Sunday, June 16, 2013

FASD News - 23/2013

NEWS and ARTICLES
Medical Daily - New Drug For Autism And Fetal Alcohol Syndrome In The Works; Could It Change Our Understanding Of These Disorders Forever?
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are two social and behavioral disorders stemming from altered neurological development, often beginning in the womb.
Practice Business (UK) - FOETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME TOOLKIT LAUNCHED FOR GPS
The National Organisation of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS-UK) has developed a toolkit to support GPs advising pregnant patients on the effects of alcohol on the foetus.
7thSpace Interactive (Canada) - Cost of specialized addiction treatment of clients with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada
Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) constitute a special population that may be at particularly high risk for substance use. The purpose of the current study was to estimate the utilization of specialized addiction treatment services (SATS) and the associated cost, as a part of the total cost of health care associated with FASD in Canada.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Inside Track: Alcohol focus will switch to mothers-to-be
As the Herald reported yesterday, midweek-drinking mothers, professional couples and shift workers are among those being urged to ask questions they may not like to answer about whether the long term pattern of their drinking is really healthy.
Coast Reporter - The Many Faces Of FAS
On Monday, May 27, at Chatelech Secondary Theatre in Sechelt, about 50 people attended the private premiere of a very powerful documentary.
Ghana Business News (Ghana) - Ghana hosts alcohol syndrome awareness creation conference
The Ghana Organisation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (GOFAS), a non-governmental organisation has appealed to government to be committed in helping create awareness on the effect of alcohol on unborn babies.
CBC.ca (Canada) - The rise of binge drinking among women
For many Canadian women a few drinks after work has become quite a few drinks. The number of female binge drinkers is increasing. Critics blame liquor marketers, in part, for targeting women, possibly setting them up for serious health problems later in life.
SAMHSA (USA) - Report reveals special challenges of pregnant teens in substance abuse treatment
A new report shows that among the approximately 57,000 teenage female (ages 12 to 19) substance abuse treatment admissions each year, about 2,000 (4 percent) involve pregnant teens.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Just Speak - FASD, young people and crime
Empathising with someone who has broken the law can be tricky. When someone has offended we may make conclusions about the right punishment. We may try to put ourselves in the offender’s shoes, telling ourselves that we would never have done what the offender did.
New FASD Website!
Mapping Evaluation of Community-Based FASD Program
Presentation at CES Toronto 2013 Evaluation Conference by Sharon Hume and Carol Hubberstey et. Al
FASDs Screening and brief interventions. Georgiana Wilton

RESEARCH
The Journal of Neuroscience - Longitudinal MRI Reveals Altered Trajectory of Brain Development during Childhood and Adolescence in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of brain development in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) has revealed structural abnormalities, but studies have been limited by the use of cross-sectional designs.
BMC Public Health - Cost of specialized addiction treatment of clients with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada
Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) constitute a special population that may be at particularly high risk for substance use. The purpose of the current study was to estimate the utilization of specialized addiction treatment services (SATS) and the associated cost, as a part of the total cost of health care associated with FASD in Canada.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES (Poland) - Nowy ośrodek w Szpitalu im. św.Ludwika
W Wojewódzkim Szpitalu Dziecięcym im. św. Ludwika uruchomiono pierwsze w Polsce Centrum Kompleksowej Diagnostyki i Terapii Dzieci z FASD. W placówce będą diagnozowani mali pacjenci, z zespołem objawów, spowodowanych piciem przez matkę alkoholu w czasie ciąży.
Real.gr (Greece) - Οι συνέπειες στο έμβρυο από την κατανάλωση αλκοόλ
Μια γυναίκα που πίνει αλκοόλ ενώ είναι έγκυος μπορεί να βλάψει την ανάπτυξη του μωρού της, καθώς το αλκοόλ μπορεί να περάσει από το αίμα της μητέρας στο αίμα του μωρού και μπορεί να βλάψει την ανάπτυξη των κυττάρων του και κυρίως του εγκεφάλου και του νωτιαίου μυελού κύτταρα.

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