Current Social Science Research Report--Health #114, May 27, 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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Department of Health and Human Services News Releases:

A. "HHS Takes Additional Steps Toward Development of Vaccine for the Novel Influenza A (H1N1)" (May 22, 2009).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/05/20090522b.html

B. "HHS Makes $75 Million Available to States to Expand Health Insurance Coverage" (May 20, 2009).

http://newsroom.hrsa.gov/releases/2009/stateaccessmay.htm

2. National Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "Estimates of Emergency Department Capacity: United States, 2007," by Linda F. McCaig, Jianmin Xu, and Richard W. Niska (Health-E Stat, May 2009, HTML and .pdf format 6p.).

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

B. "Smoking, Alcohol Use, and Illicit Drug Use Reported by Adolescents Aged 12-17 years: United States, 1999-2004," by Cheryl D. Fryar, Mercy C. Merino, Rosemarie Hirsch, and Kathryn S. Porter (National Health Statistics Reports No. 15, May 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr015.pdf

C. "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2007" (Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 240, May 2009, .pdf format, 159p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_240.pdf

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles, Surveillance Summary (all HTML and .pdf format):

A. "Federal and State Cigarette Excise Taxes --- United States, 1995--2009" (Vol. 58, No. 19, May 22, 2009, p. 524-527).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5819a2.htm

B. "Health Warnings on Tobacco Products --- Worldwide, 2007" (Vol. 58, No. 19, May 22, 2009, p. 528-529).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5819a3.htm

C. "Alcohol Use Among Pregnant and Nonpregnant Women of Childbearing Age --- United States, 1991--2005" (Vol. 58, No. 19, May 22, 2009, p. 529-532).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5819a4.htm

D. "QuickStats: Percentage of Live Births by Cesarean Delivery, by Plurality --- United States, 1996, 2000, and 2006" (Vol. 58, No. 19, May 22, 2009, p. 542).

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5819a9.htm

.pdf for all:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5819.pdf

E. "Surveillance for Acute Viral Hepatitis --- United States, 2007," by Danni Daniels, Scott Grytdal, and Annemarie Wasley (Vol. 58, No. SS--3, May 22, 2009, p. 1-27).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5803a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/ss/ss5803.pdf

4. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 15, No. 6, June 2009).

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next EID is released, this one, along with all others, will be available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/pastcon.htm

5. Government Accountability Office Report: "End-Stage Renal Disease: CMS Should Monitor Effect of Bundled Payment on Home Dialysis Utilization Rates," (GAO-09-537 May 2009, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-537

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US States:

North Carolina:

Division of Public Health Report: "2009 Health Profile of North Carolinians" (May 2009, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/pdf/HealthProfile2009.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Compendium, Periodical:

A. World Health Statistics 2009 (May 2009, .pdf format, 149p.).

http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat/2009/en/index.html

B. Entre Nous - The European magazine for sexual and reproductive health (No. 68, 2009, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/document/ENS/en68.pdf

2. World Health Organization Europe: "Influenza A(H1N1)" Information Update: WHO Europe's Influenza A(H1N1) web page now includes topical maps.

http://www.euro.who.int/influenza/ah1n1

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Australia:

Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "An overview of chronic kidney disease in Australia, 2009," by Justin Graf, Claire Ryan, and Frances Green (May 2009, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10681

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from May. 20-26, 2009.

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

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Scotland:

National Health Services Scotland Report: "Abortion Statistics, year ending December 2008" (May 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/5940.html

Click on title for link to full text and tables.

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South Africa:

Department of Health News Release: "South Africa's public health system not collapsing or in crisis" (May 24, 2009).

http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/pr/pr0524-f.html

South Africa Human Rights Commission Health Public Hearings Report: "Public Inquiry : Access to Health Care Services"

Part 1: (April 2009, .pdf format, 29p.)

http://sahrc.org.za/sahrc_cms/downloads/Health%20Report%20Final%202009%20Part1.pdf

Part 2: (April 2009, .pdf format, 62p.).

http://sahrc.org.za/sahrc_cms/downloads/Health%20Report%20Final%202009%20Part2.pdf

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Expenditure for health and medical care continues to increase" (May 25, 2009).

http://www.scb.se/Pages/PressArchive____259760.aspx?PressReleaseID=273985

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UK:

1. Department of Health Reports:

A. "Government Response to The Health Select Committee Report on Health Inequalities" (May 2009, .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_099781

House of Commons Health Committee - "Third Report: Health Inequalities" (March 2009).

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmhealth/286/28602.htm

B. "Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2008" (May 2009, .pdf format, 36p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsStatistics/DH_099285

2. National Health Service Report: "Statistics on Alcohol, England 2009" (May 2009, 117p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/alcohol09

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Wales:

Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Welsh Health Survey 2008: Initial Headline Results" (May 2009, .pdf format, 11p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/health2009/hdw200905211/?lang=en

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

American Cancer Society Report: "Cancer Facts and Figures 2009" (May 2009, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/STT/stt_0.asp

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European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Policy Brief: "Access to Health Care for Migrants, Ethnic Minorities, and Asylum Seekers in Europe," by Manfred Huber and Anderson E. Stanciole (May 2009, .pdf format, 7p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1473

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Urban Institute Report "Health Reform: The Cost of Failure," by John Holahan, Bowen Garrett, Irene Headen, and Aaron Lucas (May 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.urban.org/health_policy/url.cfm?ID=411887

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "miRNA in the Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Adaptation to Acute Endurance Exercise in C57Bl/6J Male Mice," by Adeel Safdar, Arkan Abadi, Mahmood Akhtar, Bart P. Hettinga, and Mark A. Tarnopolsky (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5610. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005610, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005610

B. "Ten-Year Mortality and Cardiovascular Morbidity in the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study-Secondary Analysis of the Randomized Trial," by Matti Uusitupa, Markku Peltonen, Jaana Lindström, Sirkka Aunola, Pirjo Ilanne-Parikka, Sirkka Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Timo T. Valle, Johan G. Eriksson, and Jaakko Tuomilehto (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5656. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005656, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005656

C. "Patterns and Distribution of HIV among Adult Men and Women in India," by Jessica M. Perkins, Kashif T. Khan, and S.V. Subramanian (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5648. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005648, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005648

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Science Article Abstract: "The Cholera Crisis in Africa," by S. Bhattacharya, R. Black, L. Bourgeois, J. Clemens, A. Cravioto, J.L. Deen, Gordon Dougan, R. Glass, R.F. Grais, M. Greco, I. Gust, J. Holmgren, S. Kariuki, P.-H. Lambert, M.A. Liu, I. Longini, G.B. Nair, R. Norrby, G.J.V. Nossal, P. Ogra, P. Sansonetti, L. von Seidlein, F. Songane, A.-M. Svennerholm, D. Steele, and R. Walker (Public Health Policy Forum, Vol. 324, No. 5929, May 15, 2009, p. 885).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/324/5929/885

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New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives, Article Abstract:

A. "Influenza A (H1N1) Virus, 2009 --Online Monitoring," by John S. Brownstein, Clark C. Freifeld, and Lawrence C. Madoff (Vol. 360, No. 21, May 21, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2156). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/360/21/2156

B. "What Works in Market-Oriented Health Policy?" by Meredith B. Rosenthal (Vol. 360, No. 21, May 21, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2157-2160). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/360/21/2157

C. "Cost Implications of Reduced Work Hours and Workloads for Resident Physicians," by Teryl K. Nuckols, Jay Bhattacharya, Dianne Miller Wolman, Cheryl Ulmer, and José J. Escarce (Vol. 360, No. 21, May 21, 2009, p. 2202-2215).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/360/21/2202

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British Medical Journal Article: "Use of blood pressure lowering drugs in the prevention of cardiovascular disease: meta-analysis of 147 randomised trials in the context of expectations from prospective epidemiological studies," by M. R. Law, J. K. Morris, and N.J. Wald (BMJ 2009;338:b1665, May 23, 2009).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/338/may19_1/b1665

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Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Effect of intensive control of glucose on cardiovascular outcomes and death in patients with diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials," by Kausik K. Ray, Sreenivasa Rao Kondapally Seshasai, Shanelle Wijesuriya, Rupa Sivakumaran, Sarah Nethercott, David Preiss, Sebhat Erqou, and Naveed Sattar (Vol. 373, No. 9677, May 23, 2009, p. 1765-1772).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)60697-8/abstract

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WORKING PAPERS:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Impact of the AIDS Pandemic on Health Services in Africa: Evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys," by Anne Case and Christina Paxson (w15000, May 2009, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

We document the impact of the AIDS crisis on non-AIDS related health services in fourteen sub-Saharan African countries. Using multiple waves of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) for each country, we examine antenatal care, birth deliveries, and rates of immunization for children born between 1988 and 2005. We find deterioration in nearly all of these dimensions of health care over this period. The most recent DHS survey for each country collected data on HIV prevalence, which allows us to examine the association between HIV burden and health care. We find that erosion of health services is highly correlated with increases in AIDS prevalence. Regions of countries that have light AIDS burdens have witnessed small or no declines in health care, using the measures noted above, while those regions currently shouldering the heaviest burdens have seen the largest erosion in treatment for pregnant women and children. Using semi-parametric techniques, we can date the beginning of the divergence in health services between high and low HIV regions to the mid-1990s.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15000

B. "The Impact of State-Level Nutrition-Education Program Funding on BMI: Evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System," by Kerry Anne McGeary (w15001, May 2009, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

We provide the first comprehensive assessment of the effects of state-level nutrition-education program funding on individual-level BMI, the probability of obesity and the probability of above normal weight. We estimate models using pooled cross-sectional data from the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and data from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) funding of state-specific nutrition-education programs from 1992 - 2006. During this period federal funding for state-specific nutrition-education programs rose from $0 to nearly $248 million. We isolate the effect of nutrition-education funding while controlling for demographics, state and year fixed effects. Our results suggest that nutrition-education program funding is associated with reductions in BMI and the probability of an individual having an above normal BMI. Furthermore, we find evidence that the nutrition-education program funding is a complement to education, individuals with a higher level of education will have a larger response to funding than those with lower levels of education.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15001

C. "The Relationship Between Neighborhood Quality and Obesity Among Children," by Bisakha Sen, Stephen Mennemeyer, and Lisa C. Gary (w14985, May 2009, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

It has long been posited by scientists that we need to have a better understanding in the role that larger contextual factors -- like neighborhood quality and the built environment -- may have on the nation's obesity crisis. This paper explores whether maternal perceptions of neighborhood quality affect children's bodyweight outcomes, and whether racial and ethnic differences in such perceptions may explain any of the hitherto unexplained gap in bodyweight and obesity prevalence among Whites and minorities. The project uses data from the NLSY79 and the CoNLSY datasets. Results indicate that overall neighborhood quality is not significantly related to children's bodyweight. However, one particular characteristic, namely whether or not the mother believes there is enough police protection in the neighborhood, is related. Lack of police protection has robust and significant effects on the BMI-percentile of the children, though it has less robust effects on the risk of becoming obese per se. Finally, there are differences in perceptions about adequate police protection in their neighborhood between Whites and minorities which remain after controlling for other socio-economic characteristics like maternal education, family income and family structure. However, these differences play a minor role in explaining part of the gap in bodyweight between White and minority children.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14985

D. "Outcomes in a Program that Offers Financial Rewards for Weight Loss," by John Cawley and Joshua A. Price (w14987, May 2009, .pdf format, 66p.).

Abstract:

Obesity rates in the U.S. have doubled since 1980. Given the medical, social, and financial costs of obesity, a large percentage of Americans are attempting to lose weight at any given time but the vast majority of weight loss attempts fail. Researchers continue to search for safe and effective methods of weight loss, and this paper examines one promising method - offering financial rewards for weight loss. This paper studies data on 2,407 employees in 17 worksites who participated in a year-long worksite health promotion program that offered financial rewards for weight loss. The intervention varied by employer, in some cases offering steady quarterly rewards for weight loss and in other cases requiring participants to post a bond that would be refunded at year's end conditional on achieving certain weight loss goals. Still others received no financial incentives at all and serve as a control group. We examine the basic patterns of enrollment, attrition, and weight loss in these three groups. Weight loss is modest. After one year, it averages 1.4 pounds for those paid steady quarterly rewards and 3.6 pounds for those who posted a refundable bond, under the assumption that dropouts experienced no weight loss. Year-end attrition is as high as 76.4%, far higher than that for interventions designed and implemented by researchers.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14987

E. "Studying the Child Obesity Epidemic With Natural Experiments," by Robert Sandy, Gilbert Liu, John Ottensmann, Rusty Tchernis, Jeffrey Wilson, and O.T. Ford (w14989, May 2009, .pdf format, 51p.).

Abstract:

We utilize clinical records of successive visits by children to pediatric clinics in Indianapolis to estimate the effects on their body mass of environmental changes near their homes. We compare results for fixed-residence children with those for cross-sectional data. Our environmental factors are fast food restaurants, supermarkets, parks, trails, and violent crimes, and 13 types of recreational amenities derived from the interpretation of annual aerial photographs. We looked for responses to these factors changing within buffers of 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mile. We found that cross-sectional estimates are quite different from the Fixed Effects estimates of the impacts of amenities locating near a child. In cross section nearby fast food restaurants were associated with higher BMI and supermarkets with lower BMI. These results were reversed in the FE estimates. The recreational amenities that appear to lower children's BMI were fitness areas, kickball diamonds, and volleyball courts. We estimated that locating these amenities near their homes could reduce the weight of an overweight eight-year old boy by 3 to 6 pounds.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14989

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 169, Supplement 11, June 2009). This supplement contains "abstracts of the 42nd Annual Meeting society for Epidemiologic Research Anaheim, California, June 23-26, 2009."

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol169/suppl_11/index.dtl?etoc

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 48, No. 12, Jun. 15, 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cid/2009/48/12

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 66, No. 6, June 2009).

http://oem.bmj.com/content/vol66/issue6/

Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 68, No. 11, June 2009).

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

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 109, No. 2, June 2009).

http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol109/issue2/index.dtl

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

"NIH Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program (R34)" (PA-09-186, May 19, 2009, reissue of PA-06-363, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-186.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Agework.com: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through May 27, 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 May 27, 2009.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through May 27, 2009.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "State and Local Pandemic Preparedness," a hearing held May 20, 2009 (.pdf format).

http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2446

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US House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing Report: "Hidden Tragedy: Underreporting of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses," a hearing held Jun. 19, 2008 (House Serial Publication No. 110-97, ASCII text and .pdf format, 51p.).

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_house_hearings&docid=f:42881.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_house_hearings&docid=f:42881.wais.pdf

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US House Committee on the Budget Hearing Report: "Getting Better Value in Health Care," a hearing held Jul. 16, 2008 (House Serial Publication No. 110-37, ASCII text and .pdf format, 63p.).

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_house_hearings&docid=f:44037.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_house_hearings&docid=f:44037.wais.pdf

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DATA:

US National Center for Health Statistics: "NHANES III Linked Mortality File," (May 2009, ASCII text format). Note: There is both a public and restricted use data files. "NCHS has updated the mortality linkage of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). The updated NHANES III Linked Mortality File provides mortality follow-up data from the date of NHANES III survey participation (1988-1994) through December 31, 2006. Mortality ascertainment is based upon the results from a probabilistic match between NHANES III and NDI death certificate records."

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/nhanes3_data_linkage_mortality_activities.htm

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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:

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 "Health Reform." "KFF has launched a health reform gateway page with new resources on the 2009 debate." For more information see:

http://healthreform.kff.org/

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