Current Social Science Research Report--Health #2, February 13, 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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CSSRR-Health is compiled and edited by Jack Solock and Charlie Fiss.

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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

CONFERENCES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. National Institutes of Health News Release: "First Large-Scale HIV Vaccine Trial in South Africa Opens" (Feb. 8, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb2007/niaid-08.htm

2. Centers for Disease Control

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report QuickStats. Surveillance Summary:

A. "Percentage of Children Aged <18 Years Who Currently Have Asthma, by Race/Ethnicity and Poverty Status, National Health Interview Survey --- United States, 2003--2005" (Vol. 56, No. 5, Feb. 9, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 99.

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5605a5.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5605.pdf

B. "Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. SS-1, Feb. 9, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 40p.).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwr_ss.html

Note: this is a temporary address. When the 2008 MMWR-SS are released, this one will be available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/sursumpv.html

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/ss/ss5601.pdf

C. Statistics and Surveillance Slide Shows: "HIV/AIDS Surveillance - General Epidemiology (through 2005)" (22 slides, .pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint, and MacroMedia Flash format).

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/slides/general/index.htm

Other SS slide shows:

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/slides/index.htm

3. Health Resources and Services Administration News Release: "Pediatrics Supplement Articles Mine Analytic Potential of Recent Children’s Survey" (Feb. 5, 2007).

http://newsroom.hrsa.gov/NewsBriefs/2007/Pediatrics.htm

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reports:

A. "Methamphetamine Use" (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, January 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

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

B. "Cigarette Use among Pregnant Women and Recent Mothers (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, February 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

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

5. Office of National Drug Control Policy Report: "The President's National Drug Control Strategy" (Febrary 2007, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/policy/ndcs07/index.html

6. Congressional Research Service Reports:

A. "Global Climate Change and Wildlife, " by Pervaze A. Sheikh, M. Lynne Corn, Jane A. Leggett, and Peter Folger (RS22597, February 2007, .pdf format, 6p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22597

B. "The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer," by Geoffrey S. Becker and Donna V. Porter (February 2007, .pdf format, 6p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22600

C. "Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Response: Issues in the 110th Congress," by Sarah A. Lister (RS22602, February 2007, .pdf format, 6p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22602

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

1. Development Programme International Poverty Center "One Pager." "Why Not 'Front-load' ODA for HIV/Aids?" by John Serieux and Terry McKinley (No. 29, February 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCOnePager29.pdf

2. World Health Organization News Release: "Faith-based organizations play a major role in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa" (Feb. 8, 2007).

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2007/np05/en/index.html

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European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Monograph: "The Health Care Workforce in Europe. Learning from experience," edited by Bernd Rechel. Carl-Ardy Dubois, and Martin McKee (2006, .pdf format, 147p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/observatory/Publications/20060915_4

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Pan American Health Organization Periodical: "Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Region of the Americas" (Vol. 4, No. 2, Feb. 8, 2007).

http://www.paho.org/English/AD/DPC/CD/eid-eer-2007-02-08.htm

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Statistical snapshots of people with asthma in Australia 2001," (February 2007, .pdf format, 64p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10327

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Canada:

Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Analysis Report: "Treatment of End-Stage Organ Failure in Canada, 1995 to 2004," (February 2007, .pdf format, 132p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_710_E&cw_topic=710&cw_rel=AR_5_E

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Jamaica:

Ministry of Health News Release: "MOH Distributes 15000 Insecticides to Malria Affected Communities" (Feb. 1, 2007).

http://www.moh.gov.jm/MOHDistributes.htm

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UK:

Health Protection Agency Press Statement: "Investigation of workers involved in the Holton avian flu outbreak" (Feb. 8, 2007).

http://www.hpa.org.uk/hpa/news/articles/press_releases/2007/070208_Avian_Flu.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Global Health Forum Report: "Monitoring Financial Flows for Health Research 2006: The changing landscape of health research for development" (2006, .pdf format, 95p.).

http://www.globalforumhealth.org/filesupld/monitoring_financial_flows_06/Financial%20Flows%202006.pdf

More information on GHF:

http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/000__Home.php

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University of Chicago Press has recently made available a list of new and nearly new releases in Medicine.

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/new_releases/35.html

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Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheets, Health Care Cost Snapshot:

A. "Women's Health Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet" (February 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/6000.cfm

B. "Health Insurance Coverage of Women Ages 18 to 64, by State Fact Sheet, 2004-2005" (February 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/1613.cfm

C. "Insurance Premium Cost-Sharing and Coverage Take-up" (Health Care Cost Snapshot, February 2007).

http://www.kff.org/insurance/snapshot/chcm020707oth.cfm

Other Health Care Cost Snapshots:

http://www.kff.org/insurance/snapshot/index.cfm

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Century Foundation Report: "The Century Forum: Universal Health Insurance and the States," by Leif Wellington Haase (February 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=601

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Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 30, January 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.fhi.org/en/Youth/YouthNet/Publications/YouthInfoNet/index.htm

More information on FHI:

http://www.fhi.org/en/AboutFHI/index.htm

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American Enterprise Institute Report: "India and the Drug Patent Wars," by Roger Bate (Health Policy Outlook No. 3, February 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 5p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.25566/pub_detail.asp

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Nature Special Report: "From words to action" (Vol. 446, No. 7128). This is a Nature special report on climate change. Check your organization's library for electronic availability.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v445/n7128/full/445578a.html

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British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Preparing for the next flu pandemic," by Wei Shen Lim, Anne Thomson, and Paul Little (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 268-269).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/268

B. "People exposed to H5N1 in English turkey outbreak get antiviral and vaccination," by Susan Mayor (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 275).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/275

C. "GPs (General Practitioners) sent "useless" guidance on coping with possible human cases of bird flu," by Susan Mayor (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 275).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/275-a

D. "EC (European Commission) gives options for reducing smoking in Europe," by Rory Watson (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 276).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/276-a

E. "Attempt to undermine European ban on advertising drugs fails in France," by Ray Moynihan (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 279).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/279

F. "US television drug advertisements paint a 'black and white scenario'," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 279).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/279-a

G. "Gender gap persists in treatment of Canadians after heart attack," by David Spurgeon (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 280).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/280-b

H. "US expert warns interdependence of countries makes world more vulnerable to flu pandemic," by Bob Roehr (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 281).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/281-b

I. "Abortion act: Where do we draw the line?" by Jonathan Gornall (Feature extract, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 285-289).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7588/285

J. "Role of combination antiviral therapy in pandemic influenza and stockpiling implications," by Sotirios Tsiodras, John D. Mooney, and Angelos Hatzakis (Analysis, Vol. 334, No. 7588, Feb. 10, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 293-294). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/334/7588/293

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

A. "The right to health: more than rhetoric" (Editorial, Vol. 369, No. 9560, Feb. 10, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 438). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607602050/fulltext

B. "Japan battles with obesity," by Justin McCurry (World Report, Vol. 369, No. 9560, Feb. 10, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 438). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607602141/fulltext

C. "Effect of azithromycin and clarithromycin therapy on pharyngeal carriage of macrolide-resistant streptococci in healthy volunteers: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study," by Surbhi Malhotra-Kumar, Christine Lammens, Samuel Coenen, Koen Van Herck.and Herman Goossens (Article abstract, Vol. 369, No. 9560, Feb. 10, 2007, p. 482-490).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607602359/abstract

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Journal of the American Medical Association Commentary Extract: "Potential Health and Economic Consequences of Misplaced Priorities," by Steven H. Woolf (Vol. 297, No. 5, Feb. 7, 2007, p. 523-526).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/297/5/523

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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. 4, Feb. 12, 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:

Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation: "The Signature Domain and Geographic Coordinates: A Standardized Approach for Uniquely Identifying a Health Facility, by Health Facility Assessment Technical Working Group (WP 07-91, January 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

A list of standardized indicators for health facility surveys is proposed by the Health Facility Assessment Technical Working Group, composed of members from several organizations and led by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s MEASURE Evaluation project. The adoption and use of these standard indicators would make cross-survey comparisons possible and promote the increased use of the information collected for health facility surveys.

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/wp-07-91.pdf

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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Africa's Lagging Demographic Transition: Evidence from Exogenous Impacts of Malaria Ecology and Agricultural Technology," by Dalton Conley, Gordon C. McCord, and Jeffrey D. Sachs (w12892, February 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).

Abstract:

Much of Africa has not yet gone through a "demographic transition" to reduced mortality and fertility rates. The fact that the continent's countries remain mired in a Malthusian crisis of high mortality, high fertility, and rapid population growth (with an accompanying state of chronic extreme poverty) has been attributed to many factors ranging from the status of women, pro-natalist policies, poverty itself, and social institutions. There remains, however, a large degree of uncertainty among demographers as to the relative importance of these factors on a comparative or historical basis. Moreover, econometric estimation is complicated by endogeneity among fertility and other variables of interest. We attempt to improve estimation (particularly of the effect of the child mortality variable) by deploying exogenous variation in the ecology of malaria transmission and in agricultural productivity through the staggered introduction of Green Revolution, high-yield seed varieties. Results show that child mortality (proxied by infant mortality) is by far the most important factor among those explaining aggregate total fertility rates, followed by farm productivity. Female literacy (or schooling) and aggregate income do not seem to matter as much, comparatively.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12892

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John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]:

A. "Essential Drugs," by F.M. Scherer (Working Paper No. RWP07-003, February 2007, Word format, 10p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/Research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP07-003

B. "Pharmaceutical Innovation," by F.M. Scherer (Working Paper No. RWP07-004, February 2007, .pdf format, 55p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/Research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP07-004

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CONFERENCES:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Call for Papers: "Health Statistics Data Users Conference 2007: Responding to the need for health information in Canada," a conference to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Sep. 24-25, 2007). For more information see:

http://www.statcan.ca/english/conferences/healthsante2007/index.htm

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DATA:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Feb. 9, 2007, which may be of interest to Health 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/org/announce.html

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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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation "New Resources Related to Children's Coverage and the Reauthorization of SCHIP." "The Foundation's Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured released new resources on children's coverage, including a timeline and specialized state fact sheets, and cosponsored a Capitol Hill briefing on the upcoming debate on the reauthorization of SCHIP."

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/kcmu020907pkg.cfm

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Library of Congress Tracer Bullets. LC Tracer Bullet Series "contains research guides that help you locate information on [various] subjects. Note that LC numbers are for items in LC. They may or may not be available in your organization's library. "Global Warming & Climate Change" (TB 06-6) .

http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/globalwarmingtb.html

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