Current Social Science Research Report--Health #69, June 24, 2008.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles, Surveillance Summaries:

A. "Heat-Related Deaths Among Crop Workers --- United States, 1992--2006" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 24, Jun. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 649-653).


B. "Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Persons with Asthma --- United States, 2005--06 Influenza Season" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 24, Jun. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 653-657).


C. "QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for the Five Leading Causes of Death --- United States, 2001--2006" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 24, Jun. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 666).


.pdf for all MMWR:

D. "Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance --- United States, 2005," by Victoria Clay Wright, Jeani Chang, Gary Jeng, and Maurizio Macaluso (Surveillance Summary Vol. 57 No. SS05, Jun. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-23.).


E. "Malaria Surveillance --- United States, 2006," by Sonja Mali, Stefanie Steele, Laurence Slutsker, and Paul M. Arguin (Surveillance Summary Vol. 57 No. SS05, Jun. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 24-39.).


.pdf for both:

2. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Preventing Chronic Disease (Vol. 5, No. 3, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format.).

3. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "Antidepressants Prescribed by Medical Doctors in Office Based and Outpatient Settings by Specialty for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2005," by Marie Stagnitti (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 206, June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Patient Safety Events, 2005," by C. Allison Russo, Roxanne M. Andrews, and Marguerite Barrett (Statistical Brief No. 53, June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).



5. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Changes in Coverage in the Individual and Group Health Insurance Markets and the Effect of Health Status," by Bradley Herring, Xue Song, and Mark Pauly (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 38p.).

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US States:

North Carolina:

Center for Health Statistics Report: "Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Calendar Year 2007 Results (June 2008).

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NGO and Other Countries:


1. Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada The Daily Article, Periodical:

A. "Canadian Community Health Survey: 2007" (Jun. 18, 2008).

B. Health Reports (Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 84p.).

2. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Hormone Replacement Therapy: An Analysis Focusing on Drug Claims by Female Seniors, 2000 to 2007," (June 2008,. pdf format, 23p.).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: Quarterly National Household Survey Work-related Accidents and Illnesses, Quarter 1 2003 to Quarter 1 2007" (June 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Number of smokers still falling, unlike cigarette sales," by Hans Draper and Frans Frenken (Jun. 24, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Specialist health service. Accounts, 2007" (Jun. 18, 2008). The news release links to six topical tables.

B. "Specialist health service. Ambulance service, 2007" (Jun. 18, 2008). The news release links to six topical tables.

C. "Specialist health service. General care 2007" (Jun. 18, 2008). The news release links to five topical tables.

D. "Specialist health services, 2007: Increase in costs, decrease in treatments" (Jun. 18, 2008).

E. "Specialist health service. Specialists with operating agreements with health enterprises, 2007" (Jun. 18, 2008). The news release links to nine topical tables.

F. "Specialist health service. Psychiatric health 2007" (Jun. 18, 2008). The news release links to seven topical tables.

G. "Specialist health service. Substance abuse treatment 2007" (Jun. 18, 2008). The news release links to four topical tables.



Central Statistical Office Report: "Working conditions in 2007" (June 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 237p.).



1. ISD Scotland Reports:

A. "Cancer Incidence (2005)" (June 2008, .pdf format, 18p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Teenage Pregnancy Statistics, year ending December 2006" (June 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

2. Scottish Government Report: "The Scottish Health Survey: Revised Alcohol Consumption Estimates" (June 2008, .pdf format, 70p.).



1. Department of Health Report: "Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2007" (Jun3 2008, .pdf format, 34p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

2. National Statistics Office News Releases:

A. "Large differences in infant mortality by ethnic group" (Jun. 24, 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

B. "Widespread support for smoking ban" (Jun. 18, 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief, Fact Sheets:

A. "Choosing Premium Assistance: What Does State Experience Tell Us?" by Joan Alker (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, June 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "Abortion in the U.S.: Utilization, Financing and Access" (June 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Women's Health Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet" (December 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "Health Insurance Coverage of Women Ages 18 to 64, by State, 2005-2006" (December 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).


Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "Ensuring a Healthier Tomorrow in Central America: Protecting the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Today’s Youth," by Lisa Remez, Elena Prada, Susheela Singh, Luis Rosero Bixby, and Akinrinola Bankole (June 2008, .pdf format, 67p.).


American Medical Association Report: "National Health Insurer Report Card," (June 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). Note: Notes about the methodology and the data are also included (.pdf format).


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 46, May 2008).

More information on FHI:


Institute of Medicine Monographs:

A. Knowing What Works in Health Care: A Roadmap for the Nation , edited by Jill Eden, Ben Wheatley, Barbara McNeil, and Harold Sox (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook format, 256p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

B.Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary, by Jennifer A. Cohen (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 192p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.


Time Articles. The latest issue of Time (Vol. 171, No. 25, Jun. 23, 2008) contains eight articles on childhood obesity:

"How America's Children Packed On the Pounds," by Jeffrey Kluger.,8599,1813700,00.html

"It's Not Just Genetics," by Bryan Walsh.,9171,1813984,00.html

"School Cuisine," by Carolyn Sayre.,9171,1813988,00.html

"Kids: Watching What They Eat," by Jeremy Caplan,9171,1813979,00.html

"Weighty Issues for Parents," by Lori Oliwenstein,9171,1813953,00.html

"Fit at Any Size," by Kathleen Kingsbury,9171,1813993,00.html

"10 Tips To Get Your Kids Moving," by David Bjerklie,9171,1813963,00.html


Public Library of Science (PLoS Medicine) Article: "Coverage of Cervical Cancer Screening in 57 Countries: Low Average Levels and Large Inequalities," by Emmanuela Gakidou, Stella Nordhagen, and Ziad Obermeyer (Vol. 5, No. 6, e132 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050132, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Understanding the Impact of Male Circumcision Interventions on the Spread of HIV in Southern Africa," by Timothy B. Hallett, Kanwarjit Singh, Jennifer A. Smith, Richard G. White, Laith J. Abu-Raddad, and Geoff P. Barnett (PLoS ONE 3(5): e2212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002212, May 2008, .HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Missing Girls in India: Infanticide, Feticide and Made-to-Order Pregnancies? Insights from Hospital-Based Sex-Ratio-at-Birth over the Last Century," by Mohit Sahni, Neeraj Verma, D. Narula, Raji Mathew Varghese, V. Sreenivas, and Jacob M. Puliyel (PLoS ONE 3(5): e2224. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002224, May 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "EU launches plan to tackle mental illness and reduce number of suicides," by Rory Watson (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7658, Jun. 21, 2008, p. 1394).

B. "Europe’s drug companies are better than those in US in making drugs accessible to poor countries," by Andrew Jack (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7658, Jun. 21, 2008, p. 1396).

C. "Underinsurance threatens physical and financial wellbeing of US families," by Jeanne Lenzer (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7658, Jun. 21, 2008, p. 1399).

D. "Effect of 50 000 IU vitamin A given with BCG vaccine on mortality in infants in Guinea-Bissau: randomised placebo controlled trial," by Christine Stabell Benn, Birgitte Rode Diness, Adam Roth, Ernesto Nante, Ane Baerent Fisker, Ida Maria Lisse, Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Hilton Whittle, Amabelia Rodrigues, Peter Aaby (Article abstract, Vol. 336, No. 7658, June 21, 2008, p. 1416-1420).


Lancet World Reports, Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Japan to rethink suicide-prevention policies," by Justin McCurry (Vol. 371, No. 9630, Jun. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2071). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Court halts closure of Canada's safe-injection site," by Paul Webster (Vol. 371, No. 9629, Jun. 14, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1985). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Hugo Chavez's health-care programme misses its goals," by Rachel Jones (Vol. 371, No. 9629, Jun. 14, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1988). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Effect of aciclovir on HIV-1 acquisition in herpes simplex virus 2 seropositive women and men who have sex with men: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial," by Connie Celum, Anna Wald, James Hughes, Jorge Sanchez, Stewart Reid, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Frances Cowan, Martin Casapia, Abner Ortiz, Jonathan Fuchs, Susan Buchbinder, Beryl Koblin, Sheryl Zwerski, Scott Rose, Jing Wang, and Lawrence Corey(Vol. 371, No. 9630, June 21, 2008, p. 2109-2119).


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No. 25, Jun. 23, 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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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Changes in Diarrheal Disease and Treatment among Brazilian Children, 1986 to 1996," by Narayan Sastry and Sarah Burgard (PSC Research Report No. 08-645, June 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Impact of Income on the Weight of Elderly Americans," by John Cawley, John R. Moran, and Kosali I. Simon (w14104, June 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).


This paper tests whether income affects the body weight and clinical weight classification of elderly Americans using a natural experiment that led otherwise identical retirees to receive significantly different Social Security payments based on their year of birth. We exploit this natural experiment by estimating models of instrumental variables using data from the National Health Interview Surveys. The model estimates rule out even moderate effects of income on weight and on the probability of being underweight or obese, especially for men.

B. "What Good Is Wealth Without Health? The Effect of Health on the Marginal Utility of Consumption," by Amy Finkelstein, Erzo F.P. Luttmer, and Matthew J. Notowidigdo (w14089, June 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).


We estimate how the marginal utility of consumption varies with health. To do so, we develop a simple model in which the impact of health on the marginal utility of consumption can be estimated from data on permanent income, health, and utility proxies. We estimate the model using the Health and Retirement Study's panel data on the elderly and near-elderly, and proxy for utility with measures of subjective well-being. We find robust evidence that the marginal utility of consumption declines as health deteriorates. Our central estimate is that a one-standard-deviation increase in the number of chronic diseases is associated with an 11 percent decline in the marginal utility of consumption relative to this marginal utility when the individual has no chronic diseases. The 95 percent confidence interval allows us to reject declines in marginal utility of less than 2 percent or more than 17 percent. Point estimates from a wide range of alternative specifications tend to lie within this confidence interval. We present some simple, illustrative calibration results that suggest that state dependence of the magnitude we estimate can have a substantial effect on important economic problems such as the optimal level of health insurance benefits and the optimal level of life-cycle savings.


US Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Economics: "The Role of Education in the Production of Health: An Empirical Analysis of Smoking Behavior," by Steven Tenn, Douglas A. Herman, and Brett Wendling (Working Paper No. 292, June 2008, .pdf format, p.43).


We estimate the effect of education and student status on the propensity to smoke. Our estimation strategy accounts for the endogeneity of education by "differencing out" the impact of unobserved characteristics correlated with educational attainment. This is accomplished by exploiting education differences between similarly selected groups that are one year apart in their life cycle. The results indicate that an additional year of education does not have a causal effect on smoking. Unobserved factors correlated with educational attainment entirely explain their cross-sectional relationship. We do find, however, that being a student reduces the likelihood of smoking. This may be a peer effect, which prior research shows has a significant impact on smoking decisions.


Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (Princeton University): "The Effects of Maternal Employment on Childhood Obesity in the United States," by Jackie Araneo (Working Paper WP08-13-FF, April 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 11, July 11, 2008).

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 168, No. 1, Jul. 1, 2008).

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 47, No. 2, Jul. 15, 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 these databases and this issue.

European Journal of Public Health (Vol. 18, No. 3, June 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 these databases and this issue.

Health Policy and Planning (Vol. 23, No. 4, Jul. 2008).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 65, No. 7, July 2008).

Public Health Nursing (Vol. 25, No. 3, May/Jun. 2008).

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8th Regional Congress on Health and Sciences Information, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 16-19, 2008. For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Academy Health updated its listings through Jun. 24, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 23, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 23, 2008.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Update: " can now create new customized data sheets in three easy steps, comparing up to five countries against any or all of the approximately 100 global health, demographic and economic indicators available on the site. Custom data sheets can be created to provide, for example, a health profile for a particular country, to compare countries across indicators or to offer a snapshot of an emerging global health issue. Each data sheet can be viewed online, converted into a PDF file, printed, emailed or saved. The new tool, including examples of how it can be used, is available at:

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