Current Social Science Research Report--Health #28, August 28, 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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Census Bureau Report: "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006 report," by Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica Smith (Current Population Reports Consumer Income P60-233, August 2007, .pdf format, 67p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Household Income Rises, Poverty Rate Declines, Number of Uninsured Up" (CB07-120, Aug. 28, 2007). The news release also links to detailed income, poverty, and health insurance tables from the 2007 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey (CPS)."

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/010583.html

and click on tables for links to tables or title for link to full text.

2. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Deaths: Final Data for 2004," by Arialdi M. Miniño, Melonie P. Heron, Sherry L. Murphy, and Kenneth D. Kochanek (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 55, No. 19, August 2007, .pdf format, 119p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr55/nvsr55_19.pdf

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles:

A. "Norovirus Activity --- United States, 2006--2007" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 33, Aug. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 842-846).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5633a2.htm

B. "QuickStats: Prevalence of HPV Infection Among Sexually Active Females Aged 14--59 Years, by Age Group --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2003--2004" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 33, Aug. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 852).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5633a5.htm

.pdf for both:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5633.pdf

4. National Institutes of Health News Releases:

A. "Free New Middle School Curriculum Supplement from NIH: The Science of Healthy Behaviors (Aug. 27, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/od-27.htm

B. "NIH Peer Review Advisory Committee Gains Eight New Members" (Aug. 28, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/csr-28.htm

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Worker Substance Use by Industry Category," ( National Survey on Drug Use and Health, August 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/industry/worker.cfm

6. Government Accountability Office Correspondence: "Medicaid Demonstration Waivers: Lack of Opportunity for Public Input during Federal Approval Process Still a Concern" (GAO-07-694R, Jul. 24, 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07694r.pdf

Note: this is a temporary address. GAO correspondence may be available at:

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/date.php

This correspondence was announced Aug. 23, 2007.

7. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "The Long-Term Uninsured in America, 2002-2005: Estimates for the U.S. Population under Age 65," by Jeffrey A. Rhoades and Steven B. Cohen (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief No. 183, August 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=828

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US States:

Louisiana:

Department of Health and Hospitals Reports:

A. "Louisiana Arbovirus Surveillance Summary 2007 Bulletin 1" (August 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/reports.asp?Detail=496

B. "Louisiana Arbovirus Surveillance Summary 2007 Bulletin 2" (August 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/reports.asp?Detail=495

New Jersey

Center for Health Statistics Report: "Suicide and Firearm Ownership, NJ 2003-2005" (Office of Injury Surveillance and Prevention Brief, August 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/monthlyfactsheets/firearm_suicide_brief.pdf

New Mexico Department of Health Reports:

A. "Tularemia in New Mexico " (New Mexico Epidemiology, Vol. 2007, No. 1, March 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.health.state.nm.us/pdf/Tularemia%20in%20New%20Mexico.pdf

B. "2006 Drug Overdose Death in New Mexico" (New Mexico Epidemiology, Vol. 2007, No. 1, June 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.health.state.nm.us/pdf/Drug%20Overdose%20Death%20in%20New%20Mexico%202006.pdf

C. "2004 - 2006 (STEC) Infections in New Mexico" (New Mexico Epidemiology, Vol. 2007, No. 1, June 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.health.state.nm.us/pdf/(STEC)%20Infections%20in%20New%20Mexico%2004-06.pdf

North Carolina

Center for Health Statistics Reports: "BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) Data for Adults in North Carolina Enrolled in Medicaid: 2006" (August 2007, .pdf format, Summary, 2p., Medical Data Tables, 4p.).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/brfss/brfssmedicaid.html

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

World Health Organization Compendium, Report:

A. The World Health Report 2007 - A Safer Future: Global Public Health Security in the 21St Century (August 2007, .pdf format, 72p.).

http://www.who.int/whr/2007/en/index.html

B. "Ten Statistical Highlights in Global Public Health" (June 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat2007_10highlights.pdf

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical: Health Reports (Vol. 18, No. 3, August 2007, .pdf format, 85p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=82-003-X&CHROPG=1

Click on "View" follow the link to full text.

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New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Tracking Disparity: Trends in ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in mortality, 1981-2004," by T. Blakely, M. Tobias, J. Atkinson, L-C Yeh L-C, and K. Huang, (Public Health Intelligence Occasional Bulletin No. 38, August 2007, .pdf format, 167p.).

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/tracking-disparity-inequalities-mortality-1981-2004?Open

Scroll to title, near the bottom of the page, for link to full text.

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UK:

1. Health Protection Agency Report: "Foreign travel associated illness, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 2007 report" (August 2007, .pdf format, 100p.).

http://www.hpa.org.uk/publications/PublicationDisplay.asp?PublicationID=101

2. National Statistics Office Periodical, Report:

A. Health Statistics Quarterly (No. 35, Autumn 2007, .pdf format, 84p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=6725

B. "Health expectancies at birth for the 2001 Census wards in England and Wales (experimental)" (August 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14936

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic and Health Survey Fact Sheet: "CAR (Central African Republic): HIV Fact Sheet 2007" (August 2007, .pdf format, 2p.). Note: this publication is in French.

http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pub_details.cfm?id=683&srchTp=home

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Rand Corporation Report: "Redesign of the National Hospital Discharge Survey Conceptual Framework and Feasibility Study: Final Report," by Robin C. Meili, Sandra H. Berry, Marc N. Elliott, Carol P. Roth, Anne Griffin, Kristin J. Leuschner, Denise D. Quigley, Megan K. Beckett, Yimin Lou, Chau Pham, Lee H. Hilborne (TR-475-HLTH, 2007, .pdf format, 372p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR475/

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PLoS One Article: "Estimating Individual and Household Reproduction Numbers in an Emerging Epidemic," by Christophe Fraser (Issue 8 e758, August 2007, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0000758

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Economist Article: "Sacking the wrong health minister: Doubts resurface about Thabo Mbeki's commitment to combating AIDS" (Aug. 16, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9653062

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article: "Human cardiac stem cells," by Claudia Bearzi, Marcello Rota, Toru Hosoda, Jochen Tillmanns, Angelo Nascimbene, Antonella De Angelis, Saori Yasuzawa-Amano, Irina Trofimova, Robert W. Siggins, Nicole LeCapitaine, Stefano Cascapera, Antonio P. Beltrami, David A. D'Alessandro, Elias Zias, Federico Quaini, Konrad Urbanek, Robert E. Michler, Roberto Bolli, Jan. Kajstura, Annarosa Leri, and Piero Anversa (Vol. 104, No. 35, Aug. 28, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 14068-14073). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/35/14068?etoc

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Journal of the American Medical Association Medical News & Perspectives Extract: "'Roadmap' Aids Malaria Vaccine Efforts," by Bridget M. Kuehn (Vol. 298, No., 8, Aug. 22/29, 2007, p. 849-851).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/298/8/849

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New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract:

A. "Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Mortality in Swedish Obese Subjects," by Lars Sjöström, Kristina Narbro, C. David Sjöström, Kristjan Karason, Bo Larsson, Hans Wedel, Ted Lystig, Marianne Sullivan, Claude Bouchard, Björn Carlsson, Calle Bengtsson, Sven Dahlgren, Anders Gummesson, Peter Jacobson, Jan Karlsson, Anna-Karin Lindroos, Ph.D., Hans Lönroth, Ingmar Näslund, Torsten Olbers, Kaj Stenlöf, Jarl Torgerson, Göran Ågren, and Lena M.S. Carlsson, for the Swedish Obese Subjects Study (Vol. 357, No. 8, August 23, 2007, p. 741-752).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/357/8/741

B. "Long-Term Mortality after Gastric Bypass Surgery," by Ted D. Adams, Richard E. Gress, Sherman C. Smith, R. Chad Halverson, Steven C. Simper, Wayne D. Rosamond, Michael J. LaMonte, Antoinette M. Stroup, and Steven C. Hunt (Vol. 357, No. 8, August 23, 2007, p. 753-761).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/357/8/753

C. "A Study of Sexuality and Health among Older Adults in the United States," by Stacy Tessler Lindau, L. Philip Schumm, Edward O. Laumann, Wendy Levinson, Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh, and Linda J. Waite (Vol. 357, No. 8, August 23, 2007, p. 762-774).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/357/8/762

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British Medical Journal Analysis Extract: "Challenges of implementing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination policy," by Angela E. Raffle (Vol. 335, No. 7616, August 25, 2007, p. 375-377).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/335/7616/375

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Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing access."Incidence of new-onset diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in patients with recent myocardial infarction and the effect of clinical and lifestyle risk factors," by Dariush Mozaffarian, RosaMaria Marfisi, Giacomo Levantesi, Maria G. Silletta, Luigi Tavazzi, Gianni Tognoni, Franco Valagussa, and Roberto Marchioli (Vol. 370, No. 9588, August 25, 2007, p. 667-675).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613439/abstract

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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. 32, Aug. 27, 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:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "The Value of Life Near its End and Terminal Care," by Gary Becker, Kevin Murphy, and Tomas Philipson (w13333, August 2007, .pdf format, 21p).

Abstract:

Medical care at the end of life, which is often is estimated to contribute up to a quarter of US health care spending, often encounters skepticism from payers and policy makers who question its high cost and often minimal health benefits. It seems generally agreed upon that medical resources are being wasted on excessive care for end-of-life treatments that often only prolong minimally an already frail life. However, though many observers have claimed that such spending is often irrational and wasteful, little explicit and systematic analysis exists on the incentives that determine end of life health care spending. There exists no positive theory that attempts to explain the high degree of end-of life spending and why differences across individuals, populations, or time occur in such spending. This paper attempts to provide the first rational and systematic analysis of the incentives behind end of life care. The main argument we make is that existing estimates of the value of a life year do not apply to the valuation of life at the end of life. We stress the low opportunity cost of medical spending near ones death, the importance of keeping hope alive in a terminal care setting, the larger social value of a life than estimated in private demand settings, as well as the insignificance in quality of life in lowering its value. We derive how an ex-ante perspective in terms of insurance and R&D alters some of these conclusions.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13333

B. "The height of US-born non-Hispanic children and adolescents ages 2-19, born 1942-2002 in the NHANES Samples," by John Komlos and Ariane Breitfelder (w13324, August 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

We examine the height of non-Hispanic US-born children born 1942-2002 on the basis of all NHES and NHANES data sets available. We use the CDC 2000 reference values to convert height into Height-for-Age z-scores stratified by gender. We decompose deviations from the reference values into an age-effect and a secular trend effect and find that after an initial increase in the 1940s, heights experienced a downward cycle to reach their early 1950s peak again only c. two decades later. After the early 1970s heights increased almost continuously until the present. Girls born in 2002 are estimated to be 0.35[sigma] and boys are 0.39[sigma] above their 1971 values implying an increase of circa 2.5 cm between birth cohorts 1971 and 2002 as an average of all ages (Table 3). Age effects are also substantial - pointing to faster tempo of growth. Girls are c. 0.23[sigma] taller at age 11 and boys 0.15[sigma] taller at age 13 than reference values (Figure 3). This translates into an age effect of circa 1.7 cm and 1.3 cm respectively. Hence, the combined estimated trend and age-effects are substantially larger than those reported hitherto. The two-decade stagnation in heights and the upward trend beginning in the early 1970s confirm the upswing in adult heights born c. 1975-1983, and implies that adults are likely to continue to increase in height. We find the expected positive correlation between height and family income, but income does not affect the secular trend or the age effects markedly.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13324

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

AIDS (Vol. 21, No. 14, Sept. 2007).

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200709120-00000.htm

Environmental Research: (Vol. 105, No. 1, September 2007).

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

Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 2, No. 3, July 2007).

http://www.journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=HEP&volumeId=2&issueId=03

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 70, No. 2, September 2007, .pdf format, 1p.). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Health Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://www.neha.org/pdf/JEH/JEH09.07_toc.pdf

Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 9, Sept. 2007).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200709000-00000.htm

Public Health (Vol. 121, No. 10, October 2007).

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

National Institutes of Health:

A. "Research on Interventions for Child Abuse and Neglect (R01)," (PA-07-437, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with other agencies, August 21, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-437.html

B. "Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Researchers (LRP)," (PA-07-438, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, August 21, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-438.html

C. "Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP)," (PA-07-439, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, August 21, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-439.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization: "Five (5) UNESCO ALD Positions" (Application deadline, Sep. 24, 2007). For more information on each position see:

http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=39144&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

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Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Aug. 21-27, 2007).

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

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Aug. 21-28, 2007).

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

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DATA:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets Aug. 27, 2007 (dated Aug. 13, 2007, but has new studies since that time) 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 Meta-Page: "Key Resources on Health Coverage and the Uninsured."

http://www.kff.org/uninsured/resources.cfm

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