Current Social Science Research Report--Health #90, November 25, 2008.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles, Surveillance Summary:

A. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles

"Implementation of Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccination --- Worldwide, 2006" (Article, Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 46, Nov. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1249-1252).


"Rotavirus Surveillance --- Worldwide, 2001--2008" (Article, Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 46, Nov. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1255-1257).


"Percentage of Large-for-Gestational-Age Births, by Race or Hispanic Ethnicity --- United States, 2005" (QuickStats, Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 46, Nov. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1258).


.pdf for all:

B. Surveillance Summaries:

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- Selected Steps Communities, United States, 2007, by Shari Shanklin, Nancy D. Brener, Laura Kann, Shannon Griffin-Blake, Ann Ussery-Hall, Alyssa Easton, Erica Barrett, Joseph Hawkins, William A. Harris, and Tim McManus

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- Pacific Island United States Territories, 2007, by Jaclynn Lippe Nancy Brener, Laura Kann, Steve Kinchen, William A. Harris, Tim McManus, and Nancy Speicher

.pdf for both:

2. Centers for Disease Control Press Release: "New CDC Study Finds Community Physical Activity Programs Are Money Well Spent" (Nov. 14, 2008).

3. Medical Expenditure Panel Study Report: ""MEPS Annual Methodology Report" (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, April 2008, .pdf format, 78p.).

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US States:


Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Surveillance Data: Statewide 2007 Data Summary" (November 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).


Office of Financial Management Research Briefs:

A. "WorkFirst Length of Stay Measures," by Deron Ferguson (Research Brief No. 49, October 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "First Look at the Uninsured Population in Washington State," by Erica Gardner (Research Brief No. 50, November 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Economie de la Santé (IRDES) Reports:

A. "New turnover tax for private insurers," by Cantal Cases and Zeynep Or (2008).

B. "New regional health governance," by Zeynep Or (2008).

C. "Regulating nurses - follow up," by Julien Musques and Michel Naidich (2008).



Directorate of Health Updated Table: "Induced abortions 1982-2006, and 1961-2006" (November 2008, Microsoft Excel format). The tables are in Icelandic and English.



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Nov. 19-25, 2008).



Scottish Government Report: "Home care services, Scotland, 2008" (November 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).



National Health Service Report: "General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 1998-99 to 2007-08" (November 2008, .pdf format, 37p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Care in Wales: Results from the Living in Wales Survey 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 8p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "NHS Immunisation, 2007-08" (November 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

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Kaiser Family Foundation Report: "Health News Coverage in the U.S. Media: January 2007-June 2008" (KFF/Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, November 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).


Employee Benefit Research Institute Issue Brief: "Findings From the 2008 EBRI Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey," by Paul Fronstin (Issue Brief 323, November 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).



Global Health Forum Monograph: Fostering innovation for global health (Global Forum Update on Research for Health Volume 5, Pro-Brook Publishing Limited, 2008 ISBN: 978-2-940401-12-3, .pdf format, 192p.). Links to the first four volumes are also available at the bottom of the page.

More information on GHF:


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Reports:

A. "From Volume to Value: Transforming Health Care Payment and Delivery Systems to Improve Quality and Reduce Costs" (November 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).

B. "Tobacco Policy Trend Report: Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage" (American Lung Association, November 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).


American Hospital Association Report: "Report on the Economic Crisis: Initial Impact on Hospitals" (November 2008, .pdf format, 11p.). The report is linked to from an AHA Press Release: "New Report Details Impact of Economic Downturn on Patients and Hospitals" (Nov. 19, 2008). Link to full text is at the bottom of the press release:


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Article: "Sexual Behaviour and HPV Infections in 18 to 29 Year Old Women in the Pre-Vaccine Era in the Netherlands," by Charlotte H. Lenselink1, Willem J.G. Melchers, Wim G. V. Quint, Annelies M.J. Hoebers, Jan C.M. Hendriks, Leon F.A.G. Massuger, and Ruud L.M. Bekkers (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3743 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003743, 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association World in Medicine Extracts:

A. "Food Safety in China," by Joan Stephenson (Vol. 300, No. 19, Nov. 19, 2008, p. 2239).

B. "Deadly New Virus?" by Joan Stephenson (Vol. 300, No. 19, Nov. 19, 2008, p. 2239).


New England Journal of Medicine, Various:

A. "South Dakota's Abortion Script--Threatening the Physician-Patient Relationship," by Zita Lazzarini (Perspective, Vol. 359, No. 21, Nov. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2189-2191). Note: this article is available free of charge.

B. "The Genetic Privacy of Presidential Candidates," by Robert C. Green and George J. Annas (Perspective, Vol. 359, No. 21, Nov. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2192-2193). Note: this article is available free of charge.

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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Cognitive Functioning is Related to Physical Functioning in a Longitudinal Study of Women at Mid-Life," by Kathleen Ford, Theresa Seeman, Gail Greendale, Barbara Sternfeld, and Susan Everson-Rose (PSC Research Report No. 08-661, November 2008, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Princeton University Center for Research on Child Wellbeing: "Cumulative Perceived Supportiveness Experiences with Biological Fathers and Maternal Mental Health Problems," by Sarah O. Meadows (WP 08-16-FF, September 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).


Together, increased popularity of the life course paradigm and availability of longitudinal data addressing family relationships have raised important questions about how family processes should be measured to ensure that cumulative experiences are accurately captured. Using the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study (N = 2,496) this paper focuses on trajectories of mothers’ perceived supportiveness with respect to relationships with their child’s biological father and mental health problems five years after a new birth. Increasing slopes of supportiveness are associated with fewer mental health problems; however, this association is completely mediated by a number of time-varying maternal and relationship characteristics, including marital status and relationship quality. The discussion calls attention to alternate ways in which longitudinal experiences can be modeled.

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 47, No. 12, Dec. 15, 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 Health Economics (Vol. 27, No. 6, December 2008).

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 657, No. 2, Dec. 8, 2008).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 65, No. 12, December 2008).

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 52, No. 3, December 2008).

Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 31, No. 6, December 2008).

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US National Institutes of Health: "National Institutes of Health Rapid Access to Interventional Development (NIH-RAID) Program (X01)" (PAR-09-027, reissue of PAR-07-358, NIH Roadmap for Medical Research initiative, Nov. 14, 2008). For more information see:

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National Institutes of Health: "NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities," to be held in National Harbor, Maryland, Dec. 16-18, 2008). For more information see:

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Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 24, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 25, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Nov. 25, 2008.

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US Senate Finance Committee Hearing Testimony: "Health Care Reform: An Economic Perspective," a hearing held Nov. 19, 2008 (.pdf format).

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US National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results: SEER has updated its US Population Data to include annual data from 1969-2006. Data is disaggregated by demographic variables and by single years of age (0-84 and 85+). (November 2008, self decompressing [.exe] and Unix compressed .gz ASCII text format).


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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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:

Armour, B. S.; Pitts, M. M., and Lee, C. W. Cigarette Smoking and Food Insecurity Among Low-Income Families. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2008; 22(6):386-392.

Do, D. Phuong and Finch, Brian Karl. The Link Between Neighborhood Poverty and Health: Context or Composition?. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2008; 168(6):611-619.

Grafova, Irina. Overweight Children: Assessing the Contribution of the Neighborhood Environment. Preventive Medicine. 2008; 47(3):304-308.

Halliday, Timothy and Kimmitt, Michael. Selective Migration and Health in the USA, 1984-93. Population Studies. 2008; 62(3):321-334.

Heflin, Colleen M, and Ziliak, James P. Food Insufficiency, Food Stamp Participation, and Mental Health. Social Science Quarterly. 2008; 89(3):706-727.

Stanciole, Anderson E. Health Insurance and Lifesstyle Choices: Identifying Ex Ante Moral Hazard in the U. S. Market. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Issues and Practice. 2008; 33(4):627-644.

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