Current Social Science Research Report--Health #1, February 6, 2007.

CSSRR-Health is a weekly report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Institutes of Health News Release: "Heart Disease Deaths in American Women Decline: 17,000 fewer women died of heart disease; awareness continues to climb" (Feb. 1, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb2007/nhlbi-01.htm

2. National Center for Health Statistics, Various:

A. "Summary Health Statistics for the US Population," by P.F. Adams, A.N Dey, and J.L Vickerie (Vital and Health Statistics, Series 10, No. 233, February 2007, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_233.pdf

B. "Maternal Mortality and Related Concepts," by D.L Hoyert (Vital and Health Statistics Series 3, No. 33, February 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_03/sr03_033.pdf

C."Characteristics of Office-Based Physicians and Their Practices: United States, 2003-04," by Esther Hing and Catharine W. Burt (_Vital and Health Statistics_, Series 13, No. 164, January 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_13/sr13_164.pdf

D. "Physical Activity Among Adults: United States, 2000 and 2005," by Patricia Barnes (Health E-Stats, January 2007).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/physicalactivity/physicalactivity.htm

E. "Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 2003-2004" (Health E-Stats, January 2007).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/overweight/overwght_child_03.htm

F. "Prevalence of overweight, infants and children less than 2 years of age: United States, 2003-2004" (Health E-StatsJanuary 2007).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/overweight/overwght_child_under02.htm

3. Centers for Disease Control, Various:

A. "HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) Unveils Two New Efforts to Advance Pandemic Flu Preparedness" (Feb. 1, 2007). At the bottom of the news release there are links to related documents (.pdf and Microsoft PowerPoint format).

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070201a.htm

B. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article, QuickStats:

I. "HIV/AIDS Diagnoses Among Blacks --- Florida, 1999--2004" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 4, Feb. 2, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 69-73).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5604a2.htm

II. "Prevalence of Selected Unhealthy Behavior Characteristics Among Adults Aged >18 Years, by Race --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2002--2004" (QuickStats, Vol. 56, No. 4, Feb. 2, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 79).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5604a5.htm

.pdf format for both articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5604.pdf

C. CDC HIV/AIDS Factsheets Update: "HIV/AIDS Among African Americans" has been updated as of January 2007 (HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/resources/factsheets/aa.htm

CDC HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets:

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/index.htm

4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief: "Hospital Stays for Burns, 2004," by Mirjana Milenkovic, C. Allison Russo, and Anne Elixhauser (Health Care Cost and Utilization Project, Statistical Brief No. 25, January 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb25.pdf

5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Primary Alcohol Admissions Aged 21 or Older: Alcohol Only vs. Alcohol plus a Secondary Drug, 2005" (Drug and Alcohol Services Information System Report, February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k6/alcTX/alcTX.cfm

6. Institute of Medicine Monograph: Cancer Control Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, edited by Frank A. Sloan and Hellen Gelband (2007, OpenBook format, 326p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11797.html

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US States:

State of Washington:

Office of Financial Management Research Brief: "Health Insurance By Race/Ethnicity: 2006," by Erica Gardner (Research Brief No. 42, January 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.ofm.wa.gov/researchbriefs/brief042.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations

1. Environmental Programme/World Meteorological Organization Report: "Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis: Summary for Policymakers" (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, February 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://ipcc-wg1.ucar.edu/wg1/docs/WG1AR4_SPM_PlenaryApproved.pdf

2.World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 85, No. 2, February 2007, .pdf foramt).

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/2/en/index.html

3. World Health Organization Regional Office For Europe Monograph: Mental health policy and practice across Europe Martin Knapp, David McDaid, Elias Mossialos and Graham Thornicroft (2006, ISBN 0 335 21467 3 (Paperback), ISBN 0 335 21468 1 (Hardback), 456p.). Pricing and ordering information is available at the site.

http://www.euro.who.int/eprise/main/who/InformationSources/Publications/Catalogue/20070131_1

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Canada:

1. Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports: "Cancer Incidence in Canada: 2003 to 2004" (January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 85p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-231-XIE/82-231-XIE2006001.htm

2. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Analysis in Brief: "Surgical Volume Trends Within and Beyond Wait Time Priority Areas" (February 2007, .pdf format, 28p., with accompanying Microsoft PowerPoint slide show, 4 slides).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=reports_wait_times_e

Click on title for link to full text.

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Iceland:

Directorate of Health Data Updates:

A. Statistics on Births and Induced Abortions: "Annual Reports on Births 2005" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format); "Ceasarean sections rates in Iceland 1970-2005" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format)

Both can be found at:

http://www.landlaeknir.is/template1.asp?PageID=169

B. Statistics on Diseases: "Discharges from hospitals 1999-2004, by ICD-10 Chapters" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format, 21 spreadsheets); "Discharges from hospitals 2000-2004, by diagnoses" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format); Bed days in hospitals 2000-2004, by diagnoses" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format); "Number of notifiable infectious diseases by year" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format); and "Reported infectious diseases by months and years: 1997-2005" (January 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

All can be found at:

http://www.landlaeknir.is/template1.asp?PageID=171

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "National Expenditure on Health: 1962-2005" (January 2007, .pdf format, 48p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cbs.gov.il/briut/briut07/briut07_e.htm

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Scotland:

National Health Service Scotland Report: "Alcohol statistics Scotland - 2007" (January 2007, .pdf format, 143p.).

http://www.alcoholinformation.isdscotland.org/alcohol_misuse/files/Alcohol%20Bulletin.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Population Reference Bureau Report, Take a Number:

A. "Unsafe Abortion: Facts & Figures 2006" (December 2006, .pdf format, 61p.).

http://www.prb.org/Reports/2006/UnsafeAbortionFactsandFigures2006.aspx

B. Take a Number: Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed" (January 2007).

http://www.prb.org/Journalists/TakeANumber.aspx

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Kaiser Family Foundation Report: "Key Facts: Race, Ethnicity and Medical Care, 2007 Update," by Cara James, Megan Thomas, Marsha Lillie-Blanton, and Rachel Garfield (February 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/6069.cfm

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Commonwealth Fund Report: "Slowing the Growth of U.S. Health Care Expenditures: What Are the Options?" by Karen Davis, Cathy Schoen, Stuart Guterman, Tony Shih, Stephen C. Schoenbaum, and Ilana Weinbaum (January 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.cmwf.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=449510

Download link is on the right side of the page.

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University of Baltimore [Maryland] Report: "Third National Obesity Report Card" (January 2007). The report is linked to from a U of B news release: "States Battling $130 Billion Obesity Crisis on Several Fronts" (Jan. 26, 2007).

http://www.ubalt.edu/news/index.cfm?id=448

Link to report is near the bottom of the news release.

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Population Action International ViewPoint: "Preventing the Need for Abortion," (January 2007). This article links to three PAI publications:

A. Contraceptive Use Helps Reduce the Incidence of Abortion (HTML and .pdf format, 1p).

B. Emergency Contraception and the Global Gag Rule: An Unofficial Guide (.pdf format 12p.)

C. How Family Planning Protects the Health of Women and Children (HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.populationaction.org/news/views/2007/01_29_PrevAbortion.htm

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London School of Economics Health and Social Care Periodical: _Euro Observer_ (Vol. 8, No. 4, 2007, Autumn 2006 .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEHealthAndSocialCare/pdf/euroObserver/Obsvol8no4.pdf

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Science Article Abstract: "A Two-Amino Acid Change in the Hemagglutinin of the 1918 Influenza Virus Abolishes Transmission," by Terrence M. Tumpey, Taronna R. Maines, Neal Van Hoeven, Laurel Glaser, Alicia Solórzano, Claudia Pappas, Nancy J. Cox, David E. Swayne, Peter Palese, Jacqueline M. Katz, and Adolfo García-Sastre (Vol. 315, No. 5812, Feb. 2, 2007, p. 655-659).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/short/315/5812/655

Related US Centers for Disease Control Press Release: "Small Changes in 1918 Pandemic Virus Knocks Out Transmission" (Feb. 1, 2007).

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070201.htm

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British Medical Journal, Various:

A. 500 million dollar investment in poor countries' health systems will boost vaccination," by John Zarocostas (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7587, Feb. 3, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 225).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7587/225-a

B. "Politicians should not be making healthcare decisions, survey says," by Anne Griffin (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7587, Feb. 3, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 225).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7587/229-c

C. "Is the president's plan dead even before arrival?" by Uwe E. Reinhardt (Observations extract, Vol. 334, No. 7587, Feb. 3, 2007, p. 238).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7587/238

D. "IQ in childhood and vegetarianism in adulthood: 1970 British cohort study," by Catharine R. Gale, Ian J. Deary, Ingrid Schoon, and G. David Batty (Article abstract, Vol. 334, No. 7587, Feb. 3, 2007, p. 245-249).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/334/7587/245

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

A. "Serbia rebuilds and reforms its health-care system," by Michael McCarthy (World Report, Vol. 369, No. 9559, Feb. 3, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 360). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607601731/fulltext

B. "Cost-effectiveness of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in the prevention of child mortality: an international economic analysis," by Anushua Sinha, Orin Levine, Maria D. Knoll, Farzana Muhib, and Tracy A. Lieu (Article abstract, Vol. 369, No. 9559, Feb. 3, 2007, p. 389-396).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607601950/abstract

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 7, No. 3, Feb. 5, 2007). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."

http://www.infoforhealth.org/popreporter/

Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. Contact Peggy D'Adamo at mdadamo@jhuccp.org with your request and complete mailing address.

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WORKING PAPERS:

Institute of Behavioral Science [University of Colorado]: "Persistence of Educational Differences in Smoking, United States 1976-2005," by Fred C. Pampel (POP2007-01, May 2006, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

Objectives. Concerns about SES disparities in smoking and prospects that current anti-tobacco policies will reduce disparities suggest the need to examine recent trends. This study describes changes in smoking prevalence by education level for race and gender groups from 1976 to 2005.

Methods. The analysis uses a measure of self-reported current smoking gathered in 23 National Health Interview Surveys. Logistic regression models test for differences in smoking changes across four education groups (0-11, 12, 13-15, and 16+ years of schooling) and use quadratic coefficients for year to generate predicted values and smoothed trends in smoking for each education group (with race-gender groups both combined and treated separately).

Results. With controls for age, race, and sex, the results for the combined sample reveal that the gap in smoking between the lowest and highest education group declined by 4 percentage points from 1998 to 2005. However, this decline stemmed largely from trends among Hispanic men and women; in contrast, smoking disparities among white and African-American men and women show no evidence of narrowing. Further, smoking of high school graduates and those attending some college relative to college graduates widened rather than narrowed in recent years.

Conclusions. Although educational disparities in smoking are no longer widening as they did decades ago, their persistence for most race-gender groups suggests that policies and programs more directly target low SES smokers.

http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/pubs/pop/pop2007-0001.pdf

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Institute for Fiscal Studies [London, UK]: "The impact of income shocks on health: evidence from cohort data," by Jerome Adda, James Banks and Hans-Martin von Gaudecker (W07/05, January 2007, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications.php?publication_id=3835

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

A. "Intra-household Gender Disparities in Children's Medical Care before Death in India," by Abay Asfaw, Stephan Klasen, Francesca Lamanna (Discussion Paper 2586, January 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

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The excess female mortality in India and other South Asian countries is no longer contentious. Less known are the reasons for such excess female mortality in the country. In this study, we argue that intra-household gender-discrimination in receipt of medical attention can be one of the most important factors for the unbalanced sex ratio in the country. The 52nd Indian National Sample Survey, which collected for the first time detailed verbal autopsies of deceased persons, is used in the analysis. Place of death, which indicates whether a person get medical help immediately before her/his death, is used as a health indicator variable. The multinomial logit results show that keeping all other factors constant, girls are 1.7 percent less likely to die in hospital than their brothers. The coefficients of different interaction variables also reveal that the probability of infant and very young girls with live female siblings to die in hospital is extremely low. The robustness of the results is also checked using different indicators. The results confirm that girls are highly discriminated in access to hospital treatment and in the number of times being hospitalized before their death compared to boys. Therefore, in addition to the current effort of the government to control sex-selective abortions, efforts should be made to reduce the current intra-household gender-disparities in getting medical care at least for life threatening illnesses.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2586.pdf

B. "Peer Effects, Unobserved Factors and Risk Behaviours: An Analysis of Alcohol Abuse and Truancy among Adolescents," by Rosa Duarte, Jose-Julian Escario, Jose Alberto Molina (Discussion Paper 2589, January 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

The objective of this paper is to examine the factors which affect alcohol abuse and truancy among adolescents. We propose a new theoretical specification in which alcohol abuse and truancy appear as derived demands, given that they condition peer group and family acceptance, and we introduce unobserved individual effects that can influence both behaviours. Empirically, our paper develops an analysis where, after controlling for the existence of unobserved individual factors affecting both decisions, we test for peer influences. Our results first show evidence that alcohol abuse and truancy share unobserved factors affecting both decisions, and then confirm the existence of significant peer group influences on these two deviant behaviours.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2589.pdf

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 165, No. 4, Feb. 15, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol165/issue4/index.dtl?etoc

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US Centers for Disease Control:

A. HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction Interventions for Heterosexually-Active African-American Men (UR6)" (RFA-PS-07-002, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, Jan. 29, 2007). For more information see:

http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/PS07-002.htm

B. "Adopting and Demonstrating the Adaptation of Prevention Techniques for Persons at Highest Risk of Acquiring or Transmitting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (ADAPT 2) - (UR6) (RFA-PS-07-004, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention Jan. 29, 2007). For more information see:

http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/PS07-004.htm

C. "Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative to Build Capacity in Black and Hispanic Communities and Among Black and Hispanic Researchers to Conduct HIV/AIDS Epidemiologic and Prevention Research (U01) (RFA-PS-07-003, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Jan. 30, 2007). For more information see:

http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/PS07-003.htm

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US National Institutes of Health: "Nutrition and Prevention, Care, and Treatment of HIV/AIDS (R01) (RFA-HD-06-012, Jan. 30, 2007, National Institute of Child Health and Development). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-06-012.html

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: "Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research" call for applications. For more information see:

http://www.investigatorawards.org/

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "The Future of CHIP (State Children's Health Insurance): Improving the Health of America’s Children," a hearing held Feb. 1, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing020107.htm

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DATA:

US National Health and Nutrition Survey Updates: The following items have been added to the NHANES (data in SAS export format, documentation in .pdf format).

A. "Dietary Supplement Use (DSQ C 2003-2004)"

B. "Social Support (SSQ C 2003-2004)"

C. "NHANESIII 26A--Surplus Sera Laboratory Component: Antibody to Toxocara Larva Migrans"

All can be found at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhanes/whatsnew.htm

See under January 2007.

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World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Database Update: "WHO-ROE has announced the January 2007 update to its European health for all database (HFA-DB) and its Mortality by 67 causes of death, age and sex (HFA-MDB). Data is available via an online extractor or a downloadable offline version.

http://www.euro.who.int/hfadb

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation Website Update: Statehealthfacts.org has recently updated its website. For the updates see:

http://statehealthfacts.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi?action=whatsnew

New items are available for Feb. 1, 2007.

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