Sunday, May 28, 2017

FASD News - 21/2017

CBC.ca (Canada) - FASD program in Waterloo region grabs provincial attention
A program that helps youth and families in Waterloo region deal with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is receiving provincial attention.
Irish Medical Times (Ireland) - Calling time on alcohol in pregnancy is long overdue
Even a short time ago some obstetricians were not adequately stringent about alcohol consumption.
The Sun (UK) - BOOZY BIRTH Mum reveals how she was HUNGOVER while in labour… after not realising she was pregnant
A MUM has revealed how she was HUNGOVER while in labour – after she didn’t realise she was pregnant and had been out binge drinking just hours before her baby arrived.
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (USA) - University of Iowa police host surprise birthday visit for teen with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
When Amy DeLine reached out to University of Iowa Police Sgt. Dave Bloem about having officers at the department put together a birthday card for her son, Bloem thought, “I can do a lot more than that.”
Washington Post - There is no risk-free level of alcohol use during pregnancy
By writing that studies are “ambiguous” in “Five myths about pregnancy” [Outlook, May 14], Amy Tuteur framed the issue of a safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy as an ongoing debate between opposing sides, each with scientific validity.
CANFASD (Canada) - Safest not to drink during pregnancy, best recommendation
CanFASD, Canada’s leading FASD research network, says that a recent article posted by the The Guardian presents potentially harmful information about pregnancy and alcohol. The article posted on Thursday, May 18th claimed that warning pregnant women over dangers of alcohol goes too far. A similar article posted to The Telegraph states that advising women not to drink while pregnant is “sexist” and causes “needless anxiety”.
Inquisitr - UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI: ALCOHOL DURING EARLY PREGNANCY PERMANENTLY DAMAGES BABIES
Daunting new research out of the University of Helsinki claims that drinking alcohol, even during the early weeks of pregnancy, can cause irreversible damage to an unborn baby. The researchers claim that in the early stages of pregnancy, even before many women realize that they are pregnant, alcohol exposure can cause symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome.
The Nutrition Experts - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – A Global Issue
A study done by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada found that every year more than 100,000 children are born worldwide with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS is a lifelong disorder with a known cause and it is preventable.
The Mighty (UK) - The Conversations We're Avoiding About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Here we are again. Another study shows that the U.K. is among the top countries for drinking alcohol during pregnancy. A new Norwegian study shows that 28.5 percent of women in the U.K. drink when they know they are pregnant – placing the UK ahead of Russia (26.5 percent) and Switzerland (20.9 percent).

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Carolyn Blackburn - Developing Inclusive Practice for Young Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) have emerged as a major phenomenon within the education and health care systems. Prenatal exposure to alcohol is known to result in a range of birth anomalies for infants and children. Children with FASD experience a range of developmental delays, which limit their participation and progress in a range of educational and social settings.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Webinar: FASD and the Role of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy and FASD share one thing in common – both are fairly unknown. Yet, it is important to understand both in the intervention of FASD. FASD is a brain-based disorder that impacts daily activity.
UW - Department of Family Medicine and Community Health - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Physician's Perspective
Dr. Wargowski has over 25 years of clinical experience in the identification of syndromes and the assessment of individuals with congenital anomalies and developmental disorders, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

RESEARCH
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health - Replication of High Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalence Rates, Child Characteristics, and Maternal Risk Factors in a Second Sample of Rural Communities in South Africa
Prevalence and characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and total fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) were studied in a second sample of three South African rural communities to assess change.
NeuroImage: Clinical - Cortical gyrification is abnormal in children with prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) adversely affects early brain development. Previous studies have shown a wide range of structural and functional abnormalities in children and adolescents with PAE.
Genetics and Molecular Biology - Teratogens: a public health issue – a Brazilian overview
Congenital anomalies are already the second cause of infant mortality in Brazil, as in many other middle-income countries in Latin America. Birth defects are a result of both genetic and environmental factors, but a multifactorial etiology has been more frequently observed.
University of Manitoba - Effects of docosahexaenoic acid supplementation on global gene expression in fetal brain in rats exposed to ethanol prenatally
Prenatal alcohol exposure is known to change genes involved in signal transduction and neurological system processes, thus affecting normal fetal brain development.
Journal of Child and Family Studies - Educating Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Caregiver Support Needs
The purpose of this study was to identify caregivers’ needs in helping youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) succeed in school.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Prevalence of Externalizing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Due to their central nervous system impairments, children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) commonly exhibit externalizing behaviours such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or delinquency.
GLIA - Acute oligodendrocyte loss with persistent white matter injury in a third trimester equivalent mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Alcohol exposure during central nervous system (CNS) development can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Human imaging studies have revealed significant white matter (WM) abnormalities linked to cognitive impairment in children with FASD; however, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown.
Alcohol - Maternal alcohol exposure during mid-pregnancy dilates fetal cerebral arteries via endocannabinoid receptors
Prenatal alcohol exposure often results in fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Mechanisms of fetal brain damage by alcohol remain unclear. We used baboons (Papio spp.) to study alcohol-driven changes in the fetal cerebral artery endocannabinoid system.
The FASEB Journal - The Effect of Alcohol Exposure in Utero on The Cerebral Circulation
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) comprises several syndromes and permanent birth defects caused by in utero exposure to alcohol.
Birth Defect Research - Genetic vulnerabilities to prenatal alcohol exposure: Limb defects in sonic hedgehog and GLI2 heterozygous mice
Genetic factors influence the physical and neurobehavioral manifestations of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Animal models allow the investigation of specific genes that confer vulnerability to, or protection from, birth defects associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
Paediatrics & Child Health - Ten-year experience of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; diagnostic and resource challenges in Indigenous children
Although fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can have a disproportionate impact in some Indigenous communities, there is a paucity of literature on its epidemiology.
Global Qualitative Nursing Research - “No Alcohol Is Recommended, But . . .”: Health Care Students’ Attitudes About Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy
Canadian findings suggest that health care providers require further training and education to support their work preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). However, the knowledge and training of health care students in relation to FASD remains largely unexplored.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Rynek Zdrowia (Poland) - Kraków: powstanie ośrodek leczenia dzieci z FASD
Centrum leczenia dzieci z FASD (spektrum płodowych zaburzeń alkoholowych) powstanie w Krakowie. Taki oddział planuje uruchomić Wojewódzki Specjalistyczny Szpital Dziecięcy im. św. Ludwika w Krakowie. Ma powstać w przebudowanym głównym budynku lecznicy.
NRZ (Germany) - FASD-Selbsthilfegruppe berät jetzt Pflege- und Adoptiveltern
Gregor Hötzel erweitert die Emmericher FASD-Selbsthilfegruppe um Beratung von werdenden Pflege- und Adoptiveltern. Wie der Eltener helfen kann.
Gäubote - Die Herrenberger Zeitung (Germany) - Selbsthilfegruppe FASD zu Pflegestärkungsgesetz
Die Selbsthilfegruppe FASD - also Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder oder Fetale Alkoholspektrum Störung - trifft sich am Mittwoch, 17. Mai, um 20 Uhr im Klosterhof in Herrenberg.
Dziennik.pl (Poland) - Niewidzialne dzieci z FAS. Kłamstwo jedyną szansą na pomoc
FAS, alkoholowy zespół płodowy, to konkretna choroba. Żyją z nią tysiące dzieci w Polsce. Jednak aby ją leczyć, trzeba wykorzystywać luki w prawie, a czasem po prostu kłamać.

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