Current Social Science Research Report--Health #33, October 2, 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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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. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January - March 2007," by Robin A. Cohen and Michael E. Martinez (September 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur200709.pdf

2. Centers for Disease Control Periodical: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 13, No. 10, September 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm?s_cid=eidindex_e

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

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports Articles:

A. "State-Specific Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Quitting Among Persons Aged 18--35 Years --- United States, 2006" (Vol. 56, No. 38, Sep. 28, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 993-996).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5638a2.htm

B. "Update on Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses --- Worldwide, January 2006--August 2007" (Vol. 56, No. 38, Sep. 28, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 996-1001).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5638a3.htm

C. "QuickStats: Percentage of Deaths from Malignant Neoplasms, by Sex and Type of Cancer --- United States, 2004" (Vol. 56, No. 38, Sep. 28, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1006).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5638a7.htm

.pdf for all:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5638.pdf

4. National Institutes of Health News Release: "Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research Highlighted in 2006 Annual Bibliography" (Oct. 1, 2007). There is a link to the bibliography in the news release (.pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/oct2007/od-01.htm

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General Reports:

A. "The Food and Drug Administrations Oversight of Clinical Trials" (OEI-01-06-00160, September 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act generally requires all new drugs and medical devices to undergo clinical trials on human subjects to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of these products prior to approval for sale in the United States. The sponsors, clinical investigators, and institutional review boards (IRBs) that conduct and oversee these trials must comply with FDA regulations designed to protect the human subjects participating in them. Three FDA centers monitor and approve medical investigational products for human use: the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. FDAs Bioresearch Monitoring (BiMo) Program is a cross-center program that conducts inspections to verify clinical trial data and confirm that human subjects are adequately protected. FDAs Office of Regulatory Affairs conducts onsite BiMo inspections of sponsors, clinical investigators, and IRBs as assigned by the centers. OIG received a congressional request to evaluate FDAs oversight of clinical trials after a series of news articles highlighted vulnerabilities. We identified data limitations and other factors that affect FDAs ability to effectively manage the BiMo program. For example, FDA is unable to identify all clinical trials and IRBs, and it lacks a single database for tracking its own inspections. Furthermore, the three FDA centers and the Office of Regulatory Affairs inconsistently classify some inspections. In addition, FDAs guidance and regulations do not reflect current clinical trials practices. Finally, we estimate that FDA inspected about 1 percent of clinical trials for the fiscal year 2000-2005 period. FDA should take the following steps to improve its information systems and processes: (1) develop a clinical trial database that includes all clinical trials, (2) create an IRB registry, (3) create a cross-center database that allows complete tracking of BiMo inspections, (4) establish a mechanism to provide feedback to BiMo investigators on their inspection reports and findings, and (5) seek legal authority to provide oversight that reflects current clinical trial practices. FDA concurred with four of these five recommendations. FDA did not address our recommendation to establish a mechanism to provide feedback to BiMo investigators on their inspection reports and findings.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-01-06-00160.pdf

B. "Assessing States Progress in Meeting State Childrens Health Insurance Program Goals" (OEI-05-07-0033, September 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

This report is in response to the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999 requirement that every 3 years the Office of Inspector General (1) evaluate whether States are enrolling Medicaid eligible children in their State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and (2) assess States progress in reducing the number of uninsured low-income children, including their progress in meeting the strategic objectives and performance goals included in State plans. This report addresses the second mandate. This report (1) assesses States progress in reducing the number of uninsured low-income children and (2) assesses States progress in meeting performance goals related to SCHIP. The first mandate is addressed in a separate report.

We found that nationally the percentage of uninsured low-income children had a statistically significant decrease from 20 percent in 2002 to 18.5 percent in 2005. However, no State experienced a statistically significant change. We found that 37 States met or made progress in meeting at least half of their performance goals. Of the States that reported progress, the largest number of States reported progress for performance goals related to increasing access to care and increasing the use of preventative care. Despite improvements that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made to the Annual Report template, States progress remains difficult to assess. States progress in reducing the number of uninsured children is difficult to assess because of U.S. Census Bureau data limitations. Also, States use of nondirectional performance goals, as well as goals and measures missing from Annual Reports, limit the usefulness of the Annual Report in assessing States progress meeting performance goals.

Based on the report findings, we recommend that CMS continue efforts to address concerns regarding U.S. Census Bureau data. We also recommend that CMS provide guidance to States on developing directional performance goals with a target. Lastly, we recommend that CMS ensure that States report on all goals and measures.

In its comments to our draft report, CMS indicated general support for our findings and recommendations.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-07-00330.pdf

C. "Improper Payments for Medicaid Pediatric Dental Services" (OEI-04-04-00210, September 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Under the Early and Periodic, Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) program, children and youth enrolled in Medicaid receive routine and preventive health care services, including dental services. Federal regulations require State Medicaid programs to ensure claims for the EPSDT services are accurate, supported by documentation, and provided as medically necessary. The Medicaid policies established in each of the five States we reviewed (Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Texas) also include these requirements. We used a medical record review contractor to examine the appropriateness of payments for a stratified random sample of Medicaid pediatric dental services provided in the five States during calendar year 2003. We determined if the services met requirements for proper documentation, billing, and medical necessity. We found that 31 percent of Medicaid pediatric dental services provided during 2003 in the five States did not meet Federal and State requirements for the EPSDT services. These services resulted in improper payments of approximately $155 million, of which the Federal share was approximately $96 million. Documentation errors accounted for $138 million (89 percent) of the total improper payments we identified. These errors prevented medical record reviewers from determining if the services were medically necessary and billed appropriately. Documentation errors consistently accounted for the largest amount of improper payments in all five States. To address these findings, we recommend CMS increase efforts to ensure States enforce existing policies relating to the proper documentation of pediatric dental services. CMS should also provide assistance to States to promote provider awareness and ensure compliance with documentation requirements. CMS stated that it does not disagree with our recommendations and that our recommendations dovetail into the Medicaid Integrity Group's charge to provide effective support and assistance to States.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-04-00210.pdf

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US States:

New Jersey:

Department of Health and Senior Services Report: "Cesarean Delivery: Comparing New Jersey Hospitals," by Charles E Denk (September 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/topics0907.pdf

Wisconsin:

Department of Health and Family Services Report: "Wisconsin Cancer Incidence and Mortality, 2000-2004" (September 2007, .pdf format, 141p.).

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/wcrs/pdf/cancerwi0004.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Report: "Financial Resources Required to Achieve Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support" (September 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://data.unaids.org/pub/Report/2007/20070925_advocacy_grne2_en.pdf

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Pan American Health Organization Compendium: Health in the Americas: 2007 (2007, .pdf format for both regional (425p.) and country (744p.) volumes).

http://www.paho.org/HIA/homeing.html

Note: click on "Regional" or "Country" volume at the top of the page for link to .pdf full text. Click on the pictures of the book on the left side of the page for links to .zip compressed .pdf versions.

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Bermuda:

Ministry of Health Report: "2006 Health Survey of Adults and Children in Bermuda" (September 2007, .pdf format, 91p.).

http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_980_227_1014_43/http%3B/ptpublisher.gov.bm%3B7087/publishedcontent/publish/cabinet_office/statistics/dept___statistics___additonal_files/articles/2006_health_survey_of_adults_and_children_in_bermuda_0.pdf

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New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Diabetes Surveillance: Population-based estimates and projections for New Zealand, 2001-2011," by Martin Tobias, Li-Chia Yeh and Craig Wright (Public Health Intelligence Occasional Bulletin No. 46, September 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 25p.).

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/diabetes-suveillance-population-estimates-projections-2001-2011?Open

Click on "Publication availability" for link to full text.

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Scotland:

Scottish Public Health Observatory Report: "Obesity in Scotland: An epidemiology briefing, 2007," by Ian Grant, Colin Fischbacher, and Bruce Whyte (September 2007, .pdf format, 52p.).

http://www.scotpho.org.uk/web/site/home/Publications/scotphoreports/pub_obesityinscotland.asp

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South Africa

Department of Health Report: "National Injury Mortality Surveillance System 2005" (September 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/nimss-f.html

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UK:

1. Department of Health Report: "Bed availability and occupancy, England 2006 - 07" (September 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/data_requests/index.htm

2. National Health Service Reports:

A. "NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 2006-07" (September 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 40p.).

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/health-and-lifestyles/immunisation/nhs-immunisation-statistics-england:-2006-07-%5Bns%5D

B. "Statistics on Smoking, England 2007" (September 2007, .pdf format, 171p.).

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/health-and-lifestyles/smoking/statistics-on-smoking-england-2007-%5Bns%5D

3. Department for Transport Report: "Road Casualties Great Britain: 2006" (September 2007, .pdf format, 181p.).

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/accidents/casualtiesgbar/roadcasualtiesgreatbritain2006

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Employee Benefit Research Institute Issue Brief: "Health Insurance and Taxes: Can Changing the Tax Treatment of Health Insurance Fix Our Health Care System?" by Paul Fronstin and Dallas Salisbury (EBRI Issue Brief No. 309, September 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=3845

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Urban Institute Report: "Eligible but Not Enrolled: How SCHIP Reauthorization Can Help," by Stan Dorn (September 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411549.html

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Kaiser Family Foundation Factsheets:

A. "Health Coverage of Children: The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP" (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, September 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/uninsured/7698.cfm

B. "Trends in Health Care Costs and Spending" (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, September 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/insurance/7692.cfm

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American Enterprise Institute Brief: "Reform without Reason: What's Wrong with the FDA Amendments Act of 2007," by John E. Calfee (Health Policy Outlook No. 12, September 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.26859/pub_detail.asp

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Institute of Medicine Monograph: The Future of Disability in America, edited by Marilyn J. Field and Alan M. Jette (2007, National Academies Press, OpenBook format, 592p.). Ordering information for a print and .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11898

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract, Book Review Extracts

A. "Telephone Screening, Outreach, and Care Management for Depressed Workers and Impact on Clinical and Work Productivity Outcomes: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Philip S. Wang, Gregory E. Simon, Jerry Avorn, Francisca Azocar, Evette J. Ludman, Joyce McCulloch, Maria Z. Petukhova, and Ronald C. Kessler (Vol. 298, No. 12, September 26, 2007, p. 1401-1411).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/12/1401

B. HIV and the Pathogenesis of AIDS, by Jay A. Levy, reviewed by Gene M. Shearer, (Vol. 298, No. 11, Sep. 19, 2007, p. 1334-1335).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/298/11/1334

C. Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement, by Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, reviewed by Richard L. Kravitz (Vol. 298, No. 11, Sep. 19, 2007, p. 1336-1336).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/298/11/1336

D. A Second Opinion: Rescuing America’s Healthcare, by Arnold S. Relman , reviewed by Leonardo Trasande (Vol. 298, No. 11, Sep. 19, 2007, p. 1338).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/298/11/1338

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New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years," by William W. Thompson, Cristofer Price, Barbara Goodson, David K. Shay, Patti Benson, Virginia L. Hinrichsen, Edwin Lewis, Eileen Eriksen, Paula Ray, S. Michael Marcy, John Dunn, Lisa A. Jackson, Tracy A. Lieu, Steve Black, Gerrie Stewart, Eric S. Weintraub, Robert L. Davis, and Frank DeStefano (Vol. 357, No. 13, September 27, 2007, p. 1281-1292).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/357/13/1281

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British Medical Journal Article: "Cancer risk among users of oral contraceptives: cohort data from the Royal College of General Practitioner's oral contraception study," by Philip C. Hannaford, Sivasubramaniam Selvaraj, Alison M. Elliott, Valerie Angus, Lisa Iversen, and Amanda J. Lee (Vol. 335, No. 7621, Sep. 29, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 651-659). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/335/7621/651

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Lancet article: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Barriers to improvement of mental health services in low-income and middle-income countries," by Benedetto Saraceno, Mark van Ommeren, Rajaie Batniji, Alex Cohen, Oye Gureje, John Mahoney, Devi Sridhar, and Chris Underhill (Series, Global Mental Health, Vol. 370, No. 9593, Sep. 29, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1164-1174). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS014067360761263X/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. 37, Oct. 1, 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: "Community and Health Facility Influences on Contraceptive Use in the Eastern Cape, South Africa," by Rob Stephenson, Andy Beke, Delphin Tshibangu (WP-07-98, September 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

Abstract:

This paper uses linked individual and health facility data from the 1998 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey and the 1998 Eastern Cape Facility Survey to explore community and health facility influences on modern contraceptive use. Several pathways of influence between the community and individual contraceptive adoption are identified, centering primarily on the community climate of female autonomy. Few significant effects of the health facility environment on contraceptive adoption are identified. The residual variation in contraceptive use highlights the deficits existing in current data sets for capturing community influences on contraceptive behaviour.

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/wp-07-98.pdf

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Teen Smoking and Birth Outcomes," by MaryBeth Walker, Erdal Tekin, Sally Wallace (w13386, September 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

Abstract:

n the U.S. teen mothers are more likely to give birth to low birth weight babies than non-teen mothers. There is also substantial evidence that smoking is a risk factor correlated with low birth weight. Low birth weight is a costly outcome in both the short and long term for parents, children, and society at large. This paper examines the causal link between teen age smoking behavior and low birth weight. We use a variety of empirical techniques including fixed effects and a matching estimator to identify the impact of smoking on babies of teen and non-teen mothers. We find that both OLS and matching estimator results yield large impacts of smoking on birth weight for teens and adults. However, when we control for unobservables through a fixed effects model, the impact of smoking on birth weight is diminished and there are relatively small differences in the impact of smoking on birth weight between teens and non-teens.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13386

B. "The Power of the Pill for the Next Generation," by Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat, Daniel M. Hungerman (w13402, September 2007, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

In this paper we ask how the diffusion of oral contraception to young unmarried women affected the number and maternal characteristics of children born to these women. Using census data, we find that early pill access led to an increase in the share of children whose mothers were married, college-educated, and had professional occupations. The pill's effects on the average mother are different from the pill's effects on the average woman, and the effects of the pill on maternal characteristics are in some instances different from the effects of abortion. We investigate the mechanisms by which the pill led to these differential effects and find that access to the pill led to falls in short-term fertility rates for young women and led to decreases in lifetime fertility at the intensive and extensive margins. The impacts of the pill on household characteristics are thus associated with retiming of births, changes in the characteristics of potential mothers, changes in which women become mothers, and by reductions in completed family size. Finally, while the pill affected maternal characteristics differently than abortion, we find suggestive results that availability of the pill lowered abortions among young women.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13402

C. "he Effects of Mandatory Seatbelt Laws on Seatbelt Use, Motor Vehicle Fatalities, and Crash-Related Injuries among Youths," by Christopher S. Carpenter and Mark Stehr (w13408, September 2007, .pdf format, 49p.).

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We provide the first comprehensive assessment of the effects of mandatory seatbelt laws on self-reported seatbelt use, highway fatalities, and crash-related injuries among high school age youths using data from the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from 1991 to 2005, a period spanning over 20 changes in state seatbelt laws. Our quasi-experimental approaches isolate the independent effects of seatbelt laws net of demographic characteristics, area and year fixed effects, and smooth area-specific trends. Across all data sources, we find consistent evidence that state mandatory seatbelt laws -- particularly those permitting primary enforcement -- significantly increased seatbelt use among high school age youths by 45-80 percent, primarily at the extensive margin. Unlike previous research for adults, however, we find evidence against the selective recruitment hypothesis: seatbelt laws had consistently larger effects on those most likely to be involved in traffic accidents (drinkers, alcohol-involved drivers). We also find that mandatory seatbelt laws significantly reduced traffic fatalities and serious injuries resulting from fatal crashes by 8 and 9 percent, respectively. Our results suggest that if all states had primary enforcement seatbelt laws then regular youth seatbelt use would be nearly universal and youth fatalities would fall by about 120 per year.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13408

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

Journal of Biosocial Science (Vol. 39, No. 6, Nov. 2007).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=JBS&volumeId=39&issueId=06

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 115, No. 10, October 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 this database and this issue.

http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2007/115-10/toc.html

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 70, No. 3, October 2007, .pdf format, 1p.). Note: 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.

http://www.neha.org/pdf/JEH/JEH10.07_TOC.pdf

Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 30, No. 5, October 2007).

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Kaiser Family Foundation: "2008 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. (September 2007). Application deadline is Dec. 14, 2007. For more information see:

http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/bjscholars/bjsapplication.cfm

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US National Institutes of Health: "Limited Competition: Study of Attitudes and Factors Affecting Infant Care (U10) (RFA-HD-07-102, Sep. 28, 2007, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-07-102.html

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CONFERENCES:

Canadian Society for International Health/Societe canadienne de sante internationale: "14th Canadian Conference on International Health," to be held Nov. 4-7, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information see:

http://www.confersense-events.com/ccih/

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US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Risk Assessment, Economic Analysis, and Foodborne Illness Regulations Conference," to be held Nov. 16, 2007 in Washington, DC. For more information see:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/ConferenceCenter/IRAC/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Population Reference Bureau: "Technical Director for Population, Health, and the Environment (PHE)." For more information see:

http://www.prb.org/Home/About/JobOpportunities.aspx

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Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Sep. 26 - Oct. 2, 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. 26-Oct. 2, 2007).

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Education and Labor Committee Hearing Publication: "Examining Innovative Approaches to Covering the Uninsured, Through Employer-Provided Health Benefits," a hearing held Mar. 15, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-10, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 116p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/search.html

Search 110th Congress House Reports for "110-10" (without the quotes). More than one item will be returned. Scroll to of "find in page" the above title.

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US House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity Hearing Testimony: "Beyond the Checklist: Addressing Shortfalls in National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness," a hearing held Sep. 26, 2007. (.pdf format). A video transcript of this hearing is available at the site (Windows Media format, running time: 3 hours, 16 minutes, 43 seconds).

http://hsc.house.gov/hearings/index.asp?ID=89

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (all, September 2007, 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)

MEPS HC-094F: 2005 Outpatient Visits File

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094F

MEPS HC-094G: 2005 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094G

MEPS HC-094E: 2005 Emergency Room Visits File

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-094E

In addition, MEPS has made available "Household Component Summary Tables" (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, September 2007). "New health insurance deductible, copayment, and coinsurance tables added for 2002-2005 MEPS Insurance Component Survey."

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/quick_tables_search.jsp?component=1&subcomponent=0

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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 5644 -Understanding Adherence to Anti-Hypertensive Medication: a Theory Based Approach, 2002-2005

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5644

SN 5628 -Acute Trusts: Adult Inpatients Survey, 2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5628

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation Statehealthfacts.org Update: "Kaiser's statehealthfacts.org has added and updated tables dated from Sep. 7-19, 2007 that may be of interest to health researchers.

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/whatsnew.jsp

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