Sunday, January 19, 2014

FASD News - 3/2014

International Business Times UK (UK) - Pregnant Drinkers Behind UK Rise in Birth Defects
There has been a 48% increase in the number of babies born disabled or deformed after their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. According to new figures, there were 313 cases of foetal alcohol syndrome in the UK last year, up from 212 in 2009-10.
London Community News (Canada) - Cost of FASD will snowball: Ontario nurses
Spoon-feeding MPPs the governing Liberals’ own prevention propaganda, Ontario’s nurses say the province must get out in front of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) or we’ll all pay a lot more down the road.
Brainerd Daily Dispatch (USA) - MOFAS awards 23 grants to host community events for new and expecting parents
There are 23 organizations in Minnesota that have been selected for the 2014 public awareness grants through the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS).
YottaFire - Even moderate drinking in pregnancy can affect children at school
New research from The University of Queensland has found that women who regularly drink as little as two glasses of wine per drinking session while pregnant can adversely impact their child’s results at school.
Daily Mail - Smoking or drinking during pregnancy can make your baby GAY, claims professor
A controversial new study claims that decisions made by women when they are pregnant can affect their babies brains including determining their sexuality, intelligence and chances of developing autism.
Wagonertribune (USA) - More counseling needed to reduce pre-pregnancy alcohol use
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.
Houston Chronicle (USA) - Report says most health professionals don’t Discuss drinking with pregnant women
Texas state officials note that January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities focuses on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In a press release, it says “only 17 percent of pregnant women reported that a health professional talked with them about their drinking, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Growing Your Baby - New Technology Helps Researchers Study Effects of Alcohol on Fetal Hearts
While some studies have claimed that it is “safe” to consume moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy, there is still a cold, hard truth when it comes to alcohol consumption during pregnancy: no one can say for certain how much must be consumed before the damage is done. (Canada) - Hamilton's pregnant women more likely to keep smoking
The smoking rate among pregnant women in Hamilton is well above the provincial average and the health unit wants to bring the rate down. On average, 16.7 per cent of expectant Hamilton mothers smoke. In some areas of the lower city, that number increases to more than 35 per cent.

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FASD Prevention - 2 Minute Spot
Rural Health Channel - Drinking For Two
This documentary poses the question "Is it safe to drink at all when you're pregnant?" To answer this, we hear from a number of people with this problem, their families and experts. The program includes cases studies to illustrate the issues for children, adults and Indigenous communities in particular. Drinking for Two? is a short version of program 614 Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which was first broadcast in November 2006.

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.
Twenty years of patient surveys confirm a FASD 4-Digit-Code interdisciplinary diagnosis
led to substantial access to and benefit from interventions
Patient surveys over 20 years confirm an interdisciplinary diagnosis using the 4-Digit Code provides substantial access to and benefit from interventions across the full spectrum of FASD diagnoses.
First People's Child and Family Review Special Edition Abstracts

March 4-5, 2014 – Canada Northwest FASD Partnership Symposium
The Department of Health and Social Services, welcomes the chance to explore innovative approaches and initiatives that can both prevent FASD and improve the quality of life for people living with this disorder.

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