Sunday, February 19, 2017

FASD News - 7/2017

Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Northland Caregivers Ask For More Help On FASD
Northland families and caregivers struggling to cope with young people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) gathered this week at Barge Showgrounds in Whangarei to learn more about the disorder, share their experiences, and call for help.
CBC.ca (Canada) - 'We hoped he could be helped': Shamattawa chief says community reached out to suspect in bus driver's killing
Thomas was born in June 1994 with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and placed in foster care after birth, his lawyer said. "His mother drank 'super juice' constantly while she was pregnant with him and as a result he was seized," Theodore Mariash told court during a sentencing hearing in November 2016.
Omaha World-Herald (USA) - Whiteclay street ministry team proposes new effort to fix alcohol-related problems: buy out the liquor stores
The stores sell the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer a year. Almost all sales are to residents of the adjacent Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is officially banned, but alcoholism and fetal alcohol syndrome are rampant.
Military Technologies (USA) - Inspirations USA Addiction Treatment Shines a Light on Parental Alcoholism
Parental alcoholism can cause a wide range of negative consequences for children and families– including everything from injuries caused by alcohol-related car accidents to chronic anxiety problems later in life for the children of alcoholics. However, alcohol may have its most devastating effects when it’s consumed during pregnancy.
Deming Headlight - Kick the habit: CHANCES helps expectant mothers avoid dangerous substances
Over one third of all children born in Luna County are at risk for substance abuse related complications and a group in Deming is trying to change that.
North Coast Courier (South Africa) - Expecting sober
The next time the craving for a tall glass of wine hits you, reflect on the consequences and grab a healthy, alcohol free alternative.
Bradenton Herald (USA) - Bradenton doctor focuses on National Birth Defect Month
In Florida, one out of every 33 babies is born with a major birth defect, according to the Report on Birth Defects in Florida from 1998 to 2007, available at Florida Birth Defect Registry, fbdr.org.
Mental Health Carers NSW (Australia) - MHCN Position Statement on Recognising Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a Disability in Australia for Access to Support under the NDIS
Mental Health Carers NSW (MHCN) is concerned that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is not recognised as a disability in Australia and thus almost no specific programs have been developed to address this disability across the community.
Metro3Radio (UK) - 200 diagnosed with FASD in Gateshead over 18 months.
More than 200 children have been diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Gateshead over the past year and a half.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
College of Veterinary Medicine (Powerpoint presentation) - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on respiratory regulation during sleep in the early postnatal period
PolicyWise for Children & Families - FASD Panel: How findings impacted policy, program and service delivery

UPCOMING EVENTS
7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Canada) - March 1-4, 2017
This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD.

RESEARCH
Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD in Great Britain
We report findings from the UK National FASD behavioural clinic and how these presentations lead to challenges in improving the clinical and research situation in the UK. The UK has the potential to improve research, recognition, provision and behavioural management strategies for this group quickly; however, this will need a more structured approach than is currently in existence.
J Popul Ther Clin Pharmacol. - Fetal Alcohol Research Caring for Patients with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Needs Assessment.
This study showed that few respondents were satisfied with their current FASD knowledge or practice behaviours. Continuing FASD education, particularly through online courses, was strongly desired.
Journal of visualized experiments: JoVE - Wheel Running and Environmental Complexity as a Therapeutic Intervention in an Animal Model of FASD.
Aerobic exercise (e.g., wheel running (WR) extensively used in animal research) positively impacts many measures of neuroplastic potential in the brain, such as rates of adult neurogenesis, angiogenesis, and expression of neurotrophic factors in rodents.
Acta Paediatrica - How much is too much? The implications of recognising alcohol as a teratogen
The paper ‘Higher alcohol consumption in early pregnancy or low-to-moderate drinking during pregnancy may affect children's behaviour and development at one year and six months’ by Sundelin-Wahlsten et al. [1] in this issue of Acta Paediatrica, raises a number of issues about several fundamental aspects of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) research.
Acta Paediatrica - Higher alcohol consumption in early pregnancy or low-to-moderate drinking during pregnancy may affect children's behaviour and development at one year and six months
Our results suggested that low-to-moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy may negatively influence a child's development and behaviour in several ways.
Alcoholism - Impact of the CHOICES intervention in preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies in American Indian women
Even with minor changes to make the CHOICES intervention culturally and linguistically appropriate and the potential threats to program validity those changes entail, we found a significant impact in reducing AEP risk.
Community Mental Health Journal - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics, Complications, and Treatment
There is no cure for FASD, but research shows that early intervention and life-long support help those born with FASD to manage the difficulties that come with it. This paper examines the characteristics, complications, and treatment for FASD.
Alcohol - Changes to histone modifications following prenatal alcohol exposure: An emerging picture
Epigenetic mechanisms are important for facilitating gene-environment interactions in many disease etiologies, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Transcultural Psychiatry - The lived experience of paroled offenders with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and comorbid psychiatric disorder
This case study presents the life history and postincarceration experiences of two forensic psychiatric patients diagnosed with comorbid mental illness and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Forensic Scholars Today - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Competency to Stand Trial (CST) Case Law
The devastating impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) on competency to stand trial is highlighted by summarizing the case law review literature.
Cell death and Disease - Prenatal alcohol exposure impairs autophagy in neonatal brain cortical microvessels
Brain developmental lesions are a devastating consequence of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). We recently showed that PAE affects cortical vascular development with major effects on angiogenesis and endothelial cell survival.
Journal of Psychiatric Research - Assessment of tobacco, alcohol and cannabinoid metabolites in 645 meconium samples of newborns compared to maternal self-reports
Prenatal psychoactive substance exposure has significant impact on neonatal health and child development and the development of reliable biomarkers is critical. Meconium presents several advantages for detecting prenatal exposure to psychoactive substances, as it is easy to collect and provides a broad time frame of exposure (third trimester).
Neurochemical Research - An Overview of the Mechanisms of Abnormal GABAergic Interneuronal Cortical Migration Associated with Prenatal Ethanol Exposure
GABAergic Interneuronal migration constitutes an essential process during corticogenesis. Derived from progenitor cells located in the proliferative zones of the ventral telencephalon, newly generated GABAergic Interneuron migrate to their cortical destinations.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
so gesund | Wissen, was gut tut (Germany) - Folgen von Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft kann dem ungeborenen Kind schaden. Eine Studie zeigt erstmals, wie viele Kinder davon weltweit betroffen sind.
ZEIT ONLINE (Germany) - Freut euch!
Das schlechte Gewissen beginnt für viele Schwangere bereits mit einer der ersten Fragen vom Frauenarzt: "Nehmen Sie schon Folsäure?" Denn oft lautet ihre Antwort "Nein".
Medical Insider (Russia) - Что такое фетальный алкогольный синдром?
Употребление алкоголя на любом сроке беременности может причинить вред будущему ребенку, и чем больше вы употребляете алкоголь, тем риск выше.

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