Sunday, March 30, 2014

FASD News - 12/2014

Health RC - How to prevent birth defects – helpful knowledge sources for you to have a healthy baby
Birth defects occur to babies during their development in the uterus. Birth defects usually happen during the first 3 months of a pregnancy. The birth defects can cause changes in the baby’s body functions, or appears or both. Birth defects vary from moderate levels to severe ones. Many babies suffering from birth defects can’t survive. A birth defect can be found soon during gestation, at birth and after birth.
Anchorage Daily News (USA) - Under fire, Kelly says FASD prevention group remains 'hesitant' to embrace free birth control
Under fire for his remarks on birth control in this Daily News Q&A, Sen. Pete Kelly told colleagues today that his FASD prevention think tank might one day embrace contraception as a prevention tool but is instead focused on free pregnancy tests for now. (New Zealand) - Thinking of drinking while pregnant?
New Zealand health groups say Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is reaching pandemic proportions, with high numbers of people living with the disorder undiagnosed.
CAMH - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): An under-recognized issue, which may be on the rise globally
A special issue of the open-access International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is intended to increase awareness of the negative effects of alcohol use in pregnancy and to improve prevention, treatment and care for those living with FASD.
IJADR - An international campaign to raise awareness of the risks of drinking in pregnancy
The EUFASD Alliance, in collaboration with partners in health education from the Local Health Authority of Treviso, Italy, and a creative partner, Fabrica, propose to develop a campaign which can be adapted to countries and cultures around the world. (Australia) - Support for pregnant mothers who drink is lacking
The Northern Territory is considering legislation to make drinking during pregnancy an offence in a bid to combat foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. But, as Cathy Pryor writes, experts say education and support are the keys to tackling the issue.
Real Clear Policy - The Disputed Case Law on 'Fetal Harm'
Rennie Gibbs's daughter, Samiya, was a month premature when she simultaneously entered the world and left it, never taking a breath. To experts who later examined the medical record, the stillborn infant's most likely cause of death was also the most obvious: the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

FASD Informed Practice for Community Based Programs
Anchorage Daily News - Q&A: Senator proposes free pregnancy tests in 'war' on FASD
Senate Finance co-chair Pete Kelly, who says he is declaring war on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Alaska, this week described his plan of attack.
PreventionInstitute - FASD Prevention, Diagnosis and Support - The Honourable June Draude, Minister of Social Services
A Message from the Government of Saskatchewan: FASD Prevention, Diagnosis and Support - The Honourable June Draude, Minister of Social Services.
PreventionInstitute - Time to Get Serious About FASD Prevention -- Dr. Sterling Clarren
It seems so simple. If a woman does not drink while pregnant, her baby will not have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Sterling Clarren talks about the challenges of protecting babies from this lifelong disability.
Inter Tribal Health Authority - ITHA - Parenting with FASD
Home Visiting Strategies that work with First Nations families. Presented by the Inter Tribal Health Authority (ITHA) Maternal Child Health (MCH) Program.
PreventionInstitute - Meconium Testing to Determine Alcohol Exposure -- Dr. Gideon Koren
Meconium is a baby's first bowel movement after birth. It can be tested to see if the baby was exposed to alcohol before he was born. Dr. Gideon Koren explains meconium testing, how it is used, and some of the ethical issues with this test.

Third European Conference on FASD
Building on the success of the first European conference on FASD (Kerkrade, Netherlands, 2010) and the second European conference on FASD (Barcelona, Spain, 2012), we are pleased to announce the third European conference on FASD, to be held in Rome.
University of Regina - FASD at the Frontline: Dialogue and Strategies for New Outcomes – April 23
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrell aterm for a wide range of issues that may result from prenatal exposure to alcohol. FASD presents a particular challenge in the province, an urgent challenge, and it impacts citizens and agencies alike. The goal of this FREE one-day workshop is to help meet that challenge.
The 6th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research - Second Special Issue: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Alcoholism - Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder on Adaptive Functioning
As found previously, both prenatal alcohol exposure and ADHD increase adaptive behavior deficits in all domains. However, these 2 factors interact to cause the greatest impairment in children with both prenatal alcohol exposure and ADHD for communication abilities. These results further demonstrate the deleterious effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and broaden our understanding of how ADHD exacerbates behavioral outcomes in this population.
Open Journal of Pediatrics - Effectiveness of a Novel Low Cost Intervention to Reduce Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in the Congo
This study demonstrates the effectiveness of a low cost in-office intervention to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure in the Congo.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES (Italy) - Disturbo dello Spettro Fetale Alcolico: sottovalutati gli effetti dell’alcol in gravidanza
I rischi dell’assunzione di alcol durante la gravidanza vengono generalmente sottovalutati dalla maggior parte delle donne.

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