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Global and Environmental Health

This category is design to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatest impact on preventing disease and improving human health, the AISER focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers.

Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde Linked to Increased ALS Risk

No significant association between ALS and pesticide, herbicide exposure.


Preliminary results from a large prospective population-based study has linked occupational exposure to formaldehyde, with an increased rate of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Abkhazia: Laboratory Testing for Influenza

The PCDCP will provide 3 specimen collection kits and instructions to each of the sentinel providers to ensure the proper collection and transport of influenza specimens during the influenza season (October – March). These collections kits are prepackaged and shipped to the sentinel sites at the beginning of the influenza season, and are continually re-supplied to the sentinel provider as they submit specimens throughout the season.

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Abkhazia: Passive Surveillance of Confirmed Cases

Laboratory confirmed influenza and influenza-associated deaths are reportable in the Georgia. Reports are received from physicians, hospitals, and laboratories. Both rapid test and culture positives are reported through this system.

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Abkhazia: Philosophy of PCDCP Program

By Ramaz Mitaishvili, MD

Los Angeles, CA

In the years after its creation, the Center will play an instrumental role in improving the public health infrastructure by helping to boost laboratory capacity. Laboratory should employee advanced technologies in accordance of worldwide requirements.

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Humanitarian crisis in ABkhazia

Ramaz MitaishviliWebcast interview of Dr. Ramaz Mitaishvili
Unstable political and environmental conditions in Abkhazia caused by breakdown of infrastructure are very important risk factors. Adequate water supply and sanitation are basic requirements for life. Access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities is a fundamental human right. Yet, in Abkhazia (breakaway province of Georgia), water source quality shows continued deterioration and in many cases depleted. These effects are a function of increasing tourism pressure, agricultural misuse and the inability to keep pace with the increasing demands on the resource.

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Staying Healthy in Abkhazia: Manual for Russian Tourists

Health concerns should comprise an important piece of your preparation for a trip to Abkhazia (breakaway province of Georgia), and staying healthy on the road takes vigilance. Make it a priority. Subtropical heat and mosquitoes are the biggest dangers, other than motor-vehicle accidents, and travelers should exercise caution over the extreme change in diet and sanitary standards in Abkhazia -- especially if eating at local joints. 

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Abkhazia: PCDCP Business Preparedness

In the event of pandemic influenza, businesses will play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical.

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New Lifetime Risk Estimates Suggest 1 in 8 Baby Boomers Will Develop Alzheimer's Disease

A new report released by the Alzheimer's Association includes new estimates that show the lifetime risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is 17% in women and 9% in men who live to age 55 years. The figures mean that 10 million of the 78 million baby boomers alive today can expect to develop AD in their lifetime; this number increases to 14 million if other dementias are included.

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U.S. Medicare Spending Triggers New Funding Proposal

Medicare spending is increasing so quickly that the president will be required to propose new benefit cuts or higher taxes, trustees for the U.S. senior citizen health care program said.

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Powers of the PCDCP in Abkhazia

Quarantine and Isolation


The PCDCP (proposed Center for Disease Control and Prevention), through the Director, or under his/her direction and supervision, has the power to establish, maintain and enforce isolation and quarantine, and in pursuance thereof, and for such purpose only, to exercise such physical control over property and over the persons of the people within this state as necessary for the protection of the public health. Any person who has been quarantined may appeal to the appropriate district court at any time for release from the quarantine.

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