Sunday, October 23, 2016

FASD News - 42/2016

SDSU Newscenter - Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Disorder More Easily
Early-childhood clinicians such as pediatricians and child psychologists are often the first to raise the alarm for families with children who exhibit developmental disorders, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). - "It's hard to ask that question, so we miss it."
"It's a tough subject to bring up, use of something that is legal. I don't know why it is, it just is 'Hey did you drink?' you know it's hard for doctors to ask that question for some reason, so we miss it." Dr. James Hocker, Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of Illinois, explains.
Peoria Journal Star (USA) - Effects of alcohol on unborn children can last a lifetime
While Dr. James Hocker knows that nearly any mother would never knowingly harm her child, up to 1 in 20 children could suffer lifelong effects because of decisions made by their pregnant mothers.
The Australian (Australia) - FASD ‘a generational time-bomb burden’
The profoundly damaging consequences of heavy drinking by pregnant mothers, malnutrition in early childhood and inter­generational “psychic trauma” are neither properly diagnosed nor treated in Aborigines coming into contact with the law, a royal commission has heard. (Canada) - FASD a lesser-known health concern in Halton
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading known cause of preventable developmental disability among Canadians, says Halton FASD Chair Cheryl Gustafson.
ChronicleLive (UK) - Number of children affected by mothers drinking alcohol while pregnant is 'snowballing'
The number of children in care affected by their mothers drinking alcohol while pregnant is “snowballing”, a doctor has warned.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Fran Lowe: We need to examine relationship with alcohol
On Friday, September 9 a service was held at Hastings Hospital to commemorate Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day.
Marketwired (Canada) - Ministers From Across Canada Gather in Halifax to Discuss Justice and Public Safety Priorities
They discussed the challenges that the justice system faces in appropriately responding to those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other neurocognitive disabilities and agreed to publicly release the Final Report of the Steering Committee on FASD and Access to Justice.
ChronicleLive (UK) - Fathers-to-be urged to join pregnant partners in alcohol abstinence
Gateshead Council has heard an urgent plea for young mums, and dads, to steer clear of alcohol during pregnancy to help tackle foetal alcohol syndrome.
The Guardian (Australia) - Royal commission told foetal alcohol disorder and hearing loss contributing to incarceration
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and hearing loss were both likely impacts on the high rates of Indigenous people in the child protection and criminal justice systems, the royal commission has heard.
WHO Europe (Scotland) - Recent Scottish Government actions to limit alcohol intake during pregnancy
In Scotland, there has been increasing recognition in recent years of the particular risks of alcohol consumption for certain sectors of the population, including pregnant women.

Brain Imaging and Behavior - Functional connectivity abnormalities and associated cognitive deficits in fetal alcohol Spectrum disorders (FASD)
Consistent with well-documented structural and microstructural abnormalities in prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), recent studies suggest that functional connectivity (FC) may also be disrupted.
European Journal of Medical Genetics - A review of the physical features of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The fetal alcohol spectrum of disorders (FASD) includes four diagnostic categories for the clinical consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in the unborn child.
IEEE Explore - A novel expert system for diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome using close range photogrammetry
Remaining necessary information will be received from the patient along with the output of last stage applies to expert system. Decision making in expert system is based on fuzzy method which is done in two stages.
Current Developmental Disorders Reports - Revised Guidelines Increase Specificity of Diagnostic Criteria for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Updated guidelines for the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refine diagnostic criteria that were previously issued in 2005.
Alcohol - Recognition memory is selectively impaired in adult rats exposed to binge-like doses of ethanol during early postnatal life
This study explores the persistent cognitive consequences of ethanol administration in rat pups over postnatal days (PD) 4–9, modeling human third trimester consumption.
European Journal of Medical Genetics - Interventions in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: An international perspective
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are present across countries and cultures, with prevalence rates threatening to rise in the coming years.
Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD in Canada
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading cause of developmental disability among Canadians. As a result, FASD has emerged as a public health priority in Canada.
BioNanoScience - Enhanced Excitability of the Neonatal Rat Hippocampus After Acute Exposure to Ethanol
Enhanced excitability manifested by seizures and epilepsy is one of the characteristic features of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Children and Youth Services Review - Nutritional status of foster children in the U.S.: Implications for cognitive and behavioral development
Children in foster care are at greater risk for poor health, physical, cognitive, behavioral, and developmental outcomes than are children in the general population.
Alcohol - Chronic binge alcohol consumption during pregnancy alters rat maternal uterine artery pressure response
We aimed to investigate pressure-dependent maternal uterine artery responses and vessel remodeling following gestational binge alcohol exposure.
Social Forces - Alcohol's Collateral Damage: Childhood Exposure to Problem Drinkers and Subsequent Adult Mortality Risk
The importance of childhood circumstances, broadly defined, for shaping adult health and longevity is well established.
Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - A Multi-stage Sparse Coding Framework to Explore the Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
In clinical neuroscience, task-based fMRI (tfMRI) is a popular method to explore the brain network activation difference between healthy controls and brain diseases like Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE).
National Center for Biotechnology Information - Functional connectivity abnormalities and associated cognitive deficits in fetal alcohol Spectrum disorders (FASD)
Consistent with well-documented structural and microstructural abnormalities in prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), recent studies suggest that functional connectivity (FC) may also be disrupted. We evaluated whole-brain FC in a large multi-site sample, examined its cognitive correlates, and explored its potential to objectively identify neurodevelopmental abnormality in individuals without definitive dysmorphic features. Included were 75 children with PAE and 68 controls from four sites.

KREISZEITUNG Böblinger Bote (Germany) - Aufklären über eine kaum bekannte Behinderung
Die überregionale Selbsthilfegruppe FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Discorder, zu deutsch: Fetale Alkoholspektrum Störung) öffnet sich für Interessierte: An jedem dritten Mittwoch im Monat, also am 19. Oktober wieder, treffen sich die Teilnehmer aus dem Landkreis Böblingen und der Region Calw, Horb und Nagold von 20 bis 22 Uhr im Herrenberger Klosterhof.
Osservatorio Malattie Rare (Italy) - Gravidanza, da USA nuove linee guida per la diagnosi di 'spettro dei disturbi feto-alcolici'
Il National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), istituto statunitense che si occupa dei problemi legati all'alcolismo, ha affidato ad un gruppo di esperti il compito di redigere una serie aggiornata di linee guida per la diagnosi dello 'spettro dei disturbi feto-alcolici' (FASD), un termine 'ombrello' che include le diverse forme di anomalie e disabilità causate da un'esposizione prenatale all’alcol etilico.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Alcohol News - 42/2016

The Guardian - Most countries get more calories from alcohol than soft drinks – study
People in the UK and many other countries get more of their calories from alcohol than from sugary drinks like cola and lemonade, according to new data which suggests that tackling Britain’s drink problem may be more important for health than cracking down on sugar consumption.
CBN News - Dangerous Consequences for Women Who Buy the Myth 'Alcohol Is Safe'
Alcoholism remains a leading cause of death in the United States. But even with all the research poured into the problem, it's a condition that's often misunderstood.
The Hindu - Smoking, alcohol affect DNA in cells
Measuring changes at cellular level in smokers and alcohol consumers, researchers have shown both smoking and consumption of alcohol cause formation of micronuclei, binucleate, karyolysis and karyohexis — cellular phenomenon associated with undesirable changes to DNA within the nucleus of a cell besides being biomarkers for exposure to toxic chemicals.
Munchies_ Food by VICE (UK) - British Politicians Drank Nearly $60,000 Worth of Alcohol Last Year
For British MPs, the exact number of post-work pints at Westminster’s watering holes, all those cheeky glasses of red with dinner at the bankside cafeteria, and flutes of networking event fizz are laid out every year in the Government Wine Cellar’s report.
Medical Xpress - Diagnosing fetal alcohol disorder more easily
Early-childhood clinicians such as pediatricians and child psychologists are often the first to raise the alarm for families with children who exhibit developmental disorders, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). But pediatricians usually aren't specialists, and the hallmarks of FASD can be subtle.
Daily Illini - Drinking habits shift toward ‘Drunkorexia,’ study finds
University students starve themselves all day long in order to get drunk quicker and without consuming extra calories.
Boston University - More Alcohol Ads, More Drinking
The more brand-specific alcohol advertising that young drinkers are exposed to, the higher their consumption of those brands, according to a new study led by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (SPH).
RARHA (EU) - European Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm - Share the Results
The Joint Action Reducing Alcohol Related Harm final conference takes place on October 13-14 in Lisbon, Portugal. The insights from the Workgroups, presented at the conference, have a strong accent on mutual member states cooperation and knowledge sharing, spanning wide range of topics on reducing alcohol related harm considering future challenges and impact on public health policy in Europe.
Irish Examiner - Cynical drinks industry advertising is shameful
PSYCHOLOGICAL thriller The Girl on the Train doesn’t need any more plaudits, but the accolade it deserves most will probably never feature on an Oscar nominee list. Emily Blunt, who plays sad, unreliable lead character Rachel, should get the gong for “best female screen drunk ever”.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Alcohol News - 41/2016

RARHA (EU) - RARHA Final Conference happens this week in Lisbon
The Joint Action Reducing Alcohol Related Harm final conference takes place on October 13-14 in Lisbon, Portugal. The insights from the Workgroups, presented at the conference, have a strong accent on mutual member states cooperation and knowledge sharing, spanning wide range of topics on reducing alcohol related harm considering future challenges and impact on public health policy in Europe.
The Guardian (Australia) - Royal commission told foetal alcohol disorder and hearing loss contributing to incarceration
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and hearing loss were both likely impacts on the high rates of Indigenous people in the child protection and criminal justice systems, the royal commission has heard.
Medical News Today - Parental absence increases chance of nicotine and alcohol use in children
Rsearch published this week in Archives of Disease in Childhood examines risky behavior in children who have experienced parental absence. Adding to earlier studies, the results show that behavioral changes begin earlier than previously thought.
Kyiv Post (Ukraine) - UNIAN: Ban on alcohol sales in Kyiv at night becomes effective October 12
Business entities, holders of relevant licences, are banned from selling alcohol as well as soft alcoholic beverages and beer from 23:00 to 10:00.
The Asia Foundation - In Asia (Cambodia) - Addressing Alcohol Abuse Critical to Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Cambodia
In 2014, Cambodia’s government endorsed its second National Action Plan for Violence Against Women—one of a handful of critical steps the country has taken recently in eliminating violence against women. While this is good news, the overall prevalence rate of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the last decade has changed little.
CNN - Kids allowed sips of alcohol are more likely to drink in high school, study says
If you've already allowed your kids to take a little sip of your beer or wine from time to time, you probably won't be pleased when you hear the findings of a new report.
The Guardian (UK) - I stopped drinking alcohol and discovered Sunday brunch
Last week I had the joyous task of room-hunting in London. The majority of flatshares I came across online were looking for candidates who were “young professionals” (tick), “considerate” (tick), “tidy” (small tick) and “willing to socialise from time to time over a beer or glass of wine”. This is where I faltered.
Epilepsy Research UK - Study Highlights The Link Between Excessive Alcohol Drinking And SUDEP
The findings of a study at Southern Illinois University suggest that alcohol withdrawal in people with epilepsy (i.e. the alcohol-free period that follows a prolonged period of regular/heavy drinking) increases the risk of death following a seizure.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Australians are drinking less alcohol as prices rise and club trading hours fall, research shows
Australians' famed boozing habits are on the wane, and increasing the price of alcohol and reducing pubs and clubs' trading hours could be responsible, new research suggests.
Yakima Herald-Republic - Three Keystones of Breast Cancer Prevention: Diet, Exercise, and Reducing Alcohol Consumption
So, you’re doing regular breast self-exams, getting an office exam from your doctor once in a while, and if you’re a bit older, you’re going in for regular mammograms as well. You don’t have any family history of breast cancer, so you’re in the clear, right?
Irish Times (Ireland) - Irish cut out bread before alcohol to lose weight
People are more likely to cut down on bread than alcohol in an effort to eat healthily and lose weight, according to a survey that also suggests people are using the internet to diagnose their ills and make decisions on health. (Ireland) - Budget 2017: Smokers have been hit hard again, but alcohol and petrol are staying the same
The hike is the only tax increase in Budget 2017, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said today. It means that there are no excise duty increases in the other traditional ‘old reliables’ of alcohol or petrol.
Times of Malta (Malta) - Zero alcohol limit for public transport drivers
Drivers of minibuses, buses, taxis and chauffeur-driven cars would be barred from drinking any alcohol at all while on duty under a proposal to tackle drunk-driving.
The Sunday Guardian - Link between alcohol and cancer is medically proven
The truth about alcohol, unknown to many, is that it is listed as a “proven human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is affiliated to the World Health Organisation.
ChronicleLive (UK) - Number of children affected by mothers drinking alcohol while pregnant is 'snowballing'
The number of children in care affected by their mothers drinking alcohol while pregnant is “snowballing”, a doctor has warned.
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MaltaToday (Malta) - National Alcohol Policy to focus on drunk driving and underage drinking
Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity says government will be taking steps in the coming days to address the problem of drunk driving.
Vanguard - Reduction in alcohol remedies liver problems
Reduction in intake of alcohol could help treat liver cirrhosis, Dr. Okezie Emenike, an Abuja based medical doctor, has said.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

FASD News - 40/2016

Healio - AAP researchers release guidelines on new pediatric neurobehavioral disorder
Researchers associated with the AAP have published in Pediatrics guidelines for the diagnosis and management of the newly proposed mental diagnosis neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
West - Welfare Society Territory (Spain) - Children arrive from the East already victims of alcohol
Use of alcohol during pregnancy is among the most common causes of intellectual disability acquired during infancy. A condition termed fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is totally preventable by pregnant women abstaining completely from drinking alcoholic beverages. (Canada) - Support services for FASD inconsistent across Canada, prof says
A Saskatchewan university professor says Canada needs to step up its support and services for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Both Jocelyn and Benjamin have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual who is exposed to alcohol while their mother is pregnant. FASD may cause physical, mental, or behavioral effects, as well as a variety of other learning disabilities.
Middlewich Guardian (UK) - MP supports campaign highlighting risk of alcohol during pregnancy
MIDDLEWICH MP Fiona Bruce has helped launch a new campaign to highlight the rise in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among children and new born babies.
Healthy Critics - Birth Defects In New Born Can Be Caused By Father’s Lifestyle
Whenever a child is born with a defect at birth, the mother’s lifestyle always puts in question. But what is the newborn is born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) even though the baby’s mother has never taken any alcohol in her lifestyle. This shows that even a father’s life style is able to affect the lifestyle of a newborn during conception.

Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research - Fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol in pregnancy – GUIDELINES
Obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine guidelines. Pregnancy.
FASD Research Project
This research project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart at the University of Regina. Working with her team of students, Dr. Stewart has a multi-level research project in three key areas: FASD & Social Justice, FASD & the Lived Experience, Strengths-Based Workshops.
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NJAAP - FASD - Part 2 - Assessment Management of FASD
NeuroDevNet - My Adult FASD Diagnosis: Clarity for a Man and his Mom

BMC Psychiatry - Guidelines for identification and treatment of individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated fetal alcohol spectrum disorders based upon expert consensus
The association of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) results in a complex constellation of symptoms that complicates the successful diagnosis and treatment of the affected individual.
Neuroethics - Closing Gaps: Strength-Based Approaches to Research with Aboriginal Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
There is substantial literature on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) research involving Aboriginal children, but little related literature on other common neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or cerebral palsy (CP) for this population.
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE - Alterations to hippocampal neuroplasticity across the lifespan in a rodent model of FASD
Alcohol exposure in utero can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrums Disorders (FASD) in the child. Patients with FASD exhibit permanent structural changes in various brain regions, including the hippocampus and functional impairments in many aspects of cognition and behavior.
Alcoholism - Second-Trimester Ultrasound as a Tool for Early Detection of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Early detection of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is desirable to allow earlier and more comprehensive interventions to be initiated for the mother and infant. We examined prenatal ultrasound as an early method of detecting markers of the physical features and neurobehavioral deficits characteristic of FASD.
Australian Medicine - Researchers closer to DNA test for FASD
Canadian researchers believe they are closer to developing a DNA test for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), after identifying distinct patterns associated with the DNA of children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.
Pediatrics - Alcohol-Related Neurobehavioral Disabilities: Need for Further Definition and Common Terminology
The adverse effects of alcohol on the developing human comprise a continuum of disabilities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Alcoholism - Effects of Ethanol on Cellular Composition and Network Excitability of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in animal models results in excitatory–inhibitory (E/I) imbalance in neocortex due to alterations in the GABAergic interneuron (IN) differentiation and migration.
Texas University - Preconception Chronic Male Alcohol Exposure Induces FAS Like Growth Restriction
Epidemiologic studies demonstrate that alcohol is the most prevalent teratogen to which humans are exposed. In the US, it is estimated that at least one percent of children suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or alcohol-related birth defects associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).
Alcoholism - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Pair Feeding Differentially Impact Puberty and Reproductive Development in Female Rats: Role of the Kisspeptin System
Reproductive maturation is initiated with the onset of puberty, which activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and coincidences with increased expression of the hormone kisspeptin within the hypothalamus.
Brain Sciences - Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Whisker Clipping Disrupt Ultrasonic Vocalizations and Play Behavior in Adolescent Rats
Rats exposed to ethanol prenatally show reduced play fighting, and a combination of prenatal ethanol exposure and neonatal whisker clipping further reduces play fighting compared with ethanol exposure alone.
Pediatrics - Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Children and adolescents affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol who have brain damage that is manifested in functional impairments of neurocognition, self-regulation, and adaptive functioning may most appropriately be diagnosed with neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal exposure.
Journal of Oral Science - Prenatal alcohol exposure reduces mandibular calcium and phosphorus concentrations in newborn rats
Previous studies suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure affects fetal bone development, including bone quality. This study evaluated the chemical composition of mandibles from newborn rats after maternal 20% alcohol consumption before and throughout gestation.
JOSHUA - Mechanisms of Ethanol-Induced Developmental Neurotoxicity
During synaptogenesis, the developmental stage referred to as the brain growth spurt period, inhibition of neuronal activity can be accomplished by blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDA) receptors or by excessive activation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the developing brain.
Journal of Women, Politics & Policy - Preventing Tragedy in Canada? Risk and Responsibility in Government Discourses about Alcohol Consumption and Pregnancy
The feminist analysis presented in this article interrogates the fundamental assumptions that informed the first document produced by the Canadian government about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES (Poland) - Nawet minimalna ilości alkoholu w ciąży może zaszkodzić dziecku
Ciąża powinna być okresem absolutnie wolnym od alkoholu - mówili w Krakowie specjaliści zajmujący się diagnozowaniem i leczeniem dzieci z FASD, czyli z zaburzeniami, które są następstwem zatrucia alkoholowego dziecka w okresie prenatalnym.
Dobré noviny (Slovakia) - Pivovarníci upozorňujú na riziká pitia alkoholu počas tehotenstva
Fetálny alkoholový syndróm je súbor telesných a mentálnych vývinových porúch plodu, ktoré vznikajú následkom konzumácie alkoholu v tehotenstve. Na riziká upozorňuje kampaň Pivovary Topvar.
FAS project 2025 (Netherlands) - FAS2025
Het FAS-project geeft kinderen met het Foetaal Alcohol Syndroom een gezicht. FAS is het directe gevolg van het alcoholgebruik van de moeder tijdens de zwangerschap.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Alcohol News - 40/2016

The Telegraph (UK) - Alcohol now so cheap 13 pints can be bought for price of cinema ticket
Teenagers are able to buy more than 13 pints of cider for the price of a cinema ticket, according to a new report which says children are being put at risk by “pocket money prices.”
Medical Xpress - Drinking alcohol during puberty is associated with future psychological disorders
Alcohol consumption onset between 11 and 13 years old is associated with an increased risk of psychological disorders in the future, according to a study conducted by the Complutense University of Madrid. The most common symptoms of more than 3,000 adolescents who participated in the research were bodily discomfort, hostility and aggression.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong children drinking alcohol as young as 10, study finds
Younger people are starting to drink at just 10 years old, according to a new survey, renewing calls to strengthen regulation around the sale of alcohol to people aged below 18 years old.
The Guardian (Scotland) - Scotland to introduce alcohol testing and GPS tracking for tagged offenders
Offenders could have their sweat tested for alcohol or have their movements tracked using GPS tagging under community sentencing plans announced by the Scottish government. (Netherlands) - The bill for alcohol use adds up to €2.5bn, says ministry
Alcohol costs the Netherlands a net €2.5 billion a year, according to a report published by the health ministry.
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The Guardian (Australia) - Alcohol: lockout laws substantially reduce violence, review finds
Lockout laws and restrictions on the sale of alcohol in late-night venues might be controversial but they substantially reduce rates of violence, a major international review has found.
Irish Times (Ireland) - One in three motorcyclists who died in crashes had drunk alcohol – study
A third of motorcyclists who died in crashes during a five-year period examined by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), drank alcohol before the collision.
Wall Street Journal (USA) - How Parents Can Curb Alcohol and Drug Use by Teens
A startling government report says about 40% of U.S. full-time college students engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
Medical Daily - Drinking In Bars: Loud Music May Cause You To Drink More Alcohol Than If You Were In A Quiet Setting
Bars and drinking go together like peanut butter and jelly, and now there may be a scientific reason for why. According to a study published earlier this month in the journal Food Quality and Preferences, sound can influence how much alcohol you end up drinking, and music may lead you to drink more than you would in a quieter environment.
Russia Beyond the Headlines (Russia) - Russian police want to introduce ‘idiot test’ for drunk drivers
Russia's traffic police reportedly are considering new options for assessing the intoxication levels of drivers, including best practices like the 'idiot test' from Germany. (UK) - Teenage British girls more likely to get drunk than boys – study
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study found 31% of 15-year-old girls reported having been drunk at least twice compared with 26% of boys of the same age.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Alcohol News - 39/2016

EurActiv (Ireland/EU) - Ireland’s alcohol bill pleases EU health chief, irritates industry
The Irish government won praise from the EU’s Health Commissioner over a new bill, which imposes a stricter framework on alcohol consumption in Ireland, including a minimum unit price, labelling and marketing restrictions.
Bdlive (South Africa) - Western Cape tackles alcohol menace
THE Western Cape government has approved an alcohol-related harms reduction policy green paper that goes beyond the largely sectoral approach that has been followed to date in terms of which policies of one department potentially contend with those from others.
Science Daily - Moderate alcohol use linked to heart chamber damage, atrial fibrillation in new study
Researchers have found that even moderate alcohol consumption may change the structure of the heart in ways that increase the risk of atrial fibrillation.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - ACT politicians urged to ban alcohol advertising at Canberra sports grounds to protect children
Health advocates have called on ACT politicians to ban alcohol advertising at Canberra's sporting grounds and expand the Territory's Liquor Board to include parents. - ED consumption with or without alcohol contributes to risk for drunk driving
Highly caffeinated energy drinks (EDs) have been of concern to the public-health community for almost a decade. Many young people consume EDs with alcohol to decrease alcohol's sedative effects and stay awake longer, enabling them to drink more alcohol. (Scotland) - Alcohol harm - From the front line of health challenges 1
Much progress has been made in tackling Scotland’s biggest killers: heart and lung disease and cancer. Meanwhile, other leading causes of mortality have been more stubborn to shift.
Medical Daily - Will Foods With Hidden Alcohol Make You Drunk? Booze-Infused Ice Cream Regulated In Massachusetts
Despite the old myth that the alcohol added to food is burned off in the cooking process, research from the United States Department of Agriculture has found that many prepared foods do still contain some booze. (USA) - Study finds alcohol-involvement in significant proportion of homicide victims in the U.S.
While the association between alcohol and homicide may seem obvious, there has been no recent study of alcohol involvement in homicide victimization in U.S. states. This study drills down into the subject, looking at how often alcohol was involved in homicide victimization, and what socio-demographic and other factors may be predictors.
The West Australian (Australia) - Pregnancy no-alcohol advice gets lost on medics
A review of a project aimed at educating health professionals about the risks of alcohol in pregnancy found that some suggested to women that “an occasional glass of wine is fine” on special occasions or celebrations.
BBC News (Wales) - Alcohol drinkers in Wales 'cause harm to 60% of people'
More than half of adults in Wales have been harmed by other people's drinking, a survey has suggested.
Medical News Today - Long-term alcohol dependence affects cognitive abilities
Alcohol abuse is no small matter. In America in 2014, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there were estimated to be 16.3 million adults with an alcohol use disorder.
VnExpress International (Vietnam) - Vietnam's health ministry wants to ban late-night sales of alcohol
Health officials fret as the country is one of the biggest consumers of beer and liquor. The Ministry of Health is considering a ban on sales of liquor and beer after either 10:00 p.m. or midnight as officials aim to reduce negative impacts of drinking.
ABC Online - Plane rage: Airlines report 17 per cent rise in unruly passengers with alcohol and drugs a prime cause
Reports of unruly passengers disrupting airline flights soared almost 17 per cent around the world last year, with incidents like verbally abusing or refusing to obey cabin crew occurring on one out of every 1,205 flights.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

FASD News - 38/2016

Pueblo Chieftain - Pueblo clinic dispensers offer pregnancy, date rape tests
An innovative approach to reducing the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome and sexual violence has been introduced by A Caring Pregnancy Center Women’s Clinic.
Wayne Independent - Spreading awareness of FASD
On Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. church bells will ring nine times to recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day. The Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission is among the organizations working to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant.
News24 (South Africa) - Drinking during pregnacy not on
Most youngsters people, in Khayelitsha in particular, drink alcohol while pregnant, which stunts the progress of their infants during pregnancyand once they are born. (Canada) - Thunder Bay leads way for FASD awareness
There are an estimated 2,000 individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Northwestern Ontario according to NorWest Community Health Centres.
Oxford Mail (UK) - Expectant mothers in Oxfordshire warned about dangers of drinking in new FASD Trust campaign
AN EAST Oxford charity has taken a lead in warning women to be wary of the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Shoreline Beacon (Canada) - Health Unit launches new Fetal Alcohol resources
A new resource with key information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and local links to support for people affected by FASD was launched Sept. 9.
Ubyssey Online - Study: How genetics markers could help kids with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
It’s the leading known cause of preventable developmental disability in Canada and affects between two to five per cent of North American children. - 'Give them a chance': A son's struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The father of a man who went missing in Dettah, N.W.T., last month is sharing the story of his son's turbulent past in hopes of reminding people that everyone deserves a second chance.
IOL (South Africa) - FAS fails to dampen Tisha’s spirits
For the first 10 weeks of her life Tisha Lourens lay in an incubator at Mowbray Maternity Hospital with no mother to love, cuddle or feed her much-needed breast milk.
Inside Halton (Canada) - Halton FASD intervention team hopes to beat the odds for those living with the irreversible disorder
A brain that has difficulty making sound decisions from cradle to grave faces a litany of labels in life; from being the bad kid in school to the one standing before a criminal court judge in their adolescence and adulthood.
Regina Leader-Post - 'If you really try hard, you can do whatever you want!': Regina woman excels while dealing with FASD
In January, the Regina woman plans to enrol in a two-year youth care diploma course at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She’s considering putting those credits toward a four-year social work degree — which could be her next career step.

Global News - Sitting Down With An FASD Expert
Focus Saskatchewan host, Blake Lough, sits down with University of Toronto professor and leading FASD researcher, Dr. Alan Bocking, for a conversation on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Research in Developmental Disabilities - The association between parental attributions of misbehavior and parenting practices in caregivers raising children with prenatal alcohol exposure: A mixed-methods study
Limited research has focused on parenting practices used by caregivers raising children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The current study hypothesized that parental attributions of children’s misbehavior would relate to the parenting strategies caregivers utilize with children with FASD.
BMJ - Manitoba mothers and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders study (MBMomsFASD): protocol for a population-based cohort study using linked administrative data
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a significant public health concern. To prevent FASD, factors that place women at risk for giving birth to children with FASD must be investigated; however, there are little data in this area.
Australian Occupational Therapy - Graphomotor skills in children with prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A population-based study in remote Australia
Few studies have examined graphomotor skills in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS - Characterization of Ethanol-induced Effects on Zebrafish Retinal Development: Mechanistic Perspective and Therapeutic Strategies
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a result of prenatal alcohol exposure, producing a wide range of defects including craniofacial, sensory, motor and cognitive deficits.
International Journal of Developmental Disabilities - Challenging sleep-wake behaviors reported in informal, conversational interviews of caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Sleep complaints are clinically expected in children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. We aim to reveal patterns of association among sleep–wake behaviors that are challenging in the life of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
University of Nevada - The Concordance of Caregiver-~Teacher Perspectives on the Behavior of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Diagnosing a child with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a complex process that can require the collaboration of many individuals. Gathering information from multiple informants has been essential for diagnosis (CDC, 2012).
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY - Neural correlates of verbal memory in youth with histories of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure
Penatal alcohol exposure can have devastating effects, including impaired verbal learning and recall and altered brain development. The relationships between verbal recall and critical brain structures differ between individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and controls.
European Journal of Medical Genetics - Prevalence of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders among the general and aboriginal populations in Canada and the United States
This study aimed to estimate the pooled prevalence of i) alcohol use (any amount) and binge drinking (4 or more standard drinks on a single occasion) during pregnancy, and ii) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and FASD among the general and Aboriginal populations in Canada and the United States, based on the available literature.
European Journal of Medical Genetics - Neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol (ND-PAE): A proposed diagnostic method of capturing the neurocognitive phenotype of FASD
Neurobehavioral Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) was proposed as a diagnostic formulation intended to capture the range of mental health problems occurring in alcohol-affected individuals with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure.
European Journal of Medical Genetics - Seizures and electroencephalography findings in 61 patients with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) cause neurodevelopmental abnormalities. However, publications about epilepsy and electroencephalographic features are scarce.
Human Brain Mapping - Diffusion tensor imaging of white matter and correlates to eye movement control and psychometric testing in children with prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can cause central nervous system dysfunction and widespread structural anomalies as detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
European Journal of Medical Genetics - Correlation between morphological MRI findings and specific diagnostic categories in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include physical and neurodevelopmental abnormalities related to prenatal alcohol exposure. Some neuroimaging findings have been clearly related to FASD, including corpus callosum and cerebellar anomalies.
Neonatal Network - Adding to Our Practice Toolkit: Using the ACTS Script to Address Stigmatizing Peer Behaviors in the Context of Maternal Substance Use
Infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are a growing population in the NICU setting, and nurses report that caring for families can be challenging.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES (Poland) - "Zapobiegajmy, leczmy, wspierajmy". Zajęcia dla dzieci dotkniętych syndromem FAS
Stowarzyszenie "Pozytywna Przestrzeń" rusza z programem mającym poprawić sytuację dzieci dotkniętych syndromem FAS. Alkoholowy Zespół Płodowy jest już zauważalnym problemem, także na Ursynowie.