Current Social Science Research Report--Health #112, May 12, 2009.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles: (HTML and .pdf formats)."Assessment of Body Mass Index Screening of Elementary School Children --- Florida, 2007--2008"



2. National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief: "One-Third of U.S. Adults Embraced Most Heart Healthy Behaviors in 1999-2002," by Jacqueline D. Wright, Rosemarie Hirsch, and Chia-Yih Wang (Data Brief No. 17, May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Disease Management and Medicaid Waiver Services for HIV/AIDS Patients," (April 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 22p.).

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "Average Number of Total (Including Refills) and Unique Prescriptions by Select Person Characteristics, 2006," by Marie N. Stagnitti (Statistical Brief No. 245, May 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy Reports:

A. "2008 National Healthcare Quality Report" (March 2009, .pdf format, 153p.).

B. "2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report" (March 2009, .pdf format, 290p.).

Both are available at

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US States:


Department of Public Health Report: "Burden of Asthma in Illinois: 2000-2007" (April 2009, .pdf format, 98p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 87, No. 5, May 2009, .pdf format, p. 325-404).

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Periodical: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (March/April 2009).

3. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Monograph: "Financing health care in the European Union Challenges and policy responses," by Sarah Thomson, Thomas Foubister and Elias Mossialos (2009, .pdf format, 200p.).



1. Bureau of Statistics Report:

A. "National Health Survey: Summary of Results, 2007-08," (May 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 60p.).

B. "National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2007-08," (May 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

2. Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Caring for oral health in Australian residential care," by Jane M. Chalmers, A. John Spencer, Knute D. Carter, Peter L. King, and Clive Wright (Dental statistics and research series no. 48, May 2009, .pdf format, 61p.).



Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Factors Predicting Discharge Home From Inpatient Rehabilitation After Stroke" (May 2009, .pdf format, 18p.). Note: CIHI/ICIS requires free registration before providing this report.



Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "393,000 nursing professionals for 17.2 million hospital patients" (May 11, 2009). The press release links to a more detailed press release, in German.,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare Report Update: "Annual Health, Labour and Welfare Report 2007-2008." Several references (Part 3--.pdf format) were updated May 8, 2009.

Scroll to references near the bottom of the page.



Federal Bureau of Statistics Report: "National Health Accounts Pakistan 2005-06" (2009, .pdf format, 63p.).



National Health Service Report: "Breastfeeding-Statistics and Information" (May 2009, Microsoft Excel format).



Department of Health Report: "Tackling health inequalities: 10 years on" (May 2009, .pdf format, 140p.).

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Employee Benefits Research Institute Periodical: EBRI Notes (Vol. 30, No. 5, May 2009, .pdf format, 18p.). This month's articles are: "Consumer Engagement in Health Care: The Use of Lower Cost-Sharing," and "Income of the Elderly Population Age 65 and Over, 2007."


Economist Article: "Preparing for the worst: Vaccine makers are ill-prepared for an influenza pandemic" (May 7, 2009).


Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Report, Briefs:

A."Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health" (May 2009, .pdf format, 43p.).

B. "'CHIP TIPS' Series Focuses On New Opportunities For Covering Children Under Medicaid and CHIP" (May 2009, .pdf format).


Urban Institute Report:

A. "Federal Expenditures on Infants and Toddlers in 2007," by Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Julia Isaacs, Tracy Vericker, Adam Kent, and Paul Johnson (April 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. "Express Lane Eligibility and Beyond: How Automated Enrollment Can Help Eligible Children Receive Medicaid and CHIP," by Stan Dorn (April 2009, .pdf format, 42p.).


Science Article Summary, News Focus Extract:

A. "As Swine Flu Circles Globe, Scientists Grapple With Basic Question," by Jon Cohen and Martin Enserink (Vol. 324, No. 5927, May 1, 2009, p. 572-573).

B. "Civilization's Cost: The Decline and Fall of Human Health," by Ann Gibbons (Vol. 324, No. 5927, May 1, 2009, p. 588).


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "HIV Transmission in a State Prison System, 1988-2005," by Krishna Jafa, Peter McElroy, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Craig B. Borkowf, Robin MacGowan, Andrew Margolis, Ken Robbins, Ae Saekhou Youngpairoj, Dale Stratford, Alan Greenberg, Jennifer Taussig, R. Luke Shouse, Madeleine LaMarre, Eleanor McLellan-Lemal, Walid Heneine, and Patrick S. Sullivan (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5416. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005416, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Mortality Risk Prediction by an Insurance Company and Long-Term Follow-Up of 62,000 Men," by Eric J.G. Sijbrands, Erik Tornij, and Sietske J. Homsma (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5457. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005457, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).


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

A. "Effect of a Housing and Case Management Program on Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations Among Chronically Ill Homeless Adults: A Randomized Trial," by Laura S. Sadowski, Romina A. Kee, Tyler J. VanderWeele, and David Buchanan (Vol. 301, No. 17, May 6, 2009, p. 1771-1778).

B. "The Social Face of Economic Growth: China's Health System in Transition," by Christina S. Ho, and Lawrence O. Gostin (Vol. 301, No. 17, May 6, 2009, p. 1809-1811).

C. "Health Care Reform: Beyond Ideology," by David Orentlicher (Vol. 301, No. 17, May 6, 2009, p. 1816-1818).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Vaccine Refusal, Mandatory Immunization, and the Risks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," by Saad B. Omer, Daniel A. Salmon, Walter A. Orenstein, M. Patricia deHart, and Neal Halsey (Vol. 360, No. 19, May 7, 2009, p. 1981-1988).


British Medical Journal News Extracts:

A. "Investing in midwives is essential to reduce maternal mortality in fragile states," by Peter Moszynski (BMJ 2009;338:b1763, Apr. 30, 2009).

B. "Primary care trusts are warned against making 'unthinking cuts' in face of credit crunch, by Caroline White (BMJ 2009;338:b1762, Apr. 29, 2009).


Lancet, Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Swine influenza: how much of a global threat?" (Editorial, Volume 373, Issue 9674, May 2, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1495). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Health issues sidelined in India's general election," by Kristin Elisabeth Solberg (Special Report, Volume 373, Issue 9674, May 2, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1509- 1511). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Primary health care as a route to health security," by Margaret Chan (Comment, Vol. 373, No. 9675, May 9, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1586-1587). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Influenza begs many questions," by John McConnell (Comment extract, Vol. 373, No. 9675, May 9, 2009, p. 1590).

E. "Questions raised over response to influenza A outbreak," by Anastasia Moloney (World Report, Vol. 373, No. 9675, May 9, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1591-1592). This article is available free of charge.

F. "Towards a new developmental synthesis: adaptive developmental plasticity and human disease," by Peter D. Gluckman, Mark A. Hanson, Patrick Bateson, Alan S. Beedle, Catherine M. Law, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Konstantin V. Anokhin, Pierre Bougnères, Giriraj Ratan Chandak, Partha Dasgupta, George Davey Smith, Peter T. Ellison, Terrence E. Forrester, Scott F. Gilbert, Eva Jablonka, Hillard Kaplan, Andrew M. Prentice, Stephen J. Simpson, Ricardo Uauy, and Mary Jane West-Eberhard (Viewpoint extract, Vol. 373, No. 9675, May 9, 2009, p. 1654-1657).

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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Pollution, Health, and Avoidance Behavior: Evidence from the Ports of Los Angeles," by Enrico Moretti and Matthew Neidell (w14939, May 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).


A pervasive problem in the literature on the health costs of pollution is that optimizing individuals may compensate for increases in pollution by reducing their exposure to protect their health. This implies that estimates of the health effects of pollution may vastly understate the full welfare effects of pollution, particularly for individuals most at risk who have the greatest incentive to adopt compensatory behavior. Furthermore, using ambient monitors to approximate individual exposure to pollution may induce considerable measurement error. We overcome these issues by estimating the short run effects of ozone on respiratory related health conditions using daily boat arrivals and departures into the two major ports of Los Angeles as an instrumental variable for ozone levels. While daily variation in boat traffic is a major contributor to local ozone pollution, time-varying pollution due to port activity is arguably a randomly determined event uncorrelated with factors related to health. Instrumental variable estimates are significantly larger than OLS estimates, indicating the importance of accounting for avoidance behavior and measurement error in understanding the full welfare effects from pollution.

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

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 99, No. 6, June 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is 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.

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 48, No. 11, Jun. 1, 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is 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.

European Journal of Public Health (Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is 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.

Health Policy and Planning (Vol. 24, No. 3, May 2009).

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2009).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through May 12, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through May 12, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through May 12, 2009.

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US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "Roundtable Discussion on 'Expanding Health Care Coverage,' a hearing held May 5, 2009 (.pdf format).

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Demographic and Health Survey: "The data for the Bangladesh DHS 2007 survey are now available for download to all registered users with access to Bangladesh surveys."

For more information on registering to access DHS data, go to:


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.

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National Longitudinal Survey:

The latest updates are accession number 6100-6136



Simply change the number after the [0]= in the Internet address to see each new listing.

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