Sunday, July 21, 2013

FASD News - 28/2013

NEWS and ARTICLES
Scotsman (Scotland) - Pregnant women quizzed on alcohol intake
Thousands of pregnant women have been quizzed about their drinking habits amid concerns about the effects of alcohol on their health and their babies, figures reveal.
Science World Report - Maternal Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy Affects Learning and Memory Function in Offspring
A latest study highlights the association between maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and its effect on the learning and memory function of the infant.
HealthCanal.com - Pre-pregnancy alcohol consumption affects alcohol use among pregnant women, suggests new study
Most women who consume alcohol pre-pregnancy will continue to consume alcohol throughout their pregnancy even when healthcare guidelines promote abstinence, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
WebMD.Boots.com - Regular drinkers 'more likely to continue when pregnant'
Women who drink alcohol each week before conceiving are 50% more likely to carry on drinking when pregnant, according to a study.
Stroud News and Journal (UK) - No change in advice to avoid alcohol in pregnancy say midwives
RESPONDING to research to be published tomorrow, in BJOG on pre-pregnancy alcohol consumption among pregnant women, Janet Fyle, professional policy advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is very useful research that supports our advice to women about alcohol and pregnancy.
Medical Xpress - Study explores fetal alcohol impact at molecular level
While some physicians tell women a small amount of alcohol is OK during pregnancy, Ben Laufer vehemently disputes any such advice – and he has the research to back it up.
American Academy of Pediatrics - Joint Call to Action on Alcohol and Pregnancy
Through its cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) the AAP Division of Children with Special Needs Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) program staff convened an FASD Risk Communication Workshop from July 30–31, 2012.
Chicago Tribune (USA) - Raising a child with profound birth defect
Sometimes, the best expert isn't someone with a long list of credentials, but a parent, especially when the child has a disability. The relentless demands of caring for a child with profound birth defects is its own graduate school and can rarely be described to someone who hasn't "been there."

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
The Knowledge Network (Scotland) - NHS' first on-line course/resource on fetal alcohol harm
The resource has been developed to support a range of activity led by the Scottish Government to substantially reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption in pregnancy across Scotland.
Atlantic Intergovernmental Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Partnership Update
Women and Alcohol in the EU
The European Institute of Women’s Health has published a new policy brief called “Women and Alcohol in the EU.”
THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND THE DIAGNOSIS OF DIFFERENCE
This dissertation is based on an ethnographic study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the racial, cultural and political considerations that shape the meaning of diagnosis for Alaska Native individuals and families in Anchorage, Alaska.
Variety Charity - Variety - the Children's Charity & Kimberley Diamond Company - supporting the Marulu Strategy

RESEARCH
Pediatrics - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Educational Achievement in Children Aged 8–9 Years
This study examines the relationships between the dose, pattern, and timing of prenatal alcohol exposure and achievement in reading, writing, spelling, and numeracy in children aged 8 to 9 years.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg) - Null Prozent Alkohol während der Schwangerschaft oder der Stillzeit
Ständig warnen Mediziner und Wissenschaftler vor den Gefahren von Alkoholkonsum während der Schwangerschaft oder nach der Geburt. Der Genuss kann zu fetalen Alkoholspektrumstörungen (FASD) mit körperlichen Missbildungen, Gehirnschäden oder geistigen Behinderungen führen.

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