Current Social Science Research Report--Health #40, November 20, 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:

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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. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles (all in HTML and .pdf format).

A. "Acute Respiratory Disease Associated with Adenovirus Serotype 14 --- Four States, 2006--2007" (Vol. 56, No. 45, Nov. 16, 2007, p. 1181-1184).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5645a1.htm

B. "Racial Disparities in Diabetes Mortality Among Persons Aged 1--19 Years --- United States, 1979--2004" (Vol. 56, No. 45, Nov. 16, 2007, p. 1184-1187).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5645a2.htm

C. "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication --- India, January 2006--September 2007" (Vol. 56, No. 45, Nov. 16, 2007, p. 1187-1191).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5645a3.htm

D. "QuickStats: Estimated Percentage of Adults Aged >18 Years With Asthma, by Sex and Race/Ethnicity --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006" (Vol. 56, No. 45, Nov. 16, 2007, p. 1187-1193).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5645a6.htm

.pdf for all:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5645.pdf

2. Centers for Disease Control News Release: "Nation's Influenza Vaccine Supplies Continue to Increase; CDC Advises Broadening of Vaccination Efforts" (Nov. 9, 2007).

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r071109.htm

3. National Institutes of Health News Release: "Diabetes Rates Are Increasing Among Youth" (Nov. 13, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/nov2007/niddk-13.htm

4. Government Accountability Office Reports:

A. "Influenza Vaccine: Issues Related to Production, Distribution, and Public Health Messages," (GAO-08-27, October 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-27

B. "Medicaid: Thousands of Medicaid Providers Abuse the Federal Tax System" (GAO-08-17, November 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-17

5. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Brief: "Hospital Stays Related to Depression, 2005," by C. Allison Russo, Megan M. Hambrick, and Pamela L. Owens (Statistical Brief No. 40, November 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb40.pdf

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

A. "Older Adults in Substance Abuse Treatment, 2005," (Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, November 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

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

B. ""Depression and the Initiation of Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Young Adults," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, November 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/newUsers/depression.cfm

7. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General Report: "Unit of Measure Inconsistencies in the Medicaid Prescription Drug Program" (OEI-05-07-00050, November 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

This report (1) estimates the amount of inappropriate Medicaid rebate claims caused by unit of measure inconsistencies and (2) determines how often States convert their Medicaid utilization data to correct for unit of measure inconsistencies. Prescription drugs are defined using two types of unit of measure standards. Inconsistencies between the two standards have potential financial implications for Medicaid rebates. We estimate that unit of measure inconsistencies resulted in $11.8 million in inappropriately claimed Medicaid rebates during the first 6 months of 2006. We found that most inconsistencies involve the unit type each. We also found that, on average, States convert 45 percent of their utilization data for drugs with unit of measure inconsistencies. Further, we found that States cannot use package size data from CMS to efficiently detect or correct for unit of measure inconsistencies.

To reduce the potential for inappropriately claimed Medicaid rebates due to unit of measure inconsistencies, we recommend that CMS provide more specific guidance to manufacturers regarding the unit type each. We also recommend that CMS improve its guidance to States regarding detecting and converting unit of measure inconsistencies.

In response to the draft report, CMS disagreed with the recommendations. CMS does not believe that (1) unit of measure inconsistencies account for significant improper Medicaid rebate payments and (2) the issue warrants further action beyond its current approach. We recognize that inappropriate Medicaid rebate claims caused by unit of measure inconsistencies represent less than 1 percent of total rebate claims. However, as the analysis of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs and CMS data shows, unit of measure inconsistencies remain a problem within the Medicaid prescription drug program. Although we support the efforts already undertaken by CMS to prevent and correct for unit of measure inconsistencies, we maintain that CMS should implement the recommendations to assist manufacturers and States in resolving and preventing remaining unit of measure inconsistencies

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-07-00050.pdf

8. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Gauging the Use of HCBS (Medicaid home and community-based services) Supports Waivers for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Final Project Report," by Janet O'Keeffe (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 40p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2007/gaugingfr.htm

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US States:

Florida:

Department of Health Report: "Out in the Open: The Continuing Crisis of HIV/AIDs Among Florida’s Men Who Have Sex With Men" (October 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/aids/Docs/MSM-10-15-07.pdf

Illinois:

Illinois Department of Public Health Report: "Hiv/Aids/Std Monthly Surveillance Update" (October 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/aids/Surv_Report_1007.pdf

Louisiana:

Department of Health and Hospitals Report: "Louisiana Sexually Transmitted Diseases Annual Report 2006" (November 2007, .pdf format, 51p.).

http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/reports.asp?ID=272&Detail=516

New Jersey:

Department of Health and Senior Services Report: "New Jersey Health Statistics, 2004 Infant and Fetal Mortality" (2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 49p.).

http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/stats04/inffet.shtml

New York:

Department of Health Report: "New York State Minority Health Surveillance Report - September 2007" (2007, .pdf format, 92p.).

http://www.health.state.ny.us/statistics/community/minority/

North Carolina:

Department of Health and Human Services Reports:

A. "BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) News Brief - Who's Still Smoking in N.C.? - 2007" (Surveillance Update, October 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/brfss/pdf/brfssgaso07.pdf

B. "Births to Women Enrolled in Medicaid at the Time of Delivery with Prenatal Care Provided in NC Public Health Departments," by Paul A. Buescher and Joseph L. Holliday (Statistical Brief, November 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/pdf/SB34.pdf

South Dakota:

Department of Health Surveillance Summary: "Monthly Infectious Disease" (October 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://doh.sd.gov/ID/site.aspx

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NGO and Other Countries:

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Monograph: Health at a Glance 2007 - OECD Indicators (November 2007, 195p., ISBN: 9264027327). This monograph is available in print only at this time. For more information, see:

http://www.oecd.org/document/11/0,3343,en_2649_37407_16502667_1_1_1_37407,00.html

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2005-06," (Injury research and statistics series no. 36, November 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10503

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Canada:

Canadian Center for Health Information/Institut Canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975-2007," (November 2007, .pdf format, 153p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_876_E&cw_topic=876&cw_rel=AR_31_E

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland News Release: "Health at a Glance 2007" (No. 132/2007, November 2007).

http://www.statice.is/Pages/444?NewsID=3333

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UK:

Department of Health Data: "Accident and Emergency attendances and performance; total time spent in A&E from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer and waiting for emergency through A&E, quarter ending September 2007" (November 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp?ReleaseID=331142&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Allen Guttmacher Institute Reports:

A. "Protecting the Next Generation in Ghana: New Evidence on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs," by Laura Hessburg, Kofi Awusabo-Asare, Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme, Joana O. Nerquaye-Tetteh, Francis Yankey, Ann Biddlecom and Melanie Croce-Galis (November 2007, .pdf format, 44p.)

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2007/11/13/PNG_Ghana.pdf

B. "Qualitative Evidence of Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health Experiences in Uganda," by Stella Neema, Ann M. Moore and Richard Kibombo (Occasional Report No. 31, October 2007, .pdf format, 60p.).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2007/11/14/or31.pdf

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Urban Institute Brief: "Why Health Insurance Is Important," by Randall R. Bovbjerg and Jack Hadley (November 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411569

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Elsevier Forthcoming Book: International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Six-Volume Set (to be published in October 2008, 7,500 p., ISBN: 978-0-12-227225-7). For more information see:

http://books.elsevier.com/us/bookscat/search/details.asp?country=United+States&community=sociology&txtSearch=sociology&searchfield=community&imprint=Academic+Press&operator=%3D&textbook=&highlight=0&display=collapse&isbn=9780122272257&srccode=&ref=&mscssid=KLL2R5869XCS9L4VVUUL4LDKLJ2679H3

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Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 39, Oct. 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.fhi.org/en/Youth/YouthNet/Publications/YouthInfoNet/39.htm

More information on FHI:

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

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European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Report: "Child Safety Report Cards" (November 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.eurosafe.eu.com/csi/eurosafe2006.nsf/wwwVwContent/l3childsafetyreportcards.htm

More information about EuroSafe

http://www.eurosafe.eu.com/csi/eurosafe2006.nsf/wwwVwContent/l2whatiseurosafe.htm

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Time Article: "The Real Health Care Radicals," by Ramesh Ponnuru (Nov. 8. 2007).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1682269,00.html

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "The emergence of HIV/AIDS in the Americas and beyond," by M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Andrew Rambaut, Gabriela Wlasiuk, Thomas J. Spira, Arthur E. Pitchenik, and Michael Worobey (Vol. 104, No. 47, Nov. 20, 2007, p. 18566-18570).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/47/18566?etoc

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Historical Comparisons of Morbidity and Mortality for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the United States," by Sandra W. Roush and Trudy V. Murphy (Vol. 298, No. 18, Nov. 14, 2007, p. 2155-2163).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/18/2155

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New England Journal of Medicine Perspective Articles:

A. "The Ongoing Regulation of Generic Drugs," by Richard G. Frank (Perspective, Vol. 357, No. 20, Nov. 15, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1993-1996). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/357/20/1993

B. "Closing the Affordability Gap for Drugs in Low-Income Countries," by Robert Steinbrook (Perspective, Vol. 357, No. 20, Nov. 15, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1996-1999). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/357/20/1996

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Lancet Series Article: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Interim measures for meeting needs for health sector data: births, deaths, and causes of death," by Kenneth Hill, Alan D. Lopez, Kenji Shibuya, and Prabhat Jha (Vol. 370, No. 9600, Nov. 17, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1726-1735). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613099/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. 44 ,Nov. 19, 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. ContactPeggy 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 Mortality Cost to Smokers," by W. Kip Viscusi and Joni Hersch (w13599, November 2007, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

This article estimates the mortality cost of smoking based on the first labor market estimates of the value of statistical life by smoking status. Using these values in conjunction with the increase in the mortality risk over the life cycle due to smoking, the value of statistical life by age and gender, and information on the number of packs smoked over the life cycle, produces an estimate of the private mortality cost of smoking of $222 per pack for men and $94 per pack for women in 2006 dollars, based on a 3 percent discount rate. At discount rates of 15 percent or more, the cost decreases to under $25 per pack.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13599

B. "Body Composition and Wages," by Roy Wada and Erdal Tekin (w13595, November 2007, .pdf format, 68p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines the effect of body composition on wages. We develop measures of body composition - body fat (BF) and fat-free mass (FFM) - using data on bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) that are available in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III and estimate wage models for respondents in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. Our results indicate that increased body fat is unambiguously associated with decreased wages for both males and females. This result is in contrast to the mixed and sometimes inconsistent results from the previous research using body mass index (BMI). We also find new evidence indicating that a higher level of fat-free body mass is consistently associated with increased hourly wages. We present further evidence that these results are not the artifacts of unobserved heterogeneity. Our findings are robust to numerous specification checks and to a large number of alternative BIA prediction equations from which the body composition measures are derived.

Our work addresses an important limitation of the current literature on the economics of obesity. Previous research relied on body weight or BMI for measuring obesity despite the growing agreement in the medical literature that they represent misleading measures of obesity because of their inability to distinguish between body fat and fat-free body mass. Body composition measures used in this paper represent significant improvements over the previously used measures because they allow for the effects of fat and fat free components of body composition to be separately identified. Our work also contributes to the growing literature on the role of non-cognitive characteristics on wage determination.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13595

C. "Maternal Employment and Childhood Obesity: A Search for Mechanisms in Time Use Data," by John Cawley and Feng Liu (w13600, November 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

Recent research has found that maternal employment is associated with an increased risk of childhood obesity. This paper explores mechanisms for that correlation. We estimate models of instrumental variables using a unique dataset, the American Time Use Survey, that measure the effect of maternal employment on the mother’s allocation of time to activities related to child diet and physical activity. We find that employed women spend significantly less time cooking, eating with their children, and playing with their children, and are more likely to purchase prepared foods. We find suggestive evidence that these decreases in time are only partly offset by husbands and partners. These findings offer plausible mechanisms for the association of maternal employment with childhood obesity.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13600

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Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS): "Health Insurance and Life Style Choices: Identifying the Ex Ante Moral Hazard," by Anderson Stanciole (Working Paper No. 2007-11, November 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

There is extensive debate in the literature about the practical significance of the concept of ex-ante moral hazard. This paper uses data from the 1999-2003 PSID waves to estimate a structural model of individual choice of insurance coverage and four life style related decisions: heavy smoking, heavy drinking, sedentarism and obesity. The results show that health insurance has significant incentive effects on life style choices, increasing the propensity to heavy smoking, sedentarism and obesity. Somewhat surprisingly, however, health insurance decreases the propensity to heavy drinking. There is also significant correlation among the errors of each equation. The results might also have implications for the design of health financing policies.

http://www.ceps.lu/pdf/11/art1289.pdf?CFID=135426&CFTOKEN=34629003&jsessionid=203042ec3fa762777751

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 11, Dec. 1, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol166/issue11/index.dtl?etoc

Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 12, December 2007).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200712000-00000.htm

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 64, No. 12, December 2007).

http://oem.bmj.com/content/vol64/issue12/

Public Health (Vol. 121, No. 12, December 2007).

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

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 49, No. 3, December 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02732300

Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 30, No. 6, December 2007).

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

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 100, No. 2, December 2007).

http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol100/issue2/index.dtl

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health: "The National Institute on Drug Abuse Offers Summer Internship Opportunities" (Nov. 15, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/nov2007/nida-15.htm

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US National Center for Health Statistics: "The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) DNA Samples: Guidelines for Proposals To Use Samples and Cost Schedule from the Federal Register (Vol. 72, No. 201, Oct. 18, 2007, .pdf format, p. 59094-59098) is now available on the NHANES website. NCHS will begin to accept proposals after the publication of this notice and will continue to accept proposals on an on-going basis.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhanes/research_proposal_guidelines.htm

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CONFERENCES:

US National Institutes of Health: "Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions: Eighth Annual Institute," to be held Jul. 13-25, 2008 in Airlie, Virginia. For more information see:

http://obssr.od.nih.gov/Content/Training_and_Career_Development/Annual_RCT_Course/RCT_2008/2008_RCT.htm

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US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "MEPS (Medical Expenditure Panel Survey) Workshop @ ASA (American Statistical Association) 7th International Conference On Health Policy Statistics," (January 18, 2008, Philadelphia, PA).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/about_meps/workshop_details/meps_workshop_01_2008.htm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Nov. 14-20, 2007).

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

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American Statistical Association: ASA Jobweb has been updated with opportunities from Nov. 13-20, 2007).

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support Hearing Testimony: "Hearing on Impact of Gaps in Health Coverage on Income Security," a hearing held November 14, 2007 (HTML or .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=600

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the following set of tabular data from the 2005 MEPS:

- 2005 New MEPS Household Prescribed Drug Estimates: Top 10 Therapeutic Classes, by Total Expenditures and Total Purchases

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/quick_tables_results.jsp?component=1&subcomponent=0&year=2005&tableSeries=5&searchText=&searchMethod=1&Action=Search

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe: "Obesity in Europe" (2007).

http://www.euro.who.int/obesity

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