Current Social Science Research Report--Health #58, April 8, 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:


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1. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 14, No. 4, April 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next EID is released, this one, along with all others, will be available at:

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: "Nonfatal Maltreatment of Infants -- United States, October 2005-September 2006," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 13, Apr. 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 336-339).



3. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Reports:

A. "National Healthcare Disparities Report" (February 2008, .pdf format, 244p.).

B. "National Healthcare Quality Report" (February 2008, .pdf format, 136p.).

4. National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stats: "The Three Leading Causes of Injury Mortality in the United States, 1999-2005," by Lois A. Fingerhut and Robert N. Anderson (March 2008).

5. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Treating the Hidden Wounds: Trauma Treatment and Mental Health Recovery for Victims of Human Trafficking," by Heather J. Clawson, Amy Salomon, and Lisa Goldblatt Grace (March 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

6. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Quantity and Frequency of Alcohol Use among Underage Drinkers," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

7. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "Premiums in the Individual Health Insurance Market for Policyholders under Age 65: 2002 and 2005," by Didem Bernard and Jessica Banthin (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 202, April 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

8. Congressional Research Service Report: "Medicaid and Outpatient Hospital Services," by Elicia J. Herz and Sibyl Tilson (RS22852, March 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

9. Small Business Administration Report: "Changes in Family Health Insurance Coverage for Small and Large Firm Workers and Dependents: Evidence from 1995 to 2005," by Eric E. Seiber, and Curtis S. Florence (No. 321, March 2008, .pdf format, 60p.).

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US States:


Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Injury Reports for Nebraska Local/District Public Health Departments," by Xiaojuan Mi, Lei Zhang, Ying Zhang, Anthony Zhang, Peg Prusa-Ogea, and Jeanne Bietz (February 2008, .pdf format, 262p.).

New York:

Department of Health Report: "Historical Drowning Data" (April 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Timeliness of Services during the First Two Years of Life among Medicaid-Enrolled Children with Orofacial Clefts in North Carolina, 1995-2002," by Cynthia H. Cassell and Robert E. Meyer (Study No. 157, April 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 4, April 2008, .pdf format, p. 241-320).

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Monograph: "Protecting health in Europe from climate change," by Bettina Menne, Franklin Apfel, Sari Kovats and Francesca Racioppi (2008, ISBN 978 92 890 7187 1, .pdf format, 51p.).

3. Children's Fund Report: "Children and AIDS: Second stocktaking report," (April 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

Related Press Release:


European Community:

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Policy Brief: "Capacity Planning in Health Care: A Review of the International Experience," by Stefanie Ettelt, Ellen Nolte, Sarah Thomson, and Nicholas Mays (2008, .pdf format, 63p.).



1. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report:

A. "Physicians in Canada: Fee-for-Service Utilization, 2005-2006," (April 2008, .pdf format, 166p.).

B. "Physicians in Canada: The Status of Alternative Payment Programs, 2005-2006," (April 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).

2. Senate of Canada Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Subcommittee on Population Health Reports:

A. "Population Health Policy: Issues And Options," (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 32p.).

B. "Population Health Policy: Federal, Provincial and Territorial Perspectives," (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 98p.).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "Health care expenditure in Iceland 1998-2007" (Apr. 2, 2008).



Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Report: "Health Statistics in Japan 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Fewer stroke and prostate cancer patients die within one year after their first hospitalisation," by Gerard Verweij and Agnes de Bruin (Apr. 1, 2008).


New Zealand:

New Zealand Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "The Health Status of Maori Male Prisoners: Key results from the Prisoner Health Survey 2005" (March 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Updates: "Demography and Health Survey" (April 2008, .pdf format).



1. Department of Health Report: "NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting times figures, 29 February 2008 and revised data for April 2006--January 2008 (April 2008, .pdf format, 9p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. House of Commons International Development Committee Report: "Maternal Health: Fifth Report of Session 2007-08" (Vol. 1, 2008, .pdf format, 71p.).

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Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "PLACE in Zimbabwe: Identifying Gaps in HIV Prevention among Orphans and Young People in Hwange District, 2006," by Kavita Singh, William Sambisa, Shungu Munyati, Brian Chandiwana, Alfred Chingono, Stanford Mahati, and Wilson Mashange (TR-08-66-en, April 2008, .pdf format, 140p.).


Rand Corporation Report: "The Economic Burden of Providing Health Insurance: How Much Worse Off Are Small Firms?" by Christine Eibner (TR-559-EMKF, 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).


Kaiser Family Foundation Snapshot, Factsheet:

A. "Employer Health Insurance Costs and Worker Compensation," (March 2008).

B. "Health Coverage and Access to Care Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders," (April 2008,.pdf format, 2p.).


Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine Article: "Chile's Neoliberal Health Reform: An Assessment and a Critique," by Jean-Pierre Unger, Pierre De Paepe, Giorgio Solimano Cantuarias, Oscar Arteaga Herrera (Vol. 5, No. 4, e79 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050079, HTML, XML, and .pdf format).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstracts:

A. "Effect of Rimonabant on Progression of Atherosclerosis in Patients With Abdominal Obesity and Coronary Artery Disease: The STRADIVARIUS Randomized Controlled Trial," by Steven E. Nissen, Stephen J. Nicholls, Kathy Wolski, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Christopher P. Cannon, John E. Deanfield, Jean-Pierre Després, John J. P. Kastelein, Steven R. Steinhubl, Samir Kapadia, Muhammad Yasin, Witold Ruzyllo, Christophe Gaudin, Bernard Job, Bo Hu, Deepak L. Bhatt, A. Michael Lincoff, and E. Murat Tuzcu, for the STRADIVARIUS Investigators (Vol. 299, No. 13, April 2, 2008, p. 1547-1560).

B. "Comparison of Pioglitazone vs Glimepiride on Progression of Coronary Atherosclerosis in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: The PERISCOPE Randomized Controlled Trial," by Steven E. Nissen, Stephen J. Nicholls, Kathy Wolski, Richard Nesto, Stuart Kupfer, Alfonso Perez, Horacio Jure, Robert De Larochellière, Cezar S. Staniloae, Kreton Mavromatis, Jacqueline Saw, Bo Hu, A. Michael Lincoff, and E. Murat Tuzcu, for the PERISCOPE Investigators (Vol. 299, No. 13, April 2, 2008, p. 1561-1573).


New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives, Article Abstract:

A. "Guns, Fear, the Constitution, and the Public's Health," by Garen J. Wintemute (Perspective, Vol.358, No.14, Apr. 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p.1421-1424). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Regulating Off-Label Drug Use--Rethinking the Role of the FDA," by Randall S. Stafford (Perspective, Vol.358, No.14, Apr. 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p.1427-1429). This article is available free of charge

C. "Association between Obesity during Pregnancy and Increased Use of Health Care," by Susan Y. Chu, Donald J. Bachman, William M. Callaghan, Evelyn P. Whitlock, Patricia M. Dietz, Cynthia J. Berg, Maureen O'Keeffe-Rosetti, F. Carol Bruce, and Mark C. Hornbrook (Vol. 358, No. 14, Apr. 3, 2008, p. 1444-1453).


British Medical Journal Article: "Factors associated with uptake of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) and use of single antigen vaccines in a contemporary UK cohort: prospective cohort study," by Anna Pearce, Catherine Law, David Elliman, Tim J Cole, Helen Bedford, the Millennium Cohort Study Child Health Group (Vol. 336, NO. 7647, Apr. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 754-757). This article is available free of charge.


Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Intimate partner violence and women's physical and mental health in the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence: an observational study," by Mary Ellsberg, Henrica A.F.M. Jansen, Lori Heise, Prof. Charlotte H. Watts, and Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno, on behalf of the WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women Study Team (Vol. 371, No. 9619, April 5, 2008, p. 1165-1172).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No.14, Apr. 7, 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:

A. "The Transition to Post-industrial BMI Values Among US Children," by John Komlos, Ariane Breitfelder, and Marco Sunder (w13898, March 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).


In our opinion, the trend in the BMI values of US children has not been estimated accurately. We use five models to estimate the BMI trends of non-Hispanic US-born black and white children and adolescents ages 2-19 born 1941-2006 on the basis of all NHES and NHANES data sets. We also use some historical BMI values for comparison. The increase in BMIZ values during the period considered was on average 1.3s (95% CI: 1.16s; 1.44s) among black girls, 0.8s for black boys, 0.7s for white boys, and 0.6s for white girls. This translates into an increase in BMI values of some 5.6, 3.3, 2.4, and 1.5 units respectively. While the increase in BMI values started among the birth cohorts of the 1940s among black females, the rate of increase tended to accelerate among all four groups born in the mid-1950s to early-1960s with the contemporaneous spread of TV viewing. The rate of increase levelled off somewhat thereafter. There is some indication that among black boys and white girls born after c. 1990 adiposity has remained unchanged or perhaps even declined. The affects of the IT revolution of the last two decades of the century is less evident. Some regional evidence leads to the speculation that the spread of automobiles and radios affected the BMI values of boys already in the interwar period. We infer that the incremental weight increases are associated with the labor-saving technological developments of the 20th century which brought about many faceted cultural and nutritional revolutions.

B. "Do Markets Respond to Quality Information? The Case of Fertility Clinics," by M. Kate Bundorf, Natalie Chun, Gopi Shah Goda, and Daniel P. Kessler (w13888, March 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).


Although policymakers have increasingly turned to provider report cards as a tool to improve health care quality, existing studies provide mixed evidence that they influence consumer choices. We examine the effects of providing consumers with quality information in the context of fertility clinics providing Assisted Reproductive Therapies (ART). We report three main findings. First, clinics with higher birthrates had larger market shares after relative to before the adoption of report cards. Second, clinics with a disproportionate share of young, relatively easy-to-treat patients had lower market shares after adoption versus before. This suggests that consumers take into account information on patient mix when evaluating clinic outcomes. Third, report cards had larger effects on consumers and clinics from states with ART insurance coverage mandates. We conclude that quality report cards have potential to influence provider behavior in this setting.


Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: "Estimated Effects of Increased Coverage on Prescription Drug Expenditures among Seniors," by Merrile Sing, Edward Miller, and Jessica S. Banthin (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Working Paper No. 8005, March 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Health Working Papers: "The Prevention of Lifestyle-Related Chronic Diseases: An Economic Framework," by Franco Sassi and Jeremy Hurst (WP 32, March 2008, .pdf format, 77p.).

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 46, No. 9, May 1, 2008).

Global Public Health (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008).

Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008).

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 37, 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 issue.

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 103, No. 1, May 2008).

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US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Gender, Youth and HIV Risk (R01)," (RFA-HD-08-013, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, March 31, 2008).

B. "Gender, Youth and HIV Risk (R21)," (RFA-HD-08-017, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, March 31, 2008).

C. "NIH National Graduate Student Research Festival," to be held Sep. 11-12, 2008 in Bethesda Maryland. "To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a PhD program in the U.S. and on schedule to complete their PhD degree requirements by October, 2009. We will be selecting up to 250 students to spend two days discussing their research through poster sessions, meeting other students from around the U.S., learning about the research conducted at NIH, and exploring postdoctoral training opportunities on the NIH campuses. We would appreciate your sharing this email and the attached flyer with students nearing completion of their dissertation or all students in your PhD program." For more information see:

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 8, 2008.

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES: US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008," a hearing held Apr. 3, 2008 (.pdf format).

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National Center for Health Statistics: NHIS has announced the release of the 1968 National Health Interview Survey (.zip and self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format, and SAS input statements in ASCII text format).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets through Apr. 4, 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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