Sunday, January 5, 2014

FASD News 1/2014

NordAN - Danish study raises further questions regarding alcohol and pregnancy
Children of mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy ‘better behaved’, declares the Telegraph. Children whose mothers drank during pregnancy perform better, summarizes The Copenhagen Post.
news-medical - Binge drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome
Recent data shows that more than 500,000 women in the U.S. report drinking during pregnancy, with about 20 percent of this population admitting to binge drinking. Even one episode of heavy drinking can lead to the collection of birth defects known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
BBC News (UK) - Pub pregnancy test plea to halt FASD
Mothers-to-be are bombarded with advice during pregnancy, but when it comes to alcohol the NHS message is clear: avoid it. Can putting pregnancy test kit machines in pubs go a step further in getting the message across?
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - FASD support offered
Dr Jenny Salmon, RCpN, BN, PhD, of Vauxhall, makes some points about the diagnosis and treatment in the South Island of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Bixby Bulletin (USA) - More counseling needed to reduce pre-pregnancy alcohol use
As the celebratory New Year’s Eve approaches when opportunities for alcohol use increase, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds women who are pregnant or could become pregnant that alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States.
eMaxHealth - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Consequences of Imbibing During Pregnancy
Alcohol use in women of childbearing age is ubiquitous. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) reported that 7.6% of pregnant women used alcohol and 1.4% admitted to binge drinking (at least 4 drinks at one time) in 2010.
www.reviewnepal.com (Nepal) - Health ministry to stop smoking, drinking during pregnancy
The Ministry of Health and Population is to implement a special program to check the trend of smoking and drinking alcohol by women during pregnancy.
Science Daily - Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol Disrupts Brain Circuitry: No Safe Level of Drinking During Pregnancy, Neuroscientist Says
Prenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), according to neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside.
Science Daily - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Heart Defects May Be Caused by Altered Function, Not Structure
Recent data shows that more than 500,000 women in the U.S. report drinking during pregnancy, with about 20 percent of this population admitting to binge drinking.
Journal Sentinel - Fetal alcohol syndrome changes the way the heart works, study finds
New research suggests that fetal alcohol syndrome changes the way the heart functions before it actually changes the organ's structure.
MNT - How alcohol leads to birth defects - clues from embryo heart images
Scientists have found a way to image the very early development of the embryonic heart in research that may help them to explain how drinking alcohol in pregnancy can lead to heart defects at the baby's birth.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
FASD Webinar- FASD: An In-depth Overview and National Dialogue with the Experts
For more information on this presentation, including copies of powerpoint presentations and other resources, go to the CAPHC Knowledge Exchange Network at Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Beyond Screening - Understanding the Core Deficits and Diagnosis of FASD
This webinar is an extension of our webinar series on screening tools for FASD. We will be welcoming speakers from the CN-CYR and the NeuroDevNet communities to help bring some of the latest information on this important subject.
NeuroDevNet: FASD Research from the Lab to the Community
Many are familiar with NeuroDevNet, one of Canadas Research Centres of Excellence, and their research in genetics and structural alterations in the brain as a result of fetal alcohol exposure.

RESEARCH
The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research - Screening in treatment programs for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders that could affect therapeutic progress
The Life History Screen may have utility as a self-report measure that can be used at the outset of treatment to identify clients with cognitive impairments and learning disabilities due to prenatal alcohol exposure.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología - La exposición prenatal al alcohol altera la "circuitería" cerebral
La exposición prenatal al alcohol altera severamente algunos de los principales rasgos del desarrollo cerebral, lo cual puede conducir a un incremento de la ansiedad y a un empobrecimiento de la función motora, síntomas típicos en humanos con trastornos del espectro alcohólico fetal (o FASD por sus siglas en inglés), de acuerdo con las conclusiones a las que han llegado unos neurocientíficos de la Universidad de California en Riverside, Estados Unidos.

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