Sunday, October 14, 2012

FASD News - 41/2012


NEWS and ARTICLES
Medical Xpress - Delayed auditory processing found in fetal alcohol syndrome
Preschool children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) display delays in auditory processing, which may serve as a useful neural marker of information processing difficulties, according to research published in the October issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Northern News Services - Assessment team working to identify fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
One NWT family has been very straightforward with its adopted children as they cope with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The mother of that family, whose name will be withheld in this story for privacy reasons, said she and her family have always been communicative about the disorder, its cause and its impact on their lives.
Patch.com (USA) - County Considering Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Warning Signs
More than 20 years ago, the Hillsborough County Commission adopted what was called the "Hillsborough County Alcoholic Beverage Public Awareness Ordinance," which required all establishments that serve alcoholic beverages to post a visible health warning sign on the premises.
Health24.com (South Africa) - FAS prevalence underestimated in South Africa
“The 15th October is National FAS Day and is an opportunity to once again highlight the incidence of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in South Africa and the need for urgent, effective educational programmes to combat the problem.
The New Age Online (South Africa) - Alcohol study with kids at advanced stage
A three-year research study into the prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) among primary school pupils in Kimberley’s two communities of Roodepan and Galeshewe is at an advanced stage.
Womens Health and Urban Life - Decolonizing Policy Discourse: Reframing the ‘Problem’ of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
In this paper, we examine how Canadian federal policy discourse on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) frames the ‘problem’ of alcohol use and FASD in gendered and colonial ways that marginalize the needs of women.
Fassy.org (Australia) - Austrailan National advisory body urges government and service providers to take action to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) has today released its Position Paper: Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia, and is calling on government and health and related services to implement several recommendations to combat this preventable condition and to support sufferers and their families.

RESOURCES
Anspear - My Name is Sam
My Name is Sam is an introduction to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders developed by the FASD Trust. It contains a story book for children and a guidance section for parents and carers.

RESEARCH
Alcoholism - Fetal Alcohol-Related Growth Restriction from Birth through Young Adulthood and Moderating Effects of Maternal Prepregnancy Weight
Fetal alcohol-related growth restriction persists through infancy, but its impact later in life is less clear. Animal studies have demonstrated important roles for maternal nutrition in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the impact of prenatal maternal body composition has not been studied in humans.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Eindhovens Dagblad (Netherlands) - Drinkende moeder makkelijk ontmaskerd
DEN HAAG - Uit de allereerste ontlasting van baby's valt af te leiden of de moeder tijdens de zwangerschap alcohol heeft gedronken. Onderzoekers van het Erasmus MC in Rotterdam hebben hiervoor de zogeheten meconiumtest ontwikkeld, vernoemd naar de donkergroene, plakkerige ontlasting van pasgeborenen.
Centrum Prasowe (Poland) - I Ty możesz przeciwdziałać FAS. Zobacz, jakie to proste!
Kompania Piwowarska i Fundacja FASTRYGA poszerzają zasięg kampanii społecznej „W ciąży nie piję alkoholu”, promującej wiedzę o FAS (Płodowym Zespole Alkoholowym). Organizatorzy przygotowali materiały edukacyjne na temat zagrożeń wynikających z picia alkoholu w czasie ciąży.

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