Current Social Science Research Report--Health #115, June 2, 2009.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

US

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article Surveillance Summary:

A. "Apparent Disappearance of the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap --- Dane County, Wisconsin, 1990--2007" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 20, May 29, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 561-565).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5820a2.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5820.pdf

B. "Trends in Smoking Before, During, and After Pregnancy --- Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), United States, 31 Sites, 2000--2005," by Van T. Tong, Jaime R. Jones, Patricia M. Dietz, Denise D'Angelo, and Jennifer M. Bombard (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. SS4, May 29, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 31p.).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5804a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/ss/ss5804.pdf

2. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Hospital Stays among People Living in the Poorest Communities, 2006," by Lauren M. Wier, Chaya T. Merrill, and Anne Elixhauser (Statistical Brief No. 73, May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

HTML:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb73.jsp

.pdf:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb73.pdf

3. Congressional Budget Office Report: "The Budgetary Treatment of Proposals to Change the Nation's Health Insurance System," (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=10243

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "Hospital Emergency Departments: Crowding Continues to Occur, and Some Patients Wait Longer than Recommended Time Frames," (GAO-09-347, April 2009, .pdf format, p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-347

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General Report: "Medicaid Managed Care Encounter Data: Collection and Use," (OEI-07-00540, May 2009, .pdf format, 31p.).

Summary:

We found that all 40 States with capitated Medicaid managed care collect encounter data from managed care organizations (MCOs); however, usefulness of the Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) is limited because CMS does not enforce encounter data requirements. The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 requires that Medicaid claims submitted to CMS -on or after January 1, 1999, provide for electronic transmission of claims data in the format specified by the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] and consistent with the MSIS (including detailed individual enrollee encounter data and other information that the Secretary may find necessary).

As the only national database of Medicaid claims and beneficiary eligibility information, the MSIS is used by CMS to manage, analyze, and disseminate information on Medicaid beneficiaries, services, and payments. The MSIS is also widely used for research and policy analysis by both public and private organizations, and may also be used for detecting fraud, waste, and abuse. The MSIS must include encounter data to be representative of Medicaid beneficiaries because over 65 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries receive all or part of their health care services through Medicaid managed care.

State Medicaid agency staff in 39 of the 40 States with capitated Medicaid managed care reported using the encounter data that they collect to manage their Medicaid managed care programs. To ensure the successful collection of encounter data from MCOs, most States have established reporting requirements that dictate the format, frequency, and/or validation expectations of the data. States have also established incentives and/or sanctions related to encounter data reporting.

State Medicaid agency staff indicated that they would welcome information about how other States are using the data and additional guidance from CMS regarding encounter data. However, although all States with Medicaid managed care are collecting encounter data from MCOs, CMS accepted MSIS submissions without encounter data from 15 States. The usefulness of the MSIS is limited by the absence of encounter data and CMS staff indicated that encounter data are needed to measure what Medicaid is paying for.

Based on our findings, we recommended that CMS clarify and enforce existing Federal requirements that States include encounter data in their MSIS submissions. In its comments to the draft report, CMS concurred with these two recommendations. We also recommended that CMS seek legislative authority to impose sanctions against States that fail to meet the MSIS reporting requirements for encounter data, to which CMS responded that it did not concur at this time. CMS stated that it wants to pursue efforts that address our first two recommendations before considering seeking sanction authority.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-07-06-00540.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations

World Health Organization Periodical: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 87, No. 6, June 2009, .pdf format, p. 405-484).

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/6/en/index.html

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Releases: SF has updated it's news releases for May 23-Jul. 2, 2009.

http://www.stat.fi/til/pvml_en.html

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Report: "HIV/AIDs in Namibia: Behavioral and Contextual Factors Driving the Epidemic," by Cristina de la Torre, Shane Khan, Erin Eckert, Jennifer Luna, and Todd Koppenhaver (SR-09-53, May 2009, .pdf format, 98p.).

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/sr-09-53.pdf

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Guttmacher Institute Report: "Barriers to Safe Motherhood in Nigeria," by Akinrinola Bankole, Gilda Sedgh, Friday Okonofua, Collins Imarhiagbe, Rubina Hussain and Deirdre Wulf (March 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2009/05/28/MotherhoodNigeria.pdf

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Urban Institute Report, Brief:

A. "Health Reform: The Cost of Failure," by John Holahan, Bowen Garrett, Irene Headen, and Aaron Lucas (May 2009, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411887.html

B. "Access to and Affordability of Care in Massachusetts as of Fall 2008: Geographic and Racial/Ethnic Differences," by Sharon K. Long and Paul Masi (May 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411892.html

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US Institute of Medicine Monograph: The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the Public and Private Sectors (Committee on the U.S. Commitment to Global Health, National Academies Press, 2009, OpenBook and .pdf format, 248p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy. Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12642

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Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Article Abstract: "Antioxidants prevent health-promoting effects of physical exercise in humans," by Michael Ristow, Kim Zarse, Andreas Oberbach, Nora Klöting, Marc Birringer, Michael Kiehntopf, Michael Stumvoll, C. Ronald Kahn, and Matthias Blüher (Vol. 106, No. 21, May 26, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 8665-8670). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/21/8665.abstract

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Nature Article Abstract: "Common genetic variants on 5p14.1 associate with autism spectrum disorders," by Kai Wang, Haitao Zhang, Deqiong Ma, Maja Bucan, Joseph T. Glessner, Brett S. Abrahams, Daria Salyakina, Marcin Imielinski, Jonathan P. Bradfield, Patrick M.A. Sleiman, Cecilia E. Kim, Cuiping Hou, Edward Frackelton, Rosetta Chiavacci, Nagahide Takahashi, Takeshi Sakurai, Eric Rappaport, Clara M. Lajonchere, Jeffrey Munson, Annette Estes, Olena Korvatska, Joseph Piven, Lisa I. Sonnenblick, Ana I. Alvarez Retuerto, Edward I. Herman, Hongmei Dong, Ted Hutman, Marian Sigman, Sally Ozonoff, Ami Klin, Thomas Owley, John A. Sweeney, Camille W. Brune, Rita M. Cantor, Raphael Bernier, John R. Gilbert, Michael L. Cuccaro, William M. McMahon, Judith Miller, Matthew W. State, Thomas H. Wassink, Hilary Coon, Susan E. Levy, Robert T. Schultz, John I. Nurnberger, Jonathan L. Haines, James S. Sutcliffe, Edwin H. Cook, Nancy J. Minshew, Joseph D. Buxbaum, Geraldine Dawson, Struan F.A. Grant, Daniel H. Geschwind, Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Gerard D. Schellenberg, and Hakon Hakonarson (Vol. 459, No. 7246, May 28, 2009, p. 528-533).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7246/abs/nature07999.html

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Science Article Abstract: "The Genetic Structure and History of Africans and African Americans," by Sarah A. Tishkoff, Floyd A. Reed, Françoise R. Friedlaender, Christopher Ehret, Alessia Ranciaro, Alain Froment, Jibril B. Hirbo, Agnes A. Awomoyi, Jean-Marie Bodo, Ogobara Doumbo, Muntaser Ibrahim, Abdalla T. Juma, Maritha J. Kotze, Godfrey Lema, Jason H. Moore, Holly Mortensen, Thomas B. Nyambo, Sabah A. Omar, Kweli Powell, Gideon S. Pretorius, Michael W. Smith, Mahamadou A. Thera, Charles Wambebe, James L. Weber, and Scott M. Williams (Vol. 324, No. 5930, May 22, 2009, p. 1035-1044).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/324/5930/1035

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "Cost-Effectiveness of an Opportunistic Screening Programme and Brief Intervention for Excessive Alcohol Use in Primary Care," by Luqman Tariq, Matthijs van den Berg, Rudolf T. Hoogenveen, and Pieter H.M. van Baal (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5696. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005696, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005696

B. "Program Spending to Increase Adherence: South African Cervical Cancer Screening," by Jeremy D. Goldhaber-Fiebert, Lynette A. Denny, Michelle De Souza, Louise Kuhn, and Sue J. Goldie (PLoS ONE 4(5): e5691. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005691, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005691

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract:

A. "Optimized Antidepressant Therapy and Pain Self-management in Primary Care Patients With Depression and Musculoskeletal Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Kurt Kroenke, Matthew J. Bair, Teresa M. Damush, Jingwei Wu, Shawn Hoke, Jason Sutherland, and Wanzhu Tu (Vol. 301, No. 20, May 27, 2009, p. 2099-2110).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/20/2099

B. "Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, and the Childhood Roots of Health Disparities: Building a New Framework for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention," by Jack P. Shonkoff, W. Thomas Boyce, and Bruce S. McEwen (Vol. 301, No. 21, June 3, 2009, p. 2252-2259).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/21/2252?etoc

C. "Association Between Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine and Severe Rotavirus Diarrhea Among Children in Nicaragua," by Manish Patel, Cristina Pedreira, Lucia Helena De Oliveira, Jacqueline Tate, Maribel Orozco, Juan Mercado, Alcides Gonzalez, Omar Malespin, Juan Jose Amador, Jazmina Umana, Angel Balmaseda, Maria Celina Perez, Jon Gentsch, Tara Kerin, Jennifer Hull, Slavica Mijatovic, Jon Andrus, and Umesh Parashar (Vol. 301, No. 21, June 3, 2009, p. 2243-2251).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/21/2243?etoc

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Lancet Comment, Article: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Child marriage in India: a tradition with alarming implications," by Vinita Salvi (Comment, Vol. 373, No. 9678, May 30, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1826-1827). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)60452-9/fulltext

B. "Prevalence of child marriage and its effect on fertility and fertility-control outcomes of young women in India: a cross-sectional, observational study," by Anita Raj, Niranjan Saggurti, Donta Balaiah, and Jay G Silverman (Article, Vol. 373, No. 9678, May 30, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1883-1889). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)60246-4/fulltext

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WORKING PAPERS:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Differences in the U.S. Trends in the Prevalence of Obesity Based on Body Mass Index and Skinfold Thickness," by Richard V. Burkhauser, John Cawley, and Maximilian D. Schmeiser (w15005, May 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

There are several ways to measure fatness and obesity, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The primary measure for tracking the prevalence of obesity has historically been body mass index (BMI). This paper compares long-run trends in the prevalence of obesity when obesity is defined using skinfold thickness instead of body mass index (BMI), using data from the full series of U.S. National Health Examination Surveys. The results indicate that when one uses skinfold thicknesses rather than BMI to define obesity, the rise in the prevalence of obesity is detectable ten to twenty years earlier. This underscores the importance of examining multiple measures of fatness when monitoring or otherwise studying obesity.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w15005

B. "Child Care Subsidies and Childhood Obesity," by Chris M. Herbst and Erdal Tekin (w15007, May 2009, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

Child care subsidies play a critical role in facilitating the transition of disadvantaged mothers from welfare to work. However, little is known about the influence of these policies on children's health and well-being. In this paper, we study the impact of subsidy receipt on low-income children's weight outcomes in the fall and spring of kindergarten. The goals of our empirical analysis are twofold. We first utilize standard OLS and fixed effects methods to explore body mass index as well as measures of overweight and obesity. We then turn to quantile regression to address the possibility that subsidy receipt has heterogeneous effects on children's weight at different points in the BMI distribution. Results suggest that subsidy receipt is associated with increases in BMI and a greater likelihood of being overweight and obese. We also find substantial variation in subsidy effects across the BMI distribution. In particular, child care subsidies have no effect on BMI at the lower end of the distribution, inconsistent effects in the middle of the distribution, and large effects at the top of the distribution. Our results point to the use of non-parental child care, particularly centerbased services, as the key mechanism through which subsidies influence children's weight outcomes.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w15007

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

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 117, No. 6, June 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.

http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2009/117-6/toc.html

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 676, No. 1/2, May 31, 2009).

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

Public Health (Vol. 123, No. 5, May 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00333506

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 54, No. 2, July 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02732300

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Agework.com: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 2, 2009.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Health positions has been updated through Jun. 2, 2009.

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

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DATA:

National Center for Heath Statistics:

A. "2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey," (June 2009, data in ASCII and SAS format, documentation in .pdf format, SAS and SPSS programming statements are available).

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

B. National Health Interview Survey Linked Mortality Files Update: "NCHS has updated the mortality linkage of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) years 1986-2004 to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). The updated NHIS Linked Mortality Files provide mortality follow-up data from the date of NHIS interview through December 31, 2006. Mortality ascertainment is based primarily upon the results from a probabilistic match between NHIS and NDI death certificate records. Linkage of the NHIS survey participants with the NDI provides the opportunity to conduct studies designed to investigate the association of a variety of health factors with mortality, using the richness of the NHIS questionnaires. NCHS recommends that researchers use these new linked mortality files as they supersede all prior data releases of the NHIS Linked Mortality Files.

There are two versions of the NHIS Linked Mortality Files: public-use files that include a limited set of mortality variables for adult NHIS participants and restricted-use files that includes more detailed mortality information and mortality follow-up for children. Each NHIS survey year (1986-2004) is available on a separate date file." For more information see:

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

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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new MEPS data file (December 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

A. MEPS HC-107: 2007 Full Year Population Characteristics

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-107

B. MEPS HC-108: 2007 Jobs File

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-108

C. MEPS LINK_96-07HC/NHIS: MEPS 2007 - 1996 NHIS Link File

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=LINK_96-07HC/NHIS

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Demographic and Health Survey: "Ghana: Special, 2007 (Maternal Mortality Survey) datasets are now available to all registered users with access to Ghana datasets."

http://www.measuredhs.com/login.cfm

For more information on registering to access DHS data, see:

http://www.measuredhs.com/accesssurveys/access_instructions.cfm

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports," (May 2009). "NHQRDRnet is an online query system that allows you to access national and State data on the quality of, and access to, health care from scientifically credible measures and data sources."

http://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/nhqrdr/jsp/nhqrdr.jsp#snhere

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on , which may be of interest to Economics researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

New and updated data:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/announce.html?startdate=2009-05-11&enddate=2009-06-01

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

Click on "list".

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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 Kaiserhealthnews.org: "In these dire times for the news industry, the birth of a news organization is a rare bright spot. We hope Kaiser Health News will make a vital contribution by covering health care policy and politics, as well as trends in the industry and delivery of care. With an historic debate on the health system underway, we're looking forward to having a front-row seat.

KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit private operating foundation known for its expertise in health care policy." For more information see:

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/

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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

National Longitudinal Survey:

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/index.php3

The latest updates are accession number 6145-6150

6145:

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/qtitle.php3?myrow[0]=6145

6150:

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/qtitle.php3?myrow[0]=6150

Simply change the number after the [0]= in the Internet address to see each new listing.

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