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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alcohol News - 25/2014

Third Sector (UK) - British Medical Association opposes move to relax alcohol licensing for charitable events
The British Medical Association has opposed government plans to relax licensing laws in order to allow charities and voluntary groups to sell small amounts of alcohol at events.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Health board bids to cut alcohol sales
SCOTLAND'S largest health board has stepped up its campaign against the alcohol industry by creating a post to object to liquor licences and curtail the sale of drink.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Fresh light cast on our dysfunctional relationship with alcohol
There have been so many reports on alcohol harm in recent years that it is hard to think that any new research would have the capacity to shock. Yet this latest study by the Health Research Board still manages to pack a punch by casting fresh light on our dysfunctional relationship with drink.
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.
The Journal (Ireland) - Ireland’s alcohol consumption in one handy infographic
THE HEALTH RESEARCH Board today released figures that outlined Ireland’s depth of binge drinking.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - ACT police to crack down on alcohol-related violence under new agreement
Canberra police are set to get tougher on alcohol-related violence and dangerous drivers under a new agreement with the ACT government.
PsychCentral.com - One-Third of Suicides Involve Heavy Alcohol Consumption
One-third of all completed suicides involve heavy use of alcohol before the attempt, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Eleven Myanmar (Myanmar) - Myanmar mulls lifting import ban on alcohol
The government is reviewing whether to lift the import ban on alcoholic beverages in order to resolve the smuggling issue which defies the ban, said Commerce Minister Win Myint.
Daily Mail (UK) - Sharp rise in cancers caused by lifestyle: Alcohol, obesity and legacy of sunshine holidays are to blame, warn experts
Drinking, smoking, obesity and the legacy of holidays in the sun are fuelling a sharp rise in cancers. Unhealthy lifestyle choices have led to rocketing instances of the disease striking the liver, mouth, womb, kidney and skin since 2003, figures show.
Authint Mail - How alcohol worsens night vision among drunk drivers
Know why drunk drivers see halos as they zoom past city lights, leading to traffic accidents? It's because alcohol disturbs the tear-film that covers the surface of their eyes, leading to deterioration of vision.
PsychCentral.com - Drinking Alcohol Can Make Your Medication Ineffective
She’s a twenty year old college student majoring in social work. She works part time at a bakery to supplement her income and lives at home with mom. Her father has been out of the picture since she was eleven.
MiamiHerald.com - Brazil bends its rules on beer sales for World Cup
Brazilians are famous for their passion for soccer, though the fervor sometimes is so intense that people die. The country’s lawmakers banned alcohol at stadiums 11 years ago in effort to curb game-related violence.
Headlines & Global News (New Zealand) - Reduced Legal Age to Buy Alcohol Tied to More Physical Assaults in Young Men: Study
Reducing the legal age for buying alcohol in fact increases the physical assault in young men - a research by the University of Otago, New Zealand, suggests.
The Nationalist (Ireland) - IRELAND MOST EXPENSIVE IN EU FOR ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO
Ireland is the most expensive country in the Europe for alcohol and tobacco - at 178% the EU average.
GlobalPost (Germany) - Mein Gott! Germans are drinking more non-alcoholic beer and less of the real stuff
Famous for keeping the taps running 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the past 35 years, this quintessential “kneipe,” or “dive,” is the last place you'd expect to find alcohol-free beer. But even this haven for hard-core drinkers offers two varieties, a Pilsener and a hefeweizen, or wheat beer, in deference to Germany's latest brewing trend.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Alcohol News - 24/2014

Fox News (USA) - Alaska to offer free pregnancy tests in bars to curb fetal alcohol syndrome
As the state with the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in the U.S., Alaska is introducing a new campaign aimed at preventing pregnant women from drinking, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Starting in December, pregnancy tests will be placed in the bathrooms of 20 bars and restaurants across the state.
DestinyConnect - Alcohol more damaging to women
If you’re just a weekend drinker, or one that unwinds with a glass of wine at the end of every day, you may be doing more harm to your body than you realise. Most women don’t realise that females are at a higher risk of developing alcohol-related diseases than men.
Medical News Today - Study reveals molecular mechanism behind alcohol-related brain damage
It has been well documented that heavy alcohol use can cause damage to the brain. But for the first time, researchers from the University of the Basque Country in Spain and the University of Nottingham in the UK reveal the structural brain damage alcohol abuse can cause at a molecular level.
ABC Local (Australia) - Forum reveals cheap and easy access to alcohol a 'major community concern'
Hosted by the Kalgoorlie Local Drug Action Group (KLDAG), about 40 community members and 20 health professionals convened to discuss the problem and possible solutions to alcohol abuse in the Goldfields.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol firms funding charities in order to gain political influence, claims study
Alcohol firms are adopting contentious tactics pioneered by the tobacco industry by funding charities in order to gain influence inside government, researchers claim in a new study published on Tuesday.
Boston.com - Underage Drinkers Binge-Drink Bud Light More Than Any Other Alcohol Brand
Bud Light is the most popular brand for underage binge-drinking, accounting for more than 13 percent of consumption, according to a study by researchers at Boston University and Johns Hopkins. The total is nearly double that of Jack Daniel’s bourbons, which was the second most popular at 7 percent.
Straits Times (Singapore) - About 8 in 10 support limiting alcohol sales and public consumption: Survey
About eight in 10 people who commented in a survey last year support having no-alcohol zones in public places and limiting when shops can sell alcohol for consumption outside of the premises.
Channel News Asia (Singapore) - MHA seeks feedback on ways to restrict sale, consumption of alcohol
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday launched the second phase of its public consultation exercise to restrict the sale and consumption of liquor.
Digital Trends - Beyond breathalyzers: a new laser device can remotely detect alcohol vapor in cars
It’s fairly easy to tell that the guy doing 95 while peeing out of the sunroof is probably a bit too wasted to be piloting a motor vehicle, but pretty soon, people won’t even have to drive like buffoons to get caught driving drunk.
MinnPost.com (Brazil) - Alcohol industry wins, public health loses at World Cup 2014
Brazil may be favored to win the 2014 World Cup, which begins on Thursday, but the real winner will be the alcohol industry — and the real loser will be public health — according to a troubling article published today in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal).
BBC News (Scotland) - Tracking Scotland's attitudes to alcohol
The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2013, which has just been released, questioned 1,500 adults about their views on alcohol.
Colombia Reports (Colombia) - Colombia alcohol ban in place ahead of presidential election
A 36-hour alcohol ban took force in Colombia on Saturday 6PM, one day before the polls open for the second round of Colombia’s presidential elections.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Call for ban on new liquor stores
A two-year ban on new liquor stores in Auckland's CBD is being proposed by the council in its newly released draft alcohol policy.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

FASD News - 23/2014

NEWS and ARTICLES
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.

MATERIALS/VIDEOS
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

RESEARCH
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.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
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.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Alcohol News - 23/2014

GMA News - 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.
Headlines & Global News - Listening to Words Related to Alcohol Increases Aggression: Study
Listening to alcohol related words leads to aggressive behavior in some people similar to the effect of drinking, a new study shows.
The Guardian (Australia) - Alcohol study: middle-aged women drink more often than daughters
Middle-aged Australian women drink more alcohol than any other age group, according to a Queensland University of Technology researcher.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - Canadians grossly underestimate their alcohol consumption, study says
It turns out Canadians lowball the amount of alcohol they drink by up to a whopping 75 per cent, especially when it comes to wine.
VICE News (Sierra Leone) - Packet Alcohol Delivers a Serious Hangover in Sierra Leone
While alcohol isn’t new to West Africa, its traditional form, omele, a sugar cane-based, locally-produced spirit has been virtually eliminated by competition from Indian manufacturers, who use industrial technologies and mass production to make highly potent alcohol affordable to nearly all West Africans.
Medical News Today - Mouse study: father's pre-conception alcohol consumption could influence son
Strong links have already been found between how susceptible an individual is to alcohol use disorders and the drinking habits of their parents, but a new study examining mice suggests that a father's excessive alcohol consumption could influence the effects of his son's drinking, even before their conception.
Al Jazeera America (Bahrain) - Bahrain parliament moves to ban alcohol
In an effort to shed Bahrain’s reputation as the "brothel of the Gulf," the tiny kingdom’s parliament has backed a proposal to ban the sale of alcohol on the grounds that it violates Islam and is linked to prostitution and public debauchery.
Daily Mail (Japan) - Living advertisement: How Japan's sleeping street drunks have been turned into human billboards for alcohol awareness campaign
Drunk people sleeping on the streets of Japan have been turned into human billboards for a new alcohol awareness campaign.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (USA) - Early data show increase in alcohol emergencies in Washington
Shoppers are buying a bit more hard liquor now that they can find it at four times as many stores and during twice as many hours as it was available before voters privatized liquor sales in 2011.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Binge drinkers should pay for hospital beds
Julia Manning, chief executive of 2020Health think tank, says people who repeatedly end up in casualty units after binge-drinking should be billed by the NHS.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - No shots after midnight: new bans on Sydney alcohol service
Pubs, clubs and bars across central Sydney will be hit with a fresh crackdown on alcohol service from mid-July, including a ban on shots, doubles and pre-mixed drinks after midnight in a bid to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol sponsorship: Doctors want to cut flow of liquor money in Kiwi sport
Medical Association tells investigating ministerial panel that ending alcohol sponsorship of sporting icons is vital if NZ is to see a shift in the culture of drinking, but sports bodies are resisting further restrictions.
ITV News (UK) - 185 people a day in North East hospitals due to alcohol
Figures put together for the NHS show that between 2012 and 2013, 67,000 people were admitted to North East hospitals with alcohol-related conditions - the equivalent of 185 every day.
Liverpool Echo (UK) - New booze price laws blasted by top Liverpool medic
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, head of Alcohol Health Alliance UK, says the decision to abandon a 45p per unit minimum pricing policy will harm public health. He called on the government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

FASD News - 21/2014

NEWS and ARTICLES
Southernminn.com (USA) - Parents of children with fetal alcohol syndrome find lack of resources in Faribault, out-state Minnesota
This is the second of a two-part series on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, its cost to the state and how state funding impacts access to community-based healthcare services which vary from county to county.
Vibe Ghana (Ghana) - International Confab on Fetal Alcohol Disorder opens
Research has shown that alcohol consumption has dangerous consequences for females than males and was responsible for the occurrence of some disabilities among some children.
The Australian (Australia) - Fetal syndrome ‘must be recognised as disability’
THE federal government’s reluctance to recognise fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as a disability had deprived many Aboriginal children of the correct treatment.
Mesabi Daily News (USA) - FAS catching eyeballs
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.
Communitycare.co.uk (UK) - Adults with alcohol-related brain damage ‘inappropriately’ placed in care homes, medics warn
Adults with alcohol-related brain damage are being placed inappropriately in nursing homes due to a lack of understanding about the condition within health and social care, says a report by a group of leading medical organisations.
Marlborough Express (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.
Anchorage Daily News - Carol Hatch steers six alcohol-damaged children into adulthood
For a quarter-century, Carol Hatch has lived in a big brown house off Arctic Boulevard, raising a family not quite like any other in Alaska.
wbur.org - Addicted And Pregnant: 'The Most Heart-Wrenching Experience Of My Life'
At the time, I had been doing a lot of meth. I was fortunate if I remembered to eat one meal a day. Refilling my birth-control prescription had become just another missed detail in a life that had ceased to have much meaning for me.
NIH Record - NIAAA’s Warren Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
The Research Society on Alcoholism has selected NIAAA deputy director Dr. Kenneth R. Warren to receive the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes a person with a long, balanced career whose contributions to alcohol research, training, service and advocacy have had a lasting impact on the field.
Yukon Government (Canada) - Yukon leads the country with the start of FASD prevalence study
In partnership with the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Department of Justice has begun a study evaluating the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in individuals who are incarcerated or on probation in Yukon.

UPCOMING
Decoding FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference - 14th October 2014
Decoding FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference for health professional (GPs, health visitors, nurses), social workers, foster carers, teachers, parents and guardians.
Third European Conference on FASD - 20 to 22 October 2014
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.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
YourAlberta - Technology and FASD
Dr. Jacquie Pei reviews new and existing research using technological innovations with individuals with FASD and discusses new technology that may be useful in FASD.
YourAlberta - FASD and Criminal Responsibility
Dr. Vinesh Gupta provides an overview of the concept of Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) and the applicability of NCR defense for clients with FASD.
CBC News - Groundbreaking FASD research in Manitoba gets $1.35M boost
Research efforts in Canada and Israel to find ways to detect fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) earlier in children have received a million-dollar boost.
Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres - Validation of the Canadian-developed Screening Test for Behavioral Phenotype of FASD
We have recently developed and validated a novel screening test for the Behavioural Phenotype of FASD. Stemming from the CBCL, the original test is valid only for 6-13 year old children.
YourAlberta - Children's Mental Health Learning Series
Research about parents with intellectual disability and their children is presented. A discussion of strategies to build systems capacity to support parents with intellectual disabilities and promote a healthy start to life for their children is included.
National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center - Overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders BH May 2014

RESEARCH
American Psychiatric Association - Fetal Alcohol Exposure Among African Americans
Having worked with poor, African-American patients in various educational, mental health, correctional, and foster care settings for more than 40 years, I feel obligated to draw attention to a major public health phenomenon that plagues these populations: fetal alcohol exposure (FAE). FAE is a hidden epidemic in poor African-American communities, where liquor stores are a ubiquitous and thriving business.
MidwiferyJournal.com - Alcohol consumption during pregnancy: Cross-sectional survey
In this study pregnant women attending an antenatal appointment were willing to complete brief alcohol screening questionnaires. A minority of women reported drinking pre-conception and/or during the first trimester with a small percentage drinking at levels potentially harmful to the fetus.
TheClinics.com - Substance Abuse During Pregnancy
This issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America deals with the timely subject of substance use during pregnancy. Alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use is prevalent among reproductive-age women. Even though a reduction in use often occurs during pregnancy, many women continue to use substances until a pregnancy is either actually diagnosed or well underway. Patient interviews and urine toxicologic testing at the initial prenatal visit and at delivery suggest that substance use during pregnancy ranges from 0.4% to 27%, depending on the population surveyed.
Alcoholism - An Evolutionarily Conserved Mechanism of Calcium-Dependent Neurotoxicity in a Zebrafish Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The calcium/CaMKII mechanism of EtOH's neurotoxicity is shared between an amniote (chick) and teleost fish, indicating that this mechanism is evolutionarily conserved. Our data suggest that EtOHext concentrations >2% (v/v) for chorion-intact embryos and 1.5% (v/v) for dechorionated embryos have limited clinical relevance. The strong parallels with established models endorse the zebrafish's relevance for mechanistic studies of EtOH's developmental neurotoxicity.
Alcoholism - A Screen of Zebrafish Mutants Identifies Ethanol-Sensitive Genetic Loci
Our results provide insight into the gene–EtOH interactions that may underlie EtOH teratogenesis. They support previous findings that EtOH disrupts elongation of the embryonic axis. Importantly, these results show that the zebrafish is an efficient model with which to test for gene–EtOH interactions. Understanding these interactions will be crucial to understanding of the FASD variation.
Alcohol - Chronic intermittent ethanol exposure during adolescence: effects on social behavior and ethanol sensitivity in adulthood
This study assessed long-lasting consequences of repeated ethanol exposure during two different periods of adolescence on 1) baseline levels of social investigation, play fighting, and social preference and 2) sensitivity to the social consequences of acute ethanol challenge.
Alcoholism - Differential Effects of the Histamine H3 Receptor Agonist Methimepip on Dentate Granule Cell Excitability, Paired-Pulse Plasticity and Long-Term Potentiation in Prenatal Alcohol-Exposed Rats
We previously reported that prenatal alcohol-induced deficits in dentate gyrus (DG) long-term potentiation (LTP) are ameliorated by the histamine H3 receptor inverse agonist ABT-239. ABT-239 did not enhance LTP in control rats, suggesting that the possibility of a heightened H3 receptor-mediated inhibition of LTP in prenatal alcohol-exposed (PAE) offspring.
Alcoholism - Brief Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Alters Behavioral Sensitivity to the Kappa Opioid Receptor Agonist (U62,066E) and Antagonist (Nor-BNI) and Reduces Kappa Opioid Receptor Expression
Overall, these data suggest that prenatal EtOH affects kappa opioid function and expression and that these changes may be involved in increased drinking later in life.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
State of Mind (Italy) - Sindrome alcolica fetale e problemi di attenzione: è possible che vengano sovrastimati?
I ricercatori della McGill University di Montréal, Canada, hanno suggerito che spesso i problemi attentivi dei bambini con Sindrome Alcolica Fetale (FASD) vengano riportati in modo eccessivo da genitori e insegnanti.
Badische Zeitung (Germany) - Fatale Folgen für das Kind
Können Sie sich jemanden vorstellen, der seinem Baby alkoholische Getränke ins Fläschchen gibt? Schon bei dieser Frage schütteln doch die meisten entsetzt mit dem Kopf. Nichts sehr viel anderes ist aber der Konsum von Alkohol während der Schwangerschaft.
inSüdthüringen.de (Germany) - Ein Püppchen, das wach rütteln soll
Brita Siebert entwarf für Heike Kramer, Vorstand der Ärztlichen Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsförderung ein Baby, das die Folgen von Alkoholkonsums in der Schwangerschaft deutlich zeigt.