Current Social Science Research Report--Health #68, June 17, 2008.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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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 Article: "Breastfeeding-Related Maternity Practices at Hospitals and Birth Centers --- United States, 2007" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 57, No. 23, Jun. 13, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 621-625).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5723a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5723.pdf

2. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General Report: "The Food and Drug Administration's Generic Drug Review Process," (OEI-04-07-00280, June 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

Summary:

Generic drugs are generally thought of as one way to rein in increasing health costs. Federal law requires that FDA approve or disapprove original Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) within 180 days of receipt. Pharmaceutical companies must submit ANDAs to FDA's Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) and receive OGD's approval before marketing new generic drugs. Three OGD divisions review all ANDAs: Chemistry, Bioequivalence, and Labeling. The OGD Microbiology division also reviews some ANDAs. In addition, OGD may consult with other FDA offices during ANDA reviews. All OGD divisions involved in the ANDA review contribute to approval, but disapproval is primarily determined by Chemistry.

However, once FDA completes its review of an ANDA, valid patents or exclusivities or applicants' marketing decisions may prevent the generic drug from entering the market. Therefore, faster ANDA approvals do not always lead to the immediate availability of generic drugs.

We examined review times for 989 original ANDAs under review during 2006. We also surveyed OGD division reviewers assigned to a sample of 105 ANDAs with review times greater than 180 days in at least one OGD division. Based on reviewers' survey responses, we conducted in-depth analyses of review times for the sample. Finally, we conducted structured interviews with OGD officials to determine factors affecting ANDA review times throughout the review process.

We found that FDA disapproved 96 percent of original ANDAs under review in 2006 because they did not meet FDA review standards. Nearly half of Chemistry review times exceeded the 180 days required by Federal law. Moreover, many review times in other OGD divisions exceeded 180 days. In addition, for a sample of ANDA reviews exceeding 180 days, most reviews did not begin before the 180-day periods expired. Finally, we found that FDA prioritization practices affect ANDA review times.

We recommend that FDA identify common ANDA deficiencies and offer more guidance to industry to decrease the percentage of disapproved original ANDAs. FDA should also increase the percentage of original ANDAs reviewed by all divisions within 180 days. Finally, FDA should implement new prioritization practices.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-07-00280.pdf

3. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Hospital Stays Related to Asthma for Adults, 2005," by Chaya T. Merrill, Elizabeth Stranges, and Claudia Steiner (Statistical Brief No. 54, June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.).

HTML:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb54.jsp

.pdf:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb54.pdf

4. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Ecological Predictors and Developmental Outcomes of Persistent Childhood Overweight," by Sara Gable, Jo Britt-Rankin, and Jennifer L. Krull (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. (CCR-42), June 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ccr42/

5. Congressional Budget Office Report: "Increasing Transparency in the Pricing of Health Care Services and Pharmaceuticals" (June 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/92xx/doc9284/06-05-PriceTransparency.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Monograph: Inequalities in young people’s health, edited by Candace Currie, Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Emmanuelle Godeau, Chris Roberts, Rebecca Smith, Dorothy Currie, Will Picket, Matthias Richter, Antony Morgan, and Vivian Barnekow (2008,.pdf format, 210p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/eprise/main/who/InformationSources/Publications/Catalogue/20080616_1

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Welfare and Health Report: "Elective surgery in Australia: new measures of access," (June 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10596

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Canada:

Health Canada/Sante Canada Report: "Reducing Work-Life Conflict: What Works? What Doesn't?" by Dr. Chris Higgins, Dr. Linda Duxbury, and Sean Lyons (June 2008, .pdf format, 325p.).

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/occup-travail/balancing-equilibre/index-eng.php

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Denmark:

Statistics Denmark Report: "Hospitalizations: 2006: (June 2008).

http://www.dst.dk/HomeUK/Statistics/focus_on/focus_on_show.aspx?sci=580

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Japan:

Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare Report: "Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions of the People on Health and Welfare" (June 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/database/db-hss/index.html

See under "Comprehensive Survey..."

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Macao:

Statistics and Census Service Report: "Health Statistics: 2007" (June 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 80p.).

http://www.dsec.gov.mo/e_index.asp?src=/english/pub/e_sau_pub.html

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Workforce composition differs between care sectors," by Karin Riksen and Martin Boon (Jun. 12, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/gezondheid-welzijn/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2473-wm.htm

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New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Cancer Mortality Projections: 2000-2004 Update" (Public Health Intelligence Occasional Bulletin No 49, June 2008, Microsoft Word and .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/cancer-mortality-projections-2000-2004-update

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Report: "Use and emissions of hazardous substances in Norway, 2002-2006: Based on data from the Norwegian Product Register," by Marte O. Kittilsen and Kathrine Loe Hansen (June 2008, .pdf format, 77p.).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/01/04/rapp_200824_en/

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Sweden:

National Institute of Public Health Report: "Social change and health in Sweden: 250 years of politics and practice," by Jan Sundin and Sam Willner (2008, .pdf format, 252p.).

http://www.fhi.se/shop/material_pdf/R200721_Social_change_and_health_in_Sweden0801.pdf

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UK:

Department of Health Reports:

A. "Report of the National Patient Choice Survey, England - January 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsStatistics/DH_085329

B. "Self care: a national view in 2007 compared to 2004-05" (June 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_085351

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Health Insurance Coverage of Young Adults," by John Holahan and Genevieve M. Kenney (June 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411691.html

B "The Strains and Drains of Long-Term Care," by Richard W. Johnson (June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001188

C. "State Coverage Initiatives: Reinsurance in State Health Reform," by Randall R. Bovbjerg, Bowen Garrett, Lisa Clemans-Cope, and Paul Masi (May 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411689

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Kaiser Family Foundation, Issue Brief, Pulling it Together:

A. "Children’s Media Use and Sleep Problems: Issues and Unanswered Questions," by Frederick J. Zimmerman, (June 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.kff.org/entmedia/7674.cfm

B. "Pulling it Together."The latest "Pulling it Together" is "Perspectives on State Health Reform," by Drew Altman.

http://www.kff.org/pullingittogether/index.cfm

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Guttmacher Institute Brief: "Facts on Young Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health," (June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_YMSRH.html

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Milbank Memorial Fund Report: "Medical Regulatory Authorities and the Quality of Medical Services in Canada and the United States" (June 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.milbank.org/reports/0806MedServicesCanada/0806MedServicesCanada.pdf

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New America Foundation Report: "Employer Health Costs In A Global Economy: A Competitive Disadvantage For U.S. Firms," by Len M. Nichols and Sarah Axeen (May 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.newamerica.net/publications/policy/employer_health_costs_global_economy

More information about NEF:

http://www.newamerica.net/about/mission

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Institute of Medicine Monograph: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs, edited by Nancy E. Adler and Ann E. K. Page (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook format, 430p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11993

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine Articles:

A. "Ethical Implications of Modifying Lethal Injection Protocols," by Leonidas G. Koniaris, Kenneth W. Goodman, Jeremy Sugarman, Uzoezi Ozomaro, Jonathan Sheldon, and Teresa A. Zimmers (Vol. 5, No. 6, e126 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050126, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050126

B. "Adapting the DOTS Framework for Tuberculosis Control to the Management of Non-Communicable Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa," by Anthony D. Harries, Andreas Jahn, Rony Zachariah, and Donald Enarson (Vol. 5, No. 6, e124 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050124, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050124

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Journal of the American Medical Association Research Letter Extract: "Trends in the Use of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products, 2000-2007," by Gregory N. Connolly (Vol. 299, No. 22, Jun. 11, 2008, p. 2629-2630).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/299/22/2629

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New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives Article: "Vaccine Preparedness--Are We Ready for the Next Influenza Pandemic?" by Peter F. Wright (Vol. 358, No. 24, Jun. 12, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2540-2543). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/358/24/2540

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British Medical Journal Various:

A. "Government pledges extra 34 million pounds to tackle health inequalities in England," by Deborah Cohen (News extract. Vol. 336, No. 7657, Jun. 14, 2008, p. 1328).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7657/1328-a

B. "Coinfection of tuberculosis and HIV poses global threat," by Peter Moszynski (News extract,Vol. 336, No. 7657, Jun. 14, 2008, p. 1330-1331).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7657/1330-a

C. "Mortality rates from malaria in children under 5 fall sharply in 10 countries," by Rory Watson (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7657, Jun. 14, 2008, p. 1331).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7657/1331

D. "Obesity and climate change could be tackled together," by Roger Dobson (News extract, Vol. 336, No. 7657, Jun. 14, 2008, p. 1333).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7657/1333-c

E. "Adherence to Mediterranean diet and risk of developing diabetes: prospective cohort study," by M.Á. Martínez-González, C. de la Fuente-Arrillaga. J.M. Nunez-Cordoba, F.J. Basterra-Gortari, J.J. Beunza, Z. Vazquez, S. Benito, A. Tortosa, and M. Bes-Rastrollo (Research article, Vol. 336, No. 7657, Jun. 14, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1348-1351). Note: this article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/336/7657/1348

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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. 24, Jun. 16, 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:

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Education, Information, and Improved Health: Evidence from Breast Cancer Screening," by Keith Chen and Fabian Lange (Discussion Paper No. 3548, June 2008, .pdf format, 56p.). 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%3D3548

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

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 7, July 2008). 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.ajph.org/content/vol98/issue7/

Epidemiology (Vol. 19, No. 4, July 2008).

http://www.epidem.com/pt/re/epidemiology/toc.00001648-200807000-00000.htm

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2008).

http://www.joem.org/pt/re/joem/toc.00043764-200806000-00000.htm

Mutation Research and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 653, No. 1/2, May 31, 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13835718

Public Health (Vol. 118, No. 7, July 2008).

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health: "NCMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (T37)" (RFA-MD-08-006, Jun. 12, 2008, reissue of RFA-MD-04-004, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-08-006.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

AcademyHealth.org: Academy Health updated its listings through Jun. 12, 2008.

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

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AgeWork.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 16, 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. 17, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

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

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

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DATA:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of June 16, 2008, which may be of interest to Health researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

New and updated data:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/announce.html?startdate=2008-06-01&enddate=2008-06-16

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Economic and Social Data Service (Universities of Manchester and Essex, UK) "Key Data on Health." "ESDS has created a suite of web pages to aid researchers looking specifically for data on health and health behaviour." "As a theme, 'health' covers a wide range of topics and cuts across many academic disciplines: the boundaries of what constitutes health data and health research are both fuzzy and shifting. Data have been collected and are made available via the ESDS on topics as varied as the experience of illness, child development, access to care, lifestyle behaviour, subjective physical and mental well-being, diet and nutrition, immunisation programmes and attitudes towards health service provision. Data on health can cover not only a person's status, behaviour, attitudes and expectations but also the provision of health care, including the mechanics of policy making, government expenditure and service coverage.

The ESDS thematic health pages contain case studies, pointers to key data sources, ready-made searches demonstrating how to find health-related data, and web-based videos to showcase  ESDS's online data exploration tools. The ESDS resources section contains overview and work-through guides and presentations. The presentations are from workshops organised by ESDS where expert speakers talk about data they have created or re-use of data."

http://www.esds.ac.uk/themes/health/datasets.asp

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