Current Social Science Research Report--Health #44, December 18, 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 Data:

A. "Births: Preliminary Data for 2006," by Brady E. Hamilton, Joyce A. Martin, and Stephanie J. Ventura (National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 56, No. 7, December 2007, .pdf format, 18p.). The report is linked to from a NCHS news release: "Teen Birth Rate Rises for First Time in 15 Years" (Dec. 5, 2007).

B. Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January--June 2007," by Stephen J. Blumberg and Julian V. Luke (December 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "High Serum Total Cholesterol - An Indicator for Monitoring Cholesterol Lowering Efforts: U.S. Adults, 2005-2006," by Susan E. Schober, Margaret D Carroll, David A. Lacher, and Rosemarie Hirsch (Data Brief No. 2, December 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

2. Centers for Disease Control Periodical Articles, Periodical

A. "Increases in Age-Group--Specific Injury Mortality --- United States, 1999--2004," (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 56, No. 49, December 14, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1281-1284).


B. "QuickStats: Fetal Mortality Rates, by Race/Ethnicity of Mother --- United States, 2004" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vol. 56, No. 49, December 14, 2007, .HTML and .pdf format, p. 1293).


.pdf for A. and B. above:

C. "Preconception and Interconception Health Status of Women Who Recently Gave Birth to a Live-Born Infant --- Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), United States, 26 Reporting Areas, 2004," by Denise D'Angelo, Letitia Williams, Brian Morrow, Shanna Cox, Norma Harris, Leslie Harrison, Samuel F. Posner, Jessie Richardson Hood, and Lauren Zapata (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary Vol. 56, SS10, December 14, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 35p.).



D. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 13, No. 12, December 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next EID is released, this one, along with all others, will be available at:

3. National Institutes of Health News Release: "Scientists Identify Gene That Influences Alcohol Consumption" (Dec. 5, 2007).

4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "The National Hospital Bill: Growth Trends and 2005 Update on the Most Expensive Conditions by Payer," by Roxanne M. Andrews and Anne Elixhauser (Statistical Brief No. 42, December 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

5. Government Accountability Office Report: "Indian Health Service: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives" GAO-08-90, December 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).

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US States:


Alaska Department of Labor Periodical: Alaska Economic Trends (Vol. 27, No. 12, December 2007, .pdf format, 23p.). Note: This month's feature article is "Employer-Based Health Insurance: Who's Covered and Who's Not."


Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Vital Statistics Administration Report: "Maryland Annual Vital Statistics Reports, 2006," (2007, .pdf format, 211p.).


Washington State Department of Health Report: "Pregnancy and Induced Abortion Statistics, 2005," (July 2007, .pdf format, 66p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Report: "Public policy and franchising reproductive health: Current evidence and future directions: Guidance from a technical consultation meeting" (December 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).


European Commission:

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Report: "Kazakhstan: Health Systems in Transition (HiT) profile," by Maksut Kulzhanov and Bernd Rechel (Health Systems in Transition Vol. 9, No. 7, 2007, .pdf format, 156p.).



Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Reports:

A. "Rural, regional and remote health: a study on mortality (2nd edition)," (Rural health series no. 8, December 2007, .pdf format, 362p.).

B. "Oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children," by L.M. Jamieson, J.M. Armfield, and K.F. Roberts-Thomson (Dental Statistics and Research Series 35, 2007, .pdf format, 123p.).

C. "Disability in Australia: acquired brain injury," by Louise O’Rance and Nicola Fortune (Disability Bulletin 55, December 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).



Canadian Institute for Health and Information/Institut canadien d'information sur la sante report: " Highlights of 2006-2007 Inpatient Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits" (December 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).


New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Reports:

A. "Medicines New Zealand," (December 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).$File/medicines-nz.pdf

B. "Actioning Medicines New Zealand," (December 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).$File/actioning-medicines-nz.pdf



Department of Health Report: "Health inequality target monitoring: update to include data for 2006" (December 2007, .pdf format). Link to reports is at the bottom of the page.

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American Cancer Society Report: "Global Cancer Facts and Figures 2007," (December 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).


Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Reports:

A. "NPR (US National Public Radio)/Kaiser/Harvard Survey -- Children’s OTC Cold Medicines: The Public, and Parents, Weigh In" (December 2007, .pdf format, Summary and Chartpack, 12p,. Toplines, 14p.).

B. "A Global Look at Public Perceptions of Health Problems, Priorities, and Donors: The Kaiser/Pew Global Health Survey," by Elizabeth Hamel, Elizabeth Gross Jennifer Kates, Andrew Kohut, Richard Wike, and Drew Altman (December 2007, .pdf format, 75p.).


Guttmacher Institute Reports:

A. "Protecting the Next Generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Learning from Adolescents to Prevent HIV and Unintended Pregnancy," by Ann E. Biddlecom, Laura Hessburg, Susheela Singh, Akinrinola Bankole and Leila Darabi (December 2007, .pdf format, 56p.).

B. "Protecting the Next Generation in Malawi: New Evidence on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs," by Jonathan Wittenberg, Alister Munthali, Ann Moore, Eliya Zulu, Nyovani Madise, MacBain Mkandawire, Felix Limbani, Leila Darabi and Sidon Konyani (December 2007, .pdf format, 48p.).


John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health Report: "Reaching for a Healthier Life: Facts on Socioeconomic Status and Health in the U.S.," by Nancy Adler and Judith Stewart (2007, .pdf format, 48p.).

More information on MF:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Estimation of multiple transmission rates for epidemics in heterogeneous populations," by Alex R. Cook, Wilfred Otten, Glenn Marion, Gavin J. Gibson, and Christopher A. Gilligan (Vol. 104, No. 51, Dec. 18, 2007, p. 20392-20397).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Diarrhoeal diseases still kill more than 1.5m children under 5 each year," by Peter Moszynski (News extract, Vol. 335, No. 7632, Dec. 15, 2007, p. 1227).

B. "Childhood obesity: Thin living," by Hannah Westley (Feature extract, Vol. 335, No. 7632, Dec. 15, 2007, p. 1236-1237).

C. "Obesity: Steps to a leaner Europe," by Rory Watson (Feature extract, Vol. 335, No. 7632, Dec. 15, 2007, p. 1238).

D. "Unequal weight: equity oriented policy responses to the global obesity epidemic," by Sharon Friel, Mickey Chopra, and David Satcher (Analysis extract, Vol. 335, No. 7632, Dec. 15, 2007, p. 1241-1243).


New England Journal of Medicine, Various

A. "Rapid Expansion of the Health Workforce in Response to the HIV Epidemic," by Badara Samb, Francesca Celletti, Joan Holloway, Wim Van Damme, Kevin M. De Cock, and Mark Dybul (Sounding Board extract, Vol. 357, No. 24, Dec. 13, 2007, p. 2510-2514).

B. "Governing Global Health: Challenge, Response, Innovation," by Kenneth E. MacWilliams, a review of Global Environmental Governance, edited by Andrew F. Cooper, John J. Kirton, and Ted Schrecker (Book Review extract, Vol. 357, No. 24, Dec. 13, 2007, p. 2527-2528).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 7, No. 48 , Dec. 17, 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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World Bank Development Programme: "The impoverishing effect of adverse health events: evidence from the western Balkans," by Mariapia Mendola, Caryn Bredenkamp, and Michele Gragnolati (WPS 4444, December 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

Allen Guttmacher Institute Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (Vol. 39, No. 4, December 2007).

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 1, Jan. 1, 2008).

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health (Vol. 20, No. 2, January 2008).

Epidemiology (Vol. 19, No. 1, January 2008).

Global Public Health (Vol. 2, No. 4, 2007).

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (Vol. 61, Supplement 2, December 2007).

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 49, No. 12, December 2007).

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 649, No. 1/2, January 2008).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 65, No. 1, January 2008).

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US National Center for Health Statistics: NCHS' VitalStats database has been updated. The following data has been added:

2005 Birth Data

Birth Data for 1990-1999


Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: "2005 State-Level Medical Expenditures," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, December, 2007).

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Kaiser Family Foundation:

A. Update: A new tutorial has been added: "Health Policy Communications" (November 2007, audio tutorial [Windows Media Player or .mp3 format, running time, 14 minutes, 26 seconds] with slide show, [Microsoft PowerPoint format] 15 slides).

B. Kaiser Family Foundation updates: has recently updated its site with information added through Dec. 5, 2007).

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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:

Amialchuk, Aliaksandr. Essays on Fertility and Health Economics. Texas: University of Houston; 2007-119 pgs.

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