Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #556 -- September 30, 2010

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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 Sept. 27, 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:

- National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS II): Neuroscience Project (study no. 28283).

- National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS II): Biomarker Project, 2004-2009 (study no. 29282).


2. MISSOURI CENSUS DATA CENTER: "Population Estimates by Age: With Detail by 'Bridged' Race, Hispanic Origin and Gender 1990 to 2009 for U.S. States and Counties," (2010, tables can be output in comma-delimited, HTML, and SAS format).


II. Reports and articles:

3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA BRIEF: "Electronic Medical Record Adoption and Use in Home Health and Hospice," by Anita Bercovitz, Manisha Sengupta, and Patricia Jamison (Data Brief No. 45, September 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.).


4. AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY, HEALTHCARE COST AND UTILIZATION PROJECT STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles, 2008," by H. Joanna Jiang, Lauren M. Wier, D.E.B. Potter, and Jacqueline Burgess (Statistical Brief No. 96, September 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 11p.).




5. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS REPORT: "National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2010," (Bulletin 2752, September 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 529p.).

The report includes a section on retirement benefit, that can be found at:


6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Figures 12.1 - 12.11 Medicare Managed Care," (2010 Supplement, September 2010, zipped compressed Excel and .pdf format).


7. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Employers' Pension Provision Survey 2009," by John Forth and Lucy Stokes (Research Report No. 687, September 2010, .pdf format, 147p.).



A. "The demographic characteristics and economic activity patterns of carers over 50: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing," by Athina Vlachantoni (Population Trends, No. 141, Autumn 2010, .pdf format, p. 54-76).

B. "Migration in later life: evidence from the British Household Panel Study," by Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, and Marcas Green (Population Trends, No. 141, Autumn 2010, .pdf format, p. 77-96).


9. JAPAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH, LABOUR AND WELFARE REPORT: "Handbook of Health and Welfare Statistics, 2009," (September 2010, Excel format). Note: Parts 4 and 5 may be of interest to aging researchers.


10. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY OF LONDON [UK] REPORT: "Ending compulsory annuitisation: Quantifying the consequences," by David Blake, Edmund Cannon, and Ian Tonks (September 2010, .pdf format, 60p.).


11. AGE CONCERN [UK] REPORT: "How the Governments planned cuts will affect older people," by Howard Reed and Tim Horton (August 2010, Word format, 50p.).'s%20planned%20cuts%20will%20affect%20older%20people.docx



A. "Access to Long-Term Services and Supports: A 50-State Survey of Medicaid Financial Eligibility Standards," by Lina Walker and Jean Acciius (September 2010, .pdf format, 28p.).

B. "More Older People with Disabilities Living in the Community: Trends from the National Long-Term Care Survey, 1984-2004," by Donald L. Redfoot and Ari Houser (September 2010, .pdf format, 52p.).

C. "Trends in Family Caregiving and Paid Home Care for Older People with Disabilities in the Community: Data from the National Long-Term Care Survey," by Ari Houser, Mary Jo Gibson, and Donald L. Redfoot (August 2010, .pdf format, 47p.).

Both reports are available at:


13. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Why Did Poverty Drop for the Elderly?" by Alicia H. Munnell, April Wu, and Josh Hurwitz (IB No. 10-16, September 2010, .pdf format, 5p.).


14. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Early Boomers: How Americas Leading Edge Baby Boomers Will Transform Aging, Work and Retirement," by Peter Francese (September 2010, .pdf format, 23p.).



A. "Polyamine pathway contributes to the pathogenesis of Parkinson disease," by Nicole M. Lewandowski, Shulin Ju, Miguel Verbitsky, Barbara Ross, Melissa L. Geddie, Edward Rockenstein, Anthony Adame, Alim Muhammad, Jean Paul Vonsattel, Dagmar Ringe, Lucien Cote, Susan Lindquist, Eliezer Masliah, Gregory A. Petsko, Karen Marder, Lorraine N. Clark, and Scott A. Small (Vol. 107, No. 39, September 28, 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 16970-16975). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

B. "Constitutively active androgen receptor splice variants expressed in castration-resistant prostate cancer require full-length androgen receptor," by Philip A. Watson, Yinan F. Chen, Minna D. Balbas, John Wongvipat, Nicholas D. Socci, Agnes Viale, Kwanghee Kim, and Charles L. Sawyers (Vol. 107, No. 39, September 28, 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 16759-16765). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.


16. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "Senescence vs. sustenance: Evolutionary-demographic models of aging," by Annette Baudisch and James Vaupel (Vol. 23, No. 23, September 2010, .pdf format, p. 655-668).



A. "Selective Disruption of the Cerebral Neocortex in Alzheimer's Disease," by Rahul S. Desikan, Mert R. Sabuncu, Nicholas J. Schmansky, Martin Reuter, Howard J. Cabral, Christopher P. Hess, Michael W. Weiner, Alessandro Biffi, Christopher D. Anderson, Jonathan Rosand, David H. Salat, Thomas L. Kemper, Anders M. Dale, Reisa A. Sperling, and Bruce Fischl (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12853. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012853, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Phospho-eIF2a Level Is Important for Determining Abilities of BACE1 Reduction to Rescue Cholinergic Neurodegeneration and Memory Defects in 5XFAD Mice," by Latha Devi and Masuo Ohno (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12974. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012974, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein A3 Is the Liver Nuclear Protein Binding to Age Related Increase Element RNA of the Factor IX Gene," by Toshiyuki Hamada, Sumiko Kurachi, and Kotoku Kurachi (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12971. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012971, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, p.).

D. "Mutant Parkin Impairs Mitochondrial Function and Morphology in Human Fibroblasts," by Anne Grunewald, Lisa Voges, Aleksandar Rakovic, Meike Kasten, Himesha Vandebona, Claudia Hemmelmann, Katja Lohmann, Slobodanka Orolicki, Alfredo Ramirez, Anthony H. V. Schapira, Peter P. Pramstaller, Carolyn M. Sue, and Christine Klein (PLoS ONE 5(9): e12962. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012962, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

E. "Age-Correlated Gene Expression in Normal and Neurodegenerative Human Brain Tissues," by Kajia Cao, Alice S. Chen-Plotkin, Joshua B. Plotkin, and Li-San Wang (PLoS ONE 5(9): e13098. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013098, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

F. "eIF4A Inhibition Allows Translational Regulation of mRNAs Encoding Proteins Involved in Alzheimer's Disease," by Andrew Bottley, Nicola M. Phillips, Thomas E. Webb, Anne E. Willis, and Keith A. Spriggs (PLoS ONE 5(9): e13030. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013030, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

G. "The Unfolded Protein Response Protects from Tau Neurotoxicity In Vivo," by Carin A. Loewen and Mel B. Feany (PLoS ONE 5(9): e13084. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013084, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "Objectively measured physical capability levels and mortality: systematic review and meta-analysis," by Rachel Cooper, Diana Kuh, and Rebecca Hardy (BMJ 2010; 341:c4467, HTML and .pdf format, Research).

B. "Hip resurfacing," by James M. Simpson and Richard N. Villar (BMJ 2010; 341:c3459, .pdf and HTML format, Editorial).


19. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Lancet may require free registration before providing articles. "10-year stroke prevention after successful carotid endarterectomy for asymptomatic stenosis (ACST-1): a multicentre randomised trial," by Alison Halliday, Michael Harrison, Elizabeth Hayter, Xiangling Kong, Averil Mansfield, Joanna Marro, Hongchao Pan, Richard Peto, John Potter, Kazem Rahimi, Angela Rau, Steven Robertson, Jonathan Streifler, Dafydd Thomas, on behalf of the Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial (ACST) Collaborative Group (Vol. 376, No. 9746, September 25, 2010, p. 1074-1084).


20. GLOBAL HEALTH ACTION SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Global Health Action (Vol. 3, Suppl. 2, 2010, .pdf format). Note: This is a special supplement that focuses on aging.


III. Working Papers:

21. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Housing Consumption in Late Life: The Role of Income, Health Shocks, and Marital Shocks," by Douglas A. Wolf and Janet M. Wilmoth (WP2010-10, September 2010, .pdf format, 33p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


22. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Health and Wealth in a Life-Cycle Model," by John Karl Scholz and Ananth Seshadri (WP 2010-224, September 2010, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


23. WHARTON SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA) PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "Payouts in Switzerland: Explaining Developments in Annuitization," by Monika Butler and Stefan Staubli (WP2010-23, September 2010, .pdf format, 31p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Compulsory and Voluntary Annuity Markets in the United Kingdom," by Edmund Cannon and Ian Tonks (WP2010-22, September 2010, .pdf format, 37p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

C. "Annuity Markets in Japan," by Junichi Sakamoto (WP2010-21, September 2010, .pdf format, 22p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

D. "The Private Life Annuity Market in Germany: Products and Money's Worth Ratios," by Barbara Kaschutzke and Raimond Maurer (WP2010-20, September 2010, .pdf format, 42p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:



A. "The Asset Cost of Poor Health," by James M. Poterba, Steven F. Venti, and David A. Wise (w16389, September 2010, .pdf format, 29p.).


This paper examines the correlation between poor health and asset accumulation for households in the first nine waves of the Health and Retirement Survey. Rather than enumerating the specific costs of poor health, such as out of pocket medical expenses or lost earnings, we estimate how the evolution of household assets is related to poor health. We construct a simple measure of health status based on the first principal component of HRS survey responses on self-reported health status, diagnoses, ADLs, IADL, and other indicators of underlying health. Our estimates suggest large and substantively important correlations between poor health and asset accumulation. We compare persons in each 1992 asset quintile who were in the top third of the 1992 distribution of latent health with those in the same 1992 asset quintile who were in the bottom third of the latent health distribution. By 2008, those in the top third of the health distribution had accumulated, on average, more than 50 percent more assets than those in the bottom third of the health distribution. This "asset cost of poor health" appears to be larger for persons with substantial 1992 asset balances than for those with lower balances.

B. "Identifying Provider Prejudice in Healthcare," by Amitabh Chandra and Douglas O. Staiger (w16382, September 2010, .pdf format, 43p.).


We use simple economic insights to develop a framework for distinguishing between prejudice and statistical discrimination using observational data. We focus our inquiry on the enormous literature in healthcare where treatment disparities by race and gender are not explained by access, preferences, or severity. But treatment disparities, by themselves, cannot distinguish between two competing views of provider behavior. Physicians may consciously or unconsciously withhold treatment from minority groups despite similar benefits (prejudice) or because race and gender are associated with lower benefit from treatment (statistical discrimination). We demonstrate that these two views can only be distinguished using data on patient outcomes: for patients with the same propensity to be treated, prejudice implies a higher return from treatment for treated minorities, while statistical discrimination implies that returns are equalized. Using data on heart attack treatments, we do not find empirical support for prejudice-based explanations. Despite receiving less treatment, women and blacks receive slightly lower benefits from treatment, perhaps due to higher stroke risk, delays in seeking care, and providers over-treating minorities due to equity and liability concerns.


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 Sep. 18, 2010.


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

26. Ageing and Society (Vol. 30, No. 8, 2010).

27. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 172, No. 7, Oct. 1, 2010).

28. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 18, No. 10, October 2010).

29. International Social Security Review (Vol. 63, Nos. 3/4, July 2010).

30. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2010).

31. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 5, October 2010).

32. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2010).


33. 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 September 27, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 27, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 27, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 27, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of September 27, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of September 27, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

34. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Assisted Living Administration and Management : Effective Practices and Model Programs in Elder Care, by Darlene Yee-Melichar, Andrea Renwanz Boyle, and Cristina Flores (September 2010, ISBN-13: 9780826104663, 440p.).


VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "National Institute on Aging: Revision Requests for Active Program Projects (P01)," (PAR-10-284, deadline for applications is October 20, 2010, National Institute on Aging).


36. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 29, 2010.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

37. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Do Private Long-Term Disability Policies Provide the Protection They Promise?" a hearing held September 28, 2010 (witness statements in .pdf format, full hearing can be viewed in Flash format).


38. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, DOMESTIC POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "From Molecules to Minds: The Future of Neuroscience Research and Development," a hearing held September 29, 2010.


VIII. Websites of Interest:

39. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following site was updated Sep. 24, 2010: "Supplier Directory." For all of's suite of interactive web databases see:





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