Current Social Science Research Report--Health #78, September 3, 2008.

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1. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "The Effects of Avian Influenza News on Consumer Purchasing Behavior: A Case Study of Italian Consumers’ Retail Purchase," by Robert H. Beach, Fred Kuchler, Ephraim Leibtag, and Chen Zhen (Economic Research Report No. ERR-65, August 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).

2. Medical Expenditure Panel Study Statistical Briefs:

A. "Persons with High Health Care Expenditures: Proportions by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2005," by Steve Machlin and Joel Cohen (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief No. 217, August 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the State and Local Government Workforce, by Census Division, 2006," by John Sommers and Beth Levin Crimmel (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief No. 218, August 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Non-Federal Workforce, by Industry Classification, 2006," by Beth Levin Crimmel and John Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief No. 219, August 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

D. "The Long-Term Unsinsured in America, 2003--2006: Estimates for the U.S. Population under Age 65," by Jeffrey Rhoades and Steven Cohen (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief No. 220, August 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

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US States:


Iowa State Data Center Updates: The SDC updated the following files (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Aug. 27, 2008)


Health insurance by type of coverage and by age: 1987 - 2007

People with no health insurance coverage (1-year estimates and 2-year averages)


People with no health insurance coverage (three-year averages): 2000 to 2007

See under Aug. 27, 2008 listing.

New Jersey:

Department of Health and Senior Services Report: "Preventing Injury in New Jersey: Priorities for Action" (September 2008, .pdf format, 60p.).

North Carolina:

Division of Public Health Report: "Cancer Incidence in North Carolina 2005" (August 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Report, Periodical:

A. "Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health," (August 2008, .pdf format, 247p.).

B. Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 9, September 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 657-736).



Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Reports:

A. "Disability in Australia: trends in prevalence, education, employment and community living," (AIHW bulletin no. 61, August 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

B. "Public health expenditure in Australia 2006-07," (Health and welfare expenditure series no. 34, September 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical: Health Reports (Vol. 19, No. 3, August 2008, HTML and .pdf format).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Aug. 27-Sep. 3, 2008).


South Africa:

National Department of Health Report: "The National HIV and Syphilis Prevalence Survey South Africa" (August 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).



Department of Health Report: "Critical Care Beds Data" (August 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Report: "Covering the Uninsured in 2008: A Detailed Examination of Current Costs and Sources of Payment, and Incremental Costs of Expanding Coverage," by Jack Hadley, John Holahan, Teresa Coughlin, and Dawn Miller (August 2008, .pdf format, 89p.).


Pew Hispanic Center Report: "Hispanics and Health Care in the United States: Access, Information and Knowledge," by Gretchen Livingston, Susan Minushkin, and D'Vera Cohn (August 2008, .pdf format, 78p.).


H-Demog Book Review: Population and Disease: Transforming English Society, 1550-1850, by Peter Razzell, reviewed by Andrew Hinde (August 2008).

More information about H-Demog:


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 48, July 2008).

More information on FHI:


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Gender Differences in the Risk of HIV Infection among Persons Reporting Abstinence, Monogamy, and Multiple Sexual Partners in Northern Tanzania," by Keren Z. Landman, Jan Ostermann, John A. Crump, Anna Mgonja, Meghan K. Mayhood, Dafrosa K. Itemba, Alison C. Tribble, Evaline M. Ndosi, Helen Y. Chu, John F. Shao, John A. Bartlett, and Nathan M. Thielman (PLoS ONE 3(8): e3075. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003075, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Directly Observed Therapy and Improved Tuberculosis Treatment Outcomes in Thailand," by Amornrat Anuwatnonthakate, Pranom Limsomboon, Sriprapa Nateniyom, Wanpen Wattanaamornkiat, Sittijate Komsakorn, Saiyud Moolphate, Navarat Chiengsorn, Samroui Kaewsa-ard, Potjaman Sombat, Umaporn Siangphoe, Philip A. Mock, Jay K. Varma (PLoS ONE 3(8): e3089. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003089, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Awareness and Use of California's Paid Family Leave Insurance Among Parents of Chronically Ill Children," by Mark A. Schuster, Paul J. Chung, Marc N. Elliott, Craig F. Garfield, Katherine D. Vestal, and David J. Klein (Vol. 300, No. 9, Sep. 3, 2008, p. 1047-1055).


British Medical Journal News Extract, Article Abstract:

A. "WHO calls for better living conditions to reduce health gap," by Susan Mayor (BMJ 2008;337:a1451).

B. "Do overweight children necessarily make overweight adults? Repeated cross sectional annual nationwide survey of Japanese girls and women over nearly six decades," by Ikuko Funatogawa, Takashi Funatogawa, and Eiji Yano (BMJ 2008;337:a802, August 30, 2008).


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

A. "Coming home," by Norra MacReady (Vol. 372, No. 9640, Aug. 30, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 703-704). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Horn of Africa faces deepening crisis," by Wairagala Wakabi (Vol. 372, No. 9640, Aug. 30, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 705-706). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Effect of financial incentives on inequalities in the delivery of primary clinical care in England: analysis of clinical activity indicators for the quality and outcomes framework," by Dr. Tim Doran, Catherine Fullwood, Evangelos Kontopantelis, and David Reeves (Vol. 372, No. 9640, August 30, 2008, p. 728-736).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "HIV and Fertility in Africa: First Evidence from Population Based Surveys," by Chinhui Juhn, Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, and Belgi Turan (w14248, August 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).


The historical pattern of the demographic transition suggests that fertility declines follow mortality declines, followed by a rise in human capital accumulation and economic growth. The HIV/AIDS epidemic threatens to reverse this path. A recent paper by Young (2005), however, suggests that similar to the "Black Death" episode in Europe, HIV/AIDS will actually lead to higher growth per capita among the affected African countries. Not only will population decline, behavioral responses in fertility will reinforce this decline by reducing the willingness to engage in unprotected sex. We utilize recent rounds of the Demographic and Health Surveys which link an individual woman's fertility outcomes to her HIV status based on testing. The data allows us to distinguish the effect of own positive HIV status on fertility (which may be due to lower fecundity and other physiological reasons) from the behavioral response to higher mortality risk, as measured by the local community HIV prevalence. We show that HIV-infected women have significantly lower fertility. In contrast to Young (2005), however, we find that local community HIV prevalence has no significant effect on non-infected women's fertility.

B. "Information, Learning, and Drug Diffusion: the Case of Cox-2 Inhibitors," by Pradeep Chintadunta, Renna Jiang, and Ginger Z. Jin (w14252, August 2008, .pdf format, 46p.).


The recent withdrawal of Cox-2 Inhibitors has generated debate on the role of information in drug diffusion: can the market learn the efficacy of new drugs, or does it depend solely on manufacturer advertising and FDA updates? In this study, we use a novel data set to study the diffusion of three Cox-2 Inhibitors -- Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra -- before the Vioxx withdrawal. Our study has two unique features: first, we observe each patient's reported satisfaction after consuming a drug. This patient level data set, together with market level data on FDA updates, media coverage, academic articles, and pharmaceutical advertising, allows us to model individual prescription decisions. Second, we distinguish across-patient learning of a drug's general efficacy from the within-patient learning of the match between a drug and a patient. Our results suggest that prescription choice is sensitive to many sources of information. At the beginning of 2001 and upon Bextra entry in January 2002, doctors held a strong prior belief about the efficacy of Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra. As a result, the learning from patient satisfaction is gradual and more concentrated on drug-patient match than on across-patient spillovers. News articles are weakly beneficial for Cox-2 drug sales, but academic articles appear to be detrimental. The impact of FDA updates is close to zero once we control for academic articles, which suggests that FDA updates follow academic articles and therefore deliver little new information to doctors. We find that drug advertising also influences the choice of a patient's medication. A number of counterfactual experiments are carried out to quantify the influence of information on market shares.

C. "Is American Health Care Uniquely Inefficient?" by Alan M. Garber and Jonathan Skinner (w14257, August 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).


The U.S. health system has been described as the most competitive, heterogeneous, inefficient, fragmented, and advanced system of care in the world. In this paper, we consider two questions: First, is the U.S. health care system productively efficient relative to other wealthy countries, in the sense of producing better health for a given bundle of hospital beds, physicians, nurses, and other factor inputs? Second, is the U.S. allocatively efficient relative to other countries, in the sense of providing highly valued care to consumers? For both questions, the answer is most likely no. Although no country can claim to have eliminated inefficiency, the U.S. has fragmented care, high administrative costs, and stands out with regard to heterogeneity in treatment because of race, income, and geography. The U.S. health care system is also more likely to pay for diagnostic tests, treatments, and other forms of care before effectiveness is established and with little consideration of the value they provide. A number of proposed reforms that are designed to ameliorate shortcomings of the U.S. health care system, such as quality improvement initiatives and coverage expansions, are unlikely by themselves to reduce expenditures. Addressing allocative inefficiency is a far more difficult task but central to controlling costs.


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "The Impact of the World Food Price Crisis on Nutrition in China," by Robert T. Jensen and Nolan Miller (Working Paper No. RWP08-039, August 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity," by Daniel L. Millimet, Rusty Tchernis and Muna Husain (Discussion Paper 3664, August 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). 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. 14, Sep. 12, 2008).

Environmental Research (Vol. 108, No. 1, Sept. 2008).

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 71, No. 2, Sept. 2008, .pdf format, 1p.). 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.

Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 9 & Supp. 1, Sept. 2008).

Issue 9:

Suppl. 1:

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 655, No. 1/2, Aug./Sept., 2008).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 65, No. 9, Sept. 2008).

Public Health Reports (Vol. 123, No. 5, Sept./Oct. 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.

Reproductive Health Matters (Vol. 16, No. 31, Supplement 1, May 2008).

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 105, No. 2, October 2008).

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US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R01)," (PA-08-256, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, Aug. 28, 2008).

B. "Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R21)," (PA-08-257, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, Aug. 28, 2008).

C. "Using Proven Factors in Risk Prevention to Promote Protection from HIV Transmission (R01)," (RFA-HD-08-010, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Aug. 28, 2008).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Academy Health updated its listings through Aug. 27, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Sept. 3, 2008.

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US National Center for Health Statistics: "National Health Interview Survey 2007 Imputed Family Income/Personal Earnings Files" (September 2008, self-decompressing (.exe) ASCII format, with documentation in .pdf format, and a sample SAS input program in ASCII text format).

Links to data and documentation are at the bottom of the page.


Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: AHQR has released three new MEPS data files (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).

- HC-102H 2006 Home Health

- HC-102C 2006 Other Medical Expenses

- HC-102B 2006 Dental Visits


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of Sep. 1, 2008, which may be of interest to Health researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

New and updated data:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:


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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Kaiser Family Foundation Updates: updated the following files on Aug. 27, 2008:

Rx Drugs:

Qualified SPAPs:



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NLS Bibliography Updates: Note: These citations, along with all of the NLS bibliography, can be found at:

For more information on any of these citations (selected abstracts are available) go to the above listed address and click on "Title List". Click on the first item, which will give the syntax of the citation urls:[0]=5883

Then change the number after the equal sign to the number listed as the "ID Number" in the citations below. You will be taken to the full citation listing.

New listings are numbered 5917-5922

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