Sunday, May 3, 2015

FASD News - 17/2015

Juneau Empire - FASD strategies: A needs and strength-based Focus
It is natural for Mary Katasse and her family to look lovingly upon a child in the community who is behaving in a way that others may judge negatively. She understands at a deep level the possible struggles of both the child and parents; and she continues to educate us all about difference and the importance of unconditional love.
Regina Leader-Post - Boy's death exposes gaps in support for those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Despite concerns raised about support for those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) after the death of a young boy, a group that hoped to help expand its services was stymied in its bid to get additional money from the provincial budget.
Mail & Guardian Online (South Africa) - 'I gave my children booze - and now I fear for their future'
Tammy-Ann Julies* remembers “feeding” her eldest son alcohol for the first time about two years ago. It was a late Friday afternoon and the then eight-year-old Owen* and his mother shared a 750ml bottle of Black Label beer.
mirror.co.uk (UK) - Hundreds of children left brain damaged by their mums drinking during pregnancy
World Health Organisation research suggests at least one in 100 babies – the equivalent to about 7,500 – are born in the UK affected by their mother’s drinking every year.
CBCNews (Canada) - The Mothering Project aims to break cycle of addiction
Two years ago, when Stephanie Wesley walked through the doors of The Mothering Project, she was at rock bottom.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
ITV - The Impact Of Drinking During Pregnancy Documentary 2015
This documentary investigates the impact of drinking during pregnancy, meet four people affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a condition present in roughly one in 100 babies born in Britain each year.
PHRP - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Australia – the future is prevention
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are increasingly recognised throughout Australia as important, but preventable, disorders that result in lifelong problems with health and learning, mental health, behaviour and substance misuse. The role of this article is to highlight current efforts, which are in their infancy, to recognise and prevent FASD in Australia.
FASCETS Canada - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Consultation Education and Training Services
FASCETS Canada’s work is based on the neurobehavioural approach to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) developed by Diane Malbin, MSW, founder of FASCETS in Portland, USA. FASCETS Canada and its two founders have been endorsed by FASCETS.
Alcohol-Free Pregnancy - NOFAS Webinar: When Someone with an FASD is Arrested: What You Need to Know
Though not everyone with an FASD gets in trouble with the law, research shows that these incidents occur far too frequently. This webinar will discuss research on how commonly troubles with the law occurs for people with FASD, and how many of the cognitive difficulties that occur in FASD can lead to problems when interacting with police, attorneys, and judges.
HealthINFONet - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder resources for the justice system
Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute have developed a range of new resources to help lawyers, judicial officers and other justice professionals better deal with people who are impacted by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

RESEARCH
International Journal of Molecular Sciences - In utero exposure to low-dose alcohol induces reprogramming of mammary development and tumor risk in MMTV-erbB-2 transgenic mice
There is increasing evidence that prenatal exposure to environmental factors may modify breast cancer risk later in life. This study aimed to investigate the effects of in utero exposure to low-dose alcohol on mammary development and tumor risk.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Decision-making and evidence use during the process of prenatal record review in Canada: a multiphase qualitative study
Prenatal records are potentially powerful tools for the translation of best-practice evidence into routine prenatal care. Although all jurisdictions in Canada use standardized prenatal records to guide care and provide data for health surveillance, their content related to risk factors such as maternal smoking and alcohol use varies widely.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Verbal learning and memory impairment in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Previous studies using the California Verbal Learning Test-Children's Version (CVLT-C) to examine effects of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure on verbal learning and memory have reported impaired information acquisition (i.e., encoding), rather than retrieval, as the primary mechanism underlying learning and memory impairment.
Frontiers in Neuroscience - Eye movements reveal sexually dimorphic deficits in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
We examined the accuracy and characteristics of saccadic eye movements in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) compared with typically developing control children.
Developmental Dynamics - Using optical coherence tomography to rapidly phenotype and quantify congenital heart defects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure
The most commonly used method to analyze congenital heart defects involves serial sectioning and histology. However, this is often a time-consuming process where the quantification of cardiac defects can be difficult due to problems with accurate section registration.
Maternal and Child Health Journal - Partner's influences and other correlates of prenatal alcohol use
To investigate the influence of partners on alcohol consumption in pregnant women within the context of other factors. A Dutch nationwide online cross-sectional study among 158 pregnant women and their partners was conducted.
Frontiers - Genetics and epigenetics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Women drinking during pregnancy can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which features neurodevelopmental deficit, facial dysmorphology, growth retardation, and learning disability.
Epidemiol Community Health - Alcohol consumption during pregnancy and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes
Lack of evidence is not the same as evidence of absence of risk and, in this case, no evidence of harm does not mean evidence of no harm; subsequently, no amount of alcohol during pregnancy can be considered safe based on research evidence.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
EuNews - Alcol: il Parlamento propone di indicarne le calorie sulle etichette
Una nuova strategia europea sull’alcool vuole informare il consumatore sul contenuto nutrizionale delle bevande alcoliche concentrandosi soprattutto sui minori e la guida in stato di ebrezza.
Ant1iwo (Greece) - Υποχρεωτική πια η αναγραφή των θερμίδων στα αλκοολούχα
Προτάσεις για τη σήμανση περιεχομένου θερμίδων των αλκοολούχων ποτών θα πρέπει να υποβάλει η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή, το αργότερο το 2016, τόνισε το ΕΚ χθες Τετάρτη.

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