Current Social Science Research Report--Health #82, September 30, 2008.

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1. Centers for Disease Control Report: "Cases of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, by Race/Ethnicity, 2002-2006 (HIV/AIDS Surveillance Supplemental Reports, Vol. 13, No. 1, September 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles (all HTML and .pdf format):

A. "State-Specific Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Adults --- United States, 2006--07 Influenza Season" (Vol. 57, No. 38, Sep. 26, 2008, p. 1033-1039).


B. "Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 6--23 Months --- United States, 2006--07 Influenza Season" (Vol. 57, No. 38, Sep. 26, 2008, p. 1039-1043).


C. "Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 6--59 Months --- Eight Immunization Information System Sentinel Sites, United States, 2007--08 Influenza Season" (Vol. 57, No. 38, Sep. 26, 2008, p. 1043-1046).


D. "Progress Toward Measles Elimination --- Japan, 1999--2008" (Vol. 57, No. 38, Sep. 26, 2008, p. 1049-1052).


E. "QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Who Were Current Smokers, by Type of Difficulty or Limitation --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2001--2005 (Vol. 57, No. 38, Sep. 26, 2008, p. 1054).


.pdf for all:

3. National Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January - March 2008." by Robin A. Cohen, Michael E. Martinez, and Heather L. Free (September 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

B. "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January-March 2008 National Health Interview Survey" (September 2008, .pdf format, 109p.).

4. Government Accountability Office Report, Correspondence:

A. "Medicaid: Extent of Dental Disease in Children Has Not Decreased, and Millions Are Estimated to Have Untreated Tooth Decay (GAO-08-1121, September 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

B. "Health-Care-Associated Infections in Hospitals: Number Associated with Medical Devices Unknown, but Experts Report Provider Practices as a Significant Factor" (GAO-08-1091R, September 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

C."Influenza Pandemic: HHS Needs to Continue Its Actions and Finalize Guidance for Pharmaceutical Interventions" (GAO-08-671, September 2008, .pdf format, 71p.).

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US States:


Department of Health Report, Factsheet:

A. "AIDS/HIV/STD Surveillance Report, August 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Illinois PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) FACTS For 2006" (September 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).

New Mexico:

Department of Health Reports:

A. "New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Annual Report 2006" (September 2008, .pdf format, 188p.).

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

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Monograph: Progress in preventing injuries in the WHO European Region, by Dinesh Sethi, Francesca Racioppi, Birte Frerick and Naana Frempong (2008, .pdf format, 39p.).


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Monograph: Pharmaceutical Pricing Policies in a Global Market (September 2008, 215p., ISBN: 978-92-64044142). For more information, including ordering information see:,3343,en_2649_33929_41000996_1_1_1_37407,00.html



Institute of Health and Welfare: "The Health, Development And Wellbeing Of Australia’S Children And Young People," (September 2008, pdf format, 48p).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "The Children of Older First-time Mothers in Canada: Their Health and Development," by Tracey Bushnik and Rochelle Garner (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 65p.).

B. "Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006: Families of Children with Disabilities in Canada" (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 20p.).

C. "Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006: Tables (Part IV)" (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 15p.).



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Road Accidents With Casualties 2007 Part I: General Summaries" (September 2008, .pdf format, 171p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format (compressed and uncompressed), and selected documentation in Microsoft Word format).



Ministry of Health and Quality of Life Report: "Health Statistics Annual 2006" (2008, .pdf format).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Sep. 25-30, 2008).


New Zealand Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Periodical: Public Health Perspectives (Vol. 12, No. 1, September 2008, 16p.).

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



National Health Services Scotland Reports:

A. "Cancer Mortality (2007)" (September 2008, Microsoft Excel format). Click on title for link to spreadsheets.

B. "NHS Complaints" (September 2008).

C. "Childhood immunisation uptake rates, quarter ending 30 June 2008" (September 2008, HTML format, with a table in Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Key Clinical Indicators for Sexual Health: Data for Population Based Indicators 2007" (September 2008, individual reports in .pdf format). Click on title for link to individual reports.

E. "Prescribing Statistics and Minor Ailment Service" (September 2008, Microsoft Excel format. Click on title for link to spreadsheets.



Statistical Office News Release: "Road traffic accidents, Slovenia, 2007," by Jozica Rovsek (Sep. 24, 2008).



1. Department for Transport Report: "Road Casualties Great Britain: 2007 - Annual Report" (September 2008, .pdf format, 190p.).

2. National Health Service Reports:

A. "The 2007/08 national survey of investment in mental health services" (September 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

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

B. "NHS Maternity Statistics, England: 2006-2007" (September 2008, .pdf format).

Click on "HESonline" for link to tables.



Central Statistical Office Report: "Zambia Sexual Behavior: 2005" (July 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "An Analysis of the McCain Health Care Proposal," by Linda J. Blumberg and John Holahan (September 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "An Analysis of the Obama Health Care Proposal," by John Holahan and Linda J. Blumberg (September 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).


Kaiser Family Foundation Report: "Employer Health Benefits 2008 Annual Survey" (September 2008, 218p., chartpack (.pdf and Microsoft PowerPoint format, 18 slides).


Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 49, August 2008).

More information on FHI:


Time Article: "Death in Birth," by Vivienne Walt (Sep. 18, 2008).,9171,1842278,00.html


Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases Article: "The Neglected Tropical Diseases of Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review of Disease Burden and Distribution and a Roadmap for Control and Elimination," by Peter J. Hotez1, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Carlos Franco-Paredes, Steven K. Ault4, and Mirta Roses Periago (PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2(9): e300 doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000300, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association, Various:

A. "Report Urges Addressing Barriers to Reimbursement for Mental Health Care," by Bridget M. Kuehn (Medical News & Perspectives extract, Vol. 300, No. 12, Sep. 24, 2008, p. 1399-1400).

B. "Pandemic Planning," by Bridget M. Kuehn (Health Agencies Update extract, Vol. 300, No. 12, Sep. 24, 2008, p. 1403).

C. "Regional Variation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Incidence and Outcome," by Graham Nichol, Elizabeth Thomas, Clifton W. Callaway, Jerris Hedges, Judy L. Powell, Tom P. Aufderheide, Tom Rea, Robert Lowe, Todd Brown, John Dreyer; Dan Davis, Ahamed Idris, and Ian Stiell (Article abstract, Vol. 300, No. 12, September 24, 2008, p. 1423-1431).

D. "Prvalence of Colon Polyps Detected by Colonoscopy Screening in Asymptomatic Black and White Patients," by David A. Lieberman, Jennifer L. Holub, Matthew D. Moravec, Glenn M. Eisen, Dawn Peters, and Cynthia D. Morris (Article abstract, Vol. 300, No. 12, September 24, 2008, p. 1417-1422).

E. "Banning Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies: The Right Prescription," by Mitchell H. Katz (Commentary extract, Vol. 300, No. 12, Sep. 24, 2008, p. 1451-1453).

F. "Risks and Benefits of Importing Prescription Medications From Lower-Income Countries," by Irfan A. Dhalla and Allan S. Detsky (Commentary extract, Vol. 300, No. 12, Sep. 24, 2008, p. 1453-1455).


New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives:

A. "Storm over Statins--The Controversy Surrounding Pharmacologic Treatment of Children," by Sarah de Ferranti and David S. Ludwig (Vol. 359, No. 13, Sep. 25, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1309-1312). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Campaign Contributions, Lobbying, and the U.S. Health Sector--An Update," by Robert Steinbrook (Vol. 359, No. 13, Sep. 25, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1313-1315). This article is available free of charge.


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Combined impact of lifestyle factors on mortality: prospective cohort study in US women," by Rob M. van Dam, Tricia Li, Donna Spiegelman, Oscar H. Franco, and Frank B. Hu (BMJ 2008;337:a1440, September 27, 2008).

B. "Diagnostic evaluation of people with hypertension in low income country: cohort study of "essential" method of risk stratification," by Gregorio Montalvo, Fausto Avanzini, Mariella Anselmi, Rosanna Prandi, Samuel Ibarra, Monica Marquez, Daniela Armani, Juan-Martin Moreira, Cynthia Caicedo, Maria Carla Roncaglioni, Fabio Colombo, Paola Camisasca, Valentina Milani, Simon Quimi, Felix Gonzabay, and Gianni Tognoni (BMJ 2008;337:a1387, September 27, 2008).

C. "Ethiopian study shows urban children in areas three times as likely to survive to 18 than rural children," by Peter Moszynski (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1765, Sep. 25, 2008).

D. "China’s tainted infant formula sickens nearly 13,000 babies," by Jane Parry (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1802, Sep. 24, 2008).

E. "Germany debates change to law on late abortions," by Ned Stafford (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1803, Sep. 24, 2008).

F. "Research shows that South Africa deserves its poor reputation for tackling AIDS," by Roger Dobson (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1795, Sep. 22, 2008).

G. "Should there be a ceiling on what percentage of GDP countries spend on health? No," by Werner Christie (Head to Head extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1036, Sep. 25, 2008).

H. "Should there be a ceiling on what percentage of GDP countries spend on health? Yes," by Nick Bosanquet (Head to Head extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1040, Sep. 25, 2008).

I. "America’s health choices," by Vidhya Alakeson (Feature extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1563, Sep. 23, 2008).

J. "Health and the US presidential campaigns," by Barbara Markham Smith (Feature extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1672, Sep. 23, 2008).

K. "Diagnostic evaluation of people with hypertension in low income country: cohort study of 'essential' method of risk stratification," by Gregorio Montalvo, Fausto Avanzini, Mariella Anselmi, Rosanna Prandi, Samuel Ibarra, Monica Marquez, Daniela Armani, Juan-Martin Moreira, Cynthia Caicedo, Maria Carla Roncaglioni, Fabio Colombo, Paola Camisasca, Valentina Milani, Simon Quimì, Felix Gonzabay, and Gianni Tognoni (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a1387, Sep. 19, 2008).


Lancet, Various. Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "US health-care reform plans--still in need of reform" (Editorial, Vol. 372, No. 9644, Sep. 27, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1121). Note: this article is available free of charge.

B. "Effect of community-based behaviour change management on neonatal mortality in Shivgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India: a cluster-randomised controlled trial," by Vishwajeet Kumar, Saroj Mohanty, Aarti Kumar, Rajendra P. Misra, Mathuram Santosham, Shally Awasthi, Abdullah H. Baqui, Pramod Singh, Vivek Singh, Ramesh C. Ahuja, Jai Vir Singh, Gyanendra Kumar Malik, Saifuddin Ahmed, Robert E. Black, Mahendra Bhandari, and Gary L. Darmstadt ( Article abstract, Vol. 372, No. 9644, September 27, 2008, p. 1151-1162).

C. "Misfinancing global health: a case for transparency in disbursements and decision making," by Devi Sridhar and Rajaie Batniji (Health Policy extract, Vol. 372, No. 9644, September 27, 2008, p. 1185-1191).

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty: "The Effects of Food Stamp Benefits on Weight Gained by Expectant Mothers," by Charles L. Baum (Discussion Paper 1343-08, September 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


With over 66 percent of Americans overweight and subject to admonishments to lose weight, there is one segment of the population that is set apart--expectant mothers--because they are encouraged to gain weight while pregnant. Food Stamp benefits (FSBs) may facilitate recommended weight gain for pregnant women by providing additional resources for food and nutrition. I examine the effects of FSBs on the amount of weight gained by low-income expectant mothers using NLSY79 data. Results indicate FSBs decrease the probability of gaining an insufficient amount of weight but do not exacerbate the probability of gaining too much weight. Examining the effects of FSBs on pregnancy weight gain is important because low birth weight is more likely when expectant mothers gain an insufficient amount of weight.


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Forecasting the Cost of U.S. Health Care in 2040," by Robert W. Fogel (w14361, September 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).


One of the most important debates among health economists in rich nations is whether advances in biotechnology will spare their health care systems from a financial crisis. We must consider that prevalence rates of chronic diseases declined during the twentieth century and that this rate of decline has accelerated. However, health care costs may continue to increase even as the age of onset of chronic diseases is delayed, because the proportion of a cohort living to late ages will increase. The accelerating decline in the prevalence of chronic diseases during the course of the twentieth century supports the proposition that increases in life expectancy during the twenty-first century will be fairly large, but the effect on health care in the U.S. will be modest. The income elasticity for health services is calculated at 1.6, meaning that income expenditures on health care in the U.S. are likely to rise from a current level of about 15 percent to about 29 percent of GDP in 2040.

B. "Fetal Exposure to Toxic Releases and Infant Health," by Janet Currie and Johannes F. Schmieder (w14352, September 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).


Every year, millions of pounds of toxic chemicals thought to be linked to developmental problems in fetuses and young children are released into the air. In this paper we estimate the effect of these releases on the health of newborns. Using data from the Toxic Release Inventory Program and Vital Statistics Natality and Mortality files, we find significant negative effects of prenatal exposure to toxicants on gestation and birth weight. We also find that several developmental chemicals increase the probability of infant death. The effect is quite sizeable: the reported reductions in cadmium, toluene, and epichlorohydrin releases during the 90s could account for about 3.9 percent of the overall decrease in infant mortality. Our results are robust to several specification checks, such as comparing developmental to non-developmental chemicals, and fugitive air releases to stack air releases.

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 168, No. 7, Oct. 1, 2008).

Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 10, October 2008). This is a special theme issue on "Health Insurance in the United States."

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National Academies: "The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program." "The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy." For more information see:


US National Institutes of Health:

A."NICHD's Institutional Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program in Reproductive, Obstetric, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology (T32)," (PAR-08-271, is a reissue of PAR-05-130, Sept. 25, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). For more information see:

B. "Small Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT) (R03)" (PAR-08-268, Sep. 25, 2008, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). For more information see:

C. "Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT) (R21)" (PAR-08-269, Sep. 25, 2008 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). For more information see:

D. "Utilizing Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality (R18)" (PAR-08-270, Sep. 25, 2008 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ). For more information see:

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United Nations World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe: "The 16th annual conference of the Regions for Health Network: Health in All Policies--Regional Perspectives in Europe," a conference to be held Oct. 13-14, 2008 in Varna, Bulgaria. For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Academy Health updated its listings through Sep. 30, 2008.


Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 29, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Sep. 30, 2008.

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development: American Housing Survey Technical Documentation Update:

A. "AHS Data User's FAQ" (September 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).

B. "Documentation describing the topcoding and other confidentiality measures that occur on the American Housing Surveys (AHS) public use files" (September 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

and scroll to title(s) of choice.


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of Sep. 29, 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

A. Updates:, KFF's website "to provide a central hub for resources and information about health policy issues in the 2008 election" has added two new resources.

1. 2008 Presidential Candidates: Side by Side." "Side by Side allows users to compare the candidates proposals and positions on a range of health care issues -- biomedical research, care coordination and prevention, health information technology, HIV/AIDS, long-term care, Medicaid and SCHIP, medical malpractice, Medicare, mental health parity, prescription drugs, racial and ethnic disparities, transparency and comparative effectiveness, veterans? health and women's health--issues not necessarily addressed in the candidates' health care reform proposals. These comparisons are based on information compiled from the candidates? Web sites and speeches and campaign debates. A separate side-by-side comparison of the candidates? health reform proposals is also available."

2. Video clips on "Sens. McCain and Obama On The Issues: Health Care Reform" (Windows Media and .mp3 format). Print transcripts are also available.

" also will offer a series of election briefs, with facts and background information on important health care issues, as well as broad policy options and questions to help evaluate the candidates' proposals. The first brief, 'Covering the Uninsured: Options for Reform' (is now available). Briefs on health care costs and other health issues will be posted in the coming weeks."

B. Update: updated data on Sep. 16 and Sep. 23, 2008. For more information see:

The 9/16 and 9/23 updates should be at the top of their relevant sections.

C. Update: "International Health Systems" (September 2008). " presents a new resource which summarizes the health systems and structures of Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, France and Singapore. These profiles of international health systems review the major features of the countries' health coverage, financing and service delivery policies and provide links to articles with more information. More countries will be added in the coming months."

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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]=5934

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 5934-5979


Panel Study of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Shim, Matthew J. Retirement, Mortality and Self-Reported Health: An Application of Life Course Epidemiology. Texas: University of Texas School of Public Health; 2008 155 pgs

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