Tuesday, April 26, 2011

FASD News - 17/2011

ATTENTION: TOMORROW (27.04.2011) - CC Grand Rounds Lecture: (1) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Etiology, Epidemiology, and Advances in Diagnosis
Live videocast
MadeforMums - Even small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy can harm baby – new study
Drinking even small amounts of alcohol while you’re pregnant could harm your unborn baby, suggests a new study from Ireland. Researchers have found that just two glasses of wine a week could affect unborn babies’ development.
Private Healthcare UK - Mums-to-be advised to avoid alcohol
Private maternity services might be able to offer women some advice when it comes to drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The Australian (Australia) - Mick Gooda backs grog ban in pregnancy
ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has thrown his weight behind a controversial proposal that would mean banning pregnant women from buying alcohol in Alice Springs to protect their babies, provided the indigenous community supports it.
HealthCanal.com (Australia) - Research reveals lack of prenatal alcohol information
Pregnant women are not receiving enough information from midwives and health professionals on the effects of alcohol consumption on their babies, a new research study from the University of Wollongong has discovered.
Daily Mail (Ireland) - Health warnings on alcoholic drinks can and bottles to be implemented in Ireland
Alcoholic drinks cans and bottles sold in Ireland will soon carry stark health warnings similar to those on cigarette packets, the Irish Mail on Sunday can reveal. The blunt messages, displayed prominently on labels, are part of a new drive to curb the spiralling social and health problems associated with the country’s alarming alcohol consumption.

REASEARCH
Alcohol and Alcoholism - What do We Know about the Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? A Systematic Literature Review
Limitations and gaps in the existing methodologies of calculating the economic costs of FASD are discussed. It is evident that there is an urgent need to develop a comprehensive and sound methodology for calculating the economic impact of FASD to the society.
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Premature birth risk 'linked to drinking during pregnancy'
Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely or have a miscarriage, a new study has revealed. The research, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, looked at the amounts of alcohol women consumed during the early stages of their gestation and the effect this had on their unborn child.
Neuropsychology Review - Functional Neuroimaging in the Examination of Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Functional neuroimaging offers the opportunity to understand the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on the activities of the brain as well as providing a window into the relationship between neural activation and the behavioral outcomes that have been described in affected individuals.
Neuropsychology Review - Magnetic Resonance-Based Imaging in Animal Models of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, such as magnetic resonance microscopy (MRM), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), have recently been applied to the study of both normal and abnormal structure and neurochemistry in small animals.
Neuropsychology Review - What Does Diffusion Tensor Imaging Reveal About the Brain and Cognition in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders?
Over the past 5 years, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has begun to provide new evidence about the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on white matter development. DTI, which examines microstructural tissue integrity, is sensitive to more subtle white matter abnormalities than traditional volumetric MRI methods.
Neuropsychology Review - Imaging the Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Structure of the Developing Human Brain
Prenatal alcohol exposure has numerous effects on the developing brain, including damage to selective brain structure. We review structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of brain abnormalities in subjects prenatally exposed to alcohol.
Seventh Space - Prevalence, predictors and perinatal outcomes of peri-conceptional alcohol exposure - retrospective cohort study in an urban obstetric population in Ireland
Evidence-based advice on alcohol consumption is required for pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy. Our aim was to investigate the prevalence, predictors and perinatal outcomes associated with peri-conceptional alcohol consumption.

EVENTS AND MATERIALS
ADVANCE NOTICE Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Social Justice - Moving Forward
April 18 - 21, 2012. This conference will provide a forum to share research, experience and practice in order to discuss how we can effectively sustain and enhance the lives of adolescents and adults with FASD, their families, service providers, and communities.
The 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder The Power of Knowledge: Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World
Click to the link to view videos of plenary speakers and their powerpoints.

CONTROVERSIAL. Huffington Post - Alcohol During Pregnancy: How Dangerous Is It Really?
The should-you-drink-during-pregnancy debate rages on, fueled by recent photos of pregnant actress Kate Hudson drinking what appears to be a glass of red wine while on vacation in Argentina.
REACTION. “It should be between her and her doctor — not anybody else.”
The Huffington Post published an article last week called Alcohol During Pregnancy: How Dangerous Is It Really? (Catherine Pearson, April 11, 2011). The journalist interviews two physicians, Dr. Ricki Pollycove, an OBGYN and HuffPost Health contributor, and Dr. Amos Grunebaum, director of Obstetrics at Cornell University’s Medical Center.

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