Sunday, November 15, 2015

FASD News - 45/2015

The Age (Australia) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: 'Hidden' problem is more pervasive than we thought
Everyone, it seems, gets a say in the alcohol debate except the unborn child. Monday's Four Corners program highlighted the need for all of us to consider the lifelong impact of environmental exposures in the womb and to ensure that the developing child has the best possible start to life.
International Business Times AU (Australia) - Child health expert calls for federal intervention to curb alcohol during pregnancy
A child health expert has called for stricter taxes on alcohol by the federal government to fight hidden and long-term illnesses that are related to alcohol and pregnancy. A number of conditions expressed as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) arise in children whose mothers drink during pregnancy.
Clarence Valley Daily Examiner (Australia) - Prisons’ foetal alcohol disorder blind spot
THE NSW prison system admits it does not diagnose foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in either the adult or juvenile justice system.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Mothers' guilt - the harm of drinking while pregnant
Like all mothers, Anne Russell and Claire Holland love their children dearly. However both women live with the knowledge their actions during pregnancy resulted in their children struggling with life.
ABC Online (Australia) - NT Government yet to act on eight month-old fetal alcohol report
It was handed a report on how to deal with foetal alcohol disorder eight months ago. But the Northern Territory Government is yet to act on a single recommendation.
The Telegraph (UK) - Pregnant women could be advised to drink no alcohol under new NHS guidelines
The UK's chief medical officer is considering lowering the safe level of alcohol consumption and advising pregnant women not to drink at all.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Estonia - Avatud konverents: raseduseaegse alkoholi mõju lootele (November 25, 2015)

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
POPFASD - Carmen Rasmussen - Edmonton MILE
Dr Carmen Rasmussen speaks about a study, conducted in Edmonton, that measured the effectiveness of the Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) program in school and home settings.

RESEARCH
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Low and moderate prenatal ethanol exposures of mice during gastrulation or neurulation delays neurobehavioral development
Human and animal studies show significant delays in neurobehavioral development in offspring after prolonged prenatal exposure to moderate and high ethanol doses resulting in high blood alcohol concentration (BECs).
Brain Sciences - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: potential role of endocannabinoids signaling
One of the unique features of prenatal alcohol exposure in humans is impaired cognitive and behavioral function resulting from damage to the central nervous system (CNS), which leads to a spectrum of impairments referred to as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research - Retrospective assessment of prenatal alcohol exposure by detection of phosphatidylethanol in stored dried blood spot cards: an objective method for determining prevalence rates of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Detection of PEth from newborn DBS cards can identify prenatal alcohol exposure and also be used for retrospective surveillance of alcohol consumption during the last three to four weeks of pregnancy, using specimens that are collected for routine metabolic screening and stored by many state health departments.
Advances in Pediatric Research - Ethanol, Neurodevelopment, Infant and Child Health (ENRICH) prospective cohort: study design considerations
While intervention is the leading factor in reducing long-term disabilities in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), early identification of children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) remains challenging.
PLoS One - Fetal alcohol exposure reduces dopamine receptor D2 and increases pituitary weight and prolactin production via epigenetic mechanisms
Recent evidence indicated that alcohol exposure during the fetal period increases the susceptibility to tumor development in mammary and prostate tissues.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Choline supplementation in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are conditions characterized by physical anomalies, neurodevelopmental abnormalities, and neurocognitive deficits, including intellectual, executive, and memory deficits.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
HABERTURK (Turkey) - Alkolü sizinle birlikte bebeğiniz de içiyor!
Yetişkinlere zararlı olan alkolün bebek de nasıl bir etki göstereceğini tahmin etmek zor olmasa gerek. Alkol annenin kanındaki düzeyle orantılı olarak anne sütüne geçebilmektedir.
Remscheider General-Anzeiger (Germany) - 30 Prozent der Schwangeren trinken Alkohol
Im Grunde sollte es allen klar und völlig selbstverständlich sein: Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft ist tabu. In der Realität sieht das anders aus. In Deutschland trinken bis zu 30 Prozent der werdenden Mütter während der Schwangerschaft.
Italiasalute.it (Italy) - Alcol in gravidanza, sì o no?
Bere o non bere alcol in gravidanza? È il dilemma di molte donne che aspettano un bambino. Un recente documento redatto dagli esperti dell'American Academy of Pediatrics (Aap) rivela che l'esposizione prenatale all'alcol è la principale causa evitabile di difetti alla nascita e disabilità intellettive.

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