Sunday, November 24, 2013

FASD news - 46/2013

NEWS and ARTICLES
The Chronicle of Social Change (USA) - Raising Adrian – My Own Experience with FASD in America
In August 2008 an adorable, Hispanic toddler walked through our front door and into our family. Although he was two years and eight months old, he was non-verbal, wore clothes sized for an 18-month-old, and looked to be very unhealthy. His skin color was ashen, it felt clammy to the touch, and he had quite a bit of bruising on his little body.
TopNews New Zealand (New Zealand) - NT's Indigenous has higher FASD
Health supporters are concerned more kids are, no doubt conceived with foetal liquor range confusion (FASD) in Australia on the grounds that ladies are getting messages that are mixed.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Yukon MP plans private member bill on FASD
Yukon MP Ryan Leef says the Conservative government is tough on crime, but that doesn't mean jail is always the best solution.
3News NZ (New Zealand) - Fetal alcohol research funding needed
The social cost of children born to mothers who drank during pregnancy may be costing New Zealand millions of dollars a year.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Lego helps children with mental disabilities improve social skills
It’s a popular toy almost every person played with as a child, but a local program has proven Lego can also be a very beneficial therapy tool for children who live with mental health issues.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Call for stronger alcohol warnings
Strong warning labels should be placed on all beer, wine and spirits as part of a plan to stop pregnant mothers from drinking, MPs say.
Ulster Star (Northern Ireland) - Foetus image on charity 
billboard branded ‘insensitive’
A billboard campaign launched by a Lisburn-based charity to discourage pregnant women from consuming alcohol has been branded ‘insensitive’.
ASCERT (Northern Ireland) - FASD Campaign launched to address drinking during pregnancy
ASCERT has launched a campaign to address the risks caused to unborn babies because of alcohol use during pregnancy.
Canada NewsWire (Canada) - CCSA Report Calls for Greater Attention to Issues of Substance Use during Pregnancy
Today, at its biennial Issues of Substance conference, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) released the 2013 Substance Abuse in Canada report, Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Maternal, Neonatal and Early Childhood Consequences.
AllAfrica.com - Uganda: A Trouble-Free Pregnancy
Uganda is a country with one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Whenever a mother or a baby dies during pregnancy or labour, most people normally blame the health worker or health facility for the fatality.
Coeur d'Alene Press - FAS and critical thinking
Recently, I assigned the students in my psychology class to think critically, not cynically. To question everything written or heard from friends, media and particularly from me. I asked the class to scientifically examine what is real, hearsay, wives-tales and preconceived notions of what one might believe to be fact.
CityNews - Pregnant women who do drugs need doctor’s compassion: report
Seeing a pregnant women smoking a cigarette, imbibing a glass of wine or using drugs is sure to raise a societal eyebrow. But a new report says women with substance abuse problems should be treated with compassion by health providers and society at large, especially during pregnancy, because addiction is a brain disorder and not a personal failing.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (Canada) - Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Maternal, Neonatal and Early Childhood Consequences
Every two years, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) produces a new report in the Substance Abuse in Canada series, with each edition shedding much-needed light on an important drug- and alcohol-related issue.
NOFAS - Jasmine Suarez-O'Connor 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.
mencap - The Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder toolkit for Gps
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term for a range of effects that can occur to an individual who was exposed to alcohol before they were born.

RESEARCH
International Journal of Epidemiology - Prenatal alcohol exposure and offspring cognition and school performance. A ‘Mendelian randomization’ natural experiment
Better offspring cognitive/educational outcomes observed in association with prenatal alcohol exposure presumably reflected residual confounding by factors associated with social position and maternal education.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Dziennik Bałtycki (Poland) - Alkohol w ciąży szkodzi dziecku ROZMOWA
Z dr Krzysztofem Liszczem, psychiatrą, terapeutą, szkoleniowcem, autorem książki "Dziecko z FAS w domu i w szkole" rozmawia Jolanta Gromadzka-Anzelewicz.
Hartvannederland.nl (Netherlands) - Actie tegen alcohol tijdens zwangerschap
Verslavingsinstellingen in Nederland maken zich ernstig zorgen om vrouwen die tijdens hun zwangerschap alcohol drinken. Veel vrouwen zouden wel weten dat alcohol slecht is, maar weten ze niet dat een paar glazen al blijvende schade kan veroorzaken bij het ongeboren kind. De tien grootste verslavingsinstellingen komen daarom gezamenlijk in actie.

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