Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #570 -- January 13, 2011

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. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY: "Change Notice #32 - data version 12.25 - January 2011" (January 2011).

More information about WLS:


2. US CENSUS BUREAU AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY UPDATE: "The U.S Census Bureau announces the release of the 2007-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-year estimates on American Factfinder. This release covers the same topics included in the previously released 2009 ACS 1-year estimates. The 2007-2009 ACS estimates have a 3-year time frame and are only available for areas with populations of 20,000 or more." The data is available via the American Factfinder extractor.


3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Data for Sweden were revised and updated through 2008 (Jan. 11, 2011).

Data for Japan were revised and updated through 2009 (Jan. 11, 2011).

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Medicare Payments for Newly Available Generic Drugs," (OEI-03-09-00510, January 2011, .pdf format, 36p.).

B. "Institutional Conflicts of Interest at NIH Grantees (OEI-03-09-00480, January 2011, .pdf format, 25p.).


5. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Person Characteristics of the Elderly Reporting One or More Cognitive Disorders, 2007," by Marie N. Stagnitti (Statistical Brief No. 310, January 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).



A. Affordable Care Act News (December 2010, .pdf format, 13p.).

B. AoA eNews (January 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "Important Medicare Changes in the New Year," (January 2011, .pdf format, 3p.).


7. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS TABLE: "Percentages of persons with health insurance coverage, by coverage type, and without health insurance coverage; by age group: United States, January-June 2010" (January 2011, .pdf format, 1p.).


8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Evaluation of the 50+ Face-to-Face Guidance Pilot," by Kim Perren, Janet Harvey, Katherine Hill, Yvette Hartfree and Matt Padley (Research Report No. 720, January 2011, .pdf format, 99p.).


9. WORLD BANK REPORT: "Population Aging: Is Latin America Ready?" edited by Daniel Cotlear (January 2011, .pdf and ASCII text format, 286p.).


10. OXFORD INSTITUTE ON AGEING [UK] REPORT: "Living longer and prospering? Designing an adequate, sustainable and equitable UK state pension system," by Sarah Harper, Kenneth Howse, and Steven Baxter (January 2011, .pdf format, 58p.).

Related press release:


11. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Can Unemployed Older Workers Find Work?" by Richard W. Johnson and Janice Park (January 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).


12. AARP REPORT: "Weathering the Storm: The Impact of the Great Recession on Long-Term Services and Supports," by Jenna Walls, Kathleen Gifford, Catherine Rudd, Rex O'Rourke, Martha Roherty, Lindsey Copeland, and Wendy Fox-Grage (January 2011, .pdf format, 60p.).


13. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Housing Trends Update for the 55+ Market: New Insights from the American Housing Survey," (January 2011, . pdf format, 75p.).


14. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES REPORT: "Social Security Benefits are Modest: Policymakers Have Only Limited Room to Reduce Benefits Without Causing Hardship," by Kathy Ruffing and Paul N. Van de Water (January 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.).

More about CBPP:


15. HEWLETT PACKARD LABORATORIES REPORT: "Privacy-Preserving Management of Personal Data For Assisted-Living Applications," by Gina Kounga, Marco Casassa Mont, and Pete Bramhall (HPL-2010-200, December 2010, .pdf format, 9p.).



A. "E2f binding-deficient Rb1 protein suppresses prostate tumor progression in vivo," by Huifang Sun, Yanqing Wang, Meenalakshmi Chinnam, Xiaojing Zhang, Simon W. Hayward, Barbara A. Foster, Alexander Y. Nikitin, Marcia Wills, and David W. Goodrich (Vol. 108, No. 2, January 12, 2011, p. 704-709).

B. "Enhanced striatal cholinergic neuronal activity mediates l-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in parkinsonian mice," by Yunmin Ding, Lisa Won, Jonathan P. Britt, Sean Austin O. Lim, Daniel S. McGehee, and Un Jung Kang (Vol. 108, No. 2, January 12, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. 840-845). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open-access to the full-text of this article.



A. "Herpes Zoster Vaccine in Older Adults and the Risk of Subsequent Herpes Zoster Disease," by Hung Fu Tseng, Ning Smith, Rafael Harpaz, Stephanie R. Bialek, Lina S. Sy, and Steven J. Jacobsen (Vol. 305, No. 2, January 12, 2011, p. 160-166).

B. "Behavioral Therapy With or Without Biofeedback and Pelvic Floor Electrical Stimulation for Persistent Postprostatectomy Incontinence: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Patricia S. Goode, Kathryn L. Burgio, Theodore M. Johnson II, Olivio J. Clay, David L. Roth, Alayne D. Markland, Jeffrey H. Burkhardt, Muta M. Issa, and L. Keith Lloyd (Vol. 305, No. 2, January 12, 2011, p. 151-159).

C. "Association of Candesartan vs Losartan With All-Cause Mortality in Patients With Heart Failure," by Maria Eklind-Cervenka, Lina Benson, Ulf Dahlstrom, Magnus Edner, Marten Rosenqvist, and Lars H. Lund (Vol. 305, No. 2, January 12, 2011, p. 175-182).



A. "Involvement of 5-Lipoxygenase in the Corticosteroid-Dependent Amyloid Beta Formation: In Vitro and In Vivo Evidence," by Simone Puccio, Jin Chu, and Domenico Pratico (PLoS ONE 6(1): e15163. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015163, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "White Matter Changes and Word Finding Failures with Increasing Age," by Emmanuel A. Stamatakis, Meredith A. Shafto, Guy Williams, Phyllis Tam, and Lorraine K. Tyler (PLoS ONE 6(1): e14496. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014496, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

C. "Survivin Mutant Protects Differentiated Dopaminergic SK-N-SH Cells Against Oxidative Stress," by Sara Baratchi, Rupinder K. Kanwar, and Jagat R. Kanwar (PLoS ONE 6(1): e15865. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015865, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

D. "Alpha-Synuclein Is a Cellular Ferrireductase," by Paul Davies, Dima Moualla, and David R. Brown (PLoS ONE 6(1): e15814. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015814, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

E. "Circadian Rhythm and Cartilage Extracellular Matrix Genes in Osseointegration: A Genome-Wide Screening of Implant Failure by Vitamin D Deficiency," by Cristiane Machado Mengatto, Federico Mussano, Yoshitomo Honda, Christopher S. Colwell, and Ichiro Nishimura (PLoS ONE 6(1): e15848. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015848, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

F. "Identification and Validation of Novel Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers for Staging Early Alzheimer's Disease," by Richard J. Perrin, Rebecca Craig-Schapiro, James P. Malone, Aarti R. Shah, Petra Gilmore, Alan E. Davis, Catherine M. Roe, Elaine R. Peskind, Ge Li, Douglas R. Galasko, Christopher M. Clark, Joseph F. Quinn, Jeffrey A. Kaye, John C. Morris, David M. Holtzman, R. Reid Townsend, and Anne M. Fagan (PLoS ONE 6(1): e16032. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016032, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 23p.).

G. "Defects in Very Long Chain Fatty Acid Synthesis Enhance Alpha-Synuclein Toxicity in a Yeast Model of Parkinson's Disease," by Yong Joo Lee, Shaoxiao Wang, Sunny R. Slone, Talene A. Yacoubian, and Stephan N. Witt (PLoS ONE 6(1): e15946. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015946, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).


19. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Wrinkled, rich and roaming; The worlds fourth-largest pension fund becomes more assertive," (Jan. 15, 2011).


III. Working Papers:

20. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Age Differences in Job Displacement, Job Search, and Reemployment," by Richard W. Johnson and Corina Mommaerts (WP 2011-3, January 2011, .pdf format, 50p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Drawdown of Personal Retirement Assets," by James M. Poterba, Steven F. Venti, and David A. Wise (w16675, January 2011, .pdf format, 35p.).


How households draw down the balances that they accumulate in retirement saving accounts such as 401(k) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts can have an important effect on the contribution of these accounts to retirement income security. This paper presents evidence on the pattern of withdrawals at different ages. We find a relatively modest rate of withdrawals prior to the age at which households are required to take minimum required distributions. Only seven percent of PRA-owning households between the ages of 60 and 69 take annual distributions of more than ten percent of their PRA balance, and only 18 percent of PRA households in this age group make any withdrawals in a typical year. The rate of distributions rises sharply after age 70 1/2 when minimum distributions are required. The proportion of PRA-owning households making a withdrawal jumps to over 60 percent by age 71, and crosses 70 percent a few years later. On average, households age 60 to 69 with PRA accounts withdraw only about two percent of their account balances each year, considerably less than the rate of return on account balances during our sample period. Even at older ages-after the required minimum distribution age--the percentage of balances withdrawn remains at about five percent.


22. RAND CORPORATION: "Data Sets on Pension and Health: Data Collection and Sharing for Policy Design," by Jinkook Lee (WR-814, November 2010, .pdf format, 29p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


23. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS: "The macroeconomic impact from extending working lives," by Ray Barrell, Simon Kirby and Ali Orazgani (Working Paper No. 95, January 2011, .pdf format, 52p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


24. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Differentiating Indexation in Dutch Pension Funds," by Roel M. W. J. Beetsma and Alessandro Bucciol (Working Paper No. 3305, December 2010, .pdf format, 38p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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 Dec. 23, 2010.


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

26. Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement (Vol. 29, No. 4, December 2010).

27. Gerontologist (Vol. 51, No. 1, February 2011).

28. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 23, No. 1, February 2011).

29. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 59, No. 1, January 2011).

30. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 30, No. 1, February 2011).


31. 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 January 10, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of January 10, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of January 10, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of January 10, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of January 10, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of January 10, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

32. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS: Strategies of Care: Changing Elderly Care Policies and Practices in Italy and the Netherlands, by Barbara Da Roit (2010, ISBN: 9789089642240, 224p.).


VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

33. AGEWORK.COM: has updated its employment listings through Jan. 13, 2011.


VII. Conferences:


A. Gerontology:

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

Apr. 2, 2011: Women's Health: Science, Technology and Society, Brooklyn, New York.

Apr. 14, 2011: The Canadian Geriatrics Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

May 25, 2011: Growing Old in a Changing Climate, Vancouver, Canada.

July 11, 2011: The Science of Ageing ? Global Progress (BSRA and IAGB joint meeting), Brighton, United Kingdom.

Oct. 16, 2011: Aging with Passion and Purpose: IT Happens - A Conference on Aging, Omaha, Nebraska.

All conferences can be accessed at's gerontology page:

B. Palliative Care: The following conference has recently been added to's palliative care conferences:

"5th National Conference: Current Issues in Palliative Care," to be held in London, UK (April 12-13, 2011).

"6th Educational Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care: Dying in Old Age: Context and Community," to be held in Toronto, Canada (March 31, 2011).

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