Sunday, March 2, 2014

FASD News - 8/2014

NEWS and ARTICLES
The Lancet - The international charter on prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The first international conference on prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders was held in Edmonton, AB, Canada, on Sept 23—25, 2013. The conference resulted in the production, endorsement, and adoption of the following international charter on the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder by more than 700 people from 35 countries worldwide, including senior government officials, scholars and policymakers, clinicians and other front-line service providers, parents, families, and indigenous people. It is presented to all concerned in the international community as a call for urgent action to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
The Independent (UK) - Drinking alcohol while pregnant could become a crime after landmark test case
A landmark test case due to be heard by the Court of Appeal could criminalise excessive drinking during pregnancy. It will be argued that a six-year-old girl is the victim of a crime because she suffered brain damage when she was exposed to alcohol in the womb - a risk that her mother was aware of, Sky News has reported.
Mirror - One in four miscarriages could be PREVENTED, according to new research
Being obese, lifting heavy objects and boozing during pregnancy all raise the risk of an expectant mum losing her unborn child.
MedicalXpress - New research reinforces danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant
Women who drink alcohol at moderate or heavy levels in the early stages of their pregnancy might damage the growth and function of their placenta – the organ responsible for supplying everything that a developing infant needs until birth - research at The University of Manchester shows.
Irish Health - Alcohol in pregnancy 'damages placenta'
Women who drink moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol during the early stages of pregnancy may damage their placenta, a new study has found.
Colorado (USA) - Pregnant Arapaphoe County Citizens Must Avoid Alcohol
With 595,546 residents, Arapaphoe County has the third highest population in Colorado state (as of 2012). The Tri-County Health Department (data from the 2011 Arapahoe County Health Profile) found that in September 2011, 19.5 percent of Arapahoe residents (aged 18 years and older) had indulged in binge drinking. A significant percentage of them were women.
Mancunian Matters - Even just TWO alcoholic drinks in early pregnancy can stunt baby's growth, says Manchester study
Two or three drinks while pregnant could damage the growth of a baby’s internal organs and impact their psychological development, according to a Manchester study.
Anchorage Daily News - Our View: Break silence about FASD, make awareness universal
Deb Evensen of Homer has worked in education about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) for 30 years. She's still working for a wider awareness of those cruel afflictions, which are 100 percent preventable -- but when not prevented, last for life.
Anchorage Daily News - A diagnosis can change the life of a child with FASD
Most children and especially most adults with a fetal alcohol syndrome disorder will never be diagnosed.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Lives and crimes: Kids who suffer foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Before Jack ever had a drink, alcohol permanently changed his brain. The 26-year-old's mother drank while pregnant and today Jack suffers from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). He is impatient, impulsive, with a poor memory and a short attention span.
Food World News - Fathers Drinking Before Pregnancy May Cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
We all know that women who drink alcohol while pregnant can cause significant problems for their unborn children. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) can cause issues such as retarded intellect, stunted growth and nervous system abnormalities. Now, though, researchers have found that it's not just mothers who should watch what they drink. It turns out that dads may also have more accountability.

RESEARCH
BMC - Alcohol consumption during pregnancy and birth outcomes: the Kyushu Okinawa Maternal and Child Health Study
This is the first study in Japan to show that maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy of 1.0 g or more per day was significantly positively associated with the risk of PTB, but not LBW or SGA.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - A Prospective Cohort Study of Alcohol Exposure in Early and Late Pregnancy within an Urban Population in Ireland
Most studies of alcohol consumption in pregnancy have looked at one time point only, often relying on recall. The aim of this longitudinal study was to determine whether alcohol consumption changes in early and late pregnancy and whether this affects perinatal outcomes.
PLOSone - Detrimental Effects of Ethanol and Its Metabolite Acetaldehyde, on First Trimester Human Placental Cell Turnover and Function
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) describes developmental issues from high maternal alcohol intake, which commonly results in fetal growth restriction and long term morbidity. We aimed to investigate the effect of alcohol and acetaldehyde, on the first trimester placenta, the period essential for normal fetal organogenesis.
Alcoholism - Administration of Memantine During Withdrawal Mitigates Overactivity and Spatial Learning Impairments Associated with Neonatal Alcohol Exposure in Rats
These data have important implications for the treatment of EtOH's neurotoxic effects and provide further support that ethanol withdrawal significantly contributes to FASD.
Alcoholism - Sensory-motor deficits in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder assessed using a robotic virtual reality platform
The current study has shown that robotic technology is a sensitive and powerful tool that provides increased specificity regarding the type of motor problems exhibited by children with FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Mofasorg - Love. Hope. Joy. - 2014 Public Awareness Campaign
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) is spreading love, hope and joy to moms everywhere in Minnesota by using these three positive, uplifting and empowering words in a new advertising campaign to talk about the serious issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
YouManitoba - Café Scientifique: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder & a Need for a 21st Century Human Rights Response
Worldwide, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the only disability of its type that is considered 100 per cent preventable.
Susan Rich - Introduction to the Better Safe Than Sorry project
As a board certified psychiatrist, I have recently seen a 10th person with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awaiting a possible death sentence and work with a forensic psychologist who has evaluated approximately 60 of these individuals over the past several years.
World News - Drinking while pregnant will soon be a crime
Women who put their unborn babies at risk by drinking to excess during pregnancy should be prosecuted, say activists.
Ackerman61 - Women of Substance
A short film exploring women and addiction. Exec. Producer: South Shore District Health Authority, Producer: Nancy Ross.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Neue Nordhäuser Zeitung (Germany) - BACHELORAND IM KMG REHA-ZENTRUM
Das KMG Reha-Zentrum Südzhayn freut sich über einen weiteren erfolgreichen Bacheloranden, der sich mit der Fatalen Alkoholspektrumsstörung, der vorgeburtlich entstandenen Schädigung eines Kindes durch von der schwangeren Mutter aufgenommenen Alkohol, wissenschaftlich auseinander gesetzt hat.
Iltalehti (Finland) - Kuntien säästöt voivat vaarantaa päihdeäitien hoitoa
Kun Miina (nimi muutettu) oli teini-ikäinen, hänen äitinsä ryyppäsi rajusti ja odotti lasta. Miina asui isällään ja seurasi tilannetta järkyttyneenä sivusta. Pikkusisko syntyi lopulta alkoholin vammauttamana FAS-lapsena. Kehitysvamman näki jo vauvana kasvoista, harittavista silmistä ja pienistä höröistä korvista.
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. Prima condannata e poi assolta per aver bevuto mentre era incinta della figlia. Nata con gravi danni cerebrali.

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