Current Social Science Research Report--Health #117, June 16, 2009.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports Articles, Surveillance Summary:

A. "Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks --- United States, 2006" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 22, HTML and .pdf format, 609-615).


B. "QuickStats: Average Number of Illness or Injury Bed Days During the Preceding 12 Months Among Adults Aged =18 Years, by Age Group --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 22, HTML and .pdf format, p. 622).


.pdf for both:

B."Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance --- United States, 2006," by Saswati Sunderam, Jeani Chang, Lisa Flowers, Aniket Kulkarni, Glenda Sentelle, Gary Jeng, and Maurizio Macaluso (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. SS-5, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-25).



2. Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet: "HIV/AIDS and Young Men Who Have Sex With Men" (June 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

3. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Potentially Avoidable Injuries to Mothers and Newborns During Childbirth, 2006," by C. Allison Russo and Roxanne M. Andrews (Statistical Brief No. 74, June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 13p.).



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US States:


Department of Public Health Reports:

A. "HIV/AIDS/STD Monthly Surveillance Update" (May 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Survey of Nonfatal Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Illinois, 2006" (March 2009, .pdf format, 68p.).


Department of Health and Hospitals Reports:

A. "2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Report" (June 2009, .pdf format, 84p.).

B. "2008 United Health Foundaion-LA Rankings" (June 2009, .pdf format, 1p.).

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Reports:

A. "2007 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Survey Results" (June 2009).

B. "Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Calendar Year 2008 Results" (June 2009).

South Dakota:

Association of Healthcare Organizations Report: "South Dakota Hospital PricePoint." "This Web site allows health care consumers to receive basic information about services and charges at South Dakota hospitals."

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Announcement, Report:

A. "World now at the start of 2009 influenza pandemic" (Jun. 11, 2009).

B. "Global status report on road safety" (2009, .pdf format, 287p.).



1. Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Australian hospital statistics 2007-08," (Health services series no. 33, June 2009, .pdf format, 416p.).

2. National Health and Hospital Reform Commission Report: "The Australian Health Care System: The Potential For Efficiency Gains" (2009, .pdf format, 66p.).$File/Potential%20Efficiency%20Gains%20-%20NHHRC%20Background%20Paper.pdf



Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Health Indicators 2009" (June 2009, .pdf format, 133p.). Note: CIHI/ICIS requires free registration before providing reports.



Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) [Paris, France] Periodical: Issues in Health Economics (No. 141, April 2009, English version, .pdf format, 6p.). The topic of this issue is: "Three Models of Primary Care Organisation in Europe, Canada, Australia and New-Zealand, by Yann Bourgueil, Anna Marek, and Julien Mousquès.



Statistics and Census Service Report: "Health Statistics 2008," (June 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 12p.).



1. Department of Health Reports:

A. "Attitudes to mental illness 2009 research report" (May 2009, .pdf format, 59p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

B. "Patient experience PSA scores update based on data up to and including 2008 patient surveys" (June 2009, .pdf format, 7p., with data in Microsoft Excel format). Links to full text and tables are at the bottom of the page.

C. "Report on the experience of patients in Black and Minority Ethnic groups, based on data up to and including 2008 patient surveys" (June 2009, .pdf format, 31p., with data in Microsoft Excel format). Links to full text and tables are at the bottom of the page.

2. National Health Service Report: "Prescribing for Diabetes in England: An Update 2002 -2008" (June 2009, 27p.).

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American Enterprise Institute Periodical: Health Policy Outlook (No. 7, June 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). This month article is "Taxing Health Insurance: A Tax Designed to Be Avoided," by Robert B. Helms.

More information about AEI:


Employee Benefit Research Institute Issue Brief: "The 2009 Health Confidence Survey: Public Opinion on Health Reform Varies; Strong Support for Insurance Market Reform and Public Plan Option, Mixed Response to Tax Cap" (Issue Brief 331, July 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).


Guttmacher Institute Report: "Meeting Young Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Nigeria," by Gilda Sedgh, Akinrinola Bankole, Friday Okonofua, Collins Imarhiagbe, Rubina Hussain, and Deirdre Wulf (April 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).


Kaiser Family Foundation Reports, Briefs:

A. "Survey about U.S. Role in Global Health Reports That Americans Want to Take Care of Problems at Home First in a Recession, But Say Don't Cut Funding For Global Health and Development" (June 2009, .pdf format, 43p.).

B. "Explaining Health Care Reform: What is Medicaid?" by Paul Fronstin (June 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

C. "How Does Health Coverage and Access to Care for Immigrants Vary by Length of Time in the U.S.?" (June 2009, .pdf format, 17p.).

D. "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll -- June 2009" (.pdf format, Key Findings, 6p., chartpack, 12p., toplines, 26p.).


Milbank Memorial Fund Report: "Healthy States/Healthy Nation: Essays for a New Administration and a New Congress," by Members of the Reforming States Group (2009, .pdf format, 51p.).


Population Action International Report: "Reproductive Health Supplies in Six Countries," by Elizabeth Leahy (June 2009, .pdf format). The report "identifies the challenges faced by reproductive health programs in Bangladesh, Ghana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Uganda. Funding constraints, combined with a weak commitment to prioritize the purchase of reproductive health supplies on the side of the recipient countries and a limited capacity for distribution, have created an unstable environment for supplies worldwide. The report, and its six associated case studies, calls for renewed attention to reproductive health supplies to avoid putting the health of millions of women at risk."


Urban Institute Report: "Health Care Reform for Children with Public Coverage: How Can Policymakers Maximize Gains and Prevent Harm?" by Genevieve M. Kenney and Stan Dorn (June 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "A Randomized Trial of Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease," by The BARI 2D Study Group (Vol. 360, No. 24, June 11, 2009, p. 2503-2515).

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California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]: "The Impact of Adequate Prenatal Care in a Developing Country: testing the WHO recommendations," by Gissele Gajate Garrido (CCPR-2009-14, June 2009, .pdf format, 32p.).


Deficient birth outcomes entail greater mortality risks, and higher probabilities of poor future health. This study is the first statistical examination of the effect of the World Health Organization’s recommended number of prenatal care visits for developing countries on birth outcomes. This study accounts for the endogenous nature of prenatal care decisions by using an instrumental variables approach based on the accessibility of prenatal services. Using the CLHN Survey I construct a measure of prenatal care which involves both timing and intensity and that shows positive impacts for the combination of both. The results are highly robust to changes in measures of birth outcome but are only significant for urban areas. The lack of impact on rural areas could be due to the inferior quality of prenatal care services received there. This theory is corroborated when controlling directly for care quality.


National Bureau of Economic Research:

Why Do Mothers Breastfeed Girls Less Than Boys? Evidence and Implications for Child Health in India by Seema Jayachandran, Ilyana Kuziemko (w15041, June 2009, .pdf format, 51p.).


Medical research indicates that breastfeeding suppresses post-natal fertility. We model the implications for breastfeeding decisions and test the model's predictions using survey data from India. First, we find that breastfeeding increases with birth order, since mothers near or beyond their desired total fertility are more likely to make use of the contraceptive properties of nursing. Second, given a preference for having sons, mothers with no or few sons want to conceive again and thus limit their breastfeeding. We indeed find that daughters are weaned sooner than sons, and, moreover, for both sons and daughters, having few or no older brothers results in earlier weaning. Third, these gender effects peak as mothers approach their target family size, when their decision about future childbearing (and therefore breastfeeding) is highly marginal and most sensitive to considerations such as ideal sex composition.

Because breastfeeding protects against water- and food-borne disease, our model also makes predictions regarding health outcomes. We find that child-mortality patterns mirror those of breastfeeding with respect to gender and its interactions with birth order and ideal family size. Our results suggest that the gender gap in breastfeeding explains 14 percent of excess female child mortality in India, or about 22,000 "missing girls" each year.

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

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 99, No. 7, July 2009).

Epidemiology (Vol. 20, No. 4, July 2009).

Environmental Research (Vol. 109, No. 5, July 2009).

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2009).

Reproductive Health Matters, (Vol. 17, No. 33, May 2009).

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 69, No. 1, July 2009).

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 110, No. 1, July 2009).

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US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research" (PA-09-209, reissue of PA-07-106, National Institute of Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies, Jun. 11, 2009). For more information see:

B. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)" (PA-09-210, revision of PA-07-107, National Institute of Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies, Jun. 12, 2009). For more information see:

C. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellows (F33)" (PA-09-211, reissue of PA-07-172, National Institute of Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies, Jun. 12, 2009). For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 18, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 16, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Jun. 16, 2009.

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jun. 14, 2009, 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:

Latest updates:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:


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:

A. "Resources Examine Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Women at the State Level" (June 2009, .pdf format). "A decade after U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher called for the elimination of racial disparities in health, women of color in every state continue to fare worse than white women on a variety of measures of health and health care access. The Foundation has created a package of resources, including a comprehensive report, state fact sheets, and interactive data tables, that illuminate and document the persistence of disparities on 25 indicators between white women and women of color, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer, and access to health insurance and health screenings. The resources move beyond national statistics to provide a rare look at state-level variations, quantifying where disparities are greatest. Also available are state-level data for women of many racial and ethnic populations that are often difficult to obtain."

B. "'CHIP TIPS' Series Focuses On New Opportunities For Covering Children Under Medicaid and CHIP (June 2009, .pdf format)."This series of implementation briefs called 'CHIP Tips' examines new opportunities for covering children following the reauthorization and expansion of CHIP in February 2009. Together Medicaid and CHIP provide coverage for more than one in four children in the U.S., yet many others remain eligible but uninsured. The series, which explores a range of topics, is jointly produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute."

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