Current Social Science Research Report--Health #101, February 24, 2009.

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Index to this issue:

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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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Health Statistics Compendium: Health, United States, 2008 (February 2009, .pdf format, 589p.). Note: Includes "Chartbook with Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults."

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm

Figures and tables from the compendium are available in Microsoft Excel format at CDC's FTP site: See "hus08..."

ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/Publications/Health_US/

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "Progress Toward Measles Elimination --- European Region, 2005--2008" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 6, Feb. 20, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 142-145).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5806a3.htm

B. "QuickStats: Fetal Mortality Rates, by Period of Gestation --- United States, 1990--2005" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 6, Feb. 20, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 146).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5806a5.htm

.pdf for both:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5806.pdf

3. Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report: "Cases of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2007" (February 2009, Vol. 19, .pdf format, 53p., with tables in HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/reports/2007report/default.htm

4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Trends in Uninsured Hospital Stays, 1997 - 2006," by Chaya T. Merrill, Carol Stocks, and Elizabeth Stranges (Statistical Brief No. 67, February 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb67.pdf

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Adolescent Mental Health: Service Settings and Reasons for Receiving Care," (February 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k9/youthMHcare/youthMHcare.cfm

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US States:

Alaska:

Department of Health and Social Services Report: "Induced Termination of Pregnancy Statistics 2008," (February 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://health.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/PDFs/itop/2008_ITOP_Report.pdf

Louisiana:

Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "2004 - 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Report" (February 2009, .pdf format).

http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/reports.asp?ID=245&Detail=624

Nebraska:

Department of Health and Human Services Reports:

A. "Data and Trends on Tobacco Use in Nebraska," (February 2009, .pdf format, 39p.).

http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/tfn/09TFNData&Trends.pdf

B. "Nebraska Comprehensive Cancer Control - Annual Report 2008," (February 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/hew/hpe/nebraskacares/docs/annual-report-2008.pdf

New Mexico:

Department of Health Report: "The State of Health in New Mexico: 2009" (December 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.health.state.nm.us/epi/pdf/SoHiNM%202009%20(12-21-08).pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

France:

Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) [Paris, France] Periodical Article: "The volume-outcome relationship in hospitals: Lessons from the literature," by Laure Com-Ruelle, Zeynep Or, and Thomas Renaud (in Questions d'economie de la Sante (No. 135, September 2008, .pdf format, 4p).

http://www.irdes.fr/EspaceAnglais/Publications/IrdesPublications/QES135.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Demographic Research Article: "Mortality in Catalonia in the context of the third, fourth and future phases of the epidemiological transition theory," by Jeroen J.A. Spijker and Amand Blanes Llorens (Vol. 20, Article 8, .pdf format, p. 129-168).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol20/8/default.htm

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Watson Wyatt Report: "Effect of the Economic Crisis on Health Care Programs," (February 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.watsonwyatt.com/news/pdfs/2009_nbgh_research_brief.pdf

More information about WW:

http://www.watsonwyatt.com/ourfirm/visionvalues.asp

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Public Library Of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Changes in Weight, Waist Circumference and Compensatory Responses with Different Doses of Exercise among Sedentary, Overweight Postmenopausal Women," Timothy S. Church, Corby K. Martin, Angela M. Thompson, Conrad P. Earnest, Catherine R. Mikus, and Steven N. Blair (PLoS ONE 4(2): e4515. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004515, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.)

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0004515

B. "Late HIV Diagnosis and Determinants of Progression to AIDS or Death after HIV Diagnosis among Injection Drug Users, 33 US States, 1996-2004," by Anna Grigoryan, H. Irene Hall, Tonji Durant, and Xiangming Wei (PLoS ONE 4(2): e4445. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004445, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.)

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0004445

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Nature Letter Abstract: "Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data," by Jeremy Ginsberg, Matthew H. Mohebbi, Rajan S. Patel, Lynnette Brammer, Mark S. Smolinski, and Larry Brilliant (Vol. 457, No. 7232, February 19, 2009, p. 1012-1014).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v457/n7232/abs/nature07634.html

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstracts:

A. "Cancer Survivors and Unemployment: A Meta-analysis and Meta-regression," by Angela G.E.M. de Boer, Taina Taskila, Anneli Ojajarvi, Frank J.H. van Dijk, and Jos H.A.M. Verbeek (Vol. 301, No. 7, February 18, 2009, p. 753-762).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/7/753

B. "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in US Intensive Care Units, 1997-2007," by Deron C. Burton, Jonathan R. Edwards, Teresa C. Horan, John A. Jernigan, and Scott K. Fridkin (Vol. 301, No. 7, February 18, 2009, p. 727-736).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/7/727

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New England Journal of Medicine Perspective Abstract: "Health, Medical Care, and Economic Crisis," by Ralph Catalano (Vol. 360, No. 8, February 19, 2009, p. 749-751).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/360/8/749

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British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Exposure to secondhand smoke and cognitive impairment in non-smokers: national cross sectional study with cotinine measurement," by David J. Llewellyn, Iain A. Lang, Kenneth M. Langa, Felix Naughton, and Fiona E. Matthews (Article abstract, BMJ 2009;338:b462, Feb. 12, 2009).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/338/feb12_2/b462

B. "Impact of a new national screening policy for Down’s syndrome in Denmark: population based cohort study," by Charlotte K. Ekelund, Finn Stener Jorgensen, Olav Bjorn Petersen, Karin Sundberg, and Ann Tabor, Danish Fetal Medicine Research Group (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a2547, February 21, 2009).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/337/nov27_2/a2547

C. "Comparison of different strategies in prenatal screening for Down’s syndrome: cost effectiveness analysis of computer simulation," by Jean Gekas, Genevieve Gagne, Emmanuel Bujold, Daniel Douillard, Jean-Claude Forest, Daniel Reinharz, and Francois Rousseau (Article abstract, BMJ 2009;338:b138, February 21, 2009).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/338/feb13_1/b138

D. "Doctors announce death of woman at centre of Italian 'right to die' case," by Fabio Turone (News extract, BMJ 2009;338:b574, Feb. 10, 2009).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/338/feb10_2/b574?papetoc

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WORKING PAPERS:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Towards an Efficient Mechanism for Prescription Drug Procurement," by Kyna Fong and Michael Schwarz (w14718, February 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

This paper applies ideas from mechanism design to model procurement of prescription drugs. We present a mechanism for government-funded market-driven drug procurement that achieves very close to full static efficiency -- all members have access to all but at most a single drug -- without distorting incentives for innovation.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14718

B. "The Effect of Fast Food Restaurants on Obesity," by Janet Currie, Stefano DellaVigna, Enrico Moretti, and Vikram Pathania (w14721, February 2009, .pdf format, 49p.).

Abstract:

We investigate the health consequences of changes in the supply of fast food using the exact geographical location of fast food restaurants. Specifically, we ask how the supply of fast food affects the obesity rates of 3 million school children and the weight gain of over 1 million pregnant women. We find that among 9th grade children, a fast food restaurant within a tenth of a mile of a school is associated with at least a 5.2 percent increase in obesity rates. There is no discernable effect at .25 miles and at .5 miles. Among pregnant women, models with mother fixed effects indicate that a fast food restaurant within a half mile of her residence results in a 2.5 percent increase in the probability of gaining over 20 kilos. The effect is larger, but less precisely estimated at .1 miles. In contrast, the presence of non-fast food restaurants is uncorrelated with obesity and weight gain. Moreover, proximity to future fast food restaurants is uncorrelated with current obesity and weight gain, conditional on current proximity to fast food. The implied effects of fast-food on caloric intake are at least one order of magnitude smaller for mothers, which suggests that they are less constrained by travel costs than school children. Our results imply that policies restricting access to fast food near schools could have significant effects on obesity among school children, but similar policies restricting the availability of fast food in residential areas are unlikely to have large effects on adults.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14721

C. "Socioeconomic Differences in the Health of Black Union Army Soldiers," by Chulhee Lee (w14745, February 2009, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

This paper investigates patterns of socioeconomic difference in the wartime morbidity and mortality of black Union Army soldiers. Among the factors that contributed to a lower probability of contracting and dying from diseases were (1) lighter skin color, (2) a non-field occupation, (3) residence on a large plantation, and (4) residence in a rural area prior to enlistment. Patterns of disease-specific mortality and timing of death suggest that the differences in the development of immunity against diseases and in nutritional status prior to enlistment were responsible for the observed socioeconomic differences in wartime health. For example, the advantages of light-skinned soldiers over dark-skinned and of enlisted men formerly engaged in non-field occupations over field hands resulted from differences in nutritional status. The lower wartime mortality of ex-slaves from large plantations can be explained by their better-developed immunity as well as superior nutritional status. The results of this paper suggest that there were substantial disparities in the health of the slave population on the eve of the Civil War.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14745

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Center for Research on Child Well-Being [Princeton University]: "The Mental Health of Mothers and Fathers Before and After Cohabitation and Marital Dissolution," by Claire Kamp Dush and Kate Adkins (Working Paper No. 2009-03-FF, January 2009, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

Using data from years one and three of the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study, changes in depressive and anxious symptoms are compared for mothers and fathers who: 1) dissolve a cohabitating union versus remain intact; 2) dissolve a marital union versus remain intact; and 3) dissolve a cohabiting as compared to a marital union. In order to take into account potential sources of third variable bias from selection factors that differentiate those who are in cohabitations from those who are in marriages, mothers and fathers were matched on several sociodemographic control variables that research has demonstrated to be related to union formation and mental health outcomes. Results indicated that fathers who dissolve cohabitating or marital unions have greater increases in depressive and anxious symptoms over time than those who remain in their unions. In contrast, mothers increased in depressive and anxious symptoms, regardless of the type or stability of the union. For both mothers and fathers, no differences were found in change in mental health by type of union dissolution. In this low income sample of parents, results suggest that the impact of cohabitation and marital dissolution on mental health are similar in magnitude.

http://crcw.princeton.edu/workingpapers/WP09-03-FF.pdf

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 48, No. 6, March 15, 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 this database and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cid/2009/48/6

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 71, No. 7, March 2009) (.pdf format, 1p.). 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.

http://www.neha.org/pdf/JEH/JEH03.09_TOC.pdf

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 66, No. 3, March 2009).

http://oem.bmj.com/content/vol66/issue3/

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 108, No. 1, March 2009)..

http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol108/issue1/index.dtl

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Agework.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 24, 2009.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 24, 2009.

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Feb. 24, 2009.

http://chronicle.com/jobs/100/400/allindex.htm

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DATA:

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:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/newdata.asp

and pick "1 month" for either.

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation: KaiserEdu.org update: KaiserEdu.org has added a new narrated slide tutorial on Health Insurance and Access to Health Care, by Cathy Hoffman (February 2009).

http://www.kaiseredu.org/tutorials/hcaccess/player.html

KaiserEdu.org:

http://www.kaiseredu.org/

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