Sunday, June 29, 2014

FASD News - 25/2014

The Guardian (UK) - Sharp rise in babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome
The number of diagnosed cases of foetal alcohol syndrome in those born to women who drink during pregnancy has tripled since records of the debilitating condition were first kept 16 years ago.
CTV News - FASD school program engages students with video game
Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at David Livingston School have the opportunity to participate in a new program designed for the PlayStation generation.
SCNow - Organizations promote safe environments for children
Rubicon Family Counseling Services and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence promote children’s awareness which focuses attention on the importance of creating safe environments for children.
Ninemsn (Australia) - Govt wants to stop pregnant women drinking
The government will spend $9.2 million on discouraging women from drinking during pregnancy as part of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) plan.
SBS (Australia) - Roseanne Fulton to be freed after 21 months in jail without conviction
Roseanne Fulton, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, will leave Kalgoorlie on a private charter flight returning to her home town of Alice Springs.
Hibbing Daily Tribune - Spreading the message about FAS
A black billboard containing the image of a glass of alcohol and a baby inside of a caution sign is currently catching the eyes of individuals traveling along Highway 169 near Fourth Avenue East.
Anchorage Daily News - Call him 'Minimum Mike' if you like, but this Barrow judge is trying something new
For the past six years a like-minded probation officer in the same courthouse has continued the special treatment when someone who appears to have FASD is convicted.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - '3000 babies affected' by mothers' drinking
Children with foetal alcohol syndrome are being all too commonly misdiagnosed, leading to health complications and wasted resources.
Daily Mail - Babies whose mothers drink heavily during pregnancy are THREE times more likely to be born with impaired gross motor skills, Australian scientists discover
Children who are diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder because their mothers drink excessively during pregnancy are at higher risk of having impaired gross motor skills, Sydney researchers found.
Addictions – Number processing in children with ADHD and alcohol exposure: similar but different
In children, the brain is in a constant state of flux as it analyzes and evaluates stimuli from the environment. Fetal alcohol exposure and ADHD represent two disorders that can affect children’s ability to learn and process information from a very young age.

UPCOMING
Book Launch – Understanding FASD
Join Senator Jillian van Turnhout, acclaimed for her children’s rights work, for tea, cake and to learn more of this new publication.
ACOG - AAP Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Webinar Series
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—via its Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children—is offering a series of four 30-minute educational webinars focused on raising awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). The educational webinars will focus on identification, diagnosis, referral, and management of FASDs.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Booze and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Where's the Line?
We all know booze is bad for unborn babies, but does that really mean NO alcohol at all? Tara explains why it's better to be safe than sorry.
NOFAS - Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox - NOFAS Excellence Award 2014
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) community.
Michael Charness, M.D. - NOFAS Excellence Award 2014
FDNA - Investigation of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders using Computer aided Recognition
Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman, MD, FACMG from The University of Mississippi Medical Center discussed his experience with Face2Gene by FDNA in the investigation of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders in session called Computer-Aided Recognition of Facial Attributes Associated with FASD. Face2Gene by FDNA is a genetic search and reference mobile applications to aid, empower and accelerate dysmorphic evaluations.
ArcticFASDRTC - Conducting Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention in Clinical Care
Lecture based on the FASD Competency-Based Curriculum Development Guide, Competency II: Screening and Brief Interventions.

RESEARCH
Frontiers - Neuroepigenomic Models Extend the Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) Spectrum
Ethanol is a small and simple molecule that readily permeates both the blood-brain and the placental barrier. In North America and Europe these properties have caused alcohol to become one of the most highly used recreational drugs and one of the most devastating teratogens.
Alcoholism - Apoptosis of Alcohol-Exposed Human Placental Cytotrophoblast Cells is Downstream of Intracellular Calcium Signaling
Apoptosis is induced by ethanol (EtOH) in human placental trophoblast cells, possibly disrupting placentation and contributing to intrauterine growth restriction in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
CMAJ Open - Incidence of prenatal alcohol exposure in Prince Edward Island: a population-based descriptive study
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a leading preventable cause of neurodevelopmental disability in North America. The stigma associated with alcohol use and abuse during pregnancy makes it difficult to obtain information on prenatal alcohol use through self-reporting. We assessed the incidence of prenatal alcohol exposure in Prince Edward Island to facilitate future public health initiatives addressing FASD.
Current Developmental Disorders Reports - Mental Health Outcomes Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Genetic and Environmental Factors
Overwhelming evidence on the impact of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy has prompted increased attention to the link between prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and a constellation of developmental disabilities, which are characterized by physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments. Importantly, individuals with PAE are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems.
MD Linx - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the development of white matter volume and change in executive function
In the current study, the authors aim to investigate the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the development of white matter volume and change in executive function.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Nordlys (Norway) - Fredriks (16) mor drakk alkohol mens hun var gravid. Nå har han 150 sykedøgn i året
Vi sitter på Hunstad ungdomsskole i Bodø, bare dager før skoleferien begynner, sammen med «team Fredrik»; kontaktlærerne Tore Markussen og Vivi Karlsen, assistentlærer Georg Waller, fostermor Inger-Synnøve Breivik Langbakk og hovedpersonen selv.

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