Current Social Science Research Report--Health #54, March 11, 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. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Report: "National Survey-Children with Special Health Care Needs Chartbook 2005-2006." The report is linked to from a HRSA news release: "High Numbers of Children With Special Needs Have Health Insurance, Regular Caregivers, HRSA Survey Finds" (Feb. 28, 2008).

2. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2005-2006 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health," by Arthur Hughes, Neeraja Sathe, Kathryn Spagnola (February 2008. In HTML and .pdf format, 88p.).

3. National Institutes of Health News Release: "Quantity and Frequency of Drinking Influence Mortality Risk" (Mar. 4, 2008).

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Report: "Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007," by Trena M. Ezzati-Rice, Frederick Rohde, and Janet Greenblatt (Methodology Report 22, March 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

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US States:


Department of Public Health Report: "Illinois Disability and Health Data Report: Demographic and Health Profile of Illinoisans with Disabilities 2001-2003" (December 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).


State Department of Health Report: "Mississippi Reportable Disease Statistics" (January 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).


Department of Health Interactive Query System: "Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System."

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 3, March 2008, .pdf format, p. 161-240).

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Periodical: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (Vol. 14, No. 1, January-February 2008).



Federal Statistics Office News Release: "Heart failure -- most frequent reason for hospitalisation in 2006" (Mar. 6, 2008). The release links to a more detailed German language release).,templateId=renderPrint.psml


New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Pacific Cultural Competencies: A Literature Review," by Jemaima Tiatia (February 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).


Sierra Leone:

Statistician General's Office/United Nations Children's Fund Report: "Sierra Leone Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey: 2005 Report" (August 2007, .pdf format, 260p.).


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Reports: "Demography and Health Survey" (updated, Mar. 7, 2008). Updated information is available for Matara, Galle, Hambantota, Puttalam, Kegalle, and Kurunegala (.pdf format).



State Statistics Committee Report: "Sanatorium-and-spa institutions, recreational facilities: 1990-2007" (March 2008).



National Statistics Office Periodical, News Release:

A. Health Statistics Quarterly (No. 37, Spring 2008, .pdf format, 67p.).

B. "More than two-thirds of smokers want to quit" (Mar. 7, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, Fact Sheets:

A. "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 -- March 2008" (March 2008, .pdf format, key findings, 16p., toplines, .pdf format, 15p.).

B. "NPR/Kaiser/Harvard Survey: The Public on Requiring Individuals to Have Health Insurance" (February 2008, .pdf format, summary and chartpack, 8p., toplines, 11p.).

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

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


Urban Institute Reports:

A. "The Impact of the Los Angeles Healthy Kids Program on Access to Care, Use of Services, and Health Status," by Embry M. Howell, Lisa Dubay, and Louise Palmer (January 2008, .pdf format, 52p.).

B. "Financing Health Insurance Coverage: California's Revenue Structure and Options," by Tracy Godron and Kim Rueben (February 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).


Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "Protecting the Next Generation in Uganda: New Evidence on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs," by Leila Darabi, Akinrinola Bankole, Kalundi Serumaga, Stella Neema, Richard Kibombo, Humera Ahmed and Paul Banoba (March 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).


American Enterprise Institute Periodical: Health Policy Outlook, No. 2, March 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 9p.). The primary article in this issue is "More Drugs for More Developing World Diseases," by Roger Bate and Karen Porter


Urban Indian Health Institute Report: "Reported Health and Health-influencing Behaviors Among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives: An Analysis of Data Collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System" (March 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

More information about UIHI:


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Prefrontal and amygdala volumes are related to adolescents' affective behaviors during parent-adolescent interactions," by Sarah Whittle, Marie B. H. Yap, Murat Yücel, Alex Fornito, Julian G. Simmons, Anna Barrett, Lisa Sheeber, and Nicholas B. Allen (Vol. 105, No. 9, March 4, 2008, p. 3652-3657).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Funding for primary health care in developing countries" (Editorial extract, Vol. 336, No. 7643, Mar. 8, 2008, p. 518-519).

B. "Number of deaths from cancers falls after 20 years of screening in England," by Susan Mayor (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7643, Mar. 8, 2008, p. 527).


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

A. "Role of cash in conditional cash transfer programmes for child health, growth, and development: an analysis of Mexico's Oportunidades," by Lia CH Fernald," by Paul J. Gertler," and Lynnette M. Neufeld (Vol. 371, No. 9615, Mar. 8, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 828-837). This article is available free of charge. It also links to a topical comment, which is also free.

B. "Floods hamper health-care delivery in southern Africa," by Joseph J. Schatz (World Report, (Vol. 371, No. 9615, Mar. 8, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 799-800). 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. 10, Mar. 10, 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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National Bureau of Economic Research: "The Cognitive Link Between Geography and Development: Iodine Deficiency and Schooling Attainment in Tanzania," by Erica M. Field, Omar Robles, and Máximo Torero (w13838, March 2008, .pdf format, 63p.).


An estimated 20 million children born each year are at risk of brain damage from in utero iodine deficiency, the only micronutrient deficiency known to have significant, non-reversible effects on cognitive development. Cognitive damage from iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) has potentially important implications for economic growth through its effect on human capital attainment. To gauge the magnitude of this influence, we evaluate the impact of reductions in fetal IDD on child schooling attainment that resulted from an intensive distribution of iodized oil capsules (IOC) in Tanzania. We look for evidence of improvements in cognitive ability attributable to the intervention by assessing whether children who benefited from IOC in utero exhibit higher rates of grade progression at ages 10 to 14 relative to siblings and older and younger children in the district who did not. Our findings suggest that reducing fetal IDD has significant benefits for child cognition: Protection from IDD in utero is associated with 0.36 years of additional schooling. Furthermore, the effect appears to be substantially larger for girls, consistent with new evidence from laboratory studies indicating greater cognitive sensitivity of the female fetus to maternal thyroid deprivation. There is no indication that IOC improved rates of illness or school absence due to illness, suggesting that IOC improves schooling through its effect on cognition rather than its effect on health. However, there is weak evidence that the program also reduced child but not fetal or infant mortality, which may bias downward the estimated effect on education. Cross-country regression estimates corroborate the results from Tanzania, indicating a strong negative influence of total goiter rate and strong positive influence of salt iodization on female school participation. Together, these findings provide micro-level evidence of the direct influence of ecological conditions on economic development and suggest a potentially important role of variation in rates of learning disability in explaining cross-country growth patterns and gender differences in schooling attainment.

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 5, March 12, 2008).

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 46, No. 7, Apr. 1, 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

Health Affairs (Vol. 27, No. 1, January/February 2008). This is a special issue on "Health Spending in 2006."

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 65, No. 2, April 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

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US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Optimizing Technologies for the Preservation of Fertility (R21)," (PAR-08-105, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, March 7, 2008).

B. "Adverse Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (P01)," (PA-08-103, Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, March 6, 2008).

C. "Adverse Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (R01)," (PA-08-104, Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, March 6, 2008).

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Two-day hands-on MEPS Data User Workshop," (Rockville, MD; May 14-15, 2008).

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 11, 2008.

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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: "2005 Access to Care Tables," (March 2008).


National Center for Health Statistics: "Injury Data," (March 2007). "The purpose of this Web site is to provide an overview of injury morbidity and mortality data and statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and other sources and to provide details on injury surveillance methodology and tools to assist in data analysis."


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets from Mar. 3-11, 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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