Current Social Science Research Report--Health #61, April 29, 2008.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Quickstats: "Percentage of Asian Adults Reporting Fair or Poor Health, by Asian Subpopulation --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2004--2006" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 16, Apr. 25, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 437).



2. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 14, No. 5, May 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:

3. National Institutes of Health News Release: "Research Findings Open New Front in Fight against AIDS Virus: Human Protein May Offer Novel Target for Blocking HIV Infection" (Apr. 28, 2008).

4. Bureau of Justice Statistics Reports:

A. "Medical Problems of Prisoners," by Laura M. Maruschak (NCJ 221740, April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 27p.).

B. "HIV in Prisons, 2006," by Laura M. Maruschak (NCJ 222179, April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 27p.).

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Clostridium Difficile-Associated Disease in U.S. Hospitals, 1993-2005," by Anne Elixhauser and Michael Jhung (HCUP Statistical Brief No. 50, April 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

6. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Parent Awareness of Youth Use of Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Marijuana," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

7. Government Accountability Office Report: "Global HIV/AIDS: A More Country-Based Approach Could Improve Allocation of PEPFAR Funding" (GAO-08-480, April 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).

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US States:


Department of Health Report: "Tuberculosis in Nebraska - Annual Report 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).


Department of Health Report: "The Health Status of Vermonters 2008" (April 2008, .pdf format, 45p., with appendix , .pdf format, 52p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Department of Economic and Social Affairs Wall Charts: "Population and HIV/AIDS 2007," (April 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 2p.).



Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health, Delinquency and Criminal Activity" (April 2008, .pdf format, 69p.).



National Institute of Public Health Report: "The Public Health Report Denmark 2007" (April 2008, English summary, .pdf format, 20p.).



Department of Health and Children/Ann Roinn Slainte Agus Leanai Report: "Slán 2007 Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition in Ireland" (April 2008, .pdf format, 131p.). The report is linked to from a DHC/ARSAL news release: "Comprehensive Study on the Health and Lifestyle Behaviours of the Irish Population Published" (Apr. 29, 2008).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the news release. Click on "available on line."



Ministry of Health Press Release: "Update on the HIV/AIDS Situation in Singapore 2007" (Apr. 29, 2008).

At the bottom of the press release there is a link to topical annex tables (.pdf format, 3p.).



National Health System Report: "Prescription Cost Analysis 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 708p., with data in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

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Institute of Medicine Monograph: Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza: Guidance on Developing a Distribution and Dispensing Program (Committee on Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic, National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 99p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing the .pdf version. Ordering information for a print version is available at the site.


Kaiser Family Foundation Reports:

A. "How Private Health Coverage Works: A Primer--2008 Update" (Issue Brief, April 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

B. "U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The FY 2009 Budget Request" (Fact Sheet Update, April 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report: "State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues: 2007," by Thomas Carr of the American Lung Association (April 22, 2008,.pdf format, 332 p.).


American Enterprise Institute Periodical: "Rolling Back Malaria: Rhetoric and Reality in the Fight against a Deadly Killer," by Roger Bate (in Health Policy Outlook, No. 4, April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstracts:

A. "Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence and Spending on Basic Needs Following Implementation of Medicare Part D," by Jeanne M. Madden, Amy J. Graves, Fang Zhang, Alyce S. Adams, Becky A. Briesacher, Dennis Ross-Degnan, Jerry H. Gurwitz, Marsha Pierre-Jacques, Dana Gelb Safran, Gerald S. Adler, and Stephen B. Soumerai (Vol. 299, No. 16, April 23/30, 2008, p. 1922-1928).

B. "Medicare Beneficiaries' Knowledge of Part D Prescription Drug Program Benefits and Responses to Drug Costs," by John Hsu, Vicki Fung, Mary Price, Jie Huang, Richard Brand, Rita Hui, Bruce Fireman, and Joseph P. Newhouse (Vol. 299, No. 16, April 23/30, 2008, p. 1929-1936).


New England Journal of Medicine Perspective Articles:

A. "Trying Times at the FDA--The Challenge of Ensuring the Safety of Imported Pharmaceuticals," by Stuart O. Schweitzer (Vol. 358, No. 17, Apr. 24, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1773-1777). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Playing 'Kick the FDA'--Risk-free to Players but Hazardous to Public Health, by Alastair J.J. Wood (Vol. 358, No. 17, Apr. 24, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1774-1775). This article is available free of charge.


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Low reimbursement means US doctors with many ethnic minority patients have less time for each consultation," by Bob Roehr (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7650, Apr. 26, 2008, p. 908-909).

B. "Food price rises will increase deaths from malnutrition, Swiss foundation warns," by John Zarocostas (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7650, Apr. 26, 2008, p. 912).

C. "How can quality of health care be safeguarded across the European Union?" by Helena Legido-Quigley, Martin McKee, Kieran Walshe, Rosa Suñol, Ellen Nolte, and Niek Klazinga (Analysis extract, Vol. 336, No. 7650, Apr. 26, 2008, p. 920-923).


Lancet Comment: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles: "Global health-worker crisis: the UK could learn from Cuba," by John S.Yudkin, Gemma Owens, Fred Martineau, Mike Rowson, and Sarah Finer (Comment, Vol. 371, No. 9622, Apr. 26, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1397-1399). 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. 17, Apr. 28, 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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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 7, April 23, 2008).

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 9, May 1, 2008).

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 5, May 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database and the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Health and Social Work (Vol. 33, No. 2, May 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.

Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 5, May 2008).

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 652, No. 2, Apr. 30, 2008).

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment, and Health (Vol. 34, No. 1, 2008).

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University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Post Graduate Fellowship Opportunities: Application deadline is Jun. 1, 2008. For more information see:

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George Washington University Summer Institute in Native American Health, to be held May 19-Jun. 28 and Jul. 7-Aug. 16, 2008 in Washington DC. For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Academy Health updated its listings through April 25, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Agework has updated its listings through Apr. 28, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through April 29, 2008.

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US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "Domestic Abstinence-Only Programs: Assessing the Evidence," a hearing held Apr. 23, 2008 (.pdf format).

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Medical Expenditure Panel Study Survey: "MEPS HC-092: 1996-2004 Risk Adjustment Scores File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, April 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

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