Current Social Science Research Report--Health #31, September 18, 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

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Medical Expenditure Panel Study Chartbook, Statistical Brief, and Report:

A. "Dental Use, Expenses, Dental Coverage, and Changes, 1996 and 2004," by Richard J. Manski and Erwin Brown, Jr. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,Chartbook 17, September 2007, .pdf format, 137p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Chartbook&opt=2&id=827

B. "Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for State and Local Governments, by Census Division, 2005," by John P. Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 184, September 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=830

C. "Health Care Expenditures for Uncomplicated Pregnancies," by Steven R. Machlin and Frederick Rohde (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Research Findings 27, August 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Research%20Findings&opt=2&id=829

2. National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stats: "Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2005," by Hsiang-Ching Kung, Donna L. Hoyert, Jiaquan Xu, and Sherry L. Murphy (September 2007). The Health E-Stats is linked to from a NCHS news release: "U.S. Life Expectancy Hits New High of Nearly 78 Years" (Sep. 12, 2007).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/07newsreleases/lifeexpectancy.htm

3. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "An Online Cost Calculator for Estimating the Economic Cost of Illness Due to Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) O157 Infections," by Paul D. Frenzen (Economic Information Bulletin No. EIB-28, September 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/eib28/

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Cocaine Route of Administration Trends, 1995-2005," (Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/crackTX/crackTX.cfm

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US States:

Illinois:

Department of Public Health Report: "AIDS/HIV/STD Surveillance Report, August 2007" (September 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/aids/Surv_Report_0807.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

1. Children's Fund Press Release: "Child deaths fall below 10 million for first time," (September 13, 2007).

http://www.unicef.org/media/media_40855.html

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Monograph, Report:

A. The Challenge of obesity in the WHO European Region and the strategies for response," edited by Francesco Branca, Haik Nikogosian and Tim Lobstein (2007, .pdf format, 324p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.

http://www.euro.who.int/eprise/main/who/InformationSources/Publications/Catalogue/20070914_1

B. "Health workforce policies in the European Region," (2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/document/rc57/edoc09.pdf

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European Union:

Europa Report: "Health in the European Union" (Eurobarometer 66.2, September 2007, .pdf format, 125p.).

http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_publication/eb_health_en.pdf

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New Zealand:

Health Information Service/Te Parango Hauroa Reports: Note: for all three of the reports below, links to full text and tables are near the bottom of the pages referenced.

A. "Report on Maternity: Maternal and Newborn Information 2004" (September 2007, .pdf format, 119p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/publications/maternityreport.html

B. "Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2003," (September 2007, .pdf format, 111p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/publications/cancer.html

C. "Mental Health: Service Use in New Zealand 2004" (September 2007, .pdf format, 105p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/publications/mental.html

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Challenges in municipal health and social services" (Sep. 11, 2007). The news release links to one topical table.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/03/hjulet_en/

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Scotland:

Scottish Government Statistics Report: "Secure Accommodation Statistics 2006-07" (September 2007, .pdf format, 18p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/09/11112639/0

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UK:

Department of Health Report: "Third prevalence survey of healthcare associated infections in acute hospitals in England 2006" (September 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_078388

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Kaiser Family Foundation/National Opinion Research Center Report, Issue Brief:

A. "Employer Health Benefits 2007 Annual Survey," (September 2007, .pdf format, 195p.).

http://www.kff.org/insurance/7672/

B. "What Happened to the Insurance Coverage of Children and Adults in 2006?" (September 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.kff.org/uninsured/7694.cfm

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Urban Institute Research Brief, Report:

A. "Medicaid and SCHIP Participation Rates: Implications for New CMS Directive," by Genevieve M. Kenney (Health Policy Online No. 16, September 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411543

B. "Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance and the Low-Income Workforce: Limitations of the System and Strategies for Increasing Coverage," by Linda J. Blumberg (September 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411536

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Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health: Qualitative Evidence from Ghana," by Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme, Kofi Awusabo-Asare and Ann Biddlecom (Occasional Report No. 30, August 2007, .pdf format, 62p.).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2007/08/31/or30.pdf

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British Medical Journal Editorial, Articles. This week's BMJ (Vol. 335, No. 7619, Sep. 15, 2007) contains an editorial and three research articles on the topic of the "smoke-free legislation in Scotland."

http://www.bmj.com/content/vol335/issue7619/index.dtl

Scroll to "Editorials" and "Research." All of these articles are available free of charge.

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

A. "Aboriginal health: a decade-old election promise" (Editorial, Vol. 370, No. 9591, Sep. 15, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 910). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607614226/fulltext

B. "Malaria returns to Kenya's highlands as temperatures rise," by Zoe Alsop (World Report, Vol. 370, No. 9591, Sep. 15, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 925-926). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607614287/fulltext

C. "Global Mental Health: Treatment and prevention of mental disorders in low-income and middle-income countries," by Vikram Patel,Ricardo Araya, Sudipto Chatterjee, Dan Chisholm, Alex Cohen, Mary De Silva, Clemens Hosman, Hugh McGuire, Graciela Rojas, and Mark van Ommeren (Series, Vol. 370, No. 9591, Sep. 15, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 925-926). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607612409/fulltext

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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. 35, Sep. 17, 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. "Long-Term Effects Of The 1959-1961 China Famine: Mainland China and Hong Kong," by Douglas Almond, Lena Edlund, Hongbin Li, and Junsen Zhang (w13384, September 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

This paper estimates the effects of maternal malnutrition exploiting the 1959-1961 Chinese famine as a natural experiment. In the 1% sample of the 2000 Chinese Census, we find that fetal exposure to acute maternal malnutrition had compromised a range of socioeconomic outcomes, including: literacy, labor market status, wealth and marriage market outcomes. Women married spouses with less education and later, as did men, if at all. In addition, maternal malnutrition reduced the sex ratio (males to females) in two generations -- those prenatally exposed and their children -- presumably through heightened male mortality. This tendency toward female offspring is interpretable in light of the Trivers-Willard (1973) hypothesis, according to which parents in poor condition should skew the offspring sex ratio toward daughters. Hong Kong natality micro data from 1984-2004 further confirm this pattern of female offspring among mainland-born residents exposed to malnutrition in utero.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w13384

B. "The Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Mortality: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the Minimum Drinking Age," by Christopher Carpenter and Carlos Dobkin (w13374, September 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

This paper estimates the effect of alcohol consumption on mortality using the minimum drinking age in a regression discontinuity design. We find that granting legal access to alcohol at age 21 leads to large and immediate increases in several measures of alcohol consumption, including a 21 percent increase in the number of days on which people drink. This increase in alcohol consumption results in a discrete 9 percent increase in the mortality rate at age 21. The overall increase in deaths is due primarily to a 14 percent increase in deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, a 30 percent increase in alcohol overdoses and alcohol-related deaths, and a 15 percent increase in suicides. Combining the reduced-form estimates reveals that a 1 percent increase in the number of days a young adult drinks or drinks heavily results in a .4 percent increase in total mortality. Given that mortality due to external causes peaks at about age 21 and that young adults report very high levels of alcohol consumption, our results suggest that public policy interventions to reduce youth drinking can have substantial public health benefits.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13374

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Population Council: "Ethnic differentials in parental health seeking for childhood illness in Vietnam," by Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan and James F. Phillips (Poverty, Gender, and Youth Working Paper no. 3, 2007, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/wp/pgy/003.html

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International Labour Organization: "Social Health Protection: An ILO strategy towards universal access to health care: A Consultation" (Issues in Social Protection Discussion Paper 19, August 2007, .pdf format, 88p.).

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/secsoc/downloads/healthpolicy.pdf

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

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 19, No. 5, October 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://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol19/issue5/index.dtl

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

National Institutes of Health: "Americas Fellowship in Reproductive Sciences (F05)," (PA-07-453, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, September 12, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-453.html

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CONFERENCES:

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: "Investing in Young People's Health and Development: Research That Improves Policies and Programs: An International Conference," (April 27-29, 2008, Abuja, Nigeria). The call for abstracts can be found in .pdf and Microsoft Word format (deadline for submissions is November 15, 2007).

http://www.jhsph.edu/gatesinstitute/policy_practice/adolhealth

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Sep. 11-18, 2007).

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

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings from Sep. 11-18, 2007).

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US Senate Budget Committee Hearing Testimony: "Health Care and the Budget: Options for Achieving Universal Health Coverage," a hearing held September 11, 2007 (.pdf format.

http://budget.senate.gov/democratic/hearingstate.html

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DATA:

National Center for Health Statistics: "Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) Linked Mortality Data," (September 2007, .pdf (documentation) and ASCII (data) format, SAS and Stata programming statments). "NCHS has conducted a mortality linkage of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). Linkage of the NHANES III survey participants with the NDI provides the opportunity to conduct a vast array of outcome studies designed to investigate the association of a wide variety of health factors with mortality." A public-use and restricted version of the file is available:

Public Use:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/nhanes3_data_linkage_mortality_public-use.htm

Restricted Use File:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/nhanes3_data_linkage_mortality_restricted-use.htm

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets Sept. 17, 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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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 5706 -ONS Omnibus Survey, Tobacco Consumption Module, October, November and December 2005 and January and February 2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5706

SN 5707 -ONS Omnibus Survey, Smoking Module, October and November, 2005

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5707

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation globalhealthfacts.org Update: "GlobalHealthFacts.org, which provides free, easy access to the latest country-level health information, has updated more than 50 health-related indicators across a wide range of areas and topics. Data updates include birth, fertility, and death rates; total, government and private expenditures on health; Global Fund grants for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; physicians, nurses, community health workers, and hospital beds; access to water, improved sanitation and child immunization coverage; GDP per capita and external debt; as well as many more. All data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses. The updates are available at:

http://globalhealthfacts.org/

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