Current Social Science Research Report--Health #87, November 4, 2008.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article:

A. "State-Specific Incidence of Diabetes Among Adults --- Participating States, 1995--1997 and 2005--2007," (Vol. 57, No. 43, October 31, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1169-1173).

B. "Progress Toward Elimination of Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome --- the Americas, 2003--2008," (Vol. 57, No. 43, October 31, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1176-1179).

.pdf for both:

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries: "Prevalence of Selected Risk Behaviors and Chronic Diseases --- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 39 Steps Communities, United States, 2005," by Fred Ramsey, Ann Ussery-Hall, Danyael Garcia, Goldie McDonald, Alyssa Easton, Maisha Kambon, Lina Balluz, William Garvin, and Justin Vigeant (Vol. 57, No. SS11, October 31, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1-20).



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US States:


Department of Health Interactive Database: "Connecticut Tumor Registry" (October 2008). "The CT Tumor Registry is a population-based resource for examining cancer patterns in Connecticut. The registry's computerized data base includes all reported cancers diagnosed in Connecticut residents from 1935 to the present, as well as follow-up, treatment and survival data on reported cases. All hospitals and private pathology laboratories in Connecticut are required by law to report cancer cases to the registry. The registry is also one of only five statewide designated surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER) sites in the country. The National Cancer Institute provides funding to SEER sites which were selected for their ability to manage a cancer reporting system and to provide a representative subset of the United States population."|47825|#47827

Click on "Maps-Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Connecticut"

Related news release: "DPH Announces Database on Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates for Connecticut Now Available Online" (Oct. 29, 2008).


Department of Community Health Reports:

A. "Birth Defects in Michigan: All Cases Reported and Processed by April 15, 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format, 75p.).

B. "Induced Abortions in Michigan: January 1 through December 31, 2007" (May 2008, .pdf format, 46p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 86, No. 11, November 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 817-908).



Ministry of Health Leaflet: "Health Statistics: 2007" (October 2008, .pdf format, 11p.). The leaflet is in Arabic and English.



Statistics Finland News Release: "New Internet portal facilitates searching for statistics" (Nov. 4, 2008).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Health Status and Health Service Utilisation: Quarterly National Household Survey: Quarter 3 2007" (October 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2008).



1. Health and Safety Executive Report: "Health and safety statistics 2007/08" (October 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).

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

2. National Health Service Reports:

A. "NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting times figures, 30 September 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format, with data in Microsoft Excel format).

Links to full text and tables are available at the bottom of the page.

B. "People Registered as Blind and Partially Sighted 2008 England" (October 2008, .pdf format, 17p., with a large print format, 32p., and tables in Microsoft Excel format).

C. "First report and experimental statistics from the Mental Health Minimum Data Set annual return, 2003-2007" (October 2008, .pdf format).

3. National Statistics Office Report: "Cancer Registration Statistics England 2006" (October 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

4. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Report: "Cervical Cancer" (No. 316, October 2008, pdf format, 2p).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Complaints to the NHS, 2007-08" (October 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

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Population Reference Bureau Data Sheet: "Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa," by James Gribble and Joan Haffey (October 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract, Commentaries:

A. "Uninsured Children and Adolescents With Insured Parents," by Jennifer E. DeVoe, Carrie Tillotson, and Lorraine S. Wallace (Vol. 300, No. 16, October 22/29, 2008, p. 1904-1913).

B. "Uninsured Adults Presenting to US Emergency Departments: Assumptions vs Data," by Manya F. Newton, Carla C. Keirns, Rebecca Cunningham, Rodney A. Hayward, and Rachel Stanley (Vol. 300, No. 16, October 22/29, 2008, p. 1914-1924).

C. "Making Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care a Reality for Every American," by Senator John S. McCain (Vol. 300, No. 16, October 22/29, 2008, p. 1925-1926).

D. "Affordable Health Care for All Americans: The Obama-Biden Plan," by Senator Barack Obama (Vol. 300, No. 16, October 22/29, 2008, p. 1927-1928).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Patients' Perception of Hospital Care in the United States," by Ashish K. Jha, E. John Orav, Jie Zheng, and Arnold M. Epstein (Vol. 359, No. 18, Oct. 30, 2008, p. 1921-1931).


British Medical Journal Various:

A. "The prevention of progression of arterial disease and diabetes (POPADAD) trial: factorial randomised placebo controlled trial of aspirin and antioxidants in patients with diabetes and asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease," by Jill Belch, Angus MacCuish, Iain Campbell, Stuart Cobbe, Roy Taylor, Robin Prescott, Robert Lee, Jean Bancroft, Shirley MacEwan, James Shepherd, Peter Macfarlane, Andrew Morris, Roland Jung, Christopher Kelly, Alan Connacher, Norman Peden, Andrew Jamieson, David Matthews, Graeme Leese, John McKnight, Iain O'Brien, Colin Semple, John Petrie, Derek Gordon, Stuart Pringle, Ron MacWalter, Prevention of Progression of Arterial Disease and Diabetes Study Group, Diabetes Registry Group, and Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (BMJ 2008;337:a1840, Nov. 1, 2008, Article).

B. "Tight control of blood glucose and cardiovascular disease," by Philip Home (BMJ 2008;337:a2105, November 1, 2008, Editorial).


Lacent Article Abstract: "Changes in malaria indices between 1999 and 2007 in The Gambia: a retrospective analysis," by Serign J. Ceesay, Climent Casals-Pascual, Jamie Erskine, Samuel E. Anya, Nancy O. Duah, Anthony J.C. Fulford, Sanie S.S. Sesay, Ismaela Abubakar, Samuel Dunyo, Omar Sey, Ayo Palmer, Malang Fofana, Tumani Corrah, Kalifa A. Bojang, Hilton C. Whittle, Brian M. Greenwood, David J. Conway (Vol. 372, No. 9649, November 1, 2008, p. 1545-1554).


PLoS (Public Library of Science) One Article: "Gender Differences in Genetic Risk Profiles for Cardiovascular Disease," by Kaisa Silander, Mervi Alanne, Kati Kristiansson, Olli Saarela, Samuli Ripatti, Kirsi Auro, Juha Karvanen, Sangita Kulathinal, Matti Niemelš, Pekka Ellonen, Erkki Vartiainen, Pekka Jousilahti, Janna Saarela, Kari Kuulasmaa, Alun Evans, Markus Perola, Veikko Salomaa, and Leena Peltonen (PLoS ONE 3(10): e3615. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003615, XML, .pdf, and HTML format, 15p.).

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Automatically Activated Stereotypes and Differential Treatment Against the Obese in Hiring," by Dan-Olof Rooth (Discussion Paper No. 3799, October 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).


This study provides empirical support for automatically activated associations inducing unequal treatment against the obese among recruiters in a real-life hiring situation. A field experiment on differential treatment against obese job applicants in hiring is combined with a measure of employers' automatic/implicit performance stereotype toward obese relative to normal weight using the implicit association test. We find a strong and statistically significant obesity difference in the correlation between the automatic stereotype of obese as being less productive and the callback rate for an interview. This suggests that automatic processes may exert a significant impact on employers' hiring decisions, offering new insights into labor market discrimination.


University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Population Ageing and the Well-being of Older Persons in Thailand," by John E. Knodel and Napaporn Chayovan (PSC Research Report No. 08-659, October 2008, .pdf format, 123p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "When Does Improving Health Raise GDP?" by Quamrul H. Ashraf, Ashley Lester, and David N. Weil (w14449, October 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).


We assess quantitatively the effect of exogenous health improvements on output per capita. Our simulation model allows for a direct effect of health on worker productivity, as well as indirect effects that run through schooling, the size and age-structure of the population, capital accumulation, and crowding of fixed natural resources. The model is parameterized using a combination of microeconomic estimates, data on demographics, disease burdens, and natural resource income in developing countries, and standard components of quantitative macroeconomic theory. We consider both changes in general health, proxied by improvements in life expectancy, and changes in the prevalence of two particular diseases: malaria and tuberculosis. We find that the effects of health improvements on income per capita are substantially lower than those that are often quoted by policy-makers, and may not emerge at all for three decades or more after the initial improvement in health. The results suggest that proponents of efforts to improve health in developing countries should rely on humanitarian rather than economic arguments.

B. "Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance," by Randall D. Cebul, James B. Rebitzer, Lowell J. Taylor, and Mark E. Votruba (w14455, October 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

Health insurance is a complex, multi-attribute product and this creates search frictions that can distort market outcomes. We study the effect of frictions in the market for employer based health insurance. We find that frictions are most severe in the "fully insured" part of the group health insurance market and we estimate that frictions in this market segment cause a quarter of the consumer surplus to shift from policy-holders to insurers (a transfer of 32.5 billion dollars in 1997). Our analysis also suggests that frictions in insurance markets also reduce incentives to invest in future health.

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

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 71, No. 4, Nov. 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. 11, November 2008).

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Kaiser Family Foundation: Application Available for 2009 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. "College seniors and recent college graduates who have a strong interest in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, or who are themselves a member of a population that is adversely affected by racial and ethnic health disparities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, December 12, 2008."

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University of Wisconsin: "Faculty Position, Medical History and Bioethics." "The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is currently seeking applications for a full-time, fully-funded faculty position in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at any rank. We seek a colleague with an active research program and teaching interests that complement existing areas in biomedical ethics, health and society, and medical history. Special consideration will be given to candidates who address issues of population health or public health ethics, and social medicine."


Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 3, 2008.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Academy Health updated its listings through Nov. 4, 2008.

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Nov. 2, 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.


Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: AHQR has released a new MEPS data file (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, October 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).

- MEPS HC-102A: 2006 Prescribed Medicines File


Human Mortality Database: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database:

Data for Iceland were revised and updated through 2007.

Data for Switzerland were revised and updated through 2007.

Data availability:

Data access:


International Agency for Research on Cancer: "NORDCAN." This project presents the incidence, mortality and prevalence statistics from 41 major cancers in the five Nordic countries. This Internet application provides access to summary data with graphic and table facilities. The full database with regional information including cancer maps and facilities such as grouping of cancer sites and populations are only available using the NORDCAN software for PC." The software is available free of charge. At present interactive incidence/mortality data is available. Prevalence data is forthcoming.

Direct English link:

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