Sunday, December 23, 2012

FASD News - 51/2012


Regina Leader-Post (Canada) - Professor analysing FASD data
A University of Regina instructor hopes her research will lead to better ways of interacting with those affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Society 'will feel impact' of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A First Nations leader said fetal alcohol spectrum disorder — also known as FASD — is an "alarming" problem amongst Canada's Aboriginal population.
Shoreline Beacon (Canada) - Campaign warns against prenatal drink consumption
The Grey Bruce Health Unit and Fetal Alcohol Neurobehavioral Leadership Group have launched a coaster campaign to remind those indulging in holiday libations of the negative effects of alcohol on a developing fetus.
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Women reveal the cost of their drinking in documentary
New Zealand women reveal the cost of their drinking in documentary. “I didn’t realise my baby was as drunk as a skunk,” says Jackie, a married Hawke’s Bay mother of three, talking about the effect drinking while she was pregnant has had on her young son.
San Francisco Chronicle (USA) - SD program aims to curb fetal alcohol syndrome
South Dakota's largest medical facility and the Oglala Sioux Tribe have announced a partnership to expand a program aimed at preventing fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol-related problems affecting Native American children by intervening before their mothers become pregnant.

RESOURCES and VIDEOS
FASD Think Tank - Over 100 Holiday Strategies for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Supporting yourself and your family
Holidays are a tough time for our kids. We may place pressure on ourselves to try to make holidays perfect. What matters is family and love and learning to live and appreciate each other for our unique gifts.
NOFAS - Nicholas (age 9) on living with FASD
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) community.
NOFAS - Nancy Roget on FASD - Frontier Regional FASD Training Center
The National Benefit Authority - CARING FOR A BABY WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a health condition that is caused when women ingest alcohol during pregnancy, has been Disability Living’s topic of discussion for the past week.'

UPCOMING
Government of Alberta - FASD Learning Series 2012-13
FASD Trust Event Calendar - UK

RESEARCH
ScienceAlerts - Global Functional Connectivity Abnormalities in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Previous studies, including those employing diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), have revealed significant disturbances in the white matter of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Alcoholism - Approaching the Prevalence of the Full Spectrum of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in a South African Population-Based Study
The prevalence and characteristics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) were determined in this fourth study of first-grade children in a South African community.
Alcoholism - Imbalanced Synaptic Plasticity Induced Spatial Cognition Impairment in Male Offspring Rats Treated with Chronic Prenatal Ethanol Exposure
As chronic prenatal ethanol (EtOH) exposure (CPEE) may cause deficiencies in a variety of behavioral and cognitive functions, the aim of present study is to investigate the effects of CPEE on spatial learning and memory and examine the action of CPEE on synaptic plasticity balance in the hippocampus of adolescent male rats.
Sanford Research - Study to curb alcohol-exposed pregnancies receives funding
A Sanford Research initiative to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEP) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in American Indian communities has been granted funding of more than $800,000 by the National Institutes of Health.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany) - Eine vermeidbare Behinderung
Jährlich werden nach Angaben der Berliner Charité 10.000 Kinder in Deutschland geboren, die am Fetalen Alkoholsyndrom, kurz FASD, leiden. Es entsteht, wenn Mütter in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol trinken.
Heilpraxisnet.de (Germany) - Neue Leitlinie zur Diagnose des Fetalen Alkoholsyndroms vorgestellt
Das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom ist mit jährlich zwischen 2.000 und 4.000 betroffenen Neugeborenen die häufigste angeborene Behinderung in Deutschland, berichte die Drogenbeauftragte der Bundesregierung. Eine neue Leitlinie soll nun die Diagnose von Alkoholschäden bei Kindern deutlich erleichtern.

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