Sunday, July 17, 2016

FASD News - 28/2016

CBC.ca (Canada) - Pregnancy test vending machines an 'astounding success' in fight against FASD
Wenda Bradley admits that she wasn't sure how people in Yukon would respond when her organization, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Society Yukon (FASSY), installed pregnancy test dispensers in some public washrooms, last year.
Huffington Post (USA) - People With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Deserve More Access To Massachusetts Health Care Services
Fetal exposure to alcohol can lead to prenatal brain damage which can be reflected in a host of significantly impairing emotional, neurological, cognitive, learning and behavioral problems.
CBC.ca (Canada) - 'Jail is not the answer:' Yukon courts keep 2 convicts with FASD out of prison
The Yukon justice system is showing signs of change in recognizing the effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
ABC Online (Australia) - Rosie Anne Fulton: System has 'failed' intellectually impaired NT woman
A guardian of an Alice Springs woman, who was held for almost two years in Western Australia without charge because she is intellectually impaired, says he is not surprised she has been in an out of prison since she was sent back to the Northern Territory.
The Good Men Project - 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.
Fox Houston (USA) - Hospital urges pregnant women not to consume alcohol
Some obstetricians will tell pregnant women it's all right to have a glass of wine during pregnancy, while others will say no way -- not even one sip. OakBend Medical Center in Richmond agrees with the latter suggestion.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
YourAlberta – FASD: Professionals Without Parachutes
In this presentation we discuss the Professionals Without Parachutes (PWP) training model.
NHS - NHS Education for Scotland Fetal Alcohol Harm e-learning resourceThe resource has been developed to support a range of activity led by the Scottish Government to substantially reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption in pregnancy across Scotland.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2016
This conference brings together academics, educators, non-governmental organisations and charities, legislators and politicians, lawyers and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, birth and adoptive families alongside individuals who themselves have FASD; shared learning will help promote the understanding of this disorder in the UK, Europe and internationally.
EFAN - REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 20, 2016 FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) WEBCAST
Join us for this free, one-hour, thirty minute webcast titled Neurorelational Framework (NRF): An innovative approach to understanding FASD and guiding interventions.

RESEARCH
Open UCT - Social cognition in South African children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Research on the social-cognitive profile of individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) has confirmed poorer social skills in these children compared to healthy controls, independent of overall cognitive functioning.
University of Texas - Methanol and isopropanol embryo dosage response curves for wild-type and ethanol-sensitive zebrafish
It is well established that ethanol has an array of negative effects on developing embryos, from craniofacial abnormalities to cognitive deficits and behavioral disorders. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) describes this phenotypic spectrum caused by embryonic ethanol exposure.
The Undergraduate Research Journal - Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Prenatal and Neonatal Development
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) contributes to a series of impacts on prenatal and neonatal developmental defects on a continuum ranging from no effect till perinatal death.
The European Journal of Public Health - Childhood placement in out-of-home care in relation to psychosocial outcomes in adults with fetal alcohol syndrome
Even in adulthood, the disabilities associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) may have a major impact on life, but different environmental circumstances during childhood may also be influential.
St Catherine University - Interventions for Children With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Systematic Review
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe lifelong effects that can occur when an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol (Wilson, 2013).
Epigenetics & Chromatin - DNA methylation signature of human fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of behavioral and cognitive deficits, which may affect between 2 and 5 % of children in North America.
Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities - Regulatory Behaviors and Stress Reactivity among Infants at High Risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Exploratory Study
This article examines regulatory behaviors and physiological stress reactivity among 6–15 month–old infants with moderate to heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), a group at very high risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and self–regulation impairments, compared to low risk infants with no/low exposure.
BALI MEDICAL JOURNAL - BINGE ALCOHOL ADMINISTRATION ON PREGNANT RATS RESULTS IN DECREASING OF INSULIN LIKE GROWTH FACTOR-1 AND ALDEHYDE DEHYDROGENASE, INCREASING APOPTOSIS INDEX, AND FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME IN OFFSPRINGS
Binge alcohol drinking during pregnancy of Wistar Rat results in FAS and identified by decrease of IGF-1, ALDH and increase of brain apoptosis index and heart apoptosis index of the off spring.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - An Update on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome—Pathogenesis, Risks, and Treatment
This review aimed to focus on the pathogenesis, especially mechanisms of alcohol teratogenicity, and risks of developing FAS. Recent developments in potential management strategies, including prenatal interventions, are discussed.
Paediatrics & Child Health - PREVALENCE OF AUTISM IN CHILDREN PRENATALLY EXPOSED TO ALCOHOL: A PILOT STUDY
American Academy of Pediatrics - Fetal Alcohol Growth Restriction and Cognitive Impairment
These findings validate the use of growth restriction in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and identify growth trajectory as a biomarker of which heavily exposed children are at greatest risk for cognitive developmental deficits.
Embryo Today: Reviews - Prenatal substance use and developmental disorders: Overview and highlights
This issue of Birth Defects Research Part C: Reviews – EMBRYO TODAY, “Prenatal Substance Use and Developmental Disorders”, features contemporary reviews of the health challenges to the conceptus resulting from prenatal substance use, including methamphetamine, cocaine, alcohol, and smoking, and associated long-term developmental disorders.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Stuttgarter Zeitung (Germany) - Genuss mit schlimmen Spätfolgen
Schäden durch Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft werden oft nicht oder zu spät erkannt. Neue Regeln für die Diagnose sollen dazu beitragen, dass Betroffene früher Hilfe bekommen.
Nordwest-Zeitung (Germany) - Fehlverhalten mit schlimmen Folgen
Untergewicht, Verhaltensstörungen, organische Schäden, Fehlbildungen am Skelett, verminderte Intelligenz: Das sind nur einige Symptome des fetalen Alkoholsyndroms (FASD).

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