Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #550 -- August 19, 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. Data:

1. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH/NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF COMPUTERIZED DATA ON AGING: "ICPSR/NACDA announced the release of the following new datasets that may be of interest to researchers of aging on Aug. 15, 2010. 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:

- Health Interview Survey, 1969 (study no. 29022).


II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Europe, 2010," (August 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 322p.).



A. "2011 Medicare Advantage ratebook and Prescription Drug rate information," (August 2010, .pdf and zipped Excel format).

B. "Decision Memo for Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) Program - Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease (CAG-00419N)," (August 12, 2010).

C. "Decision Memo for Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) Program - Pritikin Program (CAG-00418N)," (August 12, 2010).


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Gender Differences among Older Black Admissions to Treatment," (August 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).


5. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [LONDON, UK] REPORT: "Ageism and Age Discrimination: Some Analytical Issues," by John Macnicol (August 2010, .pdf format, p.).



A. "Social Security 75th Anniversary Survey Report: Public Opinion Trends," by Colette Thayer (August 2010, .pdf format, 48p.).

B. "The Employment Situation, July 2010: Little Changed Since June," by Sara E. Rix (August 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).


7. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Will Better Access to Health Care Change How Much Older Men Work?" by Melissa A. Boyle and Joanna N. Lahey (IB No. 10-14, August 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).


8. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 31, No. 8, August 2010, .pdf format, 20p.). Note: The articles in this issue are: "Coverage of Dependent Children to Age 26 Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," by Paul Fronstin; and, "EBRIs Spring Policy Forum: Retirement Income Adequacy - How Big Is the Gap and How Might the Market Respond?" by John MacDonald.


9. CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES REPORT: "Medicaid-Funded Long-Term Supports and Services: Snapshots of Innovation," by Gretchen Engquist, Cyndy Johnson, and William Courtland Johnson (May 2010, .pdf format, 36p.).


10. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 10, No. 14, August 11, 2010).

More information about FCA:



A. "Amyloid beta 42 peptide (A{beta}42)-lowering compounds directly bind to A{beta} and interfere with amyloid precursor protein (APP) transmembrane dimerization," by Luise Richter, Lisa-Marie Munter, Julia Ness, Peter W. Hildebrand, Muralidhar Dasari, Stephanie Unterreitmeier, Bruno Bulic, Michael Beyermann, Ronald Gust, Bernd Reif, Sascha Weggen, Dieter Langosch, and Gerd Multhaup (Vol. 107, No. 33, August 17, 2010, p. 14597-14602).

B. "Attenuation of age-related changes in mouse neuromuscular synapses by caloric restriction and exercise," by Gregorio Valdez, Juan C. Tapia, Hyuno Kang, Gregory D. Clemenson, Jr., F. H. Gage, Jeff W. Lichtman, and Joshua R. Sanes (Vol. 107, No. 33, August 17, 2010, p. 14863-14868).

C. "De novo generation of white adipocytes from the myeloid lineage via mesenchymal intermediates is age, adipose depot, and gender specific," by Susan M. Majka, Keith E. Fox, John C. Psilas, Karen M. Helm, Christine R. Childs, Alistaire S. Acosta, Rachel C. Janssen, Jacob E. Friedman, Brian T. Woessner, Theodore R. Shade, Marileila Varella-Garcia, and Dwight J. Klemm (Vol. 107, No. 33, August 17, 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 14781-14786). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.



A. "Ageing, the Urban-Rural Gap and Disability Trends: 19 Years of Experience in China - 1987 to 2006," by Xiaoxia Peng, Shige Song, Sheena Sullivan, Jingjun Qiu, and Wei Wang (PLoS ONE 5(8): e12129. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012129, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Independent Component Analysis of the Effect of L-dopa on fMRI of Language Processing," by Namhee Kim, Prem K. Goel, Madalina E. Tivarus, Ashleigh Hillier, and David Q. Beversdorf (PLoS ONE 5(8): e11933. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011933, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "Routine Laboratory Results and Thirty Day and One-Year Mortality Risk Following Hospitalization with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure," by Victor Novack, Michael Pencina, Doron Zahger, Lior Fuchs, Roman Nevzorov, Allan Jotkowitz, and Avi Porath (PLoS ONE 5(8): e12184. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012184, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).


13. LANCET NEUROLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: _Lancet_ requires free registration prior to providing access. "B vitamins in patients with recent transient ischaemic attack or stroke in the VITAmins TO Prevent Stroke (VITATOPS) trial: a randomised, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled trial Original Text," by The VITATOPS Trial Study Group (Vol. 9, No. 9, September 2010, p. 855-865).



A. "Designing prevention programmes to reduce incidence of dementia: prospective cohort study of modifiable risk factors," by K. Ritchie, I. Carriere, C. W. Ritchie, C. Berr, S. Artero, and M-L Ancelin (BMJ 2010;341:c3885, HTML and .pdf format).

B. "Survival of people with clinical diagnosis of dementia in primary care: cohort study," by Greta Rait, Kate Walters, Christian Bottomley, Irene Petersen, Steve Iliffe, and Irwin Nazareth (BMJ 2010;341:c3584, HTML and .pdf format).


15. FORBES ARTICLE: "Danger In Your 401(k)," by David K. Randall (August 30, 2010).


III. Working Papers:

16. RAND CORPORATION: "A Theory of Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Over the Life Cycle," by Titus Galama and Hans van Kippersluis (WR-773, July 2010, .pdf format, 49p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:



A. "Providing for Older Parents: Is It a Family Affair?" by Esther Friedman and Judith A. Seltzer (CCPR-2010-012, August 2010, .pdf format, 46p.).


This paper considers how siblings coordinate help they provide parents, both at a point in time and over the longer run. Because few studies include information from siblings about their relationships with their parents and each other, it has been difficult to determine whether children coordinate care for their parents. We look within families and explore whether and how siblings share caregiving responsibilities, asking: What characteristics of siblings and their families predict whether siblings take turns helping parents? What factors affect the coordination of care as parents age? We use data on 1,523 families with more than one child and with a living parent from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Survey, a panel study of 1957 high school graduates and siblings and look at practical and socio-emotional help provided to parents. Findings show that nearly forty percent of parents receive help from more than one child in the form of practical or socio-emotional support. Our findings also suggest that daughters coordinate care that they and their siblings provide parents.

B. "Education of Children and Differential Mortality of Parents: Do Parents Benefit from Their Children's Attainments?" by Esther Friedman and Robert D. Mare (CCPR-2010-011, August 2010, .pdf format, 41p.).


Contemporary stratification research on developed societies usually views the intergenerational transmission of educational advantage as a one-way effect from parent to child. However, parents' investment in their children's education may yield significant returns for parents themselves in later life. Well-educated children have greater knowledge of health and technology to share with their parents and more financial means to provide for parents than do their less-educated counterparts. This paper considers the effects of children's educational attainment on the survival of parents, net of parents' own socioeconomic status. We use data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to examine whether children's educational attainment affects parents, survival and how these effects compare with those of parents' own income and wealth. Our findings suggest that one's own education, income, and wealth are, in fact, associated with mortality. More importantly, though, we find that sons' and daughters' education have independent effects on parents' mortality. We also find that at least part of the association between children's education and parents' survival can be explained by the health behaviors of parents.


18. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Preferences for Redistribution and Pensions. What can we Learn from Experiments?" by Franziska Tausch, Jan Potters, and Arno Riedl (WP 3156, August 2010, .pdf format, 31p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


19. DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK: "The impact of scale, complexity, and service quality on the administrative costs of pension funds: A cross-country comparison," by Jacob Bikker, Onno Steenbeek and Federico Torracchi (No. 258, August 2010, .pdf format, 28p.).


Administrative costs per participant appear to vary widely across pension funds in different countries. These costs are important because they reduce the rate of return on the investments of pension funds, and consequently raise the cost of retirement security. Using unique data on 90 pension funds over the period 2004-2008, this paper examines the impact of scale, the complexity of pension plans, and service quality on the administrative costs of pension funds, and compares those costs across Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the US. We find that, except for Canada, large unused economies of scale exist. Analyses on a disaggregated level confirm economies of scale for small and medium pension funds. Even though the pension funds in the sample are among the largest in the world, further cost savings appear to be possible. Higher service quality and more complex pension plans significantly raise costs, whereas offering only one pension plan reduces costs, as does a relatively large share of deferred (or sleeping) participants. Administrative costs vary significantly across pension fund types, with differences amounting to 100%.


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

20. 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 16, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 16, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 16, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 16, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 16, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 16, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Basic Research on Self-Regulation (R21)," (RFA-AG-11-010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application due date is Jan. 6, 2011).

B. "Economics of Prevention (R21)," (RFA-RM-10-015, National Institute on Aging, application due date is Oct. 26, 2010).

C. "Science of Structure, Organization and Practice Design in the Efficient Delivery of Effective Healthcare (R21)," (RFA-RM-10-016, National Institute on Aging, application due date is Oct. 26, 2010).

D. "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 other agencies, application due date is Nov. 2, 2010).


22. AGEWORK.COM: has updated its employment listings through Aug. 19, 2010.


VI. Websites of Interest:

23. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following site was updated Aug. 13, 2010: "Supplier Directory". For all of Medicare's suite of interactive web databases see:


VII. Bibliography Update:

24. 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:

Gregory, Christian A. Three Essays on the Economics of Obesity. North Carolina: University of North Carolina - Greensboro; 2010146 Pgs.

Wu, Yanyuan. The Economic Well-Being of the Elderly and Public Policy. Illinois: University of Chicago; 2010129 Pgs.




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