Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alcohol News - 29/2017

TASS (Russia) - Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related deaths going down in Russia - health ministry
Alcohol consumption and alcohol-related deaths in Russia continue to demonstrate downwards tendencies, the press service of the Russian ministry of health told TASS on Thursday.
The Advertiser (Australia) - Teens drink less if they know alcohol causes cancer — but most don’t — Adelaide University and SAHMRI study finds
TEENS are less likely to drink if they know that alcohol is a major cause of cancer, but most are unaware of the link, a South Australian study has found.
ITV News (UK) - Cheap alcohol still sold for 'pocket money prices' according to charity
A survey looking at alcohol prices across the UK has found that for the cost of a small latte, it is possible to buy more than the weekly recommended limit of alcohol.
Science Daily - Reversing fetal alcohol damage after birth: Study offers hope
Two commonly used drugs erased the learning and memory deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure when the drugs were given after birth, thus potentially identifying a treatment for the disorder, reports a new study. The scientists also newly identified a key molecular mechanism by which alcohol neurologically and developmentally harms the developing fetus.
Men's Health - Being Sleepy Can Make You Feel More Drunk
Meeting the guys for a few drinks after work? You might not want to stay up late bingeing Netflix the night before: Skimping on shuteye can increase the impairing effects of alcohol, a new study in the journal Human Psychopharmacology suggests.
EDMTunes (Ibiza) - Ibiza Wants to Ban Alcohol on Flights
A trip to Ibiza is the dream for electronic music fans and anyone who loves a good party, but the island’s popularity is becoming a problem. Authorities have asked the European Union to consider banning alcohol on all flights and airports in the Balearic Islands.
EURACTIV - EU ignores calls for booze ban on flights
The European Commission does not intend to limit alcohol consumption during flights as it is a national competence, despite the fact that officials from popular tourist destinations requested its intervention.
Irish Times (Ireland) - What is it like being addicted to alcohol in a culture soaked in it?
“I work in a toxic environment. Every Friday, there is a trip to the pub. I avoid it like the plague but sometimes cannot, if a work colleague is leaving or it’s the last day of a particular work cycle. (Ireland) - More people attending sexual-assault centres as alcohol found to be a factor in many cases - annual report
Nearly one in two people who sought help from the country's sexual-assault treatment units last year had drunk at least the equivalent of two pints of beer.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Why banning alcohol advertising for young people is the right move
A new opinion poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland from polling company Ireland Thinks, demonstrates that 82 per cent of the public support the view that alcohol marketing which appeals to young people should be prohibited.
The Times (Ireland) - Varadkar wants alcohol crackdown by year’s end
Leo Varadkar has committed to tackling Ireland’s “co-dependant” relationship with drinking by passing the Alcohol Bill before the end of the year.
Harvard Health - Alcohol’s heart advantages under scrutiny
Conventional wisdom holds that a drink or two a day protects against heart disease. But this assumption may be wishful thinking, a new analysis suggests.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

FASD News - 28/2017

Science Daily - Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects
Soon-to-be mothers have heard the warning - don't drink while pregnant. Experts have issued numerous statements about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as it can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Sky News Australia (Australia) - WA youth suicide inquest to focus on FASD
An inquest into a cluster of suicides by Aboriginal youths in WA's Kimberley region will hear from experts on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which is considered a likely contributing factor in some of the deaths.
Duncan Banner - Column: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a preventable disorder
This week we continue our series on children with a discussion of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, FASD. FASD is entirely preventable and caused by drinking while pregnant. Women who drink while pregnant can give birth to babies with FASD. (Canada) - Misunderstood and bullied: Teen with fetal alcohol syndrome asks for compassion
When Marsha Munn adopted a baby boy 14 years ago, she knew her friend, the birth mother, liked to drink and party. She didn't know about fetal alcohol syndrome.
UB News Center - Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?
One of the many negative consequences when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in the womb is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life. Neuroscientists in the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions are discovering why.
National Indigenous Times - Study confirms long-term foetal alcohol effects
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder caused by their mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy are more likely to fail at school, talk about killing themselves and have problems paying attention.
Medical Xpress - Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders lag in emotional understanding
A new study reveals that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) show a striking developmental delay in their understanding of emotions. Even in those children with an average IQ, researchers found that their emotional understanding was lagging by two to five years behind their typically developing peers.
BMC Blogs Network - Alcohol and fertility: what all women’s health professionals should know
In the review article “Alcohol and fertility: how much is too much” published in Fertility Research and Practice, Dr. Kristin Van Heertum and Dr. Brooke Rossi discuss what we really need to know about alcohol and fertility. The authors review a wide variety of data and provide a summary of the most salient points.

YourAlberta - FASD and Women
Ashley Baxter and Dr. Therese Grant discuss how FASD impacts everyone differently, and how when coupled with childhood trauma, it can lead to layers of victimization. This presentation aims to provide an overview of what trauma looks like, what FASD looks like and what methods work when working with this population.
YourAlberta - FASD and Justice – A Moderated Discussion
In this moderated interview, Sharon Pearcey and Donna Kristiansen, will seek to answer questions and give expert guidance about navigating the justice system.
YourAlberta - FASD and the Law – A Moderated Discussion
This moderated discussion will seek to answer questions and give expert guidance about navigating the legal system. We will explore the special needs of a person with an FASD who is navigating the courts and the legal system, and the creative ways our panelists have overcome them or believe they can be surmounted.
Clinical Eye Openers - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Developmental Outcomes
Eminent Presentation by Professor Claire D. Coles (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, US) at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine, April 2017. Published in Clinical Eye Openers site (
AlcoholFreePregnancy - Webinar: Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The Medical Assistant’s Role
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can be caused by exposure to alcohol in utero, including growth deficiencies, facial abnormalities, central nervous system impairment, behavioral disorders, and impaired intellectual functioning.

Sci Rep. - Mechanisms underlying neuro-inflammation and neurodevelopmental toxicity in the mouse neocortex following prenatal exposure to ethanol.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) constitute a wide range of disorders that arise from prenatal exposure to ethanol (EtOH). However, detailed reports regarding the adverse effects of prenatal EtOH exposure on neocortical morphology and its underlying pathogenic mechanisms are limited.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Metabolomics and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A Mini-Review
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a major public health issue that encompasses an array of physical, neurological and behavioral effects due to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Journal of Applied Toxicology - Maternal alcohol consumption and altered miRNAs in the developing fetus: Context and future perspectives
Alcohol is a teratogenic agent that can cause a wide range of developmental disorders, and sometimes, the effects persist throughout an individual's lifetime.
Cerebral Cortex - Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Neocortical Development: A Transgenerational Model of FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD, represent a range of adverse developmental conditions caused by prenatal ethanol exposure (PrEE) from maternal consumption of alcohol.
Neuropharmacology - Maternal alcohol binge drinking induces persistent neuroinflammation associated with myelin damage and behavioural dysfunctions in offspring mice
Alcohol binge drinking is on the increase in the young adult population, and consumption during pregnancy can be deleterious for foetal development. Maternal alcohol consumption leads to a wide range of long-lasting morphological and behavioural deficiencies known as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization - Counting the costs of drinking alcohol during pregnancy: researchers are starting to shed light on the true extent of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Alcohol is poisonous to the developing fetus throughout the entire nine months of gestation. When a mother-to-be consumes alcohol, it goes directly to the fetus through her blood stream.
Acta Pediatrica - Alcohol exposure during pregnancy altered childhood developmental trajectories in a rural South African community
This study examined the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on childhood development trajectories in a rural South African community between 2003 and 2008.
Birth Defects Research - Differences in neural crest sensitivity to ethanol account for the infrequency of anterior segment defects in the eye compared with craniofacial anomalies in a zebrafish model of fetal alcohol syndrome
Ethanol (ETOH) exposure during pregnancy is associated with craniofacial and neurologic abnormalities, but infrequently disrupts the anterior segment of the eye. In these studies, we used zebrafish to investigate differences in the teratogenic effect of ETOH on craniofacial, periocular, and ocular neural crest.
Neurogenesis - Disruptions to hippocampal adult neurogenesis in rodent models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Exposure of the embryo and fetus to alcohol can lead to abnormal physical, neuroanatomical, and behavioral development, collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Effects of early-life adversity on immune function are mediated by prenatal environment: Role of prenatal alcohol exposure
The contribution of the early postnatal environment to the pervasive effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is poorly understood. Moreover, PAE often carries increased risk of exposure to adversity/stress during early life.
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health - Care and supportive measures in school-aged children with prenatal substance exposure
Prenatal exposure to substances, including alcohol, opiates, and a number of illicit drugs, may have a negative impact on fetal development. Studies have shown that substance exposure can influence a child’s neurodevelopment and the need for care and supportive measures.
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse - Smoking and alcohol use among women in Russia: Dual risk for prenatal exposure
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can produce adverse outcomes; maternal smoking compounds this risk. We examined prevalence of smoking and associations between smoking and alcohol use in Russian women of childbearing age (N = 648).
European Psychiatry - Effect of prenatal exposure to alcohol on the development of brain vessels in human embryos and fetuses
Maternal alcoholization during pregnancy significantly influences the development of the cerebral circulatory system, manifesting mainly in changes in the vascularization of the growing brain.
European Psychiatry - Effect of chronic exposure of Losartan in mouse prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) model
Foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition that currently affects 1% of babies born in Europe and North America. It is characterised by memory impairment, developmental delay and distinctive facial features.
Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment - Mental Health in School-Aged Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol and Other Substances
Prenatal exposure to substances can possibly influence a child’s neurodevelopment and may impact on subsequent mental health. We investigated the mental health status of school-aged children referred to a pediatric hospital with a history of prenatal exposure to alcohol or other substances.
Brain Imaging and Behavior - Neural correlates of verbal memory in youth with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure can impact both brain development and neurobehavioral function, including verbal learning and recall, although the relation between verbal recall and brain structure in this population has not been examined fully.
Alcohol - Talking to Parents About Behavioral Problems in Children Following Prenatal Illicit Substance Exposure
A 36-month-old girl with a reported history of prenatal substance exposure is brought to an outpatient pediatric clinic to establish care and receive immunizations to enroll in daycare.

Kinderaerzte-im-Netz (Germany) - Erste gemeinsame Tagung zur Fetalen Alkohol Spektrums-Störung (FASD) in Berlin
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, FASD oder Alkoholspektrumstörung heißt die Behinderung, mit der jedes Jahr in Deutschland zwischen 3.000 und 4.000 Kinder zur Welt kommen. FASD ist wahrscheinlich die häufigste angeborene Störung mit Intelligenzminderung. FASD entsteht, wenn die Mutter während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol trinkt.
Ziarul Evenimentul (Romania) - Efectele alcoolului consumat în timpul sarcinii
Conform unui studiu realizat recent la Universitatea Riverside din California, Statele Unite, citat de UPI, consumul de alcool în timpul sarcinii nu are efect negativ numai asupra copilului aflat în perioada intrauterină, ci şi a viitoarelor generaţii (Spain) - Lo que le puede pasar a su hijo a largo plazo si consume alcohol en el embarazo
Ingerir alcohol durante la gestación, así sea de forma esporádica, interrumpe el sistema nervioso central y contribuye al daño cerebral y a la neurodegeneración en adolescentes y adultos, según científicos de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, en Barcelona.
iReactor (Russia) - Употребление алкоголя во время беременности может вызвать нарушение развития мозга ребенка...
Ученые призывают всех будущих матерей не пить во время беременности. Центр по контролю и профилактике заболеваний (CDC) опубликовал многочисленные материалы об опасностях употребления алкоголя во время беременности, поскольку это может привести к нарушениям функции плода в спиртовой среде (FASD) у новорожденных....
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Decoding Cancer: Alcohol and Cancer - The Sobering Facts

By Irish Cancer Society
Alcohol is a known cause of 8 types of cancer. Every year approximately 900 new cancers and 500 cancer deaths are attributable to alcohol in Ireland.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Alcohol News - 28/2017 (EU) - Estonian presidency’s priorities in health are tackling harmful use of alcohol and advancing digital innovation in health
During the presidency, an agreement is expected on how to advance data-based innovation in health and tackle harmful use of alcohol.
EURACTIV - Majority of Europeans face risk of digestive cancers due to alcohol, report claims
A new report has linked alcohol consumption in the EU to an increase in cases of digestive cancer and warned policymakers to take immediate action.
Economic Times (Italy) - Rome bans alcohol in public on summer nights
Italy maybe famous for its pizzas and wine, but from this summer, one half of that combination may have to be dropped. The Mayor of Rome has banned alcohol from the the streets and public squares of the capital, saying she didn't want excessive drinking to hamper the "Roman summer experience". - The disturbing reason some people turn red when they drink alcohol
When drinking alcohol, often in vast quantities, some people's faces go bright red. Noticed it? And for many, it's not because they're embarrassed, hot, or sunburnt. It could well be a condition called 'alcohol flush reaction', and it's not a good news.
Independent Online (South Africa) - ‘No to selling alcohol at school’
Teachers’ unions and civil society groups have also voiced their concern over amendments to the Western Cape Provincial School Education Bill that allows alcohol to be sold on school premises. - Alcohol in pregnancy may have transgenerational effects
A new study by the University of California Riverside suggests drinking alcohol during pregnancy will not only affect the unborn child but also future generations of children. (Australia) - Junk food, alcohol and drugs are fuelling health crisis in young adults
YOUNG people refusing to eat fruit and vegetables and instead loading up on junk food are fuelling the state’s obesity crisis.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol industry operating like ‘big tobacco’ to stall legislation
Intensive drinks industry lobbying has been successful in delaying public health on alcohol, according to former minister of state for health Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
ABC Online (Australia) - NT's legal drinking age should rise to 21 and floor price should be set for alcohol, doctors say
The legal drinking age in the Northern Territory should be raised to 21, and the rest of Australia should consider doing the same, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians says. (New Zealand) - Treaty of Waitangi claim targets alcohol harm among Maori
A claim before the Waitangi Tribunal is calling on the Government to raise the price of alcohol in an effort to curb the impact of drinking on the health of Maori. - Why Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol Ups Risk of Future Addiction
Research has shown that prenatal exposure to alcohol can lead to an increased risk for drug addiction later in life. Now neuroscientists at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions are discovering the underlying mechanisms for why this occurs.
Baltic Times (Latvia) - Latvian government supports steeper excise tax hike on fuel, cigarettes and alcohol
The Latvian Cabinet of Ministers today supported amendments to the Law on Excise Tax, providing for a steeper excise tax hike on fuel, cigarettes, and alcohol. - Binge drinking likely to contribute to development of compulsive alcohol consumption
Prior research suggests that binge drinking may increase people's risk of developing alcohol use disorders (AUDs), especially adolescents and young adults.
Pattaya Mail (Thailand) - Prime Minister concerned on Thais’ high alcohol consumption
The Prime Minister is concerned about the high consumption of alcohol among the Thai people, urging the public to use the Buddhist Lent to reduce alcohol consumption for their own health. - Alcohol industry isn’t just funding studies; it’s also funding journalism to sway public opinion
Just four days ago, the New York Times reported, “Is Alcohol Good for You? An Industry-Backed Study Seeks Answers.” Because it was the day before the July 4th holiday, the story may not have received the attention it deserves, so we shine a spotlight on it here.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Poorest would gain most from minimum unit price for booze, say Gps
FORTY GPs representing Scotland’s most deprived communities have claimed their patients would receive the greatest direct benefit from a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Alcohol News - 27/2017

MedicalXpress (Europe) - Alcohol consumption putting vast majority of Europeans at risk of digestive cancers
Citizens across the EU are consuming an average of 2 alcoholic drinks per day, placing drinkers at a 21% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, in addition to other digestive cancers, a report finds.
United European Gastroenterology report - Read more
Hürriyet (Turkey) - Turkey adds 7.8 percent tax to alcoholic beverages, further price hikes expected
An additional 7.8 percent special consumption tax has been added for alcoholic beverages in July, automatically in line with Turkey’s producer price index in the first half of the year.
Moneyish (USA) - Americans spend $1 billion on alcohol alone on Independence Day
But for most Americans, the holiday weekend doesn’t include large inflatable slides with water features or red, white and blue outfits for every hour of the day. Still, we’re a nation that knows how to make the most out of the long weekend. (New Zealand) - Gareth Morgan's TOP wants to raise alcohol purchase age to 20
Gareth Morgan wants to raise the alcohol age to 20 and increase the price of booze. Morgan released his The Opportunities Party (TOP) policy on alcohol on Tuesday morning.
Vox (USA) - The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest days for drunk driving
As Americans toast to Independence Day this Fourth of July, there’s another side to the celebrations they may want to avoid: death.
Daily Mail - Enjoy a skinful? It could be why you get eczema: Experts say abstaining from alcohol may be the way to tackle the condition in some adults
Abstinence from alcohol may be a new way to tackle eczema in some adults, according to experts who have found that up to one in three people attending clinics for severe cases of the skin problem drink an unhealthy amount. - Age-related diseases and alcohol link - how drinking is REALLY affecting you
ALCOHOL can put people at greater risk of age-related diseases including dementia, heart disease and even diabetes, and now experts understand why.
ERR News (Estonia) - Supreme Court: Faster hike in alcohol excise duty not unconstitutional
The Supreme Court of Estonia found that the legislative body's decision to increase the excise duty on beer and cider faster than planned was not unconstitutional.
Magnoliareporter (USA) - Operation Dry Water seeks to keep alcohol and drug abuse off waterwaters
Wildlife officers throughout Arkansas and the United States are gearing up for Operation Dry Water – a weekend of increased enforcement throughout the nation to prevent instances of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
the Irish News (Northern Ireland) - One in four Northern Ireland teens sold alcohol without ID checks
RETAILERS in Northern Ireland were caught selling alcohol to one in four teenage mystery shoppers last year without asking for ID.
Los Angeles Times - Alcohol, sex and consent: Add TV cameras and the 'Bachelor in Paradise' party gets complicated
Before the cameras even started rolling, Chad Johnson was drunk. Not tipsy; hammered. By the time production on “Bachelor in Paradise” kicked off at 11 a.m. in Sayulita, Mexico, the reality star had already taken seven shots of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and downed a whole bottle of wine.
Western Telegraph (Wales) - Plan to introduce a minimum price for alcohol units
THE Welsh Government plans to introduce legislation to reduce cut-price alcohol sales with the introduction of a minimum unit cost.
The Conversation AU - Doctors and nurses can’t always tell if someone’s drunk or on drugs, and misdiagnosis can be dangerous
Bob has arrived at the emergency department at 10am on a Tuesday after breaking several fingers slamming his hand in a car door. Bob is quite anxious; he speaks quickly and paces around.
ABC Online (Australia) - Communities losing ground in war against liquor giants: experts
More than three quarters of court cases where local communities are against big alcohol stores being built are being thrown out because judges do not have to consider the health impacts of planning decisions.
The Guardian (Australia) - Tackling alcohol in remote areas: communities plead for local control
Alcohol, it does have a ripple effect, it’s one person who goes out drinking but there might be 10 or 12 people living in that same house,” says Melanie Rarrtjiwuy Herdman in the north-east Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - New Law Simplifying Alcohol Sales Comes Into Effect
Starting July 4, Russian retailers can now accept drivers licenses and Fan IDs, an identification document for spectators at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup or the 2018 World Cup, from individuals who wish to purchase alcohol, the Kommersant newspaper reported.
Herald Palladium (USA) - Michigan pays a high tab for excessive drinking
Some sobering facts about alcohol consumption in Michigan: 20 percent of adults fit the definition of being excessive drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New Zealand Herald - Campaigns like Dry July can work, but not for everyone
Dry July annual campaign to raise funds for people affected by cancer has begun and thousands have pledged to abstain for the month.
The Standard (Kenya) - Contain the rising levels of alcoholism
Authorities have not done enough to help contain the hopeless case of alcoholism in Kiambu County if results of a baseline survey on drug abuse are anything to go by. The county still has the highest levels of alcoholism in the country.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Alcohol News - 26/2017

Independent (Ireland) - Drink driving is getting worse: alcohol factor in 38pc fatal crashes
DRINK-driving is getting worse. April this year was the worst month for drink-driving offences in five years. Alcohol is a contributory factor in 38pc of all fatal crashes. This is a real crisis. All over the country, we're asking ourselves, "How did this happen? How did this become normal?"
MinuteHack - Marketing Alcohol: From Baby Boomers To Generation Z
There was a time when each new generation of legal drinkers signalled a fresh opportunity; marketers looked at loyal older customers living longer lives, then at the new arrivals and rubbed their hands with glee.
Madhyamam (India) - Drunk drivers are like suicide bombers: Court
Drunken drivers are no less than "suicide bombers", a sessions court has said while refusing to show leniency to such a person by upholding his five-day jail term.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Underage teens' access to alcohol becoming 'out of control' in Dunedin
Dunedin police are investigating further allegations of sober drivers peddling alcohol to underage teens, as more parents come forward with concerns. (Canada) - Vancouver restaurants may have to list alcohol percentages on menus
The City of Vancouver wants restaurants and bars to start listing the alcohol percentages of drinks on their menus, but an industry group isn't exactly toasting the idea.
BBC News (Wales) - Minimum alcohol pricing for Wales back on table
Plans to introduce a new law setting a minimum price for alcohol in Wales could be revived by the Welsh Government.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Aussie drinking habits revealed in alcohol consumption report
BEER drinkers are most brand loyal, our taste for wine improves with age, and Baby Boomers are the biggest boozers, a report has found.
CTV News (Canada) - Report shows thousands hospitalized due to harmful consumption of alcohol
A new study shows there are more hospitalizations for alcohol consumption than for heart attacks and thousands of Canadians have been admitted for alcohol-related conditions over the last few years.
NIT - Study confirms long-term foetal alcohol effects
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder caused by their mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy are more likely to fail at school, talk about killing themselves and have problems paying attention.
NDTV - Beware! Excessive Boozing May Make You Age Fast, Warn Experts
Lots have been said and researched about the harmful effects of excessive alcohol consumption by experts from across the globe. (Ireland) - 'Our children's television viewing is bombarded with the thrills and spills of alcohol'
MANY PARENTS WHO have enjoyed raising their families may well have encountered a time when their child invented an imaginary friend. This is certainly not unusual and is widely regarded as a routine part of normal childhood development.
Washington Post - Even moderate drinking causes atrophy in brain area related to memory, learning
Popular belief, backed up by various studies, holds that a moderate amount of alcohol can be good for your heart. Might it have a similar effect on your brain?
The Times (Scotland) - MacAskill calls for new steps to beat scourge of alcohol
Scots should only be allowed to buy supermarket alcohol via separate tills and fewer outlets should be permitted to sell drink in an effort to denormalise a habit causing 22 deaths a week, says a former justice minister.
The Hippocratic Post (UK) - A&E departments failing young people with alcohol problems
Nine of out of ten Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are failing to identify young people with alcohol problems, preventing them from getting the vital help they need, according to a recent study published in the Emergency Medical Journal.
Olive Press (Spain) - Alcohol and drug checkpoints increased on Spain’s roads this weekend
SPAIN is to see an increase in alcohol and drug checkpoints on its roads this weekend. Checkpoints will be especially increased on conventional roads and roads with a high incident rate.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Paramedics treating more young women for alcohol intoxication than men
More young people are needing emergency assistance for alcohol intoxication than in previous years, new data from Western Australia show.
Medical Xpress - Important role of GPs in reducing alcohol-related harms
Two new reports launched at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 22 June 2017, involving the University of Stirling, highlight the important role that GPs have in raising the issue of alcohol use in GP consultations.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

FASD News - 25/2017

NDTV - Here's Why Pregnant Women Shouldn't Drink Alcohol Or Smoke
Researchers have revealed an association between a fetus's exposure to smoking and specific patterns of aberrant behaviour as a toddler, at school age, and as a teen and propose that these patterns form a continuum.
The Rebel - Feminism’s new low: Advising against drinking during pregnancy is “sexist”
According to an article in the British national newspaper, The Telegraph, “experts” are suggesting guidelines stating it’s best to abstain from alcohol while pregnant are alarmist, stigmatizing and sexist.
Edmonton Journal (Canada) - Judges aim to launch special court to handle high volume of those with mental health issues
People suffering from mental illness and neurological issues accused of crimes may be appearing before a specialized court in Edmonton by this fall, provincial court officials told the Edmonton Police Commission on Thursday.
Kids Brain Health Network - Life with a neurodisability goes beyond the brain
Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a 12 lb., year-old infant, her health trajectory had been atypical from the start. But when Travis told her doctor she suspected the fainting was linked to her FASD, she was met with a dismissive response.
MOFAS - Keeping Routines for Children with an FASD
Having a routine for children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can help reduce stress and anxiety. Children with an FASD have permanent brain injuries that can impact communication, understanding, responses to stress, and more.
University of Sidney (Australia) - Responding to fetal alcohol impacts in children
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are more likely to fail at school, have attention problems and talk about killing themselves, according to their teachers, says University of Sydney research.
Sphere (Canada) - Employment and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Are you familiar with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or FAS in your practice? You may know it is a result of heavy drinking during pregnancy. Some studies even suggest that if a father drinks too much, there are similar consequences.

Children in Scotland - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): supporting children and young people - 30th August 2017
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are lifelong conditions that have a significant impact on the life of the individual and those around them. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can interfere with normal development to cause growth deficiency and alterations to the internal organs, skeleton and central nervous system. Often, the conditions go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed, for example as autism.
Alberta - 2017 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference
We are happy to invite you to join us and our partners at the 2017 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference in Calgary, Alberta on October 24-27, 2017.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS - FASD and Pregnancy clinical knowledge
Ausmed - Education for Nurses - What You'll Learn - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder VLA
This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, firstly looking at prevention. If we know what FASD is and what to look for, we can better screen for it to prevent it.
Camrose Open Door - Open Door FASD Presentation
Embryology - Abnormal Development - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Embryology is an educational resource for learning concepts in embryological development, no clinical information is provided and content should not be used for any other purpose. - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The effects of FAS can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time to drink during pregnancy.

Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology - A descriptive study of a community-based home visiting program with preschool children prenatally exposed to alcohol
Research suggests that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) increases the risk of insecure caregiver-child attachment and related negative child emotional behavioural outcomes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Radiological studies of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in humans and animal models: An updated comprehensive review
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders encompass a wide range of birth defects in children born to mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy.
Child Psychiatry & Human Development - Evidence Supporting the Internal Validity of the Proposed ND-PAE Disorder
The internal validity of the proposed Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) was evaluated in children diagnosed with either Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or partial FAS who were 3–10 years of age and had enrolled in a math intervention study.
Conneticut College - The Effects of Fetal Alcohol Exposure on Gene Expression and Associated Behavioral Markers in Sprague Dawley Rats
Alcohol is a dangerous recreational substance because of its availability and the economic, social, and biological problems that it can cause. Fetal alcohol exposure, although preventable, is particularly harmful to a developing embryo.
Research in Developmental Disabilities - Feasibility study of a family-focused intervention to improve outcomes for children with FASD
Growing evidence shows that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can benefit from interventions, and specifically interventions focused on improving self-regulation.
The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education - A Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Series of Undergraduate Laboratory Exercises for Biopsychology Courses
Many undergraduate students are aware that consuming alcohol during pregnancy can result in many serious physical and behavioral deficits.
European Journal of Paediatric Neurology - Typical cerebellar allometry is disturbed in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Toward new MRI neuroanatomic markers
In the absence of physical characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), etiologic diagnosis of non-syndromic forms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NS-FASD) remains probabilistic.
Alcoholism - Facial curvature detects and explicates ethnic differences in effects of prenatal alcohol exposure
Our objective is to help clinicians detect the facial effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) by developing computer based tools for screening facial form.
Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Caregivers of Youth with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Hopes for Them as Adults
Caregivers of youth with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder participated in telephone interviews about their hopes for their youths as adults.
Alcohol - A modified Timeline Followback assessment to capture alcohol exposure in pregnant women: Application in the Safe Passage Study
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) has been linked to poor pregnancy outcomes, yet there is no recognized standard for PAE assessment, and the specific effects of quantity, frequency, and timing remain largely unknown.
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics - Behavior in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Remote Australia: A Population-Based Study
To document behavior in children residing in very remote Western Australian communities as rated by parent/caregivers and teachers. We hypothesized that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) would have higher rates of problematic behavior than children without FASD.
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience - Effects of prenatal binge-like ethanol exposure and maternal stress on postnatal morphological development of hippocampal neurons in rats
Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults.
Rev Bras Ginecol Obstet. - Psychometric Properties of Brief Screening Tests for Alcohol Use Disorders during Pregnancy in Argentina
In other cultural contexts, studies have concluded that T-ACE and TWEAK are the best instruments to assess pregnant women. In contrast, our results evidenced the low reliability of those instruments and a better performance of the AUDIT in this population. - Two Recent Approaches to FASD Diagnosis: An Issue Paper
Over the last 50 years, a significant amount of research and clinical expertise has been devoted to characterizing the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing fetus.
BMC Psychology - Neurodevelopmental profile of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review
In an effort to improve the screening and diagnosis of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), research has focused on the identification of a unique neurodevelopmental profile characteristic of this population.
Drug Alcohol Depend - Who is most affected by prenatal alcohol exposure: Boys or girls?
Boys and girls had mostly similar outcomes when prenatal alcohol exposure was linked to poor physical and neurocognitive development. Nevertheless, sex ratios implicate lower viability and survival of males by first grade, and girls have more dysmorphology and neurocognitive impairment than boys resulting in a higher probability of a FASD diagnosis.

Interia (Poland) - Mamo, nie pij w ciąży
Co najmniej dwa procent dzieci w Polsce cierpi z powodu zaburzeń rozwoju spowodowanych piciem alkoholu przez matki podczas ciąży. To więcej niż liczba maluchów z autyzmem.
Hyvä Terveys (Finland) - ”Kysyisin äidiltä, miksi hän joi”
Äidin raskaudenaikainen alkoholinkäyttö uhkaa yhä tuhansien lapsien elämää Suomessa. Mikko on yksi FASD-nuori.