Current Social Science Research Report--Health #62, May 2, 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. National Center for Health Statistics Brief, Reports:

A. "Breastfeeding in the United States: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2006," by Margaret M. McDowell, Chia-Yih Wang, and Jocelyn Kennedy-Stephenson (Data Brief No. 5, April 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.).

B. "Characteristics of Office-Based Physicians and Their Practices: United States, 2005-2006," by Esther Hing and Catharine W. Burt,(Vital and Health Statistics, Series 13, No. 166, April 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).

C. "Adolescent Health in the United States, 2007," by Andrea P. MacKay and Catherine Duran (February 2008, .pdf format, 141p.).

2. National Institutes of Health News Releases:

A. "Researchers Find Quick Way to Make Human Monoclonal Antibodies against Flu" (Apr. 30, 2008).

B. "Kidney Disease Substantially Worsens in a Fourth of African Americans despite Therapy for Hypertension" (May 5, 2008).

3. Government Accountability Office Correspondence: "Health Savings Accounts: Participation Increased and Was More Common among Individuals with Higher Incomes" (GAO-08-474R, Apr. 1, 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

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US States:


Department of Public Health Report: "Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in Illinois, 2006" (February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

Rhode Island:

Department of Health Report: "Second Family and Resident Satisfaction with Nursing Home Care in Rhode Island Autumn 2007" (April 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

Supplemental Information (How to Use the Report) (April 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

"First Family and Resident Satisfaction with Nursing Home Care in Rhode Island: Autumn 2006 (2006, .pdf format, 25p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 5, May 2008, .pdf format).

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Report: "A strategy for health promotion in the Eastern Mediterranean Region:2006-2013" (2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

3. Children's Fund Reports:

A. "Children and AIDS: Second stocktaking report," (April 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

B. "Children and AIDS: Country fact sheets," (April 2008, .pdf format, 155p.).



1. Bureau of Statistics Report: "The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008" (April 2008, .pdf format, 291p.).

Click on "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to .pdf full text.

2. Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Maternal deaths in Australia 2003-2005," (Maternal deaths series no. 3, May 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).



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, 87p.).



Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Health expenditure amounting to 245 billion euros in 2006 (378.9 billion US dollars)" (May 5, 2008).,templateId=renderPrint.psml

The press release links to a more detailed German language press release.


New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Periodical: Health e-News (Issue 18, April 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).$File/Enews18.pdf



Ministry of Health Press Release: "Patient Satisfaction Survey" (Apr. 30, 2008).


South Africa:

Department of Health Report: "Annual Single Exit Price Increase" (updated Apr. 30, 2008, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).



Department of Health Report: "NHS (National Health Service) inpatient and outpatient waiting times figures, 31 March 2008" (May 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

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Population Reference Bureau Article: "Updating Reproductive Health Legislation in West Africa," by Stephen Russell (April 2008).


Kaiser Family Foundation Reports, Webcast, Article:

A. "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 -- April 2008: (May 2008, .pdf format, .pdf format).

B. "Medicaid, SCHIP and Economic Downturn: Policy Challenges and Policy Responses," by Stan Dorn, Bowen Garrett, John Holahan, and Aimee Williams (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, May 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

C. "A Public Plan Option Under Health Reform," (May 2008, mp3 and video format, running time 1:02:08). Note: A transcript of this webcast will be available soon.

D. "Pulling it Together." The latest "PiT," by KFF CEO Drew Altman, is "Health IN the Economy." (May 2008).


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Reports:

A. "Squeezed: How Costs for Insuring Families are Outpacing Income A State-By-State Analysis," by State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota (April 2008,.pdf format, 10p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

B. "Fixing Food Safety: Protecting America's Food Supply from Farm-to-Fork," by Trust for America's Health (April 2008,.pdf format, 26p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


Foundation for Child Development Report: "Trends in Infancy/Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Well-Being, 1994-2006," (April 2008,.pdf format, 32p.).

More information about the Foundation for Child Development:


Center for Health Policy Research [University of California-Los Angeles] Brief: "Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes," by Susan H. Babey , Allison L. Diamant, Theresa A. Hastert, Harold Goldstein, Stefan Harvey, Rajni Banthia, Rebecca Flournoy, Victor Rubin, Sarah Treuhaft (April 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).


Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine Article: "The Reversal of Fortunes: Trends in County Mortality and Cross-County Mortality Disparities in the United States," by Majid Ezzati, Ari B. Friedman, Sandeep C. Kulkarni, and Christopher J.L. Murray (Vol. 5, No. 4, e66 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050066, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, p. 557-568).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Opium production in Afghanistan," by Mark Malloch-Brown (Analysis extract, Vol. 336, No. 7651, May 3, 2008, p. 972).

B. "How scientifically valid is the knowledge base of global mental health?" by Derek Summerfield (Analysis extract, Vol. 336, No. 7651, May 3, 2008, p. 992-994).


Lancet Article: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Global burden of blood-pressure-related disease, 2001," by Carlene M.M. Lawes, Stephen Vander Hoorn, and Anthony Rodgers (Vol. 371, No. 9623, May 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1513-1518). The article links to a related "comment."


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No. 18, May 5, 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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World Institute for Development Economics Research [United Nations University]: "Measurement and Explanation of Inequality in Health and Health Care in Low-Income Settings," by Eddy van Doorslaer and Owen O'Donnell (WIDER Discussion Paper 2008/04, April 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "The Value of a Statistical Life under Ambiguity Aversion," by Nicolas Treich (Working Paper No. 2291, April 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 8, May 11, 2008).

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 46, No. 11, Jun. 1, 2008, Vol. 46, Supplement 5, Jun. 1, 2008). The topic of the supplement is "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: An Evolving Clinical Challenge." 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.

Vol. 46, No. 11:

Vol. 46, Supplement 5:

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 116, No. 5, May 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journals is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Global Public Health (Vol. 3, Supp. 1, 2008).

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 70, No. 9, May 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

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US National Institutes of Health: "Indo-US Program on Maternal and Child Health and Human Development Research (MCHDR) (R03)" (PAR-08-163, reissue of PAR-07-216, Apr. 28, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). For more information see:

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through May 6, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through May 3, 2008.

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US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "Seizing the New Opportunity for Health Reform," a hearing held May 6, 2008 (.pdf format).

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US National Center for Health Statistics: "National Health Interview Survey" Update. NCHS has released the 1966 NHIS (data in .zip compressed and self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format, and SAS input statements in ASCII text format).


Kaiser Family Foundation Update: Medicare and Medicaid data was updated on Apr. 22, 2008:

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