Sunday, September 2, 2012

FASD News - 35/2012


COMING UP
EUFASD - 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.

NEWS
RedOrbit - Eye Movement Research Could Help Diagnose Neurological Disorders
USC-led team has designed a low-cost, easily-deployed method for detecting ADHD, Parkinson’s, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Researchers at the University of Southern California have devised a method for detecting certain neurological disorders through the study of eye movements.
World Socialist Web Site (South Africa) - Rising incidence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a range of permanent birth defects caused by the maternal intake of alcohol. The term Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is applied to children at the severe end of the spectrum. South Africa’s Western Cape and Northern Cape Provinces have the highest FAS prevalence in the world.
Doctors Lounge - Variation Noted in Pattern of Alcohol-Related Birth Defects
Exposure to alcohol early in pregnancy produces a pattern of facial and brain defects that can vary greatly depending on the time of exposure, according to an experimental study published online Aug. 22 in PLoS One.
Sky News (Australia) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome under spotlight
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome came under the spotlight this week after the Federal Government announced new funding for programs targeting the problem.
Ministry of Children and Family Development (Canada) - New online tools boost FASD awareness in B.C.
To kick off Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention and Support Month, the B.C. government is launching an awareness campaign with new online tools and an interactive quiz to get people of all ages involved.

SEPTEMBER 9
CDC - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
September 9th is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Awareness Day. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASDs. Read about Melissa’s experience with alcohol use during pregnancy. Information about the new FASD app is also provided.
GEMS (South Africa) - International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day, 9 September 2012
Many mothers are not aware that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol during pregnancy can be harmful to their unborn baby. Alcohol may be toxic to the foetus and can cause a number of health problems for both the mother and the unborn child including spontaneous abortion, premature labour, stillbirth and foetal alcohol syndrome, which is a variety of different birth defects.

MATERIALS
Barry Carpenter Education - Information for parents, carers and professionals
FASD is a direct result of prenatal alcohol exposure and can be completely eliminated if pregnant women do not drink alcohol.

RESEARCH
NHS - Gross motor performance in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and following “moderate” to “heavy” levels of prenatal alcohol exposure: a systematic review
What is the prevalence of gross motor impairment in children 18 years or younger with a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or exposed to "moderate" to "heavy" levels of alcohol prenatally?
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse - A Review of Evidence-Based Approaches for Reduction of Alcohol Consumption in Native Women Who Are Pregnant or of Reproductive Age
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are the leading preventable cause of developmental disabilities in the United States and likely throughout the world. FASDs can be prevented by avoiding alcohol use during pregnancy; however, efforts to prevent risky alcohol consumption in women of childbearing potential have not been universally successful.
PLOS - Ethanol-Induced Face-Brain Dysmorphology Patterns Are Correlative and Exposure-Stage Dependent
Prenatal ethanol exposure is the leading preventable cause of congenital mental disability. Whereas a diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) requires identification of a specific pattern of craniofacial dysmorphology, most individuals with behavioral and neurological sequelae of heavy prenatal ethanol exposure do not exhibit these defining facial characteristics.
Alcoholism - Effects of Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Iron Deficiency Anemia on Child Growth and Body Composition through Age 9 Years
Prenatal alcohol exposure has been associated with pre- and postnatal growth restriction, but little is known about the natural history of this restriction throughout childhood or the effects of prenatal alcohol on body composition.
Alcohol and Alcoholism - Maternal Alcohol Use during Pregnancy, Birth Weight and Early Behavioral Outcomes
To examine the effect of maternal alcohol use during pregnancy on infant behavioral outcomes and birth weight, and to investigate the differential susceptibility of infant behavioral outcomes and birth weight to prenatal alcohol exposure.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Новостной проект INFOX.ru (Russia) - Нервные расстройства определят по глазам
Оценить неврологическое состояние человека можно без трудоемких тестов. Для этого достаточно отследить движения его глаз при просмотре телевизора.

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