Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #582 -- April 7, 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 RETIREMENT STUDY: On Apr. 1, 2010, the University of Michigan's HRS announced the following data release:

- 2001 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) Release (Final, Version 3.0)

- 2003 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) Release (Final, Version 2.0)

Data access:


2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE & MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Medicare Cost Sharing," (2010, tables 4.1-4.4, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).


II. Reports and articles:

3. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT: "Long-Term Analysis of a Budget Proposal by Chairman Ryan," (April 2011, .pdf format, 27p.).


4. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES REPORT: "Progress Report on the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program," (March 2011, .pdf format, 58p.).


5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Review of the Long Range Assumptions of the Medicare Trustees' Projections," (February 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).


6. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PERIODICAL: Program Perspectives (Vol. 3, No. 3, April 2011, .pdf format, 4p.). This issue focuses on Defined Contribution Plans.


7. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Studies find possible new genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease," (April 2011).


8. EUROPEAN COMMISSION [EUROSTAT] REPORT: "Demography Report 2010," (April 2011, .pdf format, 166p.).



A. "Health Care on a Budget: The Financial Burden of Health Spending by Medicare Households," (April 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "How Much "Skin in the Game" is Enough? The Financial Burden of Health Spending for People on Medicare," (April 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).

C. "Projecting Income and Assets: What Might the Future Hold for the Next Generation of Medicare Beneficiaries?" (April 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).


10. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 11, No. 6, Mar. 31, 2011).



A. "Impaired NMDA receptor transmission alters striatal synapses and DISC1 protein in an age-dependent manner," by Amy J. Ramsey, Marija Milenkovic, Ana F. Oliveira, Yasmin Escobedo-Lozoya, Saurav Seshadri, Ali Salahpour, Akira Sawa, Ryohei Yasuda, and Marc G. Caron (Vol. 108, No. 14, April 5, 2011, p. 5795-5800).

B. "Soluble amyloid {beta}-protein dimers isolated from Alzheimer cortex directly induce Tau hyperphosphorylation and neuritic degeneration," by Ming Jin, Nina Shepardson, Ting Yang, Gang Chen, Dominic Walsh, and Dennis J. Selkoe (Vol. 108, No. 14, April 5, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. 5819-5824). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.



A. "Landmark Recognition in Alzheimer's Dementia: Spared Implicit Memory for Objects Relevant for Navigation," by Roy P. C. Kessels, Amy van Doormaal, and Gabriele Janzen (PLoS ONE 6(4): e18611. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018611, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Deep Sleep and Parietal Cortex Gene Expression Changes Are Related to Cognitive Deficits with Age," by Heather M. Buechel, Jelena Popovic, James L. Searcy, Nada M. Porter, Olivier Thibault, and Eric M. Blalock (PLoS ONE 6(4): e18387. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018387, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

C. "Chronic Intranasal Treatment with an Anti-A{beta}30-42 scFv Antibody Ameliorates Amyloid Pathology in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Susann Cattepoel, Michael Hanenberg, Luka Kulic, and Roger M. Nitsch (PLoS ONE 6(4): e18296. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018296, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).



A. "Plasma Clusterin and the Risk of Alzheimer Disease," by Elisabeth M. C. Schrijvers, Peter J. Koudstaal, Albert Hofman, and Monique M. B. Breteler (Vol. 305, No. 13, April 6, 2011, p. 1322-1326).

B. "Health Outcomes After Stopping Conjugated Equine Estrogens Among Postmenopausal Women With Prior Hysterectomy: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Andrea Z. LaCroix, Rowan T. Chlebowski, JoAnn E. Manson, Aaron K. Aragaki, Karen C. Johnson, Lisa Martin, Karen L. Margolis, Marcia L. Stefanick, Robert Brzyski, J. David Curb, Barbara V. Howard, Cora E. Lewis, and Jean Wactawski-Wende, for the WHI Investigators (Vol. 305, No. 13, April 6, 2011, p. 1305-1314).

C. "Association Between Opioid Prescribing Patterns and Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths," by Amy S. B. Bohnert, Marcia Valenstein, Matthew J. Bair, Dara Ganoczy, John F. McCarthy, Mark A. Ilgen, and Frederic C. Blow (Vol. 305, No. 13, April 6, 2011, p. 1315-1321).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Length of stay in care homes," by Julien Forder and Jose-Luis Fernandez (Discussion Paper No. 2769, January 2011, .pdf format, 28p.). There is no abstract for this paper.

B. "Impact of changes in length of stay on the demand for residential care services in England: Estimates from a dynamic microsimulation model," by Jose-Luis Fernandez and Julien Forder (Discussion Paper No. 2771, January 2011, .pdf format, 28p.). There is no abstract for this paper.


15. 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 26, 2011.


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

16. Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 34, No. 2, 2011).

17. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 72, No. 2, 2011).

18. International Social Security Review (Vol. 64, No. 2, April-June 2011).

19. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts: Official Journal of the Gerontological Society of America (Vol. 4, No. 4, 2010).

20. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 23, No. 2, 2011).

21. Journal of Gerontology (A): Biological Sciences (Vol. 66A, No. 4, April 2011).

22. Journal of Gerontology (B): Psychological Sciences (Vol. 66B, No. 2, March 2011).

23. Journal of Population Ageing (Vol. 3, Nos. 3 & 4, December 2010).


24. 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 April 4, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 4, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 4, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 4, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of April 4, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of April 4, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

25. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques (R01)," (PAR-11-131, a reissue of PAR-08-139, application due dates September 19, 2011-2013, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).


26. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "FY 2011 Lifespan Respite Care Program," (HHS-2011-AoA-LR-1103, .pdf and Word format, 55p., deadline for applications is May 20, 2011).




27. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through April 7, 2011.


VI. Conferences:

28. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "4th Pan American Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics," Ottawa, Ontario (Oct. 21-23, 2011).

Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CENSUS AND THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES HEARING TESTIMONY: "Waste, Abuse and Mismanagement in Government Health Care," a hearing held April 5, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format).


VIII. Websites of Interest:

30. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING SENIORHEALTH.GOV UPDATE. has added a links page for the topic of "Long-Term Care."





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