Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report No. 553 -- September 9, 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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Data for Denmark were revised and updated through 2008.

Data availability:

Data access:



National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2007 (#28961).


II. Reports and articles:

3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Medicare Claims for Home Blood-Glucose Test Strips and Lancets-Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor for Jurisdiction" (A-09-08-00043, August 2010, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an executive summary and full text are available at:


4. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Mild cognitive impairment more common in older men than older women" (Sep. 7, 2010).


5. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS RESEARCH REPORT: "Ethnic minority customers of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service: An evidence synthesis," by Peter Allmark, Sarah Salway, Richard Crisp and Ruth Barley (2010, .pdf format, 94p.). Links to a synopsis and full text are available at:


6. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer and MP3 format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

How to Raise Your Adult Children: Words of wisdom for when the nest gets crowded" (Sep. 7, 2010).


7. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION COMMENTARY: "Disparities For Women and Minorities in Retirement Saving," by David C. John (September 2010).


8. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 10, No. 15, August 25, 2010).

More information about FCA:


9. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS (MISSOURI) PERIODICAL: Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter (September 2010, .pdf format, 2p.). The topic of this issue is "State Pension Plans in Peril: The Need for Reform."



A. "Quality Ratings of Medicare Advantage Plans: Key Changes in the Health Reform Law and 2010 Enrollment Data" (September 2010, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "Medicare Advantage Fact Sheet" (Updated September 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).


11. NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS SLIDE SHOW: "How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect the Elderly and Disabled on Medicare?" by Thomas R. Saving (September 2010, .pdf format, 22p.).

More information about NCPA:


12. TRANSAMERICA CENTER FOR RETIREMENT STUDIES REPORT: "11th Annual Retirement Survey (2009-2010)," (August 2010, .pdf format). Note: This page links to a series of reports created by the Center from it's Survey. These reports include:

- Women and Retirement

- Bridging the Gap Between Employers' and Workers' Understanding of 401(k) Fees

- Employers Remain Reluctant to Enhance Retirement Benefits

- A Tale of Two Retirements: The Importance of Employee-Funded Retirement Plans in the Workplace

- Full Survey Results (Worker and Employer)

- Segmentation Data Sheets

More information about TCRS:


13. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Insights into Neurogenesis and Aging: Potential Therapy for Degenerative Disease?" by Robert A. Marr, Rosanne M. Thomas, and Daniel A Peterso (Future Neurology, 2010;5(4):527-541, via Medscape).


14. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Gamma-secretase activating protein is a therapeutic target for Alzheimer's disease," by Gen He, Wenjie Luo, Peng Li, Christine Remmers, William J. Netzer, Joseph Hendrick, Karima Bettayeb, Marc Flajolet, Fred Gorelick, Lawrence P. Wennogle, and Paul Green (Vol. 467, No. 7311, September 2, 2010, p. 95-98).


15. NATURE MEDICINE BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS ABSTRACT: "Inhibitors of leucine-rich repeat kinase-2 protect against models of Parkinson's disease," by Byoung Dae Lee, Joo-Ho Shin, Jackalina VanKampen, Leonard Petrucelli, Andrew B. West, Han Seok Ko, Yun-Il Lee, Kathleen A. Maguire-Zeiss, William J. Bowers, Howard J. Federoff, Valina L. Dawson, and Ted M. Dawson (Vol. 16, No. 9, 2010, p. 998-1000).



A. "Differentiated Parkinson patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells grow in the adult rodent brain and reduce motor asymmetry in Parkinsonian rats," by Gunnar Hargus, Oliver Cooper, Michela Deleidi, Adam Levy, Kristen Lee, Elizabeth Marlow, Alyssa Yow, Frank Soldner, Dirk Hockemeyer, Penelope J. Hallett, Teresia Osborn, Rudolf Jaenisch, and Ole Isacson (Vol. 107, No. 36, Sep. 7, 2010, p. 15921-15926).

B. "Hyper telomere recombination accelerates replicative senescence and may promote premature aging," by R. Tanner Hagelstrom, Krastan B. Blagoev, Laura J. Niedernhofer, Edwin H. Goodwin, and Susan M. Bailey (Vol. 107, No. 36, Sep. 7, 2010, p. 15768-15773).

C. "{alpha}-Synuclein gene duplication impairs reward learning," by Szabolcs Keri, Ahmed A. Moustafa, Catherine E. Myers, Gyorgy Benedek, and Mark A. Gluck (Vol. 107, No. 36, Sep. 7, 2010, p. 15992-15994).



A. "The Effects of Aging on the Molecular and Cellular Composition of the Prostate Microenvironment," by Daniella Bianchi-Frias, Funda Vakar-Lopez, Ilsa M. Coleman, Stephen R. Plymate, May J. Reed, and Peter S. Nelson (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12501. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012501, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "Decreased Levels of Bisecting GlcNAc Glycoforms of IgG Are Associated with Human Longevity," by L. Renee Ruhaak, Hae-Won Uh, Marian Beekman, Carolien A.M. Koeleman, Cornelis H. Hokke, Rudi G.J. Westendorp, Manfred Wuhrer, Jeanine J. Houwing-Duistermaat, P. Eline Slagboom, and Andre M. Deelder (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12566. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012566, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

C. "Deficient Liver Biosynthesis of Docosahexaenoic Acid Correlates with Cognitive Impairment in Alzheimer's Disease," by Giuseppe Astarita, Kwang-Mook Jung, Nicole C. Berchtold, Vinh Q. Nguyen, Daniel L. Gillen, Elizabeth Head, Carl W. Cotman, and Daniele Piomelli (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12538. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012538, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).


18. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION COMMENTARY EXTRACT: "Do IRBs Protect Human Research Participants?" by Christine Grady (Vol. 304, No. 10, Sep. 8, 2010, P. 1122-1123).



A. "Proportion of people dying in hospital is falling," by Andrew Cole (News extract, BMJ 2010;341:c4722, Vol. 341, No. 7771, Sep. 3, 2010).

B. "Migraine and risk of haemorrhagic stroke in women: prospective cohort study," by Tobias Kurth, Carlos S, Kase, Markus Schurks, Christophe Tzourio, and Julie E. Buring (BMJ 2010;341:c3659, Vol. 341, No. 7771, Sep. 3, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Migraine with aura and risk of cardiovascular and all cause mortality in men and women: prospective cohort study," by Larus S. Gudmundsson, Ann I. Scher, Thor Aspelund, Jon H. Eliasson, Magnus Johannsson, Gudmundur Thorgeirsson, Lenore Launer, and Vilmundur Gudnason (BMJ 2010;341:c3966, Vol. 341, No. 7771, Sep. 3, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Making decisions for people with dementia who lack capacity: qualitative study of family carers in UK," by Gill Livingston, Gerard Leavey, Monica Manela, Deborah Livingston, Greta Rait, Elizabeth Sampson, Shilpa Bavishi, Khodayar Shahriyarmolki, and Claudia Cooper (BMJ 2010;341:c4184, Vol. 341, No. 7771, Sep. 3, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.). This article is available free of charge.


20. LANCET REVIEW ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Asthma in older adults," by Peter G. Gibson, Vanessa M. McDonald, and Guy B. Marks (Vol. 376, No. 9743, Sep. 4, 2010, p. 803-813).


III. Working Papers:

21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "How Much Does Size Erode Mutual Fund Performance? A Regression Discontinuity Approach," by Jonathan Reuter and Eric Zitzewitz (w16329, September 2010, .pdf format, 41p.).


The two main stylized facts in the mutual fund literature are that funds exhibit little ability to persistently outperform their peers, but new money flows into funds with the highest past returns. The traditional interpretations of these facts are that fund managers are unskilled and fund investors are unsophisticated. Berk and Green (2004) use a model that combines skilled managers with diseconomies of scale in asset management to challenge these interpretations. They argue that more-skilled managers will manage more assets but--precisely because they manage more assets--will generate the same expected future returns as less-skilled managers. In their model, standard cross-sectional regressions of fund returns on fund size will significantly underestimate diseconomies of scale. To identify the causal impact of mutual fund flows on performance, we exploit the fact that small differences in mutual fund returns can cause discrete changes in Morningstar ratings and, thereby, cause discrete differences in mutual fund flows. The diseconomies of scale that we estimate using this regression discontinuity approach are larger than those estimated in standard regressions, but generally smaller than assumed in Berk and Green--or than are required to explain the low observed levels of performance persistence.


22. US BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: "The Value of Coverage in the Medicare Advantage Insurance Market," by Abe Dunn (WP2010-11, September 2010, .pdf format, 37p.).


This paper examines the impact of coverage on demand for health insurance in the Medicare Advantage (MA) insurance market. Estimating the effects of coverage on demand poses a challenge for researchers who must consider both the hundreds of benefits that affect out-of-pocket costs (OOPC) to consumers, but also the endogeneity of coverage. These problems are addressed in a discrete choice demand model by employing a unique measure of OOPC that considers a consumer's expected payments for a fixed bundle of health services and applying instrumental variable techniques to address potential endogneity bias. The results of the demand model show that OOPC have a significant effect on consumer surplus and that not instrumenting for OOPC results in a significant underestimate of the value of coverage.



A. "Fatal Attraction? Access to Early Retirement and Mortality," by Andreas Kuhn, Jean-Philippe Wuellrich, and Josef Zweimuller (Discussion Paper 5160, August 2010, .pdf format, 56p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Attrition and Health in Ageing Studies: Evidence from ELSA and HRS," by James Banks, Alastair Muriel, and James P. Smith (Discussion Paper 5161, August 2010, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


24. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "The New IAS 19 Exposure Draft," by Juan Yermo and Clara Severinson (OECD Working Paper on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions No. 4, September 2010, .pdf format, 11p.).Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,3425,en_2649_34853_45961582_119684_1_1_1,00.html


25. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilations are for Aug. 21 and 28, 2010.


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

26. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 25, No. 6, September 2010).

27. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 17, No. 5, 2010).

28. Journal of Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 5, No. 4, October 2010).

29. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 61, No. 4, 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 Sep. 6, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 6, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 6, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Sep. 6, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 6, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Sep. 6, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

31. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Depressed Older Adults: Education and Screening, by Jacqueline Berman and Lisa M. Furst (2010, 200p., ISBN: 9780826171023). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

32. AGEWORK.COM: has updated its employment listings through Sep. 9, 2010.


VII. Conferences:

33. PENN STATE POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE 5TH ANNUAL DE JONG LECTURE IN SOCIAL DEMOGRAPHY: "The Multigenerational Demography of Social Mobility," by Robert Mare, to be held Oct. 25, 2010 in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information see:



A. The following conferences have recently been added to's gerontology conferences:

Nov. 16, 2010: Managing Common Health Problems in Older People, in Glasgow, Scotland

Dec. 7-10, 2010: Fourth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, in Los Angeles, California

B. The following conferences have recently been added to's palliative care conferences:

Nov. 9-11, 2010: 19th Hospice NZ Palliative Care Conference, in Wellington New Zealand

Mar. 4-5, 2011: Singapore Palliative Care Conference 2011, in Singapore


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "Field Hearing: The Older Americans Act: Making Reauthorization Work for Wisconsin's Seniors," a hearing held Sep. 7, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (.pdf format).

B. "Field Hearing: Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act: Encouraging Healthy Living as Baby Boomers Retire," a hearing held Aug. 27, 2010 (.pdf format).



36. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: 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:

Antecol, Heather. Why is There Interethnic Variation in the Gender Wage Gap?: The Role of Cultural Factors. The Journal of Human Resources. 2001; 36(1):119-143.

Blundell, Richard; Pistaferri, Luigi, and Preston, Ian. Consumption Inequality and Partial Insurance. The American Economic Review. 2008; 98(5):1887-1921.

Chatterjee, Swarn. Preference for Retirement Plans among U. S. Government and Non-government Employees. International Advances in Economic Research. 2009; 15366.

Gregory, Christian A. Three Essays on the Economics of Obesity. North Carolina: University of North Carolina - Greensboro; 2010 146 Pgs.

Hollister, Matissa. Is Optimal Matching Suboptimal?. Sociological Methods and Research. 2009; 38(3):235-264.

Hungerford, Thomas L. The Persistence of Hardship Over the Life Course. Research on Aging. 2007; 29(6):491-511.

Klein, T/Unger, R. Active Life Expectancy in Germany and in the United States. A Cohort Analysis Based on the "German Socio-Economic Panel" (GSOEP) and the "Panel Study of Income Dynamics" (PSID). Zeitschrift fur Geronotologie and Geriatre. 2002; 35(6):528-539.

Leon, Joel. The Effects of Labor Market Segmentation on Economic Resources in Retirement. Journal of Economics and Business. 1985; 14(3):351-373.

VanderHart, Peter G. Housing Decision of Older Households: A Dynamic Analysis. Journal of Housing Economics. 1998; 721-48.

Wu, Yanyuan. The Economic Well-Being of the Elderly and Public Policy. Illinois: University of Chicago; 2010 129 Pgs.


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.


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