Current Social Science Research Report--Health #46, January 15, 2008.

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Index to this issue:

















1. National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief: "Hypertension Awareness, Treatment, and Control - Continued Disparities in Adults: United States, 2005-2006, by Yechiam Ostchega, Sung Sug Yoon, Jeffery Hughes, and Tatiana Louis (Data Brief No. 3, January 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports Articles:

A. "Update on Overall Prevalence of Major Birth Defects --- Atlanta, Georgia, 1978--2005," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 1, Jan. 11, 2008, .HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-5).

B. "Use of Supplements Containing Folic Acid Among Women of Childbearing Age --- United States, 2007," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 1, Jan. 11, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 5-8).

C. "Trends in Wheat-Flour Fortification with Folic Acid and Iron --- Worldwide, 2004 and 2007," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 1, Jan. 11, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 8-10).

.pdf version of the full issue:

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report: "HIV Prevention Strategic Plan: Extended Through 2010" (October 2007, .pdf format, 157p.).

4. National Institutes of Health News Releases:

A. "Autism Risk Higher in People with Gene Variant: Difference in Gene Appears to Pose More Risk When Inherited from Mothers" (National Institute of Mental Health, Jan. 10, 2008).

B. "Top Malaria Experts Publish Groundbreaking Research to Aid Malaria Eradication Efforts: NIH Leads Effort to Present Collection of Latest Discoveries" (John E. Fogarty International Center, Jan. 7, 2008).

C. "Researchers Discover New Biomarker for Predicting Liver Cancer Spread and Survival" (National Cancer Institute, Jan. 7, 2008).

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Misuse of Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medications among Persons Aged 12 to 25," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

6. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Report: "National Health Expenditure Data" (January 2008, .pdf and/or comma separated value [.csv] format).

7. General Accountability Office Report: "Social Security Disability: Better Planning, Management, and Evaluation Could Help Address Backlogs" (GAO-08-40, December 2008, .pdf format, 82p.).

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US States:

South Dakota:

Department of Health Periodical: Monthly Infectious Disease Summaries (December 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Entre Nous: The European Magazine for Sexual and Reproductive Health (No. 66, 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

2. World Health Organization Report Country Office in Iraq Report: "Iraq Family Health Survey 2006/2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 69p.).

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Institut de recherce et documentation en economie de la sante (IRDES) Article: "Introducing Gate Keeping in France: first assessment of the preferred doctor scheme reform," by Paul Dourgnon, Stéphanie Guillaume, Michel Naiditch, Catherine Ordonneau (Health Economics Letter (No. 124, July 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).



National Statistics Office Report: "Health expectancies at birth and at age 65 in the UK, 2004" (January 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

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Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 41, Dec. 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

More information on FHI:


National Academies of Science News Release: "Study Shows Continuing Disparities in Health Care," by Christian Dobbins (Jan. 3, 2008).


Journal of the American Medical Association Commentary Extract: "Dengue and Hemorrhagic Fever: A Potential Threat to Public Health in the United States," by David M. Morens, and Anthony S. Fauci (Clinician's Corner, Vol. 299, No. 2, Jan. 9/16, 2008, p. 214-216).

Related National Institutes of Health News Release: "NIAID Experts See Dengue as Potential Threat to U.S. Public Health" (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Jan. 8, 2008).


New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives Extract, Book Review Extract:

A. "HIV in India -- A Downsized Epidemic," by Robert Steinbrook (Vol. 358, No. 2, Jan. 10, 2008, p. 107-109).

B. African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity, edited by Lawrence Prograis, Jr., and Edmund D. Pellegrino, reviewed by Jeffrey Michael Clair (Vol. 358, No. 2, Jan. 10, 2008, p. 206-207).


British Medical Journal Article, Article Abstract:

A. "Poverty and blindness in Pakistan: results from the Pakistan national blindness and visual impairment survey," by Clare E.Gilbert, S.P. Shah, M.Z. Jadoon R. Bourne, B. Dineen, M.A. Khan, G.J. Johnson, and M.D. Khan (Vol. 336, No. 7634, Jan. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 29-32). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses: systematic review," by Tom Jefferson, Ruth Foxlee, Chris Del Mar, Liz Dooley, Eliana Ferroni, Bill Hewak, Adi Prabhala, Sree Nair, and Alex Rivetti (Vol. 336, No. 7635, Jan. 12, 2008, p. 77-80).


Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Efficacy of cholesterol-lowering therapy in 18,686 people with diabetes in 14 randomised trials of statins: a meta-analysis," by Cholesterol Treatment Trialists' (CTT) Collaborators (Vol. 371, No. 9607, January 12, 2008, p. 117-125).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No. 2, Jan. 15, 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: "How Costly Is Hospital Quality? A Revealed-Preference Approach," by John A. Romley and Dana Goldman (w13730, January 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


One of the most important and vexing issues in health care concerns the cost to improve quality. Unfortunately, quality is difficult to measure and potentially confounded with productivity. Rather than relying on clinical or process measures, we infer quality at hospitals in greater Los Angeles from the revealed preference of pneumonia patients. We then decompose the joint contribution of quality and unobserved productivity to hospital costs, relying on heterogeneous tastes among patients for plausibly exogenous quality variation. We find that more productive hospitals provide higher quality, demonstrating that the cost of quality improvement is substantially understated by methods that do not take into account productivity differences. After accounting for these differences, we find that a quality improvement from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile would increase costs at the average hospital by nearly fifty percent. Improvements in traditional metrics of hospital quality such as risk-adjusted mortality are more modest, indicating that other factors such as amenities are an important driver of both hospital costs and patient choices.


Center for Health and Wellbeing [Princeton University]: "Returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," by Christina Paxson and Cecilia Elena Rouse (January 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).


American Enterprise Institute: "An Examination of State Non-Group and Small-Group Health Insurance Regulations," by Anthony T. Lo Sasso (AEI Working Paper No. 140, January 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

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

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 20, No. 1, February 2008). 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 Environmental Health (Vol. 60, No. 6, January/February 2008. .pdf forrmat, 1p.). 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.

Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (Vol. 18, No. 1, January 2008).

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 50, No. 1, January 2008).

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 65, No. 1, February 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 650, No. 1, Jan. 31, 2008).

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 101, Nos. 1, 2, January, February 2008).



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US National Institutes of Health:

A. "NIH Revision Awards for Studying Interactions Among Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors in Health (R01)" (PAR-08-065, Jan. 8, 2008, National Institute on Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "NIH Revision Awards for Studying Interactions Among Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors in Health (R21) (PAR-08-066, Jan. 8, 2008, National Institute on Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

C. "NIH Revision Awards for Studying Interactions Among Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors in Health (P01, P20, P50, P60, U01, U10, U54) (PAR-08-067, Jan. 8, 2007, National Institute on Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

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Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Jan. 9-12, 2008).


American Statistical Association: ASA Jobweb has been updated with opportunities from Jan. 10-15, 2008).

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US House Agriculture Committee Hearing Publication: "Review the Federal Food Stamp Program and Its Impact on Children's Health," a hearing held Mar. 13, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-05, .pdf format, 143p.).

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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:

Desha, Laura; Ziviani, Jenny; Nicholson, Jan, and Martin, Graham. Physical Activity and Despressive Symptoms in American Adolescents. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 2007; 29(4):534-43.

Roos, Leslie L.; Brownell, Marni; Lix, Lisa; Roos, Noralou P., and MacWilliam, Leonard. From Health Research to Social Research: Privacy, Methods, Approaches. Social Science & Medicine. 2008; 66(1):117-129.

Smith, James P. The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Health Over the Life-Course. The Journal of Human Resources. 2007; 42(4):739.

Wilson, George. Quick Read Synopsis: Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market: Critical Issues in the New Millennium: Family Background, Race, and Labor Market Inequality. Conley, Dalton and Glauber, Rebecca. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2007; 609(233):240-241.

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