Current Social Science Research Report--Health #64, May 20, 2008.

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. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2007," by Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke (May 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless200805.htm

2. National Institutes of Health News Release: "NIH Launches Undiagnosed Diseases Program" (May 19, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2008/nhgri-19.htm

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Major Depressive Episode among Youths Aged 12 to 17," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health May 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k8/youthDepress/youthDepress.cfm

4. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Report: "Pediatric Emergency Department Visits in Community Hospitals from Selected States, 2005," by Chaya T. Merrill, Pamela L. Owens, and Carol Stocks, (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research Statistical Brief No. 52, May 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb52.pdf

5. Medical Expenditure Panel Study Statistical Brief: "Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Conditions, 2005," by Steven Machlin, Joel W. Cohen, and Karen Beauregard (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 203, May 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=858

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US States:

Nebraska:

Department of Health Report: "Child Abuse Report 2005-2006" (May 2008, .pdf format, 63p.).

http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/srd/P&S-CANANNUAL05-06.pdf

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "2007 Local Health Department Facilities, Staffing, and Services Survey" (April 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/data/lhd/2007/

B. "2006 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Survey Results" (May 2008).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/prams/2006/

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Compendium: World Health Statistics Report: 2008 (May 2008, .pdf format, 110p.).

http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat/en/

2. World Health Organization Health Financing Policy Paper: "Payment for Performance (P4P): International experience and a cautionary proposal for Estonia," by Alan Maynard (2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/Document/HSF/P4P_Estonia.pdf

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Canada:

1. Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical: Health Reports (Vol. 19, No. 2, May 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-003-XIE/82-003-XIE2008002.htm

2. Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institute canadien d'information sur la sante Report: "Drug Expenditure in Canada, 1985 to 2007," (May 2008, .pdf format, 156p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_1310_E&cw_topic=1310&cw_rel=AR_80_E

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Wales:

Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Welsh Health Survey 2005/06: Health of Carers" (May 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/health2008/hdw20080515/?lang=en

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Allen Guttmacher Institute Brief: "Improving Contraceptive Use In the United States," (Brief No. 1, May 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2008/05/09/ImprovingContraceptiveUse.pdf

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American Enterprise Institute Brief: "Rolling Back Malaria: Rhetoric and Reality in the Fight against a Deadly Killer," by Roger Bate (Health Policy Outlook (No. 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27859/pub_detail.asp

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Brookings Institution Report: "Health Reform Through Tax Reform: A Primer," by Jason Furman (in Health Affairs, Vol. 27, No. 3, May/June 2008, .pdf format, p. 622-632).

http://www.brookings.edu/articles/2008/05_health_reform_furman.aspx

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policy Brief: "Igniting Health Care Payment Reform" (May 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=29512&topicid=1049

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief: "Determining Income Eligibility in Children’s Health Coverage Programs: How States Use Disregards in Children’s Medicaid and SCHIP," by Donna Cohen Ross, Aleya Horn, Robin Rudowitz and Caryn Marks (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, May 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7776.cfm

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) One Articles:

A. "The Impact of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on HIV Epidemics in Africa and India: A Simulation Study," by Debby C.J. Vissers, Hélène A.C.M. Voeten, Nico J.D. Nagelkerke, J. Dik F. Habbema, and Sake J. de Vlas (PLoS ONE 3(5): e2077 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002077, May 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002077

B. "Is Exercise Protective Against Influenza-Associated Mortality?" by Chit-Ming Wong, Hak-Kan Lai, Chun-Quan Ou, Sai-Yin Ho, King-Pan Chan, Thuan-Quoc Thach, Lin Yang, Yuen-Kwan Chau, Tai-Hing Lam, Anthony Johnson Hedley, and Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris (PLoS ONE 3(5): e2108 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002108, May 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002108

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Nature Special Supplement Abstracts: This week's issue of Nature (Vol. 451, No. 7193, contains a special supplement on Regenerative Medicine (p. 301-351). Article abstracts are available at:

http://www.nature.com/nature/supplements/insights/regenerativemedicine/index.html

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Nature Letter Abstract: "Human metabolic phenotype diversity and its association with diet and blood pressure," by Elaine Holmes, Ruey Leng Loo, Jeremiah Stamler, Magda Bictash, Ivan K.S. Yap, Queenie Chan, Tim Ebbels, Maria De Iorio, Ian J. Brown, Kirill A. Veselkov, Martha L. Daviglus, Hugo Kesteloot, Hirotsugu Ueshima, Liancheng Zhao, Jeremy K. Nicholson, and Paul Elliott (Vol. 453, No. 7193, May 15, 2008, p. 396-400).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v453/n7193/abs/nature06882.html

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Comparison of Change in Quality of Care Between Safety-Net and Non-Safety-Net Hospitals," by Rachel M. Werner, L. Elizabeth Goldman, and R. Adams Dudley (Vol. 299, No. 18, May 14, 2008, p. 2180-2187).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/18/2180

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New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Use of Multiple Biomarkers to Improve the Prediction of Death from Cardiovascular Causes," by Björn Zethelius, Lars Berglund, Johan Sundström, Erik Ingelsson, Samar Basu, Anders Larsson, Per Venge, and Johan Ärnlöv (Vol. 358, No. 20, May 15, 2008, p. 2107-2116).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/358/20/2107

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British Medical Journal News Extracts:

A. "Drug industry is partly to blame for overdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, researchers claim," by Michael Day (Vol. 336, No. 7653, May 17, 2008, p. 1092-1093).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7653/1092

B. "Problems with contraception play big part in unplanned pregnancies, study says," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (Vol. 336, No. 7653, May 17, 2008, p. 1095).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7653/1095-g

C. "Neonatal death rate continues to fall in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland," by Susan Mayor (Vol. 336, No. 7653, May 17, 2008, p. 1095).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7653/1095-i

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Lancet World Report Articles: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content:

A. "Republican presidential candidate unveils health-care plan," by Todd Zwillich (Vol. 371, No. 9625, May 17, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1651). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673608607084/fulltext

B. "Czechs open up about mental-health problems," by Katka Krosnar (Vol. 371, No. 9625, May 17, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1654). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673608607102/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. 8, No. 20, May 19, 2008). "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: "Have Newer Cardiovascular Drugs Reduced Hospitalization? Evidence From Longitudinal Country-Level Data on 20 OECD Countries, 1995-2003," by Frank R. Lichtenberg (w14008, May 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

This study examines the effect of changes in the vintage distribution of cardiovascular system drugs on hospitalization and mortality due to cardiovascular disease using longitudinal country-level data. The vintage of a drug is the first year in which it was marketed anywhere in the world. We use annual data on the utilization of over 1100 cardiovascular drugs (active ingredients) in 20 OECD countries during the period 1995-2003.

Countries with larger increases in the share of cardiovascular drug doses that contained post-1990 or post-1995 ingredients had smaller increases in the cardiovascular disease hospital discharge rate, controlling for the quantity of cardiovascular medications consumed per person, the use of other medical innovations (CT scanners & MRI units), potential risk factors (average consumption of calories, tobacco, and alcohol), and demographic variables (population size & age structure, income, and educational attainment). The estimates also indicate that use of newer cardiovascular drugs has reduced average length of stay and the age-adjusted cardiovascular mortality rate, but not the number of potential years of life lost due to cardiovascular disease before age 70 per 100,000 population.

The estimates indicate that if drug vintage had not increased during 1995-2004, hospitalization and mortality would have been higher in 2004. We estimate that per capita expenditure on cardiovascular hospital stays would have been 70% ($89) higher in 2004 had drug vintage not increased during 1995-2004. Per capita expenditure on cardiovascular drugs would have been lower in 2004 had drug vintage not increased during 1995-2004. But our estimate of the increase in expenditure on cardiovascular hospital stays is about 3.7 times as large as our estimate of the reduction in per capita expenditure for cardiovascular drugs that would have occurred ($24).

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14008

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World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Use of modern medical care for pregnancy and childbirth care : does female schooling matter?" by Aparnaa Somanathan (WPS 4625, May 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 66p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20080520092433

B. "The impact of price subsidies on child health care use : evaluation of the Indonesian healthcard," by Aparnaa Somanathan (WPS 4622, ASCII text and .pdf format, 68p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20080520092854

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 46, No. 12, Jun. 15, 2008). 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 this database and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cid/2008/46/12

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 20, No. 3, June 2008). 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/vol20/issue3/index.dtl

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 65, No. 6, June 2008).

http://oem.bmj.com/content/vol65/issue6/

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 51, No. 1, June 2008).

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health: "Indo-US Program on Contraception and Reproductive Health Research (CRHR) [R01]" (RFA-HD-08-024, reissue of PAR-07-217, May 14, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-08-024.html

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CONFERENCES:

7th International Conference on Urban Health, a conference to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 29-31, 2008. For more information see:

http://www.icuh2008.com/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

AcademyHealth.org: Academy Health updated its listings through May 16, 2008.

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

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AgeWork.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through May 19, 2008.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through May 20, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Consumer Driven Health Care: Cost Containment or Cost-Shift?" a hearing held May 14, 2008 (HTML or .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=632

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US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "H.R. 5998, Protecting Children’s Health Coverage Act of 2008," a hearing held May 15, 2008 (.pdf format). A audio transcript of the hearing is available at the site (Windows Media format, running time: 1 hour, 11 minutes, 20 seconds).

http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-he-hrg.051508.ChildrensHeCoverage.shtml

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: "MEPS HC-092: 1996-2004 Risk Adjustment Scores File," has been updated (May 14, 2008).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data/pufs/h81/h81_udnote.shtml

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Socioeconomic Data And Application Center (SEDAC) [Columbia (New York) University]: TerraViva! SEDAC Viewer Available on CD has been updated for 2008. "2008 TerraViva! SEDAC Viewer has been updated with a wide range of new SEDAC data. This map viewer and standalone software application (Microsoft Windows-based) uses a powerful data-viewing engine and tools to enable the visualization and integration of hundreds of socioeconomic and environmental variables and layers, including a range of satellite-based data. TerraViva! is of primary interest to researchers and analysts working in a variety of areas, from environmental and ecological sciences to the social and health sciences." For more information see:

http://sedac.ciesin.org/terraVivaUserWeb/

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation:

A. health08.org Update: "Viewpoints: The Health Care Debate" (May 2008, video, audio, and .pdf format). "This new series ... features interviews with leaders of organizations representing health care providers, insurers, policymakers, employers, labor unions and consumers sharing their views on shortcomings in the nation's health care system and how it could be improved. In the interviews, health care leaders discuss their priorities for change, including covering some or all of the 47 million uninsured Americans, reducing health care costs, improving access to care, enhancing the quality of health care and changing the tax structure to allow more people to purchase their own insurance. These leaders also share their views on the prospects for change after the 2008 election and what the next President and Congress should do to make the health system work more efficiently."

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/health_cast/health2008hc.cfm?hc=2599

B. "kaiserEdu.org Update: kaiserEdu has added a tutorial on "Measuring Health Care Quality" (May 2008, audio slide show, 33slides). A transcript of the tutorial is available at the site.

http://www.kaiseredu.org/tutorials/quality/player.html

kaiserEdu.org:

http://www.kaiseredu.org/

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UNdata: "The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has launched a new internet-based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System. Useful features like Country Profiles, Advanced Search and Glossaries are also provided to aid research. Currently, there are 14 databases and 6 glossaries containing over 55 million data points and covering a whole range of statistics including Population, Industry, Energy, Trade and National Accounts. Whilst this initial version of UNdata is fully equipped with all the functionalities for data access, the development team is continuously adding new databases and features to further enhance the usefulness to users. When fully developed, UNdata will have a comprehensive array of international and national databases providing the world instant access to a wealth of statistical information."

http://data.un.org/

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