Sunday, July 13, 2014

FASD News - 27/2014

Perth Now (Australia) - Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder offenders spared prison
YOUNG offenders whose mothers drank alcohol while they were in the womb would escape jail under a plan by a Perth magistrate to classify fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as a disability.
Scottsbluff Star Herald - Babies face lifelong harm from mothers' drinking
When a pregnant woman drinks, she’s drinking for two. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, including brain damage. “There are 40,000 children born with full FASD each year,” said Barbara Vancil, founder and CEO of Special Needs Advocates and Parents (SNAAP). “One in 100 will have it.”
ABC Online (Australia) - Healthcare provider estimates 375 undiagnosed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder cases in Barkly
A Tennant Creek healthcare provider has put the number of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) cases in the Barkly region at 400, far beyond the 25 reported by official figures.
Connections - Culturally appropriate tools needed to tackle FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have only recently been recognised as a public health issue in Australia. Greater clarity is needed in the messages provided to communities about alcohol use in pregnancy.
NeuroDevNet - Trainee Angelina Paolozza receives prestigious merit award for contributions to FASD research
In her doctoral work, NeuroDevNet trainee Angelina Paolozza has strengthened historically elusive connections between behavioural and cognitive deficits in FASD, and structural and functional brain injuries caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.
Ken Wyatt MP (Australia) - Government funds national strategy to target Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Australian Government will provide $9.2 million to the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Action Plan to address the harmful impact of FASD on children and families, Ken Wyatt MP said today.
National Indigenous Radio Service (Australia) - Child health expert to oversee roll-out of FASD plan
The expert tasked ensuring the successful roll-out of the Federal Government's National Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Action Plan says community-developed solutions will be crucial.
The George Institute - Children's ability to play affected after mothers drinking while pregnant - new findings
Fox News, the Huffington Post, the Daily Mail and Australia's Daily Telegraph are among media to publish stories about the globally significant study that has uncovered new types of damage to children after mothers drink while pregnant.The study, a global review of other studies, found children's ability to play is affected.
The Courier Mail (Australia) - Campaign aims to educate women on dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy
A national campaign launched by the Federal Government aims to increase this number by giving health professionals better resources to educate mothers-to-be.

COMING UP
Only 2 more days to submit abstracts for Third European Conference on FASD 20-22 October, 2014, Rome
We invite contributions from researchers, public health organizations and NGOs, on any aspect of FASD, including clinical studies, animal studies, prevention programs, screening studies, epidemiology, public education campaigns, diagnosis of FASD, cognitive and behavioral aspects, caring for children and adults with FASD, political aspects, FASD in the justice system, etc. Parents of children with FASD and adults with FASD are welcome at a reduced admission fee.
Living Well – FASD and Mental Health (November 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.
The Arc - Modifying FASD Prevention Strategies for Individuals with an FASD (July 17, 2014)
This webinar will provide information on the provision of effective interventions for individuals with an FASD. Our focus will be on the importance of identifying individuals with a possible FASD to modify approaches in the home, educational, treatment, housing, and other settings to help reduce the incidence of alcohol exposed pregnancies.
WEBINAR: Detection, Discovery and Diagnosis
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.
WEBINAR: Roles, Referrals and Reimbursement
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 Arc - Presenting The Initial Findings of The Arc’s National FASD Project Health Professional Questionnaire
Join us for a webinar sharing findings from the FASD Project’s 2014 Health Professional Questionnaire. Ann Cameron Williams the Senior Executive Officer of Research and Innovations and Christopher Turner (CT) the MSW Intern at The Arc of The United States will present the findings specifically related to healthcare professionals.
26.-27. September 2014: FASD Fachtagung in Dresden
Veranstaltet unter Schirmherrschaft von Marlene Mortler, Bundesdrogenbeauftragte und Christine Clauß, sächsische Staatsministerin für Soziales und Verbraucherschutz.

MATERIALS AND VIDEOS
The Frontier Group - The FASD PosterMaker app
The FASD PosterMaker is a free app that has been designed by The Frontier Group for the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University to provide health professionals working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care settings with a tool to create their own locally relevant and culturally appropriate resources on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
SAMHSA - Saving Babies from Exposure to Alcohol
SAMHSA recently released a new publication in the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series, Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The FASD TIP highlights the importance of preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies and identifying the unique needs of individuals in treatment for mental and/or substance use disorders that may have been prenatally exposed to alcohol.
Gov of Saskatchewan - Planning for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This document is intended to assist educators in meeting the needs of students who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Across Saskatchewan, school personnel have been working to find the best approaches for meeting the needs of all students.
Women Want to Know: Discussing pregnancy and alcohol with women
In this video a Midwife initiates a conservation about pregnancy and alcohol with a woman who is pregnant for the first time. The woman had an episode of binge drinking before she was aware of the pregnancy and is concerned harm that may have been caused.
The Calgary John Howard Society - Living with FASD - The Calgary John Howard Society
A client focused video about living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Extended FASD Support Program offered at The Calgary John Howard Society.
ArcticFASDRTC - Suicide and FASD - Arctic FASD Regional Training Center
Mr. Baldwin's lecture from the 2009 FASD Speaker Series in Anchorage, Alaska on the topic of Suicide and FASD. This presentation discussed the relationship between FASDs and suicide ideation, attempts, and completion. Information is presented from a clinical perspective based on the presenter's expertise and research data.

RESEARCH
Elsevier - Dietary intake, nutrition, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the Western Cape Province of South Africa
In this study, we describe the nutritional status of women from a South African community with very high rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Nutrient intake (24-h recall) of mothers of children with FASD was compared to mothers of normal controls.
Pediatrics - Gross Motor Deficits in Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol: A Meta-analysis
The significant results suggest evaluation of GM proficiency should be a standard component of multidisciplinary FASD diagnostic services.
BMC Pediatrics - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: development of consensus referral criteria for specialist diagnostic assessment in Australia
Referral criteria recommended for use in Australia are similar to those recommended in North America. There is a need to develop resources to raise awareness of these criteria among health professionals and evaluate their feasibility, acceptability and capacity to improve the identification of FASD in Australia.
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences - Gene–ethanol interactions underlying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes a diverse set of ethanol-induced defects. The phenotypic variation is generated by numerous factors, including timing and dosage of ethanol exposure as well as genetic background.
Academia.edu - Front-line Police Perceptions of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in a Canadian Province
This paper reports findings from police interviews regarding understandings of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including the challenges this presents at the front line. The project investigates police perceptions, as individuals with FASD can have disproportionate contact with justice systems.
Alcoholism - Chronic Binge Alcohol Exposure During Pregnancy Impairs Rat Maternal Uterine Vascular Function
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy results in an array of structural and functional abnormalities called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Alcohol dysregulates the exquisite coordination and regulation of gestational adaptations at the level of the uterine vasculature.
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Alcoholism - Dysmorphogenic Effects of First Trimester-Equivalent Ethanol Exposure in Mice: A Magnetic Resonance Microscopy-Based Study
These results illustrate the teratogenic impact of maternal dietary EtOH intake occurring at time periods approximately equivalent to weeks 3 through 6 (GD 7 to 11 in mice) and weeks 7 through 12 (GD 12 to 16 in mice) of human gestation, further documenting EtOH's stage of exposure-dependent neuroteratogenic end points and highlighting the vulnerability of selected brain regions during the first trimester.
Pediatric Blood & Cancer - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and childhood cancer: A concise review of case reports and future research considerations
We reviewed the published literature on the relationship between childhood cancer and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). A Pub Med search identified 12 subjects with the co-occurrence of FASD and cancer.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Quotidiano Sanità (Italy) - Sindrome feto-alcolica. Ne soffrono 1,2 bambini ogni 1.000 nati vivi. Le raccomandazioni del ministero
L’incidenza salirebbe al 6% nel caso di espressioni parziali della sindrome. Le stime dal ministero della salute, che alla problematica il ministero della Salute dedica il suo ultimo dossier online. Tra il 4 e il 40% delle donne che bevono troppo in gravidanza partorisce bambini affetti da danni alcol correlati.


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