Current Social Science Research Report--Health #9, April 3, 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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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

CONFERENCES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. National Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A."Births: Preliminary Data for 2005," by Brady E. Hamilton, Joyce A. Martin, and Stephanie J. Ventura. _National Vital Statistics Reports_ (Vital and Health Statistics Reports Vol. 55, No. 11, .pdf format, 19p.)

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr55/nvsr55_11.pdf

State-specific detailed tables for 2005 (.pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr55/nvsr55_11_tables.pdf

B. "Characteristics of Adults with Serious Psychological Distress as Measured by the K6 Scale: United States, 2001-04," by Laura A. Pratt, Achintya N. Dey, and Alan J. Cohen (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, No. 382, March 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad382.pdf

C. "Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January -- September 2006," by Robin A. Cohen and Michael E. Martinez (March 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur200703.pdf

D. "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January-September 2006 National Health Interview Survey" (March 2007, .pdf format, 107p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/released200703.htm

2. National Institutes of Health News Releases:

A. "Study Sheds Light on Medication Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder" (Mar. 28, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nimh-28.htm

B. "Increasing Proportion of Cardiovascular Disease Due to Diabetes Over the Last 50 Years" (Mar. 27, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nhlbi-27.htm

C. "Calcium Plaque Build-up in the Arteries Leads to Coronary Heart Disease in Multi-Ethnic Groups" (Mar. 26, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nhlbi-26.htm

3. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Compendium, Article:

A. "Summary of Notifiable Diseases, United States, 2005, by Scott J.N. McNabb, Ruth Ann Jajosky, Patsy A. Hall-Baker, Deborah A. Adams, Pearl Sharp, Willie J. Anderson, J. Javier Aponte, Gerald F. Jones, David A. Nitschkem, Carol A. Worsham, and Roland A. Richard, Jr. (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 54, No. 53, Mar. 30, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2-92).

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/summary.html

B. "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication --- Nigeria, 2005--2006" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 12, Mar. 30, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 278-281).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5612a3.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5612.pdf

4. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General Report: "Fraud and Abuse Safeguards in Separate State Children's Health Insurance Programs" (OEI-06-04-00380, March 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

The study objectives were to assess the extent to which six selected States have established methods and procedures to meet Federal requirements for protecting SCHIPs against fraud and abuse, to assess these States' oversight of SCHIP contractors, and to assess CMS's oversight of States regarding SCHIP fraud and abuse activities in the six selected States. We reviewed SCHIP program documentation provided by the 6 selected States with separate SCHIP programs and documents provided by 17 health plans contracted by these States. We also interviewed staff from the sample States and health plans.

We found that the six States we reviewed met Federal requirements for prevention and detection of fraud and abuse by assigning responsibilities to SCHIP contractors. However, one of the six States has not met Federal requirements for investigation of suspected SCHIP fraud and abuse and referral of such cases to law enforcement. We found that common State oversight mechanisms address Federal requirements but do not always allow States to know how well health plans are performing fraud and abuse safeguards activities. We also found that CMS relies primarily on States for oversight of SCHIP fraud and abuse safeguards, although CMS has completed some onsite reviews of States.

To address the noncompliance by one State identified in this report, we recommended that CMS ensure that the noncompliant State institutes procedures to meet Federal requirements for investigating cases of suspected SCHIP fraud and abuse and referring cases to law enforcement. Additionally, to address other potential areas of improvement, we recommended that CMS take steps to strengthen Federal and State oversight of separate SCHIP fraud and abuse safeguards. In comments to the draft report, CMS stated that it did not dispute the findings in the report, suggested clarifying language to emphasize that SCHIP statute is not prescriptive in describing Federal oversight of fraud and abuse, and noted its recent efforts to assist States in strengthening fraud and abuse efforts.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-04-00380.pdf

5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Substance Use" (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

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

6. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims in Seven States, 2000-2004," by Thomas H. Cohen and Kristen A. Hughes (NCJ 216339, March 2007, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 11p. with .zip compressed spreadsheets).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/mmicss04.htm

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US States:

Alabama:

Department of Public Health Report: "Alabama Vital Statistics, 2005" (January 2007, .pdf format, 129p.).

http://ph.state.al.us/chs/HealthStatistics/AVS%2005%20FINAL%20BOOK.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

United Nations:

1. Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS Report: "Implementing the UN learning strategy on HIV/AIDS: sixteen case studies" (March 2007, .pdf format, 97p.).

http://data.unaids.org/pub/Report/2007/jc1311-un-learning-strat07_en.pdf

2. World Health Organization Periodical, News Release:

A. "WHO and UNAIDS announce recommendations from expert consultation on male circumcision for HIV prevention"(Mar. 28, 2007)

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/pr10/en/index.html

B. Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Vol. 85, No. 4, April 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/4/en/index.html

3. World Health Organization Europe Report: "Status Paper on Prisons and Tuberculosis" (2007, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

A review of the current position concerning the prevalence of tuberculosis showed that, despite the progress being made, TB remains a major problem in prisons in parts of Europe and for Europe as a whole. Urgently needed is for all those concerned, policy makers on public health and staff working in prisons, to understand the nature of the challenge coming from characteristics of the disease and from particular realities in prisons and among prison populations. This report provides the evidence of what must be done, and outlines the well-established ways by which this life-threatening disease can be detected, treated and brought under control without spread in prisons and in the community. With understanding, with resources for trained staff, for laboratory testing and for curative medicines, TB programmes in prisons as part of national strategies can bring about major public health gains and contribute towards a world without TB.

http://www.euro.who.int/Document/E89906.pdf

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Philippines:

National Statistics Office News Release: "Maternal Mortality Slightly Declined, MDG (Millennium Development Goals) Target May Not Be Achievable" (Mar. 13, 2007).

http://www.census.gov.ph/data/pressrelease/2007/pr0718tx.html

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South Africa:

Department of Health News Release: "WHO and UNAIDS announce recommendations from expert consultation on male circumcision for HIV prevention" (Mar. 28, 2007).

http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/pr/pr0328-f.html

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UK:

1. Department of Health Report: "Report of the National Patient Choice Survey, England - November 2006" (March 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsStatistics/DH_073475

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

2. National Health Service Report: "Workforce Statistics-Scotland" (NHS National Services Scotland, March 2007, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/796.html

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Kaiser Family Foundation Primers: "The Basics of Medicare and Medicaid" (March 2007,

.pdf format, 19 and 29p. respectively).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/med031907pkg.cfm

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Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A. "TB Anywhere Is TB Everywhere," by Richard Skolnik and Joanne Carter (March 2007).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2007/TBAnywhereIsTBEverywhere.aspx

B. "Take a Number: Population, Health, and Environment News You Might Have Missed" (March 2007).

http://www.prb.org/Journalists/TakeANumber.aspx

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Demographic and Health Surveys Report: "Cambodia: DHS, 2005 - Final Report" (March 2007, .pdf format, 487p.).

http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pub_details.cfm?id=624&srchTp=home

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Commonweatlh Fund News Analysis: "Congressional Health Care Proposals Would Cover All Uninsured, and Reduce Total U.S. Health Spending by Up to 61 Billion Dollars." (March 2007).

http://www.cmwf.org/newsroom/newsroom_show.htm?doc_id=469766

More information on CF:

http://www.cmwf.org/aboutus/aboutus.htm

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National Association of Community Health Centers Report: "Access Denied: A Look at America's Medically Disenfranchised" (NACHC in conjunction with The Robert Graham Center, March 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.nachc.com/research/Files/Access_Denied.pdf

NACHC News Release:

http://www.nachc.com/press/03162007accessdenied.asp

More information about NACHC:

http://www.nachc.com/about/

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Johns Hopkins Magazine Article: "The Number," by Dale Keiger (Vol. 59, No. 1, February 2007). "When Johns Hopkins epidemiologists set out to study the war in Iraq, they did not anticipate that their findings would be so disturbing, or so controversial."

http://www.jhu.edu/~jhumag/0207web/number.html

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Elsevier Book: Strategic Thinking & Entrepreneurial Action in the Health Care Industry, edited by John D. Blair (2007, 308p., ISBN: 978-0-7623-1328-0). For more information see:

http://books.elsevier.com/us/sociology/us/subindex.asp?isbn=9780762313280

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Long-standing influenza vaccination policy is in accord with individual self-interest but not with the utilitarian optimum," by Alison P. Galvani, Timothy C. Reluga, and Gretchen B. Chapman (Vol. 104, No. 13, Mar. 27, 2007, p. 5692-5697).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/13/5692

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Lancet Article Abstract: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content. "Mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1 infection during exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life: an intervention cohort study," by Prof. Hoosen M. Coovadia, Prof. Nigel C. Rollins, Ruth M. Bland, Kirsty Little, Prof. Anna Coutsoudis, Michael L. Bennish, and Prof. Marie-Louise Newell (Vol. 369, No. 9567, March 31, 2007, p. 1107-1116).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607602839/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. 7, No. 11, Apr. 2, 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:

University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty: "Does Greater Exposure to WIC Affect Maternal Behavior and Improve Infant Health? Evidence from the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System," by Ted Joyce and Cristina Yunzal (DP 1328-07, March 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

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Recent analyses have reached differing conclusions on how effectively the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) improves infant health. We use 1996 -- 2003 data from North Carolina’s Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System to address limitations in previous work. With information on the mother’s timing of WIC enrollment, we test whether greater exposure to WIC is associated with less smoking, greater weight gain, and better birth outcomes. Our results suggest that much of the often-reported association between WIC and lower rates of preterm birth is likely spurious, the result of gestational age bias. We find at best modest effects of WIC on fetal growth, but no association between WIC and smoking. A series of falsification tests provide additional evidence that the robust association between WIC and preterm birth from observational studies is likely specious.

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp132307.pdf

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Warwick University [Coventry, Warwickshire, UK] Economic Research Papers: "Obesity, Unhappiness, and The Challenge of Affluence: Theory and Evidence," by Andrew J. Oswald and Nattavudh Powdthavee (WP793, March 2007, .pdf format, 11p.)

Abstract:

Is affluence a good thing? The book The Challenge of Affluence by Avner Offer (2006) argues that economic prosperity weakens self-control and undermines human well-being. Consistent with a pessimistic view, we show that psychological distress has been rising through time in modern Great Britain. Taking over-eating as an example, our data reveal that half the British population view themselves as overweight, and that happiness and mental health are worse among fatter people in both Britain and Germany. A 10-point move up in body mass index (BMI) is associated in the cross-section with a drop in psychological health of approximately 0.3 GHQ points. Comparisons also matter. For a given level of BMI, we find that people who are educated or who have high income are more likely to view themselves as overweight. We discuss problems of inference and argue that longitudinal data on BMI are needed. We suggest a theory of imitation -- where utility depends on relative weight -- in which there can be obesity spirals after only small drops in the price of food.

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/research/papers/twerp_793.pdf

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Love on the Rocks: Alcohol Abuse and Domestic Violence in Rural Mexico," by Manuela Angelucci (Discussion Paper 2706, March 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

What causes alcohol abuse and domestic violence and how can we stop them? These behaviors have multiple determinants, making the effects of changes in wife's and husband's income ambiguous. This paper estimates the effects of exogenous changes in wife's and husband's income on husband alcohol abuse and alcohol-induced violence using new data from rural Mexico. A long-lasting 20 dollar monthly increase in wife income decreases husbands' alcohol abuse by 15% and aggressive behavior by 21%; the extra money increase the wife's freedom and security, is spent on individual and household goods, and it crowds out transfers from the husband only for 5% of the wives whose income increases. Alcohol abuse and violence are insensitive to short-term fluctuations in husband's income. These findings suggest that the wife uses her higher income to reduce the consumption of goods that lower her utility, that alcohol abuse responds more to changes in permanent than in temporary income, and that targeting women as recipients of micro-credit or of other welfare programs may have beneficial effects in reducing alcohol dependence and domestic violence.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2706.pdf

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

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 165, No. 8, Apr. 15, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol165/issue8/index.dtl?etoc

Public Health (Vol. 121, No. 5, May 2007).

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

Research in Nursing and Heatlh (Vol. 30, No. 2, April 2007).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/33706?CRETRY=1&SRETRY

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CONFERENCES:

International Union for Health Promotion and Education: "The 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education: Health Promotion Comes of Age: Research, Policy & Practice for the 21st Century," a conference to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Jun. 10-15, 2007. For more information see:

http://www.iuhpeconference.org/en/index.htm

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Financial Services Committee Hearing Publication: "Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in the Financial Services Sector," a hearing held Jun. 29, 2006 (House Serial Publication No. 109-104, ASCII text and .pdf format, 202p.).

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

Search 109th Congress House Hearings for "109-104" (WITH the quotes).

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US Senate Finance Committee Hearing Publications: "CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) Program from the States' Perspective," a hearing held Nov. 16, 2006 (Senate Hearing 109-744, .pdf format, 109p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS79172

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Updates: On March 26, 2007, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released updates to MEPS HC-085I: Appendix to MEPS 2004 Event Files and MEPS HC-087: 2004 Medical Conditions.

HC-085I:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data/pufs/h85i/h85i_udnote.shtml

MEPS HC-087:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data/pufs/h87/h87_udnote.shtml

Data access:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files.jsp

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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

Panel Survey of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The following items have been added to the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID Bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed by author or keyword.

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

Grafova, Irina. Health Behaviors, Health Knowledge and Economic Well-Being. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan; 2005112 pgsDAI 66/10, p. 3754, April 2006.

Grafova, Irina; McGonagle, Katherine A., and Stafford, Frank P. Functioning and Well-Being in the Third Age. James, Jacqueline Boone and Wink, Paul, (Eds.). The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Post-Retirement Years. New York: Springer Publishing; 2006; pp19-38.

Haas, Steven A. Health Selection and the Process of Social Stratification: The Effect of Childhoold Health on Socioeconomic Attainment. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 2006; 47(4):339-354.

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