Current Social Science Research Report--Health #51, February 19, 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. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article: "Unintentional Strangulation Deaths from the "Choking Game" Among Youths Aged 6-19 Years - United States, 1995-2007" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 6, Feb. 15, 2008 HTML and .pdf format, p. 141-144.)



2. Department of Health and Human Services/Department of Justice Report: "Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report For FY 2006" (February 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).

3. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "ATV-related Deaths and Injuries - 2006 Report," by Robin Streeter (February 2008,.pdf format, 24p.).

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Use of Specific Hallucinogens: 2006," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

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US States:


State Department of Health Report: "2006 Annual Summary of Infectious Diseases" (2007, .pdf format, 147p.).


Department of Health & Family Services Report: "Wisconsin Health Facts: Poverty and Health, 2006: Results from the Wisconsin Family Health Survey" (February 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Article: "Study: Impact of neighbourhood income on child obesity, 1994 to 2002," (The Daily, February 18, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Emissions to air of heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants, 1990-2005: Reduced emissions of hazardous substances" (Feb. 12, 2008). The news release links to one topical table.

B. "Emissions of nitrogen oxides, NMVOC, sulphur dioxide and ammonia. 1990-2006: Challenging NOX target" (Feb. 12, 2008). The news release links to five topical tables.

C. "Emissions of greenhouse gases. 1990-2006" (Feb. 12, 2008). The news release links to five topical tables.


South Africa:

Department of Health Periodical, Report:

A. Statistical Notes (No. 1, January 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Policy and Guidelines for the Implementation of the PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV) Programme" (February 2008, .pdf format, 81p.).

Both of these .pdfs appear embedded in an HTML page.



1. Health Protection Agency Report: "Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK 2008: An update of the Department of Health report 2001/2002," edited by Sari Kovats (February 2008, .pdf format, 113p.). The report is linked to from a HPA News Release: "The Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK" (Feb. 12, 2008). Link to full text is at the bottom of the news release:

2. Department of Health Report: "A&E (Accident and Emergency Department) attendances; total time spent in A&E from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer and waiting for emergency through A&E: q/e Dec 2007" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheets:

A. "Women's Health Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet" (December 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Health Insurance Coverage of Women Ages 18 to 64, by State, 2005-2006" (December 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 42, Jan. 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

More information on FHI:


California Health Care Foundation Report: "Haves and Have-Nots: A Look at Children's Use of Dental Care in California," by Nadereh Pourat (February 2008,.pdf format, 19p.)

More information about CHCF:


Public Library of Science One (PLoS One) Articles:

A. "Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure." by Pieter H.M. van Baal, Johan J. Polder, G. Ardine de Wit, Rudolf T. Hoogenveen, Talitha L. Feenstra, Hendriek C. Boshuizen, Peter M. Engelfriet, and Werner B. F. Brouwer (Vol.5, Issue 2, February 2008. Available in HTML, XML and. pdf format,8p.)

B. "Soft Targets: Nurses and the Pharmaceutical Industry," by Annemarie Jutel and David B. Menkes (Vol.5,Issue 2, February 2008. HTML, XML and .pdf format, 6p.)


British Medical Journal Article Abstract: "Inequalities in mortality during and after restructuring of the New Zealand economy: repeated cohort studies," by Tony Blakely, Martin Tobias, and June Atkinson (Vol. 336, No. 7640, February 16, 2008, p. 371-375).


The Lancet Article Abstract: Lancet requires registration prior to providing content. "Body-mass index and incidence of cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective observational studies," by Dr. Andrew G. Renehan, Margaret Tyson, Matthias Egger, Richard F. Heller, and Marcel Zwahlen (Vol. 371, No. 9612, February 16, 2008, p. 569-578).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No. 7, Feb. 18, 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. "Lessons from Empirical Network Analyses on Matters of Life and Death in East Africa," by Jere R. Behrman, Hans-Peter Kohler, and Susan Cotts Watkins (CCPR-071-07, December 2007, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Understanding Socioeconomic Gradients in Health in the Mexican-origin Population in the United States," by Pamela J. Stoddard (CCPR-073-07, March 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 4, February 19, 2008).

Epidemiology (Vol. 19, No. 2, February 2008).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 65, No. 3, March 2008).

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 50, No. 2, March 2008).

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Feb. 7-Feb. 17, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Academy Health updated its listings through Feb. 19, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings from Feb. 11-18, 2008.

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US Senate Committee on the Budget Hearing Testimony: "Health Care and the Budget: Information Technology and Health Care Reform," a hearing held February 14, 2008 (.pdf and RealPlayer format).

Scroll down to "February 14, 2008".

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive [University of Michigan]: The SAMHDA Archive announced the availability of a new data file:

Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), 2006

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:

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National Longitudinal Surveys Bibliography Updates: Note: These citations, along with all of the NLS bibliography, can be found at:

Note: Where available, direct links to full text have been provided. These references represent updated citations from January 2008.

For more information on any of these citations (selected abstracts are available) go to the above listed address and click on "Title List". Click on the first item, which will give the syntax of the citation urls:[0]=320

Note that you may need to cut and paste the ENTIRE URL above, as it may not automatically resolve. In any event, it is simply a template URL to get you started.

Then change the number after the equal sign (320 in this case) to the number listed as the "ID Number" in the citations below. You will be taken to the full citation listing.

Trajectories of Failure: The Educational Careers of Children with Mental Health Problems
American Journal of Sociology 113,3 (November 2007): 653-701
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79
ID Number: 5690
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
The authors draw on developmental psychopathology, life course sociology, and scholarship on educational processes to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the association of children's mental health problems with educational attainment. They use this framework to address two empirical gaps in prior research: lack of attention to mental health trajectories and the failure to consider diverse explanations. Using data from the Children of the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth data set, the authors identify latent classes that characterize trajectories of internalizing and externalizing problems from childhood through adolescence. Youths in the classes vary significantly in their likelihoods of high school completion and college entry. The authors evaluate the ability of three sets of mediators to explain these patterns: academic aptitude, disruptive behaviors, and educational expectations. Educational expectations are important mediators independent of academic aptitude and disruptive behaviors. Social responses to youths' mental health problems contribute importantly to their disrupted educational trajectories.


Obesity and Physical Fitness in the Labor Market
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2007. DAI-A 68/03, p. 1111, Sep 2007
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5678
Publisher: UMI - ProQuest Digital Dissertations


Body Composition and Wages
NBER Working Paper No. 13595, National Bureau of Economic Research, November 2007.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5689
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research -- NBER
This paper examines the effect of body composition on wages. We develop measures of body composition -- body fat (BF) and fat-free mass (FFM) -- using data on bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) that are available in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III and estimate wage models for respondents in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. Our results indicate that increased body fat is unambiguously associated with decreased wages for both males and females. This result is in contrast to the mixed and sometimes inconsistent results from the previous research using body mass index (BMI). We also find new evidence indicating that a higher level of fat-free body mass is consistently associated with increased hourly wages. We present further evidence that these results are not the artifacts of unobserved heterogeneity. Our findings are robust to numerous specification checks and to a large number of alternative BIA prediction equations from which the body composition measures are derived.

Our work addresses an important limitation of the current literature on the economics of obesity. Previous research relied on body weight or BMI for measuring obesity despite the growing agreement in the medical literature that they represent misleading measures of obesity because of their inability to distinguish between body fat and fat-free body mass. Body composition measures used in this paper represent significant improvements over the previously used measures because they allow for the effects of fat and fat free components of body composition to be separately identified. Our work also contributes to the growing literature on the role of non-cognitive characteristics on wage determination.

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