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Index to this issue:
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS
NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES
OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.
TABLES OF CONTENTS
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS
1. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Ambulatory Medical Care Utilization Estimates for 2005," by Catharine W. Burt, Linda F. McCaig, and Elizabeth A. Rechtsteiner (Advance Data Number 386, June 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).
2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report QuickStat: "Suicide and Homicide Rates Among Adults Aged >18 Years, by Age Group --- National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2002--2004," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 25, June 29, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 635).
3. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief:
A. "Use of the Pap Test as a Cancer Screening Tool among Women Age 18-64, U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005," by Anita Soni (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 173, June 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).
B. "Health Insurance Status of Children in America, First Half 1996-2006: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 18," by Michelle Roberts and Jeffrey A. Rhoades (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 172, June 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).
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Department of Health and Hospitals Reports:
A. "Louisiana Sexually Transmitted Diseases Annual Report 2004: (June 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).
B. "Louisiana Sexually Transmitted Diseases Annual Report 2005" (June 2007, .pdf format, 53p.).
C. "2006 Louisiana Health Report Card" (June 2007, .pdf format, 241p.).
Department of Health Report: "Mississippi Youth Tobacco Survey 2006" (June 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).
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NGO and Other Countries:
1. World Health Organization Report: "WHO Research into global hazards of travel (WRIGHT) project : Final report of Phase I," (June 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).
2. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Periodical EuroObserver (Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2007, .pdf format, 8p.). "This issue of the Observatory's health policy bulletin reviews the approaches to planning health services and resources in nine countries, and provides two case studies on governance structures, planning responsibilities, operational mechanisms and contractual arrangements."
World Bank Report: "Public Policy and the Challenge of Chronic Non-communicable Diseases," by Olusoji Adeyi, Owen Smith, and Sylvia Robles (2007, .pdf format, 188p.).
Pan American Health Organization Periodical: Perspectives in Health (Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007).
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2006," (Cancer series no. 37, June 2007, .pdf format, 144p.).
Ministry of Health News Release: "Gov’t To Spend Millions To Upgrade Public Health Sector" (Jun. 21, 2007).
Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:
A. "Older mums breastfeed longer" (Jun. 26, 2007).
B. "Alcohol consumption youth and over-65s at the same level," by Pieter Duimelaar (Jun. 28, 2007).
Health Systems Trust Policy Brief: "HIV and Infant Feeding - Summary of Findings from The Good Start Study," by Tanya Doherty (June 2007, 2p.).
National Health Service Reports:
A. "NHS Maternity Statistics 2005-06" (June 2007, .pdf format, 58p., with Microsoft Excel tables).
B. "Statistics on Alcohol: England 2007" (June 2007, .pdf format, 125p., with Microsoft Excel tables).
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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.
Urban Institute Reports:
A. "Costs of Caring for Uninsured People in Maine," by Stephen Zuckerman, Randall R. Bovbjerg, Jack Hadley, and Dawn M. Miller (June 2007, .pdf format, 51p.).
B. "Health Insurance Coverage in Maine 2004-2005, by Allison Cook, Dawn M. Miller, and Stephen Zuckerman (June 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).
Journal of the American Medical Association Special Issue: Vol 297, No. 24, Jun. 27, 2007 is a special issue devoted to Chronic Diseases of Children. Check your library for full text availability.
New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Use of Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors in Pregnancy and the Risk of Birth Defects," by Sura Alwan, Jennita Reefhuis, Sonja A. Rasmussen, Richard S. Olney, and Jan M. Friedman (Vol. 356, No. 26, Jun. 28, 2007, p. 2684-2692).
Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content. "Prevalence of HIV infection in conflict-affected and displaced people in seven sub-Saharan African countries: a systematic review," by Dr. Paul B. Spiegel, Anne Rygaard Bennedsen, Johanna Claass, Laurie Bruns, Njogu Patterson, Dieudonne Yiweza, and Marian Schilperoord (Vol. 369, No. 9580, June 30, 2007, p. 2187-2195).
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 7, No. 24, Jul. 2, 2007). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."
Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. Contact Peggy D'Adamo at email@example.com with your request and complete mailing address.
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Princeton University Office of Population Research: "Are Life Satisfaction and Optimism Protective of Health Among Older Adults?" by Amy Love Collins, Noreen Goldman, and Germán Rodríguez (Working Paper No. 2007-02, 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).
This study examined associations among life satisfaction, optimism and mobility restrictions in a population based sample of 3,363 older persons from the Survey of Health and Living Status of the Near Elderly and Elderly in Taiwan. Zero-inflated Poisson regression was used to determine if life satisfaction and optimism were independently related to the number of mobility restrictions that developed during an approximately 8-year period. We adjusted for sociodemographic characteristics, health status and depressive symptoms at baseline. Life satisfaction and optimism were both associated with the development of fewer mobility restrictions during follow-up, but only for those participants who had zero mobility restrictions at baseline. The results suggest a protective relationship between aspects of psychological well-being and physical decline in later life.
Center for Research on Child Wellbeing [Princeton University]: "Risk Factors for Infant Asthma in Susceptible Families," by Bill Chiu, Marie Crandall, and Karen Sheehan (Working Paper No. 2007-15-FF, June 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).
Purpose: Socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in the United States have disproportionately high number of children diagnosed with asthma. We investigated risk factors contributing to the disease among children born to susceptible families.
Methods: The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is a longitudinal cohort of approximately 5000 children from disadvantaged parents across the United States. Data from interviews with mothers conducted shortly after birth and follow-up surveys at one year were analyzed. Infant asthma requiring medical attention was the outcome of interest. Multivariate regression analysis identified independent risk factors for infant asthma.
Results: 13.5% of the respondents (n=506 of 3747) had an infant with asthma. Significant risk factors included maternal cigarette smoking, low birth weight, infant male gender, and African American race. Breastfeeding was protective.
Conclusion: Environmental factors interact with a child’s characteristics in contributing to infant asthma. Policies that promote breastfeeding and discourage maternal cigarette smoking could reduce asthma incidence.
National Bureau of Economic Research: "Maternal employment, breastfeeding, and health: Evidence from maternity leave mandates," by Michael Baker and Kevin S. Milligan (w13188, June 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).
Public health agencies around the world have renewed efforts to increase the incidence and duration of breastfeeding. Maternity leave mandates present an economic policy that could help achieve these goals. We study their efficacy focusing on a significant increase in maternity leave mandates in Canada. We find very large increases in mothers' time away from work post-birth and in the attainment of critical breastfeeding duration thresholds. However, we find little impact on the self-reported indicators of maternal and child health captured in our data.
Social And Economic Dimensions Of An Aging Population (SEDAP) [McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario]: "Psychosocial resources and social health inequalities in France: Exploratory findings from a general population survey," by Florence Jusot, Michel Grignon, and Paul Dourgnon (WP 189, May 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).
We study the psychosocial determinants of health, and their impact on social inequalities in health in France.
We use a unique general population survey to assess the respective impact on self assessed health status of subjective perceptions of social capital controlling for standard socio-demographic factors (occupation, income, education, age and gender). The survey is unique for two reasons: First, we use a variety of measures to describe self-perceived social capital (trust and civic engagement, social support, sense of control, and self esteem). Second, we can link these measures of social capital to a wealth of descriptors of health status and behaviours.
We find empirical support for the link between the subjective perception of social capital and health. Sense of control at work is the most important determinant of health status. Other important ones are civic engagement and social support. To a lesser extent, sense of being lower in the social hierarchy is associated with poorer health status. On the contrary, relative deprivation does not affect health in our survey. Since access to social capital is not equally distributed in the population, these findings suggest that psychosocial factors can explain a substantial part of social inequalities in health in France.
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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):
American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 2, Jul. 15, 2007).
European Journal of Public Health (Vol. 17, No. 3, June 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.
Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 115, No. 7, July 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.
Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2007).
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National Institutes of Health:
A. "Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21)," (PA-07-391, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, June 29, 2007).
B. "Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R01)," (PA-07-392, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, June 29, 2007).
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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jul. 2, 2007 which may be of interest to Health researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:
New and updated data:
All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:
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