Current Social Science Research Report--Health #113, May 19, 2009.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article: "Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis Surveillance --- African Region, 2002--2008" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 18, May 15, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 493-497).



2. Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS Statistics and Surveillance Slide Sets Updates:

A. "HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Women" (May 2009, .pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Flash format, 13 slides).

B. "HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults (through 2007)" (May 2009, .pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Flash format, 16 slides).

C. "Pediatric HIV/AIDS Surveillance (through 2007) (May 2009, .pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Flash format, 11 slides)."

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Slides:

3. National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief: "Changing Patterns of Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States," by Stephanie J. Ventura (Data Brief No. 18, May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

4. Report: "Roadblocks to Healthcare" (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

5. US 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.).

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US States:


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

New Mexico:

State Department of Health Periodical: New Mexico Epidemiology (2009, No. 5, May 22, 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The title of this month's article is: "Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use by Grade Level among Middle School and High School Students in the 2007 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)," by Dan Green.

South Carolina:

Office of Research and Statistics Report: "Hospital Discharge Summary, Oct 2006--Sept 2007" (May 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).


Office of Financial Management Research Brief: "Health Insurance by Work Characteristics: 2008," by Erica Gardner and Jenny Hamilton (Research Brief No. 55, May 2009, .pdf format, 17p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Ministry of Health Compendium: Ministry of Health Annual Statistical Book 2008 (2009, .pdf format, 296p.). The compendium is in Arabic. Beginning on the 236th .pdf page, there is a detailed English summary.


South Africa:

Department of Health Report Update: "2009 Annual Single Exit Price" (updated May 18, 2009, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

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Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief: "Women at Risk: Why Many Women Are Forgoing Needed Health Care," by Sheila D. Rustgi, Michelle M. Doty, and Sara R. Collins (May 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).


Kaiser Family Foundation Reports, Pulling it Together:

A. "New Kaiser Resources Examine Medicaid as a Platform for Health Reform" (May 2009). The reports, all in .pdf format are: "Medicaid as a Platform for Broader Health Reform: Supporting High-Need and Low-Income Populations"; "The Coverage and Cost Impacts of Expanding Medicaid"; "Expanding Health Coverage for Low-Income Adults: Filling the Gaps in Medicaid Eligibility"; and "Community Care of North Carolina: Putting Health Reform Ideas into Practice in Medicaid."

B. "U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The President’s FY 2010 Budget Request: Factsheet Update Fiscal Year 2010" (May 2009, .pdf format, 3p.).

C. The latest "Pulling it Together", by Drew Altman, is: "The Experts vs. The Public on Health Reform."


Urban Institute Report: "Disabilities Among TANF Recipients: Evidence from the NHIS," by Pamela J. Loprest and Elaine Maag (May 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).


Canadian Policy Research Networks Report: "Moving Toward Health Service Integration: Provincial Progress in System Change for Seniors," by Dr. Margaret MacAdam (May 2009, .pdf format, 41p.).

More information about CPRN:


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Challenges for Routine Health System Data Management in a Large Public Programme to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in South Africa," by Kedar S. Mate, Brandon Bennett, Wendy Mphatswe, Pierre Barker, and Nigel Rollins (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5483. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005483, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "The G428A Nonsense Mutation in FUT2 Provides Strong but Not Absolute Protection against Symptomatic GII.4 Norovirus Infection," by Beatrice Carlsson, Elin Kindberg, Javier Buesa, Gustaf E. Rydell, Marta Fos Lidón, Rebeca Montava, Reem Abu Mallouh, Ammi Grahn, Jesús Rodríguez-Díaz, Juan Bellido, Alberto Arnedo, Göran Larson, and Lennart Svensson (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5593. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005593, HTML, XML , and .pdf format, 10p.).


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Immunization by vaccine-coated microneedle arrays protects against lethal influenza virus challenge," by Qiyun Zhu, Vladimir G. Zarnitsyn, Ling Ye, Zhiyuan Wen, Yulong Gao, Lei Pan, Ioanna Skountzou, Harvinder S. Gill, Mark R. Prausnitz, Chinglai Yang, and Richard W. Compans (Vol. 106, No. 19, May 12, 2009, p. 7968-7973).


British Medical Journal News Extracts:

A. "More than 40% of children in parts of Africa have experienced physical violence," by Roger Dobson (BMJ 2009;338:b1953, May 12, 2009).

B. "Young women at more risk of HIV infection than young men," by Michael Day (BMJ 2009;338:b1883, May 8, 2009).

C. "Asian countries’ spending on child and maternal health is inadequate, bank says," by Ben Bland (BMJ 2009;338:b1854, May 6, 2009).


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

A. "Health and climate change: a roadmap for applied research," by Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Roberto Bertollini, Maria Neira, Kristie Ebi, and Anthony McMichael (Comment, Vol. 373, No. 9676, May 16, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1663-1665). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Sri Lanka's twin humanitarian crises" (World Report, Vol. 373, No. 9676, May 16, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1667-1668). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Anthony Costello: making climate change part of global health," by Mark Honigsbaum (Perspectives, Vol. 373, No. 9676, May 16, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1669). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Managing the health effects of climate change," by Paul Ellis, Peter Barrett-Lee, Lindsay Johnson, David Cameron, Andrew Wardley, Susan O'Reilly, Mark Verrill, Ian Smith, John Yarnold, Robert Coleman, Helena Earl, Peter Canney, Chris Twelves, Christopher Poole, David Bloomfield, Penelope Hopwood, Stephen Johnston, Mitchell Dowsett, John M.S. Bartlett, Ian Ellis, Clare Peckitt, Emma Hall, and Judith M. Bliss (The Lancet Commissions, Vol. 373, No. 9676, May 16, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1693-1733). This article is available free of charge.

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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Education and the Prevalence of Pain," by Steven J. Atlas and Jonathan S. Skinner (w14964, May 2009, .pdf format, 33p.).


Many Americans report chronic and disabling pain, even in the absence of identifiable clinical disorders. We first examine the prevalence of pain in the older U.S. population using the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Among 50-59 year females, for example, pain rates ranged from 26 percent for college graduates to 55 percent for those without a high school degree. Occupation, industry, and marital status attenuated but did not erase these educational gradients. Second, we used a study of patients with lower back pain and sciatica arising from intervertebral disk herniation (IDH). Initially, nearly all patients reported considerable pain and discomfort, with a sizeable fraction undergoing surgery for their IDH. However, baseline severity measures and surgical or medical treatment explained little of the variation in 10-year outcomes. By contrast, education exerted a strong impact on changes over time in pain: just 9 percent of college graduates report leg or back pain "always" or "almost always" after 10 years, compared to 34 percent for people without a high school degree. This close association of education with pain is consistent with recent research emphasizing the importance of neurological -- and perhaps economic -- factors in the perception of pain.


Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population (SEDAP) [McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario]: "How should we support pharmaceutical innovation?" by Paul Grootendorst (Working Paper No. 246, May 2009, .pdf format, 22p.).


The question as to how society should support pharmaceutical ('pharma') innovation is both pertinent and timely: Pharma drugs are an integral component of modern health care and hold the promise to treat more effectively various debilitating health problems. The rate of pharma innovation, however, has declined since the 1980s. Many observers question whether the patent system is capable of providing the appropriate incentives for pharma innovation and point to several promising alternative mechanisms. These mechanisms include both 'push' programs - subsidies directed towards the cost of pharma R&D - and 'pull' programs - lumpsum rewards for the outputs of pharma R&D, that is, new drugs. I review evidence why our current system of pharma patents is defective and outline the various alternative mechanisms that may spur pharma innovation more effectively.

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 169, No. 11, Jun. 1, 2009).

Global Public Health (Vol. 4, No. 3, 2009).

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 21, No. 3, June 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.



US Department of Health and Human Services: "HHS to Award $1.79 Billion to Help People Living with HIV/AIDS" (May 14, 2009). For more information see:

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Penn State University [State College, Pennsylvania]: "2009 National Symposium on Family Issues: Biosocial Research Contributions to Understanding Family Processes and Problems," to be held Oct. 8-9, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through May 19, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through May 19, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through May 19, 2009.

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US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Hearing Testimony: "Delivery Reform: The Roles of Primary and Specialty Care in Innovative New Delivery Models," a hearing held May 14, 2009 (.pdf format).


US House Committee on Education and Labor, Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee Hearing Testimony: "Improving Child Nutrition Programs to Reduce Childhood Obesity," a hearing held May 14, 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.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Updates: has updated several of its tables from Apr. 17- May 13, 2009. The new tables are dated at:

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National Longitudinal Survey:

The latest updates are accession number 6137-6144



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

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