Current Social Science Research Report--Health #30, September 11, 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. National Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2006 (Provisional)" (August 2007, .pdf format, 70p.).

B. "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2006 (Provisional) (August 2007, .pdf format, 84p.).

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article, Surveillance Summaries:

A. "Suicide Trends Among Youths and Young Adults Aged 10--24 Years --- United States, 1990--2004," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 35, September 7, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 905-908).



B. "Cryptosporidiosis Surveillance --- United States, 2003--2005," and "Giardiasis Surveillance," by Jonathan S. Yoder and Michael J. Beach (Centers for Disease Control, Surveillance Summary 56(SS07), September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 18p.).



.pdf for both:

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Results from the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings," (September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 282p.).

Click on "PDF Format" format under "Table of Contents" for link to full text .pdf.

4. National Institutes of Health News Release: "HIV Protease Inhibitors Show Potential as Cancer Treatments" (Sep. 1, 2007).

5. Social Security Administration Office of Policy Report: ""Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2006" (August 2007, HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, August 2007).

6. Government Accountability Office Report: "Influenza Pandemic: Further Efforts Are Needed to Ensure Clearer Federal Leadership Roles and an Effective National Strategy" (GAO-07-781, August 2007, .pdf format, 51p.).

Note: this is a temporary address. GAO reports are available at:

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US States:


Department of Health Reports:

A. "Method of Payment for Delivery," by Louie Albert Woolbright,(Alabama Vital Statistics, July 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "Induced Terminations of Pregnancy for Residents of Alabama - 2006" (Alabama Center for Health Statistics, September 2007, .pfd format, 3p.).

C. "Induced Terminations of Pregnancy Occurring in Alabama - 2006" (Alabama Center for Health Statistics, September 2007, .pfd format, 3p.).


Department of Health Periodical: The Public Health Bulletin: A Monthly Profile of Selected Public Health Indicators for Arkansas Counties (July 2007).


Division of Health Fact Sheets:

A. "Breastfeeding" (August 2007, .pdf format, 1p.).

B. "Georgia Violent Death Reporting System (GVDRS)" (August 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Stroke" (August 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "Stroke/Coverdell Registry" (August 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

E. "Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)" (August 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).


Department of Health and Welfare Compendium: 2005 Idaho Vital Statistics (Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics, 2007, .pdf format, 150p.).


Indiana State Department of Health Report: "Suicide in Indiana: 2001-2005" (September 2007, .pdf format, 53p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "2006 Infant Mortality Statistics for North Carolina" (September 2007).

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

World Health Organization/International Council of Nurses Compendium: Atlas: Nurses in Mental Health 2007 (September 2007, .pdf format, 67p.).



Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Impairments and disability associated with arthritis and osteoporosis," by Naila Rahman and Kuldeep Bhatia (Arthritis series no. 4, September 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "People with mental health problems less likely to be in work," by Lian Kösters and Hendrika Lautenbach (Sep. 4, 2007).

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Monitoring the Future Report: "Monitoring the Future National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2006. Volume II: College Students and Adults Ages 19-45," by Lloyd D. Johnston, Patrick M. O'Malley, Jerald G. Bachman, and John E. Schulenberg (NIH Publication No. 07-6206, 2007, .pdf format, 307p.).


Brookings Institution: "Exploring Price-Independent Mechanisms in the Obesity Epidemic," by Ross A. Hammond and Joshua M. Epstein (CSED Working Paper No. 48, August 2007, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


Kaiser Family Foundation Report, Issue Brief:

A. "Awareness and Perceptions of the Movie 'Sicko' (Survey report, August 2007, .pdf format, Toplines, 6p., Chartpack, 16p.).

B. "SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization: Key Questions in the Debate--A Description of New Administrative Guidance and the House and Senate Proposals" (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, August 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).


Milbank Quarterly Article: "Markets and Medical Care: The United States, 1993-2005," by Joseph White (Vol. 85, No. 3, 2007). This article is available free of charge.


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 37, August 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

More information on FHI:


Elsevier Series: International Encyclopedia of Public Health Seven-Volume Set, Kris Heggenhougen, editor in chief (2008, 7,500 p., ISBN: 978-0-12-227225-7). For more information see:


Institute of Medicine Monograph: Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth, edited by Virginia A. Stallings and Ann L. Yaktine (National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook format, 282p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.


US News and World Report Article: "How to Win the Weight Battle: Tackling obesity the wrong way makes matters worse. Here's a right way," by Deborah Kotz (Aug. 31, 2007).


Economist articles:

A. "A bit richer, but a bit sicker: Health care is a bigger problem than poverty in America" (Sep. 1, 2007).

B. "Can (Prime Minister) Gordon (Brown) fix the National Health Service?" (Sep. 1, 2007).

C. "In the land of the blind: The commonsense case for 'amateur' medicine" (Sep. 1, 2007).


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Critique of early models of the demographic impact of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa based on contemporary empirical data from Zimbabwe," by Simon Gregson, Constance Nyamukapa, Ben Lopman, Phyllis Mushati, Geoffrey P. Garnett, Stephen K. Chandiwana, and Roy M. Anderson (Vol. 104, No. 37, Sep. 11, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 14586-14591). This article is available free of charge.


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Medicine Residents' Understanding of the Biostatistics and Results in the Medical Literature," by Donna M. Windish, Stephen J. Huot, and Michael L. Green (Vol. 298, No. 9, Sept. 5, 2007, p. 1010-1022).


New England Journal of Medicine, Various:

A. "The Battle over SCHIP," by John K. Iglehart (Perspective extract, Vol. 357, No. 10, Sep. 6, 2007 p. 957-960).

B. "Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases," by Peter J. Hotez, David H. Molyneux, Alan Fenwick, Jacob Kumaresan, Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Jeffrey D. Sachs, and Lorenzo Savioli (Review Article, Current Concepts, Vol.. 357, No. 10, Sep. 6, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 957-960). This article is available free of charge.

C. "No Child Left Uncovered," by Gregory D. Curfman, Stephen Morrissey, and Jeffrey M. Drazen (Editorial extract, Vol. 357, No. 10, Sep. 6, 2007 p. 1036-1037).

D. Evaluating the Science and Ethics of Research on Humans: A Guide for IRB Members, by Dennis J. Mazur, reviewed by Karen J. Maschke (Book Review extract, Vol. 357, No. 10, Sep. 6, 2007 p. 1061-1062).

E. The Cancer Treatment Revolution: How Smart Drugs and Other New Therapies Are Renewing Our Hope and Changing the Face of Medicine. by David G. Nathan, reviewed by Allen S. Lichter (Book Review extract, Vol. 357, No. 10, Sep. 6, 2007 p. 1058-1059).


Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet required free registration before providing articles.

A. "Use of mental health services for anxiety, mood, and substance disorders in 17 countries in the WHO world mental health surveys," by Dr. Philip S. Wang, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Jordi Alonso, Matthias C. Angermeyer, Guilherme Borges, Evelyn J. Bromet, Ronny Bruffaerts, Giovanni de Girolamo, Ron de Graaf, Oye Gureje, Josep Maria Haro, Elie G. Karam, Ronald C. Kessler, Viviane Kovess, Michael C. Lane, Sing Lee, Daphna Levinson, Yutaka Ono, Maria Petukhova, José Posada-Villa, Soraya Seedat, and J. Elisabeth Wells (Vol. 370, No. 9590, Sep. 8, 2007, p. 841-850).

B. "Depression, chronic diseases, and decrements in health: results from the World Health Surveys," by Saba Moussavi, Somnath Chatterji, Emese Verdes, Ajay Tandon, Vikram Patel, and Bedirhan Ustun (Vol. 370, No. 9590, Sep. 8, 2007, p. 851-858).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 7, No.33,34, Sep. 3, Sep. 10, 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 P-op. 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]:

A. "Hygienic Latrine Use and Child Wasting in Urban Bangladesh," by Alison M. Buttenheim (CCPR-022-07, September 2007, .pdf format, 53p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Ties of Dependence: AIDS and Transactional Sex in Rural Malawi," by Ann Swindler and Susan Cotts Watkins (CCPR-025-07, September 2007, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


Institute of Behavioral Science, Population Program [University of Colorado, Boulder]: "Linking Research and Training through Research Data and Transnational Collaborations," by Jill R. Williams, Enid J. Schatz, Benjamin D. Clark, Mark A. Collinson, Samuel J. Clark, Jane Menken Kathleen Kahn, and Stephen M. Tollman (PAC2007-02, September 2007, .pdf format, p.).


A growing number of schools of public health are connected to Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) field sites in developing countries. These sites collect longitudinal health and demographic data, providing information of considerable use for health program and policy evaluation. Linking training programs with HDSS sites provides important opportunities - and challenges - for students to learn first-hand about health in the populations they intend to serve.

This case study describes efforts to overcome the barriers to linking research and training by making HDSS data more accessible and providing intensive training focused on using HDSS data. Specifically, we discuss the development of a 10%-sample training database from the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System, in rural northeast South Africa, run by the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health. Further, we outline the components of a concordant transnational intensive short course on longitudinal data analysis offered at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006 and 2007.

Early results from this collaborative effort demonstrate that this program has the potential to improve student research, link students to an international network of scholars, and increase student retention and matriculation. Importantly, the model developed is one that can be adapted to other partnerships between schools of public health and health and demographic research field sites.


World Bank Development Programme: "Infant mortality over the business cycle in the developing world," by Sarah Baird, Jed Friedman, and Norbert Schady (WPS4346, September 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 50p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Youth Risk-Taking Behavior in Brazil: Drug Use and Teenage Pregnancies," by Ana Rute Cardoso, and Dorte Verner (Discussion Paper 3030, September 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).


Using an extensive survey addressing risk factors faced by the population in the shantytowns of Fortaleza, Brazil, the aim of this paper is to study interactions among different types of risk-taking behavior by youth, namely drug use and teenage pregnancy. We check the impact of factors such as exposure to mass media, the existence of support networks, self-esteem, or the occurrence of violence at home and in the neighborhood, on the probability of risk-taking behavior. A bivariate probit model is estimated. Findings indicate that reliance on support networks and exposure to mass media are associated with a lower probability of either type of risk behavior. Living in a violent home increased drug consumption. Race does not have a significant impact on either type of behavior.

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 7, October 1, 2007).

Environmental Research (Vol. 105, No. 2, October 2007).

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 36, No. 4, August 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. 9, September 2007).

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. (Vol. 39, No. 3, September 2007).

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 49, No. 1, October 2007).

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US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Exploratory/Developmental Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (R21)" (PAR-07-446, Sep. 7, 2007, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with two other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Exploratory/Developmental Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (R03) (PAR-07-447, Sep. 7, 2007, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with two other agencies). For more information see:

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Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Sep. 5-12, 2007).


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Sep. 5-11, 2007).

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National Center for Health Statistics:

A. "National Health Interview Survey Linked Mortality Files (1986-2000)," (September 2007, .pdf (documentation) and ASCII (data) format, SAS and Stata programming statments). "In 2004, NCHS conducted an updated linkage of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). Linkage of the NHIS survey participants with the NDI provides the opportunity to conduct studies designed to investigate the association of a variety of health factors with mortality, using the richness of the NHIS questionnaires. NCHS has created two versions of the new NHIS Linked Mortality Files: public-use files that include a limited set of mortality variables and restricted-use files that include more detailed mortality information." The public-use data can be accessed at:

Information about access to the restricted-use data is available at:

B. "National Health Interview Survey: 1969." "The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the release of 1969 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) files on the Internet (September 2007, datasets in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with file layouts in .pdf format, and SAS input statements in ASCII text format.


Medical Expenditure Panel Study: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (all August 2007, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format)

MEPS HC-094H: 2005 Home Health File:

MEPS HC-094C: 2005 Other Medical Expenses:

MEPS HC-094B: 2005 Dental Visits:

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United Nations:

World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean "Health Systems Observatory" (2007). "Health Systems Observatory is a regional initiative, organized and coordinated by the Division of Health systems and Services Development.The purpose of the observatory is to promote evidence based health policy making by providing relevant and comparative information about health systems and reforms and to assist policy makers in development of health systems in their countries. The aim is to contribute to improvement of health system performance and outcomes in the countries of the region."


Kaiser Family Foundation Update: "Kaiser's has added and updated tables dated from Aug. 6 to Sep. 6, 2007 that may be of interest to health researchers.

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