Current Social Science Research Report--Health #92, December 9, 2008.

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Index to this issue:


















1. National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, Data Users Conference Presentation:

A. "Marital Status is Associated With Health Insurance Coverage for Working-age Women at all Income Levels, 2007," by Amy B. Bernstein, Robin A. Cohen, Kate M. Brett, and Mary Ann Bush (Data Brief 11, December 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "2008 Data Users Conference Presentations" (December 2008, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation).

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles, Recommendations And Reports (all HTML and .pdf formats):

A. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

"Prevalence of Self-Reported Physically Active Adults --- United States, 2007" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 48, Dec. 5, 2008, p. 1297-1300).


"Progress in Global Measles Control and Mortality Reduction, 2000--2007" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 48, Dec. 5, 2008, p. 1303-1306).



B. Recommendations and Reports

"Revised Surveillance Case Definitions for HIV Infection Among Adults, Adolescents, and Children Aged <18 Months and for HIV Infection and AIDS Among Children Aged 18 Months to <13 Years --- United States, 2008" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57 (RR10), HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-8).


Appendix B:


.pdf for all

3. Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS Surveillance Slide Set, Fact Sheet Update:

A. "HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Injection Drug Users (through 2006)" (December 2008, .pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Macromedia Flash format, 27 slides).

All slide sets:

B. "Dramatic Declines Indicate Success in U.S. HIV Prevention" (Fact Sheet, December 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

All Fact Sheets:

4. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services News Release: "CMS Issues Final Rule for Redesigning Medicaid, States Have Greater Flexibility in Benefit Offerings (Dec. 3, 2008).

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Trends in Substance Use, Dependence or Abuse, and Treatment Among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, December 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

6. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "Influenza Immunization Rates for Selected at Risk Populations among the U.S. Adult Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief 226, December 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

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US States:


Department of Public Health Reports:

A. "Trends in the Prevalence of Birth Defects in Illinois and Chicago 1989-2005" (September 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).

B. "AIDS/HIV/STD Surveillance Report, October 2008" (November 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).


Department of Health and Hospitals Reports:

A. "LaCHIP Enrollment Numbers: November 2008" (December 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Children's Medicaid Enrollment Numbers - November 2008 (December 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).


Department of Community Health Report: "Michigan Infant Death Statistics: January 1 through December 31, 2006" (December 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

New Mexico:

Department of Health Report, Periodical: New Mexico Epidemiology (2008:10, Dec. 5, 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is: "Violent Death in New Mexico: Utilizing the New Mexico Violent Death Reporting System," by Anne N. Styka and Barbara F. Chatterjee.

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations

World Health Organization Periodical: Entre Nous - The European magazine for sexual and reproductive health (No. 67, December 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).



1. Department of Health and Ageing News Release: "Expansion of Indigenous Child and Maternal Health Services" (Dec. 9, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

2. Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Australia's mothers and babies 2006," (Perinatal statistics series no. 22, December 2008, .pdf format, 104p.).



Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)/Institut Canadien d'Information sur la Sante Reports:

A. "Reducing Gaps in Health: A Focus on Socio-Economic Status in Urban Canada" (November 2008, .pdf format, 148p.).

B. "An up-close look at seven major health professions" (December 2008, .pdf format). "In a series of five new reports, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) provides the latest available and most comprehensive data in Canada about the supply, distribution, migration, education, demographic trends and work patterns for seven major health professions. The reports highlight changes in workforce trends over several years for physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, as well as recent data for occupational therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists."

Link to full texts and tables are at the bottom of the page.

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Journal of the National Cancer Institute Article: "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975--2005, Featuring Trends in Lung Cancer, Tobacco Use, and Tobacco Control," by Ahmedin Jemal, Michael J. Thun, Lynn A. G. Ries, Holly L. Howe, Hannah K. Weir, Melissa M. Center, Elizabeth Ward, Xiao-Cheng Wu, Christie Eheman, Robert Anderson, Umed A. Ajani, Betsy Kohler, and Brenda K. Edwards (Vol. 100, No. 23, December 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1672-1694). This article is available free of charge.


America's Health Insurance Plans Report: "The Factors Fueling Rising Healthcare Costs 2008," (December 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

More information about AHIP:


Kaiser Family Foundation, Various

A. "Health Coverage in a Period of Rising Unemployment," by Karyn Schwartz (Issue Brief, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Health Coverage of Children: The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP" (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Factsheet update, November 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Approaches to Covering the Uninsured: A Guide," by Jennifer Tolbert, Jack Ebeler, and Tanya Schwartz (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

D. "Employer Sponsored Health Insurance--A Comparison of the Availability and Cost of Coverage for Workers in Small Firms and Large Firms" (Health Care Cost Snapshots, November 2008).

Snapshot Index:

E. "Primers on Key Health Care Topics and Programs" (December 2008, .pdf format). "The Kaiser Family Foundation maintains a number of primers providing overviews of key health care programs and issues. Written by Foundation staff, each primer provides key data and information that helps illustrate the topic and its relevance for the nation's health care system." Primers are available for Medicaid, Medicare, The Uninsured, Health Care Costs, and How Private Coverage Works.

F. "The 'R' Word Is Back," by Drew Altman (Pulling it Together No. 9, December 2008).


Rand Corporation Documented Briefing, Technical Report:

A. "Biomedical Research Ethics and Ethics Review: Observatory on Health Research Systems," by Miriam Shergold (Rand Europe, 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Mandatory Workplace Safety and Health Programs Implementation, Effectiveness, and Benefit-Cost Trade-Offs," by Tom LaTourrette and John Mendeloff (TR-604-PA, December 2008, .pdf format, 48p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Urban Institute Report: "Medicaid and Entitlement Reform," by John Holahan (December 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).


World Bank Report: "Good Practices in Health Financing: Lessons from Reforms in Low- and Middle-Income Countries," edited by Pablo Gottret, George J. Schieber, and Hugh R. Waters (2008, .pdf format, 504p.).

Ordering information for a print copy:


Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases Article: "Neglected Infections of Poverty in the United States of America," by Peter J. Hotez (PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2(6): e256 doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000256, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).


Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Sampling-Based Approaches to Improve Estimation of Mortality among Patient Dropouts: Experience from a Large PEPFAR-Funded Program in Western Kenya," by Constantin T. Yiannoutsos, Ming-Wen An, Constantine E. Frangakis, Beverly S. Musick, Paula Braitstein, Kara Wools-Kaloustian, Daniel Ochieng, Jeffrey N. Martin, Melanie C. Bacon, Vincent Ochieng, Sylvester Kimaiyo (PLoS ONE 3(12): e3843. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003843, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Metabolic Profiling Reveals Distinct Variations Linked to Nicotine Consumption in Humans - First Results from the KORA Study," by Rui Wang-Sattler, Yao Yu, Kirstin Mittelstrass, Eva Lattka, Elisabeth Altmaier, Christian Gieger, Karl H. Ladwig, Norbert Dahmen, Klaus M. Weinberger, Pei Hao, Lei Liu, Yixue Li, H.-Erich Wichmann, Jerzy Adamski, Karsten Suhre, and Thomas Illig (PLoS ONE 3(12): e3863. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003863, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "The Role of Medical Language in Changing Public Perceptions of Illness," by Meredith E. Young, Geoffrey R. Norman, and Karin R. Humphreys (PLoS ONE 3(12): e3875. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003875, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).


PLoS (Public Library of Science) Medicine Articles:

A. "The Prevalence of Mental Disorders among the Homeless in Western Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-Regression Analysis," by Seena Fazel, Vivek Khosla, Helen Doll, and John Geddes (PLoS Med 5(12): e225 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050225, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "African AIDS Vaccine Programme for a Coordinated and Collaborative Vaccine Development Effort on the Continent," by Pontiano Kaleebu, Alash'le Abimiku, Shenaaz El-Halabi, Sinata Koulla-Shiro, Nicole Mamotte, Souleymane Mboup, Roy Mugerwa, John Nkengasong, Coumba Toure-Kane, Tim Tucker, Douglas Wassenaar, Carolyn Williamson, and Dawit Wolday (PLoS Med 5(12): e236 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050236, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 5p.).


Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract, Commentary Extract:

A. "Hospital-wide Code Rates and Mortality Before and After Implementation of a Rapid Response Team," by Paul S. Chan, Adnan Khalid, Lance S. Longmore, Robert A. Berg, Mikhail Kosiborod, and John A. Spertus (Vol. 300, No. 21, December 3, 2008, p. 2506-2513).

B. "Male Circumcision as an HIV Prevention Strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sociolegal Barriers," by Lawrence O. Gostin, and Catherine A. Hankins (Vol. 300, No. 21, Dec. 3, 2008, p. 2539-2541).


New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Circumcision - A Surgical Strategy for HIV Prevention in Africa," by Ingrid T. Katz and Alexi A. Wright (Vol. 359, No. 23, December 4, 2008, p. 2412-2415).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Happiness, social networks, and health," by Andrew Steptoe and Ana V. Diez Roux (Editorial Extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2781, Dec. 4, 2008).

B. "Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study," by James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a2338, Dec. 4, 2008).

C. "Detecting implausible social network effects in acne, height, and headaches: longitudinal analysis," by Ethan Cohen-Cole and Jason M. Fletcher (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a2533, Dec. 4, 2008).

D. "India considers new polio vaccine, kindling debate on strategy," by Ganapati Mudur (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2809, Dec. 1, 2008).

E. "Legal tactics to delay launch of generic drugs cost Europe 3bn euros, report says," by Andrew Jack (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2817, Dec. 1, 2008).

F. "Government strategy on HIV and AIDS in developing countries lacks detail, say MPs," by Oona Mashta (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2832, Dec. 2, 2008).


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

A. "Global control of health-care associated infections," by Kelly Morris (World Report, Vol. 372, No. 9654, Dec. 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1941-1942). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Efficacy of Carraguard for prevention of HIV infection in women in South Africa: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial," by Stephanie Skoler-Karpoff, Gita Ramjee, Khatija Ahmed, Lydia Altini, Marlena Gehret Plagianos, Barbara Friedland, Sumen Govender, Alana De Kock, Nazira Cassim, Thesla Palanee, Gregory Dozier, Robin Maguire, and Pekka Lahteenmaki (Article abstract, Vol. 372, No. 9654, Dec. 6, 2008, p. 1977-1987).

C. "Global public health: a scorecard," by Robert Beaglehole and Ruth Bonita (Health Policy, Vol. 372, No. 9654, Dec. 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1988-1996). This article is available free of charge.



National Bureau of Economic Research: "Heights and Human Welfare: Recent Developments and New Directions," by Richard H. Steckel (w14536, December 2008, .pdf format, 60p.).


Since 1995 approximately 300 publications on stature have appeared in the social sciences, which is a five-fold increase in the rate of production relative to the period 1977-1994. The expansion occurred in several areas, but especially within economics, indicating that heights have become a traditional source of evidence for study of human welfare. Much of this work extends beyond the traditional bailiwick of anthropometric history, including biological welfare during economic and political crises; anthropometric determinants of wages; the welfare of women relative to men in the contemporary world; the fetal origins hypothesis; and inequality in the developing world. The approach has also expanded within economic history to consider the consequences of empire for colonials; the health of populations lacking traditional measures of social performance; the consequences of smallpox; and very long-term trends in health. Much has also been learned about socioeconomic aspects of inequality, the welfare implications of industrialization, and socioeconomic determinants of stature. The last is a work in progress and one may doubt whether sufficient longitudinal evidence will become available for a complete understanding of the variety and strength of pathways that affect human physical growth.


Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada): "Private Health Insurance in Canada," by Jeremiah Hurley and G. Emmanuel Guindon (WP 08-04, October 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 168, No. 12, Dec. 15, 2008).

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 99, No. 1, January 2009). 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. 12, December 2008).

Reproductive Health Matters (Vol. 16, No. 32, November 2008).

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Kaiser Family Foundation/Howard University: "Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program." The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. Through the nine-week program (May 18-July 27, 2009), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo that addresses a problem of concern to disadvantaged populations." Application deadline for the 2009 program is Dec. 12, 2008. For more information see:

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Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 8, 2008.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 9, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Dec. 9, 2008.

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S Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing Publication: "Pandemic Influenza: State and Local Efforts to Prepare," a hearing held Oct. 3, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-465, ASCII text and .pdf format, 90p.).

ASCII text:


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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Dec. 7, 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: Updates, Ask the Experts:

A. Updates

"Understanding HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data in the United States," by Jennifer Kates (December 2008, narrated slide show, 20 slides).

The Current State of the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic," by Alicia L. Carbaugh (December 2008, narrated slide show, 19 slides).

Global HIV/AIDS "Key Data" (Updated November 2008).

B. "Ask the Experts: The Role of States in a National Health Reform Effort," (December 2008, RealPlayer and Windows Media Player format, running time). Note: Kaiser will make a transcript of the seminar available soon.

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