Current Social Science Research Report--Health #104, March 17, 2009.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

US

US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Wireless Substitution: State-level Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-December 2007," by Stephen J. Blumberg, Julian V. Luke, Gestur Davidson, Michael E. Davern, Tzy-Chyi Yu, and Karen Soderberg (National Health Statistics Report, No. 14, March 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr014.pdf

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports Article: "State-Specific Prevalence and Trends in Adult Cigarette Smoking United States, 1998--2007," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 9, March 13, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 221-226).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5809a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5809.pdf

3. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "Health Insurance Coverage of Near Elderly Individuals, Ages 55-64, 2006," by Jessica Vistnes (Statistical Brief No. 239, March 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=898

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US States:

Louisiana:

Department of Health and Hospitals Reports: "Louisiana TB Surveillance Reports (1998-2008)" (March 2009, .pdf format).

http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/reports.asp?ID=273&Detail=389

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Report: "Unintended Pregnancies: 2004--2006 N.C. Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)" (March 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/pdf/UnintendedPregnancies.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Report: "Iraq Mental Health Survey (IMHS) 2006/7" (March 2009, .pdf format, 107p.). Click on "Report" tab near the top of the page for link to full text.

http://www.emro.who.int/iraq/imhs.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Mar. 11-17, 2009).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/_unique/_nieuws/default.htm

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Northern Ireland:

Statistics and Research Agency Report: "Drug Related Deaths and Deaths due to Drug Misuse Registered in Northern Ireland (1997-2007)" (February 2009, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.nisra.gov.uk/archive/demography/publications/DrugDeaths.pdf

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Sweden:

National Board of Health Database: "Rare Diseases in Sweden" (last updated February 2009). "The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare publishes a rare disease database, currently providing information about 234 rare diseases. The material is also published in English and 69 information texts are now available in translation. In Sweden, the concept of a rare disease is defined as 'a disorder causing substantial disability and affecting fewer than 100 individuals per million population'.

http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/en/rarediseases/

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "The Impact of Laws Requiring Parental Involvement for Abortion: A Literature Review," by Amanda Dennis, Stanley K. Henshaw, Theodore J. Joyce, Lawrence B. Finer and Kelly Blanchard (March 2009, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/ParentalInvolvementLaws.pdf

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Demographic and Health Survey Report: "Levels and Spread of HIV Seroprevalence and Associated Factors: Evidence from National Household Surveys," by Vinod Mishra, Amy Medley, Rathavuth Hong, Yuan Gu, and Bryant Robey (DHS Comparative Reports No. 22, February 2009, .pdf format, 141p.).

http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pdf/CR22/CR22.pdf

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London [UK] School of Economics Periodical: Eurohealth (Vol. 14, No. 4, 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEHealth/pdf/eurohealth/VOL14No4/Eurohealth_14.4_interim%20web_v2.pdf

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Potential Excess Mortality in BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers beyond Breast, Ovarian, Prostate, and Pancreatic Cancers, and Melanoma," by Phuong L. Mai, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Patricia Hartge, Margaret Tucker, Lawrence Brody, Jeffery P. Struewing, and Sholom Wacholder (PLoS ONE 4(3): e4812. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004812, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0004812

B. "Physically Active Lifestyle Does Not Decrease the Risk of Fattening," by Klaas R. Westerterp and Guy Plasqui (PLoS ONE 4(3): e4745. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004745, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0004745

C. "Diabetes Is an Independent Risk Factor for Severe Nocturnal Hypoxemia in Obese Patients. A Case-Control Study," by Albert Lecube, Gabriel Sampol, Patricia Lloberes, Odile Romero, Jordi Mesa, Cristina Hernandez, and Rafael Simo (PLoS ONE 4(3): e4692. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004692, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0004692

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Infections With Oseltamivir-Resistant Influenza A(H1N1) Virus in the United States," by Nila J. Dharan, Larisa V. Gubareva, John J. Meyer, Margaret Okomo-Adhiambo, Reginald C. McClinton, Steven A. Marshall, Kirsten St. George, Scott Epperson, Lynnette Brammer, Alexander I. Klimov, Joseph S. Bresee, and Alicia M. Fry, for the Oseltamivir-Resistance Working Group (Vol. 301, No. 10, March 11, 2009, p. 1034-1041).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/10/1034?etoc

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New England Journal of Medicine Article, Perspective Abstract:

A. "Long-Term Ozone Exposure and Mortality," by Michael Jerrett, Richard T. Burnett, C. Arden Pope, III, Kazuhiko Ito, George Thurston, Daniel Krewski, Yuanli Shi, Eugenia Calle, and Michael Thun (Vol. 360, No. 11, March 12, 2009, p. 1085-1095).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/360/11/1085

B. "A Lion in Our Village - The Unconscionable Tragedy of Cholera in Africa," by Eric D. Mintz and Richard L. Guerrant (Vol. 360, No. 11, March 12, 2009, p. 1060-1063).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/360/11/1060

C. "Rotavirus Vaccines - Early Success, Remaining Questions," by Umesh D. Parashar and Roger I. Glass (Vol. 360, No. 11, March 12, 2009, p. 1063-1065).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/360/11/1063

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British Medical Journal Articles:

A. "Combined effects of overweight and smoking in late adolescence on subsequent mortality: nationwide cohort study," by Martin Neovius, Johan Sundstrom, and Finn Rasmussen (BMJ 2009;338:b496, March 13, 2009).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/338/feb24_2/b496

B. "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 (BMJ 2009;338:b462, March 13, 2009).

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

C. "Effect of tobacco smoking on survival of men and women by social position: a 28 year cohort study," by Laurence Gruer, Carole L. Hart, David S. Gordon, and Graham C. M. Watt (BMJ 2009;338:b480, March 13, 2009).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/338/feb17_2/b480

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Lancet Article Abstract: "Cardiovascular prevention guidelines in daily practice: a comparison of EUROASPIRE I, II, and III surveys in eight European countries," by Kornelia Kotseva, David Wood, Guy De Backer, Dirk De Bacquer, Kalevi Pyorala, and Ulrich Keil (Vol. 373, No. 9667, March 14, 2009, p. 929-940).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)60330-5/abstract

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WORKING PAPERS:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Did Vietnam Veterans Get Sicker in the 1990s? The Complicated Effects of Military Service on Self-Reported Health," by Joshua D. Angrist, Stacey H. Chen, and Brigham R. Frandsen (w14781, March 2009, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

The veterans disability compensation (VDC) program, which provides a monthly stipend to disabled veterans, is the third largest American disability insurance program. Since the late 1990s, VDC growth has been driven primarily by an increase in claims from Vietnam veterans, raising concerns about costs as well as health. We use the draft lottery to study the long-term effects of Vietnam-era military service on health and work in the 2000 Census. These estimates show no significant overall effects on employment or work-related disability status, with a small effect on non-work-related disability for whites. On the other hand, estimates for white men with low earnings potential show a large negative impact on employment and a marked increase in non-work-related disability rates. The differential impact of Vietnam-era service on low-skill men cannot be explained by more combat or war-theatre exposure for the least educated, leaving the relative attractiveness of VDC for less skilled men and the work disincentives embedded in the VDC system as a likely explanation.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14781

B. "Changes in U.S. Hospitalization and Mortality Rates Following Smoking Bans," by Kanaka D. Shetty, Thomas DeLeire, Chapin White, and Jayanta Bhattacharya (w14790, March 2009, .pdf format, 34p.).

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U.S. state and local governments are increasingly restricting smoking in public places. This paper analyzes nationally representative databases, including the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, to compare short-term changes in mortality and hospitalization rates in smoking-restricted regions with control regions. In contrast with smaller regional studies, we find that workplace bans are not associated with statistically significant short-term declines in mortality or hospital admissions for myocardial infarction or other diseases. An analysis simulating smaller studies using subsamples reveals that large short-term increases in myocardial infarction incidence following a workplace ban are as common as the large decreases reported in the published literature.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14790

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John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "On the Sorting of Physicians Across Medical Occupations," by Pascal Courty and Jerry Marschke (Working Paper No. RWP09-008, March 2009, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/Research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP09-008

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: "Measuring Disparities in Health Status and in Access and Use of Health Care in OECD Countries," by Michael de Looper and Gaetan Lafortune (OECD Health Working Papers No. 43, March 2009, .pdf format, 55p.).

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Most OECD countries have endorsed as major policy objectives the reduction of inequalities in health status and the principle of adequate or equal access to health care based on need. These policy objectives require an evidence-based approach to measure progress. This paper assesses the availability and comparability of selected indicators of inequality in health status and in health care access and use across OECD countries, focussing on disparities among socioeconomic groups. These indicators are illustrated using national or cross-national data sources to stratify populations by income, education or occupation level. In each case, people in lower socioeconomic groups tend to have a higher rate of disease, disability and death, use less preventive and specialist health services than expected on the basis of their need, and for certain goods and services may be required to pay a proportionately higher share of their income to do so.

Options for future OECD work in measuring health inequalities are provided through suggesting a small set of indicators for development and inclusion in the OECD Health Data database. Some indicators appear to be more advanced for international data collection, since comparable data are already being collected in a routine fashion in most OECD countries. These include the indicators of inequalities in selfrated health, self-rated disability, the extent of public health care coverage and private health insurance coverage, and self-reported unmet medical and dental care needs.

Increased availability and comparability of data will improve the validity of cross-national comparisons of socioeconomic inequalities in health status and health care access and use. Harmonisation of definitions and collection instruments, and the greater use of data linkages in order to allow disaggregation by socioeconomic status, will determine whether health inequalities can be routinely monitored across OECD countries.

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_33929_42329963_119684_1_1_1,00.html

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Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) [Paris, France]: "The preferred doctor scheme: A political reading of a French experiment of Gate-keeping," by Michel Na´ditch (WP 22, March 2009, .pdf format, 14p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.irdes.fr/EspaceAnglais/Publications/WorkingPapers.html

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 48, No. 7, Apr. 1, 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.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cid/2009/48/7

Environmental Research (Vol. 109, No. 3, April 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00139351

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 51, No. 3, March 2009).

http://www.joem.org/pt/re/joem/toc.00043764-200903000-00000.htm

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 674, No. 1/2, Mar. 31, 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13835718

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 68, No. 6, March 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02779536

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Agework.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 17, 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 Mar. 17, 2009.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Mar. 17, 2009.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing Testimony: "Health Reform in the 21st Century: Expanding Coverage, Improving Quality and Controlling Costs," a hearing held March 11, 2009. (.pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=659

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US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "Workforce Issues in Health Care Reform: Assessing the Present and Preparing for the Future," a hearing held March 12, 2009. (.pdf format).

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing031209.htm

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US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "Making Health Care Work for American Families: Designing a High Performing Healthcare System," a hearing held Mar. 10, 2009 (.pdf format).

http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1524&Itemid=95

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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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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

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:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

Willson, Andrea E. 'Fundatmental Causes' of Health Disparities: A Comparative analysis of Canada and the United States. International Sociology. 2009; 24(93):93-113.

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