Current Social Science Research Report--Health #89, November 18, 2008.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Theme Issue: This theme issue is related to the Great American Smoke Out, Nov. 20, 2008 (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 45, Nov. 14, 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next MMWR is released, this one will be available at:

After Jan. 1, 2009, it will be available at:

2. Centers for Disease Control Press Release: "National Birth Defects Prevention Study Shows Assisted Reproductive Technology is Associated with an Increased Risk of Certain Birth Defects," (Nov. 17, 2008).

3. Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Personalized Health Care Pioneers, Partnerships, Progress" (November 2008, .pdf format, 299p.).

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

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "Public Health and Border Security: HHS and DHS Should Further Strengthen Their Ability to Respond to TB Incidents" (GAO-09-58, October 2008, .pdf format, 58p.).

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Hospital Stays for Lung Cancer, 2006," by Laurel Holmquist, C. Allison Russo, and Anne Elixhauser (November 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).



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US States:


Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Newborn Screening in Nebraska: Newborn Screening for Metabolic and Inherited Disorders and Early Hearing Detection & Intervention: 2007 Annual Report" (November 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).


Department of Health Services Reports: "Health Counts in Wisconsin: Infant Health, 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Report: "WHO/HBSC forum 2007 final report: Social cohesion for mental well-being among adolescents" (November 2008, .pdf format, 269p.).

2. Development Programme Report: "HIV/AIDS and Mobility in South-East Asia," (November 2008, .pdf format, 74p.).


European Community:

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Report: "Health Technology Assessment And Health Policy-Making In Europe: Current status, challenges and potential," by Marcial Velasco, Garrido Finn, Børlum Kristensen, Camilla Palmhøj Nielsen, and Reinhard Busse (Observatory Series Studies No. 14, 2008, .pdf format, 181p.).



Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Disability in Australia: intellectual disability," (November 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).



Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2008," (November 2008, .pdf format, 157p.).



Government of Jamaica Secretariat Information Portal: "JamStats" (September 2008). "JamStats is a database that captures information on some of Jamaica’s most critical social and economic indicators. A DevInfo 5.0 adaptation, it was developed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), with support from UNICEF Jamaica."


New Zealand:

New Zealand Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2005," (November 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Word and Excel format, 125p.).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Nov. 12-18, 2008).


Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics News Release: "Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS): Releases the Results of Environmental Survey for Health Care Centers, 2008" (Nov. 12, 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).


South Africa:

1. Statistics South Africa "Mortality and causes of death Data and Metadata: 2006" (data and metadata is .zip compressed, data in ASCII text format, metadata and readme in Microsoft Word format, ICD-10 codes and categories in Microsoft Excel format, death certificate form, .pdf format, 1p., and an accompanying report, "Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2006: Findings from death notification," [October 2008, .pdf format, 66p.]).

2. Department of Health Directory: "Contact Details of Public Hospitals in South Africa" (November 2008).



National Board of Health and Welfare Report: "A cost-effectiveness analysis of introducing pneumococcal vaccine in the Swedish vaccination programme" (November 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).{D5171257-F413-44FD-9678-640A6C3163E2}



Department of Health Report: "Life Expectancy and All Age All Cause Mortality Monitoring (Overall and Health Inequalities) - Update to include data for 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

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

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Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Brief, Pulling it Together:

A. "Low-Wage Workers and Health Care" (October 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

Related Washington Post Articles:

B. "Keeping The Health Reform Coalition Together," by Drew Altman (Pulling it Together No. 8, November 2008).


Rand Corporation Europe Documented Briefing: "Health and Medical Research in New Zealand: Health Research Observatory," by Bruce Scoggins (October 2008, .pdf format, .pdf format, 49p.). The site also links to briefings from Australia, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.


Center for Health Policy Research [University of California-Los Angeles] Report: "Drilling Down: Access, Affordability and Consumer Perceptions in Adult Dental Health," by Nadereh Pourat (2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


March of Dimes Report: "2008 Premature Birth Report Cards," (November 2008).


Proceeings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstracts:

A. "Highly potent, fully recombinant anti-HIV chemokines: Reengineering a low-cost microbicide," by Hubert Gaertner, Fabrice Cerini, Jean-Michel Escola, Gabriel Kuenzi, Astrid Melotti, Robin Offord, Irene Rossitto-Borlat, Rebecca Nedellec, Janelle Salkowitz, Guy Gorochov, Donald Mosier, and Oliver Hartley (Vol. 105, No. 46, Nov. 18, 2008. p. 17706-17711).

B. "Revealing the spatial distribution of a disease while preserving privacy," by Shannon C. Wieland, Christopher A. Cassa, Kenneth D. Mandl, and Bonnie Berger (Vol. 105, No. 46, Nov. 18, 2008. p. 17608-17613).


PLoS (Public Library of Science) One Articles:

A. "Improving Outcomes in Infants of HIV-Infected Women in a Developing Country Setting," by Francine Noel, Sapna Mehta, Yuwei Zhu, Patricia De Matteis Rouzier, Abdias Marcelin, Jian R. Shi, Claudine Nolte, Linda Severe, Marie Marcelle Deschamps, Daniel W. Fitzgerald, Warren D. Johnson, Peter F. Wright, and Jean W. Pape (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3723. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003723, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Estimated HIV Trends and Program Effects in Botswana," by John Stover, Boga Fidzani, Batho Chris Molomo, Themba Moeti, and Godfrey Musuka (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3729. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003729, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 4p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstracts:

A. "Vitamins E and C in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Men: The Physicians' Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial," by Howard D. Sesso, Julie E. Buring, William G. Christen, Tobias Kurth, Charlene Belanger, Jean MacFadyen, Vadim Bubes, JoAnn E. Manson, Robert J. Glynn, and J. Michael Gaziano (Vol. 300, No. 18, Nov. 12, 2008, p. 2123-2133).

B. "Low-Dose Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Atherosclerotic Events in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Hisao Ogawa, Masafumi Nakayama, Takeshi Morimoto, Shiro Uemura, Masao Kanauchi, Naofumi Doi, Hideaki Jinnouchi, Seigo Sugiyama, and Yoshihiko Saito, for the Japanese Primary Prevention of Atherosclerosis With Aspirin for Diabetes (JPAD) Trial Investigators (Vol. 300, No. 18, Nov. 12, 2008, p. 2134-2141).

C. "Nonfasting Triglycerides and Risk of Ischemic Stroke in the General Population," by Jacob J. Freiberg, Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, Jan Skov Jensen, and Borge G. Nordestgaard (Vol. 300, No. 18, Nov. 12, 2008, p. 2142-2152).

D. "Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in the United States, 1993-2007," by N. Sarita Shah, Robert Pratt, Lori Armstrong, Valerie Robison, Kenneth G. Castro, and J. Peter Cegielski (Vol. 300, No. 18, Nov. 12, 2008, p. 2153-2161).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "General and Abdominal Adiposity and Risk of Death in Europe," by T. Pischon, H. Boeing, K. Hoffmann, M. Bergmann, Schulze, K. Overvad, Y.T. van der Schouw, E. Spencer, K.G.M. Moons, A. Tjønneland, J. Halkjaer, M.K. Jensen, J. Stegger, F. Clavel-Chapelon, M.-C. Boutron-Ruault, V. Chajes, J. Linseisen, R. Kaaks, A. Trichopoulou, D. Trichopoulos, C. Bamia, S. Sieri, D. Palli, R. Tumino, P. Vineis, S. Panico, P.H.M. Peeters, A.M. May, H.B. Bueno-de-Mesquita, F.J.B. van Duijnhoven, G. Hallmans, L. Weinehall, J. Manjer, B. Hedblad, E. Lund, A. Agudo, L. Arriola, A. Barricarte, C. Navarro, C. Martinez, J.R. Quirós, T. Key, S. Bingham, K.T. Khaw, P. Boffetta, M. Jenab, P. Ferrari, and E. Riboli (Vol. 359, No. 20, Nov. 13, 2008, p. 2105-2120).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Is health care getting safer?", by Charles Vincent, Paul Aylin, Bryony Dean Franklin, Alison Holmes, Sandra Iskander, Ann Jacklin, and Krishna Moorthy (Analysis extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2426, Nov. 13, 2008).

B. "German health care: a bit of Bismarck plus more science," by Peter T Sawicki and Hilda Bastian (Analysis extract, BMJ 2008;337:a1997, Nov. 15, 2008).

C. "Impact of micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy on birth weight, duration of gestation, and perinatal mortality in rural western China: double blind cluster randomised controlled trial," by Lingxia Zeng, Yue Cheng, Shaonong Dang, Hong Yan, Michael J. Dibley, Suying Chang, and Lingzhi Kong (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a2001, Nov. 7, 2008).


Lancet, Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles:

A. "Obama and health: change can happen" (Editorial, Vol. 372, No. 9651, Nov. 15, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1707).

B. "Evolution of China's health-care system," by Zhe Dong and Michael R. Phillips (Comment, Vol. 372, No. 9651, Nov. 15, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1715-1716).

C. "Internal migration and health in China," by Xiaojiang Hu, Sarah Cook, and Miguel A Salazar (Comment, (Comment, Vol. 372, No. 9651, Nov. 15, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1717-1719).

D. "Global epidemiology of injecting drug use and HIV among people who inject drugs: a systematic review," by Bradley M. Mathers, Louisa Degenhardt, Benjamin Phillips, Lucas Wiessing, Matthew Hickman, Steffanie A. Strathdee, Alex Wodak, Samiran Panda, Mark Tyndall, Abdalla Toufik, and Richard P. Mattick, for the 2007 Reference Group to the UN on HIV and Injecting Drug Use (Article abstract, Vol. 372, No. 9651, Nov. 15, 2008, p. 1733-1745).

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "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.

B. "Child Health and Young Adult Outcomes," by Janet Currie, Mark Stabile, Phongsack Manivong, and Leslie L. Roos (w14482, November 2008, .pdf format, 46p.).


Previous research has shown a strong connection between birth weight and future child outcomes. But this research has not asked how insults to child health after birth affect long-term outcomes, whether health at birth matters primarily because it predicts future health or through some other mechanism, or whether health insults matter more at some key ages than at others? We address these questions using a unique data set based on public health insurance records for 50,000 children born between 1979 and 1987 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. These children are followed until 2006, and their records are linked to provincial registries with outcomes data. We compare children with health conditions to their own siblings born an average of 3 years apart, and control for health at birth. We find that health problems, and especially mental health problems in early childhood are significant determinants of outcomes linked to adult socioeconomic status.


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "Beyond 'The Answer' to Flexible Solutions in Managing Health in Africa," by Matthew Andrews (Working Paper No. RWP08-067, November 2008, .pdf format, 41p.). 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. 18, Nov. 30, 2008).

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 12, December 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.

Environmental Health (November 2008).

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 20, No. 6, December 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.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 50, No. 11, November 2008).

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 65, No. 6, December 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Public Health (Vol. 122, No. 12, December 2008).

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 67, No. 11, December 2008).

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IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program: "The International Institute for Applied Systems [Laxenburg, Austria] offers an excellent summer opportunity for graduate students interested in relating their work to global change issues. About 50-60 students from around the world spend the summer working closely with IIASA senior researchers on projects relevant to each student's thesis topic. They end the summer with an international network of colleagues interested in various aspects of global change issues, and often have produced a paper that can be published." For more information see:

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Pan American Health Organization: "Health in the Americas" (a course to be given in Tampa, Florida May 11-29, 2008). Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2008). For more information see:

English, (.pdf format, 8p.):


Application (.pdf format, 1p.).

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Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 18, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 18, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Nov. 18, 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. 18, 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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National Center for Health Statistics: NCHS has recently replaced its' Trends in Health and Aging and Health Data for All Ages web sites with a single web site (Health Data Interactive). The new site is available at:


Kaiser Family Foundation:

A. "Health Coverage in an Economic Downturn: Impact of Tight Budgets on Families and States." "The economic downturn has strained family finances and prompted some Americans to cut back on medications and forgo preventive care and visits to the doctor. At the same time, the downturn has triggered declines in tax revenue that inhibit states’ ability to meet rising Medicaid program costs as enrollment spikes during economic hard times. In response, the National Governors Association has asked Congress to temporarily increase federal Medicaid funding to help bridge the gap. The Foundation has created a number of resources that shed light on how Americans and states are faring and provide background on the uninsured, employer-sponsored health insurance costs, trends in states’ Medicaid enrollment and spending and prior efforts to shore up the Medicaid program during a slumping economy."

B. Update: has recently added three files: They are:

State Budget Shortfalls, SFY2009: Nov. 13, 2008

Measures of State Economic Distress: Housing Foreclosures and Changes in Unemployment and Food Stamp Participation: Nov. 13, 2008

Diabetes Incidence Rate per 1,000, 2005-2007: Nov. 6, 2008

scroll to or "find in page" the titles or dates.

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