Sunday, April 27, 2014

FASD News - 16/2014

ARTICLES and NEWS
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Alberta hopes mandatory signs in bars, restaurants, stores will reduce FASD
Alberta hopes forcing bars, restaurants and liquor stores to put up signs will help prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
PsychCentral.com - Less ADHD Than Meets The Eye Among Kids With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
New research from McGill University suggests that there may be excessive concern that a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) also may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
SABC (South Africa) - Artists join forces to fight fetal alcohol syndrome
Several South African musicians will join forces in Cape Town early next month to raise funds for children with fetal alcohol syndrome.
Direct Essays - Affects of Drugs and Alcohol to Pregnant Women
Pregnant women that smoke cigarettes on a daily basis can greatly harm their fetus. The Tobacco smoke in cigarettes greatly reduces fetal growth through the presence of nicotine, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, cadmium and various other aromatic hydrocarbons, but the two most dangerous chemicals that are found in cigarettes are nicotine and carbon monoxide.
Alaska Senate (USA) - Legislature Stands United Against FASD
The Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed a pair of resolutions this week to help eradicate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) from Alaska.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
KUTV - Jeff Stenquist: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Pregnancy and alcohol just don't mix. Expectant moms who drink put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
CSN - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Video Available Online
Children diagnosed with an FASD may have one or more of the following: birth defects, intellectual or learning disabilities, behavior problems, and trouble learning life skills. In recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a 2-minute video to increase awareness that women should abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy to prevent FASD.
Department of Health, Victoria – eHandbook: Chemically dependent mother infant care
Chemical dependence in the mother may cause neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in newborn. These effects have been observed in babies when their mothers are dependent on opioids, stimulants, some sedatives and alcohol. This syndrome has been evident in neonates even if the mother stopped drug use within four weeks of birth.
Neurological development in people with FASD
College of New Caledonia - FASD Informed Practice for Community Based Programs (CNC)

UPCOMING EVENT
Webinar - Adolescents with FASD: Academic and School Functioning
This webinar will focus on educational strategies that can be used in the classroom and at home to promote optimal academic success for teens affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The webinar will be useful to professionals across multiple disciplines who work with this high-risk population and for parents struggling to obtain appropriate educational services and support for their child.
Free Webinar: Updated resources on women and alcohol: Applying research to practice – May 8, 2014

RESEARCH
Science Daily - Paying closer attention to attention
There may be an overreporting of attention problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), simply because parents and teachers are using a misplaced basis for comparison. They are testing and comparing children with FASD with children of the same physical or chronological age, rather than with children of the same mental age, which is often quite a lot younger.
Alcoholism - Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Testosterone and Pubertal Development
This study is the first to show a relation between prenatal alcohol exposure and increased testosterone during adolescence and evidence of decreased testosterone responsiveness in tissues related to pubertal development in humans. Further studies examining androgen receptor expression and other hormonal and cellular factors affecting pubertal development may reveal important mechanisms underlying these teratogenic effects of alcohol exposure.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - A comparison of the prevalence of prenatal alcohol exposure obtained via maternal self-reports versus meconium testing: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis
If maternal self-reports are the sole information source upon which health care professionals rely, a number of infants who were prenatally exposed to alcohol are not being recognized as such. However, further research is needed in order to validate existing biomarkers, as well as discover new biomarkers, for the detection of PAE.
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience - Investigation into the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on postnatal spine development and expression of synaptophysin and PSD95 in rat hippocampus
Ethanol is known as a potent teratogen responsible for the fetal alcohol syndrome characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults.
Developmental Science - Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy) Alters Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Causes Enduring Memory Deficits
Recreational drug use among pregnant women is a source of concern due to potential harmful effects of drug exposure on prenatal and infant development.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Neue Westfälische (Germany) - Viele Besucher, verhaltener Umsatz
Rödinghausen-Schwenningdorf. Genug Platz ist vorhanden - draußen wie drinnen. Beim ersten Familienflohmarkt auf dem Gelände der alten Flachsfabrik mussten sich die Stände alles andere als dicht an dicht drängen. Viel Raum also, um in Ruhe zu stöbern, zu feilschen, zu kaufen und zu verkaufen.
Radio Gdańsk (Poland) - Pijesz czasem lampkę wina w ciąży? Możesz uszkodzić mózg swego dziecka
Wady serca, nerek i kostno-stawowe, niedosłuch i zaburzenia okulistyczne oraz niepełnosprawność intelektualna, opóźnienia w rozwoju i chwiejność emocjonalna - na takie niebezpieczeństwa narażają swoje dzieci kobiety pijące alkohol w ciąży. Dotyczy to także matek, które piją wino czy piwo okazjonalnie.
SALUTE E BENESSERE (Italy) - Gravidanza: 6 Cibi Da Evitare
Siete in attesa del vostro bambino e vi state chiedendo se c’è qualcosa che non si deve mangiare durante questi nove mesi? Ecco per voi un elenco chiaro degli alimenti da evitare, per voi e per la crescita sana di vostro figlio.

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