Sunday, June 12, 2016

FASD News - 23/2016

STAT - He stumbled on a hidden epidemic of brain damage. The culprit? Alcohol
The agitated mom had three kids in foster care and she wanted them back. But she didn’t understand how to parent. She’d never worked. She had a short fuse. She was slow and didn’t seem to learn from experience.
Science Daily - Uncovering the genetics behind fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
A new review examines the current literature on the genetics of FASD susceptibility and gene-ethanol interactions. The authors also comment on potential mechanisms of reported gene-ethanol interactions.
Omaha World-Herald (USA) - Heated exchange follows activists' presentation to liquor commission over Whiteclay
Activists seeking to shut down the liquor stores in the border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, said Tuesday that slow response times to assaults, fires and other incidents there give the state plenty of ammunition to close the stores.
News-Medical.net - Testing for maternal alcohol biomarkers in blood may help identify pregnancies at high FAS risk
It is well known that drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in the offspring. Unfortunately, not all pregnant women are truthful about their levels of drinking. This study explored the feasibility of testing for various alcohol biomarkers in the blood of pregnant women to help identify pregnancies that are at high-risk for FAS.
Parkersburg News - Beekeeping helps Ohio teen overcome learning hurdles
By the fifth grade, Mr. and Mrs. Shuman determined that their oldest son had fetal alcohol syndrome. Their two younger sons, twins Jason and James, now 14, were also adopted from Guatemala but have no health issues.
Babble - BUT HE “LOOKS SO NORMAL"
I remember the first time my son stepped up to the plate the first year he played baseball. He not only looked like a miniature major league player, he acted and performed like one. With one swing, he sent a line drive up the middle of the diamond, straight into center field.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - There's no excuse for the selfishness of binge-drinking mothers-to-be
Just how selfish have we become as a society? There is always an excuse for the inexcusable and it has to stop. A recent WA Health study conducted by Curtin University, the University of WA and the Cancer Council of WA has found that pregnant women are more likely to binge drink than other women.
Independent Online - Dangers of boozing, breast-feeding
CHILDREN born to mothers who drank alcohol after their birth and breast-fed were significantly lighter, had lower verbal IQ scores and a range of other problems, a study has found.
Canada NewsWire (Canada) - Children's Aid Foundation and its donors invest $2 million in British Columbia's children and youth
Funding will allow more than 4,500 B.C. children and youth living in care access to educational, enrichment, housing and transitioning in and out of care support.
CBC (Canada) - New guidelines allow young children FASD support
Until recently, children under the age of six were not being assessed for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Now, new guidelines mean they will be, and the FASD Clinic in Sudbury says the change will mean better outcomes in life for those children.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2016
First programme is now out! Early Bird Registration closes on June 15, 2016.
Alberta Government - Professionals Without Parachutes (June 23)
In this presentation we will discuss the Professionals Without Parachutes (PWP) training model.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
MrStartpointprod - UBC Physical Realities FASD
Emily Travis, CJ Lutke and Myles Himmelreich present the groundbreaking work at the 2016 Conference at UBC.
YourAlberta - Siksika Health Services FASD Program: A Case Study
This webcast covers how the Siksika Health Services have amended the original Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) home visitation model to work for the First Nations community they serve.
YourAlberta - Best Practices for Supports
The overall goal of the best practice approach is to establish a shared understanding of evidence-based FASD informed service delivery.
YourAlberta - Panel Discussion: Working with Supports
This panel discussion brings together a group of employers who have a proven track record in creating inclusive workplaces and working with support organizations to do so.
YourAlberta - The Stigma of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation into the Community
This presentation touches on employment, housing and interpersonal relationships. It will also explore strategies to reduce the stigma that exists around brain injury, focusing on the transition from hospital to community. Finally, it will explore current research and proposed services to address psychosocial issues and the process of integration.

RESEARCH
Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health - Use of Alcohol during Pregnancy in France: Another French Paradox?
Although scientific knowledge about the effects of ethanol during early brain growth period had considerably increased over the last decades, the problem of the consequences, the cost and the care of infants exposed to alcohol during pregnancy remains spread worldwide. In many industrialized countries including France the country of the first description of FAS in 1968, the sanitary problem is clearly not a public health priority and thus still not yet resolved.
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Evidence for an immune signature of prenatal alcohol exposure in female rats
Evidence for immune/neuroimmune disturbances as a possible root cause of a range of disorders, including neurodevelopmental disorders, is growing. Although prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) impacts immune function, few studies to date have examined immune function in relation to long-term negative health outcomes following PAE, and most have focused on males.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and assessment of maxillary and mandibular arc measurements
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) comprise a range of physical differences and neurologic deficits from prenatal alcohol exposure. Previous studies suggest that relative maxillary growth deficiency can accompany FASD.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Alcohol-Induced Developmental Origins of Adult-Onset Diseases
Fetal alcohol exposure may impair growth, development, and function of multiple organ systems and is encompassed by the term fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Research has so far focused on the mechanisms, prevention, and diagnosis of FASD, while the risk for adult-onset chronic diseases in individuals exposed to alcohol in utero is not well explored.
Drug and Alcohol Review - Mechanisms of influence: Alcohol industry submissions to the inquiry into fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
This study aims to examine all alcohol industry submissions to the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), to assist in understanding how those with vested interests contribute to policy development.
South African Medical Journal - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Prevalence rates in South Africa
FASD rates from studies conducted in SA are among the highest worldwide. FASD affects all communities in SA and is therefore a major public health concern in SA. Multidisciplinary and intersectoral interventions are urgently required to raise awareness about the dangers of prenatal alcohol exposure and the devastating effect of FASD on the lives of children, families and communities.
University of Gothenburg - Fetal Alcohol syndrome in adulthood - Psychological, psychosocial, and neuropsychological aspects of life in individuals who were prenatally exposed to alcohol
St. Cloud State University - Academic and Behavioral Interventions for Children and Youth with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
TVN24 (Poland) - Piją w ciąży, rodzą chore dzieci. Można tylko patrzeć. NIK alarmuje: to się musi zmienić
Ciąża trwa średnio 274 dni. Czekanie na przyjęcie na odwyk (też średnio) 673 dni, czyli prawie dwa lata. Kobieta zdąży urodzić chore dziecko, a może nawet dwoje.
Augsburger Allgemeine (Germany) - Wege, die aus der Sucht führen
In einem interaktiven Teil der Ausstellung informiert das FASD-Netzwerk Nordbayern über Schwangerschaft und Alkohol sowie FASD (Fetale Alkohol Spektrum-Störung) – das heißt Schädigungen, die ausschließlich durch mütterlichen Alkoholkonsum während der Schwangerschaft entstehen.

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