Sunday, January 22, 2012

FASD News - 3/2012


Medical News Today - No Safe Level Of Alcohol During Pregnancy
The authors of a study published online on Tuesday that was designed to overcome the difficulties of obtaining accurate and reliable data in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome research, say their findings reinforce the warning that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
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Edmonton Journal (Canada) - Justice system struggles to deal with fetal alcohol disorder
Since the Alberta government launched its 10-year plan on FASD five years ago — a strategy with heavy emphasis on screening and education — more offenders are coming to court already diagnosed with FASD, and the justice system is struggling to find the most effective ways to deal with them.
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Daily Mail - Mothers warned drinking during seventh to 12th week of pregnancy puts unborn babies at highest risk of foetal alcohol syndrome
Drinking regularly during pregnancy is known to increase the odds of having children with foetal alcohol syndrome. However, scientists have now found that the risk to a woman's baby is highest if they consume alcohol in the seventh to 12th week.
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AngolaPress (Angola) - Sociologist warns about alcohol consumption during pregnancy
The sociologist Maria Fernanda Nguenda, on Tuesday here criticised pregnant women that  consume alcoholic drinks, putting at risk their own health and their babies, ANGOP has learnt.
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MyHealthNewsDaily (Denmark) - 1-2 Drinks a Week Can Raise Miscarriage Risk
Drinking even a small amount of alcohol could increase the risk of miscarriage during the first four months of pregnancy, a new study from Denmark suggests.
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MedicalXpress (USA) - SDSU researchers develop an assessment tool to identify birth defects
Researchers with the National Children’s Study at South Dakota State University, in collaboration with Dr. H. Eugene Hoyme, chief academic officer at Sanford Health and president and senior scientist for Sanford Research/University of South Dakota, are working to develop a standardized assessment tool that would be used to identify birth defects in infants.
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MATERIALS and BLOGS
Empowering Front-Line Staff and Families Through a Collection of Lived Experiences
NAT member Anne Guarasci and colleagues at the College of New Caledonia have developed a resource for front-line workers who work with women who have FASD or FASD behaviours and characteristics.
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POPFASD - 2 New eLearning Videos featuring Kim Barthel
There are two new eLearning videos available on the POPFASD website.  In the first video, Kim Barthel speaks about the "Brain and FASD" and in the second video, she discusses the "Theory of Attachment". The videos are excerpts from the 2009 POPFASD District Partner Meeting in Richmond, B.C.
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Daysofwanderandgrace - O’Malley on ADHD in FASD
Chapter 4 of Kieran O’Malley’s ADHD and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is the most comprehensive research-based discussion I’ve found about the unique challenges ADHD poses in FASD. It was published in 2007, so there is more recent research than O’Malley reviews here.
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Urban Servant - FASD: Not Diagnosed and Identified to The Legal System......
Yesterday at the Legal Aspects of FASD seminar Hon. Anthony P. Wartnick quoted these two sources... There is a fundamental principle of juvenile and adult criminal law which is this. "The treatment of criminal offenders as rational, autonomous and choosing agents is a fundamental organizing principle of our criminal law."
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RESEARCH
Alcoholism - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Patterns and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects and Growth Deficiencies: A Prospective Study
The physical features of fetal alcohol syndrome include smooth philtrum, thin vermillion border, short palpebral fissures, microcephaly, and growth deficiencies on weight and height. However, little is known about the specific quantities of alcohol exposure, pattern of drinking, timing of exposure, and magnitude of risk for each of these features.
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Alcohol and Alcoholism - Placental Hypoxia and Foetal Development Versus Alcohol Exposure in Pregnancy
To examine the causes of variability in the effect of maternal drinking on the foetus, with particular reference to the pattern, frequency and duration of the period of drinking, differences in maternal, foetal and placental metabolism of ethanol/acetaldehyde, and genetic factors.
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International Journal of Epidemiology - Moderate alcohol intake during pregnancy and risk of fetal death
Even low amounts of alcohol consumption during early pregnancy increased the risk of spontaneous abortion substantially. The results indicate that the fetus is particularly susceptible to alcohol exposure early in pregnancy.
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The American Journal of Occupational Therapy - Neurocognitive Habilitation Therapy for Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Adaptation of the Alert Program
The authors carried out a neurocognitive habilitation group therapy with the goal of  increasing self-regulation in kids with FASD. The therapy consisted of a 12 week program using techniques adapted from the Alert Program, in which children learn to identify their state of regulation by recognizing when they are over-aroused (their engine is running “too high”), under-aroused (their engine is running “too low”), or at an optimal state of alertness (their engine is running “just right”).
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
AGI - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy) - Alcol: dopo 7 settimane di gravidanza a rischio feto
Bere regolarmente durante la gravidanza aumenta le probabilita' di avere figli con sindrome feto-alcolica. Tuttavia, un gruppo di scienziati statunitensi ha ora dimostrato che il rischio per il bambino aumenta se la mamma consuma alcool dalla settima alla dodicesima settimana.
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Healthylives (Netherlands) - Ook een beetje alcohol slecht tijdens de zwangerschap
Dat het drinken van alcohol tijdens de zwangerschap ernstige gevolgen kan hebben voor je ongeboren baby is bekend. Toch denken sommige zwangere vrouwen dat het drinken van af en toe een glaasje alcohol geen kwaad kan.
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