Current Social Science Research Report--Health #49, February 5, 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 Data Brief: "HIV Infection in the United States Household Population Aged 18-49 Years: Results from 1999-2006," by Geraldine McQuillan and Deanna Kruszon-Moran (Data Brief No. 4, January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).



2. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Substance Use and Mental Health," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health. January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

3. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Hospitalizations for Epilepsy and Convulsions, 2005," by Laurel Holmquist, C. Allison Russo, and Anne Elixhauser (Statistical Brief No. 46, January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.).



4. Centers for Disease Control Press Release: "New Study Shows Tobacco Control Programs Cut Adult Smoking Rates," (Jan. 30, 2008).

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US States:


Department of Labor and Workforce Development Periodical: Alaska Economic Trends (February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). The theme article of this issue is: "Alaska's Health Care Industry."


State Data Center Update: The SDC has updated the following data (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format: Iowa county level: "Medicaid recipients and benefits: 2001-2007 (Calendar years) (February 2008)."

See under Feb. 1, 2008 listing.


Department of Health and Hospitals Reports:

A. "Children's Medicaid Enrollment Numbers" (January 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "LaCHIP Enrollment Numbers" (January 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Medicaid Enrollment by Parrish" (January 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).


Office of Health and Human Services Report: "2007 MassHealth HEIDS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) Report (PDF)" (November 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 84p.).

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Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Nebraska 2010 Health Goals and Objectives: A MidCourse Review" (January 2008, .pdf format, 222p.).

New Mexico:

Department of Health Reports:

A. "Infectious Diseases in New Mexico-2006 Annual Report" (December 2007, .pdf format, 76p.).

B. "HIV/AIDS Quarterly Report -- Winter 2008" (January 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

New York:

Department of Health Reports:

A. "eQARR: an Interactive Report on Managed Care Performance" (2007).

B. "Medicaid Statistics" (2007). Data has been updated in all categories through the end of 2007. In the "Monthly Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Reports" data is available for January 2008 (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 16p.).

South Carolina:

Department of Health Report: "SC PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Management Monitoring System) Special Delivery: Postpartum Depression Symptoms in South Carolina, 2004-2005" (December 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).


State Department of Health, Center For Health Statistics Report: "Death Data: 2006" (January 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:


1. Bureau of Statistics Report: "Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Australia, 2004-05" (January 2008, .pdf format, 43p., with tables in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab for link to full text.

2. Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "General practice activity in Australia 2006-07," (General practice series no. 21, January 2008, .pdf format, 254p.).



Statistical Service Report: "Health And Hospitals Statistics 2006" (January 2008, .pdf format, 342p.). The report is in Greek and English.

Scroll to "HEALTH AND HOSPITALS STATISTICS 2006" and click on the PDF icon. Note that it is a large file that downloads slowly. Interested users might want to download the report (right click and save file to) rather than waiting for it to resolve in the browser).



Department of Health Reports:

A. "Report of the National Patient Choice Survey, England - September 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

B. "Inpatient and Outpatient Waiting Times Figures" (February 2008, Microsoft Word format, 3p.).

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Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Monograph: A Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating Population-Health-Environment Programs , by Theresa Finn (MS-07-25, October 2007, .pdf format, 162p.).


Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "Public Funding for Family Planning, Sterilization and Abortion Services, FY 1980-2006," by Adam Sonfield, Casey Alrich and Rachel Benson Gold (Occasional Report No. 38, January 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). The report is linked to from an AGI news release: "State Medicaid Family Planning Expansions Drive Significant Increase in Public Funding For Contraceptive Services

Click on "new Guttmacher Institute analysis" at the end of the first paragraph of the news release for link to full text.


American Enterprise Institute For Public Policy Research Newsletter: Health Policy Outlook Series, (February 2008, HTML, .pdf format, 10p.). The primary article in this issue is "Paging Dr. Ricardo: A Dose of Economics for Healthier Pharmaceutical Production," by Roger Bate.

More information about AEI:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstracts:

A. Spreading of sexually transmitted diseases in heterosexual populations," by Jesús Gómez-Gardeńes, Vito Latora, Yamir Moreno, and Elio Profumo (Vol. 105, No. 5, February 5, 2008, p. 1399-1404).

B. "Selectivity of Black Death mortality with respect to preexisting health," by Sharon N.DeWitte and James W. Wood (Vol. 105, No. 5, February 5, 2008, p. 1436-1441).

C. "Lessons from the past: Familial aggregation analysis of fatal pandemic influenza (Spanish flu) in Iceland in 1918," by Magnús Gottfredsson, Bjarni V. Halldórsson, Stefán Jónsson, Már Kristjánsson, Kristleifur Kristjánsson, Karl G. Kristinsson, Arthur Löve, Thorsteinn Blöndal, Cécile Viboud, Sverrir Thorvaldsson, Agnar Helgason, Jeffrey R. Gulcher, Kári Stefánsson, and Ingileif Jónsdóttir (Vol. 105, No. 4, January 29, 2008, p. 1303-1308). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.


Public Library of Science One (PLoS One) Articles:

A. "Does the Effectiveness of Control Measures Depend on the Influenza Pandemic Profile?" by Solen Kernéis, Rebecca F. Grais, Pierre-Yves Boëlle, Antoine Flahault, Elisabeta Vergu (PLoS ONE 3(1): e1478 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001478, January 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "The Impact of the Unstructured Contacts Component in Influenza Pandemic Modeling," by Marco Ajelli and Stefano Merler (PLoS ONE 3(1): e1519 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001519, January 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "Increase in Non-AIDS Related Conditions as Causes of Death among HIV-Infected Individuals in the HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) Era in Brazil," by Antonio G. Pacheco1, Suely H. Tuboi, José C. Faulhaber, Lee H. Harrison, and Mauro Schechter (PLoS ONE 3(1): e1531 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001531, January 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

D. "Transmissibility of the Influenza Virus in the 1918 Pandemic," by Laura Forsberg White and Marcello Pagano (PLoS ONE 3(1): e1498 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001498, January 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No. 5, Feb. 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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Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation: "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.).


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A, "Managed Care and Medical Expenditures of Medicare Beneficiaries," by Michael Chernew, Philip DeCicca, and Robert Town (w13747, January 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).


This paper investigates the impact of Medicare HMO penetration on the medical care expenditures incurred by Medicare fee-for-service enrollees. We find that increasing penetration leads to reduced health care spending on fee-for-service beneficiaries. In particular, a one percentage point increase in Medicare HMO penetration reduces such spending by .9 percent. We estimate similar models for various measures of health care utilization and find penetration-induced reductions, consistent with our spending estimates. Finally, we present evidence that suggests our estimated spending reductions are driven by beneficiaries who have at least one chronic condition.

B. "Covering the Uninsured in the U.S.," by Jonathan Gruber (w13758, January 2008, .pdf format, 74p.).


One of the major social policy issues facing the U.S. in the first decade of the 21st century is the large number of Americans lacking health insurance. This article surveys the major economic issues around covering the uninsured. I review the facts on insurance coverage and the nature of the uninsured; focus on explanations for why the U.S. has such a large, and growing, uninsured population; and discuss why we should care if individuals are uninsured. I then focus on policy options to address the problem of the uninsured, beginning with a discussion of the key issues and available evidence, and then turning to estimates from a micro-simulation model of the impact of alternative interventions to increase insurance coverage.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "The Impact of Income Shocks on Health: Evidence from Cohort Data," by Jérôme Adda, James Banks, and Hans-Martin von Gaudecker (Discussion Paper 3329, January 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


We study the effect of permanent income innovations on health for a prime-aged population. Using information on more than half a million individuals sampled over a twenty-five year period in three different cross-sectional surveys we aggregate data by date-of-birth cohort to construct a ‘synthetic cohort’ dataset with details of income, expenditure, socio-demographic factors, health outcomes and selected risk factors. We then exploit structural and arguably exogenous changes in cohort incomes over the eighties and nineties to uncover causal effects of permanent income shocks on health. We find that such income innovations have little effects on a wide range of health measures, but do lead to increases in mortality and risky health behaviour.

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

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. Vol. 116, No. 2, February 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Environmental Research (Vol. 106, No. 2, February 2008).

European Journal of Public Health (Vol. 18, No. 1, January 2008). 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.

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 37, 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.

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"7th International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy," (10 To 13 July 2008, Athens, Greece).

"9th International Workshop on Clinical Pharmacology of HIV Therapy," (7 April 2008, New Orleans, United States).

"25 Years of HIV," (19 to 21 May 2008, Paris, France).

"16th Annual HIV/AIDS Update Conference," (29 to 31 October 2008, South Padre Island, Texas, United States).

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Academy Health updated its listings through Feb. 2, 2008.

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jan. 30-31, 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:

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National Center for Health Statistics: NCHS has created an index to publications based on data from Wave 6 of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Most articles are in .pdf format.

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