Sunday, March 6, 2016

FASD News - 9/2016

Science World Report - Sleep Changes Seen From Fetal Alcohol Exposure May Explain Learning, Mood Problems
Exposure of a developing brain to binge levels of alcohol results in a permanent fragmentation in slow-wave sleep, with the extent of the fragmentation influencing the severity of related cognitive disorders, according to study authors.
Medical Xpress - Research pinpoints devastating impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals.
Whitehorse Star (Canada) - MP picks up cause for those afflicted with FASD
Yukon MP Larry Bagnell introduced a private member’s bill last week that would ensure a change in how individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are treated in the criminal justice system.
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - NZMA submission on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) action plan
The NZMA is calling on the government to take action to modify New Zealand’s “alcogenic” environment which promotes a culture of excessive drinking leading to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Sentinel-Standard - Let's Talk About It: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The missing diagnosis
Tracy used something called “confabulation,” common in persons with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a form of brain damage that occurs when the mom drinks alcohol during pregnancy. Confabulation is filling in with what seems logical, because you can't remember what actually occurred.
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TVNZ (New Zealand) - 'It makes me feel like my brain's going to burst' - 46,000 Kiwis suffer from fetal alcohol disorder
And for some 46,000 Kiwis, FASD is a daily battle which the Government will not recognise as a disability. Seven Sharp spoke to several families with a child suffering from FASD, including Alex and his mum Jackie, who drank while pregnant.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Invisible - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Justice System
This video features the personal stories of three people with FASD and their struggles within the justice system. Invisible exposes the myths and realities of FASD and what experts believe is needed to help offenders with the disorder.

RESEARCH
Journal of Attention Disorders - Comparing Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and ADHD A Meta-Analysis
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are associated with a range of neurocognitive impairments. Executive functioning deficits are a hallmark feature of both disorders.
The Lancet - Comorbidity of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis
The high prevalence of comorbid conditions in individuals with FASD highlights the importance of assessing prenatal alcohol exposure as a substantial clinical risk factor for comorbidity. The harmful effects of alcohol on a developing fetus represent many cases of preventable disability, and thus, alcohol use during pregnancy should be recognised as a public health problem globally.
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are clearly brain-based
The Lancet - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: complexity from comorbidity
Every day, in the USA alone, 100–500 children are estimated to be born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).1 Most will never be diagnosed with FASD, and those who are will often wait years for a correct diagnosis.
Trends in Cognitive Sciences - Drinking During Pregnancy and the Developing Brain: Is Any Amount Safe?
Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure can have lifelong, disabling effects on brain and cognition. Unlike animal studies, research on light-to-moderate drinking in humans demonstrates less consistent impact. Discussions of negative research findings in popular media underestimate potential adverse outcomes and complicate decisions about risks versus benefits of light-to-moderate drinking during pregnancy.
AAPGateways - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, FASD, and Child Behavior: A Meta-analysis
Meta-analysis reveals that FASD and PAE are associated with problematic behavior in many, but not all domains. This clearly affects families, and should be considered in clinical practice by providers.
Clinical Case Studies - The Clinical Application of Applied Behavior Analysis in a Child With Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The current case study describes the longitudinal assessment of a young child diagnosed with Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Rynek Zdrowia (Poland) - Szczecin: pijana matka urodziła pijane dziecko
Szacuje się, że rocznie w Polsce przychodzi na świat ok. 900 dzieci z FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), a dziesięć razy więcej dzieci ma inne zaburzenia związane z alkoholem opisywane jako poalkoholowe spektrum wrodzonych zaburzeń rozwojowych - FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).
DocCheck News (Germany) - FASD trocken reicht nicht
Um fetale Alkoholspektrumstörungen (FASD) zu vermeiden, reicht es nicht aus, ab der ärztlich nachgewiesenen Gravidität Hochprozentiges zu vermeiden. Wissenschaftler des CDC raten sogar Frauen, die schwanger werden könnten, auf ethanolhaltige Getränke zu verzichten.
Juraforum.de - Fötus-Schädigung durch Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft keine Körperverletzung
Trinkt eine Frau während ihrer Schwangerschaft regelmäßig Alkohol, kann das später geborene Kind wegen erlittener alkoholbedingter Schäden keine staatliche Opferentschädigung verlangen.
Policlinico News (Italy) - Alcol, CRARL e FARMACAP firmano un protocollo d’intesa
È stato siglato lo scorso 24 febbraio un importante protocollo d’intesa fra il Centro di Riferimento Alcologico della Regione Lazio (CRARL) diretto dal prof. Mauro Ceccanti e l’Azienda Speciale Farmasociosanitaria capitolina (FARMACAP), diretta dalla Dott.ssa Simona Laing.

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