Sunday, June 26, 2016

FASD News - 25/2016

Local 8 Now (USA) - UT to get $1.5 million to study fetal alcohol syndrome
The University of Tennessee has received a $1.5 million grant to study the role of genetics in fetal alcohol syndrome.
New York Times (New Zealand) - New Zealand to Pay Record Amount to Wrongfully Convicted Man
In a government-commissioned report, former Judge Rodney Hansen said Pora was lured into the confession by the prospect of a reward and because his judgment and thinking were "befuddled" from the fetal alcohol syndrome he suffers from.
Washington Times (USA) - MOMS program helps pregnant women get off drugs, alcohol
Maryha Kelly isn’t shy about her past. Born into a fractured family where drug abuse was prevalent, she started using at 17 years old - and struggled to get clean during her first two pregnancies.
onmanorama - Heal Thy Self | How to ensure your unborn baby’s mental health...
We have long been accustomed to thinking of the unborn baby as being secure and protected in the muc...
Nevada Business Magazine - The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Assists Legal Professionals with Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has released a new guide to assist judges and the legal community in understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
CTV News - Higher autism prevalence in children prenatally exposed to alcohol: pilot study
A new pilot study found that the prevalence of autism among children prenatally exposed to alcohol was significantly higher than the prevalence in the overall Canadian population.
The Guardian - Infant mental health: the four essential questions
The brain grows during the first two years of life at a tremendous rate – at the age of two, 80% of the brain has developed – and so those early years are critical. It is a unique, special time when so many emotional responses are learnt and, if it goes wrong, we spend the next 20 years trying to correct.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia) - Calls for more support for children in care affected by FASD
There are calls for more to be done to help children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders who are in state care. Research suggests 17 per cent of children in out of home care could have FAS-D, a range of conditions caused by exposure to alcohol in the womb.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Juvenile and Family Court Judges
This technical assistance brief is a publication of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), prepared as part of a project jointly funded under an interagency agreement (IAA) between the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
FASD Network - Living with FASD
Spring/Summer 2016 Edition
Jodee Kulp - 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FASD
Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association - Fasd and sleep disorders
FASD and poor sleep go hand in hand. Find out why and suggestions that might work for your child
Oregon Behavior Consultation - Helping People with FASD Process What We Are Saying (First Steps)
One of the more difficult things to remember when supporting a person with FASD is that they are almost certainly having difficulty understanding and remembering what you are saying. This video talks about why this is, and gives caregivers some basic first-steps in creating effective interactions.

RESEARCH
The European Journal of Health Economics - Societal costs of fetal alcohol syndrome in Sweden
The annual total societal cost of FAS was estimated at €76,000 per child (0–17 years) and €110,000 per adult (18–74 years), corresponding to €1.6 billion per year in the Swedish population using a prevalence of FAS of 0.2 %.
Midvifery Journal - Sympathy, shame, and few solutions: News media portrayals of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
the interrelated frames of sympathy and shame may confuse readers, as they inconsistently hold different parties responsible for the impact of FASD. Media portrayals that encourage women to refrain from alcohol consumption during pregnancy might be more useful than stigmatising and isolating those who do.
Sleep Medicine - Sleep and melatonin secretion abnormalities in children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Caregivers describe significant sleep disturbances in the vast majority of children and adolescents with a diagnosis with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), but objective data on sleep disorders in this population is almost completely lacking.
Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology - Effects of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure during Early Gestation in Rats on Inflammation across the Maternal-Fetal-Immune Interface and Later-Life Immune Function in the Offspring
During early brain development, microglial activation can negatively impact long-term neuroimmune and cognitive outcomes. It is well-known that significant alcohol exposure during early gestation results in a number of cognitive deficits associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Concordia University - The Many Diagnostic Tools of FASD
FASD – fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – is caused by consumption of alcohol while pregnant and is constantly under investigation.
Metabolic Brain Disease - Reduced glutamate in white matter of male neonates exposed to alcohol in utero: a 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy study
In utero exposure to alcohol leads to a spectrum of fetal alcohol related disorders (FASD). However, few studies used have used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) to understand how neurochemical disturbances relate to the pathophysiology of FASD.
University of Cape Town - Multimodal neuroimaging and early neurobehavioral and developmental correlates of alcohol-exposed infants in Cape Town
This thesis explored the relative impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the brain in infants as measured by multimodal brain imaging and the relationship of these findings to early neurobehavioral and developmental status.
Canadian Journal of Disability Studies - Risky Bodies: Allocation of Risk and Responsibility within Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Campaigns
In this qualitative case study, using data from 23 semi-structured interviews with those in charge of managing FASD and document analysis, I examine discourses invoked within FASD prevention and awareness campaigns deployed by the province of Alberta, Canada.
St. Mary's Law Review on Minority Issues - FILLING THE CRACKS: WHY PROBLEM-SOLVING COURTS ARE NEEDED TO ADDRESS FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Francis was born with intellectual and developmental disabilities because his mother consumed alcohol while she was pregnant. A loving family adopted Francis when he was three, at a time when medical professionals knew little about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Child Neuropsychology - Parent rating of executive function in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A review of the literature and new data on Aboriginal Canadian children
Aboriginal children in Canada are at high risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) but there is little research on the cognitive impact of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in this population.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Party.pl (Poland) - Wpływ alkoholu na plemniki – niska jakość nasienia i alkoholowy zespół płodowy
Regularne picie alkoholu przez ojców obniża liczbę plemników zdolnych do zapłodnienia. Podnosi także ryzyko wystąpienia poważnych zaburzeń rozwojowych u dzieci. Alkoholowy zespół płodowy pijący mężczyźni przekazują potomstwu razem z nasieniem. Skutkuje to licznymi wadami somatycznymi oraz neurologicznymi płodu.
Wochenblatt.de (Germany) - 2.000 alkoholgeschädigte Babys kommen jedes Jahre in Bayern auf die Welt
Bayerns Gesundheitsministerin Melanie Huml hat werdende Mütter eindringlich vor Alkoholkonsum gewarnt.
Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie – Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörungen – Diagnose, neuropsychologische Testung und symptomorientierte Förderung
Laut den aktuellen Studien zur Gesundheit in Deutschland (GEDA) haben knapp 20 % der schwangeren Frauen einen „moderaten Alkoholkonsum“ und knapp 8 % einen riskanten Alkoholkonsum.

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