Current Social Science Research Report--Health #67, June 10, 2008.

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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

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Articles, Surveillance Summary:

A. "Work-Related Injury Deaths Among Hispanics --- United States, 1992--2006," (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 22, June 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 597-600).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5722a1.htm

B. "QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >25 Years with Limitation of Activity Caused by One or More Chronic Conditions, by Education Level and Sex --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006 (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 22, June 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 607).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5722a6.htm

.pdf for both:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5722.pdf

C. "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2007," by Danice K. Eaton, Laura Kann, Steve Kinchen, Shari Shanklin, James Ross, Joseph Hawkins, William A. Harris, Richard Lowry, Tim McManus, David Chyen, Connie Lim, Nancy D. Brener, and Howell Wechsler (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, SS-4, June 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 131p.).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5704a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/ss/ss5704.pdf

2. Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS Slide Sets Update: "HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Urban and Nonurban Areas (through 2006)" (June 2008, .pdf, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Macromedia Flash format, 14 slides).

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/slides/urban-nonurban/index.htm

HIV/AIDS Slide Sets:

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/slides/index.htm

3. National Institutes of Health News Releases:

A. "Findings Offer Insights into Role of Breastfeeding in Preventing Infant Death, HIV Infection in Resource Poor Countries" (Jun. 4, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2008/nichd-04.htm

B. Time To Talk About CAM: Health Care Providers and Patients Need To Ask and Tell," (June 6, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2008/nccam-06.htm

4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Patient Safety Events, 2005," by C. Allison Russo, Roxanne M. Andrews, and Marguerite Barre (Statistical Brief No. 53, June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

HTML:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb53.jsp

.pdf:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb53.pdf

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Report: "State Synar Enforcement Efforts and SAMHSA’s Synar Regulation Monitoring," (June 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://prevention.samhsa.gov/tobacco/synarreportfy2007.pdf

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US States:

Arizona:

Bureau of Public Health Statistics Reports:

A. "Obesity in Arizona: Prevalence, Hospital Care Utilization, Mortality," by Brian A. Bender and Christopher K. Mrela (August 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.azdhs.gov/plan/brfs/other%20reports/2006%20Obesity%20Report%20Final.pdf

B. "Marital Status and Health, Arizona Residents, 2006," by Christopher K. Mrela, Brian Bender, and Clare Torres (May 2008, .pdf format, 94p.).

http://www.azdhs.gov/plan/report/ms/ms06/index.htm

Connecticut:

Department of Public Health Report: "Connecticut School Health Survey." Information about the 2007 Youth Behavior Component (June 2008, .pdf format) has been made available.

http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388104

Illinois:

Department of Health Reports:

A. "Mortality for Selected Infectious Diseases, 1990 - 2006" (June 2008).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infect/diseasedeaths.htm

B. "AIDS/HIV/STD Surveillance Report, May 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/aids/Surv_Report_0508.pdf

Rhode Island:

Department of Health Compendium: Health Data Inventory: A Compendium of Databases Maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Health (June 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.health.ri.gov/chic/statistics/HealthDataInventory.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

Australia:

Institute of Health and Welfare Reports:

A. "Injury among young Australians," by Deanna Eldridge (AIHW Bulletin No. 60, June 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10500

B. "Cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2004-05," by Elizabeth Penm (Cardiovascular disease series no. 29, June 2008, .pdf format, 110p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10549

C. "BreastScreen Australia monitoring report 2004-2005," (Cancer series no. 42, June 2008, .pdf format, 176p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10543

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Cancer Survival Statistics: 1992 to 1999" (June 2008, .pdf format, 375p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-226-XIE/82-226-XIE2008001.htm

Click on the "PDF" button at the top right side of the page for link to full text.

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Cyprus:

Statistical Service Report: "Health: Annual Figures" (updated through 2006, June 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.mof.gov.cy/mof/cystat/statistics.nsf/populationcondition_en/populationcondition_en?OpenDocument

Scroll to "Health".

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Release: "Risk of accidents at work still highest among young men" (Jun. 10, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/ttap/2006/ttap_2006_2008-06-10_tie_001_en.html

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France:

Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) Reports:

A. "The pharmaceutical file," by Chantal Cases and Philippe Le Fur (2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.hpm.org/en/Surveys/IRDES/11/The_pharmaceutical_file.html?search=start+search&content_id=251&a=sh&search.x=44&p_c:184=184&p_i=0&language=en&search.y=12

B. "National recommendation for professional skill mix," by Yann Bourgueil (2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.hpm.org/en/Surveys/IRDES/11/National_recommandation_for_professional_skill_mix.html?search=start+search&content_id=251&a=sh&search.x=39&p_c:184=184&p_i=0&language=en&search.y=5

C. "Ban on smoking in France: a new step forward," by Thomas Renaud (2008, .HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.hpm.org/en/Surveys/IRDES/11/Ban_on_smoking_in_France__a_new_step_forward.html?search=start+search&content_id=251&a=sh&search.x=39&p_c:184=184&p_i=0&language=en&search.y=5

All are available at the International Network for Health Policy and Reform:

http://www.hpm.org/index.jsp

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New Zealand:

New Zealand Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Reports:

A. "A Portrait of Health: Key results of the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey" (June 2008, .pdf format, 361p., with appendices 5 and 6 in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/portrait-of-health

B. "Statistical Information on Hospital-based Maternity Events, 2005," (June 2008, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/moh.nsf/pagesns/33/$File/Hospital_based_Maternity_2005.pdf

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Report: "Accidents at work and work-related health problems" (June 2008, .pdf format, 158p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_4419_ENG_HTML.htm

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South Africa:

Department of Health Report: "Annual Single Exit Price Increase" (Updated June 2008, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

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

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Summary of Accounts by activity for the County councils 2007: Increased health and medical expenditures between 2006 and 2007" (Jun. 4, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____239139.asp

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UK:

National Statistics Office News Release: "Marked differences between UK’s four National Health Services" (Jun. 9, 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/ukhealth0608.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Allen Guttmacher Institute Report: "Contraceptive Needs and Services, 2001-2006," (June 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/win/index.html

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Kaiser Family Foundation Chartbook: "Health Insurance Coverage in America, 2006" (June 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft PowerPoint format, 71 slides).

http://facts.kff.org/chartbook.aspx?cb=50

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Population Reference Bureau Periodical: New and Noteworthy in Nutrition (No. 2, June 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.prb.org/NewandNoteworthy.aspx

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Employee Benefits Research Institute Issue Brief: "Savings Needed to Fund Health Insurance and Health Care Expenses in Retirement: Findings from a Simulation Model," by Paul Fronstin, Dallas Salisbury, and Jack VanDerhei (Issue Brief 317, May 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.ebri.org/pdf/EBRI_IB_05-2008.pdf

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Save the Children UK Report: "No One to Turn To: The under-reporting of child sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers" (May 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/54_5706.htm

More information about STCUK:

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/28.htm

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine Article: "The 'Other' Neglected Diseases in Global Public Health: Surgical Conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa," by Doruk Ozgediz and Robert Riviello (Vol. 5, No. 6, e121 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050121, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050121&ct=1

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British Medical Journal News Extracts:

A. "Multidrug resistance responsible for half of deaths from healthcare associated infections in Europe," by Rory Watson (Vol. 336, No. 7656, Jun. 7, 2008, p. 1266-1267).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7656/1266-a

B. "US branded drug makers pay to prevent generic competition," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (Vol. 336, No. 7656, Jun. 7, 2008, p. 1266-1267).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7656/1266-b

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Journal Of The American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Patient-Important Outcomes in Registered Diabetes Trials," by Gunjan Y. Gandhi, M. Hassan Murad, Akira Fujiyoshi, Rebecca J. Mullan, David N. Flynn, Mohamed B. Elamin, Brian A. Swiglo, William L. Isley, Gordon H. Guyatt, and Victor M. Montori (Vol. 299, No. 21, June 4, 2008, p. 2543-2549).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/21/2543

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New England Journal of Medicine Article: "Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health in 22 European Countries," by Johan P. Mackenbach, Irina Stirbu, Albert-Jan R. Roskam, Maartje M. Schaap, Gwenn Menvielle, Mall Leinsalu, and Anton E. Kunst (Vol. 358, No. 23, Jun. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2468-2481). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/358/23/2468

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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. 23, Jun. 9, 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:

University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Prevalence of and Disparities in Mental Illness among Pre-Katrina Residents of New Orleans One Year after Hurricane Katrina," by Narayan Sastry and Mark VanLandingham (PSC Research Report No. 08-643, June 2008, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=5375

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Effects of Regulation on Drug Launch and Pricing in Interdependent Markets," by Patricia M. Danzon and Andrew J. Epstein (w14041, June 2008, .pdf format, 71p.).

Abstract:

This study examines the effect of price regulation and competition on launch timing and pricing of new drugs. Our data cover launch experience in 15 countries for drugs in 12 therapeutic classes that experienced significant innovation over the decade 1992-2003. We use prices of established products as a measure of the direct effect of a country's own regulatory system, and find that launch timing and prices of innovative drugs are influenced by prices of established products. Thus, if price regulation reduces drug prices, it contributes to launch delay in the home country. New drug launch hazards and launch prices in low-price countries are also affected by referencing by other, high-price countries, especially within the EU, as expected if manufacturers delay launch in low-price markets to avoid undermining higher prices in other countries. Thus, referencing policies adopted in high-price countries can impose welfare loss on low-price countries. Prices of new drugs are influenced mainly by prices of other drugs within the same subclass; however, dynamic competition from new subclasses undermines new drug launch in older subclasses. Association with a local firm accelerates launch only in certain regulated markets. These findings have implications for US proposals to constrain pharmaceutical prices in the US through external referencing and drug importation.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14041

B. "Cigarette Taxes and the Transition from Youth to Adult Smoking: Smoking Initiation, Cessation, and Participation," by Philip DeCicca, Donald S. Kenkel, and Alan D. Mathios (w14042, June 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

Policy makers continue to advocate and adopt cigarette taxes as a public health measure. Most previous individual-level empirical studies of cigarette demand are essentially static analyses. In this study, we use longitudinal data to examine the dynamics of young adults' decisions about smoking initiation and cessation. We develop a simple model to highlight the distinctions between smoking initiation, cessation, and participation and show that the price elasticity of smoking participation is a weighted average of corresponding initiation and cessation elasticities, a finding that applies more broadly to other addictive substances as well. The paper's remaining contributions are empirical. We use data from the 1992 wave of the National Education Longitudinal Study, when most of the cohort were high school seniors, and data from the 2000 wave, when they were about 26 years old. The results show that the distinction between initiation and cessation is empirically useful. We also contribute new estimates on the tax-responsiveness of young adult smoking, paying careful attention to the possibility of bias if hard-to-observe differences in anti-smoking sentiment are correlated with state cigarette taxes. We find no evidence that higher taxes prevent smoking initiation, but some evidence that higher taxes are associated with increased cessation.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14042

C. "Health, Stress, and Social Networks: Evidence from Union Army Veterans," by Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn (w14053, June 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

We find that veterans of the Union Army who faced greater wartime stress (as measured by higher battlefield mortality rates) experienced higher mortality rates at older ages, but that men who were from more cohesive companies were statistically significantly less likely to be affected by wartime stress. Our results hold for overall mortality, mortality from ischemic heart disease and stroke, and new diagnoses of arteriosclerosis. Our findings represent one of the first long-run health follow-ups of the interaction between stress and social networks in a human population in which both stress and social networks are arguably exogeneous.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14053

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Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University:

A. Public Sentiment and Tobacco Control Policy," by Perry Singleton (WP 106, May 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/cprwps/wps106abs.htm

B. "The Effect of Disability Insurance on Health Investment: Evidence from the VA Disability Compensation Program," by Perry Singleton (WP 105, May 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/cprwps/wps105abs.htm

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London [UK] School of Economics LSE Health: "Exploring the Pathways of Inequality in Health, Access and Financing in Decentralised Spain," by Joan Costa-Font and Joan Gil (WP 9/2007, May 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

The extent to which equality in accessing and financing health care reduces inequalities in health is a key policy question for health-care reform. Cross-country studies, when they exist, suffer from marked comparability limitations due to data heterogeneity and differences between organisational and financing systems. The Spanish devolved national health system offers a "unique field" for exploring these issues, and also for testing the effects of institutional reform, in the context of political decentralisation. This study uses data from 2001, the last year before decentralisation was extended to all regional governments or Autonomous Communities (ACs) in Spain. This Working Paper contributes to the literature by examining two questions. First, we evaluate the heterogeneity within regional inequalities in health, health-care access and health financing and examine whether these are associated with the political decentralisation of health care responsibilities. Second, we explore whether inequalities in health care between regional health services can be explained by inequalities in health-care use and health-care financing, using cross-correlation analysis along with other relevant variables. The results of the study suggest that inequalities in health are not associated with the regional uptake of health-care responsibilities. Instead they appear to be driven by income inequalities and regional health care capacity whilst the influence of inequalities in health-care use depends on quality of life adjustments.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEHealth/pdf/LSEHealthworkingpaperseries/LSEHWP9.pdf

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (Erasmus University Department of Economics) [Rotterdam, Netherlands]: "Sales Growth of New Pharmaceuticals Across the Globe: The Role of Regulatory Regimes," by Stefan Stremersch and Aurélie Lemmens (May 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

Prior marketing literature has overlooked the role of regulatory regimes in explaining international sales growth of new products. This paper addresses this gap in the context of new pharmaceuticals (15 new molecules in 34 countries) and sheds light on the effect regulatory regimes have on new drug sales across the globe. Based on a time-varying coefficient model, we find that differences in regulation substantially contribute to cross-country variation in sales. One of the regulatory constraints investigated, i.e. manufacturer price controls, has a positive effect on drug sales. The other forms of regulation such as restrictions of physician prescription budgets and the prohibition of direct-to-consumer advertising tend to hurt sales. The effect of manufacturer price controls is similar for newly launched and mature drugs. In contrast, regulations on physician prescription budget and direct-to-consumer advertising have a differential effect for newly launched and mature drugs. While the former hurts mature drugs more, the latter has a larger effect on newly launched drugs. In addition to these regulatory effects, we find that national culture, economic wealth, introduction timing, lagged sales and competition, also affect drug sales. Our findings may be used as input by managers for international launch and sales decisions. They may also be used by public policy administrators to compare drug sales in their country to other countries and to assess the role of regulatory regimes therein.

http://publishing.eur.nl/ir/repub/asset/12340/ERS-2008-026-MKT.pdf

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "

A. "The Rise in Obesity across the Atlantic: An Economic Perspective," by Giorgio Brunello, Pierre-Carl Michaud, and Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano (Discussion Paper No. 3529, June 2008, .pdf format, 66p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/index_html?lang=en&mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract%3Fdp_id%3D3529

B. "Fertility in Sub-Saharan African Countries with Consideration to Health and Poverty," by Yongil Jeon, Sang-Young Rhyu, and Michael P. Shields (Discussion Paper No. 3526, June 2008, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/index_html?lang=en&mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract%3Fdp_id%3D3526

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

AIDS (Vol. 22, No. 10, Jun. 19, 2008).

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200806190-00000.htm

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 12, Jun. 15, 2008).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol167/issue12/index.dtl?etoc

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 47, No. 1, Jul. 1, 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cid/47/1

Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol. 116, No. 6, June 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journals 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/2008/116-6/toc.html

Environmental Research (Vol. 107, No. 3, July 2008).

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

International Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 37, No. 3, June 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol37/issue3/index.dtl

Public Health Reports (Vol. 123, No. 4, July/August 2008). Note:Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.publichealthreports.org/archives/issuecontents.cfm?Volume=123&Issue=4

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 51, No. 2, July 2008).

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

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 104, No. 1, July 2008).

http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol104/issue1/index.dtl

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

National Institutes of Health: "Transmission and Pathogenesis of HIV in Women (P01)," (PAR-08-170, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, June 6, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-170.html

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CONFERENCES:

US National Center for Health Statistics: "National Health Interview Survey Workshop/Conference," to be held in Hyattsville Maryland on Aug. 14, 2008. For more information see:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/comingevents.htm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

AcademyHealth.org: Academy Health updated its listings through Jun. 7, 2008.

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

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AgeWork.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 10, 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 Jun. 9, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Hearing Testimony: "Does Federal Statistical Data Adequately Serve People Living with Disabilities?" a hearing held Jun. 4, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://informationpolicy.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1984

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US House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "Addressing Disparities in Health and Healthcare: Issues for Reform," a hearing held Jun. 10, 2008.

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=635

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US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "47 Million & Counting: Why the Health Care Marketplace is Broken," a hearing held Jun. 10, 2008. (.pdf format).

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing061008.htm

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Study:

A. "MEPS LINK_2006HC/NHIS: 2006 MEPS/2005 & 2004 NHIS Link File (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, May 2008, CD-ROM media, available only by request.

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=LINK_2006HC/NHIS

B. "MEPS HC-100: 2006 Jobs File" (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, May 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-100

C. "MEPS HC-099: 2006 Full Year Population Characteristics" (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, May 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-099

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