Sunday, December 27, 2015

FASD News - 51/2015

Medscape (Canada) - New Guideline: Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A new Canadian guideline for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) updates recommendations last issued in 2005 and is specifically designed for multidisciplinary diagnostic teams.
Communitycare.co.uk (UK) - MPs call for urgent action on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
MPs have highlighted the prevalence of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the adoption system and called for better training for social workers on the issue.
3News NZ (New Zealand) - Govt seeks ways to deal with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The government is looking for ways to deal with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and wants public input. It's caused by pregnant women drinking alcohol and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says an estimated 570 children are born with FASD each year.
KTUU.com (USA) - Alaska children with fetal alcohol disorders become eligible for special education
The board also agreed to allow advanced nurse practitioners -- not just doctors -- to diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Hong Kong Standard (Hong Kong) - Warning labels needed on booze, say doctors
Health warning labels on alcoholic drinks should be required to lower deaths from booze-related disease and accidents, the Hong Kong Medical Association urged yesterday.
Buffalo News - UB Researcher: No level of alcohol is safe during pregnancy
The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new recommendations this fall that encourage women who are pregnant to refrain from drinking any alcohol or face a greater prospect of giving birth to a child with mental, behavioral or physical disabilities.

MATERIALS
POPFASD – FASDcasts
Using web casting technology, POPFASD is able to deliver flexible FASD worjshops to any school site.
Government of Saskatchewan - Planning for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This document is intended to assist educators in meeting the needs of students who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Across Saskatchewan, school personnel have been working to find the best approaches for meeting the needs of all students. This document is provided to assist them in this process.
CMAJBlogs - [Podcasts] Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder guideline + recording physician-assisted dying on death certificate
Diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is essential to improve outcomes for affected individuals and families, and to inform pre-pregnancy counselling to prevent future cases.

RESEARCH
Neuroscience - Prenatal binge-like alcohol exposure alters brain and systemic responses to reach sodium and water balance
The aim of the present work is to analyze how prenatal binge-like ethanol exposure to a moderate dose (2.0 g/kg; group Pre-EtOH) during gestational days (GD) 17–20 affects hydroelectrolyte regulatory responses.
Neuroreport - Effects of binge ethanol exposure during first-trimester equivalent on corticothalamic neurons in Swiss Webster outbred mice
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders range in severity depending on the amount, timing, and frequency of alcohol exposure. Regardless of severity, sensorimotor defects are commonly reported.
EXCLI Journal - Protective role of taurine in developing offspring affected by maternal alcohol consumption
Maternal alcohol consumption is known to affect offspring growth and development, including growth deficits, physical anomalies, impaired brain functions and behavioral disturbances.
JMIR Research Protocols - Guided internet-based parent training for challenging behavior in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (Strongest Families FASD): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a term used to encompass the full range of neurobehavioral and cognitive dysfunction that may occur as a consequence of prenatal alcohol exposure. There is relatively little research on intervention strategies that specifically target the behavioral problems of children with FASD.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Quotidiano Sanità (Italy) - Prevenzione e diagnosi della sindrome feto-alcolica. Le nuove Linee guida canadesi
Bambini e adulti che hanno avuto un’esposizione prenatale ad alcol e che presentano disturbi dello sviluppo neurologico e/o dismorfismi facciali specifici, dovrebbero essere indirizzati verso controlli per una possibile diagnosi di un disturbo della sindrome feto-alcolica.

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