Sunday, March 5, 2017

FASD News - 9/2017

ABC Online (Australia) - One in three in WA youth detention have foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, study finds
At least one in three young people in detention in Western Australia suffers from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), according to findings from an Australian-first study.
durhamregion.com - Adults with FASD suffer health problems: survey
Myles Himmelreich has struggled with significant joint pain since he was a teen, yet he didn't get a proper diagnosis of arthritis until he was in his mid-30s.
Kent Online (UK) - Rachel Jackson talks about FASD after mother Sharon Jackson sets up FASD Awareness Kent and Medway
“Occasionally I wanted to kill myself. “It was very hard for me to live with that everyday. “Every morning I didn’t want to get up and go to school. I knew kids would bully me because I’m different.”
News Sentinel - Drs. Roizen and Oz: Let pediatrician evaluate baby if fetal alcohol syndrome is suspected
But whatever the cause of your concern, your niece needs to be evaluated by a pediatrician who's a specialist in developmental problems ASAP. The sooner she's treated for any developmental problems she may have, the better her chances of overcoming any deficits.
The Prevention Conversation - EPIGENETICS STUDIES OF FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER: WHERE ARE WE NOW?
The study of epigenetic mechanisms is fast on its way to becoming an important method for understanding and potentially diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
CBC (Canada) - FASD symposium tackles Truth and Reconciliation recommendations
A national symposium hosted in Regina this week focused on how best to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
The Coonnection (USA) - TOPDD Works to Raise Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects more children annually than spina bifida, Down syndrome, childhood cancer and childhood diabetes combined — 2 to 5 percent of all children. Yet, despite it being the leading cause of intellectual disabilities, it remains an issue often misunderstood by the public.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Telethon Kids Institute - 1 in 3 young people in detention has FASD
New research by the Telethon Kids Institute has found 1 in 3 young people in detention has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
UT Dallas Media - “The Legal Drug - Alcohol - and Child Development”- Toosie Van Beveren
The legal drug alcohol is one of the most damaging substances a woman can consume during pregnancy. The effects of maternal alcohol use on the unborn child are known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and are characterized by a pattern of physical abnormalities, pre- and post-natal growth retardation, and central nervous system dysfunction.
Teratology Society - World Birth Defects Day Tips
Spread the word on March 3rd's World Birth Defects Day - Important tips to prevent birth defects if planning a pregnancy. - A joint effort between the Teratology Society, MotherToBaby, The North American AED Pregnancy Registry and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network.
Confessions of an Adoptive Parent - Practical Strategies To Help Parents Who Are Raising Children With FASD
Parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can often feel hopeless and void of answers. In the debut of Season 5, Mike and Matt discuss practical strategies to help parents form a plan and find answers.

UPCOMING
CRISIS & TRAUMA RESOURCE INSTITUTE INC - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting (March 21-22, Winnipeg USA)
There is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults and families living with FASD.
CRISIS & TRAUMA RESOURCE INSTITUTE INC - LIVE STREAM EVENT – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting (March 21-22)
This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering. You Will Receive A pdf copy of our resource manual. Live streamed workshops are best viewed with another person.
FASCETS - Three-Day Workshop for Parents and Professionals (June 22, Portland, USA)
This workshop provides information about Fetal Alcohol and other neurobehavioral conditions (FA/NB), and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviors of children, adolescents and adults.

RESEARCH
Alcoholism - Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure is related to smaller corpus callosum in newborn MRI scans
MRI studies have consistently demonstrated disproportionately smaller corpus callosa in individuals with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure but have not previously examined the feasibility of detecting this effect in infants.
Alcohol - DNA Methylation program in normal and alcohol-induced thinning cortex
While cerebral underdevelopment is a hallmark of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), the mechanism(s) guiding the broad cortical neurodevelopmental deficits are not clear.
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Long-term behavioral change as a result of acute ethanol exposure in zebrafish: Evidence for a role for sonic hedgehog but not retinoic acid signaling
Developmental exposure to ethanol is recognized to produce long-term neurobehavioral impairment in multiple animal models. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these deficits remain poorly understood.
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Efficacy of motivational enhancement therapy to decrease alcohol and illicit-drug use in pregnant substance users reporting baseline alcohol use
Approximately 35% of pregnant substance users in treatment report alcohol abuse, which increases the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in their offspring.
NRF - The effect of a water activity intervention programme on the motor proficiency levels of institutionalized children with Down's syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Mental retardation is a heterogeneous group of disorders wife, countless causes. It is characterised by cognitive and functional limitations in everyday skills, for example social skills, communication skills and motor skills and can be classified in behavioural, etiological and educational systems.
NRF - The neuro-cognitive functioning of children with foetal alcohol effects (FAE) : a comparison with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) controls
Prenatal alcohol exposure has many harmful effects on a developing fetus. The toxic effects of alcohol on a developing fetus range from physical malformations, low birth weight, neuro-developmental abnormalities and congenital malformations.
The George Washington University - Pregnant Women and Substance Use: Overview of Research & Policy in the United States
This paper examines the current literature and policy implications of substance use and substance use disorders among pregnant and parenting women.
Substance Use & Misuse - Dietary Intake Among Opioid- and Alcohol-Using Pregnant Women
Substance abuse in nonpregnant adults has been associated with increased intake in calories and decreased intake of nutrient-dense foods; however, studies examining dietary intake in opioid-using and alcohol-using pregnant women are lacking.
Bio-Psycho-Social Obstetrics and Gynecology - A Pregnant Woman Who Could Not Stop Drinking: Management of Alcohol Abuse in Pregnancy
Alcohol abuse during pregnancy has been found to be harmful for pregnancy outcome and the health of the unborn child. In addition to this, alcoholism in a pregnant mother also harms her social environment, her transition to motherhood, and her relationships with her partner, relatives, friends, and also healthcare providers.
Addiction - Criminalizing substance use in pregnancy: misplaced priorities
In July 2016, Tennessee allowed its ‘fetal-assault’ statute to expire. This controversial law was the first to criminalize substance use explicitly during pregnancy.
Women's health and midwifery - Alcohol consumption during pregnancy and breast feeding in Canada is prevalent and not strongly associated with mental health status
Healthcare practitioners need to be aware that women who stop drinking alcohol during pregnancy may resume drinking while breast feeding.
Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy - Histological and biochemical studies of Tamarindus indica pulp extract on the cerebral cortex in prenatal ethanol exposure in Wistar rats
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the histological and biochemical changes associated with the administration of Tamarindus indica pulp extract (TIPE) on the cerebral cortex in prenatal ethanol exposed Wistar rats.
CMAJ Open - Comparing diagnostic classification of neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure with the Canadian fetal alcohol spectrum disorder guidelines: a cohort study
Diagnostic criteria have recently been introduced in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), for neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (ND-PAE).

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
openPR.de (Germany) - Frauenärzte fordern Maßnahmen gegen riskanten Alkoholkonsum
Beim Alkoholkonsum belegt Deutschland im weltweiten Vergleich stets Spitzenplätze: Rund zehn Liter reinen Alkohols werden hierzulande nach aktuellen Informationen des Bundesgesundheitsministeriums jedes Jahr pro Kopf getrunken und verursachen alljährlich volkswirtschaftliche Schäden in Höhe von 26,7 Milliarden Euro.
Lineadiretta24 (Italy) - Sindrome alcolica fetale: è record di casi in Europa
La FAS (“Fetal Alcohol Syndrome”) causa al nascituro danni cerebrali permanenti, problemi mentali, disturbi comportamentali, difficoltà neuro-cognitive, ritardi nell’apprendimento, deformità fisiche, anomalie cranio-facciali.

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