Current Social Science Research Report--Health #65, May 27, 2008.

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1. National Center for Health Statistics Report, Brief:

A. "Estimating Healthy Life Expectancies Using Longitudinal Survey Data: Methods and Techniques in Population Health Measures" (Vital and Health Statistics Series 2, No. 146, May 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "Blood Folate Levels: The Latest NHANES Results," by Margaret A. McDowell, David A. Lacher, Christine M. Pfeiffer, Joseph Mulinare, Mary Frances Picciano, Jeanne I. Rader, Elizabeth A. Yetley, Jocelyn Kennedy-Stephenson, and Clifford L. Johnson (NCHS Data Brief No. 6, May 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "Tobacco Use Among Students Aged 13--15 Years --- Sri Lanka, 1999--2007" (Vol. 57, No. 20, May 23, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 545-549).


B. "State Smoking Restrictions for Private-Sector Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars --- United States, 2004 and 2007" (Vol. 57, No. 20, May 23, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 549-552).


C. "QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged >20 Years with Hypertension, -- by Poverty Level --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2003--2006" (Vol. 57, No. 20, May 23, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 557).


.pdf for all:

3. Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS Updates, Periodical:

A. Surveillance Slide Sets Updates: The following slide sets (.pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint, and MacroMedia Flash format) were recently updates through 2006:

HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Women:

HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults:

AIDS Surveillance - General Epidemiology:

Trends (1985-2006):

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Slide Sets:

B. "Basic Statistics": Data on this page has recently been updated.

C. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 14, No. 6, June 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:

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Study Statistical Brief: "Allergic Rhinitis: Trends in Use and Expenditures, 2000 and 2005," by Anita Soni (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 204, May 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

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US States:


Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Nebraska: 2005" (May 2008, .pdf format, 76p.).

New Mexico:

Department of Health Report: "HIV/AIDS Estimates: Spring Quarterly Report: April 2008" (April 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

Rhode Island:

Department of Health Report: "Arthritis and Associated Health Conditions and Risks Among Rhode Island Adults in 2007" (May 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

South Carolina:

Department of Health and Environmental Control Report: "Suicide: Findings from the South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (SCVDRS), 2003-2005" (May 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Periodical: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (Vol. 14, No. 3, May-June 2008).



Australian Institute for Health and Welfare Report: "Cervical screening in Australia 2005-2006," (Cancer series no. 41, May 2008, .pdf format, 136p.).



1. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Inpatient Rehabilitation in Canada, 2006-2007" (May 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

2. Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Induced Abortion Statistics: 2005" (May 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 33p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Recently immigrated children more often drown," by Joop Garssen and Jan Hoogenboezem (May 27, 2008).


New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Raising the Odds? Gambling behaviour and neighbourhood access to gambling venues in New Zealand," by Kylie Mason (Public Health Intelligence Occasional Bulletin No. 47, May 2008, Microsoft Word and .pdf format, 54p.).



Scottish Government Report: "Revised Alcohol Consumption Estimates from the 2003 Scottish Health Survey" (May 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).


South Africa:

1. Department of Health Report: "Report Of The Ministerial Task Team On The Restructuring Of The Medicines Regulatory Affairs And Medicines Control Council And Recommendations For The New Regulatory Authority For Health Products Of South Africa" (February 2008, .pdf format, 227p.).

2. Health Systems Trust Report: "UNGASS (United Nations General Assembly Special Session) Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health Indicators," by Marion Stevens (May 2008, .pdf format, 54p.).



1. Department of Health Report: "Report and analysis of the experience of patients in black and minority ethnic groups" (May 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).

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

2. Health and Safety Executive Report: "Self-reported work-related illness (SWI) and workplace injuries (LFS)" (May 2008, .pdf format, 87p., with links to related tables).

3. National Health Service Report: "Statistics on Alcohol: England 2008" (May 2008, .pdf format, 126p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheet: "Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Two Years Later" (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Key Facts, May 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

Information on "States Moving Toward Comprehensive Health Care Reform":


Population Reference Bureau Report: "Sexual & Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa: A Guide for Reporters," by Farzaneh Roudi-Fahimi and Lori Ashford (May 2008, .pdf format, 84p.).


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report: "A Matter of Degree: Initiative to Reduce Binge Drinking at Colleges and Universities," by Lessons Learned (May 2008,.pdf format, 13p.).

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


Center for Health Care Strategies Issue Brief: "Medicaid Managed Care for Children in Child Welfare," by Kamala Allen (April 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

More information about CHCS:


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 45, April 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

More information on FHI:


Nature Article Abstract: "The genomic and epidemiological dynamics of human influenza A virus," by Andrew Rambaut, Oliver G. Pybus, Martha I. Nelson, Cecile Viboud, Jeffery K. Taubenberger, and Edward C. Holmes (Vol. 453, No. 7195, May 29, 2008. p. 615-619).


Journal of the American Medical Association, Article Extract, Commentary Extract:

A. "High Body Mass Index for Age Among US Children and Adolescents, 2003-2006," byCynthia L. Ogden, Margaret D. Carroll, and Katherine M. Flegal (Article abstract, Vol. 299, No. 20, May 28, 2008, p. 2401-2405).

B. "Introducing Spirituality in Medical Care: Transition From Hopelessness to Wholeness," by Jay M. Milstein (Commentary extract, Vol. 299, No. 20, May 28, 2008, p. 2440-2441).

C. "The '3T's' Road Map to Transform US Health Care: The 'How' of High-Quality Care," by Denise Dougherty and Patrick H. Conway (Commentary extract,Vol. 299, No. 19, May 21, 2008, p. 2319-2321).


New England Journal of Medicine Special Article Extract:

"The Collective Dynamics of Smoking in a Large Social Network," by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler (Special article abstract, Vol. 358, No. 21, May 22, 2008, p. 2249-2258).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "One in three people in the US want to see "radical change" in health care," by Bob Roehr (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7654, May 24, 2008, p. 1150).

B. "Kenyan Muslim clerics decide to campaign against use of condoms," by Peter Moszynski (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7654, May 24, 2008, p. 1154).

C. "Life expectancy gap between better and less educated in US widens," by Roger Dobson (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7654, May 24, 2008, p. 1155).

D. "Efficacy of self monitoring of blood glucose in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes (ESMON study): randomised controlled trial," by Maurice J. O’Kane, Brendan Bunting, Margaret Copeland, and Vivien E. Coates, on behalf of the ESMON study group (Article abstract, Vol. 336, No. 7654, May 24, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1174-1177).

E. "Cost effectiveness of self monitoring of blood glucose in patients with non-insulin treated type 2 diabetes: economic evaluation of data from the DiGEM trial," by Judit Simon, Alastair Gray, Philip Clarke, Alisha Wade, Andrew Neil, Andrew Farmer, on behalf of the Diabetes Glycaemic Education and Monitoring Trial Group (Article abstract, Vol. 336, No. 7654, May 24, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1177-1180).

F. "Different strategies for screening and prevention of type 2 diabetes in adults: cost effectiveness analysis," by Clare L. Gillies, Paul C. Lambert, Keith R. Abrams, Alex J.Sutton, Nicola J. Cooper, Ron T. Hsu, Melanie J. Davies, and Kamlesh Khunti (Article abstract, Vol. 336, No. 7654, May 24, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1180-1185).


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

A. "Effect of intensive insulin therapy on {beta}-cell function and glycaemic control in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: a multicentre randomised parallel-group trial," by Jianping Weng, Yanbing Li, Wen Xu, Lixin Shi, Qiao Zhang, Dalong Zhu, Yun Hu, Zhiguang Zhou, Xiang Yan, Haoming Tian, Xingwu Ran, Zuojie Luo, Jing Xian, Li Yan, Fangping Li, Longyi Zeng, Yanming Chen, Liyong Yang, Sunjie Yan, Juan Liu, Ming Li, Zuzhi Fu, and Hua Cheng (Vol. 371, No. 9626, May 24, 2008, p. 1753-1760).

B. "The long-term effect of lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes in the China Da Qing Diabetes Prevention Study: a 20-year follow-up study," by Guangwei Li, Ping Zhang, Jinping Wang, Edward W. Gregg, Wenying Yang, Qiuhong Gong, Hui Li, Hongliang Li, Yayun Jiang, Yali An, Ying Shuai, Bo Zhang, Jingling Zhang, Theodore J. Thompson, Robert B. Gerzoff, Gojka Roglic, Yinghua Hu, and Peter H. Bennett (Vol. 371, No. 9626, May 24, 2008, p. 1783-1789).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No. 21 , May 26, 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. "Is the Obesity Epidemic a Public Health Problem? A Decade of Research on the Economics of Obesity," by Tomas Philipson and Richard Posner (w14010, May 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

The world-wide and ongoing rise in obesity has generated enormous popular interest and policy concern in developing countries, where it is rapidly becoming the major public health problem facing such nations. As a consequence, there has been a rapidly growing field of economic analysis of the causes and consequences of this phenomenon. This paper discusses some of the central themes of this decade long research program, aiming at synthesizing the different strands of the literature, and to point to future research that seems particularly productive.

B. "Air Quality and Early-Life Mortality: Evidence from Indonesia's Wildfires," by Seema Jayachandran (w14011, May 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).


Smoke from massive wildfires blanketed Indonesia in late 1997. This paper examines the impact this air pollution (particulate matter) had on fetal, infant, and child mortality. Exploiting the sharp timing and spatial patterns of the pollution and inferring deaths from "missing children" in the 2000 Indonesian Census, I find that the pollution led to 15,600 missing children in Indonesia (1.2% of the affected birth cohorts). Prenatal exposure to pollution largely drives the result. The effect size is much larger in poorer areas, suggesting that differential effects of pollution contribute to the socioeconomic gradient in health.

C. "Pharmaceutical innovation and the longevity of Australians: a first look," by Frank R. Lichtenberg and Gautier Duflos (w14009, May 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).


We examine the impact of pharmaceutical innovation on the longevity of Australians during the period 1995-2003. Due to the government's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Australia has much better data on drug utilization than most other countries. We find that mean age at death increased more for diseases with larger increases in mean drug vintage. The estimates indicate that increasing the mean vintage of drugs by 5 years would increase mean age at death by almost 11 months. The estimates also indicate that using newer drugs reduced the number of years of potential life lost before the ages of 65 and 70 (but not before age 75). During the period 1995-2003, mean age at death increased by about 2.0 years, from 74.4 to 76.4. The estimates imply that, in the absence of any increase in drug vintage, mean age at death would have increased by only 0.7 years. The increase in drug vintage accounts for about 65% of the total increase in mean age at death. We obtain a rough estimate of the cost per life-year gained from using newer drugs. Under our assumptions, using newer drugs (increasing drug vintage) increased life expectancy by 1.23 years and increased lifetime drug expenditure by $12,976; the cost per life-year gained from using newer drugs is $10,585. An estimate made by other investigators of the value of a statistical Australian life-year ($70,618) is 6.7 times as large as our estimate of the cost per life-year gained from using newer drugs. We discuss several reasons why our estimate of the cost per life-year gained from using newer drugs could be too high or too low.

D. "Obesity and Developmental Functioning Among Children Aged 2-4 Years," by John Cawley and C. Katharina Spiess (w13997, May 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).


In developed countries, obesity tends to be associated with worse labor market outcomes. One possible reason is that obesity leads to less human capital formation early in life. This paper investigates the association between obesity and the developmental functioning of children at younger ages (2-4 years) than ever previously examined. Data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study are used to estimate models of developmental functioning in four critical areas (verbal skills, activities of daily living, motor skills, and social skills) as a function of various measures of weight (including BMI and obesity status) controlling for various child and family characteristics. The findings indicate that, among boys, obesity is a significant risk factor for lagged development in verbal skills, social skills, and activities of daily living. Among girls, weight generally does not have a statistically significant association with these developmental outcomes. Further investigations show that the correlations exist even for those preschool children who spend no time in day care, which implies that the correlation between obesity and developmental functioning cannot be due solely to discrimination by teachers, classmates, or day care providers.

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 11, Jun. 1, 2008). The supplement is "Abstracts of the 41st Annual Meeting Society for Epidemiologic Research Chicago, Illinois, June 24-27, 2008."

Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 6, June 2008).

Public Health (Vol. 122, No. 6, June 2008).

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US National Institute of Health:

A. "Limited Competition: Study of Attitudes and Factors Affecting Infant Care (U10)" (RFA-HD-08-026, reissue of RFA-HD-07-102, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, May 23, 2008). For more information see:

B. National Institutes of Health: "Indo-US Program on Contraception and Reproductive Health Research (CRHR) [R01]," (RFA-HD-08-024, reissue of PAR-07-217, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, May 14, 2008).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Academy Health updated its listings through May 21, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through May 27, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through May 28, 2008.

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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Health Insurance Coverage Table Update: "Tables of Health Insurance Coverage series for all of 2006, MEPS Household Component Survey" (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, May 2008, HTML and .pdf format).


UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

SN 5826 -Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey, 2006

SN 5092 -Acute Trusts: Emergency Department Patient Surveys, 2003-2004

SN 5809 -Health Survey for England, 2006


Association of the Nordic Cancer Registries: NORDCAN (Version 3.2, May 2008, .pdf format). "This project presents the incidence, mortality and prevalence statistics from 41 major cancers in the Nordic countries. This Internet application provides access to summary data with graphic and table facilities."

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Kaiser Family Foundation: Kaiser Fast Facts: This site allows users to search "Kaiser's database of slides by topic, keyword, or title, and use the results to create your own customized PowerPoint slideshow to download or print."


European Union Consortium: "DETERMINE - an EU Consortium for Action on Socio-economic Determinants of Health." "his Portal is a tool to promote health equity amongst different socio-economic groups in the European Union. Here, you can find information on policies and interventions to promote health equity within and between the countries of Europe, via the socio-economic determinants of health. The information presented is the result of the collaboration of a wide range of health and social actors in the EU, that have come together in two pan-European initiatives that aims to stimulate action for greater health equity."

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