Sunday, May 1, 2016

FASD News - 17/2016

The Herald‎ (Scotland) - Newborn babies tested for alcohol after shock research shows 42 per cent of mums drink while pregnant
NEWBORN babies in Scotland are being tested for alcohol after researchers found signs that pregnant mothers from all walks of life are drinking regularly.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Worry about Zika, but worry more about fetal alcohol disorder
For the last two months, it's been all Zika, all the time. Some 358 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in the United States — all travel-related, but ratcheting up anxiety for anyone who is pregnant. - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – What You Need To Know
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the term used to describe the range of disorders that arise in children after exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. This article is going to provide you with an overview of the diagnosis, signs, symptoms and management of FASD.
Whitehorse Star (Canada) - Yukon FASD rates higher than thought
Rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Yukon criminal justice system are significantly higher than previously thought. (Canada) - Yukon FASD study prompts calls for 'system-wide change'
A study in Yukon is showing the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) within the criminal justice system. The condition affects an estimated 1 per cent of children in Canada, but new research shows the percentage of people within Yukon's justice system with FASD is 17.5 per cent, or about one in six. (Canada) - Dartmouth parents plea for more support for disabled son
Leo Jones has needed extra support since childhood. Adopted at age three, he has been diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. He does work part time, but his parents still have to supervise him, as they do any time he leaves the house.
The Guardian (Australia) - Northern Territory urged to act on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The Northern Territory government is yet to implement a single recommendation from a report into the effects of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, 14 months after it was handed down. (Saint Kitts) - “I Am Too Young to Drink”
On Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016, the UWI Open Campus in St. Kitts hosted a presentation and discussion entitled ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’ (FASD), in which past Resident tutor and Head of the UWI Open Campus, Mrs. Olivia Edgecombe-Howell, led a conversation on the abovementioned topic, engaging persons in a riveting discussion on the causes and permanent impacts of this disorder to both individual and society.
Kenora Daily Miner and News (Canada) - KPDSB Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder program applauded at Toronto symposium
Keewatin Public School’s Transitions North program and its teachers received high praise for their work last month during a conference in Toronto.
The Sun (UK) - ‘I was left bitten, battered and bruised... by my four-year-old’: Woman adopts child suffering with heart-breaking symptoms of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
A BRAVE mum is speaking out to raise awareness of the devastating effects alcohol can have on a developing foetus.
News24 (South Africa) - Alcohol research centre receives vehicle
A SPONSORED vehicle was delivered by De Aar Solar Power to the Foundation for Alcohol-Related Research (Farr) on the official re-opening of the Farr/Joan Wertheim Centre in De Aar on Thursday (21/04).

The Swedish Family Care Competence Centre - 2nd International Conference "Every Child has the Right to..." (Call for Abstract – May 15; Conference date 28-31 May 2017)
The 2nd International Young Carers Conference will challenge the international community to focus on the issues of children as next of kin and young carers. It aims to support society to take responsibility and actualize the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and, in particular, when a child has a family member who is seriously ill or has an addiction or mental illness or experiences bereavement in their family.
Broken Lives: Conference on Addiction & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (May 19, 2016)
Registration has opened for the first-ever “Broken Lives: Addiction and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder” conference to be held May 19-20 in Whiteclay, Neb. Jointly sponsored by the Black Hills nonprofit Roots to Wings and Nebraskan nonprofit Special Needs Advocates and Parents (SNAAP), the conference is aimed at providing education and training to teachers, social workers, law enforcement, medical professionals, legislators and community policy makers.
FASD/ONE - Comordidity of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (May 17, 2016)
Dr. Svetlana (Lana) Popova, MD, PhDs, MPH is a Senior Scientist in Social and Epidemiological Research (SER) at CAMH. She is also an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Epidemiology Division and the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has an appointment as a Graduate Faculty Associate Member with the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.
Fetales Alkoholsyndrom und Fetale Alkoholspektrumsstörungen (2016-05-11)

ERLC Administration - MODULE 1 Supporting Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD
A key to supporting students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) is having a good understanding of FASD and how individuals with FASD are impacted.
MODULE 2 Supporting Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
MODULE 3 Supporting Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: clinical guideline for diagnosis across lifespan
In this podcast, two of the authors of the guideline explain what to look for in clinical practice. Dr. Valerie Temple is a clinical psychologist at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto, and Dr. Christine Loock is a developmental pediatrician at Children's and Women's Health Centre of British Columbia, with an academic appointment at UBC.
AGLCdotCA - FASD - Kelly and Patricia Morgan
In this two-minute video, Kelly Morgan, an adult living with FASD and her adoptive mother, Patricia Morgan, discuss some of the challenges of living with FASD and how, with understanding and support, a person with FASD can overcome challenges and find success.
abcqanda - Q&A FactCheck - Foetal alcohol syndrome
Sharman Stone says "The thing about alcohol that concerns me most is the violence done to the unborn child when a mother drinks while she's pregnant, and then endangers the baby's brain integrity with foetal alcohol spectrum syndrome or foetal alcohol disorder. The baby's born permanently brain damaged, and Australia has some of the highest rates per capita of FAS or FASD in the world. It's one of our best-kept secrets."
FASD-ONE - Sean Monteith: FASD: Taking Action in Ontario Symposium 2016

What do mothers really want on mothers day? Flowers? probably, but what they really want is me time; sleep in, read a book, go out, and most of all a day free of all the hassles and bustles of running a home. We have put together a list of things you could do for mommy this mothers day. Of course, you are free to investigate and find out what yours want.
NOFASD Australia - The Loop – e-news (April)In this April issue of The Loop, we introduce Emeritus Professor John Boulton to the "From My Desk" section. Professor Boulton writes of the invisibility of FASD.

The FASEB Journal - Choline Supplementation Improves Behavioral Aspects of Mice Exposed to Ethanol in Utero
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy leads to a range of long lasting developmental defects and deficits in the child that include effects on brain and behavior, collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
The FASEB Journal - Metabolic Phenotype and Increased Adiposity in a Mouse Model of Chronic Gestational Alcohol Exposure
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the largest preventable cause of neurodevelopmental disability and recent studies suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) also increases obesity risk at adolescence.
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse - Do attitudes and knowledge predict at-risk drinking among Russian women?
Drinking patterns among Russian women indicate substantial risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancies. Data about women’s knowledge and attitudes related to alcohol consumption during pregnancy and the extent to which women’s knowledge and attitudes affect their alcohol use remain limited.
Hormones and Behavior - Thyroxine administration prevents matrilineal intergenerational consequences of in utero ethanol exposure in rats
The neurodevelopmental fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is characterized by cognitive and behavioral deficits in the offspring. Conferring the deficits to the next generation would increase overall FASD disease burden and prevention of this transmission could be highly significant.
Behavioural Brain Research - Developmental and behavioral consequences of early life maternal separation stress in a mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), characterized by developmental disability. As children with FASD are often raised in suboptimal conditions, we have investigated the combination of PAE via maternal preference consumption of 10% ethanol in water with early life stress (ELS) via daily 3 h maternal separation and isolation.
Reproductive Toxicology - Ethanol exposure represses osteogenesis in the developing chick embryo
It is known that excess alcohol consumption during pregnancy can increase the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). However, the effect of ethanol exposure on bone morphogenesis in fetus is largely unknown.
San Jose State University - Expanding a Drosophila Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Forward Genetic Screen for Developmental Ethanol Exposure Phenotypes
Previous research focusing on the role of the insulin signaling pathway has established Drosophila melanogaster as a model for FASD. Here I describe a forward genetic screen undertaken with the goal of expanding this Drosophila FASD model.
Alcohol and Alcoholism - Modeling Symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Several studies indicate the similarity between the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This study hypothesized that prenatal exposure to ethanol (EtOH) can be used as an animal model of ADHD in Wistar rats.

Mynewsdesk (Sweden) - Barn med medfödda skador av alkohol behöver särskilt stöd
Uppskattningsvis föds varje år cirka 1 000 barn med alkoholskador (FASD) i Sverige, 100–200 av dem har fetalt alkoholsyndrom, FAS, det vill säga grava skador. Ett mörkertal visar att det finns många barn med alkoholrelaterade fosterskador som inte upptäcks och därmed riskerar att inte få rätt stöd och insats.

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