Sunday, November 27, 2016

FASD News - 47/2016

UPI.com - Blood test may spot babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome
A blood test on expectant mothers may help identify infants at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study.
GenomeWeb - Circulating Maternal MicroRNAs Distinguish Infants Affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
MicroRNAs circulating in mothers' blood may predict outcomes in infants exposed prenatally to alcohol, according to a new study from researchers in the US and Ukraine.
PsychCentral.com - Best Parenting Strategies for Kids with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
A new study by researchers at the University of Rochester sheds light on how parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) can best help their kids achieve to the best of their abilities, and at the same time, maintain peace at home and at school.
Parent Herald - Parenting Children With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders: How Important Are Pre-Emptive Strategies?
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or FASDs are a difficult condition not just for children who have it but to their parents and guardians as well. FASDs require parenting strategies that can help children have their best chance both at home and at school.
The Science Explorer - Teenage Binge Drinking Can Affect Brain Function of Future Offspring, Study Finds
Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions in future generations, potentially putting offspring at risk for such conditions as depression, anxiety, and metabolic disorders, a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study has found.
ScienceBlog.com - How thinking about behavior differently can lead to happier Fetal Alcohol Spectrum families
A new study from the University of Rochester sheds light on how parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) can best help their kids, and at the same time, maintain peace at home and at school.
Parent Herald - Pregnancy And Alcohol Consumption: Learn One Essential Knowledge Every Pregnant Women Must Know
Latest research uncovers stronger relation between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and alcohol-related diseases on children. Expecting mothers are advised to heed previously understated warnings against alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Williams Lake Tribune (Canada) - Caregivers of FASD children find solace in support group
Having a support group is crucial, say two women who are raising children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Williams Lake area.
OkotoksOnline.com (Canada) - FASD Awareness Increased During Holiday Season
The Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society is spreading the the awareness of FASD. Everything a woman eats and drinks goes to the baby during pregnancy and alcohol crosses easily into the baby’s body from the mom.
The Australian (Australia) - Scourge of drunken pregnancy leaves lifelong scars
My impression of the social malaise in Fitzroy Crossing is akin to a friend with a chronic illness who, though sick for a long time, enjoys periods of relative improvement.
Herald Sun - Educated women more likely to continue drinking alcohol throughout pregnancy, study finds
UNIVERSITY educated women, aged in their early to mid-30s and who smoke, are more likely to continue drinking alcohol throughout pregnancy.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS - 6 Things Educators and School Staff Should Know About FASD
Children and teenagers with FASD require specific supports that are unique from other developmental disabilities and conditions. Many educators and school personnel have not been trained on these specific needs. If a parent has sent you this video, they are trying to provide you with tools that can help you work more effectively with their child.
New Zealand Health - Alcohol and Pregnancy: When you Drink Alcohol So Does Your Baby
Information on the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including the risk of causing birth defects such as fetal alcohol syndrome.

RESEARCH
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Dietary choline levels modify the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in rats
Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause a range of physical and behavioral alterations; however, the outcome among children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy varies widely.
Alcohol - Long-term alterations to DNA methylation as a biomarker of prenatal alcohol exposure: From mouse models to human children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Rodent models of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) have revealed that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in differential DNA cytosine methylation in the developing brain.
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology - Cohesive Referencing Errors During Narrative Production as Clinical Evidence of Central Nervous System Abnormality in School-Aged Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Cohesive referencing errors during narrative are a viable behavioral marker of the kinds of central nervous system abnormality associated with prenatal alcohol exposure, having significant potential to become a valuable diagnostic and research tool.
Exceptionality Education International - Resilience in the Face of Adversity: Stories from Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This study explored the school and life experiences of four adults diagnosed with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) from an urban area in western Canada.
PURDUE UNIVERSITY - Biochemical changes in animal models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a completely preventable disease, that has profound effects on life-long health and function of the affected individual.
Child Neuropsychology - Factors predictive of a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Neuropsychological assessment
A variety of neurodevelopmental impairments related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) diagnoses have been consistently documented. However, it is not clear whether such variables are predictive of a diagnosis.
Child Neuropsychology - Social perception in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Although the profile of social cognitive difficulties is well recognized in children with certain neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this profile is not as well established in other clinical pediatric populations.
PLOS one - Plasma miRNA Profiles in Pregnant Women Predict Infant Outcomes following Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are difficult to diagnose since many heavily exposed infants, at risk for intellectual disability, do not exhibit craniofacial dysmorphology or growth deficits.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - The role of self-efficacy on child welfare workers' fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) training and practice
This study is a secondary data analysis of a purposeful sample of frontline child welfare workers (i.e. child protect services, foster care workers).

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Nordbayern.de (Germany) - Erlangen: Farbenfrohe Feier im Frankenhof
Auf die Torte, fertig, los!“ Ob bemalen, gestalten oder essen – das Motto am Samstag lautet: „Torte statt Worte.“ Die Jugendkunstschule Erlangen (Juks) lädt ab 13 Uhr zur großen Jubiläumsfeier in den Frankenhof ein. In 30 Jahren wurden hier Tonnen an Material verbaut, verklebt, vermalt, verfilmt, verzaubert. Teilnehmer von damals sind längst erwachsen.
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - Sote-uudistus tarvitsee tuekseen laatukriteereitä
Sote-uudistus voi lisätä eri kunnissa asuvien henkilöiden yhdenvertaisuutta, kun laajan väestöpohjan maakunnat ovat yksittäisten kuntien sijasta vastuussa palvelujen järjestämisestä.

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