Current Social Science Research Report--Health #75, August 5, 2008.

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1. National Center for Health Statistics Report, Healthy People Notes:

A. "Emergency Department Visits by Persons Recently Discharged from U.S. Hospitals," by Catharine W. Burt, Linda F. McCaig, and Alan E. Simon (National Health Statistics Reports No. 6, July 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "Comparing Racial and Ethnic Populations Based on Healthy People 2010 Objectives," by Kenneth Keppel, Tamyra Garcia, Suzanne Hallquist, Asel Ryskulova, and Lesley Agress (Healthy People Notes No. 26, August 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 15p.).

C. "U.S. Decennial Life Tables for 1999-2001, United States Life Tables," by Elizabeth Arias, Lester R. Curtin, Rong Wei, and Robert N. Anderson (_National Vital Statistics Reports_, Vol. 57, No. 1, August 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

2. Centers for Disease Control Report, Periodical, News Release:

A. "HIV Incidence" (August 2008). The report links to an article in the Aug. 6, 2008 (Vol. 300, No. 5) Journal of the American Medical Association: "Estimation of HIV Incidence in the United States."

B. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 14, No. 8, August 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:

C. "National Birth Defects Prevention Study Finds Pre-pregnancy Diabetes Increases Risk for Multiple Types of Birth Defects" (Jul. 30, 2008).

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "Trends in HIV- and STD-Related Risk Behaviors Among High School Students --- United States, 1991--2007" (Vol. 57, No. 30, Aug. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 817-822).

B. "HIV Prevention Education and HIV-Related Policies in Secondary Schools --- Selected Sites, United States, 2006" (Vol. 57, No. 30, Aug. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 822-825).

C. "Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccination Coverage Among Children Born January 2003--June 2005 --- United States (Vol. 57, No. 30, Aug. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 825-828).

D. "QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Disease, by Race and Sex --- United States, 1987--2006" (Vol. 57, No. 30, Aug. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 830).

.pdf for all:

4. National Institutes of Health News Releases:

A. "Laboratory and Mouse Studies Show Targeted Drug Blocks the Growth of Breast Cancer Cells that Spread to the Brain" (Jul. 29, 2008).

B. "Micro RNA Implicated as Molecular Factor in Alcohol Tolerance" (Jul. 30, 2008).

C. "Mechanism for Postpartum Depression Found in Mice: Discovery May Lead to Better Treatments" (Jul. 31, 2008).

D. "A Long Lasting Impression: New Study Finds Persistent Brain Changes in Response to Cocaine Depend on the Expectation of Reward: NIDA Study Sheds Light on why Addiction is a Chronic Disease" (Jul. 31, 2008).

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Brief, Reports:

A. "A Framework for Evaluating Quality Transparency Initiatives in Health Care: Final Report," by Ha T. Tu and Johanna R. Lauer (April 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 57p.).

B. "The Effect of Health Care Cost Growth on the U.S. Economy: Final Report," by Neeraj Sood, Arkadipta Ghosh, and Jose J. Escarse (September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 57p.).

6. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "The Uninsured in America, 1996-2007: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65," by May Chu and Jeffrey Rhoades (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 214, July 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

7. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Meningitis-Related Hospitalizations in the United States, 2006," by Laurel Holmquist, C. Allison Russo, and Anne Elixhauser,(Statistical Brief No. 57, July 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

8. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults Aged 50 or Older: 2005 & 2006," ( National Survey on Drug Use and Health, July 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

9. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General Report: "National Cancer Institute's Monitoring of Research Project Grants (OEI-07-07-00120, July 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).


OIG found that all grant files contained progress reports that had evidence of agency review; however, 41 percent of progress reports were received late. In addition, deficiencies exist in financial oversight of Research Project Grants. Five of the nine required grant closeouts in our sample were not completed within the general timeframes specified in departmental guidelines. Lastly, insufficient documentation impedes third-party review of grant files in some cases.

OIG recommended that NIH (1) initiate earlier and more frequent followup with grantees to obtain required documents; and (2) improve grants monitoring by annually verifying grantees' self-reported fund balances with external sources and developing an approach for financial reviews that is not based solely on exceptions, and consistently documenting grantee correspondence and organizing grant documents to assist National Cancer Institute staff and third party reviewers with following grantees' actions from inception of the grant to closeout. In its written comments to the report, NIH generally agreed with our recommendations and described actions it plans to take in response to them.

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US States:

Arkansas: Report: "Healthy People 2010 Health Status Report" (July 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).


Stats Indiana Update: "Health Professionals Data for Indiana and Counties, (data as of June 2008)" (August 2008).

Click on Title under "Just Released" on the right side of the page.

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "2007 Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) Survey" (2008).

South Dakota:

Department of Health Reports:

A. "The Burden of Diabetes in South Dakota" (July 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).

B. "South Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey: 2007: Grades 6-8" (July 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Report: "2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic," (July 2008, .pdf and eBook format, 357p.). Note: The complete report is a zipped .pdf file.

2. World Health Organization/Children's Fund Report: "Progress on Drinking-water and Sanitation: special focus on sanitation" (July 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).

3. World Health Organization Periodical, Press Release:

A. Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 8, August 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 577-656).

B. "Cancer," (Fact Sheet No. 297, July 2008).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Cancer Incidence in Canada: 2005 and 2006, August 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Jul. 31-Aug. 5, 2008).



1. Department for Work and Pensions Research Report: "Routes onto Incapacity Benefit: Findings from a follow-up survey of recent claimants," by Peter A. Kemp and Jacqueline Davidson (Research Report 516, July 2008, .pdf format, 58p.).

2. National Health Service Report: "Prescriptions dispensed in the Community 1997 -2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format, 35p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Health Statistics Wales, 2008" (July 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheets:

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

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

C. "Donor Funding for Health in Low- & Middle- Income Countries," by Jennifer Kates, Eric Lief and Jonathan Pearson (July 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).


Guttmacher Institute Brief: "Facts on Publicly Funded Contraceptive Services in the United States," (August 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).


Demographic and Health Survey Reports:

A. "Pakistan: DHS, 2006/07," (June 2008, .pdf format, 407p.).

B. "Liberia: DHS, 2007 - Final Report" (June 2008, .pdf format, 382p.).

C. "HIV Notes from MEASURE DHS" (August 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "HIV Prevalence Estimates" (July 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

E. "Improvements in Maternal Health in Nepal" (May 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).

F. "The Treatment of Childhood Illness in Nepal" (January 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 47, June 2008).

More information on FHI:


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Article: "Differential Effects of Migration and Deportation on HIV Infection among Male and Female Injection Drug Users in Tijuana, Mexico," by Steffanie A. Strathdee1, Remedios Lozada, Victoria D. Ojeda, Robin A. Pollini, Kimberly C. Brouwer, Alicia Vera, Wayne Cornelius, Lucie Nguyen, Carlos Magis-Rodriguez, Thomas L. Patterson, for Proyecto El Cuete (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2690 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002690, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Population growth and climate change," by John Guillebaud (Editorial extract, Vol. 337, No. 7664, Aug. 2, 2008, p. 247-248).

B. "Social determinants of health and the design of health programmes for the poor," by Sebastian Taylor and Alireza Marandi (Analysis extract, Vol. 337, No. 7664, Aug. 2, 2008, p. 266-269).

C. "Changing perceptions of weight in Great Britain: comparison of two population surveys," by F. Johnson, L. Cooke, H. Croker, and Jane Wardle (Article, Vol. 337, No. 7664, Aug. 2, 2008, p. 270-283). Note: 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. 31, Aug. 4, 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: "Putting Work to Bed: Stressful Experiences on the Job and Sleep Quality," by Sarah Burgard and Jennifer Ailshire (WP 08-652, July 2008, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Air Pollution and Infant Health: Lessons from New Jersey," by Janet Currie, Matthew J. Neidell, and Johannes Schmieder (w14196, July 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).


We examine the impact of three "criteria" air pollutants on infant health in New Jersey in the 1990s by combining information about mother's residential location from birth certificates with information from air quality monitors. In addition to large sample size, our work offers three important innovations: First, because we know the exact addresses of mothers, we select those mothers closest to air monitors to ensure a more accurate measure of air quality. Second, since we follow mothers over time, we control for unobserved characteristics of mothers using maternal fixed effects. Third, we examine interactions of air pollution with smoking and other predictors of poor infant health outcomes. We find consistently negative effects of exposure to pollution, especially carbon monoxide, both during and after birth. The effects are considerably larger for smokers than for nonsmokers as well as for older mothers. Since automobiles are the main source of carbon monoxide emissions, our results have important implications for regulation of automobile emissions.

B. "Information, Avoidance Behavior, and Health: The Effect of Ozone on Asthma Hospitalizations," by Matthew J. Neidell (w14209, July 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).


This paper assesses whether responses to information about risk impact estimates of the relationship between ozone and asthma in Southern California. Using a regression discontinuity design, I find smog alerts significantly reduces daily attendance at two major outdoor facilities. Using daily time-series regression models that include year-month and small area fixed effects, I find estimates of the effect of ozone for children and the elderly that include information are significantly larger than estimates that do not. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that individuals take substantial action to reduce exposure to risk; estimates ignoring these actions are severely biased.


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "The Global Joint Distribution of Income and Health," by Ximing Wu, Andreas Savvides, and Thanasis Stengos (WP2367, August 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, Suppl. 1, July 2008).

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 47, No. 5, Sep. 1, 2008). 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 this database and issue.

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 37, No. 4, Aug. 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 654, No. 2, July 31, 2008).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 65, No. 8, August 2008).

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 51, No. 3, August 2008).

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National Institutes of Health:

A. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) (PA-08-226, reissue of PA-06-468, Aug. 1, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35)" (PA-08-227, reissue of PA-05-117, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

C. "Fogarty International Research Collaboration -- Basic Biomedical (FIRCA-BB) Research Award (R03)" (PAR-08-222, reissue of PAR-07-335, Aug. 1, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

D. "Fogarty International Research Collaboration -- Behavioral and Social Sciences (FIRCA-BSS) Research Award (R03)" (PAR-08-223, resissue of PAR-06-437, Aug. 1, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

E. "Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health (R21)(PAR-08-224, Aug. 1, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Academy Health updated its listings through Aug. 4, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Aug 5, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Aug. 4, 2008.

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U.S. House of Committee on Education and Labor Hearing Testimony: "The Benefits of Physical and Health Education for Our Nationís Children," a hearing held Jul. 24, 2008 (.pdf format).

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US National Center for Health Statistics: "National Health Interview Survey: 1963 and 1964" (July 2008, data in .zip compressed and Windows self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format, and SAS input statements in ASCII text format).

Scroll to 1963 or 1964, near the bottom of the page.


Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: "MEPS HC-101: 2007 P11R3/P12R1 Population Characteristics," (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, July 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII 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:

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

and pick "1 month" for either.

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