From the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging:

August 15th, 2005: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition and aging information.

Of Special Interest

US center for medicare and medicaid services reports:

Medicare Competitive Acquisition Program For Part B Drugs and Biologicals

Basic Questions and Answers about Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare Drug Premiums Will Be Lower Than Expected

CMS Ending Contingency For Non-compliant Medicare Electronic Claims To End

Society of Nutrition Education announces new Nutrition for Older Adults Division. Find out about membership HERE.

With food and care, agencies keep the elderly in their homes. Report by Boston Globe correspondent Susan Chaityn Lebovits.

Home and Community-Based Service Programs: Data Update from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Washington Post highlights countrywide programs designed to keep older adults at home: Programs including dietitian services.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association Transportation reports that costs are driving up the price of food and beverages.

Resources and Web links

Evaluation Findings from USDA Economic Research Service: Study Examines reducing the burden for older adults of applying for food stamps or benefits.

Evaluation of the USDA Elderly Nutrition Demonstrations: Volume I

Evaluation of the USDA Elderly Nutrition Demonstrations: Volume II

NIH SeniorHealth Adds Information on Smell and Taste. Updated senior-friendly NIH tool.

University of Nebraska Lancaster County Extension updates Nutrition & Osteoporosis PowerPoint. For public and professionals.

A Practical Guide to Alzheimer's, Dementia and Driving from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., the MIT Age Lab and Connecticut Community Care, Inc.

Book Review: Comprehensive Geriatric Oncology.

Research and Reports

Avenell A, Campbell MK, Cook JA, Hannaford PC, Kilonzo MM, McNeill G, Milne AC, Ramsay CR, Seymour DG, Stephen AI, Vale LD. Effect of multivitamin and multimineral supplements on morbidity from infections in older people (MAVIS trial): pragmatic, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial. BMJ. 2005; 331(7512):324-9.

Bonetta L. Science after retirement age: breaking the age barrier. Nature. 2005;436(7052):772-3.

Boyd CM, Darer J, Boult C, Fried LP, Boult L, Wu AW. Clinical practice guidelines and quality of care for older patients with multiple comorbid diseases: implications for pay for performance. JAMA. 2005:10;294(6):716-24.

Cagney KA, Browning CR, Wen M. Racial disparities in self-rated health at older ages: what difference does the neighborhood make? J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2005;60(4):S181-90.

Cagney KA, Browning CR, Wen M. Racial disparities in self-rated health at older ages and the dangers of obfuscating neighborhood effects research. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2005;60(4):S193-4.

Gariballa S. Vitamin and mineral supplements for preventing infections in older people. BMJ. 2005;331(7512):304-5.

Gulati M, Black HR, Shaw LJ, Arnsdorf MF, Merz CN, Lauer MS, Marwick TH, Pandey DK, Wicklund RH, Thisted RA. The prognostic value of a nomogram for exercise capacity in women. N Engl J Med. 2005;353(5):468-75.

Hoffman R. Do socioeconomic mortality differences decrease with rising age? Demogr Res. 2005;13(2):35-62.

Hu P, Seeman TE, Harris TB, Reuben DB. Does Inflammation or Undernutrition Explain the Low Cholesterol Mortality Association in High-Functioning Older Persons? MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging . J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005;51(1):1-144.

Marx J. Neuroscience. Preventing Alzheimer's: a lifelong commitment? Science. 2005;309(5736):864-6.

Moore AA, Endo JO, Carter MK. Is there a relationship between excessive drinking and functional impairment in older persons? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jan;51(1):44-9.

Messinger-Rapport B, Pothier Snader CE, Blackstone EH, Yu D, Lauer MS. Value of exercise capacity and heart rate recovery in older people. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003;51(1):63-8.

Ness J, Cirillo DJ, Weir DR, Nisly NL, Wallace RB. Use of complementary medicine in older americans: results from the health and retirement study. Gerontologist. 2005;45(4):516-24.

Pfeiffer CM, Caudill SP, Gunter EW, Osterloh J, Sampson EJ. Biochemical indicators of B vitamin status in the US population after folic acid fortification: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2000. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;82(2):442-50.

Resnick B, Orwig D, Wehren L, Zimmerman S, Simpson M, Magaziner AJ. The exercise plus program for older women post hip fracture: participant perspectives.Gerontologist. 2005;45(4):539-44.

Reynolds SL, Saito Y, Crimmins EM. The impact of obesity on active life expectancy in older american men and women. Gerontologist. 2005;45(4):438-44.

Rosen CJ. Clinical practice. Postmenopausal osteoporosis. N Engl J Med . 2005;353(6):595-603.

Rosenberg IH. Science-based micronutrient fortification: which nutrients, how much, and how to know? Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;82(2):279-8.

Sato Y, Kanoko T, Satoh K, Iwamoto J. The prevention of hip fracture with risedronate and ergocalciferol plus calcium supplementation in elderly women with Alzheimer disease: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(15):1737-42.

Simmons SF, Lam HY, Rao G, Schnelle JF. Family members' preferences for nutrition interventions to improve nursing home residents' oral food and fluid intake. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003;51(1):69-74.

St-Onge MP. Relationship between body composition changes and changes in physical function and metabolic risk factors in aging. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2005;8(5):523-8.

Stookey JD. High Prevalence of Plasma Hypertonicity among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Results from NHANES III . Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;8(105):1231-1239.

Suliman ME, Qureshi AR , Stenvinkel P, Pecoits-Filho R, Barany P, Heimburger O, Anderstam B, Rodriguez Ayala E, Divino Filho JC, Alvestrand A, Lindholm B. Inflammation contributes to low plasma amino acid concentrations in patients with chronic kidney disease. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;82(2):342-9

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