Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #599 -- August 4, 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. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released new MEPS data files (July 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-126C: 2009 Other Medical Expenses

- MEPS HC-126B: 2009 Dental Visits


2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: "Earnings Public-Use File, 2006" (August 2011, .zip compressed comma separated value [.csv] and SAS format, with documentation in .pdf format).


II. Reports and articles:


A. "CMS Announces More Accurate FY 2012 Payments for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities" (Jul. 29, 2011).

B. "Final Wage Index Changes for Medicare Hospices Increase FY 2012 Payments By 2.5%" (Jul. 29, 2011).

C. "CMS Implements Payment, Policy Changes for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities" (Jul. 29, 2011).

D. "Medicare Payment Rule Promotes Improved Inpatient Care" (Aug. 1, 2011).


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "Medicare prescription drug premiums will not increase, more seniors receiving free preventive care, discounts in the donut hole" (Aug. 4, 2011). The news release links to topical data, including "national and regional premium data," "state-by-state information on the number of Medicare beneficiaries who have seen lower out-of-pocket costs in the donut hole," and "state-by-state information on utilization of free preventive services and the annual wellness visit."


5. US FEDERAL REGISTER PROPOSED RULE: US Federal Register Proposed Rule: "Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay, and Ambiguity for Investigators" (76 FR 44512, Vol. 76, No. 143, Jul. 26, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 44512-44531). The proposed rule is also available in .zip compressed HTML, XML, and .pdf format).



A. "Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Asset Management Needs Better Stewardship" (GAO-11-271, July 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 99p.).

B. "Medicare Part D Formularies: CMS Conducts Oversight of Mid-Year Changes; Most Mid-Year Changes Were Enhancements" (GAO-11-366R, June 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 17p.).


7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL: Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 71, No. 3, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 163p.).


8. UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS PROGRAMME ON AGEING SECOND WORKING SESSION DOCUMENTS: The website of the Second Working Session, pertaining to "strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons," held Aug. 2-4, 2011, in New York, New York, contains several documents (.pdf format) that may be of interest to researchers in aging.


9. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Social Protection," by Jen Beaumont (in Social Trends, No. 41, July 2011, .pdf format, 22p.).


10. AARP, PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Debt Deal: No New Taxes and No Social Security or Medicare Cuts--Yet," by Tamara Lytle (AARP Bulletin, Aug. 2, 2011).


11. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIRMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Did the Housing Boom Increase Household Spending?" by Shenyi Jiang, Wei Sun, and Anthony Webb (IB#11-10, August 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).


12. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Jul. 29-Aug. 4, 2011).


13. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "Challenges in moving from macro to micro: Population and family structures in ageing societies," by Katharina Herlofson and Gunhild Hagestad (Vol. 25, Article 10, August 2011, .pdf format, p. 337-370). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


14. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Germany: Beyond the Transition's End," by Carl Haub and James Gribble (in Population Bulletin, Vol. 66, No. 2, July 2011, .pdf format, p. 10-11).


15. URBAN INSTITUTE VIDEO COMMENTARY: "Automatic IRAs and Retirement Security," by Barbara Butrica (July 2011, running time: 6 minutes, 57 seconds).


16. WORKPLACE RETIREMENT INCOME COMMISSION [UK] REPORT: "Building a strong, stable, and transparent pensions system: The final report of the Workplace Retirement Income Commission" (July 2011, .pdf format, 85p.).

More information about NAPF:


17. MEDSCAPE ECANCER.TV INTERVIEW, ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing content:

A. "CLL (Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia) in the Elderly: Is the Game Plan Changing?" an interview with Peter Hillmen, by Peter Goodwin (August 2011). In addition to the video transcript (running time: 7 minutes 49 seconds), a print transcript of the interview is available at the site.

B. "Prostate Cancer Prediction Models: How Useful Are They?" by Gerald Chodak (Medscape Urology, July 2011). In addition to the print story, a video transcript (running time: 3 minutes, 27 seconds).



A. "Modeling Abnormal Priming in Alzheimer's Patients with a Free Association Network," by Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Yamir Moreno, and Alex Arenas (PLoS ONE 6(8): e22651. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022651, Vol. 6, No. 8, August 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease Based on Disease-Specific Autoantibody Profiles in Human Sera," by Eric Nagele, Min Han, Cassandra DeMarshall, Benjamin Belinka, and Robert Nagele (PLoS ONE 6(8): e23112. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023112, Vol. 6, No. 8, August 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "Copy Number Variation in Familial Parkinson Disease," by Nathan Pankratz, Alexandra Dumitriu, Kurt N. Hetrick, Mei Sun, Jeanne C. Latourelle, Jemma B. Wilk, Cheryl Halter, Kimberly F. Doheny, James F. Gusella, William C. Nichols, Richard H. Myers, Tatiana Foroud, and Anita L. DeStefano (PLoS ONE 6(8): e20988. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020988, Vol. 6, No. 8, August 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).


19. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Impaired mitochondrial transport and Parkin-independent degeneration of respiratory chain-deficient dopamine neurons in vivo," by Fredrik H. Sterky, Seungmin Lee, Rolf Wibom, Lars Olson, and Nils-Goran Larsson (Vol. 108, No. 31, Aug. 2, 2011, p. 12937-12942).



A. "Elder Abuse and Self-neglect: 'I Don't Care Anything About Going to the Doctor, to Be Honest....," by Laura Mosqueda and XinQi Dong (Vol. 306, No. 5, Aug. 3, 2011, p. 532-540).

B. "Amyloid and Alzheimer Disease," by Tracy Hampton (Vol. 306, No. 5, Aug. 3, 2011, p. 480).



A. "Regenerative Medicine: Will medicine ever be able to halt the process of ageing?" by Geoff Watts (Vol. 343, No. 7817, Jul. 30, 2011, BMJ 2011; 343:d4119, 3p.).

B. "Older People: Old age and the city," by Edwin Heathcote (Vol. 343, No. 7817, Jul. 30, 2011, BMJ 2011; 343:d4418, 3p.).

C. "Survival and risk of adverse events in older patients receiving postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for resected stages II-IIIA lung cancer: observational cohort study," by Juan P. Wisnivesky, Cardinale B. Smith, Stuart Packer, Gary M. Strauss, Linda Lurslurchachai, Alex Federman, Ethan A. Halm (Vol. 343, No. 7817, Jul. 30, 2011, BMJ 2011; 343:d4013, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Our obsession with immortality," a review of _The Immortalization Commission_, by John Gray, reviewed by Julian Sheather (Vol. 343, No. 7817, Jul. 30, 2011, BMJ 2011; 343:d4710, 2p.).


22. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Sertraline or mirtazapine for depression in dementia (HTA-SADD): a randomised, multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial," by Sube Banerjee, Jennifer Hellier, Michael Dewey, Renee Romeo, Clive Ballard, Robert Baldwin, Peter Bentham, Chris Fox, Clive Holmes, Cornelius Katona, Martin Knapp, Claire Lawton, James Lindesay, Gill Livingston, Niall McCrae, Esme Moniz-Cook, Joanna Murray, Shirley Nurock, Martin Orrell, John O'Brien, Michaela Poppe, Alan Thomas, Rebecca Walwyn, Kenneth Wilson, and Alistair Burns (Vol. 378, No. 9789, Jul. 30, 2011, p. 403 - 411, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60830-1).


III. Working Papers:

23. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK: "Sustainable Social Security: Four Options," by Sagiri Kitao (Staff Report No. 505, July 2011, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Time Use During Recessions," by Mark A. Aguiar, Erik Hurst, and Loukas Karabarbounis (w17259, July 2011, .pdf format, 54p.).


We use data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), covering both the recent recession and the pre-recessionary period, to explore how foregone market work hours are allocated to other activities over the business cycle. Given the short time series, it is hard to distinguish business cycle effects from low frequency trends by simply comparing time spent on a given category prior to the recession with time spent on that category during the recession. Instead, we identify the business cycle effects on time use using cross state variation with respect to the severity of the recessions. We find that roughly 30% to 40% of the foregone market work hours are allocated to increased home production. Additionally, 30% of the foregone hours are allocated to increased sleep time and increased television watching. Other leisure activities absorb 20% of the foregone market work hours. We use our evidence from the ATUS to calibrate and test the predictions of workhorse macroeconomic models with home production. We show that the quantitative implications of these models regarding the allocation of time over the business cycle matches reasonably well the actual behavior of households.


25. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Retirement Security and the Financial and Economic Crisis: An Overview," by Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Mark Warshawsky (WP2011-08, August 2011, .pdf format, 16p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "Incentives of Retirement Transition for Elderly Workers: An Analysis of Actual and Simulated Replacement Rates in Ireland," by Jinjing Li and Cathal O'Donoghue (Discussion Paper No. 5865, July 2011, .pdf format, 37p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Retirement Choice Simulation in Household Settings with Heterogeneous Pension Plans," by Jinjing Li and Cathal O'Donoghue (Discussion Paper No. 5866, July 2011, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Life Satisfaction and Grandparenthood: Evidence from a Nationwide Survey," by Nattavudh Powdthavee (Discussion Paper No. 5869, July 2011, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK: "Can the Longevity Risk Alleviate the Annuitization Puzzle? Empirical Evidence from Dutch Data," by Federica Teppa (DNB Working Paper No. 302, July 2011, .pdf format, 34p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


28. 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 Jul. 27, 2011.


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

29. Age and Ageing (Vol. 40, Supplement 2, August 2011). The topic of this supplement is "Communications to the British Geriatrics Society Spring Meeting 4th-6th April 2011."

30. Ageing International (Vol. 36, No. 3, September 2011).

31. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 4, Aug. 15, 2011).

32. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 37, No. 4, 2011).

33. The Gerontologist (Vol. 51, No. 4, August 2011).

34. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 73, 1, 2011).

35. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 23, No. 6, September 2011).

36. Medical Care (Vol. 49, No. 8, August 2011).

37. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 68, No. 4, August 2011).

38. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 63, No. 3, 2011).


39. 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 Aug. 1, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 1, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 1, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Aug. 1, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Aug. 1, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Aug. 1, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

40. URBAN INSTITUTE PRESS: Long-Term Care for the Elderly by Robyn Stone (2011, 172p., ISBN: 978-0-87766-770-4). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Analysis of Databases from Health Care Systems or Large Epidemiologic Studies to Evaluate Safety of Testosterone Administration in Older Men (R01)" (RFA-AG-12-007, application deadline: Nov. 2, 2011, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

B. "T1 Translational Research: Novel interventions for prevention and treatment of age-related conditions (R21)" (PAS-11-280, multiple application due dates, National Institute on Aging, companion FOA: PAS-11-281, is linked to from this announcement). For more information see:

C. "Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36) (PAR-11-291, reissue of PAR-08-250, multiple application deadlines, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:


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


VII. Conferences:

43. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCE UPDATE: AoA has provided information on the following upcoming conferences:

UAA Annual Meeting & Conference-The New Aging Demographic: Change, Challenge and Choices--Sandy, Utah, Aug-17-18, 2011

Florida Conference on Aging 2011--St. Pete Beach, Florida, Aug. 22-24, 2011).


44. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH: "INTERLINKS: Final Conference," to be held in Baden, Austria, Oct. 12-14, 2011. INTERLINKS was discussed in CAAR Report #589, (May 26, 2011--see item #43A at: For more information on the conference see:


45. FIELDING GRADUATE UNIVERSITY/AARP: "5th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging: Innovation in Positive Aging," to be held Dec. 6-9, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. For more information see:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

46. US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTE ON THE BUDGET HEARING PUBLICATION: "Fulfilling The Mission Of Health And Retirement Security," a hearing held Mar. 17, 2011 (House Serial Publication No. 112-7, ASCII text and .pdf format, 68p.).

ASCII text:



IX. Websites of Interest:

47. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: has updated the following data, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. "Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries, 2011" (June 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.


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