Current Social Science Research Report--Health #98, February 3, 2009.

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1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Early Release, Quickstats:

A. "Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Associated with Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter-Containing Products --- United States, 2008--2009" (Vol. 58, Early Release (Jan. 29, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).



B. "QuickStats Percentage of Adults Aged >18 Years Who Had Ever Been Tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), by Age Group and Sex --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007" (Vol. 58, No. 3, Jan. 30, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 62).



2. Centers for Disease Control Periodical, Guidelines Update:

A. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 15, No. 2, February 2009).

B. "HIV Testing Implementation Guidance for Correctional Settings" (January 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 36p.).

3. National Center for Health Statistics Report:

"Ambulatory Surgery in the United States, 2006," by Karen A. Cullen, Margaret J. Hall, and Aleksandr Golosinskiy (National Health Statistics Report, No. 11, January 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).

4. Congressional Research Service Report: "Health Insurance Continuation Coverage Under COBRA," by Janet Kinzer (R40142, January 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

5. National Institutes of Health News ReleaseS:

A. "New Survey Results Show Huge Burden of Diabetes: Study Includes Sensitive Test of Blood Glucose Abnormalities (Jan. 26, 2009).

B. "Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese Women Reduces Urinary Incontinence" (Jan. 28, 2009).

6. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement Update: "Figure 13.1-13.9 Medicaid" (2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format).

7. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs:

A. "The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006," by Anita Soni (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 232, January 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Premiums, Employer Costs, and Employee Contributions for Private Sector Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, Family Coverage by Firm Size, 1996-2006," by Beth Levin Crimmel (Statistical Brief No. 230, January 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

C. "Premiums, Employer Costs, and Employee Contributions for Private Sector Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, Single Coverage by Firm Size, 1996-2006," by Beth Levin Crimmel (Statistical Brief No. 231, January 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

D. "Screening for Prostate Cancer with the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test - United States, 2006," by Erwin Brown Jr. (Statistical Brief No. 233, January 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

E. "Health Insurance Status of Full Time Workers by Demographic and Employer Characteristics, 2006," by G. Edward Miller and William A. Carroll (Statistical Brief No. 234, January 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

F. "Trends in Outpatient Prescription Analgesics Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1996 and 2006," by Marie N. Stagnitti (Statistical Brief No. 235, January 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

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US States:


Department of Health Report: "Vital Statistics of Iowa 2007" (2009, .pdf format, with tables in HTML and .pdf format, 128p.).


Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "Defining the Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Louisiana-2008" (January 2009, .pdf format, 45p.).


Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Reducing Tobacco Use in Nebraska - A Snapshot Progress Report (January 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Reports:

A. "North Carolina Cancer Mortality Rates-2007" (January 2009, .pdf format).

B. "North Carolina Cancer Incidence Rates - 2006" (January 2009, .pdf format).


State Department of Health Reports:

A. "Fetal Death Data 1992-2007" (February 2009, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Infant Death Data 2007" (February 2009, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Mortality A: Demographics Tables from Washington State Vital Statistics report 2007" (February 2009, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Abortion/Pregnancy Data 2007" (February 2009, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Report, Periodical:

A. "Addressing the socioeconomic safety divide: a policy briefing," by Lucie Laflamme, Dinesh Sethi, Stephanie Burrows, Marie Hasselberg, Francesca Racioppi, and Franklin Apfel (2009, .pdf format, 26p.).

World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 87, No. 2, February 2009, .pdf format, p. 81-160).



1. Australian Bureau of Statistics Report: "Producing national estimates from State Health Surveys, 2004," by Brian Pink (January 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Measuring the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples," (January 2009, .pdf format, 116p.).



Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)/Institut Canadien d'Information sur la Sante Report: "Too Early, Too Small: A Profile of Small Babies Across Canada," (January 2009, .pdf format, 101p.).



Department for Work and Pensions Research Report: "Review of international evidence on the cost of disability," by David Stapleton, Ali Protik and Christal Stone (Research Report 542, 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).

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Center for Democracy and Technology Report: "Rethinking the Role of Consent in Protecting Health Information Privacy," (January 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).

More information about CDT:


Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief, "Pulling it Together."

A. "Addressing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic at Home and Abroad: Short-Term Policy Options Under Consideration by the New Administration and Congress" (January 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

B. The latest "Pulling it Together," (No. 11, January 2009) by Drew Altman, concerns "Multiple Agendas for Controlling Health Care Costs."


National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation Report: "Small Business Effects of a National Employer Healthcare Mandate," by Michael J. Chow and Bruce D. Phillips (January 2009, .pdf format, p.32).

More information about NFIB:


Rand Corporation Europe Report: "Health and Medical Research in Spain," by Fragiskos Archontakis (2008, .pdf format, 52p.).


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report: "More Nonelderly Americans Face Problems Affording Prescription Drugs," by Laurie E. Felland and James D. Reschovsky (January 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) [Laxenburg, Austria] Report: "Lung Health in Rural Nepal. Multi-State Modeling of Health Status and Economic Evaluation of Integrated Respiratory Care Guidelines," by K.C. Samir (IIASA Research Report RR-09-001, January 2009, .pdf format, 133p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,n


Public Library Of Science (Plos) One Medicine Article: "Explaining Adherence Success in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Ethnographic Study," by Norma C. Ware, John Idoko, Sylvia Kaaya, Irene Andia Biraro, Monique A. Wyatt, Oche Agbaji, Guerino Chalamilla, and David R. Bangsberg (PLoS Med 6(1): e1000011 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000011, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).


New England Journal of Medicine, Various:

A. "Universal Health Insurance Coverage or Economic Relief--A False Choice," by Jonathan Gruber (Perspective, Vol. 360, No. 5, Jan. 29, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 437-439). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs in the 21st Century--A Clinical Super-Challenge," by Cesar A. Arias and Barbara E. Murray (Perspective, Vol. 360, No. 5, Jan. 29, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 439-443). This article is available free of charge.

C. "A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population," by Alex B. Haynes, Thomas G. Weiser, William R. Berry, Stuart R. Lipsitz, Abdel-Hadi S. Breizat, E. Patchen Dellinger, Teodoro Herbosa, Sudhir Joseph, Pascience L. Kibatala, Marie Carmela M. Lapitan, Alan F. Merry, Krishna Moorthy, Richard K. Reznick, Bryce Taylor, and Atul A. Gawande (Special Article, Vol. 360, No. 5, Jan. 29, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 439-443). This article is available free of charge.

D. Total Cure: The Antidote to the Health Care Crisis, by Harold S. Luft, reviewed by Marian E. Gornick (Book Review extract, Vol. 360, No. 5, Jan. 29, 2009, p. 547-548).

E. Hyping Health Risks: Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology, by Geoffrey C. Kabat, reviewed by Barbara Gaste (Book Review extract, Vol. 360, No. 5, Jan. 29, 2009, p. 548-549).

F. Antimicrobial Resistance: Problem Pathogens and Clinical Countermeasures, edited by Robert C. Owens, Jr., and Ebbing Lautenbach, reviewed by Calvin M. Kunin (Book Review extract, Vol. 360, No. 5, Jan. 29, 2009, p. 550-551).


Lancet Article Abstracts:

A. "Measles in Europe: an epidemiological assessment," by Mark Muscat, Henrik Bang, Jan Wohlfahrt, Steffen Glismann, and Kare Molbak (Vol. 373, No. 9661, January 31, 2009, p. 383-389).

B. "Mass privatisation and the post-communist mortality crisis: a cross-national analysis," by David Stuckler, Lawrence King, and Martin McKee (Vol. 373, No. 9661, January 31, 2009, p. 399-407).


British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Number of breast cancer cases detected by screening has doubled in a decade in England," by Susan Mayor (News extract, BMJ 2009;338:b414, Feb. 2, 2009).

B. "Obama drops funding from bill, alarming family planning groups," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (BMJ 2009;338:b422, Feb. 2009).

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California Center for Population Research: "Neighborhood as a Social Context of the Stress Process," by Carol S. Aneshensel (WP 062-08, December 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).


National Bureau of Economic Research: "The Impact of Children's Public Health Insurance Expansions on Educational Outcomes," by Phillip B. Levine and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (w14671, January 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).


This paper examines the impact of public health insurance expansions through both Medicaid and SCHIP on children's educational outcomes, measured by 4th and 8th grade reading and math test scores, available from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). We use a triple difference estimation strategy, taking advantage of the cross-state variation over time and across ages in children’s health insurance eligibility. Using this approach, we find that test scores in reading, but not math, increased for those children affected at birth by increased health insurance eligibility. A 50 percentage point increase in eligibility is found to increase reading test scores by 0.09 standard deviations. We also examine whether the improvements in educational outcomes can be at least partially attributed to improvements in health status itself. First, we provide further evidence that increases in eligibility are linked to improvements in health status at birth. Second, we show that better health status at birth (measured by rates of low birth-weight and infant mortality), is linked to improved educational outcomes. Although the methods used to support this last finding do not completely eliminate potentially confounding factors, we believe it is strongly suggestive that improving children's health will improve their classroom performance.


World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Why do people die in earthquakes? The costs, benefits and institutions of disaster risk reduction in developing countries," by Charles Kenny (WP 4823, January 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at: 00158349_20090127151439


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:

"Non-Parametric Inference for the Effect of a Treatment on Survival Times with Application in the Health and Social Sciences." by Xavier de Luna and Per Johansson (Discussion Paper 3966, January 2009, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 169, No. 3, Feb. 1, 2009).

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 117, No. 2, February 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journals is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 49, No. 4, December 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library.

Medical Care (Vol. 47, No. 2, February 2009).

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 673, No. 1, Feb. 19, 2009).

Public Health (Vol. 123, No. 1, January 2009).

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 53, No. 1, February 2009).

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US National Institutes of Health: "Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (U13) (PAR-09-092, reissue of PAR-08-106, Jan. 30, 2009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). For more information see:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: "Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 2, 2009.


American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 3, 2009.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Feb. 3, 2009.

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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: updated several topics between Dec. 22, 2008 and Jan. 23, 2009). New updates are listed at the top of each section.

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