Monday, February 6, 2012

FASD News - 5/2012


USA TODAY - Study: No alcohol intake safe during pregnancy
It's known that drinking during pregnancy leaves babies vulnerable to a spectrum of abnormalities called fetal alcohol syndrome. Now, a new study pinpoints the latter half of the first trimester as a critical time in the development of some of the syndrome's most telling physical characteristics.
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Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News (South Africa) - 0% alcohol is best for pregnancy - WHO 
A Worcester-based alcohol syndrome organisation on Friday urged pregnant women not to drink any alcohol as doing so may cause brain damage. The World Health Organisation (WHO) pin-pointed the Western Cape as having the highest number of children who have fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in the world.
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CBS Local - New Study Reveals More Problems With Drinking During Pregnancy
A new study released this week reveals the hidden dangers of women who drink alcohol while pregnant.
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MyNorthwest.com - Colton Harris-Moore's attorney says emails are examples of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome behavior
After emails and phone calls from Colton Harris-Moore, also known as the "Barefoot Bandit," ridiculing police were released, his attorney John Henry Browne responded saying this is a classic example of behavior seen in people diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
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Elliot Lake Standard (Canada) - Solutions exist for fetal alcohol related crimes: lawyer
More grandmothers are needed in the lives of those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, says lawyer and advocate David Boulding.
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WA today (Australia) - Pregnant women 'ignoring alcohol warnings'
Women are continuing to place their unborn children at risk by drinking while pregnant, health experts have told a federal parliamentary inquiry.
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The North West Star (Australia) - Don't poison your baby, don't drink
MOUNT Isa is the perfect environment for a health disorder that condemns children to a life of misery and often jail, but which is 100 per cent preventable.
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Wall Street Journal - Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy
In the sixth to 12th week of pregnancy, a fetus's bones, brain and central nervous system are forming. Buds blossom into arms and legs, and internal organs start to function. A face with eyelids, lips and other features appears.
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MATERIALS
Fetal Alcohol Forum – Issue 6 December 2011
NOFAS-UK have published Issue 6, 2011 of their newsletter.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Understanding the Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in the United States has recently released a 6-page summary called  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Understanding the Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. It summarizes the latest research on the full spectrum of alcohol-related developmental disorders, new diagnostic tools that can detect these disorders, and promising interventions and treatment options.
Pregnancy and Alcohol Brochure for Aboriginal Families
Best Start Resource Centre in Ontario has released a new brochure for Aboriginal women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy and their families on pregnancy and alcohol.
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COMING UP
Managing Difficult Behaviour in FASD Children in the Community

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Food Holland (Netherlands) - Schippers voor zelfregulering logo alcohol en zwangerschap op fles
Minister Schippers van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport (VWS) gaat inventariseren of het mogelijk is een logo alcohol en zwangerschap op flessen alcoholische dranken via zelfregulering in te voeren. Schippers antweoord dat op vragen vanuit de Tweede Kamer.

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