Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #581 -- March 31, 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. HEALTH AND RETIRMENT STUDY UPDATE: the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced the following updates:

(2011-03-30) Income and Wealth Imputations for HRS 2008 Core (Final, Version 1.0)

(2011-03-30) HRS CAMS Weights 2001-2009 (Final, Version 1.0)

(2011-03-30) RAND HRS Data (Version K)

(2011-03-25) RAND CAMS Data (Version B)

All are linked to from:

under "Product News"


2. US MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released sixteen MEPS data file updates (December 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-123: 2009 Full Year Population Characteristics" (March 2011).

B. "Data update for HC-113 (2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File)" (March 2011).


3. UNITED NATIONS WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WORLD MORTALITY DATABASE: "WMD released the following updated data (.zip compressed ASCII format) on Mar. 25, 2011:

Populations and live birth

Mortality, ICD-8

Mortality, ICD-9

Mortality, ICD-10

All data and documentation can be accessed from:


II. Reports and articles:

4. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems" (updated 4th Quarter 2010, March 2011, ASCII text, HTML, and Microsoft Excel format).



A. "Older Americans Act: More Should Be Done to Measure the Extent of Unmet Need for Services" (GAO-11-237, February 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 94p.).

B. "Key Events Leading to the Termination of the Delphi Defined Benefit Plans" (GAO-11-373R, March 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 22p.).


6. US MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Expenses and Characteristics of Physician Visits in Different Ambulatory Care Settings, 2008," by Steven Machlin and Sadeq Chowdhury, (Statistical Brief 318, March 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).


7. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORTS QUICKSTATS: "Life Expectancy and Years Free of Activity Limitations, by Race and Sex --- United States, 2006" (US Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 60, No. 12, Apr. 1, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 381).


8. AARP REPORT: "Rx Price Watch Report: Retail Prices for Widely Used Brand Name Drugs Increase Considerably Prior to Generic Competition," by Stephen W. Schondelmeyer and Leigh Purvis (Rx Price Watch Report, March 2011, .pdf format, 12p.).


9. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE ARTICLE: "The Case against Raising the Social Security Tax Max," by Andrew G. Biggs (in Retirement Policy Outlook, No. 1, March 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

More information about AEI:


10. AMERICAN GERIATRIC SOCIETY NEWS RELEASE: "High Blood Pressure Accelerates Slowing of Walking Speed in Older Adults" (March 2011).


11. AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Reverse mortgages and older people" (Mar. 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).

More information about AHURI:


12. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Can State and Local Pensions Muddle Through?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Josh Hurwitz, and Laura Quinby (SLP#15, March 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).


13. BOSTON COLLEGE SLOAN CENTER FOR AGING AND WORK NEWS RELEASE: "Older Workers More Engaged Than Younger Employees" (Mar. 25, 2011).


14. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH REPORT: "Significance of life table estimates for small populations: Simulation-based study of estimation errors," by Sergei Scherbov and Dalkhat Ediev (Vol. 24, Article 22, March 2011, .pdf format, p. 527-550). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


15. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 32, No. 3, March 2011, .pdf format). The articles in this issue are: "The Impact of Modifying the Exclusion of Employee Contributions for Retirement Savings Plans From Taxable Income: Results from the 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey," by Jack VanDerhei; and, "Employer and Worker Contributions to Account-Based Health Plans, 2006-2010," by Paul Fronstin.


16. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH [VIENNA, AUSTRIA] PERIODICAL: Mainstreaming Aging Newsletter (Spring 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).


17. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Raising the Age of Medicare Eligibility: A Fresh Look Following Implementation of Health Reform," by Tricia Neuman, Juliette Cubanski, Daniel Waldo, Franklin Eppig, and James Mays (March 2011, .pdf format, 25p.).


18. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California," by Steven P. Wallace, Susan D. Cochran, Eva Durazo, and Chandra L. Ford (March 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).


19. WORLD BANK MONOGRAPH: "Population Aging Is Latin America Ready?" edited by Daniel Cotlear (2011, .pdf format, 286p.).


20. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Mutations in the RNA Granule Component TDRD7 Cause Cataract and Glaucoma," by Salil A. Lachke, Fowzan S. Alkuraya, Stephen C. Kneeland, Takbum Ohn, Anton Aboukhalil, Gareth R. Howell, Irfan Saadi, Resy Cavallesco, Yingzi Yue, Anne C-H. Tsai, K. Saidas Nair, Mihai I. Cosma, Richard S. Smith, Emily Hodges, Suad M. AlFadhli, Amal Al-Hajeri, Hanan E. Shamseldin, AbdulMutalib Behbehani, Gregory J. Hannon, Martha L. Bulyk, Arlene V. Drack, Paul J. Anderson, Simon W.M. John, and Richard L. Maas (Vol. 331, No. 6024, Mar. 25, 2011. p. 1571-1576).



A. "Body Adiposity in Later Life and the Incidence of Dementia: The Health in Men Study," by Brian D. Power, Helman Alfonso, Leon Flicker, Graeme J. Hankey, Bu B. Yeap, and Osvaldo P. Almeida (PLoS ONE 6(3): e17902. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017902, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Religious Factors and Hippocampal Atrophy in Late Life," by Amy D. Owen, R. David Hayward, Harold G. Koenig, David C. Steffens, and Martha E. Payne (PLoS ONE 6(3): e17006. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017006, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2011, HTML, XLM, and .pdf format, 5p.).

C. "Calcium Ions Promote Formation of Amyloid {beta}-Peptide (1--40) Oligomers Causally Implicated in Neuronal Toxicity of Alzheimer's Disease," by Anna Itkin, Vincent Dupres, Yves F. Dufre, Burkhard Bechinger, Jean-Marie Ruysschaert, and Vincent Raussens (PLoS ONE 6(3): e18250. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018250, March 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).



A. Weight Loss, Exercise, or Both and Physical Function in Obese Older Adults," by Dennis T. Villareal, Suresh Chode, Nehu Parimi, David R. Sinacore, Tiffany Hilton, Reina Armamento-Villareal, Nicola Napoli, Clifford Qualls, and Krupa Shah (Vol. 364, No. 13, Mar. 31, 2011, p. 1218-1229).

B. "Relationship between Quality of Care and Negligence Litigation in Nursing Homes," by David M. Studdert, Matthew J. Spittal, Michelle M. Mello, A. James O'Malley, and David G. Stevenson (Vol. 364, No. 13, Mar. 31, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1243-1250). This article is available free of charge.


23. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS EXTRACT: "Report shows low rate of cancer surgery in middle aged people," by Helen Mooney (BMJ 2011; 342:d1872).


III. Working Papers:

24. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Retaining through Training: Even for Older Workers," by Matteo Picchio and Jan C. van Ours (Discussion Paper No. 5591, March 2011, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available 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 March 19, 2011.


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

26. Ageing and Society (Vol. 31, No. 4, May 2011).

27. Archives of Geriatrics and Gerontology (Vol. 52, No. 3, May-June 2011).

28. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 30, No. 2, April 2011).


29. 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 Mar. 28, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 28, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 28, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 28, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 28, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Mar. 28, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social and Behavioral Research (R01)" (PA-11-180, reissue of PA-07-277, deadline to apply: various dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social, and Behavioral Research (R03)" (PA-11-181, reissue of PA-06-367, deadline to apply: various dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

C. "Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social, and Behavioral Research (R21) (PA-11-182, reissue of PA-06-368, deadline to apply: various dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

D. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T32) (PA-11-184, reissue of PA-10-036, deadline to apply: various dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

E. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T35) (PA-11-185, reissue of PA-10-037, deadline to apply: various dates, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

F. "National Institute on Aging Request for Applications for an Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Data Warehouse (U24) (PAR-11-175, deadline to apply: various dates, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:


31. UK NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL CARE RESEARCH: "Improving the evidence base for adult social care practice" (application deadline is May 12, 2011). For more information see:


32. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through March 31, 2011.


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

33. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Until There's a Cure: How to Help Alzheimer's Patients and Families Now," a hearing held Dec. 8, 2010, Senate Hearing 111-880, Serial No. 111-26, ASCII text and .pdf format, 219p.).

ASCII text:



34. US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE REPORT: "Behind the Veil: The AARP America Doesn't Know" (March 2011, .pdf format, 35p.). The report is linked from a Ways and Means news release: "Congressional Report Details AARPs Financial Gain From Health Care Law" (Mar. 30, 2011).


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
Director--Data and Information Services Center
Social Sciences Research Services
3313 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706