Current Social Science Research Report--Health #38, November 5, 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. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "Prevalence of Self-Reported Cardiovascular Disease Among Persons Aged >35 Years with Diabetes --- United States, 1997--2005," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 43, November 2, 2007, .HTML and .pdf, p. 1129-1132).

B. "Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Among Adults with Diabetes --- United States, 1997--2006," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 43, November 2, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1133-1137).

C. "State-Specific Unintentional-Injury Deaths --- United States, 1999--2004," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 43, November 2, 2007, .HTML and .pdf format, p. 1137-1140).

.pdf version of the full issue:

2. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Electronic Medical Record Use by Office-Based Physicians and Their Practices: United States, 2006," by Esther S. Sing, Catherine W. Burt, and David A. Woodwell (Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics No. 393, October 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

3. Government Accountability Office Report: "Influenza Pandemic: Opportunities Exist to Address Critical Infrastructure Protection Challenges That Require Federal and Private Sector Coordination," (GAO-08-36, October 2007, .pdf format, 44p.).

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General Report: "Laboratory Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza," (OEI-04-07-00670, October 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).


For this study, OIG surveyed State public health laboratory officials to determine the extent to which they met the eight critical tasks for public health laboratory testing as required by the Pandemic Influenza Guidance Supplement to the 2006 Cooperative Agreement, Phase II (the Guidance). Four of these critical tasks require coordination with clinical laboratories. All States reported that their public health laboratories met the first two critical tasks to conduct year-round influenza testing, and to detect and subtype influenza viruses (i.e., the ability to distinguish one influenza strain from another). Although not specifically required by the Guidance, all States reported public health laboratory capability to subtype H5 influenza.

However, 44 States reported that they have no clinical laboratories with the capability to perform H5 subtyping, and another 4 States reported that they did not know if clinical laboratories in their State had H5 influenza subtyping capability. The H5 strain of influenza normally infects birds, but has the potential to cause a human pandemic. No State reported that its public health laboratory met all of the six remaining critical tasks. For the tasks involving both public health and clinical laboratories, States reported performing the required activities for public health laboratories to a greater extent than for clinical laboratories.

5. Department of Health and Human Service Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Serious Psychological Distress and Substance Use Disorder among Veterans," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, November 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

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US States:


Department of Human Resources Report: "2006 School Health Profiles Report" (2007, .pdf format, 38p.).


State Department of Health Report: "Vital Statistics Mississippi, 2006" (.pdf format, .pdf format, 204p.).


Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Nebraska Child Death Review Report for 2004" (October 2007, .pdf format, 78p.).

New Mexico:

Department of Health Report: "2007 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Report Card" (August 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations :

World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 85, No. 11, November 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 821-900).



Statistics Finland News Release: "Leading causes of death among working-age people still alcohol-related" (Nov. 5, 2007).



1. Central Statistics Office/An Phríomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Census 2006 Volume 11 - Disability, Carers and Voluntary Activities" (October 2007, .pdf format, 235p., with tables in Beyond 20/20 format).

2. Department of Health and Children/An Roinin Slainte Agus Leani Report: "Health in Ireland, Key Trends 2007 (October 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

Related News Release:



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "High participation rate breast cancer screening programme," by Stephanie Stam and Marleen Wingen (Oct.30, 2007)

B. "Breast cancer mortality considerably down, by Jan Hoogenboezem and Joop Garssen (Oct. 30, 2007).



1. General Register Office Report: "Increased Winter Mortality in Scotland, 2006/07" (October 2007, .pdf, Microsoft Excel, and comma separated value [.csv] format).

2. ISD Reports:

A. "Dental Statistics" (October 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Coronary Heart Disease statistics update" (October 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Scottish Perinatal and Infant Mortality and Morbidity Report 2006" (October 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Stroke statistics update" (October 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

E. "Teenage Pregnancies, year ending December 2005" (October 2007, Microsoft Excel format).


South Africa:

1. Department of Health Report: "Maternal Mortality in 2005" (November 2007, .pdf format, 40p.).

2. Health Systems Trust Policy Brief: "HIV and Infant Feeding - Summary of Findings from The Good Start Study," by Tanya Doherty, M. Chopra, D. Jackson, M. Colvin, and A. Golga (October 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).



1. Health and Safety Executive Report: "Key figures for 2006/07" (Nov. 1, 2007, HTML or .pdf format).

2. National Health Service Information Centre Reports:

A. "Report of Hospital Prescribing 2006" (October 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. "Cervical Screening Programme 2006/07" (October 2007, .pdf format, 52p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

C. "NHS Contraceptive Services, England: 2006-07" (October 2007, .pdf format, 38p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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Population Reference Bureau Article: "Misconceptions About Attitudes Toward AIDS in Africa," by Sandra Yin (November 2007).


Institute of Medicine Monograph: Global Infectious Disease Surveillance and Detection: Assessing the Challenges -- Finding Solutions, Workshop Summary, Stanley M. Lemon, Margaret A. Hamburg, P. Frederick Sparling, Eileen R. Choffnes, and Alison Mack, Rapporteurs (National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook and .pdf format, 264p.). Note NAP requires free registration before providing .pdf version of this monograph. Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstracts:

A. "The Changing Relationship of Obesity and Disability, 1988-2004," by Dawn E. Alley and Virginia W. Chang (Vol. 298, No. 17, November 7, 2007, p. 2020-2027).

B. "Cause-Specific Excess Deaths Associated With Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity," by Katherine M. Flegal, Barry I. Graubard, David F. Williamson, and Mitchell H. Gail (Vol. 298, No. 17, November 7, 2007, p. 2028-2037).

C. "Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States," by Josef Coresh, Elizabeth Selvin, Lesley A. Stevens, Jane Manzi, John W. Kusek, Paul Eggers, Frederick Van Lente, and Andrew S. Levey (Vol. 298, No. 17, November 7, 2007, p. 2038-2047).


Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Safety of the RTS,S/AS02D candidate malaria vaccine in infants living in a highly endemic area of Mozambique: a double blind randomised controlled phase I/IIb trial," by John J. Aponte, Pedro Aide, Montse Renom, Inacio Mandomando, Quique Bassat, Jahit Sacarlal, M. Nelia Manaca, Sarah Lafuente, Arnoldo Barbosa, Amanda Leach, Marc Lievens, Johan Vekemans, Betuel Sigauque, Marie-Claude Dubois, Marie-Ange Demoitié, Marla Sillman, Barbara Savarese, John G. McNeil, Eusebio Macete, W. Ripley Ballou, Joe Cohen, and Pedro L .Alonso (Vol. 370, No. 9598, November 3, 2007, p. 1543-1551).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 7, No.42, Nov. 5, 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: "Is the Food and Drug Administration Safe and Effective?" by Tomas J. Philipson and Eric Sun (w13561, October 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).


In the United States, drug safety and efficacy are primarily regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the legal system, which gives manufacturers large incentives to produce safe drugs and provide proper warnings for side effects, since patients can sue manufacturers that provide unsafe drugs and/or insufficient warnings.

In this paper, we begin by examining the efficiency implications of this joint regulation of drug safety. We find that joint regulation of drug safety can be inefficient when the regulatory authority mandates a binding and well enforced level of safety investment. In this case, product liability has no effect on a firm's safety investment, but affects welfare by raising a firm's costs and therefore prices. Using these results, we calibrate a model of the pharmaceutical market and find that, depending on the share of liability costs in marginal costs, a product liability exemption for activities that are well regulated by the FDA could increase consumer welfare by $47.8-$754.7 billion annually (4-66 percent of sales) and producer welfare by $11.9-$173.9 billion annually (1-15 percent of sales).

In addition, we summarize the welfare effects of recent legislation, the Prescription Drug User Fee Acts (PDUFA), which mandated faster FDA review times in exchange for user fees levied on the pharmaceutical industry. Overall, we find that the faster review times mandated by PDUFA raised social surplus by $18-31 billion, and that at most, the concomitant cost of reduced drug safety was $5.6-$16.6 billion.

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

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 115, No. 11, November 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Academic Host Elite Database. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 70, No. 4, November 2007) (.pdf format, 1p.), Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Academic Host Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 634, No. 1/2, December 2007).

Public Health Reports: (Vol. 122, Supplement 2, 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 49, No. 2, November 2007).

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National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: "Add Health 2008 Users Conference," to be held Jul. 24 - 25, 2008 in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information see:

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Population Reference Bureau: PRB has announced several opportunities in the last two weeks. For more information see:


Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2007).


American Statistical Association: ASA Jobweb has been updated with opportunities from Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2007).

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US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "The Administration’s Regulatory Actions on Medicaid: The Effects on Patients, Doctors, Hospitals, and States," a hearing held Nov. 1, 2007 (.pdf format).

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US National Center for Health Statistics: "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Update: NHANES has announced "First Release of 2005-2006 Survey Data" (November 2007, SAS .xpt format, with documentation in ASCII and/or .pdf format). For more information on what is available, see:


Medical Expenditure Panel Study: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS has released the following datasets (all, September 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)

HC-094D 2005 Hospital Inpatient Stays File

MEPS HC-094A: 2005 Prescribed Medicines File

MEPS HC-095: 2005 Person Round Plan Public Use File

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JSTOR Update: The following journals have been added to the JSTOR archive. To view all the journals in the archive see:

To determine whether your institution is a JSTOR member, and what the "moving wall" of publication dates for these and all JSTOR publications is, see:

Culture, Health & Sexuality
Early Science and Medicine
Health and Human Rights
Quality of Life Research

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