Sunday, April 15, 2012

FASD News - 15/2012


NEWS AND ARTICLES
Kenai Peninsula Online (USA) - FASD receives state, national attention
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are gaining widespread attention due to an Alaska Senate Bill and a national act introduced by four United States senators, including Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich.
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NECN (USA) - Bill letting judges consider FASD passes Senate
A bill that would allow Alaska judges to consider fetal alcohol spectrum disorders during sentencing has unanimously passed the Senate.
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Herald Sun (Australia) - Alcohol ‘should carry clear warnings'
ALCOHOL bottles should carry clear labels warning women of the detrimental effect drinking can have on unborn babies, a parliamentary hearing has been told.
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Asbury Park Press (USA) - Pregnant Pause Baby Fair to Prevent Developmental Disabilities
The Family Resource Network, in partnership with Community Medical Center, will hold its annual Pregnant Pause Baby Fair on Sunday, April 22nd to celebrate healthy pregnancies by educating expecting parents about the importance of an alcohol free pregnancy.
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St. Catharines Standard (Canada) – Should moms who deliver FAS kids be sterilized?
Destroying yourself with alcohol is one thing. Destroying an innocent fetus by excessive use of alcohol is maternal madness. Yet every year alcohol-riddled babies are born in this country suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
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Yukon News - Caring for people with FASD: from joy to pure ‘hell’
“Back in the ‘70s there was nothing on paper to tell you how to take care of a child like this,” said Jenny, who has written a book about her experiences raising a child with FASD.
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Chicago Tribune - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
It has been two years since a Tennessee mom sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Russia with a note that read: "I no longer wish to parent this child." While no definitive diagnosis ever was made public, the boy was thought to suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
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Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (Australia) - A holistic approach: preventing and managing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A public hearing to explore different aspects of preventing and managing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder will be held in Sydney this Friday (13 April 2012).
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COMING UP
The University of British Columbia - Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: It's a Matter of Justice
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. Are we adequately addressing and supporting the needs and rights of adolescents and adults with FASD within our society?
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MATERIALS
CAMH (Canada) - The Economic Impact of FAS and FASD
The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature related to the measurement of the economic impact of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in different countries and to categorize the available literature.
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RESEARCH
Alcoholism - Delays in Auditory Processing Identified in Preschool Children with FASD
Auditory delay revealed by MEG in children with FASDs may prove to be a useful neural marker of information processing difficulties in young children with prenatal alcohol exposure. The fact that delayed auditory responses were observed across the FASD spectrum suggests that it may be a sensitive measure of alcohol-induced brain damage. Therefore, this measure in conjunction with other clinical tools may prove useful for early identification of alcohol affected children, particularly those without dysmorphia.
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Alcoholism - Selenium or Selenium Plus Folic Acid–Supplemented Diets Ameliorate Renal Oxidation in Ethanol-Exposed Pups
Ethanol (EtOH) exposure during gestation and lactation induces an oxidative stress in offspring. In kidney, the oxidative damage is the primary pathway to alcohol-induced injury. In this study, we have demonstrated that a diet supplemented with selenium (Se) (0.5 ppm) or with Se (0.5 ppm) + folic acid (8 ppm) administered to EtOH-exposed (20% v/v) dams during gestation and lactation prevents the oxidative EtOH-provoked effects in their offspring's kidneys.
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Alcoholism - Alcohol Consumption Among Pregnant Women in a Swedish Sample and Its Effects on the Newborn Outcomes
The sample comprised 2,264 women from a Swedish antenatal clinic. Retrospective self-report data were collected on alcohol consumption before and during pregnancy, using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), and on nicotine use.
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Alcoholism - Opposing Actions of Ethanol and Nicotine on MicroRNAs are Mediated by Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Fetal Cerebral Cortical–Derived Neural Progenitor Cells
EtOH and nicotine exert mutually antagonistic, nAChR-mediated effects on teratogen-sensitive miRNAs in fetal NSCs. These data suggest that concurrent exposure to EtOH and nicotine disrupts miRNA regulatory networks that are important for NSC maturation.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Kyffhäuser Nachrichten (Germany) - ALKOHOL IN DER SCHWANGERSCHAFT?
Sie sind lieb, sie sind süß, aber auch distanzlos, zerstörerisch, aggressiv, nicht zu bändigen, locken in uns Mutterinstinkte hervor… und treiben uns manchmal an den Rand der Verzweiflung“. Was soll bloß aus ihnen werden, werden sie jemals erwachsen, d.h. können wir sie allein leben lassen...? Ein Gastbeitrag von Dr. Heike Hoff-Emden...

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