Current Social Science Research Report--Health #29, September 4, 2007.

CSSRR-Health is a weekly email report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.disc.wisc.edu/reports/cssrindex.html

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CSSRR-Health is compiled and edited by Jack Solock and Charlie Fiss.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. National Cancer Institute Report: "Cancer Communication: Health Information National Trends Survey 2003 and 2005" (August 2007, .pdf format, 80p.).

http://hints.cancer.gov/hints/docs/hints_report.pdf

Related National Institutes of Health News Release: "New Report Indicates Changes in How Americans Get Their Information about Health and Cancer" (Aug. 29, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/nci-29.htm

2. National Institute of Health News Releases:

A. "HIV Protease Inhibitors Show Potential as Cancer Treatments" (Sep. 1, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2007/nci-01.htm

B. "National Asthma Guidelines Updated" (Aug. 29, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/nhbli-29.htm

3. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 13, No. 9, September 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm?s_cid=eidindex_e

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next EID is released, this one, along with all others, will be available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/pastcon.htm

4. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "National, State, and Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19--35 Months --- United States, 2006" (Vol. 56, No. 34, Aug. 31, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 880-885).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5634a2.htm

B. "National Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13--17 Years --- United States, 2006" (Vol. 56, No. 34, Aug. 31, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 885-888).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5634a3.htm

C. "QuickStats: Percentage of Persons with Untreated Dental Caries, by Age Group and Poverty Status --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), United States, 2001--2004" (Vol. 56, No. 34, Aug. 31, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 889).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5634a5.htm

.pdf for all:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5634.pdf

5. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Report: "Health Care Expenses for Uncomplicated Pregnancies," by Steven R. Machlin and Frederick Rohde (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Research Findings 27, August 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Research%20Findings&opt=2&id=829

6. Congressional Research Service Reports:

A. "Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDRTB): Emerging Public Health Threats and Quarantine and Isolation," by Kathleen S. Swendiman, and Nancy Lee Jones (RL34144, August 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RL34144

B. "Health and Safety Concerns Over U.S. Imports of Chinese Products: An Overview," by Wayne M. Morrison (RS22713, August 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.opencrs.com/rpts/RS22713_20070828.pdf

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US States:

Pennsylvania:

Department of Health Report: "Preliminary 2006 Deaths by County and Municipality" (August 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&Q=201645

Wisconsin:

Department of Health and Family Services Update: "Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) has been updated with 2006 data." "The updated module contains Wisconsin statewide, regional and county-level population counts and estimates for the years 1989-2006."

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/wish/

and click on "Population".

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 85, No. 9, September 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/9/en/index.html

2. World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Report: "Tuberculosis Control in the Western Pacific Region" (2007, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.wpro.who.int/publications/PUB_9789290612506.htm

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "National Diabetes Register: a statistical profile 1999-2005," (Diabetes series no. 7, August 2007, .pdf format, 86p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10489

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Canada:

Canadian Center for Health Information/Institut Canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health and Homelessness" (August 2007, .pdf format, 70p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_910_E&cw_topic=910&cw_rel=AR_1730_E

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Malta:

Ministry of Health Report: "National Cancer Registry: Incidence (1996-2005) and Mortality Tables (1996-2006) for Pancreas Cancer" (August 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.sahha.gov.mt/showdoc.aspx?id=44&filesource=4&file=pancreas.pdf

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Scotland:

General Registry Office Report: "Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2006" (August 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data/drug-related-deaths/drug-related-deaths-in-scotland-2006/index.html

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UK:

1. Department of Health News Release: "UK to lead the way with picture warnings on tobacco packets" (Aug. 29, 2007).

http://www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp?ReleaseID=310521&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False

2. Health Protection Agency Website: "Avian Influenza News"

http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/influenza/avian/Av_flu_News/avf_news07.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "Assessment of the Reach and Usefulness of the Compendium of Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating National Tuberculosis Programs," by Lucy Wilson and Stephanie Mullen (sr-07-39-en, September 2007, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/sr-07-39.pdf

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Urban Institute Report: "Getting Ready for Reform: Insurance Coverage and Access to and Use of Care in Massachusetts in Fall 2006," by Sharon K. Long and Mindy Cohen (August 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411531.html

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Trust for America's Health Report: "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007," by Jeffrey Levi, Emily Gadola, and Laura M. Segal (August 2007, .pdf format, 118p.).

http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2007/

More information on TFAH:

http://healthyamericans.org/about/

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Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Report: "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 - August 2007." "This August 2007 tracking poll finds that health care remains the top domestic issue that the public wants presidential candidates to address in the campaign, trailing only Iraq on the public's overall priority list." (August 2007, Key Findings, .pdf format, 11p., Toplines, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/h08_pomr083007pkg.cfm

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National Association of Counties Report: "The Meth Epidemic: The Changing Demographics of Methamphetamine," (August 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Media_Center&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=24797

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Lancet World Reports, Article: Note Lancet required free registration before providing articles.

A. "South African AIDS policy lurches into new crisis," by Clare Kapp (Vol. 370, No. 9589, Sep. 1, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 727-728). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613580/fulltext

B. "Economic concerns hamper tobacco control in China," by Margaret Harris Chen (Vol. 370, No. 9589, Sep. 1, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 729-730). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613592/fulltext

C. "Passive smoking exposure and risk of COPD among adults in China: the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study," by P. Yin, C.Q. Jiang, K.K. Cheng, T.H. Lam,K.H. Lam, M.R. Miller, W.S. Zhang, G.N. Thomas, and P. Adab ((Vol. 370, No. 9589, Sep. 1, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 751-757). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613786/fulltext

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WORKING PAPERS:

Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program: "The Impact of Health Insurance Status on Treatment Intensity and Health Outcomes," by David Card, Carlos Dobkin, and Nicole Maestas (WR-505, August 2007, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR505/

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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Chernobyl's Subclinical Legacy: Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout and School Outcomes in Sweden," by Douglas Almond, Lena Edlund, and Mårten Palme (w13347, August 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).

Abstract:

Japanese atomic bomb survivors irradiated 8-25 weeks after ovulation subsequently suffered reduced IQ [Otake and Schull, 1998]. Whether these findings generalize to low doses (less than 10 mGy) has not been established. This paper exploits the natural experiment generated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident in April 1986, which caused a spike in radiation levels in Sweden. In a comprehensive data set of 562,637 Swedes born 1983-1988, we find the cohort in utero during the Chernobyl accident had worse school outcomes than adjacent birth cohorts, and this deterioration was largest for those exposed approximately 8-25 weeks post conception. Moreover, we find larger damage among students born in regions that received more fallout: students from the eight most affected municipalities were 3.6 percentage points less likely to qualify to high school as a result of the fallout. Our findings suggest that fetal exposure to ionizing radiation damages cognitive ability at radiation levels previously considered safe.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13347

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Brookings Institution: "Exploring Price-Independent Mechanisms in the Obesity Epidemic" (Center on Social and Economic Dynamics Working Paper No. 48, August 2007, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.brookings.edu/es/dynamics/papers/csed_wp48.htm

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University of Colorado-Boulder Institute of Behavioral Science: "Disclosure of HIV Test Results and Non-response Bias in Seroprevalence Surveys," by Georges Reniers, Tekebash Araya, Yemane Berhane, Gail Davey, and Eduard J. Sanders (POP2007-05, August 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).

Abstract:

Objective(s): Investigate the effect of different study protocols with respect to the disclosure of HIV test results on non-response bias in HIV prevalence estimates.

Design: Nine-month surveillance of hospital admissions in Addis Ababa in which patients were approached for an HIV test. Patients had the choice between three consent levels: testing and post-test counseling (level A); testing without post-test counseling (level B); and total refusal (level C). For all patients, information was collected on basic sociodemographic background characteristics and admission diagnosis. That information is used to predict HIV status in those who refuse testing.

Methods: We first investigate the covariates of different levels of consent. We then quantify bias in HIV prevalence estimates due to refusal for testing via Heckman regression models that account for sample selection.

Results: We find that refusal positively correlates with the likelihood of infection and that non-response bias in HIV prevalence surveys depends on the study protocol: if disclosure of HIV status is implied in study participation, the bias is likely to be much larger than in a scenario where respondents can opt out of post-test counseling. We also find that consent for testing increased since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in Ethiopia. Other covariates of refusal are age, gender, marital status, educational status and counselor.

Conclusions: Disclosure or non-disclosure of test results is an important consideration in studies that wish to minimize non-response bias in HIV prevalence surveys. The availability of ART is likely to reduce refusal rates.

http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/pubs/pop/pop2007-0005.pdf

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 6, Sep. 15, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol166/issue6/index.dtl?etoc

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 115, No. 9, September 2007), Note: Full text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Health Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2007/115-9/toc.html

Social Medicine (Vol. 2, No. 3, 2007).

http://journals.sfu.ca/socialmedicine/index.php/socialmedicine/issue/view/16/showToc

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Aug. 28- Sep. 4, 2007).

http://www.academyhealth.org/career/employment.htm

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Aug. 29- Sep. 4, 2007).

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results/

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DATA:

National Center for Health Statistics: "The Division of Health Interview Statistics (DHIS) of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)announces the imputation of family income and personal earnings for the 2006 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) (self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format). For each survey year 1997-2006, the imputed values, file layout, frequency counts for the variables, and technical documentation (including examples of analyses) can be obtained from the NHIS Web site under the desired survey year. For the 2006 Imputed Income Files, follow the link below, then click Data Release under the 2006 NHIS category scroll down to the Imputed Income Files link" (which is at the bottom of the page).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/quest_data_related_1997_forward.htm

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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (all, August 2007, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format)

MEPS HC-094H: 2005 Home Health File:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094H

MEPS HC-094C: 2005 Other Medical Expenses:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094C

MEPS HC-094B: 2005 Dental Visits:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094B

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Demographic and Health Survey: Data is available for Armenia: Standard DHS, 2005:

http://www.measuredhs.com/aboutsurveys/search/metadata.cfm?surv_id=262&ctry_id=81&SrvyTp=0

Click on "click here" for more information about data access.

More information about the Survey:

http://www.measuredhs.com/aboutsurveys/search/metadata.cfm?surv_id=262&ctry_id=81&SrvyTp=0

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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

Panel Study Of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

Desha, Laura; Ziviani, Jenny; Nicholson, Jan, and Martin, Graham. Physical Activity and Despressive Symptoms in American Adolescents. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 2007; 29(4):1.

Willson, Andrea E, and Shuey, Kim M. Cumulative Advantage Processes as Mechanisms of Inequality in Life Course Health. American Journal of Sociology. 2007; 112(6):1886-1924.

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