Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #620 -- January 5, 2012



Beginning January 19, 2012, the weekly CAAR reports will be delivered via weblog. There will be more information about the address of the weblog, along with the mechanics of how it will work, in next week's report.

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I. Data:

1. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: CMS' Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement has recently been updated (tables available in .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format):

- Medicare Hospital Outpatient Services: 2011 (tables 10.1-10.5).

- Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities: 2011 (tables 6.1-6.9).

- Medicare Short Stay Hospitals: 2011 (tables 5.1-5.12)

- Medicare Hospices: 2011 (tables 8.1-8.3).

- Medicare Home Health Agencies: 2011 (tables 7.1-7.7).


2. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY DATA RELEASE: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released several new MEPS data files (December 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).

- HC-130: MEPS Panel 13 Longitudinal Data File.

- HC-036 MEPS 1996-2009 Pooled Linkage Variance Estimation File

- HC-036BRR MEPS 1996-2009 Replicates for Variance Estimation File


3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2009 Mortality Multiple Cause Micro-data Files" (January 2012, .zip compressed ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format). The files are linked to from a document that contains relevant tables (January 2011, .pdf format, 90p.). Once linked to the micro-data files, simply scroll to "Mortality Multiple Cause Files."


4. MISSOURI STATE DATA CENTER CENSUS POPULATION ESTIMATE UPDATE: "Population Estimates by Age - Census 2010 Version" (December 2011, web based extractor, with pre-determined or custom cohorts of age by state and county, and by various demographic variables. Data available in HTML, comma delimited, or SAS format. 2000 and 2010 Census data are available.


5. UK DATA ARCHIVE (ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER, UK) DATA UPDATE: Note: There may be charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

SN 6920 -Migrant Care Workers in Ageing Societies, 2008


II. Reports and articles:

6. US CENSUS BUREAU GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE RETIREE SYSTEMS UPDATE: "Quarterly Summary of the Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: 3rd Quarter 2011)" (December 2011, .pdf format, 2p., with tables in HTML, ASCII text, and Microsoft Excel format).



A. "Program Integrity Problems With Newly Enrolled Medicare Equipment Suppliers" (OEI-06-09-00230, December 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).

B. "Questionable Billing Patterns of Portable X-Ray Suppliers" (OEI-12-10-00190, December 2011, .pdf format, 28p.).

C. "Review of Excluded Providers in the Medicare Part D Program" (A-07-10-06004, December 2011, .pdf format, 20p.).

D. "Comparison of Second-Quarter 2011 Average Sales Prices and Average Manufacturer Prices: Impact on Medicare Reimbursement for Fourth Quarter 2011" (OEI-03-12-00020, January 2012, .pdf format, 18p.).


8. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SURVEY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Private Pension Plan Bulletin Abstract of 2009 Form 5500 Annual Reports (December 2011, .pdf format, 68p.).

Private Pension Plan Bulletin Historical Tables and Graphs: (December 2011, .pdf format, 41p.).







A. "Transportation Funding Reform: Equity Considerations for Older Americans,"by Jana Lynott and Sandra Rosenbloom (December 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage of Older Americans, 2010," by Ke Bin Wu (December 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).


12. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "What Explains Variation in Disability Application Rates Across States?" by Norma B. Coe, Kelly Haverstick, Alicia H. Munnell, and Anthony Webb (IB#12-1, January 2012, .pdf format, 11p.).


13. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Dec. 16, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012).


14. DEMOS [LONDON UK] REPORT: "The current legal status of assisted dying is inadequate and incoherent" (Commission on Assisted Dying, January 2012, .pdf format, 415p.).

More information on Demos:


15. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "401(k) Balances and Changes Due to Market Volatility-Data to January 01, 2012" (January 2012, .pdf format, 1p.).


16. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER NEWSLETTER (Vol. 12, No. 3, January 2012, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


17. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATES UNITED FOR AGING AND DISABILITIES (NASUAD) REPORT: "Participant Experience Survey" (January 2012, .pdf format, 67p.).

More information about NASUAD:


18. RAND CORPORATION WORKING PAPER BRIEF: "401(k) Loan Defaults: Who Is at Risk and Why?" by Timothy (Jun) Lu, Olivia Mitchell, and Stephen P. Utkus (Insight: Emerging Research from the Study of Financial Literacy, No. 5, December 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).



A. "The Case Against Premium Support," by Judy Feder, Paul Van de Water, and Henry J. Aaron (December 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "The President's Fiscal Commission and Social Security," by Melissa M. Favreault (January 2012, video transcript, running time: 4 minutes, 50 seconds).



A. "Molecular classification of prostate cancer using curated expression signatures," by Elke K. Markert1, Hideaki Mizuno, Alexei Vazquez, and Arnold J. Levine (Vol. 108, No. 52, Dec. 27, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 21276-21281). This article is available free of charge.

Related Commentary Extract: "Profiling prostate cancer," by William G. Nelson (Vol. 108, No. 52, Dec. 27, 2011, p. 20861-20862).

B. "Structure-based design of conformation- and sequence-specific antibodies against amyloid{beta}," by Joseph M. Perchiacca, Ali Reza A. Ladiwala, Moumita Bhattacharya, and Peter M. Tessier (Vol. 109, No. 1, Jan. 3, 2012, p. 84-89).



A. "Testosterone Deficiency Accelerates Neuronal and Vascular Aging of SAMP8 Mice: Protective Role of eNOS and SIRT1," by Hidetaka Ota, Masahiro Akishita, Takuyu Akiyoshi, Tomoaki Kahyo, Mitsutoshi Setou, Sumito Ogawa, Katsuya Iijima, Masato Eto, and Yasuyoshi Ouchi (PLoS ONE 7(1): e29598. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029598, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2012, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Hospitalized Older Patients with Distinct Risk Profiles for Functional Decline: A Prospective Cohort Study," by Bianca M. Buurman, Jita G. Hoogerduijn, Elisabeth A. van Gemert, Rob J. de Haan, Marieke J. Schuurmans, and Sophia E. de Rooij (PLoS ONE 7(1): e29621. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029621, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2012, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

C. "Natural Amyloid-Beta Oligomers Acutely Impair the Formation of a Contextual Fear Memory in Mice," by Kara A. Kittelberger, Fabrizio Piazza, Giuseppina Tesco, and Leon G. Reijmers (PLoS ONE 7(1): e29940. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029940, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2012, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

D. "Effects of NK-4 in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Hitomi Ohta, Shigeyuki Arai, Kenji Akita, Tsunetaka Ohta, and Shigeharu Fukuda (PLoS ONE 7(1): e30007. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030007, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2012, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

E. "Long-Term Care Facilities: Important Participants of the Acute Care Facility Social Network?" by Bruce Y. Lee, Yeohan Song, Sarah M. Bartsch, Diane S. Kim, Ashima Singh, Taliser R. Avery, Shawn T. Brown, S. Levent Yilmaz, Kim F. Wong, Margaret A. Potter, Donald S. Burke, Richard Platt, and Susan S. Huang (PLoS ONE 6(12): e29342. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029342, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

F. "Further Support to the Uncoupling-to-Survive Theory: The Genetic Variation of Human UCP Genes Is Associated with Longevity," by Giuseppina Rose, Paolina Crocco, Francesco De Rango, Alberto Montesanto, and Giuseppe Passarino (PLoS ONE 6(12): e29650. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029650, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 20111, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).


22. SCIENCE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Graphitic Tribological Layers in Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements," by Y. Liao, R. Pourzal, M. A. Wimmer, J. J. Jacobs, A. Fischer, and L. D. Marks (Vol. 334, No. 6063, December 23, 2011, p. 1687-1690).



A. "Withholds to Slow Medicare Spending: A Better Deal Than Cuts," by Jonathan S. Skinner, James N. Weinstein, and Elliott S. Fisher (viewpoint extract, Vol. 307, No. 1, Jan. 4, 2012, p. 43-44).

B. "Prostate Cancer Screening--Time to Abandon One-Size-Fits-All Approach?" by Jeri Kim and John W. Davis (commentary extract, Vol. 306, No. 24, Dec. 28, 2011, p. 2717-2718).

C. "Missing the Mark on Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening," by David C. Miller and Brent K. Hollenbeck (commentary extract, Vol. 306, No. 24, Dec. 28, 2011, p. 2719-2720).

D. "Prostate Cancer Screening--The Evidence, the Recommendations, and the Clinical Implications," by Roger Chou and Michael L. LeFevre (commentary extract, Vol. 306, No. 24, Dec. 28, 2011, p. 2721-2722).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Medicaid and the Elderly," by Mariacristina De Nardi, Eric French, John Bailey Jones, and Angshuman Gooptu (w17689, December 2011, .pdf format, 34p.).


We describe the Medicaid eligibility rules for the elderly. Medicaid is administered jointly by the Federal and state governments, and each state has significant flexibility on the details of the implementation. We document the features common to all states, but we also highlight the most salient state-level differences.

There are two main pathways to Medicaid eligibility for people over age 65: either having low assets and income, or being impoverished due to large medical expenses. The first group of recipients (the categorically needy) mostly includes life-long poor individuals, while the second group (the medically needy) includes people who might have earned substantial amounts of money during their lifetime but have become impoverished by large medical expenses. The categorically needy program thus only affects the savings decision of people who have been poor throughout most of their lives. In contrast, the medically needy program provides some insurance even to people who have higher income and assets. Thus, this second pathway is to some extent going to affect the savings of the relatively higher income and assets people.

B. "Does Retiree Health Insurance Encourage Early Retirement?" by Steven Nyce, Sylvester Schieber, John B. Shoven, Sita Slavov, and David A. Wise (w17703, December 2011, .pdf format, 49p.).


The strong link between health insurance and employment in the United States may cause workers to delay retirement until they become eligible for Medicare at age 65. However, some employers extend health insurance benefits to their retirees, and individuals who are eligible for such retiree health benefits need not wait until age 65 to retire with group health coverage. We investigate the impact of retiree health insurance on early retirement using employee-level data from 64 diverse firms that are clients of Towers Watson, a leading benefits consulting firm. We find that retiree health coverage has its strongest effects at ages 62 and 63, resulting in a 3.7 percentage point (21.2 percent) increase in the probability of turnover at age 62 and a 5.1 percentage point (32.2 percent) increase in the probability of turnover at age 63; it has a more modest effects for individuals under the age of 62. A more generous employer contribution of 50 percent or more raises turnover by 1-3 percentage points at ages 56-61, by 5.9 percentage points (33.7 percent) at age 62, and by 6.9 percentage points (43.7 percent) at age 63. Overall, an employer contribution of 50 percent or more reduces the total number of person-years worked between ages 56 and 64 by 9.6 percent relative to no coverage.


25. BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS [BASEL SWITZERLAND]: "The sustainability of pension schemes," by Srichander Ramaswamy (Working Paper No.368, January 2012, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "Retirement and Home Production: A Regression Discontinuity Approach," by Elena G. F. Stancanelli and Arthur van Soest (Discussion Paper No. 6229, December 2011, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Height and Cognitive Function among Older Europeans: Do People from "Tall" Countries Have Superior Cognitive Abilities?" by Cahit Guven and Wang-Sheng Lee (Discussion Paper No. 6210, December 2011, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Living Arrangements of the Elderly in China: Evidence from CHARLS," by Xiaoyan Lei, John Strauss, Meng Tian, and Yaohui Zhao (Discussion Paper No. 6249, December 2011, .pdf format, 35p.) .Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. 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. 19, 2011.


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

28. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dimentias (Vol. 26, No. 7, November 2011).

29. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 175, No. 1, Jan. 1, 2012, Vol. 175, No. 2, Jan. 15, 2012).

Jan. 1, 2012:

Jan. 15, 2012:

30. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 38, No. 3, March 2012).

31. Gerontechnology (Vol. 10, No. 3, 2011).

32. Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 7, Special Issue 1, January 2012).

33. International Social Security Review (Vol. 65, No. 1, January-March 2012).

34. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 24, No. 1, February 2012).

35. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 24, No. 1, 2012).

36. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 11, No. 1, January 2012).

37. Journal of Population Aging (Vol. 4, No. 4, December 2011)>


38. 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 Jan. 2, 2012:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 2, 2012:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 2, 2012:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jan. 2, 2012:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 2, 2012:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jan. 2, 2012:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

39. ATLANTIC PHILANTHROPIES: "Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program" (deadline for the 2012-13 application is May 13, 2011). For more information see:


40. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jan. 5, 2012.


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.


Jack Solock
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