Current Social Science Research Report--Health #25, August 8, 2007.

CSSRR-Health is a weekly email 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:

http://www.disc.wisc.edu/reports/cssrindex.html

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CSSRR-Health is compiled and edited by Jack Solock and Charlie Fiss.

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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

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention AIDS Surveillance Slide Set Update, Periodical:

A. "AIDS Surveillance - Trends (1985-2005)" (July 2007, .pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Macromedia Flash format, 18 slides).

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

B. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 13, No. 8, August 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

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

2. National Institutes of Health News Release: "NCRR (National Center for Research Resources) Launches National Network to Connect Investigators Based at Minority Institutions" (Jul. 24, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jul2007/ncrr-24.htm

3. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs:

A. "Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Large Employers in the Private Sector, by Industry Classification, 2005," by Beth Levin Crimmel and John P. Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 174, July 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=818

B. "Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Small Employers in the Private Sector, by Industry Classification, 2005," by John P. Sommers and Beth Levin Crimmel (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief 175, July 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=819

C. "Employer-Sponsored Single, Employee-Plus-One, and Family Health Insurance Coverage: Selection and Cost, 2005," by James M. Branscome and Beth Levin Crimmel (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief 176, July 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=820

D. "State Differences in the Cost of Job-Related Health Insurance, 2005," by James M. Branscome (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief 177, July 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=821

E. "Offer Rates, Take-Up Rates, Premiums, and Employee Contributions for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector for the 10 Largest Metropolitan Areas, 2005," by John P. Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief 178, July 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=822

F. "Aspirin Use among the Adult U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, with and without Indicators of Heart Disease, 2005," by Anita Soni (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief 179, July 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=823

G. "The Top Five Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Children, Adults, and the Elderly, 2004," by Marie N. Stagnitti (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief 180, July 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=824

4. Healthcare Costs and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Trends in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Adults and Children, 1997-2004," by Allison Russo, H. Joanna Jiang, and Marguerite Barrett (Statistical Brief 36, August 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb36.pdf

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US States:

Illinois:

Department of Health Report: "Birth Defects and Other Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Illinois 2001 - 2005: A Report on County-Specific Incidence" (June 2007, .pdf format, 56p.).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/epi/pdf/report05.pdf

Louisiana:

Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Surveillance Report 2004" (July 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/reports.asp?ID=267&Detail=484

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "2005 North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Data Tables" (August 2007).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/prams/2005/

Vermont:

Department of Health Report: "The 2006 Vermont Youth Health Survey" (August 2007, .pdf format, 90p.).

http://healthvermont.gov/pubs/documents/2006YTSFinalDraft.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

World Health Organization Report, Periodical:

A. "Neglected diseases: a human rights analysis," by Paul Hunt (Special Topics No. 6, 2007, .pdf format, 53p.).

http://www.who.int/tdr/publications/publications/pdf/seb_topic6.pdf

B.Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 85, No. 8, August 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 569-648).

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/8/en/index.html

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Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation Compendium: OECD Health Data 2007 : Statistics and Indicators for 30 Countries (July 2007, ISBN 978-92-64-00790-1, available online). For ordering information see:

http://www.oecd.org/document/30/0,3343,en_2649_37407_12968734_1_1_1_37407,00.html

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Australia

Australian Institute on Health and Welfare Report: "Comorbidity from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease in Australia," (Cardiovascular disease series no. 28, August 2007, 80p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10423

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Milbank Memorial Fund Report: "Regulating Medical Services in China," by Hong Wang, Yanfeng Ge, and Sen Gong (MMF and Department of Social Development, Development Research Center (DRC), the State Council of P.R. China, June 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.milbank.org/reports/0704china/0704china.html

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Brookings Institution Report: "Universal, Effective and Affordable Health Insurance: An Economic Imperative," by Jason Furman and Robert E. Rubin (July 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/views/papers/furman/200707rubin.htm

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Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 36, July 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.fhi.org/en/Youth/YouthNet/Publications/YouthInfoNet/YIN36.htm

More information on FHI:

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

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Nature Collection: "AIDS: Current Research." "Despite global efforts to improve access to treatment, existing HIV/AIDS therapies are still not reaching the majority of those in need. This Nature collection draws together recent molecular and cellular studies on the interplay between HIV and the immune system, which are helping to advance the search for an effective vaccine and new drugs to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic." (HTML and .pdf format, articles are available free of charge.

http://www.nature.com/nature/supplements/collections/aids/index.html

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British Medical Journal Analysis Extract, Article:

A. "Expanding the US medical workforce: global perspectives and parallels," by Jonathan P Weine (Vol. 335, No. 7613, Aug. 4, 2007, p. 236-238).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/335/7613/236

B. "Sexual abstinence only programmes to prevent HIV infection in high income countries: systematic review," by Kristen Underhill, Paul Montgomery, and Don Operario (Vol. 335, No. 7613, Aug. 4, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 248-259). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/335/7613/248

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Lancet World Report: "How important is neutrality to humanitarian aid agencies?" by Priya Shetty (Vol. 370, No. 9585, Aug. 4, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 377-378). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607611775/fulltext

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Implemented by US Cities During the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic," by Howard Markel, Harvey B. Lipman, J. Alexander Navarro, Alexandra Sloan, Joseph R. Michalsen, Alexandra Minna Stern, and Martin S. Cetron (Vol. 298, No. 6, August 8, 2007, p. 644-654).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/6/644

Related US Centers for Disease Control press release:

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070807.htm

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New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network over 32 Years," by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler (Vol. 357, No. 4, July 26, 2007, p. 370-379).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/357/4/370

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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. 27-29 , Jul. 23, 30, and Aug. 6 , 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:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology: "Obesity and the Loss of Life: A Comparison between the US and Mexico," by Malena Monteverde, Beatriz Novak, Kenya Noronha, and Alberto Palloni (CDE Working Paper 2007-12, 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

High and increasing levels of obesity in the US and Mexico could compromise future gains in life expectancy for these populations. Excess mortality due to obesity has been investigated in the US but not in Latin America where high prevalence and the rapid growth of obesity are frequently combined with frail socio-economic conditions. The aim of this study is to measure loss in life expectancy due to obesity in Mexico and the US, taking advantage of the existence of comparable databases for both countries (HRS 2000 & 2004 for the US and MHAS 2000 & 2003 for Mexico). Our results show larger losses in life expectancy due to excess body fat among older people in Mexico (more than four years of life expectancy at age 60) than in the US (around 2 years). However, when analyzing differences in the effect among different socio-economic strata, we observe greater gaps between low-educated and high-educated people in the US than in Mexico. Remarkably, despite the fact that the relative probability of suffering obesity-related disease among individuals with highest BMI is larger for the US elderly, the relative risk of dying conditional on experiencing these diseases is higher in Mexico.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2007-12.pdf

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National Bureau of Economic Research: "Age, Socioeconomic Status and Obesity Growth," by Charles L. Baum II, and Christopher J. Ruhm (w13289, August 2007, .pdf format, 49p.).

Abstract:

The rapid growth in obesity represents a major public concern. Although body weight tends to increase with age, the evolution of obesity over the lifecycle is not well understood. We use longitudinal data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to examine how body weight changes with age for a cohort moving through early adulthood. We further investigate how the age-obesity gradient differs with socioeconomic status (SES) and begin to examine channels for these SES disparities. Our analysis uncovers three main findings. First, weight rises with age but is inversely related to SES at given ages. Second, the SES-obesity gradient widens over the lifecycle, a result consistent with research examining other health outcomes such as overall status or specific medical conditions. Third, a substantial portion of the SES "effect" is transmitted through race/ethnicity and the translation of advantaged family backgrounds during childhood into high levels of subsequent education. Conversely, little of the SES difference appears to be propagated through family income, marital status, number of children, or the set of health behaviors we control for. However, approximately half of the SES-weight correlation persists after the inclusion of controls, illustrating the need for further study of mechanisms for the gradient.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13289

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 4, Aug. 15, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol166/issue4/index.dtl?etoc

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 97, No. 8, August 2007). Note 1: 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. Note 2: this is a theme issue on "young adult smoking cessation."

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol97/issue8/?etoc

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 115, No. 8, August 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2007/115-8/toc.html

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 36, No. 3, June 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol36/issue3/index.dtl

Journal of Biosocial Science (Vol. 39, No. 5, Sept. 2007).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=JBS&volumeId=39&issueId=05

Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology (Vol. 17, No. 4, July 2007).

http://www.nature.com/jes/journal/v17/n4/index.html

Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 8, August 2007).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200708000-00000.htm

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 64, No. 4, August 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol64/issue4/?etoc

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 633, No. 1, Sep. 1, 2007).

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

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 64, No. 8, August 2007).

http://oem.bmj.com/content/vol64/issue8/

Public Health (Vol. 121, No. 9, September 2007).

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

Research in Nursing & Health (Vol. 30, No. 4, August 2007).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/33706

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Health Research with Diverse Populations (R01)" (PA-07-409, Jul. 19, 2007, National Institute on Child Health and Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-409.html

B. ""Developmental Mechanisms of Human Structural Birth Defects (P01)," (PA-07-419, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jul. 27, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-419.html

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Oxford Health Alliance: "Ovations Chronic Disease Initiative RFP: Request for proposals to create centres to counter chronic disease in developing countries." Deadline for initial responses is Sep. 4, 2007. For more information see:

http://www.oxha.org/memberarea/ovations-chronic-disease-initiative-rfp

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CONFERENCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "MEPS+HCUP (Medical Expenditure Panel Survey+Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project) Data Users’ Workshop Two-Day Computer Hands-On," (AHRQ Conference Center, Rockville, Maryland, September 19-20, 2007.)

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/about_meps/workshop_details/meps_hcup_workshop_sept_2007.pdf

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Jul. 17-Aug. 6, 2007).

http://www.academyhealth.org/career/employment.htm

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Jul. 18 to Aug. 8, 2007).

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

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:

A. "MEPSnet/IC Trend Query," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, July 2007). "With MEPSnet/IC you have easy access to national and state-level statistics and trends about employer-based health insurance. It provides statistics and trends about health insurance offered by private establishments as well as national and regional health insurance estimates for State and local governments. MEPSnet/IC guides you through a step-by-step process to obtain the statistics you need. MEPSnet/IC generates statistics using the 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 data from the MEPS Insurance Component Tables. "

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/MEPSnetIC.jsp

B. "MEPS HC-093: 2006 P10R3/P11R1 Population Characteristics," (July 2007, US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format):

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-093

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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/

SN 5678 -National Survey of Local Health Services, 2006: Primary Care Trusts

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5678

SN 5675 -Health Survey for England, 2005

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5675

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation Statehealthfacts.org Update: "Kaiser's statehealthfacts.org has added and updated tables dated from May 24, 2007 to Aug. 8, 2007 that may be of interest to health researchers.

http://statehealthfacts.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi?action=whatsnew

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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

Haas, Steven A. Health Selection and the Process of Social Stratification: The Effect of Childhood Health on Socioeconomic Attainment. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 2006; 47(4):339-354.

Halliday, Timothy J. Business Cycles, Migration and Health. Social Science and Medicine. 2007; 64(7):1420-1424.

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