Sunday, August 31, 2014

FASD News - 34/2014

KTUU.com - Alaska Boy Uses Music to Cope with FASD
When the Lavigueure family found out their adopted son Shaun had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, they were shocked and didn't believe it.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Yukon's 'pioneer' FASD residence is working: staff
In a private apartment building Henry's voice might cause noise complaints. But Colette Acheson, vice-president of Options for Independence, says it's a small example of a behaviour that is understood here. Dun Kenji Ku is a residence for adults with FASD.
Maple Ridge News - New way to fight FASD
Maple Ridge’s Asante Centre is doing ground-breaking work in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, with the new program Through an Aboriginal Lens.
The Guardian (Australia) - Disability 'criminalised' by treatment of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Disability is being criminalised through the treatment of people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders within Australia’s justice system, advocates have argued at a Northern Territory inquiry.
Irondequoit Post (USA) - Council highlights risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the Rochester Area is joining its national and international partners to increase awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day on Sept. 9.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Single drink binge can damage
A single drinking binge in late pregnancy could harm child development, research on rats from the University of Otago suggests.
Medical Daily - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Lead To Excessive Weight Gain And Obesity Later In Life
The U.S. Surgeon General first advised women against drinking alcohol during pregnancy back in 1981. However, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are still a leading preventable cause of birth defects and childhood disabilities among children in the United States.
First People Worldwide - Alcoholism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and the Native American Woman, First Peoples Worldwide
Fetal alcohol syndrome has devastating effects on all those around it. It is a disease that has the power to destroy childhoods, families, and in some cases even an entire culture. This paper aims to explore the causes and effects of alcoholism as a general ailment, and more specifically fetal alcohol syndrome, on the culture of Native American societies.
Sky News (Australia) - NT government focusing on pregnant drinkers
High-flying career women in the inner city and Aboriginal women living in remote communities are both looking down the barrel of the same gun: the risk of having babies with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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.
First Baltic Conference “Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders”
Conference aims to raise awareness of health policy makers, medical doctors, public health professionals, social and educational workers about prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), provision of support and special education for children who have FASD.
Webinar - Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Making the Connections!
Please join us to learn about the connections and progress of collaborative efforts from three compelling perspectives of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Alberta - 2014 Alberta FASD Conference
The Government of Alberta invites you to join us in this important multidisciplinary conference focused on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its impact on individuals, families, communities and society at large. The conference will feature keynote presentations and over 30 breakout sessions discussing the latest practices in FASD prevention, assessment and support.

RESEARCH
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Maternal pre-pregnancy risk drinking and toddler behavior problems: the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study
Maternal risk drinking may be a risk factor for child behavior problems even if the mother has discontinued this behavior. Whether pre-pregnancy risk drinking is an independent predictor of child behavior problems, or whether a potential effect may be explained by maternal alcohol use during and after pregnancy or other adverse maternal characteristics, is not known.
Human Brain mapping - Longitudinal MRI reveals impaired cortical thinning in children and adolescents prenatally exposed to alcohol
Brain imaging studies suggest that cortical thickness decreases during childhood and adolescence, in concert with underlying structural and synaptic changes required for cognitive maturation and regional specialization of function.
Addiction Biology - Moderate alcohol exposure during early brain development increases stimulus-response habits in adulthood
Exposure to alcohol during early central nervous system development has been shown variously to affect aspects of physiological and behavioural development. In extreme cases, this can extend to craniofacial defects, severe developmental delay and mental retardation.
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology - Cognitive, emotional and social development in adolescents born to substance using women
The aim of this article is to investigate the long-term developmental consequences of being born to a substance-using mother, focusing on cognitive functions, attention, emotional and social development.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Satakunnan Kansa (Finland) - FASD: Ainoa kehitysvamma, joka voidaan estää
Viime vuosina paljon kuultu lyhennys FASD tarkoittaa sikiöaikaisen alkoholialtistuksen vaurioita, joista vakavimmat aiheuttavat kehitysvamman. Asiasta on syytäkin puhua, sillä Suomessa syntyy vuosittain 600–1 000 sikiöaikaisen alkoholialtistuksen vaurioittamaa lasta.
Gaianews.it (Italy) - L’esposizione prenatale all’alcol causa obesità durante l’adolescenza
I deficit di crescita sono una caratteristica distintiva del Disturbo dello spettro fetale alcolico (FASD). Ora però un nuovo studio rileva che i tassi di obesità sono molto elevati negli adolescenti con Sindrome alcolica fetale parziale (PFA), e aggiunge che le ragazze sono maggiormente a rischio di sovrappeso, rispetto ai maschi, durante l’adolescenza.

Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) - Fysisk aktivitet motverkar alkoholskador
Att bli utsatt för alkohol under fosterstadiet kan ge bestående skador. Nu visar kanadensiska forskare att fysisk aktivitet motverkar skadorna.


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