain aging and in Alzheimer's disease," by Marta M. Lipinski, Bin Zheng, Tao Lu, Zhenyu Yan, Benedicte F. Py, Aylwin Ng, Ramnik J. Xavier, Cheng Li, Bruce A.Yankner, Clemens R. Scherzer, and Junying Yuan (Vol. 107, No. 32, Aug. 10, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 14164-14169).



A. "Evidence for Sub-Haplogroup H5 of Mitochondrial DNA as a Risk Factor for Late Onset Alzheimer's Disease," by Aurelia Santoro, Valentina Balbi, Elisa Balducci, Chiara Pirazzini, Francesca Rosini, Francesca Tavano, Alessandro Achilli, Paola Siviero, Nadia Minicuci, Elena Bellavista, Michele Mishto, Stefano Salvioli, Francesca Marchegiani, Maurizio Cardelli, Fabiola Olivieri, Benedetta Nacmias, Andrea Maria Chiamenti, Luisa Benussi, Roberta Ghidoni, Giuseppina Rose, Carlo Gabelli, Giuliano Binetti, Sandro Sorbi, Gaetano Crepaldi, Giuseppe Passarino, Antonio Torroni, and Claudio Franceschi (PLoS ONE 5(8): e12037. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012037, Vol. 5, No. 8, August 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "{alpha}-Synuclein Suppression by Targeted Small Interfering RNA in the Primate Substantia Nigra," by Alison L. McCormack, Sally K. Mak, Jaimie M. Henderson, David Bumcrot, Matthew J. Farrer, and Donato A. Di Monte (PLoS ONE 5(8): e12122. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012122, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

C. "The Native Copper- and Zinc- Binding Protein Metallothionein Blocks Copper-Mediated A{beta} Aggregation and Toxicity in Rat Cortical Neurons," by Roger S. Chung, Claire Howells, Emma D. Eaton, Lana Shabala, Kairit Zovo, Peep Palumaa, Rannar Sillard, Adele Woodhouse, William R. Bennett, Shannon Ray, James C. Vickers, and Adrian K. West (PLoS ONE 5(8): e12030. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012030, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

D. "Androgen-Regulated Expression of Arginase 1, Arginase 2 and Interleukin-8 in Human Prostate Cancer," by Philippe O. Gannon, Jessica Godin-Ethier, Matthew Hassler, Nathalie Delvoye, Meghan Aversa, Alexis O. Poisson, Benjamin Pnt, Mona Alam Fahmy, Fred Saad, Rean Lapointe, and Anne-Marie Mes-Masson (PLoS ONE 5(8): e12107. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012107, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).


17. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy in the United States, 2005-2008," by Xinzhi Zhang, Jinan B. Saaddine, Chiu-Fang Chou, Mary Frances Cotch, Yiling J. Cheng, Linda S. Geiss, Edward W. Gregg, Ann L. Albright, Barbara E.K. Klein, and Ronald Klein (Vol. 304, No. 6, Aug. 11, 2010, p. 649-656).


18. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Effect of calcium supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular events: meta-analysis," by Mark J. Bolland, Alison Avenell, John A. Baron, Andrew Grey, Graeme S. MacLennan, Greg D. Gamble, and Ian R. Reid (BMJ 2010;341:c3856, Jul. 29, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.). This article is available free of charge.


II. Working Papers:

19. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Anchors -- A Way? Using Anchoring Vignettes to Assess Group Differences in Self-Rated Health," by Hanna Grol Prokopczyk, Jeremy Freese, and Robert M. Hauser (CDE Working Paper 2010-09, 2010, .pdf format, 41p.).


This paper identifies a potentially serious problem with the widely used self-rated health (SRH) survey item: that different groups (e.g., different nationalities) have systematically different ways of using the item's response categories. Analyses based on unadjusted SRH may thus produce misleading or entirely erroneous results. We explore anchoring vignettes as a possible solution to this problem. Using vignettes specifically designed to calibrate the SRH item, and data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, we show how certain demographic and health-related factors, including sex and education, predict differences in rating styles. Such differences, when not adjusted for statistically, may be sufficiently large to lead to mistakes in rank orderings of groups: in our sample, models that fail to account for women's greater health-optimism show -- incorrectly -- that women have better SRH than men. Vignette-based adjustment may reduce risk of such errors. Implications for future research using anchoring vignettes are discussed.


20. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "A Comparative Study of Antiretroviral Therapy Assistance from Parents and Family Members in Cambodia and Thailand," by John E. Knodel, Sochanny Hak, Chandore Khuon, So Dane, and John McAndrew (PSC Research Report No. 10-712, June 2010, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


21. URBAN INSTITUTE: "Scrambling the Nest Egg: How Well Do Teachers Understand Their Pensions, and What Do They Think about Alternative Pension Structures?" by Michael DeArmond and Dan Goldhaber (CALDER Working Paper No. 51, June 2010, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


22. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS: "Retirement outcomes and lifetime earnings: descriptive evidence from linked ELSA - NI data," by Antoine Bozio, Rowena Crawford, Carl Emmerson and Gemma Tetlow (Working Paper No. 81, August 2010, .pdf format, 59p.).


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 Jul. 31, 2010.


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

24. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 172, No. 4, Aug. 15, 2010).

25. Demography (Vol. 47, No. 3, August 2010).

26. Gerontechnology (Vol. 9, No. 3, Summer 2010).

27. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 24, No. 3, August 2010).

28. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect (Vol. 22, Nos. 3 & 4, 2010).

29. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vol. 65A, No. 9, Sept. 2010).


30. 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 August 9, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 9, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 9, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 9, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 9, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 9, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Mechanisms Mediating Changes in Central Regulation of Bone Mass (R01)" (RFA-AG-11-006, National Institute on Aging, application deadline date Oct. 14, 2010). For more information see:

B. "Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Subspecialists Transition to Aging Research (R03)" (RFA-AG-11-007, National Institute on Aging, application deadline date Nov. 3, 2010). For more information see:

C. "Effects of the Social Environment on Health: Measurement, Methods and Mechanisms (R01)" (RFA-DA-11-003, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, application deadline date Jan. 6, 2011). For more information see:

D. "Sleep and Social Environment: Basic Biopsychosocial Processes (R01)" (RFA-HD-11-101, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, application deadline date Oct. 8, 2010). For more information see:

E. "Sleep and Social Environment: Basic Biopsychosocial Processes (R21)" (RFA-HD-11-102, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, application deadline date Oct. 8, 2010). For more information see:

F. "Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) (D43)," (PAR-10-257, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, application deadline date Nov. 2, 2010). For more information see:


32. AGEWORK.COM: has updated its employment listings through Aug. 11, 2010.


V. Conferences:

33. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "Fourth National Congress on Palliative Care: Recovering Our Traditions," to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 28-30, 2010.

- "Music Care Conference," to be held in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), Nov. 6, 2010.

Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care:


VI. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "Taking Care of Mom and Dad: Why We Need a Quality Workforce to Serve Our Older Americans," a hearing held August 2, 2010 (witness statements in .pdf format).

B. "Seniors Feeling the Squeeze: Rising Drug Prices and the Part D Program," a hearing held March 10, 2010 (S. Hrg. 111-552, .pdf and ASCII text format, 116p.).

ASCII format:



VII. Websites of Interest:

35. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: "Hospital & Supplementary Medicare Enrollees" (August 2010).


36. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING SENIORHEALTH.GOV UPDATE. has added a links page for the topic of "Alcohol Use and Older Adults."


VIII. Bibliography Updates:

37. 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:

Zajacova, Anna; Dowd, Jennifer Beam; Schoeni, Robert F., and Wallace, Robert B. Consistency and Precision of Cancer Reporting in a Multiwave National Panel Survey. Population Health Metrics. 2010; 8(20).




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