Sunday, September 18, 2011

FASD News - 37/2011

FemaleFirst.co.uk - Alcohol in pregnancy causes 'most common form of learning disability'
A new research paper has assessed the impact on learning of children suffering from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and it provides a wake-up call to the consequences of drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.
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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.
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BBC News (UK) - Pregnant pause at Aberdeen flash gathering
A flash mob to highlight fetal alcohol problems has taken place in Aberdeen city centre.
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EMC Kingston (Canada) - A resounding reminder of the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Who better to help ring a bell to raise awareness about any worthwhile cause than the city's own Town Crier, Chris Whyman. Wyman, bell in hand, joined a room full of people at Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health as they rang bells to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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WVNS (USA) - Born Addicted: Approximately 1 out of 5 W.Va. Babies Born With Drugs in System
Instead of spending the first few weeks or months in the comfort of their new home, many West Virginia babies start their lives in an intensive care unit, withdrawing from drugs.
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Kingston This Week (Canada) - New interventions for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Until the last child is born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, bells will continue to toll around the world at 9:09 a.m. on September 9 to mark International FASD Awareness Day and the importance of abstaining from alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy.
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Independent Online (South Africa) - Hope for alcohol syndrome babies
For the first time, many South African babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) will be diagnosed at birth – giving them a far better chance at getting help.
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NewsPoint Africa (South Africa) – EXPERTS acknowledge 4000 new cases fas every year says report
Foetal alcohol syndrome is a severe birth defect that makes infants mentally retarded along with episodes of facial and neural abnormalities as well as malformations of other body parts. The health condition is believed to be triggered by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
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Austin American-Statesman (USA) - State office, advocates seek screening of all pregnant women for alcohol use
A state health office and advocates announced Friday that they are seeking universal screening of all pregnant Texas women and "brief intervention for alcohol use" to prevent a widespread but little-known disability.
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EurActiv (EU) - Combat alcohol abuse with mandatory labels, EU urged
Policymakers gathered in Brussels this week to discuss the risks posed by alcohol abuse to unborn children urged the EU to introduce mandatory warning labels on bottles and cans.
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South Wales Argus (Wales) - Mums-to-be tell of dangers of boozing while pregnant
MUMS-to-be joined NHS staff in Newport yesterday to highlight the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant.
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Independent Online - Just one drink can harm your unborn baby
Friday (September 9, 2011) is International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Awareness Day and the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) is urging expecting mothers not to drink alcohol while pregnant.
UPCOMING EVENTS
2ND International SAFFrance Colloquium, 15- 16 December 2011, Strasbourg
The second international conference of SAFFrance to be organised on the 15th and 16th of December in Strasbourg is linked to the first conference organised in the Senate in September 2009 to which the higher head of state participated.
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Live webcast – September 28, 2011 (9 -11am MST) – Talking with Women about Alcohol and Pregnancy
Christine Urqhart, Co-Founder, Change Talk Associates This session will address FASD prevention in relation to how we communicate with pregnant women and women in their childbearing years along the continuum of risk.
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MATERIALS:
2011 Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Poster Competition Abstracts
Held on September 13, 2011 - Prince Edward Island
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Learn more about signs, treatments, and what you can do about FASDs.
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Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research Awards Research Grants
The Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research (CFFAR) today announced its fourth round of grants awarded for the research, prevention and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Dr. Louise Nadeau, Professor at the Université de Montréal and Scientific Director of the Centre Dollard-Cormier, University Institute on Dependencies and Ian Faris, President and CEO of the Brewers Association of Canada (BAC) made the announcement.
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RESEARCH:
A Differential Approach for Examining the Behavioural Phenotype of Fetal Alcohol Research Disorders
2006, Nash and colleagues published results suggesting that individual items from the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) could be used as a screening tool that was highly sensitive in differentiating children with FASD from controls and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
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A Need for Closer Examination of FASD by the Criminal Justice System: Has the Call Been Answered?
Individuals with FASD exhibit deficits in many domains that can include memory, learning, behavioural inhibition, executive functioning, interpersonal skills, and language. These deficits have serious implications for affected persons when they become engaged in the legal system.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES:
STERN.DE (Germany) - Für immer geschädigt
In Deutschland kommen jedes Jahr mehrere tausend Babys mit Alkoholschäden zur Welt, weil ihre Mütter während der Schwangerschaft getrunken haben. Die Kinder sind oft unterentwickelt, verhaltensauffällig und lernen nicht so schnell wie Gleichaltrige - so wie Michael Resch, für den seine Kindheit eine Qual war.
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Opoka (Poland) - Międzynarodowy Dzień FAS i konferencja w Lędzinach
W dniu 9 września obchodzony jest po raz 11 Światowy Dzień FAS. Płodowy Zespół Alkoholowy (ang. FAS: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) jest zespołem uszkodzeń organizmu i związanych z tym zaburzeń rozwoju u dzieci matek pijących alkohol w czasie ciąży. W USA ten syndrom znany jest od 1973 r. W najbliższy poniedziałek, 12 września odbędzie się w Lędzinach konferencja naukowa „FASD (poalkoholowe spektrum wrodzonych zaburzeń rozwojowych a inne zaburzenia rozwojowe".
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Deutsches Ärzteblatt (Germany) - Drogenbeauftragte: Gynäkologen sollen schwangere Mädchen vor Alkoholkonsums warnen
Schätzungsweise 10.000 Kinder mit einer Form der Fetalen Alkoholspektrum-Störung (FASD) werden in jedem Jahr in Deutschland geboren. Damit ist FASD die häufigste angeborene Behinderung in diesem Land.
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Salon Seudun Sanomat (Finland) - 9.9. muistuttaa yhdeksän kuukauden raittiudesta
Perjantaina vietetään kansainvälistä FASD-päivää. Päivämäärä 9.9. muistuttaa odottavan äidin yhdeksän kuukauden raittiudesta. Kun odottava äiti juo alkoholia, juo kohdussa oleva lapsikin. Alkoholi on kuitenkin myrkky, jota sikiön elimistö ei pysty käsittelemään. Vaikeimmillaan alkoholi voi aiheuttaa syntyvälle lapselle syvän kehitysvamman.
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Libero-News.it (Italy) – Pediatria Iss rischi da alcol nel pancione per oltre 7 neonati su 100
Divieto assoluto di bere alcol per le donne in gravidanza. Ma in Italia 7,6 neonati su 100 corrono il rischio di un'esposizione ai danni della sindrome fetoalcolica.
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Noticias Médicas (Spain) - El 25% de mujeres españolas aún bebe alcohol en el embarazo a pesar de las graves consecuencias para el bebé
La importancia de los trastornos derivados del consumo abusivo de bebidas alcohólicas afecta a de 2 a 4 bebés nacidos, según el Parlamente Europeo.
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