Current Social Science Research Report--Health #15, May 15, 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:


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


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1. Government Accountability Office Report:

A. "Global Health: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria Has Improved Its Documentation of Funding Decisions but Needs Standardized Oversight Expectations and Assessments," (GAO-07-627, May 2007, .pdf format, 44p).

B. "Hospital Quality Data: HHS Should Specify Steps and Time Frame for Using Information Technology to Collect and Submit Data," (GAO-07-320, April 2007, .pdf format, 53p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

2. Congressional Budget Office Report: "The State Children’s Health Insurance Program," (May 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).

3. US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Report: "Length of Stay for Outpatient Discharges Completing Treatment: 2004," ( Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, May 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

4. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article, QuickStats; Surveillance Summary.

A. "Progress in Hepatitis B Prevention Through Universal Infant Vaccination --- China, 1997--2006" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 18, May 11, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 441-445).

B. "QuickStats: Respondent-Assessed Health Status Among Persons Aged >25 Years, by Education Level --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005" (QuickStats, Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 18, May 11, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 454).

.pdf for both articles:

C. "Surveillance of Certain Health Behaviors Among States and Selected Local Areas --- United States, 2005," by Pranesh P. Chowdhury, Lina Balluz, Wilmon Murphy, Xiao-Jun Wen, Yuna Zhong, Catherine Okoro, Bill Bartoli, Bill Garvin, Machell Town, Wayne Giles, and Ali Mokdad (Centers for Disease Control, Surveillance Summaries Vol. 56, No. SS04, May 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 160p.).



5. National Institutes of Health News Release: "NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Looks at Non-Injection Drug Use and Spread of HIV/AIDS: CDC estimates 250,000 Americans Unaware they are HIV-Positive" (May 8, 2007).

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US States:


Department of Public Health Surveillance Summary: "AIDS/HIV/STD Surveillance Report, April 2007" (May 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Health Data Query System, Statistical Primer:

A. "The North Carolina Health Data Query System is a web-based interactive database system that provides customized reports of health data based on user-specified selection of variables (e.g. age, race, county)." Included are birth data, birth defect data, mortality data, population estimates, and pregnancy data.

B. "Understanding Different Population Data Sources and Their Impact on Vital Statistics Rates," by Kathleen A. Jones-Vessey (Statistical Primer No. 17, May 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

Rhode Island:

Department of Health "Hospital Financial Dataset: 2006 (2007, Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Health and Family Services "Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health" Update: "WISH... has been updated to add a new module containing statewide and local data from the Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System (WVDRS)."

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NGO and Other Countries


Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare Report:

A. "Fall-related hospitalisations among older people: sociocultural and regional aspects," by Clare Bradley and James E. Harrison (Injury research and statistics series no. 33, May 2007, .pdf format, 47p.).

B. "Profile of the nutritional status of children and adolescents," (May 2007, .pdf format, 24p. ).

C. "Patterns of asthma medication use in Australia" (May 2007, .pdf format, 61p.).

D. "Survey questions for monitoring national asthma indicators" (Asthma Series< May 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).

E. "A guide to Australian eye health data" (May 2007, .pdf format, 142p.).



Canadian Institute on Health Information/Institut Canadien d'information sur la sante Analysis in Brief: "Availability of Hospital Mental Health Data, 2004-2005" (May 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

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Measure DHS Reports:

A. "Cambodia: DHS, 2005 - HIV Fact Sheet" (March 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Haiti: DHS, 2005 - HIV Fact Sheet" (February 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Zambia: HIV SPA, 2005 - Final Report," (2006, .pdf format, 219p.).


Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "Characteristics of Female Reversible Method Users in Four Urban Areas of Honduras:Results from the Baseline Survey of the Study of Service Quality, Motivation for Contraceptive Use, and Contraceptive Discontinuation," by Janine Barden-O’Fallon, Ilene Speizer, Sadith Caceres Zelaya, Javier Calix Borjas, and Francisco Rodriguez Valenzuela (April 2007, .pdf format, 48p.).


American Enterprise Institute Article: "Unchecked Idealism: WHO's Epidemic?" by Roger Bate (Health Policy Outlook, No. 7, May 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).


Employment Benefits and Research Institute Issue Brief: "Sources of Health Insurance and Characteristics of the Uninsured: Updated Analysis of the March 2006 Current Population Survey (EBRI Issue Brief #305, May 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).


US Institute of Medicine Monographs:

A. Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point (Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System, National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook format, 398p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

B. Emergency Medical Services: At the Crossroads (Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System, National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook format, 310p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

C. 2007 Amendments to the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, National Research Council, National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook and .pdf format, 46p.). Note 1: NAP requires free registration before providing the .pdf of this monograph. Note 2: Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.


US News and World Report Article: "Covering the Uncovered: While Washington drags its collective feet on health reform, the states are moving ahead," by Michelle Andrews (May 6, 2007).


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

A. "Aspirin Dose for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review," by Charles L. Campbell, Susan Smyth, Gilles Montalescot, and Steven R. Steinhubl (Article abstract, Vol. 297, No. 18, May 9, 2007, p. 2018-2024).

b. "The Next Influenza Pandemic: Can It Be Predicted?" by Jeffery K. Taubenberger, MD, PhD; David M. Morens, MD; Anthony S. Fauci (Commentary extract, Vol. 297, No. 18, May 9, 2007, p. 2025-2027).


British Medical Journal Various:

A. "Social inequalities in self reported health in early old age: follow-up of prospective cohort study," by Tarani Chandola, Jane Ferrie, Amanda Sacker, and Michael Marmot (Article abstract, Vol. 334, No. 7601, May 12, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 990-993).

B. "Socioeconomic inequalities in health," by Debbie A. Lawlor and Jonathan A. C. Sterne (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7601, May 12, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 963-964).

C. "Access to health care in Afghanistan is improving, study shows," by Tessa Richards (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7601, May 12, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 925).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 7, No. 17, May 14, 2007). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."

Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. Contact Peggy D'Adamo at with your request and complete mailing address.

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California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]: "Women’s Work and Women’s Health in Mexico: Understanding the links," by Jane R. Rubin-Kurtzman and Catalina A. Denman (CCPR-009-07, May 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).


Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (California): "Relative Status and Well-Being: Evidence from U.S. Suicide Deaths," by Mary C. Daly, Daniel J. Wilson, Norman J. Johnson.(WP No. 2007-12, April 2007, .pdf format, 26p.)

"This paper empirically assesses the theory of interpersonal income comparison using individual level data on suicide deaths in the United States. We model suicide as a choice variable, conditional on exogenous risk factors, reflecting an individual's assessment of current and expected future utility. Our empirical analysis considers whether suicide risk is systematically related to the income of others, holding own income and other individual factors fixed. We estimate proportional hazards and probit models of the suicide hazard using two separate and independent data sets: (1) the National Longitudinal Mortality Study and (2) the Detailed Mortality Files combined with the 5 percent Public Use Micro Sample of the 1990 decennial census. Results from both data sources show that, controlling for own income and individual characteristics, individual suicide risk rises with reference group income. This result holds for reference groups defined broadly, such as by county, and more narrowly by county and one demographic marker (e.g., age, sex, race). These findings are robust to alternative specifications and cannot be explained by geographic variation in cost of living, access to emergency medical care, mismeasurement of deaths by suicide, or by bias due to endogeneity of own income. Our results confirm findings using self-reported happiness data and are consistent with models of utility featuring "external habit" or "Keeping Up with the Joneses" preferences."

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

Global Public Health (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2007).

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 19, No. 3, June 2007). 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.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 49, No. 5, May 2007).

Nature Medicine (Vol. 13, No. 5, May 2007).

Public Health Nursing (Vol. 24, No. 2, March/April 2007, Vol. 24, No. 3, May/June 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Issue 2:

Issue 3:

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

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Population Reference Bureau: "First Annual Symposium on Policy and Health: How Important Are the Long-Term Consequences of Low Birth Weight?" to be held in Washington, DC, May 31, 2007. For more information see:



"11th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect," to be held Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2007 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. For more information see:

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US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "Assessing the Safety of our Nation's Drug Supply," a hearing held May 9, 2007 (.pdf format).

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World Health Organization: "World Health Statistics 2007: Highlights and Tables" (May 2007, .pdf format).

On-line database access:

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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:

Knutson, Kristen L. and Lauderdale, Diane S. Sleep Duration and Overweight in Adolescents: Self-Reported Sleep Hours Versus Time Diaries. Pediatrics. 2007; 119(5):E1056.

Sacker, Amanda; Wiggins, Richard D.; Bartley, Mel, and McDonough, Peggy. Self-Rated Health Trajectories in the United States and the United Kingdom: A Comparative Study. American Journal of Public Health. 2007; 97(5):812-818.

Snell, Emily K.; Adam, Emma K., and Duncan, Greg J. Sleep and the Body Mass Index and Overweight Status of Children and Adolescents. Child Development. 2007; 78(1):309-323.

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