Current Social Science Research Report--Health #45, January 9, 2008.

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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1. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2006," by John R. Pleis and Margaret Lethbridge-«ejku (Vital and Health Statistics, Series 10, No. 235, December 2007, .pdf format, 153p.).

2. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2008, 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: "NIH Launches Human Microbiome Project: NIH Roadmap Effort to Use Genomic Technologies To Explore Role of Microbes in Human Health and Disease" (Dec. 19, 2007).

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Study Statistical Brief:

A. "Average Annual Health Care Use and Expenses for Shingles among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2003-2005," by Anita Soni and Steven C. Hill (Statistical Brief No. 194, December 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2005," by John P. Sommers (Statistical Brief No. 195, December 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

C. "Prescription Drug Expenditures in the 10 Largest States for Persons under Age 65, 2005," by John P. Sommers (Statistical Brief No. 196, December 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief:

A. "Hospital Stays Involving Chronic Pulmonary Heart Disease, 2005," by Chaya T. Merrill, Mika Nagamine, and Anne Elixhauser (Statistical Brief No. 43, December 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.).



B. "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Hospitalizations in 1998 and 2005," by Yafu Zhao and William Encinosa (Statistical Brief No. 44, December 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.).



6. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Treatment for Past Year Depression among Adults," (January 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

7. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Factors Associated With Iron Status Among WIC Infants and Toddlers in Rural West Virginia," by Cindy Fitch (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. (CCR-35), December 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).

8. Government Accountability Office Report: "State Children's Health Insurance Program: Program Structure, Enrollment and Expenditure Experiences, and Outreach Approaches for States That Cover Adults" (GAO-08-50, November 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 45p.).

9. Office of National Drug Control Policy Fact Sheet: "Pushing Back: Significant, Long-Term Reductions in Youth Drug Use" (December 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

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US States:


Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "Louisiana's Uninsured Population: A Report from the 2007 Louisiana Health Insurance Survey," by Stephen Barnes, Kirby Goidel, and Dek Terrell (December 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

New Jersey:

Department of Health and Senior Services Brief: "Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in New Jersey," (December 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

New Mexico:

Department of Health Report: "New Mexico HIV Annual Surveillance Report: 2006," (December 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "2008 County Health Data Book," (January 2008, HTML and Microsoft Word and Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 1, January 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1-80).

2. World Health Organization European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Periodical: Eurohealth (Vol. 13, No. 2, 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).


World Bank Reports:

A. "HIV/AIDS - Public Policy and the Challenge of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases," by Olusoji Adeyi, Owen Smith, and Sylvia Robles (2007, .pdf format, 188p.).,,contentMDK:21389597~menuPK:571178~pagePK:2865114~piPK:2865167~theSitePK:571172,00.html

B. "Socio-Economic Differences in Health, Nutrition, and Population," by Davidson R. Gwatkin, Shea Rutstein, Kiersten Johnson, Eldaw Suliman, Adam Wagstaff, and Agbessi Amouzou (2007, overview report, .pdf format, 287p., with 56 individual country reports, .pdf format).


New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Health Expenditure Trends in New Zealand 1994-2004," (December 2007, .pdf format, 80p.).

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Guttmacher Institute Brief: "Contraceptive Use," (January 2008).


Urban Institute Report: "Uninsured and Dying Because of It," by Stan Dorn (January 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).


Kaiser Family Foundation, Various:

A. "Key Health Disparities-Focused Legislation Introduced in the 110th Congress," by Megan Thomas, Cara James, and Marsha Lillie-Blanton (December 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

B. "Uninsured Children in the South, December 2007," by Nicole Ravenell and Kathryn Luchok (December 2007, .pdf format, 84p.).

C. "How Trends in the Health Care System Affect Low-Income Adults: Identifying Access Problems and Financial Burdens," by Karyn Schwartz (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Issue Brief, December 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

D. "Vermont Health Care Reform Plan (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Fact Sheet, December 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).


Population Reference Bureau Periodical: New and Noteworthy in Nutrition (Issue 1, Dec. 20, 2007, .pdf format, 9p.). Subscription information is available in the periodical.


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 40, Oct. 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

More information on FHI:


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, December 18, 2007, p. 20392-20397).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Trends in Opioid Prescribing by Race/Ethnicity for Patients Seeking Care in US Emergency Departments," by Mark J. Pletcher, Stefan G. Kertesz, Michael A. Kohn, and Ralph Gonzales (Vol. 299, No. 1, January 2, 2008, p. 70-78).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Outcomes of Care by Hospitalists, General Internists, and Family Physicians," by Peter K. Lindenauer, Michael B. Rothberg, Penelope S. Pekow, Christopher Kenwood, Evan M. Benjamin, and Andrew D. Auerbach (Vol. 357, No. 25, December 20, 2007, p. 2589-2600).


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

A. "Death knell for the death penalty: a healthy advance" (Vol. 371, No. 9606, Jan. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1.). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Sexual violence increasing in Democratic Republic of Congo," by Wairagala Wakabi (World Report, Vol. 371, No. 9606, Jan. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 15-16.). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Telemedicine set to grow in India over the next 5 years," by Kristin Elisabeth Solberg (World Report, Vol. 371, No. 9606, Jan. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 17-18.). 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. 8, No. 1, Jan. 7, 2008). "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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California Center for Population Research [University of California-Los Angeles]:

A. "General Pediatricians' Views on Allocating More Time in Primary Care Practice to Children with Special Health Care: Results from a National Survey," by Tumaini R. Coker, G. Caleb Alexander, Lawrence P. Casalino, and John Lantos (CCPR-035-07, December 2007, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "WIC Program Participation and Early Childhood Overweight," by Gail Harrison, Abdelmonem Afifi, Eloise Jenks, Samar McGregor, and Maria Koleilat (CCPR-034-07, December 2007, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full-text can be found at:


Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "Using Health Facility Profiles as a Monitoring Tool: An Example Based on Data from Three African Countries," by Nancy Fronczak, Bolaji Fapohunda, Bates Buckner, and Catherine Schenck-Yglesias (WP-07-101, December 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).


Population Council: "The role of schools in promoting sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in developing countries," by Cynthia B. Lloyd (Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Paper no. 6, December 2007, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full-text can be found at:


National Bureau of Economic Research: "Scaling Up Malaria Control in Africa: An Economic and Epidemiological Assessment," by Awash Teklehaimanot, Gordon C. McCord, and Jeffrey D. Sachs (w13664, December 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).


This paper estimates the number of people at risk of contracting malaria in Africa using GIS methods and the disease's epidemiologic characteristics. It then estimates yearly costs of covering the population at risk with the package of interventions (differing by level of malaria endemicity and differing for rural and urban populations) for malaria as recommended by the UN Millennium Project. These projected costs are calculated assuming a ramp-up of coverage to full coverage by 2008, and then projected out through 2015 to give a year-by-year cost of meeting the Millennium Development Goal for reducing the burden of malaria by 75% We conclude that the cost of comprehensive malaria control for Africa is US$3.0 billion per year on average, or around US$4.02 per African at risk.


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "On SARS type economic effects during infectious disease outbreaks," by Milan Brahmbhatt and Arindam Dutta (WPS 4466, December 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:

A. "Income Volatility and Health," by Timothy Halliday (Discussion Paper 3234, December 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).


We investigate the impact of exogenous income fluctuations on health using twenty years of data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics using techniques from the literature on the estimation of dynamic panel data models. Contrary to much of the previous literature on health and socio-economic status, we find that, on average, adverse income shocks lead to a deterioration of health. These effects are most pronounced for working-aged men and are dominated by transitions into the very bottom of the earnings distribution.

B. "Does Job Satisfaction Improve the Health of Workers? New Evidence Using Panel Data and Objective Measures of Health," by Justina A.V. Fischer and Alfonso Sousa-Poza (Discussion Paper 3256, December 2007, .pdf format, 37p.).


This paper evaluates the relationship between job satisfaction and measures of health of workers using the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP). Methodologically, it addresses two important design problems encountered frequently in the literature: (a) cross-sectional causality problems and (b) absence of objective measures of physical health that complement self-reported measures of health status. Not only does using the panel structure with individual fixed effects mitigate the bias from omitting unobservable personal psycho-social characteristics, but employing more objective health measures such as health-system contacts and disability addresses such measurement problems relating to self-report assessments of health status. We find a positive link between job satisfaction (and changes over time therein) and subjective health measures (and changes therein); that is, employees with higher or improved job satisfaction levels feel healthier and are more satisfied with their health. This observation also holds true for more objective measures of health. Particularly, improvements in job satisfaction over time appear to prevent workers from (further) health deterioration.

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 2, Jan. 11, 2008/Vol. 21, Suppl 8, Dec. 2007).

Vol. 22, No. 2:

Vol. 21, Suppl. 8:

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 1, January 2008). 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.

Biometrika (Vol. 94, No. 4, December 2007).

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 46, No. 3, Feb. 1, 2008).

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 116, No. 1, January 2008). 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.

European Journal of Public Health (Vol. 17, No. 6, December 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Health Policy and Planning (Vol. 23, No. 1, Jan. 2008).

Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2008).

Public Health (Vol. 122, No. 1, January 2008).

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 50, No. 1, February 2008).

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National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: "2008 Add Health Users Conference Call for Papers," (Jan. 7, 2008). The Abstract Submission Form must be completed by Mar, 14, 2008.


US National Institutes of Health: "Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions," to be held in Airlie, Virginia Jun. 13-25, 2008). For more information see:

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Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Jan. 1-8, 2008).


American Statistical Association: ASA Jobweb has been updated with opportunities from Jan. 1-9, 2008).

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National Center for Health Statistics: Health Data for All Ages: The following updates were issued on Jan. 4, 2008

"The following table was updated with annual average estimates for 2002-2004:
* Infant mortality by cause: US/State 1999-2004 (Source: NVSS)

The following table was updated with annual average estimates for 2003-2005:
* Emergency department visits, all ages: US, 2003-2005 (Source: NHAMCS)

The following tables were updated with annual average estimates for 2004-2006:
* Oral Health: loss of all natural teeth among adults: US, 1998-2006 (Source: NHIS)
* Physical activity among adults: US, 1998-2006 (Source: NHIS)
* Heart disease and stroke among adults: US, 1998-2006 (Source: NHIS)


Medical Expenditure Panel Study:

A. "MEPS-HC Sample Sizes," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, December 2007).

B."MEPSnet/Household Component - 2005 data now available." This data is available via the MEPSnet interactive web extraction tool. (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets between Dec. 21, 2007 & Jan. 6, 2008 , which may be of interest to Health researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

Click on "all studies updated or added within the last 90 days.".


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive: SAMHDA at the Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Research, University of Michigan has announced:

A. "2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) released."

B. "The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)."

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Kaiser Family Foundation updates. has been updated with data added from Dec. 19, 2007 - Jan. 3, 2008.

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