Sunday, October 9, 2016

FASD News - 40/2016

Healio - AAP researchers release guidelines on new pediatric neurobehavioral disorder
Researchers associated with the AAP have published in Pediatrics guidelines for the diagnosis and management of the newly proposed mental diagnosis neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
West - Welfare Society Territory (Spain) - Children arrive from the East already victims of alcohol
Use of alcohol during pregnancy is among the most common causes of intellectual disability acquired during infancy. A condition termed fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is totally preventable by pregnant women abstaining completely from drinking alcoholic beverages.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Support services for FASD inconsistent across Canada, prof says
A Saskatchewan university professor says Canada needs to step up its support and services for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Empower Mississippi - ONE FAMILY EXPERIENCES BOTH JOY AND SADNESS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ESA LOTTERY
Both Jocelyn and Benjamin have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual who is exposed to alcohol while their mother is pregnant. FASD may cause physical, mental, or behavioral effects, as well as a variety of other learning disabilities.
Middlewich Guardian (UK) - MP supports campaign highlighting risk of alcohol during pregnancy
MIDDLEWICH MP Fiona Bruce has helped launch a new campaign to highlight the rise in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among children and new born babies.
Healthy Critics - Birth Defects In New Born Can Be Caused By Father’s Lifestyle
Whenever a child is born with a defect at birth, the mother’s lifestyle always puts in question. But what is the newborn is born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) even though the baby’s mother has never taken any alcohol in her lifestyle. This shows that even a father’s life style is able to affect the lifestyle of a newborn during conception.

RESOURCES and VIDEOS
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research - Fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol in pregnancy – GUIDELINES
Obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine guidelines. Pregnancy.
FASD Research Project
This research project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart at the University of Regina. Working with her team of students, Dr. Stewart has a multi-level research project in three key areas: FASD & Social Justice, FASD & the Lived Experience, Strengths-Based Workshops.
EFAN - FRONTLINE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2016
Still thinking of what to do with kids this Halloween? Don’t worry, we did the homework for you. Your Halloween celebration can include much more than just costumes and trick-or-treating. These simple, not-too-scary Halloween games will help you host the best Halloween party ever! We also have a piece on relationships and so much more! Happy reading!
NJAAP - FASD - Part 2 - Assessment Management of FASD
NeuroDevNet - My Adult FASD Diagnosis: Clarity for a Man and his Mom

RESEARCH
BMC Psychiatry - Guidelines for identification and treatment of individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated fetal alcohol spectrum disorders based upon expert consensus
The association of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) results in a complex constellation of symptoms that complicates the successful diagnosis and treatment of the affected individual.
Neuroethics - Closing Gaps: Strength-Based Approaches to Research with Aboriginal Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
There is substantial literature on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) research involving Aboriginal children, but little related literature on other common neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or cerebral palsy (CP) for this population.
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE - Alterations to hippocampal neuroplasticity across the lifespan in a rodent model of FASD
Alcohol exposure in utero can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrums Disorders (FASD) in the child. Patients with FASD exhibit permanent structural changes in various brain regions, including the hippocampus and functional impairments in many aspects of cognition and behavior.
Alcoholism - Second-Trimester Ultrasound as a Tool for Early Detection of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Early detection of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is desirable to allow earlier and more comprehensive interventions to be initiated for the mother and infant. We examined prenatal ultrasound as an early method of detecting markers of the physical features and neurobehavioral deficits characteristic of FASD.
Australian Medicine - Researchers closer to DNA test for FASD
Canadian researchers believe they are closer to developing a DNA test for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), after identifying distinct patterns associated with the DNA of children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.
Pediatrics - Alcohol-Related Neurobehavioral Disabilities: Need for Further Definition and Common Terminology
The adverse effects of alcohol on the developing human comprise a continuum of disabilities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Alcoholism - Effects of Ethanol on Cellular Composition and Network Excitability of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in animal models results in excitatory–inhibitory (E/I) imbalance in neocortex due to alterations in the GABAergic interneuron (IN) differentiation and migration.
Texas University - Preconception Chronic Male Alcohol Exposure Induces FAS Like Growth Restriction
Epidemiologic studies demonstrate that alcohol is the most prevalent teratogen to which humans are exposed. In the US, it is estimated that at least one percent of children suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or alcohol-related birth defects associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).
Alcoholism - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Pair Feeding Differentially Impact Puberty and Reproductive Development in Female Rats: Role of the Kisspeptin System
Reproductive maturation is initiated with the onset of puberty, which activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and coincidences with increased expression of the hormone kisspeptin within the hypothalamus.
Brain Sciences - Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Whisker Clipping Disrupt Ultrasonic Vocalizations and Play Behavior in Adolescent Rats
Rats exposed to ethanol prenatally show reduced play fighting, and a combination of prenatal ethanol exposure and neonatal whisker clipping further reduces play fighting compared with ethanol exposure alone.
Pediatrics - Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Children and adolescents affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol who have brain damage that is manifested in functional impairments of neurocognition, self-regulation, and adaptive functioning may most appropriately be diagnosed with neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal exposure.
Journal of Oral Science - Prenatal alcohol exposure reduces mandibular calcium and phosphorus concentrations in newborn rats
Previous studies suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure affects fetal bone development, including bone quality. This study evaluated the chemical composition of mandibles from newborn rats after maternal 20% alcohol consumption before and throughout gestation.
JOSHUA - Mechanisms of Ethanol-Induced Developmental Neurotoxicity
During synaptogenesis, the developmental stage referred to as the brain growth spurt period, inhibition of neuronal activity can be accomplished by blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDA) receptors or by excessive activation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the developing brain.
Journal of Women, Politics & Policy - Preventing Tragedy in Canada? Risk and Responsibility in Government Discourses about Alcohol Consumption and Pregnancy
The feminist analysis presented in this article interrogates the fundamental assumptions that informed the first document produced by the Canadian government about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Dziennik.pl (Poland) - Nawet minimalna ilości alkoholu w ciąży może zaszkodzić dziecku
Ciąża powinna być okresem absolutnie wolnym od alkoholu - mówili w Krakowie specjaliści zajmujący się diagnozowaniem i leczeniem dzieci z FASD, czyli z zaburzeniami, które są następstwem zatrucia alkoholowego dziecka w okresie prenatalnym.
Dobré noviny (Slovakia) - Pivovarníci upozorňujú na riziká pitia alkoholu počas tehotenstva
Fetálny alkoholový syndróm je súbor telesných a mentálnych vývinových porúch plodu, ktoré vznikajú následkom konzumácie alkoholu v tehotenstve. Na riziká upozorňuje kampaň Pivovary Topvar.
FAS project 2025 (Netherlands) - FAS2025
Het FAS-project geeft kinderen met het Foetaal Alcohol Syndroom een gezicht. FAS is het directe gevolg van het alcoholgebruik van de moeder tijdens de zwangerschap.

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