Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #574 -- February 10, 2011

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I. Reports and articles:


A. Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 71, No. 1, February 2011, .pdf and HTML format).

B. "Enhanced benefit illustrations for the December 1, 2010 plan developed by National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and the November 17, 2010 plan developed by the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force," (February 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).


2. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "401(k) Plans and Retirement Savings: Issues for Congress," by John J. Topoleski (R40707, January 2011, .pdf format, 28p.).


3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE: "Medicare Advantage: Comparison of Plan Bids to Fee-for-Service Spending by Plan and Market Characteristics," (GAO-11-247R, February 2011, .pdf format, 36p.).


4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, 2008," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief No. 314, February 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).


5. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: AoA eNews (February 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).



A. "Customer experiences and satisfaction with The Pensions Advisory Service," by Alex Thornton, Nicholas Fitzgerald, Richard Lloyd and Heather Rose (Research Report No. 724, February 2011, .pdf format, 121p.).

B. "Customers' experiences of contact with the Pension, Disability and Carers Service," by Grahame Whitfield, Amanda Waring, Jackie Goode, Viet-Hai Phung, Katherine Hill and Liz Sutton (Research Report No. 722, February 2011, .pdf format, 73p.).


7. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE PENSION TRENDS UPDATE: The following chapter was recently updated (.pdf format): "Ch. 4: Labour market and retirement."


8. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "Can Older Drivers Be Nudged? How the public and private sectors can influence older drivers' self-regulation," by Craig Berry (February 2011, .pdf format, 52p.).


9. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM REPORT: "The Future of Pensions and Healthcare in a Rapidly Ageing World: Scenarios to 2030," by Bernd Jan Sikken, Nicholas Davis, Chiemi Hayashi, and Heli Olkkonen (2011, .pdf format, 116p.).


10. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Poverty Among Older Americans, 2009," by Philip Issa and Sheila R. Zedlewski (January 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "A Challenge for States: Assuring Timely Access to Optimal Long-Term Services and Supports in the Community," (February 2011, .pdf format, 14p.).

B. "Helping Consumers Manage Long-Term Services and Supports in the Community: State Medicaid Program Activities," (February 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).


12. CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES BRIEF: "Connecting the Long-Term Care Partnership and CLASS Act Insurance Programs," by Mark Meiners (February 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).


13. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "World Population Aging: Clocks Illustrate Growth in Population Under Age 5 and Over Age 65," by Carl Haub (January 2011).


14. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "Life expectancy: Lower and upper bounds from surviving fractions and remaining life expectancy," by Joel E. Cohen (Vol. 24, Article 11, February 2011, .pdf format, p. 251-256).


15. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Bioluminescence imaging of A{beta} deposition in bigenic mouse models of Alzheimer's disease," by Joel C. Watts, Kurt Giles, Sunny K. Grillo, Azucena Lemus, Stephen J. DeArmond, and Stanley B. Prusiner (Vol. 108, No. 6, February 8, 2011, p. 2528-2533).



A. "The genomic complexity of primary human prostate cancer," by Michael F. Berger, Michael S. Lawrence, Francesca Demichelis, Yotam Drier, Kristian Cibulskis, Andrey Y. Sivachenko, Andrea Sboner, Raquel Esgueva, Dorothee Pflueger, Carrie Sougnez, Robert Onofrio, Scott L. Carter, Kyung Park, Lukas Habegger, Lauren Ambrogio, Timothy Fennell, Melissa Parkin, Gordon Saksena, Douglas Voet, Alex H. Ramos, Trevor J. Pugh, Jane Wilkinson, Sheila Fisher, Wendy Winckler, Scott Mahan, Kristin Ardlie, Jennifer Baldwin, Jonathan W. Simons, Naoki Kitabayashi, Theresa Y. MacDonald, Philip W. Kantoff, Lynda Chin, Stacey B. Gabriel, Mark B. Gerstein, Todd R. Golub, Matthew Meyerson, Ashutosh Tewari, Eric S. Lander, Gad Getz, Mark A. Rubin & Levi A. Garraway (Vol. 470, No. 7333, February 10, 2011, p. 214-220).

B. "SMAD4-dependent barrier constrains prostate cancer growth and metastatic progression," by Zhihu Ding, Chang-Jiun Wu, Gerald C. Chu, Yonghong Xiao, Dennis Ho, Jingfang Zhang, Samuel R. Perry, Emma S. Labrot, Xiaoqiu Wu, Rosina Lis, Yujin Hoshida, David Hiller, Baoli Hu, Shan Jiang, Hongwu Zheng, Alexander H. Stegh, Kenneth L. Scott, Sabina Signoretti, Nabeel Bardeesy, Y. Alan Wang, David E. Hill, Todd R. Golub, Meir J. Stampfer, Wing H. Wong, Massimo Loda, Lorelei Mucci, Lynda Chin & Ronald A. DePinho (Vol. 470, No. 7333, February 10, 2011, p. 269-273).


17. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Impact of a statewide intensive care unit quality improvement initiative on hospital mortality and length of stay: retrospective comparative analysis," by Allison Lipitz-Snyderman, Donald Steinwachs, Dale M. Needham, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Laura L. Morlock, and Peter J. Pronovost (BMJ 2011; 2011; 342:d219, HTML and .pdf format).



A. "Renal Function Is Related to Severity of Coronary Artery Calcification in Elderly Persons: The Rotterdam Study," by Abdelilah el Barzouhi, Suzette Elias-Smale, Abbas Dehghan, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart-Proenca, Matthijs Oudkerk, Albert Hofman, and Jacqueline C. M. Witteman (PLoS ONE 6(2): e16738. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016738, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Transparent Meta-Analysis: Does Aging Spare Prospective Memory with Focal vs. Non-Focal Cues?" by Bob Uttl (PLoS ONE 6(2): e16618. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016618, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 19p.).

C. "Fine Mapping of Genetic Variants in BIN1, CLU, CR1 and PICALM for Association with Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease," by John S. K. Kauwe, Carlos Cruchaga, Celeste M. Karch, Brooke Sadler, Mo Lee, Kevin Mayo, Wayne Latu, Manti Su'a, Anne M. Fagan, David M. Holtzman, John C. Morris, and Alison M. Goate (PLoS ONE 6(2): e15918. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015918, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

D. "Short-Term Environmental Enrichment Rescues Adult Neurogenesis and Memory Deficits in APP {Sw,Ind} Transgenic Mice," by Jorge Valero, Judit Espana, Arnaldo Parra-Damas, Elsa Martin, Jose Rodriguez-Alvarez, and Carlos A. Saura (PLoS ONE 6(2): e16832. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016832, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).


19. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT QUICKSTATS: "Annual Number of Patients Discharged from Hospice Care, by Primary Diagnosis (Cancer Versus All Other Diseases)* --- United States, National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 1992--2007," (Vol. 60, No. 5, February 11, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. 143).




II. Working Papers:

20. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Reform on Pension Fund Governance and Management: The 1998 Reform of Korea National Pension Fund," by Woochan Kim and Fiona Steward (OECD Working Papers on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions No. 7, February 2011, .pdf format, 41p.).


This paper provides a detailed chronological account of the governance-cum-management reform of National Pension Fund in Korea and analyzes its success factors, drawing lessons for other countries. A review of the current governance structures with the fund versus OECD guidelines and international good practice is also provided, along with suggestions for further reform.


21. JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT [HARVARD UNIVERSITY]: "Behavioral Economics Perspectives on Public Sector Pension Plans," by John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian (RWP11-013, February 2011, .pdf format, 47p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


22. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: "Stress Tests for Defined Benefit Pension Plans - A Primer," by Gregorio Impavido (Working Paper No. 11/29, February 2011, .pdf format, 70p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


23. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "How much do lifetime earnings explain retirement resources?" by Antoine Bozio, Carl Emmerson and Gemma Tetlow (WP11/02, February 2011, .pdf format, 60p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


24. INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND INFORMATION IN HEALTH ECONOMICS [IRDES]: "Disability and Social Security Reforms: The French Case," by Luc Behaghel, Didier Blanchet, Thierry Debrand, and Muriel Roger (IRDES Working Paper No. 38, February 2011, .pdf format, 27p.).


The French pattern of early transitions out of employment is basically explained by the low age at 'normal' retirement and by the importance of transitions through unemployment insurance and early-retirement schemes before access to normal retirement. These routes have exempted French workers from massively relying on disability motives for early exits, contrarily to the situation that prevails in some other countries where normal ages are high, unemployment benefits low and early-retirement schemes almost non-existent. Yet the role of disability remains interesting to examine in the French case, at least for prospective reasons in a context of decreasing generosity of other programs.

The study of the past reforms of the pension system underlines that disability routes have often acted as a substitute to other retirement routes. Changes in the claiming of invalidity benefits seem to match changes in pension schemes or controls more than changes in such health indicators as the mortality rates. However, our results suggest that increases in average health levels over the past two decades have come along with increased disparities. In that context, less generous pensions may induce an increase in the claiming of invalidity benefits partly because of substitution effects, but also because the share of people with poor health increases.


25. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Longevity Risk and Capital Markets: The 2009-2010 Update," by David Blake, Patrick Brockett, Samuel Cox and Richard MacMinn (PI-1104, February 2011, .pdf format, 12p.). There is no abstract for this paper.


26. 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 Jan. 30, 2011.


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

27. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 52, No. 2, March/April 2011).

28. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 62, No. 3, 2010/2011).

29. Research on Aging (Vol. 33, No. 2, March 2011).


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 February 7, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of February 7, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of February 7, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of February 7, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of February 7, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of February 7, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Books:


A. Handbook of Life-Span Development, edited by Karen L. Fingerman, Cynthia Berg, Jacqui Smith, and Toni C. Antonucci (December 2010, ISBN-13: 9780826110794, 650p.).

B. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 30, 2010 : Focus on Biobehavioral Perspectives on Health in Late Life, by Keith Whitfield (November 2011, ISBN-13: 9780826106131, 296p.).

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


V. Funding Opportunities:


A. "International Neuroscience Fellowship (F05)," (PAR-11-106, a reissue of PAR-10-167, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agenices).

B. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellows (Parent F33)," (PA-11-114, a reissue of PA-10-111, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agenices).

C. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32)," (PA-11-113, a reissue of PA-10-110, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agenices).

D. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)," (PA-11-112, a reissue of PA-10-109, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agenices).

E. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31)," (PA-11-111, a reissue of PA-10-108, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agenices).

F. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (Parent F30)," (PA-11-110, a reissue of PA-10-107, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agenices).


VI. Conferences:

33. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCE UPDATE: The following conferences have recently been added to's gerontology conferences:

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

Apr. 15, 2011 "Police, Fire & Public Pensions Forum," Jacksonville, Florida.

Jul. 13, 2011 "Understanding the Social World," Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

Jul. 16, 2011 "Answers On Aging," Washington, DC.

Oct. 27, 2011 "2nd International Workshop on HIV & Aging," Baltimore, Maryland.

Nov. 7, 2011 "Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference," Berkeley, California.

All conferences can be accessed at's gerontology page:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on the Health Care Law's Impact on the Medicare Program and its Beneficiaries," a hearing held February 10, 2011 (witness statements are in .pdf format).





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