Current Social Science Research Report--Health #27, August 21, 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:


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1. Centers for Disease Control Periodical Articles:

A. "Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis, January 2005--May 2007" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 56, No. 32, Aug. 17, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 813-817).


B. "Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten --- United States, 2006--07 School Year" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 56, No. 32, Aug. 17, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 819-821).


C. "West Nile Virus Update --- United States, January 1--August 14, 2007" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 56, No. 32, Aug. 17, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 821-822).


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2. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs:

A. "Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Non-Federal Workforce, by Industry Classification, 2005," by John P. Sommers (Statistical Brief 182, August 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector, by Firm Size Classification, 2005," by John P. Sommers (Statistical Brief 181, August 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

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US States:


Center for Health Statistics, Chart Book, Report:

A. Alabama Maternal and Child Health Chart Book - 2005 (March 2007, .pdf format, 73p.).

B. "PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) Surveillance Report Alabama - 2004," by Carol Ann Dagostin, and Louie Albert Woolbright, (December 2006, .pdf format, 95p.).


State Department of Health Report: "HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Semi-Annual Report: June 2007" (2007).

Note: This address may only resolve properly in Internet Explorer browsers.


Vital Statistics Administration Report: "2006 Vital Statistics Preliminary Report" (August 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

North Carolina:

Center for Health Statistics Report: "Basic Automated Birth Yearbook (BABY Book) North Carolina Residents, 2006" (August 2007, .pdf format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Reports:

A. "PRAM-O-GRAM (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System): North Dakota Birth Trends (August 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "PRAM-O-GRAM (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System): "Pregnancy Intendedness" (August 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

Washington State:

Center for Health Statistics Report: "Infant Death Tables from the Washington State Vital Statistics report: 2005" (2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Periodical: Eurohealth (Vol. 13, No. 1, 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific Report: "Integrating Poverty and Gender into Health Programmes: A Sourcebook for Health Professionals. Module on Noncommunicable Diseases" (August 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

3. World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Periodical: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (Vol. 13, No. 4, July-August 2007, .pdf format).



Department of Health and Ageing News Release: "2007 influenza season: Australia is experiencing a worse than normal influenza season in 2007, with increased numbers of cases being reported across several states and territories" (Aug. 15, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).



Government Information Service News Release: "Changing Face of HIV/AIDS" (Aug. 16, 2007).



Statistics Denmark StatBank Denmark Updates:

A. "SYGK: Contacts by region, type of benefits, alder, sex and socioeconomic status"

B. "SYGU: Amounts by region, type of benefits, alder, sex and socioeconomic status"



Statistical Office News Release: "Public water supply, Slovenia, 2006" (Aug. 16, 2007). The news release links to topical tables in the SI-Stat database.



1. Department of Health Report: "Report of the National Patient Choice Survey, England - March 2007," by Sheila Dixon (August 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

2. National Health Service Reports: "NHS workforce vacancies survey: 31st March, 2007" (August 2007, .pdf format, 4p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

3. National Statistics Office Report: "Cancer survival in England 1999-2003" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format, with a news release in .pdf format (4p.).

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Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "Risk-Taking Behaviors among Youth Socializing in Target Venues of Carrefour, Haiti: Adaptation of the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) Methodology," by Ilene Speizer, Theresa Finn, Anupama Manchikanti, Harry Beauvais and Barbara Roussel (June 2007, .pdf format, 67p.).


Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Strategic Assessment of the State of the Science in Research on Employment for Individuals with Disabilities," by Pamela J. Loprest (August 2007, .pdf format, 58p.).

B. "Utilization in the Los Angeles Healthy Kids Program : A Preliminary Study of Health Plan Administrative Data," by Anna S. Sommers, Embry M. Howell, and Ian Hill (June 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).


Population Reference Bureau Issue Brief: "Malnutrition Is Still a Major Contributor to Child Deaths: But Cost-Effective Interventions Can Reduce Global Impacts," by F. James Levinson and Lucy Bassett (August 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).


Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief: "Making Sense of Recent Estimates of Eligible but Uninsured Children," by Lisa Dubay (Medicaid and the Uninsured, August 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).


Demographic and Health Survey Report: "Uganda: DHS, 2006 - Final Report" (FR194, August 2007, .pdf format, 467p.).


Fraser Institute [Canada] Report: "Misinformation and Wishful Thinking about Medicare’s Sustainability," by Brett J. Skinner (August 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

More information on the Fraser Institute:


Institute for European Environmental Policy Report: "Unfit for Purpose: How Car Use Fuels Climate Change and Obesity," by Adrian Davis, Carolina Valsecchi, and Malcolm Fergusson (August 2007, .pdf format, 69p.).

Scroll to the end of the page to access the full-text report.


PLoS Medicine Article: "HIV Denial in the Internet Era," by Tara C. Smith and Steven P. Novella (Vol. 4, No, 8, HTML and .pdf format 5p.).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "South African health minister sacked after attending AIDS conference," by Pat Sidley (News Extract, Vol. 335, No. 7615, Aug. 18, 2007, p. 321).

B. "Extreme weather affects half a billion people each year," by Peter Moszynski (News Extract, Vol. 335, No. 7615, Aug. 18, 2007, p. 321).

C. "Skin cancer is on the increase--but incidence of lung cancer is falling," by Adrian O'Dowd (News Extract, Vol. 335, No. 7615, Aug. 18, 2007, p. 322).


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

A. "Neglected diseases, civil conflicts, and the right to health," by Chris Beyrer, Juan Carlos Villar, Voravit Suwanvanichkij, Sonal Singh, Stefan D. Baral, and Edward J. Mills (Series, Vol. 370, No. 9587, Aug. 18, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 619-627). This article is available free of charge. The article also links to a related Lancet Comment.

B. "Egypt battles with avian influenza," by May Meleigy (World Report, Vol. 370, No. 9587, Aug. 18, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 553-554). This article is available free of charge. The article also links to a related Lancet Comment.


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstracts:

A. "A Decade of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs," by Julie M. Donohue, Marisa Cevasco, and Meredith B. Rosen (Vol. 357, No. 7, August 16, 2007, p. 673-681).

B. "Medical Abortion and the Risk of Subsequent Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes," by Jasveer Virk, Jun Zhang, and Jørn Olsen (Vol. 357, No. 7, August 16, 2007, p. 648-653).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 7, No. 31, Aug. 20, 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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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Returns to Local-Area Health Care Spending: Using Health Shocks to Patients Far From Home," by Joseph J. Doyle, Jr. (w13301, August 2007, .pdf format, 51p.).


Health care spending varies widely across markets, yet there is little evidence that higher spending translates into better health outcomes, possibly due to endogeneity bias. The main innovation in this paper compares outcomes of patients who are exposed to different health care systems that were not designed for them: patients who are far from home when a health emergency strikes. The universe of emergencies in Florida from 1996-2003 is considered, and visitors who become ill in high-spending areas have significantly lower mortality rates compared to similar visitors in lower-spending areas. The results are robust across different types of patients and within groups of destinations that appear to be close demand substitutes.


Urban Institute: "Mental Health, Work and Mental Health Service Use among Low-Income Mothers," by Pamela J. Loprest, Sheila R. Zedlewski and Simone G. Schaner (LIWF Discussion Paper 1, August 2007, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 97, No. 9, September 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

Epidemiology (Vol. 18, No. 5, September 2007).

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 633, No. 2, October 2007).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 64, No. 9, September 2007).

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Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Aug. 15-20, 2007).

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Kaiser Family Foundation:

A. Updates: The Kaiser Family Foundation website has recently added the following:

1. "Race, Ethnicity, and Health Care," by Cara James (August 2007, Tutorial, 25 slides, simultaneous transcript available with the narrated slide show.

2. "HPV, Cervical Cancer, and the New Vaccine" (August 2007, Issue Module).

B. "Medicaid Benefits: Online Database: The online database has been updated with 2006 data. "The Foundation has updated its interactive Medicaid Benefits: Online Database with October 2006 survey data. This tool contains Medicaid benefits survey data from 2003, 2004 and 2006 with information about benefits covered, limits, co-payments and reimbursement. It includes an interactive map and the ability to compare benefits data across the three survey periods and across the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.

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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:

Haas, Steven A. The Long-Term Effects of Poor Childhood Health: An Assessment and Application of Retrospective Reports. Demography. 2007; 44(1):113-135.

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