Current Social Science Research Report--Health #50, February 12, 2008.

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1. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths: Provisional Data for June 2007," by Paul D. Sutton and Martha L. Munson (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 56, No. 12, .pdf format, 6p.).

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article:

A. "Receipt of Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Among Heart Attack Survivors --- United States, 2005" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 4, Feb. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 89-94).



B. "Adverse Health Conditions and Health Risk Behaviors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence --- United States, 2005," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 5, February 8, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 113-117).


C. "State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco-Dependence Treatments --- United States, 2006," (Centers for Disease Control Vol. 57, No. 5, February 8, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 117-122).


.pdf for both:

3. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief:

A. "The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief No. 199, February 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief No. 198, January 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Primary Methamphetamine / Amphetamine Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment: 2005," ( Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

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US States:


Department of Health and Social Services, Vital Statistics Report: "State of Alaska: Induced Termination of Pregnancy Statistics 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).


Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "Children's Medicaid Enrollment by Parish: January 2008" (February 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Report, Periodical:

A. "WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2008" (2008, .pdf format, 329p.).

B. Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 2, February 2008, .pdf format, p. 81-160).


World Bank Policy Note: "Better Outcomes Through Health Reforms in the Russian Federation: The Challenge in 2008 and Beyond," by Patricio V. Marquez (December 2007-January 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).



Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics Charts: "Alcohol consumption profiles by socio professional categories, men and women: France: (Chart of the Month, February 2008, Data from 2002 Health, health care and insurance survey).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Dramatic increase in amount of pesticides used by municipalities" (Feb. 5, 2008).

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Population Reference Bureau Article: "Conditional Cash Transfers Offer the Poor an Incentive to Attend School and Use Healthcare Facilities," by Jay Gribble (January 2008).


Kaiser Family Foundation Reports, Factsheet.

A. "Health Coverage for Children and Families in Medicaid and SCHIP: State Efforts Face New Hurdles," by Donna Cohen Ross, Aleya Horn and Caryn Marks (January 2008,.pdf format, 68p.)

B. "Current Issues in Medicaid: A Mid-FY2008 Update Based on a Discussion with Leading Medicaid Directors," by Vernon K. Smith, Barbara Coulter Edwards and Jennifer Tolbert (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 2008,.pdf format, 10p.)

C. "SCHIP Enrollment in June 2007: An Update on Current Enrollment and SCHIP Policy Directions," by Vernon Smith, David Rousseau, Caryn Marks and Robin Rudowitz. (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 2008,.pdf format, 21p.)

D. "Medicaid Enrollment in 50 States: December 2006 Update,"by EileenR.Ellis, Dennis Roberts, DavidM.Rousseau and Karyn Schwartz.(Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 2008,.pdf format, 69p.)

E. "State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): Reauthorization History." (January 2008.,pdf format, 2p.)


Urban Institute Report:

A. "Health Coverage Tax Credits: A Small Program Offering Large Policy Lessons," by Stan Dorn (February 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Uninsured and Dying Because of It: Updating the Institute of Medicine Analysis on the Impact of Uninsurance on Mortality," by Stan Dorn (January 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).


Employee Benefit Research Institute Brief, Periodical:

A. "ERISA Pre-emption: Implications for Health Reform and Coverage," by William Pierron (EBRI Issue Brief No. 314, February 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "The Future of Employment-Based Health Benefits: Have Employers Reached a Tipping Point?" by John A. MacDonald (EBRI Notes Vol. 29, No. 2, February 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).


Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University Report: "2008 Environmental Performance Index" (January 2008, .pdf format, 65p., with data in Microsoft Excel format). The site also links to a the "2008 EPI Interactive Web site." "Environmental health and ecosystem vitality are gauged using 25 indicators tracked in six policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Pollution (effects on ecosytems), Water (effects on ecosystems), Productive Natural Resources, Biodiversity and Habitat, and Climate Change. The EPI utilizes a proximity-to-target methodology focused on a core set of environmental outcomes linked to policy goals. The 2008 EPI includes 149 countries based on data availability."


Century Foundation Monograph: The Basics: National Health Insurance: Lessons From Abroad (2008, .pdf format, 74p.).

More information about TCF:


Emerald Group Publishing Limited Book: Inequalities and Disparities in Health Care and Health: Concerns of Patients, Providers and Insurers by Jennie J. Kronenfeld (2008, ISBN: 9780762314744, 342p.). For more information see:


Center For Strategic & International Studies Report: "Combating the Twin Epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Drug Addiction: Opportunities for Progress and Gaps in Scale," by David A. Fiellin, Traci C. Green, Robert Reimber (January 2008,.pdf format, 77p.)

This report examines on 12 countries in Asia, Africa, and eastern Europe that have experienced significant increases in reports of injection drug use, injection-related HIV, or both during the past decade. These countries receive significant aid from the United States either directly through the Presidentís Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) or through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The report focuses on a particular intervention medication-assisted maintenance treatment for drug dependence, an area in which the United States has considerable experience and strength and that offers an opportunity to expand engagement in global HIV efforts. U.S. efforts should be coordinated with those of recipient governments and other donors in an integrated, comprehensive approach that ultimately will be the most effective strategy to curb the rapid growth of injection-driven HIV epidemics.,com_csis_pubs/task,view/id,4306/type,1/

More information on CSIS:


Council for Affordable Health Insurance Report: "Health Insurance Mandates in the States 2008," by Victoria Craig Bunce and J.P. Wieske (February 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

More information on CAHI:


The Center For Public Integrity Report: "Great Lakes Danger Zones." (February 2008,.pdf format, 385p.)

For more than seven months, the nationís top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states, reportedly because it contains such potentially alarming information as evidence of elevated infant mortality and cancer rates.

The 400-plus-page study, Public Health Implications of Hazardous Substances in the Twenty-Six U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern, was undertaken by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the request of the International Joint Commission, an independent bilateral organization that advises the U.S. and Canadian governments on the use and quality of boundary waters between the two countries. The study was originally scheduled for release in July 2007 by the IJC and the CDCís Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

The Center for Public Integrity has obtained the study, which warns that more than nine million people who live in the more than two dozen areas of concern including such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, lead, mercury, or six other hazardous pollutants.

Links to full text are available at:

More information on CPI:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstracts:

A. "Spreading of sexually transmitted diseases in heterosexual populations," by Jesķs Gůmez-GardeŮes, Vito Latora, Yamir Moreno, and Elio Profumo (Vol. 105, No. 5, Feb. 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, Feb. 5, 2008, p. 1436-1441).

C. "The debt of nations and the distribution of ecological impacts from human activities," by U. Thara Srinivasana, Susan P. Careyc, Eric Hallsteind, Paul A. T. Higgins, Amber C. Kerr, Laura E. Koteen, Adam B. Smith, Reg Watson, John Harte, and Richard B. Norgaard (Vol. 105, No. 5, Feb. 5, 2008, p. 1768-1773).


Nature Article Abstract: "The dynamics of measles in sub-Saharan Africa," by Matthew J. Ferrari, Rebecca F. Grais, Nita Bharti, Andrew J.K. Conlan, Ottar N. BjÝrnstad, Lara J. Wolfson, Philippe J. Guerin, Ali Djibo, and Bryan T. Grenfell (Vol. 451, No. 7179, Feb. 7, 2008, p. 679-684).


Public Library of Science One (PLoS One) Article: "Does Preventing Obesity Lead to Reduced Health-Care Costs," by Klim McPherson (PLoS Med 5(2): e37 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050037, February 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 2p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Commentary Extract: "Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Community Resiliency," by John P. Middaugh (Vol. 299, No. 5, Feb. 6, 2008, p. 566-568).


New England Journal of Medicine, Various:

A. "Estimating Excess Mortality in Post-Invasion Iraq," by Catherine A. Brownstein and John S. Brownstein (Perspective, Vol. 358, No. 5, Jan. 31, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 445-447). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Physicians and Execution -- Highlights from a Discussion of Lethal Injection," by Atul Gawande, Deborah W. Denno, Robert D. Truog, and David Waisel (Perspective, Vol. 358, No. 5, Jan. 31, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 448-451). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Violence-Related Mortality in Iraq from 2002 to 2006," by Iraq Family Health Survey Study Group (Special Article, Vol. 358, No. 5, Jan. 31, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 484-493). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Market-Based Failure -- A Second Opinion on U.S. Health Care Costs," by Robert Kuttner (Perspective, Vol. 358, No. 6, Feb. 7, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 549-551). This article is available free of charge.

E. "Effect of a Multifactorial Intervention on Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes," by Peter Gśde, Henrik Lund-Andersen, Hans-Henrik Parving, and Oluf Pedersen (Article abstract, Vol. 358, No. 6, February 7, 2008, p. 580-591).

F. Legal Aspects of HIV/AIDS: A Guide for Policy and Law Reform, by Lance Gable, Katharina Gamharter, Lawrence O. Gostin, James G. Hodge, Jr., and Rudolf V. Van Puymbroec, reviewed by Alicia Ely Yamin (Book Review extract, Vol. 358, No. 6, February 7, 2008, p. 652-653).


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

A. "India's health sector responds to new corruption charges," by Kristen Elisabeth Solberg (World Report, Vol. 371, No. 9611, HTML and .pdf format, p. 464). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Effects of antenatal multiple micronutrient supplementation on children's weight and size at 2 years of age in Nepal: follow-up of a double-blind randomised controlled trial," by Anjana Vaidya, Naomi Saville, Bhim Prasad Shrestha, Anthony M. de L. Costello, Dharma S Manandhar, and David Osrin (Article, Vol. 371, No. 9611, HTML and .pdf format, p. 492-499 ). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Maternal and child undernutrition: effective action at national level," by Jennifer Bryce, Denise Coitinho, Ian Darnton-Hill, David Pelletier, and Per Pinstrup-Andersen (Series, Vol. 371, No. 9611, HTML and .pdf format, p. 510-526). 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. 6, Feb. 11 , 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. "Sharing an Uncertain Future: Improved Survival and Stress Proliferation among Persons Living with HIV and their Caregivers," by Richard G. Wight, Carol S. Aneshensel, Allen J. LeBlanc, and Kristin P. Beals (CCPR-063-07, December 2007, .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Heading South: Mexican Immigrants Confront Poor Access to Care in the U.S.," by Steven P. Wallace, Carolyn Mendez-Luck, and Xochitl Castaneda (CCPR-062-07, December 2007, .pdf format, 13p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research: "The Effect of Tax Preferences on Health Spending," by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler (w13767, January 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).


World Bank Development Programme: "Poisoning the mind : arsenic contamination and cognitive achievement of children," by Mohammad Niaz Asadullah and Nazmul Chaudhury (WPS 4510, February 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


University of Copenhagen [Denmark] Economics Department: "The Chinese Health Care System: Structure, Problems and Challenges," by Jens Leth Hougaard, Lars Peter ōsterdal and Yi Yu (No. 08-01, January 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


In the present paper we describe the structure of the Chinese health care system and sketch its future development. We analyse issues of provider incentives and the actual burden sharing between government, enterprises and people. We further aim to identify a number of current problems and link these to a discussion of future challenges in the form of an aging population, increased privatization and increased inequity.

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 46, No. 5, Mar. 1, 2008).

Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2008).

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2008).

Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 2, February 2008).

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 650, No. 2, Feb. 29, 2008).

Social Medicine (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2008).

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 102, No. 1, March 2008).

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Feb. 6-12, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Academy Health updated its listings through Feb. 8, 2008.

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US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing Testimony: "Full Committee Holds Hearing on CDC Program Providing Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening," a hearing held Jan. 29, 2008) (.pdf format). A video transcript of the hearing is available at the site.


US House Judiciary Committee Hearing Publication: "Detention and Removal: Immigration Detainee Medical Care," a hearing held Oct. 4, 2007 (House Serial Publication No. 110-53, .pdf format, 97p.).


US Senate Budget Committee Hearing Publication: "Health Care and the Budget," hearings held Jun. 21, Jun. 26, and Sep. 11, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-220, .pdf format, 267p.).

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United Nations World Health Organization WHOSIS Update: "The WHO Statistical Information System" has recently been updated with the following data:

Under Mortality & Burden of Disease:

A. Maternal Mortality: 2005 (January 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

B. Child mortality (all available years) (Microsoft Excel format).

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Kaiser Family Foundation updates: has been updated through Feb. 11, 2008.


Kaiser Family Foundation Update: "Public Opinion: Health Care and Election '08," by Claudia Deane (February 2008, webcast, audio software needed for optimal use, but slides are available in any event).

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