Current Social Science Research Report--Health #8, March 27, 2007.

CSSRR-Health is a weekly email report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

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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

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "An Introduction to the National Nursing Assistant Survey," by Marie R. Squillace, Emily Rosenoff, Robin E. Remsburg, Anita Bercovitz, and Laura Branden (Vital and Health Statistics, Series 1, No. 44, March 2007, .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_01/sr01_044.pdf

2. Centers for Disease Control Press Release, Periodical Articles, Periodical:

A. "U.S. Tuberculosis Cases at All-Time Low; Drug Resistance Remains a Threat" (Mar. 22, 2006)

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070322.htm

B. "Trends in Tuberculosis Incidence --- United States, 2006" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 56, No. 11, Mar. 23, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 245-250).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5611a2.htm

C. "Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis --- United States, 1993--2006" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 56, No. 11, Mar. 23, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 250-253).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5611a3.htm

D. "Racial Differences in Trends of End-Stage Renal Disease, by Primary Diagnosis --- United States, 1994--2004" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 56, No. 11, Mar. 23, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 253-256).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5611a4.htm

.pdf for all articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5611.pdf

E. "Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," by Lauri E. Markowitz, Eileen F. Dunne, Mona Saraiya, Herschel W. Lawson, Harrell Chesson, and Elizabeth R. Unger (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Recommendations and Reports (Vol. 56, RR02, March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-24).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5602a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5602.pdf

F. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Vol. 13, No. 4, April 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm?s_cid=eidindex_e

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next EID is released, this one, along with all others, will be available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/pastcon.htm

3. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Briefs:

A. "Expenses for Office-Based Physician Visits by Specialty, 2004," by Steven R. Machlin and Kelly Carper (Statistical Brief 166, March 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=809

B. "The Five Most Costly Conditions, 2000 and 2004: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief 167, March 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=810

4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Religious Involvement and Substance Use Among Adults," (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

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

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Report, Statistical Brief:

A. "Nursing Staffing and Quality of Patient Care," (No. 151, March 2007, .pdf format, 539p.).

http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/tp/nursesttp.htm

B. "Hospital Admissions for Traumatic Brain Injuries, 2004," by C. Allison Russo and Claudia Steiner (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP) Statistical Brief March 2007, .pdf format, 9p.)

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb27.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization News Release: "Meningitis in Africa: Hundreds of thousands vaccinated" (Mar. 16, 2007).

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2007/np12/en/index.html

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Monograph, Report:

A. Air quality guidelines. Global update 2005. Particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide (2006, .pdf format, 484p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/InformationSources/Publications/Catalogue/20070323_1

B. "Global tuberculosis control: surveillance, planning, financing" (2007, .pdf format, 270p. with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.who.int/tb/publications/global_report/en/index.html

Click on "Report and annexes in pdf and xls" for links to full text and tables

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European Community:

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Report: "Health Systems in Transition (HiT): Bulgaria" (Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007, .pdf format, 156p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/observatory/CtryInfo/CtryInfoRes?COUNTRY=BUL

Click on "Bulgaria 2007"

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Canada:

Canadian Institute for Health Information/Institut Canadien d'Information Sur La Sante Reports:

A. "Public-Sector Expenditures and Utilization of Home Care Services in Canada: Exploring the Data," (March 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_730_E&cw_topic=730&cw_rel=AR_1648_E

B. "Wait Times Tables -- A Comparison by Province, 2007" (Analysis in Brief, February 2007, .pdf format, 21p.)

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=reports_wait_times_provincial_e

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Iceland:

Directorate of Health Updated Tables: "Sterilizations 1981-2005" (Table B.1.7, March 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.landlaeknir.is/Uploads/FileGallery/Heilbrigdistolfraedi/Tolfraedi_fra_2006/TaB1_7_04.xls

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Press Release: "Dutch have not improved their lifestyle" (Mar. 20, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/gezondheid-welzijn/publicaties/persberichten/archief/2007/2007-021-pb.htm

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Singapore:

Statistics Singapore Report: "Health Services: 2005" (Economic Services Series, March 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/pdtsvc/pubn/business.html

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Taiwan:

Department of Health Reports: The Department of Health has released the following reports, all Microsoft Excel format:

Medical Care Payments:

http://www.doh.gov.tw/EN/Webpage/content.aspx?class_no=0&now_fod_list_no=6464&array_fod_list_no=0&level_no=2&doc_no=38273&show=show

Healthcare Management:

http://www.doh.gov.tw/EN/Webpage/content.aspx?class_no=0&now_fod_list_no=6464&array_fod_list_no=0&level_no=2&doc_no=38274&show=show

Financial Status:

http://www.doh.gov.tw/EN/Webpage/content.aspx?class_no=0&now_fod_list_no=6464&array_fod_list_no=0&level_no=2&doc_no=38275&show=show

Insurance Coverage:

http://www.doh.gov.tw/EN/Webpage/content.aspx?class_no=0&now_fod_list_no=6464&array_fod_list_no=0&level_no=2&doc_no=38276&show=show

Click Internet address at each page for link to spreadsheets.

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UK:

Health Protection Agency Press Statement: "Cases of Tuberculosis continue to rise during 2006" (Mar. 22, 2007).

http://www.hpa.org.uk/hpa/news/articles/press_releases/2007/070322_tb.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic and Health Surveys Reports:

A. "Micronutrient Update 2007" (January 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pub_details.cfm?id=603&srchTp=home

B. "HIV Fact Sheet -- Cote d'Ivoire (December 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pub_details.cfm?id=632&srchTp=home

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AARP Public Policy Institute Report: "No-Fault Medical Malpractice Compensation: Policy Considerations for Design of a Demonstration Project," by Jackson Williams (March 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/carequality/2007_06_malpractice.html

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Nature Medicine article abstract: "The top twenty papers on tuberculosis" (Vol. 13, No. 3, March 2007, p. 276-277).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v13/n3/abs/nm0307-276.html

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Journal Of American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Trends in the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap in the United States, 1983-2003," by Sam Harper, John Lynch, Scott Burris, and George Davey Smith (Vol. 297, No. 1, March 21, 2007, p. 1224-1232).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/11/1224

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New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives Extract: "HIV in India - The Challenges Ahead," by Robert Steinbrook (Vol. 356, No. 12, March 22, 2007, p. 1197-1201).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/356/12/1197

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British Medical Journal, Various:

A. "Global health partnerships," by Christopher J.M. Whitty, Linda Doull, and Behzad Nadjm (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7594, Mar. 24, 2007, p. 595).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7594/595

B. "Family planning needed to offset population growth," by Peter Moszynski (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7594, Mar. 24, 2007, p. 606).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7594/606

C. "South Africans to get AIDS plan," by Pat Sidley (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7594, Mar. 24, 2007, p. 606).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7594/606-a

D. "Clinic fuels Canadian debate over private health care," by David Spurgeon (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7594, Mar. 24, 2007, p. 607).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7594/607-b

E. "Conference urges greater effort to reduce human threat from avian influenza," by Jane Parry (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7594, Mar. 24, 2007, p. 607).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7594/607-g

F. "Dying for a drink," by Kate Eshelby (Feature extract, Vol. 334, No. 7594, Mar. 24, 2007, p. 610-612).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7594/610

G. "Improving school ethos may reduce substance misuse and teenage pregnancy," by C. Bonell, A. Fletcher, and J. McCambridge (Analysis Extract, Vol. 334, No. 7594, Mar. 24, 2007, p. 614-616).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7594/614

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Lancet, Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse," by David Nutt, Leslie A King, William Saulsbury, and Colin Blakemore (Vol. 369, No. 9566, Mar. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1047-1053). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607604644/fulltext

B. "Stopping tuberculosis proves hard to do" (Editorial, Vol. 369, No. 9566, Mar. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 965). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607604668/fulltext

C. "WHO's new Stop TB Strategy," by Mario C. Raviglione and Mukund W. Uplekar (Essay Focus, Vol. 369, No. 9566, Mar. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 952-955). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS014067360668392X/fulltext

D. "Access to essential medicines and the pendulum of power," a review of The Power of Pills: Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Drug Development, Marketing and Pricing, edited by Jillian Clare Cohen, Patricia Illingworth, and Udo Schuklenk, reviewed by Rhona MacDonald (Book Review, Vol. 369, No. 9566, Mar. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 983-984). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607604772/fulltext

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 7, No.10 ,Mar. 26, 2007). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."

http://www.infoforhealth.org/popreporter/

Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. 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:

A. "Why Is The Developed World Obese?" by Sara Bleich, David Cutler, Christopher Murray, and Alyce Adams (w12954, March 2007, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

Obesity has risen dramatically in the past few decades. However, the relative contribution of energy intake and energy expenditure to rising obesity is not known. Moreover, the extent to which social and economic factors tip the energy balance is not well understood. In this longitudinal analysis of developed countries, we estimate the relative contribution of increased caloric intake and reduced physical activity to obesity using two methods of energy accounting. Results show that rising obesity is primarily the result of consuming more calories. We estimate multivariate regression models and use simulation analysis to explore technological and sociodemographic determinants of this dietary excess. Results indicate that the increase in caloric intake is associated with technological innovations such as reduced food prices as well as changing sociodemographic factors such as increased urbanization and increased female labor force participation. The study findings offer useful insights to future research concerned with the etiology of obesity and may help inform the development of obesity-related policy. In particular, our results suggest that policies to encourage less caloric intake may help reverse past trends in increased consumption.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12954

B. "The Effect of Nicotine Replacement Therapy Advertising on Youth Smoking," by Henry Saffer, Melanie Wakefield, and Yvonne Terry-McElrath (w12964, March 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines the effect of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) advertising on youth smoking. NRT advertising could decrease smoking by informing smokers that the product can make quitting easier and thus inducing more smokers to try and quit. However, a moral hazard is created because NRT advertising increases the expectation that cessation is relatively easy. NRT advertising could thus induce youth to smoke, to smoke more and/or to delay quit attempts. Data from Nielsen Media Research (Nielsen) and the Monitoring the Future Surveys (MTF) have been used in the empirical work. The Nielsen data are matched to the MTF data by month, year and market. The availability of lagged advertising data allow for calculation of an advertising stock variable. The Nielsen data also measure exposure to national advertising on a local level which allows for use of national advertising data. An exogenous shock allows for bypassing problems of endogeneity. The results indicate that NRT advertising has no effect on participation but increases smoking by youth who do smoke. The elasticity of smoking with respect to NRT advertising is about .10 and the elasticity of smoking with respect to price is about -1.03. Since average youth smoking is about 5.77 cigarettes per day, an increase of 10 percent in NRT advertising would increase this average to about 5.82 cigarettes per day. It is also estimated that a ban on NRT advertising would be equivalent to a 10 percent increase in cigarette prices.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12964

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Harvard University Center for International Development: "What Works in Fighting Diarrheal Diseases in Developing Countries? A Critical Review," by Alix Peterson Zwane and Michael Kremer (WP 140, March 2007, .pdf format, 47p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cidwp/140.htm

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

AIDS (Vol. 21, No. 6, March 30, 2007).

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200703300-00000.htm

American Journal of Industrial Medicine (Vol. 50, No. 4, April 2007).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/34471

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 97, No. 4, April 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and EBSCO Hose Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library of availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol97/issue4/?etoc

Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 26, No. 2, March 2007).

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

Public Health (Vol. 121, No. 4, April 2007).

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

Social Medicine (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2007)

http://journals.sfu.ca/socialmedicine/index.php/socialmedicine/issue/view/9/showToc

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US Joint Economic Committee Hearing Publication: "The next generation of health information tools for consumers," a hearing held May 10, 2006 (Senate Hearing 109-680, ASCII text and .pdf format, 128p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/search.html

Search 109th Congress Senate Hearings for "109-680" (WITH the quotes).

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US Senate Finance Committee Hearing Publication: "CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) at 10: A Decade of Covering Children," a hearing held Jul. 25, 2006 (Senate Hearing 109-739, .pdf format, 191p.).

http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/31961.pdf

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US Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing Publication: "Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Special Hearing," a hearing held Jan. 31, 2006 (Senate Hearing 109-740, .pdf format, 77p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS79301

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US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing Testimony: "The Adequacy of FDA Efforts to Assure the Safety Efforts of the Drug Supply -- Part II," a hearing held Mar. 22, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-oi-hrg.032207.FDA-drugsupply_part2.shtml

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US House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "Hearing on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity," a hearing held March 27, 2007.

Hearing Testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=547

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UK House of Commons, Committee of Public Accounts Report: "The Provision of Out-of-Hours Care in England" (Sixteenth Report of Session 2006-07, March 2007. .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmpubacc/360/360.pdf

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DATA:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Mar. 26, 2007 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/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 "all studies updated or added within the last 90 days."

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