Current Social Science Research Report--Health #102, March 3, 2009.

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1. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Press Release: "Growth In National Health Expenditures Expected To Slow By 2009 As A Result Of Recession," (February 24, 2009). Note: There is a link at the end of the release to "health care spending projection data."

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "Motor Vehicle--Related Death Rates --- United States, 1999--2005," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 7, February 27, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, p. 161-165).

B. "Arthritis as a Potential Barrier to Physical Activity Among Adults With Heart Disease --- United States, 2005 and 2007," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 7, February 27, 2009, HTML and .pdf p. 165-169).


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3. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Predictors of Substance Abuse Treatment Completion or Transfer to Further Treatment by Service Type," (February 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief:

A. "The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2005-2006," by Steven B. Cohen and William Yu (Statistical Brief No. 236, February 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ordered by Total Expense for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief No. 238, February 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

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US States:


Department of Health Report: "2008 Health Disparities Report" (February 2009, .pdf format, 37p.).


Department of Public Health Report: "Illinois HIV/AIDS/SDT Monthly Surveillance Update" (January 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).


Office of Health and Human Services Report: "MassHealth Managed Care HEDIS 2008 Final Report" (November 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Reports:

A. "2009 County Health Data Book" (February 2009, HTML or Microsoft Word format).

B. "Cancer Projections North Carolina 2009" (February 2009, .pdf format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 87, No. 3, March 2009, .pdf format, p. 161-244).

2. Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Periodical: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (Vol. 15, No. 1, January/February 2009, .pdf format, 238p.).

3. Regional Office for the Western Pacific Compendium, Report:

A. Western Pacific Country Health Information Profiles 2008 Revision (2008, .pdf format, 560p.).

B. "Country data for the Western Pacific Region 2008" (2009, .pdf format, 31p.). The topic of these tables is tuberculosis: 2006



Canadian Institute For Health Information (CIHI)/Institut Canadien D'information Sur La Sante Report: "The Association Between Socio-Economic Status and Inpatient Hospital Service Use for Depression," (February 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Feb. 25- March 3, 2009).



National Health Statistics Scotland Report: "Alcohol Statistics Scotland 2009" (February 2009, Microsoft Word format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format). Links to full text and tables are at the bottom of the page.



1. Department of Health Reports:

A. "Critical care beds: January 2009" (February 2009, Microsoft Excel format.

B. "Hospital Outpatient Activity 2007/08" (February 2009, .pdf format, 1p.). There is a link at the site to relevant tables in HESonline.

2. House of Lords Report: "Healthcare across EU borders: a safe framework," (February 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 57p.).



3. National Statistics Office News Release, Periodical:

A. "Cancer survival improves in deprived areas" (Feb. 26, 2009, .pdf format, 3p.).

B. Health Statistics Quarterly (No. 41, Spring 2009, .pdf format, 76p.).

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Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "Next Steps for America’s Family Planning Program: Leveraging the Potential of Medicaid and Title X in an Evolving Health Care System," by Rachel Benson Gold, Adam Sonfield, Cory L. Richards, and Jennifer J. Frost (February 2009, .pdf format, 40p.).


US Institute of Medicine Reports:

A. "State of the USA Health Indicators: Letter Report," Committee on the State of the USA Health Indicators (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 98p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site. NAP requires free registration before providing a print copy.

B. America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care (National Academies Press, February 2009, OpenBook format, 160p.). 200p.). Ordering information for a .pdf or print copy is available at the site.


Urban Institute Report: "Nine in Ten: Using the Tax System to Enroll Eligible, Uninsured Children into Medicaid and SCHIP," by Stan Dorn, Bowen Garrett, Cynthia Perry, Lisa Clemans-Cope, and Aaron Lucas (January 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract, Commentary Extract:

A. "Association Between Diabetes and Perinatal Depression Among Low-Income Mothers," by Katy Backes Kozhimannil, Mark A. Pereira, and Bernard L. Harlow (Vol. 31, No. 8, February 25, 2009, p. 842-847).

B. "The Feminization of Medicine and Population Health," by Susan P. Phillips and Emily B. Austin (Vol. 31, No. 8, February 25, 2009, p. 863-864).


New England Journal of Medicine Perspective Abstracts:

A. "Slowing the Growth of Health Care Costs - Lessons from Regional Variation," by Elliott S. Fisher, Julie P. Bynum, and Jonathan S. Skinner (Vol. 360, No. 9, February 26, 2009, p. 849-852).

B. "Investing in Health Care Reform," by Karen Davis (Vol. 360, No. 9, February 26, 2009, p. 852-855).

C. "Expanding Coverage for Children - The Democrats' Power and SCHIP Reauthorization," by John K. Iglehart (Vol. 360, No. 9, February 26, 2009, p. 855-857).


British Medical Journal Article Abstract: "Association between change in high density lipoprotein cholesterol and cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality: systematic review and meta-regression analysis," by Matthias Briel, Ignacio Ferreira-Gonzalez, John J. You, Paul J. Karanicolas, Elie A. Akl, Ping Wu, Boris Blechacz, Dirk Bassler, Xinge Wei, Asheer Sharman, Irene Whitt, Suzana Alves da Silva, Zahira Khalid, Alain J. Nordmann, Qi Zhou, Stephen D. Walter, Noah Vale, Neera Bhatnagar, Christopher O'Regan, Edward J. Mills, Heiner C. Bucher, Victor M. Montori, and Gordon H. Guyatt (BMJ 2009;338:b92, February 28, 2009).


Lancet Article Abstract: "Development of a risk score for atrial fibrillation (Framingham Heart Study): a community-based cohort study," by Renate B. Schnabel, Lisa M. Sullivan, Daniel Levy, Michael J. Pencina, Joseph M. Massaro, Ralph B. D'Agostino, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Jennifer F. Yamamoto, Jared W. Magnani, Thomas M. Tadros, William B. Kannel, Thomas J. Wang, Patrick T. Ellinor, Philip A. Wolf, Ramachandran S. Vasan, and Emelia J. Benjamin (Vol. 373, No. 9665, February 28, 2009, p. 739-745).

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology:

A. "The Size of Health Selection Effects," by Alberto Palloni, Robert G. White, and Carolina Milesi (CDE Working Paper No. 2009-01, December 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).


The association between adult socioeconomic status and health status has been alternately attributed to the material effects of economic status, ties between labor productivity and health and cumulative effects of early life socioeconomic status. This paper considers the lasting e ects of early child health for adult socioeconomic gradients in health status. We analyze longitudinal data with measures of developmental, health and socioeconomic outcomes over the life cycle and show how poor health early in life correlates with lower schooling outcomes, lower adult occupational status and poor adult health. We then examine the cumulative effects of early child health for trajectories of both socioeconomic attainment and health accumulation with a set of counterfactual experiments of health e ects over the life cycle. The results show that early child health effects contribute little to the socioeconomic gradient in health that is observed in adulthood.

B. "Roadblocks for sustained improvements in life expectancy in Latin America and the Caribbean," by Alberto Palloni, Kenya Noronha, and Mary McEniry (CDE Working Paper No. 2009-02, 2009, .pdf format, 45p.).


Future life expectancy in Latin America and the Caribbean could be compromised. Older people attaining age 60 after the years 1990-2000 are scarred by experiences that could translate into higher susceptibility to chronic conditions and higher mortality. Once dismissed as unthinkable, increases in mortality made their debut in modern societies, massively in Sub-Saharan Africa with HIV/AIDS and suddenly in the former Soviet Republics. We argue that the route to further increases in life expectancy in LAC is littered with obstacles. However, unlike Sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Republics, changes in longevity in LAC may become driven neither by sudden overhaul of political regimes nor by the emergence of new diseases but, paradoxically, by conditions rooted in the unprecedented improvements in longevity that took place more than a half century ago. To support this view we assess empirical conditions characterizing two LAC countries, Mexico and Puerto Rico.


ESRC Research Centre For Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) [London (UK) School of Economics]: "The Effect of Health on Consumption Decisions in Later Life: Evidence from the UK," by Eleni Karagiannaki (CASE/136, January 2009, .pdf format, 41p.).


The analysis in this paper focuses on the impact of health on the savings and consumption decisions of the elderly. In principle, there are at least five alternative channels through which health may affect consumption and savings. Ill health may affect both consumption capacities and needs while the risk of deteriorating health might increase subjective mortality expectations inducing higher consumption. Conversely ill health may induce lower consumption and an increase in precautionary savings given that agents may anticipate increased consumption needs following a negative health shock. Our main objective in this paper is to describe how consumption decisions of the elderly adjust to health changes and to disentangle of the different channels through which consumption responds to health changes. To identify the effect of health on consumption and saving decisions we use data from the British Household Panel Survey and the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA) and we estimate a series of regression models which relate health changes to observed consumption changes. Our findings suggest that there are significant adjustments in the composition of consumption following an illness onset. These adjustments reflect mainly the combined effect of increased costs associated with illness onset as well as the effect of constraints on opportunity to spend associated with illness onset.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Re-Constructing Childhood Health Histories," by James P. Smith (Discussion Paper 4036, February 2009, .pdf format, 32p.).

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

AIDS (Vol. 23, No. 4, Feb. 20, 2009).

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 169, No. 6, Mar. 15, 2009).

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 117, No. 3, March 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journals is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Medical Care (Vol. 47, No. 3, March 2008).

Public Health Nursing (Vol. 26, No. 2, March/April 2009).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 3, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 3, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Mar. 3, 2009.

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US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "Scoring Health Care Reform: CBO’s Budget Options," a hearing held Feb. 25, 2009 (.pdf format).

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UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

and pick "1 month" for either.

New surveys are: SN 6112--Health Survey for England, 2007

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