Current Social Science Research Report--Health #80, September 16, 2008.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article: "Subpopulation Estimates from the HIV Incidence Surveillance System --- United States, 2006" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 36, Sep. 12, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 985-989).



2. Bureau of Labor Statistics Report, Periodical:

A. "Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities; Occupational Injuries and Illnesses: Counts, Rates, and Characteristics, 2005" (August 2008, .pdf format)

B. Issues in Labor Statistics (Summary 08-07, September 2008, .pdf format, 2p.). The topic of this issue is: "Workdays for People in Healthcare Occupations."

3. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief:

A. "Hospital Stays Related to Asthma for Children, 2006," by Elizabeth Stranges, Chaya T. Merrill, and Claudia A. Steiner, (Statistical Brief No. 58, August 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. Healthcare Cost And Utilization Project: "The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2006," by Roxanne M. Andrews, Ph.D. (#59, September 2008, pdf format, 12p).

4. National Institutes of Health News Release: "Herpes Virus Changes Anti-Herpes Drug to Form that Hinders AIDS Virus," (Sep. 10, 2008).

5. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "Dental Coverage of Children and Young Adults under Age 21, United States, 1996 and 2006," by Richard Manski and Erwin Brown Jr. (Statistical Brief No. 221, September 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

6. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Food Safety and Imports: An Analysis of FDA Import Refusal Reports," by Jean C. Buzby, Laurian J. Unnevehr, and Donna Roberts (Economic Information Bulletin No. EIB-39, September 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

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US States:


Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Annual Report 2007-2008 - Office of Women and Menís Health" (September 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

New Mexico:

Department of Health Reports:

A. "2008 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Report Card" (August 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).

B. "HIV/AIDS Spring Quarterly Report: April 2008" (April 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Reports:

A. "Cancer Projections: 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format).

B. "North Carolina Cancer Incidence for Selected Primary Sites, by Legislative District, 2002-2004" (September 2008, .pdf format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Compendium, Report:

A. Compendium: Atlas of health in Europe, 2nd edition 2008 (World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, 2008, ISBN 978 92 890 1410 6, 126p.). Ordering information is available at the site.

B. "Progress on Implementing the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia," by Srdan Matic, Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Stine Nielsen, and Ulrich Laukamm-Josten (August 2008, .pdf format, 306p.).



Institute of Health and Welfare Reports:

A. "Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: Cancers diagnosed from 1982 to 2004," (Cancer Series Number 42, July 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).

B. "Injury As A Chronic Health Issue In Australia," by Raymond A. Cripps and James E. Harrison (September 2008, pdf format, 13p).

C. "Assisted reproduction technology in Australia and New Zealand 2006," by Yueping Alex Wang, Jishan Dean, Tim Badgery-Parker, and Elizabeth A. Sullivan (September 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).



Canadian Center for Health Information/Institut Canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Hospital Mental Health Services in Canada, 2005-2006," (August 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).



Scottish Government Report: "Secure Accommodation Statistics 2007-08" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 19p.).



Federal Statistical Office Report: "Swiss Health Survey 2007. First findings" (September 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).



1. House of Lords Report: "Diseases Know No Frontiers: How effective are Intergovernmental Organisations in controlling their spread? Volume I: Report" (July 2008, .pdf format, 79p.).

2. National Health Service Report: "Dental Earnings and Expenses 2006/07: (September 2008, .pdf format, 57p.).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheet, Fact Sheet Update:

A. "Prescription Drug Trends" (September 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Sexual Health of Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States" (factsheet updated September 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).


Allen Guttmacher Institute Periodical: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (Vol. 40, No. 2, June 2008, .pdf format). Abstracts are available for all articles, full text (.pdf format) is available for selected articles.


Employee Benefit Research Institute Issue Brief: "Sources of Health Insurance and Characteristics of the Uninsured: Analysis of the March 2008 Current Population Survey," by Paul Fronstin (No. 321, September 2008, pdf format, 34p).


US Institute of Medicine Monograph: Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children: Summary of a Workshop , by Annina Catherine Burns, Cathy Liverman, and Lynn Parker (National Academy Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 20p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report: "Comparing Federal Government Surveys that Count Uninsured People in America: 2008" (August 2008, .pdf format, .pdf format, 5p.).

Click on "Download" near the bottom of the page for link to full text.


National Quality Forum Issue Brief: "Closing the Disparities Gap in Healthcare Quality With Performance Measurement and Public Reporting," (Issue Brief No. 10, August 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

More information on NQF:


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Vaccination against GIP for the Treatment of Obesity," by Alma Fulurija, Thomas A. Lutz, Katja Sladko, Melania Osto, Peter Y. Wielinga, Martin F. Bachmann, Philippe Saudan (PLoS ONE 3(9): e3163. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003163, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "AIDS-Related Tuberculosis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," by Antonio G. Pacheco, Betina Durovni, Solange C. Cavalcante, L.M. Lauria, Richard D. Moore, Lawrence H. Moulton, Richard E. Chaisson, and Jonathan E. Golub (PLoS ONE 3(9): e3132 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003132, Sep. 10, 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstracts:

A. "Student Body Racial and Ethnic Composition and Diversity-Related Outcomes in US Medical Schools," by Somnath Saha, Gretchen Guiton, Paul F. Wimmers, and LuAnn Wilkerson (Vol. 300, No. 10, Sep. 10, 2008, p. 1135-1145).

B. "Characteristics and Career Intentions of the Emerging MD/PhD Workforce," by Dorothy A. Andriole, Alison J. Whelan, and Donna B. Jeffe (Vol. 300, No. 10, September 10, 2008, p. 1165-1173).


New England Journal of Medicine Perspective Extract, Book Review Extract:

A. "Speaking Truth to Power -- The Need for, and Perils of, Health Policy Expertise in the White House," by Jacob S. Hacker (Vol. 359, No. 11, Sep. 11, 2008, p. 1085-1087).

B. Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies, by Chloe E. Bird and Patricia P. Rieker, reviewed by Sana Loue ((Vol. 359, No. 11, Sep. 11, 2008, p. 1187).


Lancet Special Issue: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. The latest issue (Vol. 372, No. 9642, Sep. 13, 2008) is a special issue about: "Alma Ata: 30 Years on: 'Health for All Need Not be a Dream Buried in the Past'". See your organization's library for availability of individual articles.


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 8, No. 35, Sep. 1, 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. "Socioeconomic Status and Health: Dimensions and Mechanisms," by David M. Cutler, Adriana Lleras-Muney, and Tom Vogl (w14333, September 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).


This paper reviews the evidence on the well-known positive association between socioeconomic status and health. We focus on four dimensions of socioeconomic status -- education, financial resources, rank, and race and ethnicity -- paying particular attention to how the mechanisms linking health to each of these dimensions diverge and coincide. The extent to which socioeconomic advantage causes good health varies, both across these four dimensions and across the phases of the lifecycle. Circumstances in early life play a crucial role in determining the co-evolution of socioeconomic status and health throughout adulthood. In adulthood, a considerable part of the association runs from health to socioeconomic status, at least in the case of wealth. The diversity of pathways casts doubt upon theories that treat socioeconomic status as a unified concept.

B. "Imitative Obesity and Relative Utility," by David G. Blanchflower, Andrew J. Oswald, and Bert Van Landeghem (w14337, September 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).


If human beings care about their relative weight, a form of imitative obesity can emerge (in which people subconsciously keep up with the weight of the Joneses). Using Eurobarometer data on 29 countries, this paper provides cross-sectional evidence that overweight perceptions and dieting are influenced by a person's relative BMI, and longitudinal evidence from the German Socioeconomic Panel that well-being is influenced by relative BMI. Highly educated people see themselves as fatter -- at any given actual weight -- than those with low education. These results should be treated cautiously, and fixed-effects estimates are not always well-determined, but there are grounds to take seriously the possibility of socially contagious obesity.


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "Demanding Customers: Consumerist Patients and Quality of Care," by Hai Fang, Nolan Miller, John A. Rizzo and Richard Zeckhauser (Working Paper No. RWP08-042, September 2008, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Development, modernization, and son preference in fertility decisions," by Deon Filmer, Jed Friedman, and Norbert Schady (WPS 4716, September 2008, .pdf and ASCII text format, 30p. Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "A Dynamic Analysis of the Demand for Health Insurance and Health Care," by Jonneke Bolhaar, Maarten Lindeboom, Bas van der Klaauw (Discussion Paper 3698, September 2008, .pdf format, 50p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) [Paris, France]:

A. "Comparability of Health Care - Responsiveness in Europe - Using anchoring vignettes from SHARE," by Nicolas Sirven, Brigitte Santos-Eggimann, and Jacques Spagnoli (WP 15, September 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).


The aim of this paper is to measure and to correct for the potential incomparability of responses to the SHARE survey on health care responsiveness. A parametric approach based on the use of anchoring vignettes is applied to cross-sectional data (2006-07) in ten European countries. More than 6,000 respondents aged 50 years old and over were asked to assess the quality of health care responsiveness in three domains: waiting time for medical treatment, quality of the conditions in visited health facilities, and communication and involvement in decisions about the treatment. Chopit models estimates suggest that reporting heterogenity is influenced by both individual (socio-economic, health) and national characteristics. Although correction for differential item functioning does not considerably modify countries ranking after controlling for the usual covariates, about two thirds of the respondents' self-assessments have been re-scaled in each domain. Our results suggest that reporting heterogenity tends to overestimate health care responsiveness for 'time to wait for treatment', whereas it seems to underestimate people's self-assessment in the two other domains.

B. "Drug price setting and regulation in France," by Nathalie Grandfils (WP 16, September 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).


In France, drug prices have historically been regulated but approaches to setting and regulating prices have been evolving in recent years. In 2003, the prices of new outpatient drugs, which had hitherto been entirely regulated, were semi-liberalised, with drug companies setting prices in line with those in neighbouring countries; and in parallel with this in 2004, the prices of expensive drugs and/or drugs qualifying for reassignment must now also be set in line with European prices. In addition to this, price/volume regulation has recently been introduced. This document describes the price setting rules applicable to each drug category and discusses different measures for regulating drug price, particularly the conventional policies implemented under successive framework agreements. The regulatory path for medicines and the different actors involved are presented in an Appendix.

C. "Impact of health care system on socieconomic inequalities in doctor use," by Zeynep Or, Florence Jusot, and Engin Yilmaz (WP 17, September 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).


This study examines the impact of health system characteristics on social inequities in health care use in Europe, using data from national surveys in 13 European countries. Multilevel logistic regression models are estimated to separate the individual level determinants of generalist and specialist use from the health system level and country specific factors. The results suggest that beyond the division between public and private funding and cost-sharing arrangements in health system, the role given to the general practitioners and/or the organization of the primary care might be essential for reducing social inequities in health care utilisation.

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

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 10, October 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.

Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (Vol. 50, No.9, September 2008).

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 65, No. 5, October 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.

Public Health (Vol. 122, No. 10, October 2008).

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US National Institutes of Health: "Research on Emergency Medical Services for Children (R01)" (PAR-08-261, reissue of PA-07-269. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with two other agencies, Sep. 8, 2008). For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Academy Health updated its listings through Sep. 16, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 14, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 16, 2008.

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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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