Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #564 -- November 24, 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 Poland and Latvia were revised and updated through 2009 (Nov. 19, 2010).

Data for Netherlands were revised and updated through 2008 (Nov. 19, 2010).

Data availability:

Data access:


2. 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 Nov. 21, 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:

Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging (SALSA Study), 1996-2008: Neuroclinical Exam Data (study no. 29322).

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:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Distributional Effects of Price Indexing Social Security Benefits," by Mark A. Sarney (Policy Brief No. 2010-03, November 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.).



B. "SSI Monthly Statistics, October 2010," (November 2010, .pdf and HTML format).

C. "Monthly Statistical Snapshot, October 2010" (November 2010).


4. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Social Security Reform: Raising the Retirement Ages Would Have Implications for Older Workers and SSA Disability Rolls," (GAO-11-125, November 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 65p.).


5. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "NIH adds first images to major research database," (November 22, 2010).


6. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Local delivery of joined-up services for older people," by Mike Robertson and Helen Wilkinson (Research Report No. 713, November 2010, .pdf format, 121p.).


7. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Do Parents Live It Up When Children Fly the Coop?" by Norma B. Coe, Zhenya Karamcheva, and Anthony Webb (IB No. 10-18, November 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).


8. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Issue Brief, (No. 350, November 2010, .pdf format, 68p.). Note: The title of this issue is "401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2009," by Jack VanDerhei, Sarah Holden, and Luis Alonso.


9. NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: "Medicare Trustees Reports 2010 and 2009: What a Difference a Year Makes," by Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Thomas R. Saving (Report No. 330, November 2010, .pdf format, 20p.).

More information about NCPA:


10. HERITAGE FOUNDATION BRIEF: "Time to Raise Social Security's Retirement Age," by David C. John (Backgrounder No. 2492, November 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 12p.).


11. URBAN INSTITUTE FACTSHEET: "Nutrition Assistance for Older Adults," by Sheila R. Zedlewski (November 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).


12. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 10, No. 21, Nov. 17, 2010).



A. "Trapping of palindromic ligands within native transthyretin prevents amyloid formation," by Simon E. Kolstoe, Palma P. Mangione, Vittorio Bellotti, Graham W. Taylor, Glenys A. Tennent, Stephanie Deroo, Angus J. Morrison, Alexander J.A. Cobb, Anthony Coyne, Margaret G. McCammon, Timothy D. Warner, Jane Mitchell, Raj Gill, Martin D. Smith, Steven V. Ley, Carol V. Robinson, Stephen P. Wood, and Mark B. Pepys (Vol. 107, No. 47, Nov. 23, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 20483-20488). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Tumor necrosis factor-{alpha} triggers a cytokine cascade yielding postoperative cognitive decline," by Niccolo Terrando, Claudia Monaco, Daqing Ma, Brian M. J. Foxwell, Marc Feldmann, and Mervyn Maze (Vol. 107, No. 47, November 23, 2010, p. 20518-20522).



A. "{gamma}-Secretase and Human Disease," by Raymond J. Kelleher III and Jie Shen (Vol. 330, No. 6007, Nov. 19, 2010, p. 1055-1056).

B. "{gamma}-Secretase Gene Mutations in Familial Acne Inversa," by Baoxi Wang, Wei Yang, Wen Wen, Jing Sun, Bin Su, Bo Liu, Donglai Ma, Dan Lv, Yaran Wen, Tao Qu, Min Chen, Miao Sun, Yan Shen, and Xue Zhang (Vol. 330, No. 6007, Nov. 19, 2010, p. 1065).



A. "Influence of Comorbidities on Therapeutic Progression of Diabetes Treatment in Australian Veterans: A Cohort Study," by Agnes I. Vitry, Elizabeth E. Roughead, Adrian K. Preiss, Philip Ryan, Emmae N. Ramsay, Andrew L. Gilbert, Gillian E. Caughey, Sepehr Shakib, Adrian Esterman, Ying Zhang, and Robyn A. McDermott (PLoS ONE 5(11): e14024. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014024, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Formulation of a Medical Food Cocktail for Alzheimer's Disease: Beneficial Effects on Cognition and Neuropathology in a Mouse Model of the Disease," by Anna Parachikova, Kim N. Green, Curt Hendrix, and Frank M. LaFerla (PLoS ONE 5(11): e14015. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014015, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, p.).

C. "Alterations in mGluR5 Expression and Signaling in Lewy Body Disease and in Transgenic Models of Alpha-Synucleinopathy - Implications for Excitotoxicity," by Diana L. Price1, Edward Rockenstein, Kiren Ubhi, Van Phung, Natalie MacLean-Lewis, David Askay, Anna Cartier, Brian Spencer, Christina Patrick, Paula Desplats, Mark H. Ellisman, and Eliezer Masliah (PLoS ONE 5(11): e14020. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014020, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, p.).

D. "Genetic Evidence Implicates the Immune System and Cholesterol Metabolism in the Aetiology of Alzheimer's Disease Lesley Jones, Peter A. Holmans, Marian L. Hamshere, etal. (PLoS ONE 5(11): e13950. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013950, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

E. "Dopamine Transporter Binding Is Unaffected by L-DOPA Administration in Normal and MPTP-Treated Monkeys," by Pierre-Olivier Fernagut, Qin Li, Sandra Dovero, Piu Chan, Tao Wu, Paula Ravenscroft, Michael Hill, Zhenwen Chen, and Erwan Bezard (PLoS ONE 5(11): e14053. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014053, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).


16. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "An age-related sprouting transcriptome provides molecular control of axonal sprouting after stroke," by Songlin Li, Justine J. Overman, Diana Katsman, Serguei V. Kozlov, Christopher J. Donnelly, Jeffery L. Twiss, Roman J. Giger, Giovanni Coppola, Daniel H. Geschwind, and S. Thomas Carmichael (Vol. 13, No. 12, December 2010, p. 1496-1504).


III. Working Papers:


A. "The Social Security Early Retirement Benefit as Safety Net," by John Bound and Timothy A. Waidmann (WP 2010-240, October 2010, .pdf format, 16p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Reconciling Findings on the Employment Effect of Disability Insurance," by John Bound and Timothy A. Waidmann (WP 2010-239, October 2010, .pdf format, 35p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

C. "Intergenerational Transfers in the Health and Retirement Study Data," by John P. Laitner and Amanda Sonnega (WP 2010-238, November 2010, .pdf format, 20p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

D. "Occupational Learning, Financial Knowledge, and the Accumulation of Retirement Wealth," by Brooke Helppie, Kandice Kapinos and Robert J. Willis (WP 2010-237, October 2010, .pdf format, 39p.).



A. "Accounting for Disability Insurance in the Dynamic Relationship Between Disability Onset and Earnings," by Perry Singleton (WP 2010-19, November 2010, .pdf format, 27p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "The Treatment of Married Women by the Social Security Retirement Program," by Andrew G. Biggs, Gayle L. Reznik, and Nada O. Eissa (WP 2010-18, November 2010, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


19. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS: "Measuring attitudes to age in Britain: Reliability and validity of the indicators," by Christin-Melanie Vauclair, Dominic Abrams and Christopher Bratt (Working Paper No. 90, November 2010, .pdf format, 60p.). There is no abstract for this paper.


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 compilations are for Nov. 13, 2010.


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

21. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 25, No. 1, January 2011).


22. 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 November 22, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 22, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 22, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 22, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of November 22, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of November 22, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:


A. The Aging Networks: A Guide to Programs and Services, 7th Edition by Kelly Niles-Yokum and Donna Wagner (November 2010, ISBN-13: 9780826118080, 248p.).

B. Ethics, Aging, and Society: The Critical Turn by Martha B. Holstein, Jennifer Parks, and Mark Waymack (November 2010, ISBN-13: 9780826116345, 304p.).


VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Limited Competition: Fogarty International Research Collaboration - Basic Biomedical (FIRCA-BB) Research Award (R03)," (PAR-11-037, reissue of PAR-08-222, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, multiple application due dates). For more information see:

B. "Limited Competition: Fogarty International Research Collaboration - Behavioral and Social Sciences (FIRCA-BSS) Research Award (R03)," (PAR-11-036, reissue of PAR-08-223, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, multiple application due dates). For more information see:

C. "National Institute on Aging Revision Requests for Active Cooperative Agreements (U01)," (PAR-11-042, National Institute on Aging, application due date November 5, 2010). For more information see:

D. "NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) Short-term Mentored Career Development Awards in the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences for Mid-career and Senior Investigators (K18)" (RFA-DE-11-003, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, application due date, Jan. 24, 2011). For more information see:


25. AGEWORK.COM: has updated its employment listings through Nov. 24, 2010.


VII. Websites of Interest:

26. US PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEM FRONTLINE: "Facing Death: How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own?" (November 2010). The sight links to a the full program, as well information on selected ancillary topics.


27. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SOCIAL SECURITY ANALYSES: This page links to relevant CBO reports going back to 1998.



28. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: HRS at the University of Michigan has recently updated its bibliography. The entire bibliography is available at:

Recent additions:


Courtney Coile; Jonathan Gruber, "Fiscal Effects of Social Security Reform in the United States" in Jonathan Gruber; David A. Wise, Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World.


Bradley, Don E.; Van Willigen, Marieke, "Migration and Psychological Well-Being Among Older Adults: A Growth Curve Analysis Based on Panel Data > From the Health and Retirement Study, 1996-2006," Journal of Aging and Health, 22:7 [2010].

Lee, Jinkook, "Data sets on pensions and health: Data collection and sharing for policy design," International Social Security Review, 63:3-4 [2010].


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.


Jack Solock
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Social Sciences Research Services
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