Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #595 -- July 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. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING SPREADSHEET: "Changes in the Older Population of the States: 2000-2011" (July 2011, Microsoft Excel format).


2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATES: "Medicare Managed Care: 2010" (Tables 12.1-12.11, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).,%20date&filterValue=7|d&filterByDID=-1&sortByDID=1&sortOrder=ascending&itemID=CMS1239772&intNumPerPage=10


3. US NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY UPDATE: "The National Center for Health Statistics has announced the "release of the 2010 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data files and supporting documentation, parts of which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Data is in self decompressing (.exe) ASCII format, with documentation in .pdf format, and sample SAS, SPSS, and STATA data statements in ASCII text format).

Click on "Data Release" for link to data and documentation.


4. UK DATA ARCHIVE (ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER, UK) DATA UPDATE: The UK Data Archive has recently added the following dataset, which may be of interest to researchers in aging, to its holdings. Note: There may be charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

SN 6785-Attitudes to Pensions Survey, 2009


II. Reports and articles:

5. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (July 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).



A. "Reentering the labor force after retirement," by Kevin E. Cahill, Michael D. Giandrea, and Joseph F. Quinn (_Monthly Labor Review_, Vol. 134, No. 6, June 2011, .pdf format, p. 34-42).

B. Program Perspectives (Vol. 3, No. 5, 2011, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is: "Defined-Contribution Plan Investment Choices: Employees given range of investment options in 401(k) plans."



A. "Decision Memo for Autologous Cellular Immunotherapy Treatment of Metastatic Prostate Cancer (CAG-00422N)" (Jun. 30, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 54p.).

B. "Home Health Agencies Share $15 Million in Savings From CMS Quality Demonstration" (Jul. 5, 2011).

C. "CMS Proposes 2012 Medicare Home Health Payment Changes" (Jul. 5, 2011).

D. CMS Proposes Policy, Payment Rate Changes For The Physician Fee Schedule In 2012" (Jul. 1, 2011).

E. "CMS Proposes Policy and Payment Changes For Outpatient Care in Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers" (Jul. 1, 2011).

F. "CMS Proposes Policy Changes and Payment Updates for Dialysis Facilities in 2012" (Jul. 1, 2011).

G. "Medicare Expands Treatment Options for Patients With Advanced Prostate Cancer" (Jun. 30, 2011


8. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Most Power Wheelchairs In The Medicare Program Did Not Meet Medical Necessity Guidelines" (OEI-04-09-00260, July 2011, .pdf format, 48p.).


9. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Retirement Income: Ensuring Income throughout Retirement Requires Difficult Choices" (GAO-11-400, June 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 72p.).


10. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, RESEARCH, STATISTICS, AND POLICY ANALYSIS PERIODICAL: International Update, July 2011_ (July 2011, .HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).


11. STATISTICS SWEDEN PRESS RELEASE: "Men born in 1940 have the highest pension" (July 7, 2011).


12. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS RESEARCH REPORT: "Workplace Pension Reforms Evaluation Strategy" (July 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).



A. "Public service pension reform - 2010 onwards," (SN05768, June 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. "TUPE and Pension," by Djuna Thurley (June 2011, .pdf format, 27p.).


14. AARP POLICY INSTITUTE FACT SHEET: "How Many Older Americans Live: Ten Facts to Consider," by Gary Koenig and Lina Walker (June 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).


15. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "An Update on Locally-Administered Pension Plans," by Alicia H. Munnell, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Josh Hurwitz, and Laura Quinby (SLP#18, July 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).


16. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Jul. 1-7, 2011).


17. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "The future of death in America," by Samir Soneji and Gary King (Vol. 25, Article 1, July 2011, .pdf format, p. 1-38).


18. ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE BRIEFING PAPER: "Social Security COLAs are a protection, not a windfall," by Josh Bivens (July 2011, .pdf format, 14p.).

More information about EPI:


19. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "Employment-Based Health Benefits and Taxation: Implications of Efforts to Reduce the Deficit and National Debt, by Paul Fronstin (Issue Brief #360, July 2011, .pdf format, 21p.).


20. INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN'S POLICY RESEARCH REPORT: "Pension Crediting for Caregivers: Policies in Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan," by Elaine Fultz (June 2011, .pdf format, 38p.).

More information about IWPR:


21. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll -- June 2011" (July 2011, .pdf format). "The June Kaiser Health Tracking Poll examines the opinions of seniors and the public about Medicare and the federal budget deficit, a topic of heightened interest these days as policymakers in Washington focus on ways to bring down Medicare spending as part of efforts to reduce the deficit. The poll also provides an early look at the views of registered voters and the potential role health care might play in the upcoming presidential election cycle."


22. MEDSCAPE BLOG ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Perception is NOT reality - But Medicare Disagrees," by Leslie Kane (July 2011).!comment=1&pa=4142353T1310072187378_13100721873781310072187380



A. "How Much Might Automatic IRAs Improve Retirement Security for Low- and Moderate-Wage Workers?" by Barbara Butrica and Richard W. Johnson (July 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Why Will the Great Recession Affect Retirement Incomes?" by Karen E. Smith (June 2011). This is a video transcript, running time: 6 minutes, 12 seconds).


24. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Structure-based design of non-natural amino-acid inhibitors of amyloid fibril formation," by Stuart A. Sievers, John Karanicolas, Howard W. Chang, Anni Zhao, Lin Jiang, Onofrio Zirafi, Jason T. Stevens, Jan Munch, David Baker & David Eisenberg (Vol. 475, No. 7354, July 7, 2011, p. 96-100).


25. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Role of CB1 cannabinoid receptors on GABAergic neurons in brain aging," by Onder Albayram, Judith Alferink, Julika Pitsch, Anastasia Piyanova, Kim Neitzert, Karola Poppensieker, Daniela Mauer, Kerstin Michel, Anne Legler, Albert Becker, Krisztina Monory, Beat Lutz, Andreas Zimmer, and Andras Bilkei-Gorzo (Vol. 108, No. 27, Jul. 5, 2011, p. 11256-11261).



A. "Reduced Health-Related Quality of Life in Elders with Frailty: A Cross-Sectional Study of Community-Dwelling Elders in Taiwan," by Cheng-Chieh Lin, Chia-Ing Li, Chiu-Kai Chang, Chiu-Shong Liu, Chih-Hsueh Lin, Nai-Hsin Meng, Yih-Dar Lee, Fei-Na Chen, and Tsai-Chung Li (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21841. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021841, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Lack of LDL Receptor Enhances Amyloid Deposition and Decreases Glial Response in an Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Model," by Loukia Katsouri and Spiros Georgopoulos (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21880. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021880, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "2-Deoxy-D-Glucose Treatment Induces Ketogenesis, Sustains Mitochondrial Function, and Reduces Pathology in Female Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Jia Yao, Shuhua Chen, Zisu Mao, Enrique Cadenas, and Roberta Diaz Brinton (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21788. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021788, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

D. "NRF2 Activation Restores Disease Related Metabolic Deficiencies in Olfactory Neurosphere-Derived Cells from Patients with Sporadic Parkinson's Disease," by Anthony L. Cook, Alejandra M. Vitale, Sugandha Ravishankar, Nicholas Matigian, Greg T. Sutherland, Jiangou Shan, Ratneswary Sutharsan, Chris Perry, Peter A. Silburn, George D. Mellick, Murray L. Whitelaw, Christine A. Wells, Alan Mackay-Sim, and Stephen A. Wood (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21907. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021907, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 14p.).

E. "MAGE-C2/CT10 Protein Expression Is an Independent Predictor of Recurrence in Prostate Cancer," by Lotta von Boehmer, Lukas Keller, Ashkan Mortezavi, Maurizio Provenzano, Giovanni Sais, Thomas Hermanns, Tullio Sulser, Achim A. Jungbluth, Lloyd J. Old, Glen Kristiansen, Maries van den Broek, Holger Moch, Alexander Knuth, Peter J. Wild (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21366. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021366, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).



A. "Anticholinergic effects of common drugs are associated with increased mortality in over 65s," by Ingrid Torjesen (news extract, BMJ 2011; 342:d4037, Vol. 343, No. 7813, Jul. 2, 2011).

B. "Effectiveness of a multifaceted podiatry intervention to prevent falls in community dwelling older people with disabling foot pain: randomised controlled trial," by Martin J. Spink, Hylton B. Menz, Mohammad R. Fotoohabadi, Elin Wee, Karl B. Landorf, Keith D. Hill, and Stephen R. Lord (: BMJ 2011; 342:d3411, Vol. 343, No. 7813, Jul. 2, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Predicting risk of osteoporotic and hip fracture in the United Kingdom: prospective independent and external validation of QFractureScores," by Gary S. Collins, Susan Mallett, and Douglas G. Altman BMJ 2011; 342:d3651, Vol. 343, No. 7813, Jul. 2, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.). This article is available free of charge.


III. Working Papers:

28. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year," by Amy Finkelstein, Sarah Taubman, Bill Wright, Mira Bernstein, Jonathan Gruber, Joseph P. Newhouse, Heidi Allen, and Katherine Baicker (w17190, July 2011, .pdf format, 56p.).


In 2008, a group of uninsured low-income adults in Oregon was selected by lottery to be given the chance to apply for Medicaid. This lottery provides a unique opportunity to gauge the effects of expanding access to public health insurance on the health care use, financial strain, and health of low-income adults using a randomized controlled design. In the year after random assignment, the treatment group selected by the lottery was about 25 percentage points more likely to have insurance than the control group that was not selected. We find that in this first year, the treatment group had substantively and statistically significantly higher health care utilization (including primary and preventive care as well as hospitalizations), lower out-of-pocket medical expenditures and medical debt (including fewer bills sent to collection), and better self-reported physical and mental health than the control group.


29. ESRC RESEARCH CENTRE FOR ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION (CASE) [LONDON (UK) SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS]: "The impact of inheritance on the distribution of wealth: Evidence from the UK," by Eleni Karagiannaki (CASE Paper No. 148, June 2011, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


30. 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 Jun. 18, 2011.


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

31. Health Affairs (Vol. 30, No. 7, July/August 2011).

32. International Social Security Review (Vol. 64, No. 3, July-September 2011).

33. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 23, No. 5, August 2011).

34. Medical Care (Vol. 49, No. 7, July 2011).


35. 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 Jul. 4, 2011:

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

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

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

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

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

36. PUBLIC AFFAIRS PUBLISHING The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, by Marc Freedman (2011, 288p, ISBN: 978-1586487850). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging" (HHS-2011-AoA-NU-1117, submission of letters of intent deadline: Jul. 22, 2011, application deadline: Aug. 17, 2011, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 41p.

B. "National Adult Protective Services Resource Center" (HHS-2011-AoA-ER-1115, application deadline: Aug. 19, 2011, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 45p.).

C. "National Hispanic Senior Medicare Patrol" (HHS-2011-AoA-MP-1116, application deadline Aug. 1, 2011, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 45p.).

All three opportunities are available at:



A. "Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists Transition to Aging Research (R03)" (RFA-AG-12-002, reissue of RFA-AG-11-007, National Institute on Aging, application due date: Oct. 3, 2011). For more information see:

B. " NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Grand Challenge on the Transition from Acute to Chronic Neuropathic Pain (R01)" (RFA-DE-12-008, reissue of RFA-DE-11-002, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, application due date: Oct. 4, 2011). For more information see:

C. "Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex Differences (P50)" (RFA-OD-11-003, reissue of RFA-OD-06-003, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, application due date: Oct. 4, 2011). For more information see:


VII. Conferences:

39. INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION ON AGING/IRELAND'S AGE FRIENDLY COUNTY PROGRMAMME/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: "First International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities," to be held Sep. 28-30, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. For more information see:


40. N4A (ADVOCACY, ACTION, ANSWERS ON AGING): "2011 Conference and Tradeshow," to be held Jul. 16-20, 2011, in Washington, DC. For more information see:


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.


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