Sunday, April 14, 2013

FASD News - 14/2013


NEWS and ARTICLES
CBC Toronto (Canada) - Alcohol And Pregnancy
Matt Galloway spoke about an ad campaign on downtown streets, with Gal Koren. He is the president of FASworld Toronto . The ad campaign is spreading awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Standard Digital (Kenya) - Pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix
Have you ever seen a pregnant woman drinking a certain brand of alcohol. Not in the hidden but openly? I have. And the person who was proudly refilling her glass was her husband.
Nanaimo Daily News (Canada) - Signs warn of risk in mixing booze, pregnancy
Nanaimo's liquor-service sector will soon be required to warn patrons about the dangers of mixing alcohol with pregnancy. Nanaimo city council is set to approve a new bylaw mandating liquor-licensed establishments to post warning signs about drinking while pregnant. Restaurants, pubs and liquor stores will have until January to put up the new signage or owners could the risk of facing a $100 fine.
Brandon Sun (USA) - Campaign targets drinking, pregnancy
THE North Point Douglas Women's Centre is trying to get the message out to expectant mothers about the dangers of FASD, one poster at a time.
Adelaide Now (Australia) - Foetal alcohol syndrome linked to binge drinking by mums
YOUNG women who binge drink while pregnant are producing a new wave of school children with learning difficulties, experts say.
Deccan Chronicle (India) - Booze turns A womb killer
Here is a case which should make parents who consume alcohol unmindful of the effects it would have on their yet to be born progeny sit up and take note. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is not something to be taken casually, say docs.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting (USA) - Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership focuses on addicted babies
The Cabell County Substance Abuse Partnership hosted its seventh annual summit recently as it educates the public on the growing issues of substance abuse in pregnant moms.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Peer support reinforces breast-feeding benefits
While the percentage of women breastfeeding their babies continues to increase across the country, a Lakehead University researcher says that's not the case with Aboriginal women.
Oregon.gov (USA) - Alcohol Use by Pregnant Women
Fetal alcohol syndrome usually results from alcohol exposure at 3-8 weeks gestation. Because of this many women may be drinking while they are unaware that they are pregnant. As a result, reported alcohol use just before pregnancy may be the most accurate measure of use in early pregnancy.

UPCOMING EVENTS
First International Conference on Prevention of FASD - September 23 - 25, 2013
This is the first international conference to address the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of FASD.
FASD: Best Practices in the Last Frontier – May 22-24 2013
The Arctic FASD Regional Training Center and the UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services invites you to attend the 2013 conference on FASDs – FASD: Best Practices in the Last Frontier.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Human Relations Media - DRUGS, ALCOHOL & PREGNANCY
One out of ten babies in the U.S. has been exposed to drugs like cocaine and alcohol in the womb. The results are often tragic: undersized, unresponsive babies with nerve damage, seizures, deformities, impaired motor skills and (as they grow older) behavior and learning disabilities.
VancouverSunOnline - What are the Effects of Alcohol on Pregnancy?
Alcohol is a toxin and its effects on your baby if you drink to excess are well documented. Dr. Karen Buhler, family physician, discusses the effects of alcohol on pregnancy.
docstoc - Read the history of FASD - Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal
Gov.ma – Girls, Women and Alcohol: Making informed Choices
This resource was written by women for women to give you useful information about alcohol and help you make healthy and well-informed choices about your alcohol use. It is not designed to make women stop drinking alcohol.
New website – KnowFASD
SAMSHA - Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) In Women’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
SAMSHA - Integrating Sustainable Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Services in Your Existing Service Setting

RESEARCH
PLOS - Cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis in Canada
As a result of using the most conservative approach, the cost of FASD diagnostic services presented in the current study is most likely underestimated. The reasons for this likelihood and the limitations of the study are discussed.
PubMed - Alcohol use in pregnancy: insights in screening and intervention for the clinician
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy remains a common occurrence and is associated with a multitude of adverse birth and long-term outcomes. Binge drinking in particular is shown to be particularly harmful to the developing fetus. Effects include full fetal alcohol syndrome, with characteristic facial dysmorphology, growth restriction, and developmental to delays.
Alcoholism - Diffusion Tensor Imaging Correlates of Saccadic Reaction Time in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Eye movement tasks provide a simple method for inferring structural or functional brain deficits in neurodevelopmental disorders. Oculomotor control is impaired in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), yet the neuroanatomical substrates underlying this are not known.
Alcoholism - Comments and Reflections on Ethics in Screening for Biomarkers of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Early identification of and intervention for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) has been shown to optimize outcomes for affected individuals. Detecting biomarkers of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in neonates may assist in the identification of children at risk of FASD enabling targeted early interventions.
PNAS - Understanding variability in ethanol teratogenicity
Ethanol is the most widely used psychoactive drug and, when used inappropriately, can have deleterious effects. The developing fetus is particularly sensitive to the deleterious effects of ethanol.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Tribuna (Romania) - Consecinţele consumului de droguri asupra fătului şi nou–născutului
Abuzul de droguri reprezintă o problemă de sănătate publică şi nu una legală şi este, în conformitate cu afirmaţiile American Committee of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG, 1984) unul din riscurile majore ale obstetricii contemporane atât pentru mamă cât şi pentru făt.

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