Sunday, January 25, 2015

FASD News - 3/2015

Medical Xpress (Australia) - Aboriginal women address high rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in remote Australia
One in eight children born in 2002 or 2003 and living in remote Fitzroy Valley communities in Western Australia have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a landmark study has found.
Healio - Fetal alcohol syndrome diagnosis missed in adopted children
Over 85% of foster and adopted youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders were not previously diagnosed or were misdiagnosed with behavioral problems.
Daily Mail (Australia) - Shocking rates of foetal alcohol syndrome recorded by study in remote Aboriginal community
One in eight children in remote communities of Western Australia are born with permanent learning and physical disabilities due to their mothers consuming alcohol while pregnant, a new study has found.
Juneau Empire - The importance of getting an FASD diagnosis
Ric Ianolino has worked with at-risk children and their families since 1968 in the Lower 48 and in Alaska. He served in roles as treatment director for the Bethel Group Home and regional trainer for the Yukon-Kuskokwin Health Corporation until a ride-along with Juneau Police Department Sgt. Ben Cornell changed his life.
Binghamton Homepage (USA) - Group encourages mothers to take "PACT" to prevent birth defects
Health advocates are reminding pregnant women, and those who might become pregnant, that there are some things they can do to help prevent birth defects.
Kenai Peninsula Online (USA) - School district implements training, curriculum for FASD
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is continuing to expand and evolve outreach for students diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Australian (Australia) - Consigning fetal alcohol scourge to history
DESPITE searing heat, 15-year-old Tristan McCarthy is relaxed as he poses in front of a boab tree in his home town of Fitzroy Crossing. He laughs when an onlooker tells him how handsome he looks. “Just go and behave!” he replies.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
IWK Health Centre - Mothers' Mental Health Toolkit: A Resource for the Community
The Mothers’ Mental Health Toolkit was born out of a novel partnership between the IWK Reproductive Mental Health Service and Family Resource Centres. Mothers’ Mental Health matters to the development of strong children and healthy communities.
Centre for Research in Family Health - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A Canadian Study for Parents of Children Age 4 -12
Just a friendly reminder that we are still recruiting families into our Strongest Families FASD study. We are looking for families living in Canada with children age 4-12 with an FASD diagnosis to participate in our study.
ANTICIPATORY GUIDANCE FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD): PRACTICE POINTS FOR PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
To give primary healthcare providers (PHCP) evidence-based recommendations for supporting and managing the symptoms of FASD after patients have received a diagnosis.
The Regina Community Clinic - FASD Evening Routine
FASD Morning Routine
FASD Night Routine
FASD Day Routine
Mennonite Central Committee Canada - Can't, Not Won't
A Christian response to FASD.

RESEARCH
Pediatrics - Misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses in foster and adopted children with prenatal alcohol exposure
The purpose of this article is to assess the rate of misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) among a population of foster and adopted youth referred to a children’s mental health center.
Human Brain Mapping - A DTI-based tractography study of effects on brain structure associated with prenatal alcohol exposure in newborns
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is known to have severe, long-term consequences for brain and behavioral development already detectable in infancy and childhood. Resulting features of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders include cognitive and behavioral effects, as well as facial anomalies and growth deficits.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Midwives' knowledge, attitudes and practice about alcohol exposure and the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Midwives are an influential profession and a key group in informing women about alcohol consumption in pregnancy and its consequences.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
RTV Slovenija (Slovenia) - Vsaka merica alkohola pomeni tveganje za otroka
Podatki kažejo, da poraba alkohola pri mladih ženskah narašča. Gre za ženske v rodni dobi, ki se, kot opozarjajo strokovnjaki, premalo zavedajo škodljivih posledic pitja ne le med nosečnostjo, temveč tudi že v času načrtovanja. Že majhna količina alkohola lahko povzroči trajne posledice.
RTF.1 Regionalfernsehen – Nachrichten (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft - Ausmaß schwerer Schädigungen von Kindern wird drastisch unterschätzt
Das Ausmaß schwerer Schädigungen von Kindern durch den Alkoholkonsum von Frauen während der Schwangerschaft wird offenbar noch drastisch unterschätzt.

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