Sunday, May 11, 2014

FASD news - 18/2014

NEWS and ARTICLES
Waseca County News (USA) - Parents of children with fetal alcohol syndrome find lack of resources in out-state Minnesota
This is the first of a two-part series on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, its cost to the state and how state funding impacts access to community-based healthcare services which varies from county to county.
Medical Daily - Kids' Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Mistaken For ADHD, Due To Misassignment Of Mental Age
Though still high, the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among American kids may be overstated by confusion with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) — a broad diagnosis describing the effects of maternal drinking during pregnancy.
Anchorage Daily News - Despite progress, an uncertain future in Alaska's battle against fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
John Binkley can't remember why he was touring Alaska's largest hospital that day in 1989, but he'll never forget what he saw there. A 16-month-old child, no bigger than a newborn, lay silently crying in the neonatal intensive care unit at Providence hospital in Anchorage.
Houston Press - Doctors' Group to A&M: Stop Killing Lambs for Alcohol Study
For the last 17 years, researchers at Texas A&M have been getting pregnant sheep drunk and dissecting their babies' brains. No, they're not doing it for fun, but to find "preventative and ameliorative strategies" for addressing fetal alcohol syndrome.
MOFAS.org - “Everything in moderation” does not apply to drinking alcohol while pregnant
Despite 40 years of scientific research demonstrating the clear risks of drinking during pregnancy, many women and their doctors are still are not convinced that there is no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy.
Scribd - Breaking Bad Habits During Spring Break: Why Alcohol And Pregnancy Continues To Be A Problem
Spring break 2014, which, for some, actually fell at the end of winter this year, is in full swing. Many students are back to school working diligently toward their degree.
Leader Post (Canada) - U of R workshop targets Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A University of Regina researcher hopes that a oneday workshop will not only help her to complete her research, but it will help all those in the province impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) connect with one another.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - 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 Limerick – Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Interdisciplinary Understanding
Thursday June 5th & Friday June 6th 2014
FASD Conference for Professionals - June 13, 2014
This conference is open any professionals who have questions or would like to update their knowledge in the areas of FASD. FASD can affect a person through all life stages.
LIVING WELL – FASD & MENTAL HEALTH,” NOV. 5-7, 2014
The Living Well: FASD and Mental Health Conference, will delve into the interconnection between Mental Health and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder spanning the areas of prevention, intervention, support, evaluation and research. This event is a Canada Northwest FASD Partnership Conference, hosted by Healthy Child Manitoba. Program and registration updates will be posted as they become available.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
NeuroDevNet - Innovative Science Curriculum by FASD researchers - PD Day for Science Teachers 2014
Tamara Bodnar and Parker Holman are two PhD trainees of Joanne Weinberg's. NeuroDevNet is a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) comprised of over 80 researchers and trainees that do research on early diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres - Defining the Rate of Heavy Fetal Alcohol Exposure in Canada -- a National study
Using meconium analysis as a biomarker of heavy fetal alcohol exposure, we are defining the size of the Canadian epidemic for the first time through a large coast-to-coast study.
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RESEARCH
The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research - The effectiveness of alcohol warning labels in the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A brief review
Multiple measures are required to increase societal awareness of the risks of drinking in pregnancy, influence alcohol consumption by pregnant women, and improve the quality of support for women with alcohol and related health and social problems.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Drinking before and after pregnancy recognition among South African women: the moderating role of traumatic experiences
This study explored how female drinkers in South Africa may differentially modulate their drinking patterns upon pregnancy recognition, depending on trauma history. Our results suggest that women with traumatic experiences are more likely to exhibit risky alcohol consumption when they become pregnant, regardless of prior risk. These findings illuminate the relevance of trauma-informed efforts to reduce FASD in South Africa.
Journal of Neuroscience Research - Chronic exposure to ethanol of male mice before mating produces attention deficit hyperactivity disorder-like phenotype along with epigenetic dysregulation of dopamine transporter expression in mouse offspring
Preconception exposure to EtOH through the paternal route may affect neurobehavioral and developmental features of offspring. This study investigates the effects of paternal exposure to EtOH before conception on the hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity behavior of male offspring in mice.
Amino Acids - Effects of l-glutamine supplementation on maternal and fetal hemodynamics in gestating ewes exposed to alcohol
Not much is known about effects of gestational alcohol exposure on maternal and fetal cardiovascular adaptations. This study determined whether maternal binge alcohol exposure and l-glutamine supplementation could affect maternal-fetal hemodynamics and fetal regional brain blood flow during the brain growth spurt period.
Alcoholism - Brief Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Alters Behavioral Sensitivity to the Kappa Opioid Receptor Agonist (U62,066E) and Antagonist (Nor-BNI) and Reduces Kappa Opioid Receptor Expression
Approximately 10 to 15% of women consume alcohol (ethanol [EtOH]) during pregnancy in the United States. Even low amounts of EtOH consumption during pregnancy can elicit long-term consequences.
Georgia State University - Association Analysis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Hypertension Status in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
The major findings of this study suggest a significant relationship between FAS and hypertension in youth. Race/ethnicity also proved important in predicting hypertensive blood pressure readings independent of FAS diagnosis.
PLOSMedicine - Association between Prenatal Exposure to Antiretroviral Therapy and Birth Defects: An Analysis of the French Perinatal Cohort Study
We found a specific association between in utero exposure to zidovudine and heart defects; the mechanisms need to be elucidated. The association between efavirenz and neurological defects must be interpreted with caution.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Taunus Zeitung (Germany) - Adoptions-Fall um FASD-Kinder
Eine Adoptivfamilie aus dem Taunus streitet sich vor Gericht mit dem Frankfurter Jugendamt. Das Verfahren am Montag zeigte allerdings, wie schwierig Wahrheitsfindung sein kann.
Ilta-Sanomat (Finland) - Äidin alkolin juominen raskausaikana saattaa jättää lapseen elinikäiset vammat
Eppu, 29, on pienikokoinen, lyhyt ja hyvin hento. Teinipojalta näyttävää miestä ei uskoisi lähes kolmekymppiseksi. Hän ei vaikuta keskivertokaverilta, mutta vaikea hänestä on myöskään huomata, mikä hänestä tekee erilaisen.



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