Current Social Science Research Report--Health #43, December 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:


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


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Index to this issue:















1. National Center for Health Statistics ReportS:

A. "Births: Final Data for 2005," by Joyce A. Martin, Brady E. Hamilton, Paul D. Sutton Stephanie J. Ventura, Fay Menacker, Sharon Kirmeyer, and Martha L. Munson (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 56, No. 6, December 2007, .pdf format, 104p.).

B. "Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January--June 2007," by Robin A. Cohen, and Michael E. Martinez (December 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

2. National Institutes of Health News Release: "New Software To Aid Early Detection of Infectious Disease Outbreaks" (Dec. 6, 2007).

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article: "Trends in Childhood Cancer Mortality --- United States, 1990--2004," (Vol. 56, No. 48, December 7, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1257-1261).



4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs:

A. "Estimates of Health Care Expenditures for the 10 Largest States, 2005," by John P. Sommers (Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 192, December 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005," by David Kashihara, Steve Machlin, and Kelly Carper (Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Statistical Brief No. 193, December 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

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US States:


Department of Public Health Reports:

A. "Illinois Abortion Statistics: 1973-2006" (December 2007).

B. "Burden of Asthma in Illinois: 1995-2006" (May 2007, .pdf format, 94p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "Visual Impairment and Eye Care Among N.C. Adults: Results from the New Vision Module Questions in the 2006 BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) Survey," by Harry Herrick (SCHS Study 155, December 2007, .pdf format 5p.).

B. "North Carolina Statewide and County Trends in Key Health Indicators" (December 2007, .pdf format).

South Carolina:

Public Health Statistics and Information Services Reports:

A. "Infant Mortality and Selected Birth Characteristics: 2005 South Carolina Residence Data" (November 2007, .pdf format 28p.).

B. "South Carolina Teen Pregnancy Data Book 1995-2005" (December 2007, .pdf format 237p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations

World Health Organization:

World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 85, No. 12, December 2007, .pdf format, p. 901-980).



Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) Periodicals

A. Health Economics Letter (No. 119, February 2007, .pdf format, 8p.). The topic of this issue is: "Hospital at home, an economical alternative for rehabilitative care," by Anissa Afrite, Laure Com-Ruelle, Zeynep Or and Thomas Renaud.

B. Health Economics Letter (No. 125, September 2007, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is: "Bad health strongly increases the risk of becoming unemployed or inactive," by Florence Jusot, Myriam Khlat, Thierry Rochereau, and Catherine Sermet.



Department Of Health and Children/An Roinn Slainte Agus Leanai News Release: "Health funding up 9% to prioritise Services for Older People, People with Disabilities, and Cancer Control Strategy" (Dec. 5, 2007).



Statistics Norway News Release: "Municipal nursing and care statistics. Final figures, 2006: Increase in man-years" (Dec. 6, 2007). Note: the news release links to nine topical tables.


South Africa:

Health Systems Trust Report: "South African Health Review 2007" (December 2007, .pdf format, 354p.).



1. Department of Health Report: "GP patient survey: guidance 2007/08 for strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and GP practices Your doctor, your experience, your say" (December 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).

2. Department for Transport Report: "Road Casualties English Local Authority Tables: 2006" (December 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

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Monitoring the Future News Release: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Monitoring the Future site has released the following: "Drug and Alcohol Press Release and Tables" (Dec. 11, 2007, .pdf format).


Employee Benefit Research Institute Issue Brief: "The Future of Employment-Based Health Benefits: Have Employers Reached a Tipping Point?" by Paul Fronstin (EBRI Issue Brief No. 312, December 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).


National Federation of Independent Business Report: "National Small Business Poll: Purchasing Health Insurance," (Vol. 7, No. 3, 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

More information about NFIB:


Rand Corporation Research Brief: "State Insurance Mandates and Consumer-Directed Health Plans: Are They Helping Small Business Provide Health Insurance to Employees?" by Susan M. Gates and Kristin J. Leuschner (RB9305, 2007, HTML and .pdf format 3p.).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstracts:

A. "Childhood Body-Mass Index and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Adulthood," by Jennifer L. Baker, Lina W. Olsen, and Thorkild I.A. Sørensen (Vol. 357, No. 23, December 6, 2007, p. 2329-2337).

B. "Adolescent Overweight and Future Adult Coronary Heart Disease," by Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Pamela Coxson, Mark J. Pletcher, James Lightwood, and Lee Goldman (Vol. 357, No. 23, December 6, 2007, p. 2371-2379).


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

A. "The Humanitarian Response Index" ((Editorial, Vol. 370, No. 9603, Dec. 8, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1880). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Remembering the neglected tropical diseases" (Editorial, Vol. 370, No. 9603, Dec. 8, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1880). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Chronic diseases: the case for urgent global action," by Richard Horton (Comment, Vol. 370, No. 9603, Dec. 8, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1881-1882). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Africa counts greater successes against malaria," by Wairagala Wakabi (Special Report, Vol. 370, No. 9603, Dec. 8, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1895-1896). This article is available free of charge.

E. "Scaling up interventions for chronic disease prevention: the evidence," by Thomas A. Gaziano, Gauden Galea, and K. Srinath Reddy (Series, Vol. 370, No. 9603, Dec. 8, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1939-1946). This article is available free of charge.


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 7, No. 47, Dec. 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 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: "Mortality Risks, Health Endowments, and Parental Investments in Infancy: Evidence from Rural India," by Ashlesha Datar, Arkadipta Ghosh, and Neeraj Sood (w13649, December 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).


This paper examines whether increased background mortality risks induce households to make differential health investments in their high- versus low-endowment children. We argue that increases in background mortality risks may disproportionately affect the survival of the low-endowment sibling, consequently increasing the mortality gap between the high- and low-endowment siblings. This increase in mortality gap may induce households to investment more in their high endowment children. We test this hypothesis using nationally representative data from rural India. We use birth size as a measure of initial health endowment, immunization & breast feeding as measures of childhood investments and infant mortality rate in the child’s village as a measure of mortality risks. We find that in villages with high mortality risks, small-at-birth children in a family are 6 - 17 percent less likely to be breast fed or immunized compared to their large-at-birth siblings. In contrast, we find no significant within family differences in investments in villages with low mortality risks.


US Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Women's Increasing Wage Penalties from Being Overweight and Obese," by David Lempert (WP 414, December 2007, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 1, Jan. 2, 2008).

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 36, No. 6, December 2007). 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.

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Robert Wood Foundation/College Board: "YES National Event, 2007-08 Competition Information" (Deadline: Feb. 4, 2008). For more information see:

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Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Dec. 4-7, 2007).


American Statistical Association: ASA Jobweb has been updated with opportunities from Dec. 5-11, 2007).

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