Current Social Science Research Report--Health #55, March 18, 2008.

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1. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Expanded Health Data from the New Birth Certificate, 2005," by Fay Menacker and Joyce A. Martin (National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 56, No. 13, February 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).

2. National Eye Institute Report: "2005 Survey of Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) Related to Eye Health and Disease" (October 2007, .pdf format, 344p.).

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention News Release: "New Study Shows Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Increasing Among U.S. Adults," (Mar. 13, 2008).

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs: "Variation in Ambulatory Health Care Visits and Visits for General Checkup by Demographic Characteristics and Insurance Status, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Ages 18--64, 2005," by Trena M. Ezzati-Rice and Frederick Rohde (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 201, March 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Violence-Related Stays in U.S. Hospitals, 2005," by C. Allison Russo, Pamela L. Owens, and Megan M. Hambrick (Statistical Brief No. 48, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).



6. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reports:

A. "Inhalant Use across the Adolescent Years," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "Adolescent Admissions Reporting Inhalants: 2006," (Drug and Alcohol Services Information Administration, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

C. "Employment Status and Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions, 2006" (Drug and Alcohol Services Information Administration, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

7. Office of National Drugs Control News Release: "Methamphetamine, Cocaine Use Plummet; New Workplace Drug Testing Data Show Effects Of Supply Crunch," (Mar. 12, 2008).

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US States:


Department of Health Reports:

A. "The Burden of Arthritis, Illinois: 2005" (October 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. "ILlinois Hiv/Aids/Std Monthly Surveillance Update: February 2008" (March 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

C. "Illinois Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) 2005 Surveillance Report" (March 2008, .pdf format, 89p.).


State Department of Health Periodical: Reportable Disease Statistics: February 2008 (March 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).,0,261.html

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Children's Fund Report: "Child Mortality and Injury in Asia," (2007, .pdf format, 106p.).

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Report: "Fatherhood and Health outcomes in Europe" (2007, .pdf format, 30p.).


Pan American Health Organization Periodical: Perspectives in Health (March 2008).



Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "State of the Evidence Review on Urban Health and Healthy Weights" (March 2008, .pdf format, 102p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Fewer hospital admissions following heart attacks" (Mar. 11, 2008).

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Urban Institute Report: "The Failure of SCHIP Reauthorization: What Next?" by Genevieve M. Kenney (March 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 43, February 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

More information on FHI:


The Weekly Standard Article: "The Real Reformer: McCain's superior prescription for health care," by Robert Goldberg (Vol. 13, No. 25, Mar. 10, 2008).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "A Nationally Representative Case-Control Study of Smoking and Death in India," by Prabhat Jha, Binu Jacob, Vendhan Gajalakshmi, Prakash C. Gupta, Neeraj Dhingra, Rajesh Kumar, Dhirendra N. Sinha, Rajesh P. Dikshit, Dillip K. Parida, Rajeev Kamadod, Jillian Boreham, Richard Peto (Vol. 358, No. 11, March 13, 2008, p. 1137-1143).


Lancet Article Abstracts: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content.

A. "Spectrum of heart disease and risk factors in a black urban population in South Africa (the Heart of Soweto Study): a cohort study," by Prof. Karen Sliwa, David Wilkinson, Craig Hansen, Lucas Ntyintyane, Kemi Tibazarwa, Anthony Becker, and Prof. Simon Stewart (Vol. 371, No. 9616, March 15, 2008, p. 915-922).

B. "Laboratory-based versus non-laboratory-based method for assessment of cardiovascular disease risk: the NHANES I Follow-up Study cohort," by Thomas A. Gaziano, Cynthia R. Young, Garrett Fitzmaurice, Sidney Atwood, and J. Michael Gaziano (Vol. 371, No. 9616, March 15, 2008, p. 923-931).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No.11, Mar. 17, 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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Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "Do Women Respond to Expansions in Reproductive Health Care?" by Elizabeth Frankenberg, Alison Buttenheim, Bondan Sikoki, and Wayan Suriastini (WP-08-103, March 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


Institute of Behavioral Science [University of Colorado-Boulder]: "Marital Strategies for Regulating Exposure to HIV," by Georges Reniers (POP2008-03, February 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).


In a setting where the transmission of HIV primarily occurs through heterosexual contact and where no cure or vaccine is available, behavioral change is imperative for containing the epidemic. Abstinence, faithfulness and condom use most often receive attention in this regard. In contrast, this paper treats marriage as a resource for HIV risk management via mechanisms of positive selection (partner choice) or negative selection (divorce of an adulterous spouse). Retrospective marriage histories and panel data provide the evidence for this study, and results indicate that men and women in Malawi increasingly turned to union-based risk-avoidance strategies in the period that the threat of HIV/AIDS materialized. Although both sexes strategize in a similar fashion, men are better equipped than women to deploy these strategies to their advantage. The paper concludes with reflections on the long-term and population-level implications of these coping mechanisms.


Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:

A. "Validating the Collection of Separately Billed Doctor Expenditures for Hospital Services: Results from the Medicare-MEPS Validation Study," by Samuel Zuvekas and Gary Olin (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Working Paper 8004, March 2008, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Medicare-MEPS Validation Study: A Comparison of Hospital and Physician Expenditures," by Gary Olin, Samuel Zuvekas, Virender Kumar, Pat Ward, Kitty Williams, and Diana Wobus (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Working Paper 8003, March 2008, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Measuring financial protection in health," by Adam Wagstaff (WPS 4554, March 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Informal payments and moonlighting in Tajikistan's health sector," by Andrew Dabalen and Waly Wane (WPS 4555, March 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "The Health Returns to Education: What Can We Learn from Twins?" by Petter Lundborg (Discussion Paper No. 3399, March 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


This paper estimates the health returns to education, using data on identical twins. I adopt a twin-differences strategy in order to obtain estimates that are not biased by unobserved family background and genetic traits that may affect both education and health. I further investigate to what extent within-twin-pair differences in schooling correlates with within-twin-pair differences in early life health and parent-child relations. The results suggest a causal effect of education on health. Higher educational levels are found to be positively related to self-reported health but negatively related to the number of chronic conditions. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and overweight, are found to contribute little to the education/health gradient. I am also able to rule out occupational hazards and health insurance coverage as explanations for the gradient. In addition, I find no evidence of heterogenous effects of education by parental education. Finally, the results suggest that factors that may vary within twin pairs, such as birth weight, early life health, parental treatment and relation with parents, do not predict within-twin pair differences in schooling, lending additional credibility to my estimates and to the general validity of using a twin-differences design to study the returns to education.

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 46, No. 7, Apr. 1, 2008).

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 20, No. 2, April 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 Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 50, No. 3, March 2008).

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (Vol. 40, No. 1, March 2008).

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 102, No. 2, April 2008).

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 18, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 16, 2008.

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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data Update: "MEPS HC-098: MEPS Panel 9 Longitudinal Data File." (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2008).

Data Access:

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