Sunday, June 3, 2012

FASD News - 22/2012


NEWS and ARTICLES
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) - Province to double FASD clinic space
The province will double the capacity of a successful Winnipeg fetal alcohol spectrum disorder support program, while boosting efforts to diagnose the condition in rural and northern communities.
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Montreal Gazette (Canada) - Video game helps students with fetal alcohol disorder
Playing video games isn't often seen as the healthiest pastime for young people, but a new educational game is helping re-train the brains of students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a University of Alberta professor says.
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The Oxford Times (UK) - Avoid alcohol and keep babies safe
A MOTHER who says her adopted daughter is ‘living proof of the dangers of drinking’ has appealed for people to take a few booze-free days to help boost her charity’s coffers.
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Newswise (USA) - New Report Shows More Than One in Five Pregnant White Women Smoke Cigarettes
A new report shows that 21.8 percent of pregnant White women aged 15 to 44 currently (within the past 30 days) smoked cigarettes.
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HealthCanal.com (Australia) - Alcohol's impact on babies - UN looks at Australian experience
An Australian film depicting the life of a young boy exposed to alcohol during his mother's pregnancy was shown at the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday.
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Alexandria Times (USA) - NOFAS MATERNITY FASHION SHOW RAISES AWARENESS OF FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME
The women walking the runway at the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s weekend fundraiser at a private residence on the Potomac were doing more than trotting out the latest fashions; they were showcasing healthy pregnancies.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: One Woman’s Story
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Read about one woman's experience with FASDs. Information about new tools and resources you can use is also provided.
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FARE (Australia) - LIES EXPOSED AS INDUSTRY FRONTS FASD INQUIRY
A detailed analysis of the alcohol industry’s submissions to a Parliamentary Inquiry has exposed a raft of false, misleading and unfounded claims.
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MATERIALS
Indian Country Today Media Network.com (USA) - New Parenting Curriculum Supports Native Families with FASD
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) has released a new parenting curriculum focused on supporting American Indian families where fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is suspected. Gifts from the Sacred Circle: A Native Traditional Parenting Curriculum for Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is now available through Hazelden Publishing.
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ARCC Society - Non-judgmental solutions for addiction and FASD
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CDC - CDC Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Application
This application has been designed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as a way for users to access the latest information related to alcohol and pregnancy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)!
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RESEARCH
Medical Xpress - Examining adaptive abilities in children with prenatal alcohol exposure and/or ADHD
Prenatal exposure to alcohol often results in disruption to the brain's cognitive and behavioral domains, which include executive function (EF) and adaptive functioning.
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Journal of Perinatology - Prenatal alcohol exposure, blood alcohol concentrations and alcohol elimination rates for the mother, fetus and newborn
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a common cause of intellectual impairment and birth defects. More recently, prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) has been found to be a risk factor for fetal mortality, stillbirth and infant and child mortality.
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Biological Psychiatry - Male Germline Transmits Fetal Alcohol Adverse Effect on Hypothalamic Proopiomelanocortin Gene Across Generations
Neurons containing proopiomelanocortin (POMC)-derived peptides, known to control stress axis, metabolic, and immune functions, have a lower function in patients with a family history of alcoholism, raising the possibility that alcohol effects on the POMC system may transmit through generations.
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Alcoholism - Persistent Dose-Dependent Changes in Brain Structure in Young Adults with Low-to-Moderate Alcohol Exposure In Utero
Many children with heavy exposure to alcohol in utero display characteristic alterations in brain size and structure. However, the long-term effects of low-to-moderate alcohol exposure on these outcomes are unknown.
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SAMHSA - Substance Use during Pregnancy Varies by Race and Ethnicity
When pregnant women use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, they incur an increased risk for experiencing health problems themselves and poor birth outcomes for their infants. It is important for doctors, nurses, and midwives to discuss the risks of substance use with all pregnant women.
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Alcohol - Postnatal day 7 ethanol treatment causes persistent reductions in adult mouse brain volume and cortical neurons with sex specific effects on neurogene
Ethanol treatment on postnatal day seven (P7) causes robust brain cell death and is a model of late gestational alcohol exposure (Ikonomidou et al., 2000).
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Maternal and Child Health Journal - Prevalence and Correlates of Drinking in Early Pregnancy Among Women who Stopped Drinking on Pregnancy Recognition
Women of child bearing age that regularly drink alcohol are at risk for drinking in early pregnancy. Evidence indicates a majority of women stop alcohol consumption on pregnancy recognition.
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COMING UP
Vorankündigung der 14. FASD Fachtagung 2012
Jedes Jahr werden in Deutschland immer noch 4000 bis 10 000 Menschen mit fetalen Alkoholspektrumsstörungen (FASD) geboren. Die vermeidbare Ursache für diese geistigen und körperlichen Fehlentwicklungen ist Akloholkonsum während der Schwangerschaft. Im Verlauf dieser Fachtagung werden wir Rückschau halten auf 40 Jahre Forschung und Prävention und auf die neuesten Entwicklungen in Forschung und Therapie ..
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Second European Conference on FASD
The European FASD Alliance is pleased to announce the Second European Conference on FASD – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: clinical and biochemical diagnosis, screening and follow-up, which will take place in Barcelona, October 21 to 24, 2012.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Relevant (Germany) - Wie FASD-Kinder ihren Platz in der Gesellschaft finden können
„Es gibt Schüler, die zunächst aufgrund ihres guten verbalen Ausdrucksvermögens einen durchaus intelligenten Eindruck machen, im Unterricht extrem angepasst sind und zuhause den Druck entladen wie ein Dampfkochtopf, dem der Deckel wegfliegt, oder aber in der Klasse total ausflippen, weil die Reizüberflutung zu groß ist“, beschreibt Gisela Michalowski vom FASD Deutschland e.V.
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Welt Online (Germany) - Der kleine Rausch und die fatalen Folgen fürs Kind
Vielen ist die Gefahr nicht bewusst: Wird während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol konsumiert, drohen dem Nachwuchs schwere Behinderungen. Jedes Jahr sind Tausende Kinder betroffen.
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