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March 31, 2008

The National Healthcare Disparities Report 2007

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) describes the quality of and access to care for multiple subgroups across the United States, and also represents a source of information for tracking the Nation’s progress over time. The observed disparities va ry by condition and population.

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March 27, 2008

Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being

Older Americans 2008 provides an updated, accessible compendium of indicators, drawn from the most reliable official statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and over. The 160-page report contains data on 38 key indicators—and a one-time special feature on health literacy.

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Behavioral Economics [Housing]

Be it Ever so Illogical: Homeowners who won't cut the price
David Leonhardt | NY TIMES
March 26, 2008
For both economic and psychological reasons, there is no asset more conducive to hopeful overvaluation than real estate.

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The Census at 'High Risk'

Editorial from the New York Times
published: March 25, 2008

To salvage the effort to introduce hand-held computers, the Census Bureau needs an emergency appropriation for 2008.

Posted by lisan at 11:25 AM | Comments (0)

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: The Americas, 2007

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: The Americas, 2007
Source: Social Security Administration, Office of Policy

The combined findings of this series, which also includes volumes on Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa, are published at 6-month intervals over a 2-year period. Each volume highlights features of social security programs in the particular region.

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March 26, 2008

Re-housing the poor in their original neighborhoods

Washington's Grand Experiment to Rehouse the Poor
Erik Eckholm
March 21, 2008
New York Times
Citing a “moral goal,? the District of Columbia is preserving low-income housing by replacing dangerous projects with new communities that mix the poor with higher income residents.

For more information on the HOPE VI, program, see:

Popkin, Susan, Bruce Katz, Mary Cunningham, Karen Brown, Jeremy Gustafson, and Margery Turner. 2004. "A Decade of HOPE VI : Research Findings and Policy Challenges." Urban Institute: Washington, D.C.

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Neighborhod Safety and Exercise

Neighborhood Influences Exercise Levels
March 25, 2008
Washington Post

Article based on this study:

Wen, Ming, Christopher Browning and Kathleen Cagney. 2007. "Neighbourhood Deprivation, Social Capital and Regular Exercise During Adulthood: A Multilevel Study in Chicago." Urban Studies, Vol 44(13): 2651-2671

http://usj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/44/13/2651

A related article, based in Boston instead of Chicago:

Bennett, Gary, Lorna McNeill, Kathleen Wolin, Dustin Duncan, Elaine Puleo, and Karen Emmons. 2007. "Safe to Walk? Neighborhood Safety and Physical Activity among Public Housing Residents." PLoSMedicine (http://medicine.plosjournals.org).

http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0040306

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NLS News

NLS News (Quarterly newsletter)

This issue describes the personal finance variables available in the NLSY surveys as well as information on cohabitation variables across all NLS surveys. The newsletter also provides a few FAQs that may be useful (foreign birth for Hispanics and religious affiliation question for NLSY97).

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Long-term implications of premature births

Premature Birth has lasting effects study finds
Los Angeles Times
Thomas H. Maugh II
March 26, 2008

Article that the Los Angeles Times article is based on is:
Swamy, Geeta, Truls Ostbye, and Rolv Skjaerven. 2008 "Association of Preterm Birth with Long-Term Survival, Reproduction, and Next-Generation Preterm Birth." JAMA Vol 299 (12):1429-1436.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/299/12/1429

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March 25, 2008

Max Planck Institute: Comparative analysis of mortality patterns

"Regularities and Deviations in Mortality Trends of the Developed World."

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U-M Retirement Research Newsletter - 2008

Resources on key findings in health and disability.

Posted by nebarr at 09:21 AM | Comments (0)

CMS releases data on Medicare enrollment

National Trends 1966-2007
Medicare State Enrollment 2004-2006
(PDF files)

Posted by nebarr at 09:15 AM | Comments (0)

Report from Urban Institute

"Can Faster Economic Growth Bail Out Our Retirement Programs?"

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Population Reference Bureau webcast

"How Older Women Can Shield Themselves From Poverty."

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NIA March 2008 Aging Research Newsletter

Focus on aging research.

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March 24, 2008

Food Stamps and Obesity: What Do We Know?

Food Stamps and Obesity: What Do We Know?
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Results from reviewed studies indicate that for most participants in the Food Stamp Program—children, nonelderly men, and the elderly—use of food stamp benefits does not result in an increase in either Body Mass Index (BMI) or the likelihood of being overweight or obese. However, for nonelderly women, who account for 28 percent of the food stamp caseload, some evidence suggests that participation in the Food Stamp Program may increase BMI and the probability of obesity.

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March 21, 2008

Population Estimates released

New estimates from the Census Bureau are available. They show that the New Orleans area is growing; previous hot spots like Florida, Arizona, and Nevada are slowing.

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011635.html

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Dropout Data: How is it Measured?

States' Data Obscure How Few Finish High School

by Sam Dillon
March 20, 2008
NY Times

Federal figures gathered under the No Child Left Behind law hide a severe dropout epidemic, researchers say.

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Measuring Innovation

Read the report from the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Advisory Committee.

http://www.innovationmetrics.gov/

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Census Tract and Block Group criteria are released

On March 14, the Final Criteria and Program Implementation statements for census tracts and block groups, for the 2010 decennial census, were published in the Federal Register.

www.census.gov/geo/www/psap2010//psap_main.html

Most of the changes proposed in the proposed criteria (published April 7, 2007) were adopted. These include the use of housing unit counts rather than population counts as criteria for tract delineation, permitting delineation of census tracts for special land uses (e.g., airports, large parks), and a change in the approach to tracts within federally recognized American Indian reservations and off-reservation trust lands. The proposal to delineate separate tracts for large water bodies was rejected.

The principle of tract comparability over time is reiterated in the new regulation, including the strong suggestion that changes should involve either splitting tracts (when they have grown too large) or
combining them when they have become too small.

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Home Equity data

The following are links to data and reports with information on home
equity.

Residential Finance Survey, 2001

Home Equity Lines of Credit: Who Uses this source of credit? [Census 2000 Brief]
based on the 2001 Residential Finance Survey

http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/c2kbr-37.pdf07

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American FactFinder wants your input

American FactFinder is the Census Bureau's data access tool to many of the summary file products. The tool will be undergoing enhancements.

Give the Census Bureau your input:

https://questionweb.com/63144/

The survey closes March 31, 2008.

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March 20, 2008

2007 Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has issued the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2007.

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March 19, 2008

New Series from the National Center for Health Statistics

NCHS Data Briefs


Data briefs are statistical publications that provide information about current public health topics in a straightforward format. Each report takes a complex data subject and summarizes it into text and graphics that provide readers with easily comprehensible information in a compact publication.

The titles so far include:

HIV Infection in the United States Household Population Aged 18-49 Years: Results from 1999-2006. PDF

Hypertension Awareness, Treatment, and Control-Continued Disparities in Adults: United States, 2005-2006. PDF

High Serum Total Cholesterol-An Indicator for Monitoring Cholesterol Lowering Efforts: U.S. Adults, 2005-2006. PDF

Obesity Among Adults in the United States-No Statistically Significant Change Since 2003-2004. PDF

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Summer seminars and workshops

Stanford Workshop in Formal Demography in Stanford, CA; May 1 – 4, 2008.

Workshops in Advanced Spatial Analysis June and July 2008.

Environmental Demography in Boulder, CO; July 16-18, 2008.

ICPSR Summer Program 2008

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New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor

Minimum Wages in Kenya
Mabel Andalon and Carmen Pagés
Abstract; PDF

Measuring Skilled Emigration Rates: The Case of Small States
Frédéric Docquier and Maurice Schiff
Abstract; PDF

Geography vs. Institutions at the Village Level
Michael Grimm and Stephan Klasen
Abstract; PDF

Remittances and the Brain Drain: Skilled Migrants Do Remit Less
Yoko Niimi, Caglar Ozden and Maurice Schiff
Abstract; PDF

Posted by ljridley at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)

Helpful resources regarding the new NIH Public Access Policy

About the Public Access Policy
• Public Access Information http://publicaccess.nih.gov/
• Detailed, very helpful FAQ http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm
• Guide notice http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-033.html

The NIH Manuscript Submission System
• NIHMS http://www.nihms.nih.gov/
• Tutorials http://www.nihms.nih.gov/web-help/

PubMed Central

• PubMed Central http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/
• PMC Demo http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Education/pmc/

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Copyright: Retain key rights as authors

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) have released a new, short video clip to help researchers start thinking about securing their rights as authors. The two-minute video presentation, explains in simple, graphic terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights. Inspired by the SPARC Author Rights initiative, the presentation offers three steps to effective rights management.

University of Michigan Author Addendum is available at UM copyright website.

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March 18, 2008

Funding News

NIH Revision Awards for Studying Interactions Among Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors in Health (R01)

NIH Revision Awards for Studying Interactions Among Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors in Health (R21)

NIH Revision Awards for Studying Interactions Among Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors in Health (P01, P20, P50, P60, U0)

Program Description:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to invite applications from current NIH-funded investigators to study how interactions among of genetic and behavioral/social factors influence health and disease.

Letters if Intent Receipt Date(s): April 13, 2008
Application Submission/Receipt Date(s): May 13, 2008

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From the current issue of Quarterly Journal of Economics

Tipping and the Dynamics of Segregation
David Card, Alexandre Mas, Jesse Rothstein
Quarterly Journal of Economics February 2008, Vol. 123, No. 1: 177–218.
Abstract | PDF

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Managing Migration: The Global Challenge

Source: Population Bulletin

The number of international migrants is at an all-time high. There were 191 million migrants in 2005, which means that 3 percent of the world’s people left their country of birth or citizenship for a year or more. The number of international migrants in industrialized countries more than doubled between 1985 and 2005, from almost 55 million to 120 million. This new Population Bulletin, written by Philip Martin and Gottfried Zürcher, reviews the migration streams of the last several decades, globally and by world region.

Posted by yanfu at 12:11 PM | Comments (0)

Sexual Behavior of Single Adult American Women

Source: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (via Guttmacher Institute)

One-third of American women aged 20–44 are single, and nine in 10 of these women are sexually experienced, according to “Sexual Behavior of Single Adult American Women,? by Laura Duberstein Lindberg et al., published in the March 2008 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The median age at first marriage rose from 22.0 in 1980 to 25.3 years in 2002.

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Employer Costs for Employee Compensation

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employer costs for employee compensation for civilian workers averaged $28.11 per hour worked in December 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

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Funding: Active Living Research

Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This call for proposals (CFP) is the first to reflect a new emphasis for Active Living Research. The program will now focus on supporting research to inform policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity among children and adolescents, decreasing their sedentary behaviors and preventing obesity.

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March 17, 2008

Getting More Stodgy? Maybe Not

Washington Post
Getting More Stodgy? Maybe Not
Susan Morse
March 11, 2008

Source: Danigelis, Nicholas L.; Hardy, Melissa; Cutler, Stephen J. 2007. "Population Aging, Intracohort Aging, and Sociopolitical Attitudes." American Sociological Review, Volume 72, Number 5, (October): 812-830

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March 15, 2008

Are Scientists Playing God?

Are Scientists Playing God? It depends on your religion
John Tierney | NY TIMES
Nov 20, 2007

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March 14, 2008

New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor

The Health Returns to Education: What Can We Learn from Twins?
Petter Lundborg
Abstract; PDF

Brain Drain and its Determinants: A Major Issue for Small States
Michel Beine, Frédéric Docquier, Maurice Schiff
Abstract; PDF

Prison Conditions and Recidivism
Francesco Drago, Roberto Galbiati, Pietro Vertova
Abstract; PDF

Posted by ljridley at 03:00 PM | Comments (0)

Do you use Google Scholar off campus?

Google Scholar with UM access off-campus. After you authenticate with the link below, you will get the same access to articles as you are on campus.

Google Scholar (with U-M Ann Arbor MGet It Links)
The Google Scholar search engine that searches for scholarly documents on the World Wide Web, with the added feature of MGet IT (formerly SFX) links from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor that connect you to the online and print versions held by the University Library.

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March 13, 2008

PBS documentaries examine disparities in health, wellness

The School of Public Health and the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health are hosting several events to preview the new PBS documentary, "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?"

http://www.ur.umich.edu/0708/Mar03_08/04.php

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American Election Returns, 1787-1825

A New Nation Votes provides data from America’s earliest elections. It includes more than presidential election returns. Data run from governor races to the county coroner. The geographic coverage extends to the 25 states that existed during this time frame. The site is still in progress, but already includes 15,000 elections. This is about one-quarter of the eventual total. The website is based on the research of Philip Lampi.

http://elections.lib.tufts.edu/aas_portal/index.xq

Posted by lisan at 08:30 PM | Comments (0)

Data from The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO)

In these times of volatile housing prices, here is a good source of data on housing markets, housing price indices, and financial markets. The data are from many sources, but compiled within the website:

http://www.ofheo.gov/about.aspx

Posted by lisan at 08:22 PM | Comments (0)

Surrogate mothers – India, Japan, and a blog with comments

Japan's surrogate mothers emerge from shadows
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:52pm EDT
[Reuters]

India Nurtures Business of Surrogate Motherhood
By AMELIA GENTLEMAN
Published: March 10, 2008
Reproductive outsourcing is a new but rapidly expanding business, as word spreads of India’s mix of skilled medical professionals, relatively liberal laws and low prices.

Outsourced Wombs
Judith Warner
January 3, 2008
[blog commenting on India article, with reader comments]


Posted by lisan at 08:16 PM | Comments (0)

Est costs of future medical care higher for today's retirees

A 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need about $225,000 in savings to cover medical costs in retirement, according to Boston-based Fidelity Investments. The estimate is up 4.7% from figure for 2007.

Posted by nebarr at 11:17 AM | Comments (0)

Urban teens who feel safe more future oriented

Middle schoolers who feel safe and have positive community experiences are more able to delay gratification and less likely to fight. Researchers: Daniel Kruger, Thomas Reischl, Marc Zimmerman (Univ of Michigan).

Posted by nebarr at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

Mental acuity may be improving among seniors

New findings suggest that seniors may be gaining protection from memory loss via better cardiovascular health and more education. Researchers: Kenneth Langa (University of Michigan) and colleagues.

Posted by nebarr at 10:45 AM | Comments (0)

Life expectancy rises for the educated; the less-educated reap no benefit

It's no secret that over the last few decades, life expectancy in the United States has been rising. However, recent data shows that not everyone has benefited from this encouraging trend.

Health Affairs, March/April 2008, Volume 27, Number 2
“The Gap Gets Bigger: Changes in Mortality and Life Expectancy, by Education, 1981-2000?

More in the Special Issue on Disparitiesfrom the journal Health Affairs.

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March 12, 2008

Recent NBER Working Papers

Identity, Parochial Institutions, and Occupational Choice: Linking the Past to the Present in the American Midwest
Kaivan Munshi and Nicholas Wilson
Abstract; PDF

Does Movie Violence Increase Violent Crime?
Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna
Abstract; PDF

Complementarity and the Measurement of Individual Risk Tradeoffs: Accounting for Quantity and Quality of Life Effects
Mary F. Evans and V. Kerry Smith
Abstract; PDF

Educating Urban Children
Richard J. Murnane
Abstract; PDF

Acting White or Acting Black: Mixed-Race Adolescents' Identity and Behavior
Christopher Ruebeck, Susan Averett, and Howard Bodenhorn
Abstract; PDF

The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits
Lex Borghans, Angela Lee Duckworth, James J. Heckman, Bas ter Weel
Abstract; PDF

Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migration and Racial Wage Convergence in the North, 1940-1970
Leah Platt Boustan
Abstract; PDF

Evidence From Maternity Leave Expansions of the Impact of Maternal Care on Early Child Development
Michael Baker, Kevin Milligan
Abstract; PDF

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March 11, 2008

Residential Fellows at the Center for Advanced Study

Application Deadline: 6/2/2008

Academic year fellowships for scholars at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA. Through its rigorous application-based selection system, the Center identifies and selects top scholars from disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences, and the humanities, as well as interdisciplinary areas.

Posted by yanfu at 06:53 PM | Comments (0)

Elimination of Health Disparities through Translation Research

Elimination of Health Disparities through Translation Research (R18)

Letter of Intent: 4/2/2008
Application Deadline: 5/2/2008

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applicants to submit research grant applications that accelerate the translation of research findings into public health practice through implementation, dissemination, and diffusion research within health disparity populations.

Posted by yanfu at 02:56 PM | Comments (0)

Faculty/Research Positions from Chronicle of Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Social/behavioral sciences positions has been updated through Mar. 11, 2008

Posted by yanfu at 10:02 AM | Comments (0)

Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers 1961-2003

The Feburary report uses SIPP data to examine employment patterns of mothers who gave birth to a first child between 1961 and 2003. The report is part of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Reports Household Economic Studies series.

Posted by yanfu at 09:56 AM | Comments (0)

U-M's Center for Global Health Announces Four Public Lectures

See calendar.

Posted by nebarr at 07:28 AM | Comments (0)

March 10, 2008

Pam Smock Comments on Gender Gap in Housework

Pamela Smock, a University of Michigan sociologist, is quoted in a NYT article, "Men Who Do Housework May Get More Sex." Commenting on the findings that men are assuming a greater share of housework, although they still lag women, she noted a persistent gender gap remains for 'invisible' household work -- e.g., scheduling children's medical appointments, buying the gifts they take to birthday parties, arranging holiday gatherings.

Posted by nebarr at 02:35 PM | Comments (0)

Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Program for Population Scientists

The Population Research Institute (The Pennsylvania State University, State College) and the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (University of California, Santa Barbara) are pleased to announce a series of 5-day Advanced Spatial Analysis Workshops scheduled for the summers of 2008 through 2011, subject to funding.

http://www.pop.psu.edu/gia-core/asatp.htm

The workshop at Penn State will be held June 1-7 and will focus on geographically weighted regression. The Santa Barbara based workshop will be held July 14-18 and will focus on spatial pattern analysis.

The application period closes on March 31, 2008.
[The application period has been extended to April 7, 2008]

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March 07, 2008

NIH Urged to Focus on New Ideas, New Applicants

NIH Urged to Focus on New Ideas, New Applicants
Jocelyn Kaiser

Science 29 February 2008: 1169.

Advisers to the U.S. National Institutes of Health outlined a near-final plan to rescue the overburdened NIH peer-review system last week. They want NIH to go for a sweeping overhaul--one that would speed reviews, make the system more inviting, and nudge it to favor new ideas.

Posted by yanfu at 05:09 PM | Comments (0)

Latest from UN Population and Vital Statistics Report: Series A

The Population and Vital Statistics Report: Series A presents most recent data on population size (total, male and female) from the latest available census of the population, national official population estimates and the number and rate (births, deaths and infant deaths) for the latest available year within the past 15 years. It also presents United Nations estimates of the mid-year population of the world, with its various areas and regions.

Posted by yanfu at 03:40 PM | Comments (0)

New Report Provides Substance Use and Mental Health Information for Each State

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS)

A new report providing analyses of substance use and mental health patterns occurring in each state reveals that there are wide variations among the states in problems like illicit drug use and underage drinking, but that no state was immune from these problems. For example, past month use of alcohol among persons aged 12 to 20 (underage use of alcohol) ranged from a low of 21.5 percent in Utah to a high of 38.3 percent in Vermont. Yet Utah had the highest level of people age 18 or older reporting serious psychological distress in the past year (14.4 percent), while Hawaii had the lowest level (8.8 percent).

Posted by yanfu at 03:32 PM | Comments (0)

Congressional Hearing on the Web

The University Library recently purchased access to the full text of Congressional committee hearings in pdf format, 1965-2003, with 1824-1964 available by December 2008.

You can access the hearings on or off campus through LEXIS Congressional.

Posted by yanfu at 02:34 PM | Comments (0)

March 05, 2008

Documentation for census data in the Michigan RDC

ICPSR has just released the documentation for the restricted Census Bureau microdata. These are the data in the Research Data Center (RDC). This should be helpful for determining whether a research project is feasible or not.

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/21820.xml

Posted by lisan at 12:39 PM | Comments (0)

Real time data vs data from surveys

The Buck Has Stopped
Gretchen Morgenson
March 2, 2008

The NY Times reports on TrimTabs Investment Research. This company produces a Consumer Spendables Indicator based on real time data as opposed to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Presumably, the contemporaneous data give more insight into what is happening in the economy as we experience it.

The TrimTabs website has links to articles that describe why their methodology is superior to the BLS Employment Survey.

Posted by lisan at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

UN Data Launched

UN data was launched in February 2008. It will replace the UN Commons database, which will be discontinued as of July 31, 2008.

http://data.un.org

UNdata is the United Nations Data Access System which gives access to current, relevant and reliable statistics for free. The service is provided by the United Nations to users of data around the world. It offers easy access to data compiled and produced by United Nations agencies as well as other organizations.

UNdata's main features are:
- accessing different data sources through one interface,
- searching data with keywords and browsing databases,
- refining search results by filtering, and
- customizing tables with features such as sorting, column
selection and pivoting.

UNdata and the UN Common Database (UNCDB) UNdata is replacing the UNCDB. The new system goes beyond the concept of the UNCDB, starting from the way the data is stored and searched to the data presentation. Furthermore, the UNCDB only includes a small selection of UNSD's extensive data collection, whereas UNdata will have broader data coverage from various international and national sources.

The UNCDB series are currently available through UNdata under the new name "Key indicators". Please note that the Key indicator's scope has already been reduced, as some of the series have been included from the original data provider.

The UNCDB will be discontinued this summer after the academic year finished in most schools around the globe.

Posted by lisan at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

March 04, 2008

One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008

A new report by Pew's Public Safety Performance Project details how, for the first time in history, more than one in every 100 adults in America are in jail or prison—a fact that significantly impacts state budgets without delivering a clear return on public safety.

Full Report (PDF)

Posted by ljridley at 04:17 PM | Comments (0)

Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2005

From Census Bureau

Relatives regularly provide child care to almost half of the more than 19 million preschoolers, according to tabulations released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Fathers and grandparents were the primary relative child care providers.

The series of tables, Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2005, showed that among the 11.3 million children younger than 5 whose mothers were employed, 30 percent were cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent during their mother’s working hours. A slightly greater percentage spent time in an organized care facility, such as a day care center, nursery or preschool. Meanwhile, 25 percent received care from their fathers, 3 percent from siblings and 8 percent from other relatives when mothers went to work.

Posted by yanfu at 03:13 PM | Comments (0)

Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women. This report presents initial results based on interviews with 24 000 women. The report concludes with 15 recommendations to strengthen national commitment and action on violence against women.

Posted by yanfu at 02:53 PM | Comments (0)

Statistics: State Profiles: HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

The 2007 NCHHSTP State Profiles include statistical and other information on HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB for all 50 states and Washington, District of Columbia, as of September 2007. They also include descriptions of prevention and control programs supported by CDC and state public health officials.

Source: CDC

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Call for Papers from 2008 National Research Conference on the National Survey of Family Growth

2008 National Research Conference on the National Survey of Family Growth
Dates: October 16-17, 2008
Sponsor: National Center for Health Statistics
Description: The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announces the 2008 Research Conference on the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) and issues this Call for Papers. Papers or extended abstracts (3 or more pages) should be submitted electronically (preferably in PDF or Word format). Guidelines and submission instructions are available at website.

Posted by yanfu at 02:50 PM | Comments (0)

March 03, 2008

CDC Study Reveals Adults May Not Get Enough Rest or Sleep

About 10 percent of adults report not getting enough rest or sleep every day in the past month, according to a new four-state study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention′s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Perceived Insufficient Rest or Sleep — Four States, 2006

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From Work to Retirement: Tracking Changes in Women’s Poverty Status

Source: AARP Policy & Research

Women are nearly twice as likely to be poor as men as they reach pre-retirement and retirement ages, according to a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

Posted by yanfu at 02:56 PM | Comments (0)

Health and Prisoner Reentry

from Urban Institute
Author(s): Kamala Mallik-Kane, Christy Visher

More than 8 in 10 returning prisoners have chronic physical, mental, or substance abuse conditions. This research report demonstrates how each of these health conditions is associated with distinct reentry challenges and service needs.

Full Paper


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