Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alcohol News - 34/2016

Wall Street Journal - With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive
Public-health officials who long said light drinking was good for the heart are now warning of cancer risks, causing ripples through the alcohol industry.
SFGate (USA) - Stanford limits undergrads’ consumption of hard alcohol on campus
In a move to put an end to a burgeoning culture of boozing, Stanford University announced Monday that it is banning consumption of hard alcohol by undergraduates at campus parties.
iTechPost - 5 Benefits of Alcohol Refuted by World Health Agencies
Health officials around the world are standing by each other in questioning the validity of the so-called benefits when you drink aclohol. In the last decade, the aclohol industry claims they have invested time and effort to research the benefits of drinking alcohol only to be refuted by Health and Human Services from the U.S. and the U.K. Today.
Voice of America (USA) - US College Students Missing Meals to Drink More Alcohol
Popular culture often shows alcohol as a big part of the college experience in the United States. Television programs and movies about American college life have images of wild parties with young people either drinking alcohol or holding a drink.
Medical Daily - How Does Alcohol Affect Your Sleep?
A couple of drinks after a long hard day of work is just what the doctor ordered, right? Wrong. Alcohol may help you nod off quicker but can cause a lot of problems.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Ana Apatu: Alcohol-cancer link worrying
While our water crisis swirls around our community I attend a presentation on alcohol and its harmful effects by Professor Doug Sellman and Professor Jennie Connor.
STV News (Scotland) - Alcohol linked to half of all 999 call-outs, figures reveal
Alcohol has been linked to half of all 999 call-outs, with one in three emergency workers telling a staff survey they have been attacked while trying to do their job.
The Guardian (UK) - Half of UK parents allow children to drink alcohol at home, says survey
Half of parents with children under the age of 14 allow them to drink alcohol at home, research by Churchill home insurance has found.
CCTV-America (Indonesia) - Indonesia considers ban on alcoholic beverages in the country
Last year, Indonesia successfully banned the sales of alcoholic beverages in mini marts. But a new bill being considered in the parliament could ban alcohol in the entire country, affecting Indonesia’s billion dollar tourism and hospitality industries.
AllAfrica.com - Tanzania: Rescuing the Country's Youth From the Grip of Alcohol
Risky behaviors can occur when youth drink alcohol. The behavior can have both short-term and long-term impacts, which is why it is important to change the community's attitude towards alcohol, and stop youth and underage drinking from becoming the norm.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Drink driving ‘creeping up’ as alcohol involved in third of fatal collisions
The Road Safety Authority chief executive, Moyagh Murdock, has said there is evidence that drink driving is “creeping up” again as latest figures show alcohol was involved in a third of fatal collisions.
Bangkok Post (Japan) - Alcohol to be exempt from liquor tax for tourists in Japan
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to exempt domestically produced alcoholic drinks such as sake from the liquor tax for foreign tourists as part of efforts to boost regional economies, agency officials said on Saturday.
Financial Times (Spain) - Spain calls time on alcohol-fuelled stag parties
That, in essence, is the message being sent by the coastal town in southern Spain as it battles to rein in the alcohol-fuelled excesses of pre-wedding stag trips, bachelor parties and hen weekends.
Spectator.co.uk - Alcohol after exercise ‘disrupts your body’s efforts to recover’
Drinking a few beers after exercise may be highly satisfying but, according to a new study, it also appears to disrupt the body’s recovery process.
Daily Mail (UK) - Drinking-limit health warnings are watered down
New health guidelines will clarify that adults are safe to drink alcohol - as long as it's in moderation.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Alcohol News - 33/2016

Newshub (New Zealand) - Government announces fetal alcohol plan
The Government has a plan to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
The Canberra Times (Australia/ Sri Lanka) - Universal lessons: Canberra experts fight alcohol, domestic abuse in Sri Lanka
Dr Kamalini Lokuge​'s heart broke when she heard how a Sri Lankan preschool child told his teacher that "his dad always drinks and his mum runs around the house at night saying she's going to kill herself".
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol advertising on Auckland bus
Advertisements promoting alcohol products have been spotted on Link Buses around Auckland. The advertisements for Brothers Beer, Corona and Selaks wines on the buses follow a revelation this month that Auckland Council holds investments in alcohol giants SABMiller and Pernod Ricard.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Doug Sellman: An irresponsible alcohol industry is doing its best to confuse
University of Otago's Professor Jennie Connor has had two prestigious publications in the past month highlighting the fact that alcohol causes cancer in moderate drinkers in New Zealand.
Medical Daily - Low-Alcohol Beers May Reduce Drunk Driving, Drink-Related Injuries And Deaths Worldwide
Strong beers may be a thing of the past, according to a new body of research published in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology. After studying alcohol’s effect on society, a team of Canadian researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that cutting back on ethanol, which is the intoxicating ingredient in alcohol, could potentially lower a person’s total alcohol intake in the long run.
Irish Health (Ireland) - Alcohol warning ahead of Leaving Cert results
Parents of students due to receive their Leaving Cert results this week are being encouraged to talk to their children about the risks associated with alcohol use.
Economic Times - Need to cut down on drinking alcohol? Getting in a relationship might help
Being in a relationship could be wonderful in more ways than one. A new study indicates that people who are married, or cohabiting, generally tend to drink less - that's fewer drinks, and less frequently.
Daily Mail (UK) - Baby boomers are ‘drinking themselves into an early grave' because they're LONELY
The 'baby boomers', those born during the surge of births between 1946–1964, comprise around a quarter of the population in the UK.
Daily Mail - Boozing after exercising is WORSE than skipping a work-out altogether: Alcohol 'stunts muscle growth during exercise recovery period'
It seems logical: if you want a guilt-free hangover, best hit the gym before the bar. But according to new research, that is the worst thing you can do.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

FASD News - 32/2016

SPECIAL REMINDER - European Conference on FASD 2016 in just ONE MONTH
This conference brings together academics, educators, non-governmental organisations and charities, legislators and politicians, lawyers and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, birth and adoptive families alongside individuals who themselves have FASD; shared learning will help promote the understanding of this disorder in the UK, Europe and internationally.

NEWS and ARTICLES
Holyrood.com (Scotland) - Zika virus is not the birth defect risk Scotland should be most worried about
Alcohol, not the Zika virus, is the Olympian challenge for Scotland when it comes to the brain development of babies, according to prevention author Dr Jonathan Sher.
National Institutes of Health (USA) - NIH releases improved guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy.
Monitor - Fetal alcohol syndrome focus of convicted murderer’s hearing
An Hidalgo County district judge is considering whether a man found guilty of decapitating three children should be taken off death row.
Post-Bulletin - Mother speaks out against drinking during pregnancy
Sometimes bystanders are curious when they see Tiffany Morgan's 8-year-old daughter have a meltdown at the playground.
Daily Mail (UK) - Revealed, exactly how drinking, smoking and illegal drugs can harm your unborn baby
It's widely known using tobacco, alcohol, cocaine and heroin while pregnant can be extremely harmful to the health of an unborn child. For example, drinking during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage or cerebral palsy.
Regina Leader-Post - A different approach: The struggle to deal with FASD in the justice system
A young Myles Himmelreich called on every ounce of self-control he possessed each time he walked past. And he succeeded — until that fateful day several other students dared him.
Courier Mail (Australia) - Opinion: We failed these children the moment they were arrested
AFTER video evidence of the abuse of children in custody in the Northern Territory was broadcast to a shocked nation, reports began surfacing about incidents in juvenile detention centres in Queensland.
Alaska Dispatch News - Who looks out for the babies of parents ruled by their demons?
A 22-year-old Anchorage woman was recently charged with killing her 4-month-old daughter. The mother was found, about three hours after the baby's body was found, drunk and having consensual sex in a park.

RESEARCH
BMC Public Health - “Did you ever drink more?” A detailed description of pregnant women’s drinking patterns
This paper presents drinking patterns in a prospective study of a population-based cohort of 1570 pregnant women using a combination of dose and timing to give best estimates of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Novel assessments include women’s special occasion drinking and alcohol use prior to pregnancy recognition.
Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse - Cortical Morphology in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Insights from Computational Neuroimaging
Prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of neurodevelopmental disorders. Both brain growth and structural organization can be strongly affected (Guerri, Bazinet, & Riley, 2009), resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Experimental Brain Research - Cortical miscommunication after prenatal exposure to alcohol
We report on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on resting-state brain activity as measured by magnetoencephalography (MEG). We studied 37 subjects diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in one of three categories: fetal alcohol syndrome, partial fetal alcohol syndrome, and alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder.
The NADD Bulletin - The Road Ahead: New Developments in the Field of Substance Use in Individuals with Intellectual Disability
Substance use among individuals with intellectual disability (ID) has gained increasing attention
over the past decade.
Journal of Family Medicine and Disease Prevention - High Rates of Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol among African Americans Driven by the Plethora of Liquor Stores in the Community
After nearly half a century of treating low-income, AfricanAmerican psychiatric patients for a variety of disorders, one single fact has repeatedly proven to be true –”risk factors are not predictive
factors because of protective factors”.
Neuropharmacology - Ethanol-induced changes in poly (ADP ribose) polymerase and neuronal developmental gene expression
Prenatal alcohol exposure has profound effects on neuronal growth and development. Poly-ADP Ribose Polymerase (PARP) enzymes are perhaps unique in the field of epigenetics in that they directly participate in histone modifications, transcription factor modifications, DNA methylation/demethylation and are highly inducible by ethanol.
Sexual Offender Treatment - Perceptions of FASD by Civil Commitment Professionals: A Pilot Survey
The cognitive impairments characteristic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) result in an increased likelihood of engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior and becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
Asia-Pacific Psychiatry - Alcohol consumption, smoking, and drug use in pregnancy: Prevalence and risk factors in Southern Thailand
In this study, we investigated the prevalence of substance use and associated factors in pregnant women receiving antenatal care in public hospitals in Thailand.
Psychiatr. Pol. - Validation of the Polish Version of the Washington 4-Digit Diagnostic Code for the Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The aim of this paper is a quantitative assessment of FASD facial phenotype in the Polish population using the Polish version of the 4-Digit Diagnostic Code.
Behavioural Brain Research - Behavioral deficits induced by third-trimester equivalent alcohol exposure in male C57BL/6J mice are not associated with reduced adult hippocampal neurogenesis but are still rescued with voluntary exercise
Prenatal alcohol exposure can produce permanent alterations in brain structure and profound behavioral deficits. Mouse models can help discover mechanisms and identify potentially useful interventions.
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY - Eating behavior in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: A mixed methods study
Secondary to associated physical defects, global behavioral problems, and co-occurring diagnoses, studies suggest there are problems with nutrition and eating in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs); however, there is limited research on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on childhood eating behavior.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
mittelhessen.de (Germany) - Null Alkohol für Schwangere
WETZLAR Null Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft - das soll so selbstverständlich werden, so fest im gesellschaftlichen Bewusstsein verankert sein wie das Autofahren mit Gurt oder das morgendliche Zähneputzen.
RP ONLINE (Germany) - Benefizkonzert für Kinder mit fetalem Alkoholsyndrom
"Eintracht" Birgelen und "Wassenjazz" geben Konzert zugunsten der FASD. Der Vorverkauf hat begonnen.
Phụ nữ news (Vietnam) - 6 loại thức uống cực độc gây dị tật cho thai nhi mẹ không được uống dù chỉ 1 lần
Mẹ bầu có biết, có những loại nước uống gây dị tật thai nhi mà các mẹ vẫn thường dùng hằng ngày hay không? Nếu muỗn con chào đời khỏe mạnh, mẹ hãy dừng thói quen uống các loại nước sau đây!
eLuban.pl (Poland) - Pijana urodziła dziecko
Mieszkanka powiatu lwóweckiego będąca w ciąży trafiła do szpitala w Jeleniej Górze, gdzie będąc pod wpływem alkoholu urodziła dziecko. Noworodek w organizmie miał ponad pół promila alkoholu. Zgodnie z procedurą dyrekcja szpitala o całej sprawie powiadomiła policję i prokuraturę.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Alcohol News - 32/2016

Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Alcohol interlocks for more drivers
The number of drivers subject to alcohol interlocks in Dunedin may increase from a handful to several hundred, under the Government's proposed changes, Sober Check director Gavin Foster says.
The Independent - Student debt worries causing depression and alcohol dependency, new research finds
Students who experience financial difficulties and worry about debt have a higher chance of suffering from depression and alcohol dependency, new research has found.
The Guardian (UK) - Olympic sponsorship and alcohol don’t mix
As medical bodies and charities who support children and young people through sport, we are writing to express our concern that Strongbow is an official partner of Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Star2.com - Your lungs may be at risk when you drink too much alcohol
Researchers have discovered another reason to reduce alcohol consumption, finding that adults who drink excessively have less nitric oxide in their exhaled breath than adults who don’t drink.
Republica - Euro 2016 violence to influence Qatar World Cup alcohol plan
The hooliganism at the European Championship in France could affect the availability of alcohol at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Telegraph.co.uk - Jet2.com to ban alcohol sales on all early morning flights
After last week’s warnings that UK airports are becoming a “wild west” thanks to round-the-clock availability of alcohol, one UK airline has announced its plans to ban the sale of on-board booze before 8am.
Scoop.co.nz - Uncovering the link between alcohol and cancer
New Zealand’s leading experts in public health and alcohol harm, Professor Jennie Connor and Professor Doug Sellman, will be in New Plymouth this month to present the evidence that alcohol directly causes cancer.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Irish women trapped in an abusive relationship with alcohol
Recent media reports of an emerging trend in younger women in their 30s and 40s developing liver failure due to increased alcohol consumption may have surprised many who read the headlines but to those of us who work in the field of addiction, there was no surprise.
The National (Nepal/UAE) - Alcohol takes grim toll on Nepalese in UAE
Young labourers have been warned about the perils of alcohol after figures showed a steep rise in the number of Nepalese workers in the UAE dying of drink-related illnesses.
Times of India (India) - Indians prone to cancer due to obesity, alcohol intake: Experts
Indians are more prone to oesophageal and other types of cancer due to obesity resulting from sedentary lifestyle and improper food habits as well as alcohol intake, according to medical experts.
RT (UK) - ‘Drunkorexia’: Brits skipping meals for guilt-free binge drinking
Britons are regularly skipping meals so they can binge on booze without gaining weight, a new study into the nation’s health has revealed.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Charity slams drinks industry call for tax cut
Last month, the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) used its pre-budget submission to demand the reduction. It said a cut in alcohol excise was a “vital response to the new and immediate effect of the uncertainty caused by Brexit”.
Holyrood (Scotland) - Zika virus is not the birth defect risk Scotland should be most worried about
Alcohol, not the Zika virus, is the Olympian challenge for Scotland when it comes to the brain development of babies, according to prevention author Dr Jonathan Sher.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Alcohol News - 31/2016

EurActiv - Study: Alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking are linked
Adolescent drinking culture is linked to young people’s exposure to various types of alcohol advertising, a new study has found.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Surge in Irish women with liver disease caused by alcohol
Liver specialist Professor Frank Murray said young, working Irish women have shown the biggest increase in liver disease caused by an attitude of “recklessness” towards alcohol.
Medical Daily - How Alcohol Affects Your Lungs: Binge Drinking May Lead To Breathing Problems
Binge drinking may be the reason it's hard to catch your breath. Alcohol affects nearly every major organ in the human body, including the brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys, but a team of researchers from Loyola University has found it can also make it harder for the lungs to breathe.
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Things the alcohol industry won’t tell you about alcohol
New Zealand’s leading experts in public health and alcohol harm, Professor Jennie Connor and Professor Doug Sellman, will be in Tauranga to present on behalf of the Alcohol Action NZ group the evidence that alcohol directly causes cancer.
New York Times - Tell Consumers How Many Calories There are in Alcohol
The average 12-ounce beer has 153 calories, slightly more than a can of Coca-Cola. But the typical beer drinker probably doesn’t know that, because regulators have long exempted alcohol producers from stamping their products with the kinds of nutritional labels that are required on other beverages and on food.
Business Standard - Sophomores with mental health issues may use alcohol
High school students or sophomores with mental health issues were more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana compared to those without symptoms, a study has revealed.
The Guardian (UK) - Minister wants to tackle excessive alcohol consumption at UK airports
A crackdown on the sale of alcohol at British airports is being considered by the new aviation minister amid a spate of incidents involving drunk passengers.
AllAfrica.com - Tanzania: If You Are On Medication, Stay Away From Alcohol
One of the most frequent questions that I am asked concerns the dilemma of mixing alcohol and medication. Someone might ask if it is okay to have some beer in the evening after they took a certain type of medication in the morning.
Huffington Post UK - How Alcohol Affects Your Brain When You’re Drunk
When you drink alcohol, the ethanol is absorbed into your blood stream through your stomach lining or small intestine. Your liver is responsible for filtering out this ethanol and breaking it down, so your body can safely get rid of it.
The Hindu (India) - Incidence of Alcoholic Liver Disease is on the rise
There has been a great increase in the incidence of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) in Coastal Andhra Pradesh, said city based gastroenterologist Nalini Prasad Ippela. Dr. Prasad who heads the Gastroenterology Department in the Ramesh Group of Hospitals, says 30 to 40 per cent of the liver ailment patients in the Coastal Districts were suffering from ALD.
WebMD - Alcohol, Obesity Could Up Esophageal Cancer Risk
Drinking plus being overweight may be a bad combo when it comes to risks for the two most common types of esophageal cancer, a new report warns.
ConsumerAffairs - Access to drugs and alcohol in adolescence leads to continued abuse
It’s no secret that children often form habits that they observe in their parents. Whether it’s a certain way of talking, how they express their emotions, or cleanliness habits, you can usually draw some parallels between generations.
Read more
Medscape - Updated Guidelines for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Updated clinical guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, field-tested in evaluations of 10,000 children in the United States, South Africa, and Europe, provide more detail on learning and behavioral deficits and include a new flowchart and a photographic guide for lip and philtrum morphology.
South African Broadcasting Corporation (South Africa) - W Cape re-introduces breathalyser alcohol testing system
The breathalyzer alcohol testing system for motorists, previously known as the Drager, is on Monday expected to be re-introduced in the Western Cape.
FRANCE 24 (India) - Indian women on frontline of battle against alcohol
Alcohol consumption in India claims a life every 96 minutes. As alcohol-related violence also continues to rise, women are at the forefront of a war against alcohol in the country.
Ukraine Today (Ukraine) - Alcohol, narcotics and negligence kill Ukrainian soldiers no worse than Russian army
Ukrainian army lost three soldiers due to non-combat factors in the past 24 hours, country's military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said in an interview with 112 channel on July 29, 2016.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Our Issues Twin Cities - FASD

FASD News - 30/2016

NEWS and ARTICLES
Medscape - Updated Guidelines for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Updated clinical guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, field-tested in evaluations of 10,000 children in the United States, South Africa, and Europe, provide more detail on learning and behavioral deficits and include a new flowchart and a photographic guide for lip and philtrum morphology. The new recommendations update guidelines previously issued in 2005.
NOFAS (Ukraine) - NOFAS Affiliate Spotlight: Ukraine Works Ltd
“What I need is information about fetal alcohol,” Stephen Severylov, then Director of the Mykolychin Internat, a boarding school for children with special needs, told me in late September 2007. I had no idea what he was talking about and as it turned out, neither did he.
Chicago Tribune (USA) - Kids harmed by alcohol in the womb find haven in mom's suburban camp
They seem like typical adolescents, and in many ways they are. But most of them said it was the first time they'd been in a group of people who understand them. For some, it was the first time they've met other people who also have some form of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press - Tiffany Morgan wants you to know she drank while pregnant
Sometimes bystanders are curious when they see Tiffany Morgan’s 8-year-old daughter have a meltdown at the playground. The conversation goes like this: “Why is she doing that?” asks the stranger. “She has FASD,” Morgan explains.
WDAZ - Drinks worse than drugs for expecting mothers
A new study by a local doctor is raising concern about the number of babies born in North Dakota with fetal alcohol syndrome.
SelectScience.net - Identification of Early Biomarkers for Alcohol Related Brain Development Abnormalities
Dr Nune Darbinian, Research Laboratory Manager at Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, told SelectScience about brain development research that was recently presented at the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group/Research Society on Alcoholism (FASDSG/RSoA) and Society for Neuroscience (SfN) symposia.
The Nation Newspaper (Kenya) - Avoid alcohol, expectant mothers told
Expectant mothers have been advised to stay away from beer and other alcoholic drinks. This is because its potential negative impact on growing foetus can lead to birth defects.
News-Medical.net - Parental substance use increases health risks among children
Children whose parents or caregivers misuse alcohol or use, produce or distribute drugs face an increased risk of medical and behavioral problems. According to a new clinical report by experts at Beth Israel Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children's Hospital, pediatricians are in a unique position to assess risk and intervene to protect children.
ABC Online (Australia) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnosis tool hoped to change lives of Australian victims
Australia finally has a tool for diagnosing foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) — a condition caused by mothers consuming alcohol while pregnant.
Edmonton Journal (Canada) - Edmonton moms at risk get support from innovative, inner city health program
The birth of her baby girl should have been the happiest day of the young mom’s life; instead, it became an agonizing experience.

VIDEO and MATERIALS
Our Issues Twin Cities - EPisode 64 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FASD
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, about 7,000 children are born in Minnesota with alcohol exposure before birth, putting them at risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Erika Krings - FASD - Der Drache (Verzweiflung, Wut und Angst)
This video is about the impact of disability FAS covering 59 years of my life. This image presentation describes a biography of love and failure of concert successes and alcoholism, burnout and its aftermath.
YourAlberta - Current Neuroplasticity Research and Ideas for Promoting Long Term Functional Change
An overview of current neuroplasticity research explaining the firing and wiring of the nervous system. In addition, activity-based concepts are discussed, including:

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2016
Research conference from 12 to 14 September 2016, Royal Holloway, University of London. EUFASD Continuing professional training day, 15 September 2016, Royal Holloway, University of London.
The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (March 1-4, 2017)
Call for abstracts just announced. Deadline for all submissions are August 26, 2016.

RESEARCH
Dove Medical Press - Fetal alcohol-spectrum disorders: identifying at-risk mothers
Fetal alcohol-spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a collection of physical and neuro­behavioral disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. To prevent or mitigate the costly effects of FASD, we must identify mothers at risk for having a child with FASD, so that we may reach them with interventions.
Pediatrics - Updated Clinical Guidelines for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The purpose of the current report is to present updated diagnostic guidelines based on a thorough review of the literature and the authors’ combined expertise based on the evaluation of >10 000 children for potential FASD in clinical settings and in epidemiologic studies in conjunction with National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism–funded studies, the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and the Collaboration on FASD Prevalence.
OpenUCT - The impact of fetal alcohol syndrome on a child's classroom performance : a case study of a rural South African school
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the most severe of a spectrum of birth defects caused by a mother drinking alcohol whilst pregnant. Its manifestation in the Central Nervous System causes intellectual and behavioural abnormalities, which pose considerable challenges in the classroom.
Biology Open - Alcohol exposure leads to unrecoverable cardiovascular defects along with edema and motor function changes in developing zebrafish larvae
In the present study we exposed zebrafish embryos to 1% and 2% alcohol and observed the morphology of heart and blood vessels during and after exposure to investigate motor function alterations, and damage and recovery to the cardiovascular system.
Nurse Practitioner - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Prevention, identification, and intervention
This article discusses methods for identifying and assisting women who consume alcohol prenatally and referring infants and children with FASD for intervention.
Journal of Leukocyte Biology - Inflammatory responses to alcohol in the CNS: nuclear receptors as potential therapeutics for alcohol-induced neuropathologies
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which results from ethanol exposure during pregnancy, and alcohol use disorder (AUD), which includes both binge and chronic alcohol abuse, are strikingly common and costly at personal and societal levels.
Cogent Psychology - A systematic review of the prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome disorders among young people in the criminal justice system
Given the established association between foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and risk of criminality and criminalisation, this systematic review examines the prevalence of FASD within youth justice systems.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - A Renewed Call to Action: The Need for Systematic Research on Interventions for FASD
Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health - Gross motor performance in children prenatally exposed to alcohol and living in remote Australia
This study aimed to determine the gross motor (GM) performance of Aboriginal children living in remote Australia. The relationship between GM skills, prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) was explored.
Journal of Obstetrics - Implications of Applying Minimal Risk Standards in Clinical Research to Information Provision in Prenatal and Pre-conception Care
There have long been minimal risk thresholds beneath which risks may not need to be discussed in clinical research. This threshold concept may be applied to clinical practice. Our research explored application of minimal risk standards in research regulations to providing information in prenatal and pre-conception care.
St. Catherine University - Professionals’ Perspectives on Substance Abuse and Pregnancy
Drug use has become an increasing issue in society, affecting a wide variety of populations. Specifically, the use of substances has increasingly been entering the lives of women during pregnancy.
Alcoholism - Neurobehavioral Deficits Consistent Across Age and Sex in Youth with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Neurobehavioral consequences of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure are well documented; however, the role of age or sex in these effects has not been studied. The current study examined the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, sex, and age on neurobehavioral functioning in children.
Alcohol - Did you drink alcohol during pregnancy? Inaccuracy and discontinuity of women’s self-reports: On the way to establish meconium Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) as a biomarker for alcohol consumption during pregnancy
During their 3rd trimester, mothers of children with detectable EtG values ≥10 ng/g tended to report prenatal alcohol consumption more frequently (p < .10), but nearly never above “Yes, I drank rarely”. Asked retrospectively, when children were 6 to 8 years of age, there was no difference in self-reported behavior of EtG-positive vs. EtG-negative cases.
Behavioral Health - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Youth Firesetting: A Need for Increased Awareness and Understanding Among Fire Prevention and Safety Specialists
Approximately two to five percent of the U.S. population is affected by this debilitating disorder, but many practitioners and professionals are still widely unfamiliar with consequences caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.
Behavioural Brain Research - Effects of sex and housing on social, spatial, and motor behavior in adult rats exposed to moderate levels of alcohol during prenatal development
Persistent deficits in social behavior, motor behavior, and behavioral flexibility are among the major negative consequences associated with exposure to ethanol during prenatal development.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
nrc.nl (Netherlands) - ‘Alcohol verhoogt kans op crimineel kind’
‘De familie is de bron van al het kwaad’, was de kop boven een driegesprek tussen strafrechtadvocaten Peter Plasman, Inez Weski en Gerard Spong in opinietijdschrift HP/De Tijd.
Süddeutsche.de (Germany) - Die Gesundheit als politische Aufgabe
Nach ihrem Verzicht auf eine neue Kandidatur zieht die Fürstenfeldbrucker SPD-Landtagsabgeordnete Kathrin Sonnenholzner eine Halbzeit-Bilanz ihrer Legislaturperiode und blickt zurück auf "zweieinhalb Jahre Lust und Frust" als Vorsitzende des Ausschusses für Gesundheit und Pflege.
CelleHeute (Germany) - Das fetale Alkoholsyndrom – die unsichtbare Behinderung
Eine Informations- und Aufklärungsveranstaltung zum Thema „Das fetale Alkoholsyndrom – die unsichtbare Behinderung, wie wirkt sie sich aus und was brauchen Betroffene, Angehörige, pädagogische Fachkräfte, Jugendämter und andere Behörden“ findet am Freitag, 12. August, im 4 Generationen Park Wathlingen statt. Die Schirmherrschaft der Veranstaltung hat die Niedersächsische Ministerin Cornelia Rundt (Ministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit und Gleichstellung) übernommen.