Sunday, August 28, 2016

FASD News - 34/2016

NOFAS - Support NOFAS - National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in sharing this message
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The Scoop (New Zealand) - Families relieved Government Plan to address FASD
FASD-CAN, a charitable organisation set up to unite and support families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is pleased the Government has launched a cross-ministry Action Plan, to address the neglected and pressing problems families living with FASD experience daily.
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: the economic cost revealed
Alcohol Healthwatch says a new report revealing the hidden costs of FASD shows more needs doing to reduce alcohol consumption.
Medscape - Women With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Are an Invisible Obstetric Population
Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by varying degrees of limitation in cognitive and adaptive abilities, such as social skills and communication.[1] Although specific examples of IDDs include fetal alcohol syndrome, Down syndrome, and fragile X syndrome, most IDDs are mild disabilities of unknown etiology.
Government of Canada (Canada) - EYE TRACKING SHOWS PROMISE AS SCREENING TOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH FASD
Two groundbreaking discoveries by NeuroDevNet-supported researchers could contribute to the development of a less expensive and faster screening tool to identify young children, and even infants, with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Nursing Standard - 1 in 100 babies: why we created a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder pathway
Many women are unaware that even low level alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with developmental disability in children. Alcohol specialist nurse Kerry Lyons reveals how she helped create an innovative pathway to identify drinking in pregnancy and inform women of the risks
The National Judicial College - Understanding the Impairments of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Victims
As a forensic psychological evaluator, the bread and butter of your practice traditionally revolves around evaluations of competency and risk assessments.
Government of Yukon (Canada) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon to benefit from Innovation Fund award
The Yukon government has awarded $121,000 to the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon (FASSY) under the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund. The award was one of 12 grants totalling $620,000 made under the fund.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
TEDx Talks - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder impacts you, but you don’t know it
As a foster mother to children with FASD, Nora Boesem has seen the effects of alcohol first hand. However, FASD often goes undiagnosed and is creating a burden on us all.
KUTV - Baby your Baby: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness
September 9th at 9:09 am is the International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day designed to remind women to avoid alcohol during the 9 months of pregnancy. FASDs are caused by alcohol use during pregnancy and are 100% preventable.
SoulCove Center for the Arts, Inc. - Believe In Love (Africa) - How one town uses music to fight Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and HIV/AIDS
Located in a region with one of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world, the Richmond Community Center provides educational resources and opportunities to empower youth to become better and stronger citizens. Partnering with SoulCove Center for the Arts has strengthened the center's’ ability to use music and the arts to teach the valuable life skills necessary to change the course of a struggling community.
Qerac Healthcare Communications – Baby Steps Ep 1 The Spirit Orb
This is part one of a series of videos about FASD (Feoetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). Each episode tells the story of a young girl called Tameka who finds herself pregnant after a night of heavy partying.

RESEARCH
NeuroDevNet - FASD study creates a blueprint for understanding the role of epigenetics in neurodevelopmental disorders
NeuroDevNet researchers have made the first steps towards identifying an epigenetic signature for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), drawing from the largest-ever study of children and youth exposed to alcohol before birth.
University of Oxford - Ultrasound segmentation tools and their application to assess fetal nutritional health
Poor fetal nutrition has been linked to the development of a set of conditions in later life, such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, while restricted growth can result in hypogylcemia, hypocalcemia, hypothermia, polycythemia, hyperbilirubinemia and cerebral palsy. High alcohol consumption during pregnancy can result in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a condition that can cause growth retardation, lowered intelligence and craniofacial defects.
Neuroscience Letters - Ethanol Exposure during Development Reduces GABAergic/Glycinergic Neuron Numbers and Lobule Volumes in the Mouse Cerebellar Vermis
Cerebellar alterations are a hallmark of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and are thought to be responsible for deficits in fine motor control, motor learning, balance, and higher cognitive functions.
Developmental Psychobiology - Neonatal experiences with ethanol intoxication modify respiratory and thermoregulatory plasticity and affect subsequent ethanol intake in rats
Different studies have focused on the deleterious consequences of binge-like or chronic exposure to ethanol during the brain growth spurt period (third human gestational trimester) that in the rat corresponds to postnatal days (PDs) 3–10.
American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing - Preconception Health Behaviors of Low-Income Women
Preconception behaviors have a significant impact on birth outcomes, particularly among low-income minority groups, and women with unplanned pregnancies. This study examined women's perceived health status and behaviors such as drinking, smoking, exercise, and use of multivitamins and folic acid.
The New Zealand Medical Journal - Productivity losses associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand
One example of such harm is that caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure is an established cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
The University of Western Ontario - A Long-Term Neuroepigenomic Profile of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) represent the largest preventable cause of cognitive deficits in the western world. The mechanism(s) of how prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in FASD remain unknown.
Psychoneuroendocrinology - Short- and long-term effects of stress during adolescence on emotionality and HPA function of animals exposed to alcohol prenatally
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with extremely high rates of psychopathologies, which may be mediated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) dysregulation observed in exposed individuals.
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Paediatric Respiratory Reviews - “In utero alcohol effects on foetal, neonatal and childhood lung disease”
Foetal alcohol exposure adversely effects the lung. In contrast to the adult “alcoholic lung” phenotype, an inability to identify the newborn exposed to alcohol in utero has limited our understanding of its effect on adverse pulmonary outcomes.
University of British Columbia - Mindfulness-integrated, resilience, trauma-informed and social pedagogy (MIRTS) : a holistic treatment curriculum for professionals working with young people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and substance use issues
Over the past ten years, the service needs of young people with FASD have been the subject of considerable interest. This interest has been triggered, in large part, by a growing recognition of the fact that addiction and mental health service do not adequately serve young people with FASD.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Puls Medycyny (Poland) - Będą nowe wytyczne dotyczące diagnostyki FASD
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) wraz z zespołem ekspertów zaproponowało nowe wytyczne, które mają pomóc w diagnozowaniu poalkoholowego spektrum zaburzeń rozwojowych (FASD).
ERR Uudised (Estonia) - Lauri Beekmann: soovin näha alkoholist tingitud sünnikahjustuste arvu kasvu
Lapsed, kelle emad on raseduse ajal alkoholi tarbinud, võivad kannatada nii enda kui ka spetsialistide teadmata tõsiste terviseprobleemide käes ning olla oma käitumishäirete tõttu samal ajal ühiskonnas äärmiselt vääritimõistetud.

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