Sunday, June 17, 2012

FASD News - 24/2012


The West Australian (Australia) - No alcohol for pregnant women: campaign
A new West Australian campaign is urging pregnant women to say no to alcohol. The campaign, the first of its kind in Australia, is aimed at women of child-bearing age who consume low to moderate amounts of alcohol.
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Herald.ie (Ireland) - Mayor wants to test babies in poor areas for alcohol
DUBLIN’S mayor wants children to be tested for their mum’s alcohol use during pregnancy. The call by Lord Mayor Andrew Montague sparked anger among campaigners. In a suprise move, Mr Montague wants to screen children in disadavantaged areas for foetal alcohol syndrome.
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WBNG-TV (USA) - Drug Use During Pregnancy On The Rise
Town of Dickinson, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) An increasing number of drug dependent mothers are showing up at area hospitals. This is according to the Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network.
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Eurekalert - New open-access journal fills niche for addictions research
A new open-access journal dedicated to international perspectives on substance use and addictions research was launched at the annual meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol.
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SFU - FASD youth ill-equipped for legal system – grad
In Canadian criminal law, a suspect’s confession to police almost always ensures the Crown will file charges, charge “high” and make the confession central to its case.
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Education Weekly (New Zealand) - FASD: “It is an invisible disability,” says mother
Lisa Smith’s adopted son Aaron has Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. But the fact the New Zealand government barely recognises his disability makes it very difficult for families and schools to know how to manage children affected by this type of brain damage.
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RESOURCES
Do2Learn – A resource for individuals with special needs
Do2learn provides thousands pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
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Brightening Connections - 3 Tips To Put Your FASD Child’s “Fight” Response To Calm
Is your child hyper-vigilant and inflexible to change? As guest expert for MOFAS’ Virtual Family Center on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, I gave parents of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) three ideas for calming distress.
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MediciNet - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Glossary of Terms
Abnormal: Not normal. Deviating from the usual structure, position, condition, or behavior. In referring to a growth, abnormal may mean that it is cancerous or premalignant (likely to become cancer).
RESEARCH
AOGS - Alcohol prevention in Swedish antenatal care: effectiveness and perceptions of the Risk Drinking project counseling model
An expanded counseling model implemented in Swedish antenatal care did not reduce the proportion of women who continued drinking during pregnancy in comparison with a previous counseling model, although the advice provided in the new model was perceived more favorably.
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Journal of Population Therapeutics - The History of Alcoholic Fetopathies
During this time he noted the effects of parental alcoholism on offspring outcome. Here we publish his personal account of researching the cause of a strange dystrophy around the 1960's with certain children and alcoholism in their mothers.
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Journal of Population Therapeutics - The First Description of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by French Pediatrician Paul Lemoine
Dr. Lemoine’s account demonstrates how much knowledge about the toxic fetal effects of alcohol was published and known in Europe in the early 1900’s, half a century before it became public knowledge and a public health issue.
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Alcohol - Prenatal ethanol exposure leads to greater ethanol-induced appetitive reinforcement
Prenatal ethanol significantly heightens later alcohol consumption, but the mechanisms that underlie this phenomenon are poorly understood. Little is known about the basis of ‘this effect of prenatal ethanol on the sensitivity to ethanol’s reinforcing effects. One possibility is that prenatal ethanol exposure makes subjects more sensitive to the appetitive effects of ethanol or less sensitive to ethanol’s aversive consequences.
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