Sunday, February 9, 2014

FASD News - 5/2014

NEWS and ARTICLES
News Talk 980 CJME (Canada) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder experts meet in Saskatoon
Experts specializing in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have gathered in Saskatoon to discuss how to better prevent Canadian women from drinking during pregnancy.
Daily Mail (UK) - Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy could be found guilty of a criminal offence if they damage unborn child
Women who harm their unborn babies by drinking alcohol during pregnancy could be found guilty of a criminal offence, it has been revealed. A new legal test case claims a six-year-old girl who suffered brain damage due to alcohol exposure in the womb is the victim of a crime.
Guardian Liberty Voice - Pregnancy and One Alcohol Binge Causes Serious Harm
According to a Danish study, one alcohol binge during pregnancy can cause serious harm to the unborn baby. Expecting mothers who drank more than 7.5 units per session are more likely to have badly behaved children.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Binge drinkers continue practice in pregnancy, study finds
More than half of women who binge drink continue to do so during pregnancy, an Australian study has found, with fewer than one in five following guidelines to abstain from alcohol.
Brainerd Daily Dispatch - New prevention strategy for prenatal exposure to alcohol
A first-of-its-kind prevention strategy for prenatal exposure to alcohol is ready to be unveiled in the Brainerd lakes area. All that’s needed is a mom-to-be willing to take part.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Pregnant women simply don't have 'a right' to booze
How do you feel when you see a pregnant woman glugging a large glass of white? Do you even bat an eyelid? Or does a part of you judge her just the tiniest bit?
SAMHSA (USA) - Survey finds ongoing concerns with alcohol use during pregnancy - January 2014
A recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found ongoing concerns about the number of women who drink alcohol during pregnancy. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for 2011-12, 18 percent of pregnant women age 15 to 44 reported at least some consumption of alcohol during their first trimester, a time when many women may not yet know they are pregnant.
Mail and Guardian (South Africa) - How to wean moms off the bottle
'Every time he struggles with his school work I blame myself as a mother," says Geraldine Niemand, fiddling uncomfortably with the armband on her wrist and shaking her head in regret. She stares out of the window at a group of children playing on the lawn.
Daily Mail - Drinking during pregnancy 'worse than smoking tobacco or cannabis' and 7,000 babies a year are harmed, warn senior medics
Drinking during pregnancy causes more harm to the unborn child than tobacco smoke or cannabis, according to senior doctors.
The Telegraph - I drank alcohol throughout my three pregnancies, but should I have done?
As new research show more babies are born damaged because their mothers drank during pregnancy, Beverley Turner candidly explains why women with bumps are glugging more wine than ever before and confronts some awkward truths.
Newsminer - Group of lawmakers fighting fetal alcohol syndrome
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a damaging, costly and ultimately preventable disorder that affects hundreds of babies a year. It’s also in the crosshairs of a new public health campaign.

RESEARCH
PLOS - Risky Drinking Patterns Are Being Continued into Pregnancy: A Prospective Cohort Study
Over a third of women continued risky drinking into pregnancy, especially binge drinking, suggesting a need to address alcohol consumption prior to pregnancy.
NBER Working paper series - ALCOHOL EXPOSURE IN UTERO AND CHILD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
These results are very robust to an extensive set of model specifications. In addition, we show that that the effects are solely driven by the maternal genotype, with no impact of the child’s genotype.
BMC Public Health - Messages that increase women’s intentions to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy: results from quantitative testing of advertising concepts
This study provides important insights into the components that enhance the persuasiveness and effectiveness of messages aimed at preventing prenatal alcohol exposure. The recommended concept has good potential for use in a future campaign aimed at promoting women’s intentions to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy.
University of Toronto - Screening for Prenatal Alcohol Exposure using Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters as Biomarkers
Diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is challenging and typically requires confirmation of in utero alcohol exposure. Due to the poor reliability of maternal self-reports, biomarkers have emerged to address the problem of obtaining exposure history.
The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research - Combining visual methods with focus groups: An innovative approach for capturing the multifaceted and complex work experiences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention specialists
A multi-methods approach (focus groups with a quilting activity) provided an appropriate and trustworthy means of accessing the prevention specialists’ programmatic experience; that experience has the strong potential for informing future FASD policy, strategic planning, and programming.
Current opinion in Psychiatry - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: identifying the neurobehavioural phenotype and effective interventions
The neurobehavioural screening test can facilitate screening for FASD and is an official screening tool in the FASD toolkit of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Promising new interventions may attenuate the long-term outcome of these children.

UPCOMING EVENTS
The 6th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals, families and individuals with FASD to discuss research, evidence, model practice and ideas to expand how we sustain and enhance the lives of individuals with FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
CenturaHealth - Exploring Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with Jeff Noble
On this Adoption Perspectives, Rebecca welcomes Jeff Noble. Jeff provides hope and education to people caring for someone living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through online applications and in-person training sessions, demonstrations and consultations.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention PSA
The health of an unborn child is of top concern to women while pregnant. An estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which can affect their physical, mental, behavioral and cognitive development for a lifetime.
YourAlberta - Corrections to Community
Dr. Sharon Britnell reviews the bridge between correction and community settings for individuals with FASD and gives recommendations for future practice.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
West - Welfare Society Territory (Italy) - Bere in gravidanza potrebbe diventare un reato
È perseguibile penalmente una donna incinta, che consuma tanto alcool da causare danni al nascituro? Un dibattito che sta coinvolgendo media e opinione pubblica britannici, in seguito alla controversia legale di cui è protagonista una giovane madre.
Le Quotidien du Médecin (France) - Des distributeurs automatiques de tests de grossesse bientôt installés dans les pubs anglais
Une association britannique veut proposer des tests de grossesse dans les toilettes des bars afin de lutter contre les troubles causés par l’alcoolisation fœtale (TCAF).
Mamme Domani (Italy) - Una donna in gravidanza che beve alcol potrebbe essere una criminale
Una donna incinta che beve alcol potrebbe commettere un reato: la questione è emersa dopo il caso riconosciuto di una bambina di 6 anni che ha subìto danni cerebrali a causa dell’esposizione all'alcol nel grembo materno, il caso è stato portato ora davanti alla Corte d’Appello inglese.

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