Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #619 -- December 22, 2011

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NOTE: There will be no CAAR Report on December 29, 2011. The next CAAR Report will be sent out January 5, 2012. Have a safe and happy holiday season.


I. Data:

1. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has updated it's AGing Integrated Database (AGID) to include data from the "ACS Special Tabulation on Aging (2005-2009)." Note: Follow the link to "ACS Special Tabulation".


2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced the following release: "RAND HRS Data File, Supported by NIA and SSA (Version L)," (Dec. 19, 2011).

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Variation and Trends in Medigap Premiums," (December 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 38p.).



A. "Addressing Vulnerabilities Reported by Medicare Benefit Integrity Contractors," (OEI-03-10-00500, December 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).

B. "Audits of Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Sponsors," (OEI-03-09-00330, December 2011, .pdf format, 26p.).



A. CMS' Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement has recently been updated (tables available in .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format):

- Medicare Program Payments 2011: Tables 3.2 - 3.6.

- Medicare Part D 2011: Tables 14.1 - 14.8.

- Medicare Cost Sharing 2011: Tables 4.1 - 4.4.

B. Medicare and Medicaid Research Review (Vol. 1, No. 4, 2011, .pdf format).

The articles are: "Noncompliance in the Use of Cardiovascular Medications in the Medicare Part D Population," by Steven A. Blackwell, David K. Baugh, Melissa A. Montgomery, Gary M. Ciborowski, Charles J. Waldron, & Gerald F. Riley (25p.).

"Endocrine therapy use among elderly hormone receptor-positive breast cancer patients enrolled in Medicare Part D," by Gerald F. Riley, Joan L. Warren, Linda C. Harlan, and Steven A. Blackwell (26p.).



A. "SSI Monthly Statistics, November 2011" (December 2011, HTML and .pdf format).

B. "Monthly Statistical Snapshot, November 2011," (December 2011, HTML format).


7. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (Dec. 19, 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).


8. WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES REPORT: "Wisconsin Deaths, 2010" (December 2011, .pdf format, 88p.).


9. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Gender differences in functional limitations among Canadians with arthritis: The role of disease duration and comorbidity," by D. Walter Rasugu Omariba (_Health Reports_, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 9p.).


10. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "Understanding the Older Entrepreneur," by Malcolm Small (December 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).


11. ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS [UK] REPORT: "Report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011," (December 2011, .pdf format, 235p.).


12. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU PERIODICAL: Today's Research on Aging (Issue 23, December 2011, .pdf format, 6p.). Note: The title of this issue is "The Health and Well-Being of Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren," by Paola Scommegna and Nadwa Mossaad.


13. BROOKINGS INSTITUTE REPORT: "Premium Support: A Primer," by Ron Haskins, Henry J. Aaron, James C. Capretta, Pete Domenici, and Alice M. Rivlin (December 2011, .pdf format, 30p.).


14. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity In 2010," by Jack VanDerhei, Sarah Holden, Luis Alonso, and Steven Bass (EBRI Issue Brief No. 366, December 2011, .pdf format, 50p.).


15. AARP REPORT: "Excluding Older, Sicker Patients from Clinical Trials: Issues, Concerns, and Solutions," by Keith D. Lind (December 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).


16. CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES BRIEF: "Long-Term Services and Supports: Opportunities in the Affordable Care Act," by Sarah Barth, Julie Klebonis, and Nancy Archibald (December 2011, .pdf format, 9p.).


17. MATHER LIFEWAYS AGING IN ACTION ARTICLE UPDATES: Mather's AiA has added articles for the week of Dec. 15-Dec. 22, 2011).

More information about Mather Lifeways:


18. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 11, No. 24, Dec. 21, 2011).


19. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Dopamine neurons derived from human ES cells efficiently engraft in animal models of Parkinson's disease," by Sonja Kriks, Jae-Won Shim, Jinghua Piao, Yosif M. Ganat, Dustin R. Wakeman, Zhong Xie, Luis Carrillo-Reid, Gordon Auyeung, Chris Antonacci, Amanda Buch, Lichuan Yang, M. Flint Beal, D. James Surmeier, Jeffrey H. Kordower, Viviane Tabar & Lorenz Studer (Vol. 480, No. 7378, December 22, 2011, p. 547-551).



A. "Retrotransposition is associated with genome instability during chronological aging," by Patrick H. Maxwell, William C. Burhans, and M. Joan Curcio (Vol. 108, No. 51, December 20, 2011, p. 20376-20381).

B. "Brain network local interconnectivity loss in aging APOE-4 allele carriers," by Jesse A. Brown, Kevin H. Terashima, Alison C. Burggren, Linda M. Ercoli, Karen J. Miller, Gary W. Small, and Susan Y. Bookheimer (Vol. 108, No. 51, December 20, 2011, p. 20760-20765).

C. "Paraquat neurotoxicity is mediated by the dopamine transporter and organic cation transporter-3," by Phillip M. Rappold, Mei Cui, Adrianne S. Chesser, Jacqueline Tibbett, Jonathan C. Grima, Lihua Duan, Namita Sen, Jonathan A. Javitch, and Kim Tieu (Vol. 108, No. 51, December 20, 2011, p. 20766-20771).


21. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Combined androgen deprivation therapy and radiation therapy for locally advanced prostate cancer: a randomised, phase 3 trial," by Padraig Warde, Malcolm Mason, Keyue Ding, Peter Kirkbride, Michael Brundage, Richard Cowan, Mary Gospodarowicz, Karen Sanders, Edmund Kostashuk, Greg Swanson, Jim Barber, Andrea Hiltz, Mahesh K.B. Parmar, Jinka Sathya, John Anderson, Charles Hayter, John Hetherington, Matthew R. Sydes, Wendy Parulekar, for the NCIC CTG PR.3/MRC UK PR07 investigators (Vol. 378, No. 9809, December 17, 2011, p. 2104-2111).



A. "Assessing Quality of Care of Elderly Patients Using the ACOVE Quality Indicator Set: A Systematic Review," by Marjan Askari, Peter C. Wierenga, Saied Eslami, Stephanie Medlock, Sophia E. de Rooij, and Ameen Abu-Hanna (PLoS ONE 6(12): e28631. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028631, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Paternal and Maternal History of Myocardial Infarction and Cardiovascular Diseases Incidence in a Dutch Cohort of Middle-Aged Persons," by Ineke van Dis, Daan Kromhout, Jolanda M. A. Boer, Johanna M. Geleijnse, and W. M. Monique Verschuren (PLoS ONE 6(12): e28697. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028697, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

C. "Tau Reduction Does Not Prevent Motor Deficits in Two Mouse Models of Parkinson's Disease," by Meaghan Morris, Akihiko Koyama, Eliezer Masliah, and Lennart Mucke (PLoS ONE 6(12): e29257. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029257, .pdf, HTML, and XML format, 7p.).

D. "Idebenone and Resveratrol Extend Lifespan and Improve Motor Function of HtrA2 Knockout Mice," by Ellen Gerhardt, Simone Graber, Eva M. Szego, Nicoleta Moisoi, L. Miguel Martins, Tiago F. Outeiro, and Pawel Kermer (PLoS ONE 6(12): e28855. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028855, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

E. "Executive Functioning in Daily Life in Parkinson's Disease: Initiative, Planning and Multi-Task Performance," by Janneke Koerts, Marije Van Beilen, Oliver Tucha, Klaus L. Leenders, and Wiebo H. Brouwer (PLoS ONE 6(12): e29254. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029254, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

F. "Plasma Biomarkers of Brain Atrophy in Alzheimer's Disease," by Madhav Thambisetty, Andrew Simmons, Abdul Hye, James Campbell, Eric Westman, Yi Zhang, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Anna Kinsey, Mirsada Causevic, Richard Killick, Iwona Kloszewska, Patrizia Mecocci, Hilkka Soininen, Magda Tsolaki, Bruno Vellas, Christian Spenger, and Simon Lovestone, for the AddNeuroMed consortium (PLoS ONE 6(12): e28527. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028527, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).


III. Working Papers:

23. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Health Insurance, Health Care and Labor Supply by Older Adults," by Lauren Nicholas (WP 2011-256, September 2011, .pdf format, 16p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


24. URBAN INSTITUTE: "Do Low-Income Workers Benefit from 401(k) Plans?" by Eric Toder and Karen E. Smith (Discussion Paper 11-03, September 2011, .pdf format, 56p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


25. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Understanding Pro-cyclical Mortality," by Ann Huff Stevens, Douglas L. Miller, Marianne E. Page, and Mateusz Filipski (w17657, December 2011, .pdf format, 34p.).


A growing literature documents cyclical movements in mortality and health. We examine this pattern more closely and attempt to identify the mechanisms behind it. Specifically, we distinguish between mechanisms that rely on fluctuations in own employment or time use and those involving factors that are external to the individual. Our investigation suggests that changes in individuals own behavior contribute very little to pro-cyclical mortality. Looking across broad age and gender groups, we find that own-group employment rates are not systematically related to own-group mortality. In addition, we find that most of the additional deaths that occur during times of economic growth are among the elderly, particularly elderly women, who have limited labor force attachment. Focusing on mortality among the elderly, we show that cyclicality is especially strong for deaths occurring in nursing homes, and is stronger in states where a higher fraction of the elderly reside in nursing homes. We also demonstrate that staffing in skilled nursing facilities moves counter-cyclically. Taken together, these findings suggest that cyclical fluctuations in the mortality rate may be largely driven by fluctuations in the quality of health care.


26. RAND CORPORATION: "Age Differences in Daily Social Activities," by Christopher Marcum (WR-904, December 2011, .pdf format, 34p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


27. NEW ZEALAND TREASURY/KAITOHUNTOHU KAUPAPA RAWA: "KiwiSaver: An Initial Evaluation of the Impact on Retirement Saving," by David Law, Lisa Meehan and Grant M. Scobie (WP11/04, December 2011, .pdf format, 37p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found 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 Dec. 13, 2011.


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

29. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 26, No. 6, September 2011).

30. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 20, No. 1, January 2012).

31. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 38, No. 2, February 2012).

32. International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 24, No. 2, February 2012).

33. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 20, No. 1, January 2012).

34. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 59, No. 12, December 2011).

35. Public Policy and Aging Report (Vol. 21, No. 4, 2011). The topic of this issue is "America's Opportunity: The Potential Of An Aging Society."


36. 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 Dec. 19, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 19, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 19, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Dec. 19, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Dec. 19, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Dec. 19, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:


A. Dementia Care with Black and Latino Families: A Social Work Problem-Solving Approach, by Delia Gonzalez Sanders and Richard Fortinsky (December 2011, ISBN-13: 9780826106773, 336p.).

B. Compact Clinical Guide to Geriatric Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach for Nurses, by Ann Quinlan-Colwell and Yvonne D'Arcy (December 2011, ISBN-13: 9780826107305, 460p.).


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Solicitation of Assays for High Throughput Screening (HTS) to Discover Chemical Probes (R01)," (PAR-12-058, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application deadlines Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5). Note: There is a companion award "Solicitation of Assays for High Throughput Screening (HTS) to Discover Chemical Probes (R21)," (PA-12-059, application due dates February 16, June 16, and October 16). A link to that program announcement is included under "Companion FOA."

B. "Solicitation of Validated Hits for the Discovery of in vivo Chemical Probes (R01)," (PAR-12-060, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application deadlines Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5).

C. "Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24)," (PAR-12-064, National Institute on Aging, application deadlines Jan. 25, May 25, and Sept. 25).

D. "Tools to Enhance Studies of Glial Cell Development, Aging, Disease and Repair (R21)," (RFA-HD-12-211, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application deadline is March 29, 2012).


39. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "Independence At Home Demonstration," (December 2011, .pdf format, 10p.). The deadline for application is Feb. 6, 2012.


40. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 21, 2011.


VII. Websites of Interest:

41. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: has updated the following data, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. "Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs): 2012 (States)" (December 2011).

- "Medicare Advantage Contracts, by Plan Type: 2012 (States)" (December 2011).





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