Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #586 -- May 5, 2011

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I. Data:

1. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY: "Change Notice #33 - data version 12.26 - May 2011" (May 2011).

More information about WLS:


2. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY DATA RELEASE: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new MEPS data file (April 2011, 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).

- MEPS HC-124: 2009 Jobs File


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

- Data for Denmark were revised and updated through 2009. (May 3, 2011).

- Data for France (Total & Civilian) were revised and updated through 2009. (Apr. 29, 2011).

Data Availability:

Data Access:


II. Reports and articles:

4. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Private Pensions: Some Key Features Lead to an Uneven Distribution of Benefits," (GAO-11-333, March 2011, .pdf format, 68p.).


5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Medicare Home Health Consolidated Billing for Calendar Years 2007 and 2008," (April 2011, .pdf format, 18p.).


6. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (May 2011, .pdf format, 10p.).



A. "A snapshot of osteoporosis in Australia 2011," (May 2011, .pdf and Rich-text format, 31p.).

B. "Comparing life expectancy of indigenous people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States: conceptual, methodological and data issues," (May 2011, .pdf format, 48p.).

C. "Life expectancy and mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people," (May 2011, .pdf format, 30p.).


8. EUROPEAN POLICY CENTRE REPORT: "Working away at the cost of ageing: the labour market adjusted dependency ratio," (April 2011, .pdf format, 38p.).

Information about the Centre:


9. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "Can Localism work for Older People in Urban Environments? Perspectives from the British Social Attitudes Survey," by Dylan Kneale (April 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).



A. "Improving Advanced Illness Care: The Evolution of State POLST Programs," by Naomi Karp and Charles Sabatino (April 2011, .pdf format, 55p.).

B. "How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing: Highlights from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey," by Jana Lynott and Carlos Figueiredo (April 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "The High Cost of Capping Federal Medicaid Funding," by Lynda Flowers (April 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).

D. "Home and Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports for Older People," by Enid Kassner (May 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).

E. "Multigenerational Households Are Increasing," by Rodney Harrell, Enid Kassner, and Carlos Figueiredo (April 2011, .pdf format, 3p.).


11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION BRIEF: "How Popular is the Idea of Changing Medicare to a Defined Contribution Plan?" (April 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).


12. LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION REPORT: "A Long-Term Strategy for Long-Term Care," (Report No. 305, April 2011, .pdf format, 128p.).

More information about the Commission:


13. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: Retirement Policy Outlook (No. 2, April 2011, .pdf format, 5p.). The title of this issue is "The Case against Company Stock in 401(k)s," by Alex Brill.



A. "What Rep. Ryan's Medicare Proposal Means If You're Over 55," by Maggie Mahar (April 2011).

B. "The Snapshot: Public Is Strongly Against Cutting Medicare," by Ruy Teixeira (April 2011).


15. NATURE CELL BIOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of endophilin B1 is required for induced autophagy in models of Parkinson's disease," by Alan S. L. Wong, Rebecca H. K. Lee, Anthony Y. Cheung, Patrick K. Yeung, Sookja K. Chung, Zelda H. Cheung, & Nancy Y. Ip (Vol. 13, No. 5, May 2011, p. 568-579).



A. "Apolipoprotein E4 Frequencies in a Japanese Population with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies," by Seiju Kobayashi, Masaru Tateno, Tae Woo Park, Kumiko Utsumi, Hitoshi Sohma, Yoichi M. Ito, Yasuo Kokai, and Toshikazu Saito (PLoS ONE 6(4): e18569. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018569, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Effects of Subthalamic Nucleus Stimulation on Emotional Prosody Comprehension in Parkinson's Disease," by Carolin Bruck, Dirk Wildgruber, Benjamin Kreifelts, Rejko Kruger, and Tobias Wachter (PLoS ONE 6(4): e19140. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019140, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, p.).

C. "Effect of Stroke on Fall Rate, Location and Predictors: A Prospective Comparison of Older Adults with and without Stroke," by Lisa A. Simpson, William C. Miller, and Janice J. Eng (PLoS ONE 6(4): e19431. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019431, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

D. "Non-Conjugated Small Molecule FRET for Differentiating Monomers from Higher Molecular Weight Amyloid Beta Species," by Chongzhao Ran, Wei Zhao, Robert D. Moir, and Anna Moore (PLoS ONE 6(4): e19362. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019362, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

E. "Age-Related Retinopathy in NRF2-Deficient Mice," by Zhenyang Zhao, Yan Chen, Jian Wang, Paul Sternberg, Michael L. Freeman, Hans E. Grossniklaus, and Jiyang Cai (PLoS ONE 6(4): e19456. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019456, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

F. "Quality of Life and Affective Well-Being in Middle-Aged and Older People with Chronic Medical Illnesses: A Cross-Sectional Population Based Study," by Anna Wikman, Jane Wardle, and Andrew Steptoe (PLoS ONE 6(4): e18952. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018952, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

G. "Screening for Future Cardiovascular Disease Using Age Alone Compared with Multiple Risk Factors and Age," by Nicholas J. Wald, Mark Simmonds, and Joan K. Morris (PLoS ONE 6(5): e18742. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018742, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, p.).


17. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Calcium supplements with or without vitamin D and risk of cardiovascular events: reanalysis of the Women's Health Initiative limited access dataset and meta-analysis," by Mark J. Bolland, Andrew Grey, Alison Avenell, Greg D. Gamble, and Ian R. Reid (BMJ 2011; 342:d2040, HTML and .pdf format).



A. "Radical Prostatectomy versus Watchful Waiting in Early Prostate Cancer," by Anna Bill-Axelson, Lars Holmberg, Mirja Ruutu, Hans Garmo, Jennifer R. Stark, Christer Busch, Stig Nordling, Michael Haggman, Swen-Olof Andersson, Stefan Bratell, Anders Spangberg, Juni Palmgren, Gunnar Steineck, Hans-Olov Adami, and Jan-Erik Johansson, for the SPCG-4 Investigators (Vol. 364, No. 18, May 5, 2011, p. 1708-1717).

B. "Bisphosphonate Use and Atypical Fractures of the Femoral Shaft," by Jorg Schilcher, Karl Michaelsson, and Per Aspenberg (Vol. 364, No. 18, May 5, 2011, p. 1728-1737).


19. LANCET ONCOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Short-term neoadjuvant androgen deprivation and radiotherapy for locally advanced prostate cancer: 10-year data from the TROG 96.01 randomised trial," by James W. Denham, Allison Steigler, David S. Lamb, David Joseph, Sandra Turner, John Matthews, Chris Atkinson, John North, David Christie, Nigel A. Spry, Keen-Hun Tai, Chris Wynne, and Catherine D'Este (Vol. 12, No. 5, May 2011, p. 451-459).


20. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE: "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Among Older Workers --- United States, 2009," (Vol. 60, No. 16, April 29, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. 503-508).




III. Working Papers:

21. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Costly Portfolio Adjustment and the Delegation of Money Management," by Hugh Hoikwang Kim (WP2011-04, May 2011, .pdf format, 8p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


22. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Pensions in the 2000s: the Lost Decade?" by Edward N. Wolff (w16991, April 2011, .pdf format, 63p.).


One of the most dramatic changes in the retirement income system over the last three decades has been a decline in traditional defined benefit (DB) pension plans and a corresponding rise in defined contribution (DC) pensions. Have workers benefited from this change? Using data from the Survey of Consumer Finances, I find that after robust gains in the 1980s and 1990s, pension wealth experienced a marked slowdown in growth from 2001 to 2007. Projections to 2009 indicate no increase in pension wealth from 2001 to 2009. Retirement wealth is also found to offset the inequality in standard household net worth. However, I find that pensions had a weaker offsetting effect on wealth inequality in 2007 than in 1989. As a result, whereas standard net worth inequality showed little change from 1989 to 2007, the inequality of private augmented wealth (the sum of pension wealth and net worth) did increase over this period. These results hold up even when Social Security wealth and employer contributions to DC plans are included in the measure of wealth and when adjustments are made for future tax liabilities on retirement wealth.


23. POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE [DUKE UNIVERSITY]: "Assets, Local Conditions, and Stress Related Health Outcomes," by Amar Hamoudi (PWP-DUKE-2010-011, April 2011, .pdf format, 34p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


24. 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 April 23, 2011.


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

25. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 26, No. 3, May 2011).

26. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 173, No. 9, 10, May 1, May 15, 2011)

Vol. 173, No. 9:

Vol. 173, No. 10:

27. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 23, No. 4, June 2011).

28. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 30, No. 3, June 2011).

29. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2011).

30. Journal of Women & Aging (Vol. 23, No. 2, 2011).

31. Research in Nursing & Health (Vol. 34, No. 3, June 2011).

32. Rotman International Journal of Pension Management (Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2011).


33. 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 May 2, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 2, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 2, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 2, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 2, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 2, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

34. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) High Throughput Genotyping and Sequencing Resource Access (X01)," (PAR-11-210, a reissue of PAR-08-258, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).


35. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through May 4, 2011.


VI. Conferences/Call for Papers:

36. SURVEY OF HEALTH, AGEING AND RETIREMENT IN EUROPE [SHARE]: "Call for Papers for the 3rd International SHARE User Conference," Tallinn, Estonia (Sept. 1-2, 2011). "Abstracts should be submitted to Martina Brandt ( by 1 May 2011."


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

37. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on the Transparency and Funding of State and Local Pension Plans," a hearing held May 5, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format).


38. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "The Need to Move Beyond the SGR," a hearing held May 5, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format).


VIII. Website Update:

39. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: "Medicare Beneficiaries Who Received a $250 Coverage Gap Rebate Check, 2011," (updated March 2011).


40. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE: "State Data Center," (May 2011). PPI has created this data center to provide access to a variety of data and reports on Americans over the age of 50. Data and reports focusing on state-level economics, demographic, long-term care, and housing can be accessed at the site. The reports are available in .pdf format.


IX. Bibliography Update:

41. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Hajat, Anjum; Kaufman, Jay S.; Rose, Kathryn M.; Siddiqi, Arjumand, and Thomas, James C. Long-Term Effects of Wealth on Mortality and Self-Rated Health Status. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011; 173, (2):192-200.

Sefton, Tom; Evandrou, Maria; Falkingham, Jane, and Vlachantoni, Athina. The Relationship Between Women's Work Histories and Incomes in Later Life in the UK, US and West Germany. Journal of European Social Policy. 2011; 21, (1):20-36.





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