Sunday, November 29, 2015

FASD News - 47/2015

NEWS and ARTICLES
Midland Reporter-Telegram - Doctor: It’s unsafe for pregnant women to drink any alcohol
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders -- an umbrella term for the impact of prenatal alcohol use on a child -- affects an estimated 40,000 infants every year, according to 2014 statistics from the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States.
The Australian (Australia) - Remote mothers take control of drinking during pregnancy
Pregnant mothers have elimin­ated or reduced their intake of ­alcohol in a life-affirming turn­around in the Kimberley region, which made international headlines with one of the world’s highest rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, in findings published early this year.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Northern Ontario pilot project aims to get MedicAlert bracelets for people with FASD
Northern Ontario is the testing ground for a new program for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. People can apply for a MedicAlert bracelet identifying them as having the brain condition.
Cambridge News (UK) - Research midwife at the Rosie gives evidence to MPs about fetal alcohol syndrome
A research midwife at the Rosie has given evidence to a group of MPs who are investigating the current state of fetal alcohol syndrome in the UK.
Northern Star (Australia) - Foetal alcohol syndrome ‘more common than we think’
A CORAKI man whose grandson suffers from foetal alcohol syndrome says the condition is far more widespread than people realise. Paul Parker believes up to 10% of the child population in the Northern Rivers could have the condition, and in many cases parents may not realise their children are afflicted by it.
Huffington Post Canada - Alcohol Use In Pregnancy Is Part Of A Complex Set Of Issues
In my work as a neonatologist, I've looked after many, many babies. I've seen families of all ages, cultures and circumstances. But I've never seen a mother who wanted to harm her growing baby.
Courier Mail (Australia) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevalent in Ipswich children, foster carer lobbies for more support
An Ipswich foster carer is calling for more support and awareness surrounding foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

UPCOMING
Alberta - FASD and Homelessness (Webinar on December 4)
This presentation will review current research and best practices around the subject of FASD and Homelessness.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
BEST PRACTICES FOR FASD SERVICE DELIVERY
This document is intended to provide guidance for individuals and agencies working with clients with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - Implications of FASD for the Adoptive Family - NOFAS Webinar
Presenter: Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff M.D.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - Dr. Ken Jones Speech - NOFAS Event
This video is from the 2015 NOFAS International Gala at the Embassy of France in Washington, DC.

RESEARCH
Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology - Using a common form for consistent collection and reporting of FASD data from across Canada: a feasibility study
This study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of collecting information on individuals newly diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in multi-disciplinary diagnostic programs across Canada.
Scientific Reports - Prenatal exposure to recreational drugs affects global motion perception in preschool children
Prenatal exposure to recreational drugs impairs motor and cognitive development; however it is currently unknown whether visual brain areas are affected.
Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology - Prenatal alcohol exposure inducing the apoptosis of mossy cells in hippocampus of SMS2-/- mice
In order to understand the mechanisms of alcohol-induced neuroapoptosis through the ceramide pathway, sphingomyelin synthase 2 knockout (SMS2−/−) mice were used to make the prenatal alcohol exposure model, and the role of ceramide regulation on alcohol-induced neuroapoptosis was studied in the offspring. Initially the levels of serum sphingomyelin (SM) were detected with enzymatic method in P0 pups after alcohol exposure in parents.
Neuropsychology - Cognitive factors contributing to spelling performance in children with prenatal alcohol exposure
Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with impaired school functioning. Spelling performance has not been comprehensively evaluated.
Epigenetics and Chromatin - Prenatal ethanol exposure alters adult hippocampal VGLUT2 expression with concomitant changes in promoter DNA methylation, H3K4 trimethylation and miR-467b-5p levels
Maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy is associated with a range of physical, cognitive and behavioural outcomes in the offspring which are collectively called foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment - Prenatal substance use: exploring assumptions of maternal unfitness
In spite of the growing knowledge and understanding of addiction as a chronic relapsing medical condition, individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) continue to experience stigmatization.
Epigenetics and Chromatin - Dose-dependent alcohol-induced alterations in chromatin structure persist beyond the window of exposure and correlate with fetal alcohol syndrome birth defects
In recent years, we have come to recognize that a multitude of in utero exposures have the capacity to induce the development of congenital and metabolic defects. As most of these encounters manifest their effects beyond the window of exposure, deciphering the mechanisms of teratogenesis is incredibly difficult.
Frontiers in Psychiatry - Eyeblink classical conditioning in alcoholism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Alcoholism is a debilitating disorder that can take a significant toll on health and professional and personal relationships. Excessive alcohol consumption can have a serious impact on both drinkers and developing fetuses, leading to long-term learning impairments.
Alcohol - Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group
The 2015 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) meeting was titled “Basic Mechanisms and Translational Implications”. Despite decades of basic science and clinical research, our understanding of the mechanisms by which ethanol affects fetal development is still in its infancy.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Radio Olsztyn (Poland) - Co to jest FASD?
Wczesna diagnoza, już w momencie urodzenia daje wskazówki dla szybkiej interwencji, dla leczenia, precyzuje konkretne potrzeby dziecka i rodziny, tylko… jak się przyznać przed lekarzem, położną, że piło się alkohol w czasie ciąży.
Postimees (Estonia) - Raseda alkoholilembus paistab tihti välja imiku näost
«Juhul, kui rase tarvitab ka regulaarselt väikeseid alkoholikoguseid, võib see areneva loote rakkude arenemise segi paisata,» rääkis Suurbritannia National Clinic for Fetal Alcohol arst dr Raja Mukherjee. «Veelgi tõenäolisemalt paistab vastsündinu näos välja ema alkoholi kuritarvitamine ning need füüsilised muutused toimuvad embrüoga väga lühikese aja jooksul,» lisas ta.

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