Sunday, February 22, 2015

FASD News - 7/2015

Medscape (USA) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Underdiagnosed in Children
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is widely underdiagnosed in young children, preventing them from receiving crucial support services early in life, a new study finds.
WebMD.Boots.com (UK) - New advice for mums-to-be says "no alcohol"
Women planning a pregnancy, and those in the first three months of a pregnancy, are being advised not to drink any alcohol under new guidance.
WAFB.com - Experts work to keep expectant mothers from drinking
Most people have heard of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but it's a disorder that's often misunderstood. Most children exposed to alcohol in the womb can develop a lesser form of a similar condition that falls under the umbrella of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). It's the subject of a recent documentary produced by a world-renowned expert on the subject.
Deming Headlight (USA) - Data shows high rate of drug, alcohol use in expectant moms
About one in 20 expectant women in the United States report heavy alcohol use during their pregnancy, according to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Center.
Government of Canada (Canada) - Government of Canada Supports Young Offenders Living with FASD
Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay, along with Member of Parliament for Yukon Ryan Leef, announced $536,658 in funding to the McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association in Calgary to fund a new FASD Housing Coordinator.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Alcohol-Free Pregnancy - Stephen DeJoseph on Living with FASD
NOFAS seeks to create a global community free of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and a society supportive of individuals already living with FASD.
Adrienne Bashista – FASD Book
I am collecting names and experiences of folks who are living with FASD (meaning they ARE a person with FASD, a parent, family member, caregiver, husband/wife, partner, or a professional working with folks with an FASD) to create a collection of stories to illustrate the HOPE and HEALING that can occur when FASD is recognized as a neurobehavioral disability, and understood accordingly.

UPCOMING
Understanding and supporting children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Course – March 2
Understanding and supporting children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) A half-day training session.
6th International Conference on FASD in Vancouver: Mar 3 – 7, 2015
This conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research.

RESEARCH
Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences - Ethical and social challenges in newborn screening for prenatal alcohol exposure
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Prenatal alcohol exposure alters steady-state and activated gene expression in the adult rat brain
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with alterations in numerous physiological systems, including the stress and immune systems. We have previously shown that PAE increases the course and severity of arthritis in an adjuvant-induced arthritis (AA) model.
BMJ Open - In utero exposure to alcohol and puberty in boys: a pregnancy cohort study
Epidemiological studies have raised concerns about the reproductive consequences of in utero exposure to alcohol.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Genetic absence of nNOS worsens fetal alcohol effects in mice. II: Microencephaly and neuronal losses
Prenatal alcohol exposure can kill developing neurons, leading to microencephaly and mental retardation. However, not all fetuses are equally vulnerable to alcohol's neurotoxic effects.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Changes in the methylation status of DAT, SERT, and MeCP2 gene promoters in the blood cell in families exposed to alcohol during the periconceptional period
Alcohol exposure has been shown to cause devastating effects on neurobehavioral development in numerous animal and human studies. The alteration of DNA methylation levels in gene-specific promoter regions has been investigated in some studies of human alcoholics.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Lady.sk (Slovenia) - Aj na Slovensku už máme vyškolených odborníkov na diagnostiku fetálneho alkoholového syndrómu
Diagnóza fetálny alkoholový syndróm (FAS) postihuje na Slovensku ročne približne jedno z dvesto detí, aj keď názory na tento počet sa odlišujú, keďže táto oblasť je u nás ešte stále pomerne neprebádaná.
Inhimillisiä Uutisia (Finland) - FAKTA: SULKEMALLA KORKIN ESTETTÄISIIN MONEN LAPSEN TURHA KEHITYSVAMMA
Suomessa syntyy entistä useammin lapsia, joilla on jonkinasteinen alkoholin aiheuttama vamma.

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