Current Social Science Research Report--Health #73, July 22, 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 Articles, Early Release Report (HTML and .pdf format).

A. "State-Specific Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults --- United States, 2007" (Vol. 57, No. 28, Jul. 18, 2008, p. 765-768).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5728a1.htm

B. "QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Death from Heart Disease, by Race and Sex --- United States, 1979--2006" (Vol. 57, No. 28, Jul. 18, 2008, p. 779).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5728a6.htm

.pdf for both:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5728.pdf

C. "Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2008," by Anthony E. Fiore, David K. Shay, Karen Broder, John K. Iskander, Timothy M. Uyeki, Gina Mootrey, Joseph S. Bresee, and Nancy J. Cox (Vol. 57, Early Release, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-60).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr57e717a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr57e717.pdf

2. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "Overview of the Uninsured in the United States: An analysis of the 2007 Current Population Survey" (July 2008).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/07/uninsured/index.htm

3. National Institutes of Health News Release: "NIAID Will Not Move Forward With The Pave 100 HIV Vaccine Trial" (Jul. 17, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2008/niaid-17.htm

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs:

A. "Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Large Employers in the Private Sector, by Industry Classification, 2006," by Beth Levin Crimmel and John P. Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 211, July 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=867

B. "Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Small Employers in the Private Sector, by Industry Classification, 2006," by John P. Sommers and Beth Levin Crimmel (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 212, July 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=868

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Hospital Stays for Children, 2006," by Anne Elixhauser (Statistical Brief No. 56, July 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 10p.).

HTML:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb56.jsp

.pdf:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb56.pdf

6. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 2005: Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Services" (July 2008).

http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/teds05/TEDSD2k5TOC.htm

7. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Assessment Report: "Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.6: Analyses and Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems," (July 2008, .pdf format, 283p.).

http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=197244

8. Government Accountability Office Report:

"Influenza Pandemic: Federal Agencies Should Continue to Assist States to Address Gaps in Pandemic Planning," (GAO-08-539 June 2008, .pdf format, 47p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-539

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Food and Agriculture Organization Report: "Impact of Climate Change and Bioenergy on Nutrition" (June 2008, .pdf format, 86p.).

http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/agns/files/HLC2_Food_Safety_Bioenergy_Climate_Change.pdf

2. World Health Organization, Joint Monitoring Programme Report: "Progress in Drinking-water and Sanitation: special focus on sanitation," (July 2008, .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.wssinfo.org/en/40_mdg2008.html

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International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Report: "World Disasters Report 2008: Focus on HIV and AIDS" (2008, .pdf format, 248p.).

http://www.ifrc.org/Docs/pubs/disasters/wdr2008/WDR2008-full.pdf

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical, Report:

A. Health Reports (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-003-XIE/82-003-XIE2008003.htm

B. "Science Statistics: Estimates of Total Spending on Research and Development in the Health Field in Canada, 1996 to 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/88-001-XIE/88-001-XIE2008003.htm

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South Africa:

Department of Health Report:

"South African Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS)" (2007, .pdf format, 505p.).

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

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UK:

National Health Service Report: "Drug Use, Smoking and Drinking among young people in England 2007," edited by Elizabeth Fuller (July 2008, .pdf format, 198p.).

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/health-and-lifestyles-related-surveys/smoking-drinking-and-drug-use-among-young-people-in-england/drug-use-smoking-and-drinking-among-young-people-in-england-2007

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Commonwealth Fund Report: "Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2008," (July 2008, .pdf format, 60p.).

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=692682

More information about CF

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/aboutus/

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "The implications of human metabolic network topology for disease comorbidity," by D.-S. Lee, J. Park, K.A. Kay, N.A. Christakis, Z.N. Oltvai, and A.-L. Barabasi (Vol. 105, No. 29, Jul. 22, 2008, p. 9880-9885).

http://www.pnas.org/content/105/29/9880.abstract?etoc

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Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine Article: "Willingness of Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in the United States to Be Circumcised as Adults to Reduce the Risk of HIV Infection," by Elin B. Begley, Krishna Jafa, Andrew C. Voetsch, James D. Heffelfinger, Craig B. Borkowf, and Patrick S. Sullivan (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2731. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002731, HTML , XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002731;jsessionid=7EA0C3B90F9EB54B2C3C2CE0D5D80FB5

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity From Ages 9 to 15 Years," by Philip R. Nader, Robert H. Bradley, Renate M. Houts, Susan L. McRitchie, and Marion O’Brien (Vol. 300, No. 3, Jul. 16, 2008, p. 295-305).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/300/3/295

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New England Journal of Medicine Article Abstract: "Long-Term Medical and Social Consequences of Preterm Birth," by Dag Moster, Rolv Terje Lie, and Trond Markestad (Vol. 359, No. 3, July 17, 2008, p. 262-273).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/359/3/262

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British Medical Journal, Various :

A. "US paediatricians and cardiologists are criticised for recommending statins for children," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a813).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/337/jul15_1/a813?papetoc

B. "Debate on abortion is deferred until autumn," by Clare Dyer (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a815).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/337/jul14_2/a815?papetoc

C. "Rising age of starting family in Netherlands reflects fall in younger not rise in older mothers," by Tony Sheldon (News extract, BMJ 2008;337:a773).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/337/jul11_2/a773?papetoc

D. "Economic evaluation of human papillomavirus vaccination in the United Kingdom," by Mark Jit, Yoon Hong Choi, and W. John Edmunds (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a769).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/337/jul17_2/a769?papetoc

E. "Evaluation of Talking Parents, Healthy Teens, a new worksite based parenting programme to promote parent-adolescent communication about sexual health: randomised controlled trial," by Mark A. Schuster, Rosalie Corona, Marc N. Elliott, David E. Kanouse, Karen L. Eastman. Annie J. Zhou, and David J. Klein (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a308).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/337/jul10_2/a308?papetoc

F. "Changing perceptions of weight in Great Britain: comparison of two population surveys," by F. Johnson, L. Cooke, H. Croker, and Jane Wardle (Article abstract, BMJ 2008;337:a494).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/337/jul10_1/a494?papetoc

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Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content. "Lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins as risk markers of myocardial infarction in 52 countries (the INTERHEART study): a case-control study," by Matthew J. McQueen, Steven Hawken, Xingyu Wang, Stephanie Ounpuu, Prof. Allan Sniderman, Jeffrey Probstfield, Krisela Steyn, Prof. John E. Sanderson, Mohammad Hasani, Emilia Volkova, Khawar Kazmi, and Prof. Salim Yusuf, for the INTERHEART study investigator (Vol. 372, No. 9634, July 19, 2008, p. 224-233).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673608610764/abstract

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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. 29, Jul.21, 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: "The Changing Pattern of Adult Mortality in South Africa, 1997-2005: HIV and Other Sources," by Barbara Anderson and Heston E. Phillips (PSC Research Report No. 08-649, July 2008, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=5381

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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Returns to Physician Human Capital: Analyzing Patients Randomized to Physician Teams," by Joseph J. Doyle, Jr., Steven M. Ewer, and Todd H. Wagner (w14174, July 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

Patient sorting can confound estimates of the returns to physician human capital. This paper compares nearly 30,000 patients who were randomly assigned to clinical teams from one of two academic institutions. One institution is among the top medical schools in the country, while the other institution is ranked lower in the quality distribution. Patients treated by the two teams have identical observable characteristics and have access to a single set of facilities and ancillary staff. Those treated by physicians from the higher-ranked institution have 10-25% shorter and less expensive stays than patients assigned to the lower-ranked institution. Health outcomes are not related to the physician team assignment, and the estimates are precise. Procedure differences across the teams are consistent with the ability of physicians in the lower-ranked institution to substitute time and diagnostic tests for the faster judgments of physicians from the top-ranked institution.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14174

B. "Family Leave after Childbirth and the Health of New Mothers," by Pinka Chatterji and Sara Markowitz (w14156, July 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

In the United States, almost a third of new mothers who worked during pregnancy return to work within three months of childbirth. Current public policies in the U.S. do not support long periods of family leave after childbirth, although some states are starting to change this. As such, it is vital to understand how length of family leave during the first year after childbirth affects families' health and wellbeing. The purpose of this paper is to examine the association between family leave length, which includes leave taking by mothers and fathers, and behavioral and physical health outcomes among new mothers. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Birth Cohort, we examine measures of depression, overall health status, and substance use. We use a standard OLS as well as an instrumental variables approach with county-level employment conditions and state-level maternity leave policies as identifying instruments. The results suggest that longer maternity leave from work, both paid and un-paid, is associated with declines in depressive symptoms, a reduction in the likelihood of severe depression, and an improvement in overall maternal health. We also find that having a spouse that did not take any paternal leave after childbirth is associated with higher levels of maternal depressive symptoms. We do not find, however, that length of paternal leave is associated with overall maternal health, and we find only mixed evidence that leave length after childbirth affects maternal alcohol use and smoking.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14156

C. "Influence, Information Overload, and Information Technology in Health Care," by James B. Rebitzer, Mari Rege, and Christopher Shepard (w14159, July 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

We investigate whether information technology can help physicians more efficiently acquire new knowledge in a clinical environment characterized by information overload. Our analysis makes use of data from a randomized trial as well as a theoretical model of the influence that information technology has on the acquisition of new medical knowledge. Although the theoretical framework we develop is conventionally microeconomic, the model highlights the non-market and non-pecuniary influence activities that have been emphasized in the sociological literature on technology diffusion. We report three findings. First, empirical evidence and theoretical reasoning suggests that computer based decision support will speed the diffusion of new medical knowledge when physicians are coping with information overload. Secondly, spillover effects will likely lead to "underinvestment" in this decision support technology. Third, alternative financing strategies common to new information technology, such as the use of marketing dollars to pay for the decision support systems, may lead to undesirable outcomes if physician information overload is sufficiently severe and if there is significant ambiguity in how best to respond to the clinical issues identified by the computer.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14159

D. "Has Public Health Insurance for Older Children Reduced Disparities in Access to Care and Health Outcomes?" by Janet Currie, Sandra Decker, and Wanchuan Lin (w14173, July 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

This paper investigates the effects of expanding public health insurance eligibility for older children. Using data from the National Health Interview Surveys from 1986 to 2005, we first show that although income continues to be an important predictor of children’s health status, the importance of income for predicting health has fallen for children 9 to 17 in recent years. We then investigate the extent to which the dramatic expansions in public health insurance coverage for these children in the past decade are responsible for the decline in the importance of income. We find that while eligibility for public health insurance unambiguously improves current utilization of preventive care, it has little effect on current health status. However, we find some evidence that Medicaid eligibility in early childhood has positive effects on future health. This may indicate that adequate medical care early on puts children on a better health trajectory, resulting in better health as they grow.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14173

E. "Returns to Physician Human Capital: Analyzing Patients Randomized to Physician Teams," by Joseph J. Doyle, Jr., Steven M. Ewer, and Todd H. Wagner (w14174, July 2008, .pdf format, 57p.).

Abstract:

Patient sorting can confound estimates of the returns to physician human capital. This paper compares nearly 30,000 patients who were randomly assigned to clinical teams from one of two academic institutions. One institution is among the top medical schools in the country, while the other institution is ranked lower in the quality distribution. Patients treated by the two teams have identical observable characteristics and have access to a single set of facilities and ancillary staff. Those treated by physicians from the higher-ranked institution have 10-25% shorter and less expensive stays than patients assigned to the lower-ranked institution. Health outcomes are not related to the physician team assignment, and the estimates are precise. Procedure differences across the teams are consistent with the ability of physicians in the lower-ranked institution to substitute time and diagnostic tests for the faster judgments of physicians from the top-ranked institution.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14174

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World Bank Policy Research Programme: "Potential applications of conditional cash transfers for prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa," by Carol Medlin and Damien de Walque (WPS 4673, July 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 20p.). 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_20080722084441

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UK Department for Work and Pensions Report: "Population estimates of problematic drug users in England who access DWP benefits: A feasibility study," by Gordon Hay and Linda Bauld (WP 46, July 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/WP46.pdf

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 168, No. 3, Aug. 1, 2008).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol168/issue3/index.dtl?etoc

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 47, No. 4, Aug. 15, 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.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cid/47/4

Global Public Health (Vol. 3, No. 3, 2008).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g794993670~db=all

Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 71, No. 1, July/August 2008, .pdf format, 1p.). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.neha.org/pdf/JEH/JEH0708.08_TOC.pdf

Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 27, No. 4, July 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01676296

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 65, No. 4, August 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://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol65/issue4/

Public Health (Vol. 122, No. 8, August 2008).

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

Public Health Nursing (Vol. 25, No. 4, July/August 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118533651/home

Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 31, No. 4, August 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/33706/home

Social Medicine (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008).

http://journals.sfu.ca/socialmedicine/index.php/socialmedicine/issue/current

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

US National Institutes of Health:

A. "Implementation Planning Grants for Educational, Behavioral, or Social Studies for Translation of Genetic Factors in Common Diseases (U34)" (RFA-DK-08-003, Jul. 16, 2008). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-08-003.html

B. "Translation of Common Disease Genetics into Clinical Applications (R21)" (RFA-DK-08-004, Jul. 9, 2008). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-08-004.html

C. "Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (R01)" (PAR-08-206, Jul. 18, 2008, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-206.html

D. "Meetings, Conferences, and Networks for Research Partnerships to Improve Functional Outcomes (R13)" (PAR-08-207, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-207.html

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CONFERENCES:

US National Center for Health Statistics: "NCHS Data Users Conference," to be held on Aug. 11-13, 2008 in Washington, DC. For more information see:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/events/duc2008/duc_announce.htm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

AcademyHealth.org: Academy Health updated its listings through Jul. 21, 2008.

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

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Agework.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 21, 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 Jul. 22, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "Business Practices in the Individual Health Insurance Market: Terminations of Coverage," a hearing held on Jul. 17, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2089

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US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Children and Families Subcommittee Hearing Testimony: "Childhood Obesity: The Declining Health of America’s Next Generation -- Part I," a hearing held Jul. 16, 2008 (.pdf format). A video hearing transcript of the hearing (RealPlayer format, running time 2 hours, 20 minutes, 43 seconds) is available at the site.

http://help.senate.gov/Hearings/2008_07_16/2008_07_16.html

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Questionnaires: "Survey Questionnaires-- Insurance Component" (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HTML and .pdf format). Questionnaires are available from 1996-2006).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/survey_comp/survey_ic.jsp

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on , which may be of interest to Economics 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/org/announce.html

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

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

Click on "list".

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UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/newdata.asp

and pick "1 month" for either.

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation Statehealthfacts.Org Updates: Statehealthfacts.org updated several topics on Jul. 16, 2008:

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

statehealthfacts.org:

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

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