Sunday, December 14, 2014

FASD News - 49/2014

NEWS and ARTICLES
The Daily Tar Heel - New study by UNC researchers finds higher percentage of alcohol-related birth disorders
For Zebulon resident Becky Brantley, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders affects pretty much everything her son does on a day-to-day basis. Brantley, who adopted a child with full fetal alcohol syndrome, said her son has struggled to come to terms with the depths of his disease.
Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser - Parenting a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) doesn’t involve any extra challenges, just different challenges
“Every child comes with their own set of unique characteristics and this is just a different set of challenges for that child,” said Mary, a foster mother of five years who has cared for close to 20 children, including one now with FASD.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Conservatives drop Yukon MP Ryan Leef’s FASD bill
A private member's bill, that brought Yukon MP Ryan Leef a lot of attention, has been dropped by the Conservative government.
Practical Ethics - Foetal alcohol syndrome, compensation and harm
A case currently before the UK Court of Appeal could have far-reaching implications for mothers who drink during pregnancy. Lawyers for a seven-year-old child with foetal alcohol syndrome caused by her mother’s heavy drinking, argue she should receive compensation from the government-funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority as she has been the victim of a crime.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Child whose mother drank excessively while pregnant will not win pay-out
A young child is not entitled to criminal injuries compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, sitting with Lord Justice Treacy and Lady Justice King, considered the case at a one-day hearing last month.
The Epoch Times (Canada) - Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in North Prompts New Bill
The Liberals are looking to introduce a bill on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder after a near identical bill presented by Yukon Conservative MP Ryan Leaf was stalled at committee for further study to define the disorder.
The Shout (Australia) - Industry actively targeting drinking whilst pregnant: DrinkWise
DrinkWise has several valuable initiatives in place to inform consumers of the dangers of drinking whilst pregnant, CEO John Scott has reaffirmed.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Drinking when pregnant: Is it harmless or an act of denial?
With 80 per cent of women in Ireland admitting to drinking alcohol when pregnant, Aoife Stuart Madge asks if we are ignoring the risks.
Toronto Star - Toronto author pens memoir about raising adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome
Although his adoption and challenges with fetal alcohol syndrome are the main subjects of Not Exactly As Planned: A Memoir of Adoption, Secrets and Abiding Love, he doesn’t read books, Rosenbaum says.
Waterloo Region Record - Police officers mentor children with fetal alcohol disorder
Matthew Colombo dreams about being a police officer. That's because the 11-year-old Elmira boy has a role model he hopes to emulate some day — Const. William Hand.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Links between FASD and justice system explored in provincial HSJCC webinar
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely than their non-affected peers to come into contact with the justice system. Sheila Burns and Cheryl Neave from the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) explained why in a recent webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), with the support of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).
Replies to Prevalence and Characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

UPCOMING EVENTS
The 6th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - March 4 – 7, 2015
This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.

RESEARCH
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Selective cognitive deficits in adult rats after prenatal exposure to inhaled ethanol
Increased use of ethanol blends in gasoline suggests a need to assess the potential public health risks of exposure to these fuels. Ethanol consumed during pregnancy is a teratogen. However, little is known about the potential developmental neurotoxicity of ethanol delivered by inhalation, the most likely route of exposure from gasoline–ethanol fuel blends.
Behavioural Brain Research - Prenatal ethanol exposure alters met-enkephalin expression in brain regions related with reinforcement: possible mechanism for ethanol consumption in offspring
The endogenous opioid system is involved in ethanol reinforcement. Ethanol-induced changes in opioidergic transmission have been extensively studied in adult organisms. However, the impact of ethanol exposure at low or moderate doses during early ontogeny has been barely explored.
Journal of Clinical Nursing - Dutch midwives' experiences with implementing health counselling to prevent prenatal alcohol use
Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Influence of maternal alcoholism on the brain benzodiazepine receptor development in human embryo and fetus during ontogeny
Signaling mechanisms that are required for proper neuronal development and how these processes are impaired by ethanol resulting in harmful consequences to brain development are very important for our understanding.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Odottava äiti käytti alkoholia rajusti – vammautuneena syntynyt tyttö jää Britanniassa korvauksitta
Äidin alkoholinkäytön takia raskausaikana vaikeasti vammautunut lapsi ei ole oikeutettu korvauksiin, päätti brittiläinen oikeusistuin torstaina.
15min (Lithuania) - JK teismas paskelbs sprendimą dėl „nėštumo nusikaltimo“
Byloje, kuri kėlė susirūpinimą dėl galimo motinų pavertimo nusikaltėlėmis, britų teismas turi nuspręsti, ar moteris, nėštumo metu smarkiai gėrusi, įvykdė „smurtinį nusikaltimą“ prieš savo vaiką.
Neue Nordhäuser Zeitung (Germany) - Frühe Prävention
Im Reha-Zentrum Sülzhayn fand vergangene Woche eine Fortbildung zum Thema "FASD" - Fetale Alkoholspektrumsstörung statt. Die Folge der Störung sind eine lebenslange Behinderung. Wie man die daraus resultierenden Probleme möglichst präventiv abfedert, das wurde den Teilnehmern von Experten vermittelt...
Klikk.no (Norway) - Hvem ville vel gitt toåringen sin en drink?
Julebordssesongen er allerede i gang, og for mange er julebord ensbetydende med et høyt inntak av alkohol.
Gazeta.pl (Poland) - Dlaczego tysiąc dzieci rodzi się z FAS? Winne "drobne grzeszki"
Najwybitniejsi polscy ginekolodzy przygotowali pierwsze oficjalne stanowisko adresowane do lekarzy opiekujących się ciężarnymi. Jego przesłanie brzmi, że nawet najmniejsza dawka alkoholu może spowodować nieodwracalne skutki dla zdrowia dziecka, czyli alkoholowy zespół płodowy - FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome).

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