Sunday, September 4, 2011

FASD News - 35/2011

The Virtual Medical Centre (Australia) - Alcohol health warnings protect mums and babies
Researchers at Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research support calls for mandatory health warning labels on alcohol products.
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Queens County Advance - FASD: Supporting mother during pregnancy key
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is one of the few illnesses that is completely preventable, however it is also the one that comes with the most stigma. Sept. 9 is FASD awareness day, and the South Shore Family Resource Centre bringing awareness to the issue with the help of several community partners.
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Canada Views (Canada) - Alberta recognizes International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. Each year on the ninth day of the ninth month, this day serves as a reminder to people around the world that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol.
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Irish Times (Ireland) - Born with a craving for alcohol
WOMEN IN Ireland who drink while pregnant are creating children three times more likely to crave alcohol, according to a leading specialist in the field.
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The West Australian (Australia) - Alcohol in pregnancy can harm babies
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is now being revealed as a tragic legacy of alcohol misuse. And the condition is not isolated to marginalised, disadvantaged communities, researchers say.
Read more (USA) - For Whom The Bells Will Toll
At 9:09 a.m., on September 9, the bells of the Community Church of Douglaston and Zion Episcopal Church will ring in an effort to help raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome.
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KARE (USA) - Pregnant drinking: Social experiment at the Minnesota State Fair
The idea by the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was simple; plant a visibly pregnant woman at the state fair, have her drink a few beers and wait to see if people would intervene.
Read more - Healthy pregnancy equals a healthy baby
Preparing for a baby’s arrival is important — but charting a course for mom’s health during pregnancy is even more vital. Here are some tips for planning a healthy pregnancy.
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Vanguard - When you drink for two, your child becomes damaged
Imagine when your pregnancy is scanned for the first time so you could see your precious baby growing in the womb, suddenly its whole body gives a shudder and the foetus appears to jump. Such a movement is known as the startle reflex, and the scan described above are from photographs from scans that were taken by Peter Hepper, a professor of psychology at Queens University, Belfast and an expert on the effects of alcohol on unborn babies.
Read more - Ask the health experts: Is it OK to have a glass of wine during pregnancy?
Is it OK for me to have a glass of wine during my pregnancy? I have heard it might help me sleep, and that an occasional alcoholic beverage won't harm my baby.
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Protecting the unborn baby from alcohol, 7 September 2011, European Parliament, Brussels
This event is jointly organized by European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) and the Polish State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA) to mark International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Day.
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MATERIALS - Interview: Carole Eglash-Kosof, Author of The Human Spirit
Carole Eglash-Kosof is a graduate of UCLA and has spent the majority of her career in business and teaching.  After tragedy struck in 2006, causing her to lose her husband, mother and brother within a month of one another, she knew she needed to reevaluate her life. She was sent to South Africa to teach as part of the American Jewish World Service. The Human Spirit is the tale of the people of this land who show a level of caring unrivaled by most.  They are apartheid’s unheralded heroes and The Human Spirit is their story.
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Best Start – Best Start Resource Centre
Check out alcohol and pregnancy resources on the Best Start Resource Centre site, including the stylish Mocktails for Mom brochure.
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MediUutiset (Finland) - Alkoholin vaurioittamat vauvat jäävät ilman diagnoosia
Vain kymmenen prosenttia äidin raskauden aikaisen alkoholinkäytön takia fetaalialkoholioireyhtymän (FAS) saaneista lapsista saa diagnoosin.
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Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - 9.9. muistuttaa yhdeksän kuukauden raittiudesta
Kansainvälisenä FASD-päivänä 9.9. kiinnitetään huomiota raskaudenaikaisen alkoholinkäytön vaaroihin. FASD on uusi lääketieteellinen termi, jolla viitataan lapselle aiheutuneiden vaurioiden kirjoon.
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