Sunday, January 21, 2018

FASD News - 3/2018

ABC Online (Australia) - FASD: Family finally gets answers in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnosis
Queensland grandmother Sharon Wallace said she needs locks on her bedroom door. That's because her seven-year-old grandson Xavier can be incredibly loving one minute, but destructive the next.
News Medical - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD Treatments
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a congenital syndrome that emerges in the human fetus as a result of alcohol consumption by pregnant women during their maternity period.
ABC Online (Australia) - Legal and health experts say Australian courts should assess children for FASD
Doctors have started working with criminal psychologists to help them diagnose people in the justice system who might have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Newswise - Smartphone App Now Recognizes FASD Thanks to MMI Geneticist
With a smartphone and an app, qualified health care professionals can now diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in their office thanks to a suggestion from Omar Rahman, M.D.
MilTech - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Management and Policy Perspectives of FASD. Health Care and Disease Management – Healthcare, Healthcare Services, Maternal and Neonatal Care Industries
Reflecting the recent increased public awareness of the topic, this is the first and most comprehensive resource for over a decade on the molecular basis, prevalence, treatment, options, socioeconomic impact and prevention strategies of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Aberdeen Evening Express (UK) - Pilot scheme to spread message about drinking during pregnancy
A North-east health board has announced a six-month pilot scheme to raise awareness of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The Jerusalem Post (Israel) - ADOPTED CHILDREN FROM FSU MIGHT HAVE UNDETECTED FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME
Some young children originating in the former Soviet Union who have been adopted by Israelis have been diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder when they are toddler.
KTVQ Billings News (USA) - Big Horn County Attorney announces "crackdown" on expecting mothers for drug and alcohol use
The Big Horn County Attorney in Hardin announced Thursday plans to crack down on women who use drugs or alcohol while pregnant.
NHS Grampian (UK) - Think pregnancy - Think no alcohol
NHS Grampian has announced an innovative six month pilot project raising awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy.

EVENTS
HealthInfoNet - Healthy Women and Pregnancies: Aboriginal Focus on FASD in Communities (15 - 16 May 2018; Perth, Western Australia)
At the end of this training, participants will also receive culturally secure resources to support them in FASD prevention. This workshop is endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing. It has been allocated CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
PVSBC - 8th International Research Conference on Adolescents & Adults with FASD (April 18, 2018; Canada)
FASD Peterborough - FASD Professional Training Series (Multiple Dates)
Presented by Sheryl Over, this 4 part training series will focus on understanding FASD and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Center - Strong Spirit Strong Future: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention (27 February 2018; Perth, Western Australia)
This video conference will explore the prevention of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
satPRnews - Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Assessment and New Directions in Research and Multimodal Treatment
This eBook addresses the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Mofas - 2018 FASD Prevention Grant- Welcome Webinar
UNL – CCFL - Scientific & Legal Aspects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The continued discussion by Mr. Edwards on the legal aspects of FASD by providing a forensic context of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to help juvenile attorneys, caseworkers, and juvenile justice professionals understand the neurodevelopmental issues that may impact a child’s actions in school, foster care placement, juvenile detention and community settings.
Tom Monson – Last Call
If someone is pregnant, what is the harm in just a few drinks? How much is safe? Learn what the experts have to say.
Courthouse Libraries BC - Working with Clients with FASD - Webinar Recording
Effective communication with a client can be difficult to achieve under ideal circumstances, let alone if your client has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Reginald Weaver - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)
LMU - The FASD French Pocket guide is now available
Recommendations for the Diagnosis of FASD are summarized and illustrated in this Pocket guide.
Government and Public Sector - Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder FASD. Who is responsible?. Health Care and Disease Management
The new report from Government and Public Sector has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of Government and Public Sector Industries.
The Cork Board - Podcast | #17 Kathleen Guire on Adoption, FASD, and Sex Trafficking
Kathleen Guire is the founder of the Whole House Blog. She also recently released her first novel, Defining Home, meant to increase awareness about the tragedies of slavery and sex trafficking. She had wise words to share about FASD, self-publishing, and how she keeps her large family organized.

RESEARCH
Advances in Pediatric Research - Comparison of the FASD 4-Digit Code and Hoyme et al. 2016 FASD diagnostic guidelines
All FASD diagnostic systems need to publish comprehensive validation studies to identify which is the most accurate, reproducible, and medically valid.
Clinical Epigenetics - DNA methylation as a predictor of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a developmental disorder that manifests through a range of cognitive, adaptive, physiological, and neurobiological deficits resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure.
Scientific Reports - Acetaldehyde inhibits retinoic acid biosynthesis to mediate alcohol teratogenicity
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy induces Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which has been proposed to arise from competitive inhibition of retinoic acid (RA) biosynthesis.
Alcohol and Alcoholism - A Formative Evaluation of Two FASD Prevention Communication Strategies
In this FASD prevention feasibility study, we found that FASD prevention messages, particularly paired with pregnancy test dispensers, placed in the women’s restrooms of establishments that serve alcohol can effectively promote informed alcohol consumption decisions among women who are, or may become, pregnant.
Developmental Neurorehabilitation - GoFAR: improving attention, behavior and adaptive functioning in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Brief report
This pilot study demonstrated that children with FASD and their caregivers benefit from a focused intervention designed to improve effortful control of behavior. The study suggests the need for a larger clinical trial to evaluate the intervention’s effectiveness.
Journal of Education, Health and Sport - THE EFFECTS OF SENSORY INTEGRATION TECHNIQUE ON EQUILIBRIUM PROCESSES IN CHILDREN AFTER PRENATAL EXPOSURE TO ALCOHOL
The sensory integration technique exerts a beneficial effect on the balance functions of children after prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing - Experience of Pregnant Women with Problem Drinking during First Trimester of Pregnancy
The results of this study provide a deeper understanding of pregnant women's experiences of drinking alcohol during the first trimester of pregnancy.
RsearchGate - Evaluation of the Good Behavior Game with a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in a Small-Group Context
We evaluated the Good Behavior Game (GBG) on levels of disruptive behavior of a 4-year-old boy with fetal alcohol syndrome during small-group reading time.
Medical Science Pulse - The knowledge about fetal alkohol syndrome (FAS) among women at the procreative age
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy, namely intrauterine alcohol influence on a fetus, might result in plenty of very serious disorders in physical and intellectual development of a child.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
info.elblag.pl (Poland) - W ciąży nie pijemy na zdrowie
Wyobraźmy sobie kobietę w ciąży, która właśnie wypiła kieliszek wina. Alkohol wchłania się już w jej jamie ustnej i w ciągu kilku minut znajduje się we krwi. Cząsteczki etanolu (to ten sam alkohol, który znajduje się w piwie, winie, wódce itp.) wraz z krwią krążą w jej organizmie i z łatwością przenikają przez łożysko.
Volksstimme (Germany) - Fürs Kind ist jeder Schluck zu viel
Die 21-jährige Stendalerin Delia Buchhorn leidet unter dem Fetalen Alkoholsyndrom, weil ihre Mutter in der Schwangerschaft trank.
Hyvä Terveys (Finland) - Tietokoneohjelma ihmisen veroinen tunnistamaan FASD-lapsen kasvonpiirteet
Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymän eli FASD:n tunnistaminen on kokeneellekin lääkärille vaikeaa, mutta jatkossa apua saattaa löytyä kasvojentunnistusohjelmista, tuore tutkimus osoittaa.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Alcohol News - 3/2018

The Independent (UK) – More than half of adults drink alcohol to cope with stress
Almost 60 per cent of adults are drinking alcohol in order to cope with the stresses of everyday life, a study has discovered.
National Post (Sri Lanka) - Sri Lanka reinstated ban on selling alcohol to women
Sri Lanka’s government has reinstated a ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where the drinks are produced and sold, saying it’s in line with the country’s cultural values, a senior official said Wednesday.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Russian Alcohol Consumption Falls 80% in 5 Years, Says Minister
Russia’s health minister has said that Russians consume 80 percent less alcohol than they did five years ago, amid a decrease in smoking levels and an increase in the number of people who do sports.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Alcohol tax unaffected by agreement: Govt
The Government believes any future rise in excise tax on alcohol can be made without concerns about legal action from overseas liquor companies.
Express.co.uk (UK) - Dry January benefits: What happens when you stop drinking alcohol for a month?
DRY JANUARY is a health campaign which urges people to abstain from alcohol for the first month of the year. Its popularity has grown in the years but what benefits does it give your body, if any?
Toronto Star (Canada) - Saskatchewan town seeks to ban alcohol sales on certain days
La Ronge’s town council is hoping to address alcohol problems in the community by imposing measures such as banning alcohol sales on Sundays, statutory holidays and month-end paydays.
Medical Xpress - New approach is helping youngsters steer clear of alcohol
In 15 public middle schools in rural Oregon, UO education researcher Mark Van Ryzin is testing an old approach proven to enhance learning to see if it can be adapted to head off behavioral problems. It appears to be working.
NPR (USA) - Alcohol-Related ER Visits Soar, Especially Among Women
Most Americans drink safely and in moderation. But a steady annual increase in trips made to emergency rooms as a result of drinking alcohol added up to 61 percent more visits in 2014 compared with 2006, according to a study published this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
ABC Online (Australia) - The 'sober generation': Australian teens snubbing alcohol and cigarettes thanks to parents, researchers say
Teenagers are turning away from alcohol and other substances so much so that researchers studying the change in attitude have labelled this the "sober generation".
Queen's Journal (Canada) - The liquor industry needs to work with alcohol consumption experiments, not against them
With the limited resources that come with a population of just under 36,000 people, it’s not surprising that even a hint of a lawsuit from the Canadian liquor industry players was enough to snuff out an experiment like the one recently held in the Yukon.
Express.co.uk - Dementia warning: Just ONE glass of wine or pint of beer each day could put you at risk
JUST a glass of wine or a pint of beer each day could poison the brain and lead to dementia, a study has found.
News Medical - How Does Alcohol Affect the Body?
Alcohol when over-consumed for the first time causes severe effects. Heavy drinking greatly affects not only the liver, but also many other parts of the body system.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Young drinkers consuming more alcohol than ever
Fewer young people in New Zealand are drinking but the heavy drinking culture has not changed, a health watchdog says.
The Local Norway (Norway) - 'We won’t pay for alcohol any more': Labour leader after harassment scandal
Jonas Gahr Støre, leader of the Norwegian Labour party, says that alcohol will no longer be supplied at events for members of the political group.
Dunfermline Press - Women are targeted by alcohol industry
Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) say that drinks companies have recognised the potentially huge market in alcohol products for females with figures showing that Britain is the worst country in the western world for heavy drinking among professional women.
MorningAdvertiser.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol sales at airports could be restricted
Restrictions should be applied to the consumption and sale of alcohol at airports, according to a parliamentary report.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Alcohol News - 2/2018

The Independent – How alcohol damages stem cells and increases cancer risk
After cigarettes, alcohol is perhaps the most common carcinogen that humans voluntarily expose themselves to. How this simple substance promotes cancer, though, has not been clear. But our latest study, using genetically modified mice, sheds some light on the possible mechanism.
The Guardian (UK) - Only one in 10 Britons know alcohol causes cancer, survey finds
Only one in 10 people know that alcohol causes cancer, according to findings that also show strong public backing for cans and bottles of drink carrying warnings about the link.
ScienceNordic - Poverty and alcohol a bad mix for the heart
If you have a low income and education, drinking can be bad for your heart. But researchers think the health problems they have found may reflect something other than the effects of alcohol.
Metro - What to do if you’re not considered an alcoholic but you think you have a problem with alcohol
2018 is upon us and with that comes the nationwide campaign, which aims to encourage us to save money, sleep better and lose weight by abstaining from booze for an entire month.
Modern Ghana (Ghana) - Groups Want Ban On Alcohol Adverts Reviewed
The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has urged the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to review the ban on the advertisement of alcoholic beverages between 6am and 8pm.
WBAA (USA) - The United States Of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is a unique legalized drug in American culture. It’s not a crime to consume in all states (unlike marijuana). There is little stigma attached to having a drink (unlike cigarettes). And it can be abused somewhat openly, even in the company of your co-workers (unlike opioids).
Leicester Mercury (UK) - Government could soon ban early-morning alcohol at UK's airports
An investigation launched by the Government could spell the beginning of the end for breakfast time tipples at UK terminals.
HeraldScotland (UK) - ‘Toxic mix of alcohol and power’ at Palace of Westminster
Dozens of parliamentary aides have faced bullying at work while four women said they had been victims of sexual assault, according to a survey of staff at Westminster.
The Irish Sun (Ireland) - The laws on drinking alcohol around children and how drunk you have to be to get arrested?
Can you get arrested for drinking alcohol in public while in the care of a child? Under the Licensing Act 1902, it is illegal to be drunk in charge of a child in a public place.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Warning labels on alcohol in Yukon removed after pushback from liquor companies
A United States researcher involved in a study on alcohol warning labels in Yukon that was halted after pushback from the liquor industry says caution messages have proven effective elsewhere.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Health Minister defends alcohol bill changes
Mr Harris defended the changes, which exempts small local shops from the more draconian elements of the bill regarding separation of alcohol, saying the alterations are “common sense”.
Pravda (Russia) - Alcohol kills 18,000 Russians during every holiday season
Leading Russian expert in the field of alcohol-related mortality and alcohol policy, Alexander Nemtsov, published a report, which said that the death rate in Russia increases dramatically during the holiday season in January, when the nation celebrates New Year and Christmas.
India Today (India) - Alcohol alert on bottles soon
In a first, FSSAI - a body under Union health ministry - is regulating all varieties of alcoholic products by permitting only prescribed percent of alcohol in your drink.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

FASD News - 1/2018

Children in Scotland (Scotland) - We need facts not fiction on FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) remains the subject of misleading myths and half-truths across Scotland, resulting in continued ignorance, inaction and ‘kidding ourselves on’ about the potential adverse impacts of drinking while pregnant.
HuffPost UK (UK) - Alcohol, Pregnancy And FASD. How Pip Archer Could Help Thousands Of Families
Everyone with a child with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will appreciate that there are some things we don’t talk about in public.
Lock Haven Express (USA) - Prenatal drug abuse may be child abuse
A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a decision Wednesday that a Clinton County woman’s illegal drug abuse during pregnancy “may constitute” child abuse under the state’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL).
CTV News (Canada) - Yukon halts warning labels on liquor labels over industry concerns
Concerns have also been raised at the local level about the study's impact on long-standing labels that read: "Warning, drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects." Wenda Bradley, executive director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon, said she believed that the new labels would accompany, rather than replace, the drinking-while-pregnant warning labels.
MilTech - Substance Abuse During Pregnancy, An Issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics. The Clinics: Internal Medicine 41-2
This issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America deals with the timely subject of substance use during pregnancy. Alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use is prevalent among reproductive-age women.
CDC (USA) - National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Each January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness among women and families on actions they can take to help have a healthy baby. January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects.
Thewig.com (Canada) - Fetal alcohol motion passes
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day will be recognized provincewide on Sept. 9 of every year, thanks to a motion from Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala that passed unanimously at Queen’s Park on Thursday.
Medical News Today - Could this software diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?
Identifying certain types of alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder has proven challenging, but a new approach using a computer-based facial analysis tool may prove useful.

UPCOMING
Alberta Government WEBINAR - Housing and FASD – A Panel Discussion (January 24, 2018)
This webcast will be of interest to persons directly affected by FASD, landlords, residential building managers and anyone else supporting persons with FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Het Witte Bos - FAS-project film
In Nederland worden naar schatting elk jaar meer dan vijfhonderd kinderen geboren met het Foetaal Alcoholsyndroom (FAS).

RESEARCH
Journal of Biophotonics - Evaluating the Effects of Maternal Alcohol Consumption on Murine Fetal Brain Vasculature Using Optical Coherence Tomography
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can result in a range of anomalies including brain and behavioral dysfunctions, collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Sleep Medicine - Sleep, maladaptive behaviour and language acquisition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders, the result of ethanol exposure to a developing fetus. It is thought to be present in between 2.4–4.8% of live births in the West.
Brain sciences - Preliminary Findings that a Targeted Intervention Leads to Altered Brain Function in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) exhibit behavioral dysregulation, executive dysfunction, and atypical function in associated brain regions. Previous research shows early intervention mitigates these outcomes but corresponding brain changes were not studied.
State University of New York - The Effect of Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Environmental Enrichment on Midbrain Dopaminergic Neuron and Microglial Organization During Adulthood
Scripta Scientifica Medica - Alcohol consumption during pregnancy: intervention guidance for the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term used to describe the broad spectrum of pathologies and disorders caused by alcohol exposure in uterus.
Journal of Research in Nursing - Review: A survey of attitudes, beliefs and practice regarding alcohol use and screening in pregnancy: an opportunity for support and education?
Journal of Agricultural Science - Effect of Alcohol Consumption on the Sperm DNA Integrity: A Systematic Review
There is no solid conclusion on the conventional sperm parameters in association with alcohol consumption, evaluation of sperm DNA integrity thus become a more reliable parameter.
Critical Public Health - ‘To drink or not to drink’: media framing of evidence and debate about alcohol consumption in pregnancy
The issue of women’s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy has gained increasing public attention in Australia in recent years. This article examines the framing of the issue in news media and pregnancy and parenting websites during 2013–2014, with particular attention to the two most prominent frames of ‘contested evidence and advice’ and ‘women’s rights’.
Journal of Research in Nursing - A survey of attitudes, beliefs and practice regarding alcohol use and screening in pregnancy: an opportunity for support and education?
Providing antenatal and postnatal support for women who drink alcohol in pregnancy is only possible if those at risk can be identified. However, screening will only be helpful if women feel comfortable with the method used.
Front. Neuroanat. - Reductions in Corpus Callosum Volume Partially Mediate Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on IQ
Disproportionate volume reductions in the basal ganglia, corpus callosum and hippocampus have been reported in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).
AJOG - The effects of low to moderate and binge prenatal alcohol exposure on the neurocognitive outcomes, behaviour profiles and IQ in 4 year old children
Prenatal alcohol use is common and is a public health concern. Although a decrease in intellectual ability, cognitive effects, behaviour changes and decreased growth have been associated with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure, there has been fewer studies on the effects of lower levels of exposure with inconsistent results with a particular paucity of data on preschool children.
Hippocampus - Impact of adolescent stress on the expression of stress-related receptors in the hippocampus of animals exposed to alcohol prenatally
Many functions of the hippocampus are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). In particular, dysregulation of the stress response is especially important because individuals with PAE carry increased risks for exposure to stressful environments throughout life.
BMC Medical Ethics - Ethical aspects of diagnosis and interventions for children with fetal alcohol Spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term covering several conditions for which alcohol consumption during pregnancy is taken to play a causal role.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Terve.fi (Finland) - Tietokoneohjelma ihmisen veroinen tunnistamaan FASD-lapsen kasvonpiirteet
Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymän eli FASD:n tunnistaminen on kokeneellekin lääkärille vaikeaa, mutta jatkossa apua saattaa löytyä kasvojentunnistusohjelmista, tuore tutkimus osoittaa.
FOCUS Online (Germany) - Fachnachmittag 10. Januar 2018 "Fetales Alkoholsyndrom"
Die Netzwerkstelle für Kinderschutz und Frühe Hilfen des Landkreises Stendal lädt am 10. Januar 2018 von 15:00 bis 18:00 Uhr zum Fachnachmittag „Entwicklungsneurologische Störung - Fetales Alkoholsyndrom“ in das Landratsamt in Stendal ein.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Alcohol News - 51/2017

NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Draft strategy proposes radical plan to boost booze prices
WINE lovers and young drinkers would be hardest hit by a government proposal to increase booze prices.
Science Daily - What is the best policy for reducing the impact of alcohol on the road accident rate?
Researchers from the University of Seville have analysed alcohol consumption in traffic accident fatalities in the European Union.
The Guardian - The damage alcohol does to young teenagers is not easily spotted
Aged 16, with the creamy, peach-skin face of a child, wearing my mum’s work skirt and a pair of navy court shoes, I sat, smiling serenely, without my parents, in the Oxford branch of an Italian restaurant chain and ordered an Irish coffee.
YLE News (Finland) - Longer opening hours, stronger drink in groceries, higher taxes - new alcohol legislation passes Parliament
The Finnish Parliament on Tuesday gave final approval to a package of alcohol legislation and at the same time raised taxes on alcoholic beverages in an effort to reduce consumption.
The Guardian (UK) - One in six parents allow children alcohol by age of 14, says study
One in six parents allow their children to drink alcohol by the age of 14, with potentially dire future consequences, according to a new study.
The Atlantic - Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Impair Memory
I can’t even remember what happened that night” is a common joke/cry for help among people who recently drank to the point of blacking out. But there’s also evidence that drinking even a little bit can seriously impair learning and memory.
The Independent (UK) - ‘Tis the season for sobering statistics
More than a third of Brits are choosing not to drink alcohol at up to four social occasions this festive season, a new study has found.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Police urge alcohol restraint as Christmas approaches
Police are appealing to Northlanders to take it easy on the booze after a number of alcohol-related incidents in the lead-up to the festive season.
Education Week - Steer Students Away From Alcohol by Broadening Their Social Circles, Study Says
Cooperative learning in the classroom may have an unexpected benefit for middle school students: a lower chance that they'll use alcohol.
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - More Danes choosing alcohol-free beer
Beer-loving Danes are starting to develop a taste for alcohol-free beer. Sales of alcohol free beer have risen significantly over the past year according to the brewery association Bryggeriforeningen.
Pharmacy Today - Talk to patients about how alcohol and medications #DONTMIX
With the holidays in mind, the National Council of Patient Information & Education (NCPIE) and Healthline have partnered to launch #DONTMIX, a social awareness campaign that ties back to NCPIE’s single message to “think before you drink—sometimes alcohol and medicines don’t mix.”
Wall Street Journal (USA) - Drug and Alcohol Deaths at U.S. Workplaces Soar
The number of U.S. deaths at work from unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses jumped more than 30% in 2016, according to new government data, showing that the nation’s struggle with a deadly opioid epidemic is migrating to the workplace.
The Times (Ireland) - Drinks firms ‘must accept public health bill will hit profits’
A campaign group has accused business bodies of delaying the alcohol bill and attacked criticism of the government for progressing the legislation.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Alcohol News - 50/2017

ERR News (Estonia/EU) - Eurocare applauds Estonian EU presidency's policy regarding alcohol abuse
European alcohol policy alliance Eurocare recognized the Estonian presidency's "courage and persistence" that led to the adoption of the Council Conclusions on cross-border aspects in alcohol policy, making another attempt at tackling the abuse of alcohol.
EurekAlert (USA) - Alcohol taxes are too low, have not kept up with inflation
State alcohol excise taxes are typically only a few cents per drink and have not kept pace with inflation, according to a new study in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Wasted lives: The impact of policy on alcohol consumption and addiction
Alcohol sales bring in more money to the provincial government than natural gas royalties, forestry revenue or tobacco taxes, but some experts argue the social and healthcare costs outweigh the profits.
The West Australian (Australia) - Booze ban: Documents reveal police plan for toughest alcohol restrictions in the Pilbara
Hard-drinking Pilbara mining towns could be hit with some of the toughest liquor restrictions in the State if a controversial police plan to reduce alcohol-related violence in the region is given the go-ahead.
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ERR News (Estonia) -
Bill to further restrict alcohol sales eased in Riigikogu
A bill of amendments to the Alcohol Act and Advertising Act set to further restrict Estonia's alcohol policy, which passed first reading in the Riigikogu in March, has since been eased significantly in the Riigikogu, daily Postimees writes.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - New Caledonia campaigns against alcohol abuse
The New Caledonian government has adopted a comprehensive plan to counter excessive drinking, which has been identified as a key problem.
EURACTIV (EU) - Combat digestive diseases with tighter controls on the alcohol and food industry
You are what you eat, the saying goes, but what about what we drink? Dietary regulations across Europe need to be stricter if digestive disease rates are to fall, writes Thierry Ponchon.
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Harvard Health -
Is there a link between alcohol and skin cancer?
Patients are always elated when you can recommend an enjoyable, health-improving, recreational activity. As a runner, my favorite “prescription” while pregnant was exercise!
ERR News (Latvia/Estonia) - Latvian health minister praises Estonia's alcohol policy
In a letter to Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski, Latvian Minister for Health Anda Čakša commended Estonia's alcohol policy and said that Latvia is likewise planning to raise its alcohol excise duty.
thejournal.ie (Ireland) - Two people died every day in 2015 over drug use with alcohol the number one drug
ALMOST TWO PEOPLE in Ireland died each day in 2015 as a result of overdoses, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use.
GhanaWeb (Ghana) - FDA bans advertisement of alcohol in the media effective 2018
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) effective 1st January 2018, has banned both advertisement and Live Presenter Mention(LPM)of alcoholic beverages in the media before 8pm.
Huffington Post South Africa (South Africa) - How Alcohol Plays A Role In Gender-based Violence --- And What Must Happen Now
How many times do you hear about alcohol playing a role in a Gender-Based Violence (GBV)? In our view, far too many times not to have a frank discussion about it.
The Baltic Course (Estonia) - Statistics shows significant drop in health damage from alcohol in Estonia
A significant reduction in the health damage caused by alcohol has taken place in Estonia in 2017 compared with 2016, as mortality numbers, the number of crimes committed by people under the influence of alcohol and of road accidents involving a drunk driver have all decreased, provisional figures by the National Institute for Health Development and the police suggest.
Minneapolis Star Tribune (USA) - Baby boomers are becoming 'baby boozers' as reliance on alcohol and drugs rises
Maybe it wasn’t rock bottom, but Clare Mannion can’t imagine how it could have been worse, finding herself, as she did, drinking airplane bottles of vodka in her closet.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

FASD News - 49/2017

Daily Telegraph (Australia) - Judges to consider affect of ‘alcohol during pregnancy’ on young offenders’ behaviour
JUDGES are being taught about disabilities caused by mothers who drink while pregnant as part of a new push to give offenders with such disorders lighter sentences.
HuffPost UK (UK) - RIP Sir Noel The Christmas Dog - An FASD Love Story
Four years ago, our youngest son was struggling. He was in Year 5. At great cost to himself he gave everything he had at school, at home, in clubs. But he walked every day in world that didn’t understand him.
Newcastle Herald (Australia) - Booze the mother of all problems for unborn babies
WOMEN who drink should be using contraception to avoid having brain damaged babies, a Newcastle public health forum heard on Tuesday night.
Charity Today News (UK) - NOFAS-UK CEO speaks of her delight at being an official part of #UKCharityWeek 2017
The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK (NOFAS-UK) has today spoke of its ‘honour’ to be a part an official part of#UKCharityWeek, 4-10 December 2017.
St. Albert Gazette (Canada) - ‘Dry 9’ campaign dedicated to alcohol-free pregnancies
A new campaign is helping women who are pregnant or who are trying to conceive stay away from liquor. Dry 9, created by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), provides resources and information on alcohol and pregnancy.
Science Daily - Lithium chloride blunts brain damage linked to fetal alcohol syndrome
A single dose of lithium chloride, a drug used to treat bipolar disease and aggression, blocks the sleep disturbances, memory loss, and learning problems tied to fetal alcohol syndrome, new experiments in mice show.
My Eastern Shore (USA) - Researcher speaks about helping children affected by substance abuse
Local social workers, child care providers and educators attended a conference to learn about supporting caregivers of children affected by substance abuse, Friday, Dec. 1, at Chesapeake College.
Toronto Star (Canada) - After a girl committed 71 violent incidents in 10 months, children’s aid and this caregiver agreed the group home program wasn’t working
Her sometimes epic outbursts — fuelled by symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome — were described in reports sent to the children’s ministry whenever a serious incident occurs in Ontario involving a child in care.
Todays Parent - I said I wouldn’t adopt a child with FASD—and now I have four
It was a scorching day so I’d taken my children to a splash pad. I was watching my daughters dancing in the water, when out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of my nine-year-old son, Allan, dart into the parking lot. He ran right in front of a moving car, which had to swerve not to hit him. I bolted over and grabbed him by the arm.
Nutrition Research Institute - Why Iron Man’s mother didn’t drink alcohol during pregnancy
In the Marvel movie Iron Man, Tony Stark (Iron Man) is a genius inventor who creates a suit of armor, giving himself enhanced strength and the ability to fly.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2018
The call for abstracts is now open. The deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018, at midnight, Berlin time.
Children in Scotland - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Supporting children and young people (26/02/2018)
This workshop gives insight to the wide range of conditions encompassed by FASD and explores practical ways in which to support children and young people affected by them.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
AGLC - Dry9 | Just a Sip
Are you expecting or planning to be? No amount of alcohol is proven safe to drink while pregnant so do a #Dry9 and encourage your friends and family to support you and do a Dry9 too.
AGLC - Dry9 | Previous Generation
AGLC - Dry9 | Co-Parent to Be
AGLC - Dry9 | Persistent Friend
Courthouse Libraries BC - Working with Clients with FASD - Webinar Recording
This webinar is aimed at legal advocates and poverty law lawyers. Effective communication with a client can be difficult to achieve under ideal circumstances, let alone if your client has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

RESEARCH
University of Canterbury - The challenge of supporting children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand: A narrative literature review”
The drinking culture of ANZ has developed since colonisation. Alcohol consumption has cost not only the individual and their families, but communities and ANZ society as a whole although the MoH (2016) has released the FASD Action Plan 2016-2019 with a budget attached to implement the plan, gaps have been identified.
Toxics - Embryonic Ethanol Exposure Affects Early- and Late-Added Cardiac Precursors and Produces Long-Lasting Heart Chamber Defects in Zebrafish
Drinking mothers expose their fetuses to ethanol, which produces birth defects: craniofacial defects, cognitive impairment, sensorimotor disabilities and organ deformities, collectively termed as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Ohio State University - Neuroimmune mechanisms of learning and memory deficits in a rat model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) afflict up to 5% of American school-age children, many of whom experience pervasive impairments in behavior and cognition. While the impact of these impairments on quality of life may be severe, the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are not well understood.
Pediatrics - Computer-Aided Recognition of Facial Attributes for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
We found there was an increased diagnostic accuracy for ARND via our computer-aided method. As this category has been historically difficult to diagnose, we believe our experiment demonstrates that facial dysmorphology novel analysis technology can potentially improve ARND diagnosis by introducing a standardized metric for recognizing FASD-associated facial anomalies.
Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Educational Services for Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Caregivers’ Perspectives
The purpose of this study was to identify services that caregivers of youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder believe would help youth with FASD succeed in school.
University of Alberta - Examining Practicing Teachers’ Cognitions and Emotions Towards Students with FASD Using Attribution Theory
The importance of teachers’ emotions has been well-established in educational research, particularly when confronted with challenging student behaviour.
University of Alberta - Evaluating an Attributional Retraining Intervention to Increase Pre-service Teachers’ Self-Efficacy in Working with Students with FASD: A Mixed Methods Study
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can experience complex social, emotional, behavioural, and academic needs at school that necessitate the support of prepared and efficacious teachers.
Neuropharmacology - Low doses of prenatal ethanol exposure and maternal separation alter HPA axis function and ethanol consumption in adult male rats
Adverse maternal behaviors during pregnancy and unfavorable postnatal experiences during development are associated with an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, as well as, a vulnerability to alcohol addiction in adulthood.
Alcoholism - Prenatal alcohol exposure increases histamine H3 receptor-mediated inhibition of glutamatergic neurotransmission in rat dentate gyrus
We have reported that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE)-induced deficits in dentate gyrus (DG) long-term potentiation (LTP) and memory are ameliorated by the histamine H3 receptor inverse agonist ABT-239.
Supervision of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice - An Approach to Supervision Practice with Therapists Who Work with Pregnant Substance-Abusing Women in Voluntary and Compulsory Treatment Settings
This chapter is written for supervisors and psychotherapists who work with pregnant substance abusing women in the Specialist Health Service in Norway.
Neurology - Evaluation of the child with microcephaly and the Fetal Alcoholic Syndrome (FAS)
The AAN and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society made three statements regarding the evaluation of the child with microcephaly including: neuroimaging is useful in identifying structural causes; targeted genetic testing when clinical or imaging abnormalities suggest a specific diagnosis; and screening for coexistent conditions such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy.
UCT - NEW EVIDENCE FOR THE VALIDITY OF THREE INFANT COGNITIVE MARKERS OF FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Identifying cognitive deficits early in development in high-risk populations, such as infants with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), is crucial to developing effective early interventions.
Brain Sciences - Long Term Depression in Rat Hippocampus and the Effect of Ethanol during Fetal Life
Alcohol (ethanol) disturbs cognitive functions including learning and memory in humans, non-human primates, and laboratory animals such as rodents.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
halloherne (Germany) - Alkoholschädigung bei Pflegekindern
Westfalen. Die Landschaftsverbände Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) und Rheinland (LVR) haben eine Arbeitshilfe für Fachleute und Pflegeeltern herausgegeben, die Kinder mit vorgeburtlichen Schäden durch Alkohol betreuen.
Der Neue Wiesentbote (Germany) - Interaktive, erlebnisorientierte Ausstellung „ZERO“ zum Thema „Alkohol und Schwangerschaft“ in Forchheim
Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft schadet dem ungeborenen Kind. Das ist allgemein bekannt. Dennoch werden in Deutschland jedes Jahr über 10.000 Kinder mit FASD, der Fetalen Alkohol Spektrums-Störung (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), geboren.
Gość Opolski (Poland) - Gdy dziecko rodzi się z FAS
To problem, który nie dotyczy tylko kobiet alkoholiczek, ale dotyczy całych społeczeństw, w których używa się alkoholu - tłumaczy psycholog Teresa Jadczak-Szumiło.
ondanews (Italy) - Farmacia 3.0 – alcol in gravidanza, gravi rischi per feto e discendenza
Stando ai dati forniti dall’ISS (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) più del 50% delle donne in gravidanza mantiene il medesimo consumo di bevande alcoliche che teneva prima di rimanere incinta, superando tranquillamente due bicchieri di vino o birra al giorno.