Current Social Science Research Report--Health #88, November 11, 2008.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article, QuickStats:

A. "Self-Reported Prediabetes and Risk-Reduction Activities --- United States, 2006," (Vol. 57, No. 44, Nov. 7, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1203-1205).


B. "QuickStats: Death Rate Among Teens Aged 15--19 Years, by Sex --- National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1985--2005" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 44, Nov. 7, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1207).


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2. Centers for Disease Control Press Release: "CDC Releases First Estimate of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cancer Data: About 25,000 cases occurred annually during 1998-2003 (Nov. 3, 2008).

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General Report: "Nationwide Review of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Oversight" (A-04-07-05064, October 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).


We found that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had taken limited actions to ensure that covered entities adequately implemented the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. These actions had not provided effective oversight or encouraged enforcement of the HIPAA Security Rule by covered entities. The HIPAA Security Rule requires a covered entity, such as a health plan or health care provider that transmits any health information in electronic form, to (1) ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the information, (2) protect against any reasonably anticipated threats or risks to the security or integrity of the information, and (3) protect against unauthorized uses or disclosures of the information.

CMS had no effective mechanism to ensure that covered entities were complying with the HIPAA Security Rule or that electronic protected health information was being adequately protected. We noted that CMS had an effective process for receiving, categorizing, tracking, and resolving complaints.

We recommended that CMS establish policies and procedures for conducting HIPAA Security Rule compliance reviews of covered entities. CMS did not agree with our findings because it believed that its complaint-driven enforcement process has furthered the goal of voluntary compliance. However, CMS agreed with our recommendation to establish specific policies and procedures for conducting compliance reviews of covered entities. We maintain that adding these reviews to its oversight process will enhance CMS's ability to determine whether the HIPAA Security Rule is being properly implemented.

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Major Depressive Episode and Treatment for Depression among Veterans Aged 21 to 39," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

5. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Report: "Design, Methods, and Field Results of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Medical Provider Component (MEPS MPC)-2006 Calendar Year Data," by Marie Stagnitti, Karen Beauregard, and Amy Solis (Methodology Report No. 23, November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.).

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US States:


Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "Children's Medicaid Enrollment Numbers - October 2008" (November 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Report: "Health risks of ozone from long-range transboundary air pollution," by By Markus Amann, Dick Derwent, Bertil Forsberg, Otto Hänninen, Fintan Hurley, Michal Krzyzanowski, Frank de Leeuw, Sally J. Liu, Corinne Mandin, Jürgen Schneider, Per Schwarze and David Simpson (2008, .pdf format, 93p.).


European Commission Report: "2008 Annual report: the state of the drugs problem in Europe" (November 2008, .pdf format, 98p.).

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World Bank Report: "Responses to Avian Influenza and State of Pandemic Readiness: Fourth Global Progress Report" (October 2008, .pdf format, 105p.).



Bureau of Statistics Report: "National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007" (October 2008, .pdf format, 98p., with tables in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Downloads" tab for link to full text and tables.



Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Patient Safety in Ontario Acute Care Hospitals: A Snapshot of Hospital Acquired Infection Control Practices 2008" (Analysis in Brief, October 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).



Department for Transport Report: "Road Casualties English Local Authority Tables: 2007" (November 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

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National Research Council/Institute of Medicine Monograph: 2008 Amendments to the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 54p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site. Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy.


Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004," by Stanley K. Henshaw and Kathryn Kost (August 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report, Issue Brief:

A. "Food and Beverage Marketing to Children and Adolescents: What Changes are Needed to Promote Healthy Eating Habits?" (October 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "Massachusetts Health Reform: High Costs and Expanding Expectations May Weaken Employer Support," by Debra A. Draper, Laurie E. Felland, Allison Liebhaber and Johanna R. Lauer (Issue Brief No. 124, October 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

Click on "Download" in the middle of the page for link to full text


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Newsletter: Liber8: Economic Information Newsletter (November 2008, .pdf format, 2p.). Note: The title of the issue is: "U.S. Health Care Insurance and the Uninsured."


MDRC (Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation) Brief : "Health Benefits for the Uninsured: Design and Early Implementation of the Accelerated Benefits Demonstration," by David Whittenburg, Peter Baird, Lisa Schwartz, and David Butler (September 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

More information about MDRC:


Newsweek Article: "No Insurance? That’s a Killer: Uninsured patients are 50 percent more likely to die of traumatic injuries than those with health insurance," by David Noonan (Nov. 10, 2008).


PLoS (Public Library of Science) One Articles:

A. "Education and Risk of Cancer in a Large Cohort of Men and Women in the United States," by Traci Mouw, Annemarie Koster, Margaret E. Wright, Madeleine M. Blank, Steven C. Moore, Albert Hollenbeck, and Arthur Schatzkin (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3639. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003639, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "HIV Incidence in Rural South Africa: Comparison of Estimates from Longitudinal Surveillance and Cross-Sectional cBED Assay Testing," by Till Bärnighausen, Claudia Wallrauch, Alex Welte, Thomas A. McWalter, Nhlanhla Mbizana, Johannes Viljoen, Natalie Graham, Frank Tanser, Adrian Puren, and Marie-Louise Newel (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3640. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003640, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

C. "Variance of the SGK1 Gene Is Associated with Insulin Secretion in Different European Populations: Results from the TUEF, EUGENE2, and METSIM Studies," by Björn Friedrich, Peter Weyrich, Alena Stancáková, Jianjung Wang, Johanna Kuusisto, Markku Laakso, Giorgio Sesti, Elena Succurro, Ulf Smith, Torben Hansen, Oluf Pedersen, Fausto Machicao, Silke Schäfer, Florian Lang, Teut Risler, Susanne Ullrich, Norbert Stefan, Andreas Fritsche, and Hans-Ulrich Häring (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3506. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003506, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).


Nature Medicine Technical Report Abstract: "Engineering microRNA responsiveness to decrease virus pathogenicity," by Elizabeth J. Kelly, Elizabeth M. Hadac, Suzanne Greiner, and Stephen J. Russell (Vol. 14, No. 11, November 2008, p. 1278-1283).


Journal of the American Medical Association, Various:

A. "Effect of Combined Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 on Cancer Risk in Women: A Randomized Trial," by Shumin M. Zhang, Nancy R. Cook, Christine M. Albert, J. Michael Gaziano, Julie E. Buring, and JoAnn E. Manson (Article abstract, Vol. 300, No. 17, November 5, 2008, p. 2012-2021).

B. "President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Health Development at the Crossroads," by Lawrence O. Gostin (Commentary extract, Vol. 300, No. 17, Nov. 5, 2008, p. 2046-2048).

C. Depression and Globalization: The Politics of Mental Health in the Twenty-First Century, by Carl Walker, reviewed by John C. Markowitz (Book Review extract, Vol. 300, No. 17, Nov. 5, 2008, p. 2065-2066).

D. Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis and the People Who Pay the Price, by Jonathan Cohn, reviewed by Xavier Bosch (Book Review extract, Vol. 300, No. 17, Nov. 5, 2008, p. 2066-2067).

E. Public Health Behind Bars: From Prisons to Communities, edited by Robert Greifinger, reviewed by Keith J. Mueller (Book Review extract, Vol. 300, No. 17, Nov. 5, 2008, p. 2067-2068).


New England Journal of Medicine, Various:

A. "Drug Development for Neglected Diseases -- The Trouble with FDA Review Vouchers," by Aaron S. Kesselheim (Perspective, Vol. 359, No. 19, Nov. 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1981-1983). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Voters and Health Reform in the 2008 Presidential Election," by Robert J. Blendon, Drew E. Altman, John M. Benson, Mollyann Brodie, Tami Buhr, Claudia Deane, and Sasha Buscho (Special Report, Vol. 359, No. 19, Nov. 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2050-2061). This article is available free of charge.

C. Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine, by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst, reviewed by Donald M. Marcus (Book Review extract, Vol. 359, No. 19, Nov. 6, 2008, p. 2076-2077).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "The joint impact on being overweight of self reported behaviours of eating quickly and eating until full : cross sectional survey," by Koutatsu Maruyama, Shinichi Sato, Tetsuya Ohira, Kenji Maeda, Hiroyuki Noda, Yoshimi Kubota, Setsuko Nishimura, Akihiko Kitamura, Masahiko Kiyama, Takeo Okada, Hironori Imano, Masakazu Nakamura, Yoshinori Ishikawa, Michinori Kurokawa, Satoshi Sasaki, and Hiroyasu Iso (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a2002, Nov. 4, 2008).

B. "Delaying HIV treatment increases risk of mortality," by Bob Roehr (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2369, Nov. 5, 2008).


Lancet Articles. Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "WHO's budgetary allocations and burden of disease: a comparative analysis," by avid Stuckler, Lawrence King, Helen Robinson, and Martin McKee (Article Summary, Vol. 372, No. 9649, Nov. 1, 2008, p. 1563-1569).

B. "Baying at the moon: addressing the politics of global health," by Ilona Kickbusch (Perspectives Summary, Vol. 372, No. 9650, Nov. 8, 2008, p. 1623-1624).

C. "Road maps to health," by Bill Bynum (Perspectives Summary, Vol. 372, No. 9650, Nov. 8, 2008, p. 1626-1628).

D. "The role of welfare state principles and generosity in social policy programmes for public health: an international comparative study," by Olle Lundberg, Monica Åberg Yngwe, Maria Kölegård Stjärne, Jon Ivar Elstad, Tommy Ferrarini, Olli Kangas, Thor Norström, Joakim Palme, and Johan Fritzell, for the NEWS Nordic Expert Group (Article, Vol. 372, No. 9650, Nov. 8, 2008, p. 1633-1640).

E. "Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health," by Michael Marmot, Sharon Friel, Ruth Bell, Tanja A.J. Houweling, and Sebastian Taylor (Public Health, Vol. 372, No. 9650, Nov. 8, 2008, p. 1661-1669).

F. "Globalisation and health: the need for a global vision," by Ted Schrecker, Ronald Labonté, and Roberto De Vogli (Health Policy, Vol. 372, No. 9650, Nov. 8, 2008, p. 1670-1676).

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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Mental Health Parity Legislation, Cost-Sharing and Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions," by Dhaval M. Dave and Swati Mukerjee (w14471, November 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).


Treatment is highly cost-effective in reducing an individual's substance abuse (SA) and associated harms. However, data from Treatment Episodes (TEDS) indicate that per capita treatment admissions have remained flat (1992-2003) despite an increase in heavy drug use. Only 16 percent of individuals with clinical SA disorders receive any treatment, and almost half point to accessibility and cost constraints as barriers to care. This study investigates the impact of state mental health parity legislation on treatment admission flows. Fixed effects specifications indicate that mandating comprehensive parity for mental health and SA disorders raises the probability that a treatment admission is privately insured, lowering costs for the individual. While there is some crowd-out of charity care for private insurance, mandates reduce the uninsured probability by a net 1.4-2.4 percentage points (5% relative to the sample mean). States which mandate comprehensive parity also see an increase in total treatment admissions, relative to states which do not support parity. Thus, increasing cost-sharing and reducing financial barriers for the at-risk population may aid in their obtaining adequate SA treatment. However, the effect sizes are muted due to supply/capacity constraints, suggesting that demand-focused interventions need to be complemented with policies that support treatment facilities and providers.

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 17, Nov. 2008).

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 168, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2008).

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 47, No. 11, Dec. 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 these databases and this issue.

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 106, No. 1 & 2, November-December 2008).

No. 1:

No. 2:

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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (Seattle, Washington) Fellowships: IMHE is offering Post-Bachelor and Post-Graduate Fellowships. Application deadlines are Jan. 15, 2009 and Mar. 15, 2009 respectively. For more information see:

More information about IMHE:

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Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 11, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 11, 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. 9, 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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