Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report 565 -- December 2, 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 Israel were revised and updated through 2008 (Nov. 23, 2010

Data for UK countries: England & Wales (Civic & Total), Northern Ireland, Scotland, were revised and updated through 2009.

Data availability:

Data access:



A. "New Wave VI data are available for Netherlands 2004" (Dec. 2, 2010)

B. "Revisions to Wave V and VI Canadian datasets (1998, 2000 and 2004) have been made" (Nov. 26, 2010).

Data Access:


3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY DATA UPDATE: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released several new MEPS data file (October 2010, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

A. "MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2008 Pooled Estimation Linkage File" (December 2010).

B. "MEPS HC-121: 2008 Full Year Consolidated Data File" (November 2010).

C. "MEPS HC-120: 2008 Medical Conditions File" (November 2010).

D. "MEPS HC-118I: Appendix to MEPS 2008 Event Files" (November 2010).

E. "2008 MPC and Pharmacy, Authorization Forms, and Contact Guides Component Data Collection Instruments" (November 2010, HTML and .pdf format).


II. Reports and articles:

4. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: "Affordable Care Act News" (November 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).


5. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS ARTICLE: "BLS examines popular 401(k) retirement plans" (in Program Perspectives, Vol. 2, No. 6, November 2010, .pdf format, 4p.).



A. "Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities" (2010, tables 6.1 - 6.8,.zip compressed .pdf format).

B. "End Stage Renal Disease" (2009, tables 11.1-11.2, .zip compressed .pdf format).

C. "Personal Health Care Expenditures" (2009, tables 1.1-1.4, .zip compressed .pdf format).


7. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Pharmaceutical Misuse and Abuse by Older Adults," (November 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


8. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY TABULAR REPORT: "Tables of Insurance Component National-Level Summary for Series III and IV from the 2009 MEPS Insurance Component Survey" (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, November 2010, HTML and/or .pdf format).


9. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Use of health services for arthritis and osteoporosis," (November 2010, .pdf, and .zip compressed and uncompressed rich text format [.rtf], 44p.).


10. 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, 132p.).


11. 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:

A. "Retirement Money - Withering Away?" (Nov. 30, 2010).

B. "The Art of Comforting" (Nov. 30, 2010).


12. ALZHEIMER'S AUSTRALIA REPORT: "Quality Dementia Care Series: Understanding Dementia Care and Sexuality in Residential Facilities," (November 2010, .pdf format, 31p.).


13. C.D. HOWE INSTITUTE [TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA] BRIEF: "The Public-Sector Pension Bubble: Time to Confront the Unmeasured Cost of Ottawa's Pensions," by Alexandre Laurin and William Robson (e-Brief 108, November 2010, .pdf format, 5p.).

More information about CDHI:


14. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "Funding Savings Needed for Health Expenses For Persons Eligible for Medicare," by Paul Fronstin, Dallas Salisbury, and Jack VanDerhei (Issue Brief 351, December 2010, .pdf format, 14p.).



A. "The Golden Economy--The Consumer Marketplace in an Ageing Society," by David Sinclair (October 2010, .pdf format, 72p.). Note: link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

B. "Consumption Patterns Among Older Consumers - Statistical Analysis," by Adele Atkinson and David Hayes (December 2010, .pdf format, 41p.). Note: link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


16. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Comparison of Medicare Provisions in Deficit-Reduction Proposals" (December 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "In U.S., Who Is at Greatest Risk for Suicides?" by Mary Mederios Kent (November 2010).

B. "Social Security Benefits Around the World, 1970 to 2000" (December 2010, audio presentation, running time: 20 minutes, 3 seconds). Slides are embedded in the audio presentation, and are also separately available in .pdf format, 19 slides).


18. STANFORD INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "The Funding Status of Independent Public Employee Pension Systems in California," by Joe Nation (November 2010, .pdf format, 16p.).


19. _NATURE_ LETTER ABSTRACT: "Oxidant stress evoked by pacemaking in dopaminergic neurons is attenuated by DJ-1," by Jaime N. Guzman, Javier Sanchez-Padilla,David Wokosin, Jyothisri Kondapalli, Ema Ilijic, Paul T. Schumacker, and D. James Surmeier (Vol. 468, No. 7324, December 2, 2010, p. 696-700).



A. "Competition amongst Eph receptors regulates contact inhibition of locomotion and invasiveness in prostate cancer cells," by Jonathan W. Astin, Jennifer Batson, Shereen Kadir, Jessica Charlet, Raj A. Persad, David Gillatt, Jon D. Oxley, and Catherine D. Nobes (Vol. 12, No. 12, December 2010, p. 1194-1204).

B. "Positive feedback between p53 and TRF2 during telomere-damage signalling and cellular senescence," by Kaori Fujita, Izumi Horikawa, Abdul M. Mondal, Lisa M. Miller Jenkins, Ettore Appella, Borivoj Vojtesek, Jean-Christophe Bourdon, David P. Lane, and Curtis C. Harris (Vol. 12, No. 12, December 2010, p. 1205-1212).



A. "Neighborhood Socioeconomic Deprivation and Mortality: NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study," by Jacqueline M. Major, Chyke A. Doubeni, Neal D. Freedman, Yikyung Park, Min Lian, Albert R. Hollenbeck, Arthur Schatzkin, Barry I. Graubard, and Rashmi Sinha (PLoS ONE 5(11): e15538. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015538, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "A Putative Alzheimer's Disease Risk Allele in PCK1 Influences Brain Atrophy in Multiple Sclerosis," by Zongqi Xia, Lori B. Chibnik, Bonnie I. Glanz, Maria Liguori, Joshua M. Shulman, Dong Tran, Samia J. Khoury, Tanuja Chitnis, Todd Holyoak, Howard L. Weiner, Charles R. G. Guttmann, and Philip L. De Jager (PLoS ONE 5(11): e14169. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014169, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

C. "Synaptic Protection in the Brain of Wld {superscript S} Mice Occurs Independently of Age but Is Sensitive to Gene-Dose," by Ann K. Wright, Thomas M. Wishart, Cali A. Ingham, and Thomas H. Gillingwater (PLoS ONE 5(11): e15108. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015108, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

D. "CpG Demethylation Enhances Alpha-Synuclein Expression and Affects the Pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease," by Lumine Matsumoto, Hiroshi Takuma, Akira Tamaoka, Hiroshi Kurisaki, Hidetoshi Date, Shoji Tsuji, and Atsushi Iwata (PLoS ONE 5(11): e15522. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015522, and Thomas H. Gillingwater (PLoS ONE 5(11): e15108. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015108, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).


22. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Active Surveillance Compared With Initial Treatment for Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancer: A Decision Analysis," by Julia H. Hayes, Daniel A. Ollendorf, Steven D. Pearson,Michael J. Barry, Philip W. Kantoff, Susan T. Stewart, Vibha Bhatnagar, Christopher J. Sweeney, James E. Stahl, and Pamela M. McMahon (Vol. 304, No. 21, Dec. 1, 2010, p. 2373-2380).



A. "Commission is set up to consider law on assisted dying," by Clare Dyer (Vol. 341, No. 7783, Nov. 27, 2010, BMJ 341:doi:10.1136/bmj.c6622).

B. "Thrombolysis in very elderly people: controlled comparison of SITS International Stroke Thrombolysis Registry and Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive," by Nishant K. Mishra, Niaz Ahmed, Grethe Andersen, Jose A. Egido, Perttu J. Lindsberg, Peter A. Ringleb, Nils G. Wahlgren, and Kennedy R. Lees (Vol. 341, No. 7783, Nov. 27, 2010, BMJ 341:doi:10.1136/bmj.c6046, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Effect of retirement on major chronic conditions and fatigue: French GAZEL occupational cohort study," by Hugo Westerlund, Jussi Vahtera, Jane E. Ferrie, Archana Singh-Manoux, Jaana Pentti, Maria Melchior, Constanze Leineweber, Markus Jokela, Johannes Siegrist, Marcel Goldberg, Marie Zins, and Mika Kivimaki (Vol. 341, No. 7783, Nov. 27, 2010, BMJ 341:doi:10.1136/bmj.c6149, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.). This article is available free of charge.


III. Working Papers:


A. "Is the Reduction in Older Workers' Job Tenure a Cause for Concern?" by Steven A. Sass and Anthony Webb (WP 2010-20, December 2010, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Measuring the Spillover to Disability Insurance Due to the Rise in the Full Retirement Age," by Norma B. Coe and Kelly Haverstick (WP 2010-21, December 2010, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


25. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. PRC has recently released several new working papers (all .pdf format). Links to abstracts and full text for all are available from:

An Empirical Analysis of 401(k) Loan Defaults (WP2010-40)

What Do People Know About Social Security? (WP2010-41)

Framing Effects and Expected Social Security Claiming Behavior (WP2010-42).


26. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Private Wealth and Planned Early Retirement: A Panel Data Analysis for the Netherlands, 1994-2009," by Raun van Ooijen, Mauro Mastrogiacomo, and Rob Euwals (Discussion Paper No. 5339, November 2010, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. 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. 20, 2010.


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

28. Ageing International (Vol. 35, No. 4, December 2010).

29. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 18, No. 12, December 2010).

30. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 52, No. 1, January-February 2011).

31. Dementia (Vol. 9, No. 4, November 2010).

32. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 6, December 2010).

33. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 25, No. 4, December 2010).

34. Medical Care (Vol. 48, No. 10,12, October, December 2010

Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2010:

Vol. 48, No. 12, December 2010:

35. Public Health (Vol. 124, No. 12, December 2010).


36. 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 Nov 29, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 29, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 29, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Nov. 29, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Nov. 29, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Nov. 29, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

37. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Nursing Home Federal Requirements: Guidelines to Surveyors and Survey Protocols, 7th Edition, by James E. Allen (2010, 616p., ISBN: 9780826107909). For more information, including ordering information, see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

38. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 2, 2010.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

39. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS HEARING TESTIMONY: "PBGC: Is Stronger Management and Oversight Needed?" a hearing held Dec. 1, 2010 (witness statements in .pdf format, view hearing in Flash format, running time: approximately 2 hours, 2 minutes).


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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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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