Sunday, June 15, 2014

FASD News - 23/2014

Reuters - Prenatal alcohol exposure tied to balance, coordination problems
Children who are diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are at higher risk of having impaired gross motor skills, according to a review of past studies.
The Cold Lake Sun - Living with FASD is like "bubbles": speaker
The body of a person with FASD is filled with bubbles, a speaker told those gathered June 6 for the first day of a two-day conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
SmallCap Network (Australia) - Australia Looks Into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy may cause lifelong disabilities. One of them is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Health officials in Australia are now pushing for greater awareness and response for people diagnosed with FASD, especially those involved in court cases.
Medscape - Fetal Alcohol Exposure Ups Motor Deficit Risk in Kids
Babies born to women who engage in moderate to heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy are nearly 3 times more likely to develop gross motor (GM) deficits than those born to mothers who abstained or drank little, according to a review published online June 9 in Pediatrics.
ABC Local (Australia) - Rebuilding a life damaged by alcohol before birth
Fitzroy Crossing was the epicentre of a 2007 coroner's inquest into the deaths of 22 people. The subsequent report reads like a horror story. More than half the deaths occurred in the Central Kimberley town, and most of the deaths were by hanging or self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
ABA Journal (USA) - Judge makes court instructions easier to understand for those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
A judge in Barrow, Alaska, is trying to make courtroom proceedings easier to understand for defendants who suffer brain damage caused by their mothers’ drinking during pregnancy.
New York Daily News (USA) - Free pregnancy tests will be handed out at Alaska bars for study
A $400,000 project by the University of Alaska will track how women react to alcohol warnings when paired with free pregnancy tests to curb fetal alcohol syndrome.
Anchorage Daily News (USA) - Elise Patkotak: Because of FASD, justice takes time in Barrow courtroom
In the interest of full disclosure, let me begin by saying that I've known Barrow Superior Court Judge Michael Jeffery for well over 30 years. I first met him when he arrived in Barrow as a legal services attorney.
Graphic Online (Ghana) - Alcohol intake dangerous to foetus development
Research has established that alcohol consumption by women in their reproductive age can result in their unborn babies having permanent mental disorders.

Indiegogo - "Sensitive Souls" a film about young people with fetal alcohol syndrome
Help us to complete”Sensitive Souls” a film about young people with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Our goal in the documentary “Sensitive Souls” is to create greater awareness and understanding for young people diagnosed with FAS.
Neurodevnet - Eye Tracking Shows Promise as Screening Tool for Children With FASD
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) affects the developing brain. Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience a variety of issues resulting from fetal exposure to alcohol.
Anchorage Daily News - Alcohol & Me: Terri Telkamp
CAPHC - Meconium Screening to Detect Heavy Fetal Alcohol Exposure

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research - Evaluation of a three-year Youth Outreach Program for Aboriginal outh with suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The Youth Outreach Program made an important contribution in developing and implementing a program model for promoting positive change for highly marginalized youth who display characteristics of FASD and have limited community and family support.
Frontiers in Genetics - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and their transmission through genetic and epigenetic mechanisms
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a group of related conditions that arise from prenatal exposure to maternal consumption of the teratogen, ethanol. It has been estimated that roughly 1% of children in the US suffer from FASD (Sampson et al., 1997), though in some world populations, such as inhabitants of some poorer regions of South Africa, the rate can climb to as high as 20% (May et al., 2013).
Alcohol - Chronic ethanol exposure increases the non-dominant glucocorticoid, corticosterone, in the near-term pregnant guinea pig
Maternal-fetal signaling is critical for optimal fetal development and postnatal outcomes. Chronic ethanol exposure alters programming of the fetal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, resulting in a myriad of neurochemical and behavioral alterations in postnatal life.
Alcohol - Prenatal alcohol exposure alters expression of neurogenesis-related genes in an ex vivo cell culture model
Prenatal alcohol exposure can lead to long-lasting changes in functional and genetic programs of the brain, which may underlie behavioral alterations seen in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Aberrant fetal programming during gestational alcohol exposure is a possible mechanism by which alcohol imparts teratogenic effects on the brain; however, current methods used to investigate the effects of alcohol on development often rely on either direct application of alcohol in vitro or acute high doses in vivo.
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.
Neuroimage Clin - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the development of white matter volume and change in executive function
Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause a wide range of deficits in executive function that persist throughout life, but little is known about how changes in brain structure relate to cognition in affected individuals.

Terra Colombia (Colombia) - Asocian la exposición prenatal al alcohol con trastornos del equilibrio y la coordinación
Los niños con trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal (FASD, por su nombre en inglés) tienen alto riesgo de padecer discapacidad de la motricidad gruesa, según muestra una revisión de estudios previos.
Nordwest-Zeitung (Germany) - Alkohol ein Risiko für Ungeborene
Unter Federführung von Cord-Jürgen Bruns und Ehefrau Christa Bruns sowie Rita Otten von der VHS-Kontaktstelle für Selbsthilfegruppen Cloppenburg haben Eltern sowie Pflegeeltern von Kindern mit Fetaler Alkoholspektrum-Störung (FASD) im Friesoyther St. Franziskus-Haus die Selbsthilfegruppe Oldenburger Münsterland gegründet. Ziel ist es, sich möglichst an jedem ersten Mittwoch im Monat zu treffen, um sich gegenseitig zu informieren.

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