Sunday, March 31, 2013

FASD News - 12/2013


NEWS and ARTICLES
BBC (UK) - Oxford trust publishes alcohol-related foetus disorder guidelines
A charity has published recommendations for medical staff to tackle a foetal disorder caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
Hibbing Daily Tribune (USA) - County program helps fight fetal alcohol syndrome
A St. Louis County program that assists pregnant women addicted to alcohol or other drugs received some national attention this winter.
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune (Canada) - New mobile clinic for Grande Prairie FASD
Those dealing with, or who have a child dealing with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) now have better access to services with the addition of a mobile program offered by the North West FASD Service Network.
Science Network (Australia) - Population based study provides new alcohol and pregnancy data
BOTH Indigenous and non-Indigenous children of mothers with an alcohol-use disorder have the same risk of intellectual disability, a Curtin University study has found.
ABC (Australia) - Drinking during pregnancy affecting development in Gippsland's Indigenous children
The negative effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy are showing up in Indigenous children in Gippsland says Michael Moyle, one of the speakers at a recent Indigenous Health Forum in Inverloch. He was speaking about his experience with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD.
Mother Nature Network - Light drinking while pregnant could lower baby's IQ
Bad news for moms-to-be: Drinking even a few alcoholic beverages per week during pregnancy could lower a baby's IQ by a few points, a new study has found.

UPCOMING
University of Alaska - FASD: Best Practices in the Last Frontier
The Arctic FASD Regional Training Center and the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services invite you to attend the 2013 conference on FASDs: FASD: Best Practices in the Last Frontier.
CAPHC - A Novel Screening Test for the Behavioral Phenotype of FASD
The NST is a simple pen and paper questionnaire, which is based on 10 individual items representing common areas of parent reported behavioural concerns in children with FASD. It is intended to be used as a brief screening instrument as part of a diagnostic interview conducted by a psychologist, in a variety of settings. Join us For a Webinar on April 19, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Girls Action Foundation - GIRLS ACTION ON GIRLS AND HEALTHY LIVING (Infographic)
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Social Marketing Campaign

RESEARCH
PLOS - Violence against People with Disability in England and Wales: Findings from a National Cross-Sectional Survey
The recent World Report on Disability highlighted violence as a leading cause of morbidity among disabled people. However, we know little about the extent to which people with disability experience different violence types, and associated health/economic costs. The recent introduction of disability measures into the England&Wales victimization survey provided an opportunity to address this gap.
PLOS - Alcohol Production as an Adaptive Livelihood Strategy for Women Farmers in Tanzania and Its Potential for Unintended Consequences on Women’s Reproductive Health
Although women occupy a central position in agriculture in many developing countries, they face numerous constraints to achieving their full potential including unequal access to assets and limited decision-making authority.
Alcoholism - Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Delays the Onset of Spermatogenesis in the Rat
During late prenatal and early postnatal life, the reproductive system in males undergoes an extensive series of physiological and morphological changes.
Maternal and Child Health Journal - Prevalence and Correlates of Drinking in Early Pregnancy Among Women who Stopped Drinking on Pregnancy Recognition
Women most at risk for drinking and binge drinking in early pregnancy were younger in age and exhibited risky drinking behaviour prior to pregnancy. A targeted intervention to reduce the risk for an alcohol exposed pregnancy is warranted for sexually active younger women in New Zealand and elsewhere.

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