Sunday, June 25, 2017

FASD News - 25/2017

NDTV - Here's Why Pregnant Women Shouldn't Drink Alcohol Or Smoke
Researchers have revealed an association between a fetus's exposure to smoking and specific patterns of aberrant behaviour as a toddler, at school age, and as a teen and propose that these patterns form a continuum.
The Rebel - Feminism’s new low: Advising against drinking during pregnancy is “sexist”
According to an article in the British national newspaper, The Telegraph, “experts” are suggesting guidelines stating it’s best to abstain from alcohol while pregnant are alarmist, stigmatizing and sexist.
Edmonton Journal (Canada) - Judges aim to launch special court to handle high volume of those with mental health issues
People suffering from mental illness and neurological issues accused of crimes may be appearing before a specialized court in Edmonton by this fall, provincial court officials told the Edmonton Police Commission on Thursday.
Kids Brain Health Network - Life with a neurodisability goes beyond the brain
Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a 12 lb., year-old infant, her health trajectory had been atypical from the start. But when Travis told her doctor she suspected the fainting was linked to her FASD, she was met with a dismissive response.
MOFAS - Keeping Routines for Children with an FASD
Having a routine for children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can help reduce stress and anxiety. Children with an FASD have permanent brain injuries that can impact communication, understanding, responses to stress, and more.
University of Sidney (Australia) - Responding to fetal alcohol impacts in children
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are more likely to fail at school, have attention problems and talk about killing themselves, according to their teachers, says University of Sydney research.
Sphere (Canada) - Employment and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Are you familiar with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or FAS in your practice? You may know it is a result of heavy drinking during pregnancy. Some studies even suggest that if a father drinks too much, there are similar consequences.

UPCOMING
Children in Scotland - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): supporting children and young people - 30th August 2017
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are lifelong conditions that have a significant impact on the life of the individual and those around them. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can interfere with normal development to cause growth deficiency and alterations to the internal organs, skeleton and central nervous system. Often, the conditions go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed, for example as autism.
Alberta - 2017 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference
We are happy to invite you to join us and our partners at the 2017 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference in Calgary, Alberta on October 24-27, 2017.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Publichealth.gc.ca/fasd - FASD and Pregnancy clinical knowledge
Ausmed - Education for Nurses - What You'll Learn - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder VLA
This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, firstly looking at prevention. If we know what FASD is and what to look for, we can better screen for it to prevent it.
Camrose Open Door - Open Door FASD Presentation
Embryology - Abnormal Development - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Embryology is an educational resource for learning concepts in embryological development, no clinical information is provided and content should not be used for any other purpose.
Oregon.gov - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The effects of FAS can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time to drink during pregnancy.

RESEARCH
Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology - A descriptive study of a community-based home visiting program with preschool children prenatally exposed to alcohol
Research suggests that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) increases the risk of insecure caregiver-child attachment and related negative child emotional behavioural outcomes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Radiological studies of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in humans and animal models: An updated comprehensive review
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders encompass a wide range of birth defects in children born to mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy.
Child Psychiatry & Human Development - Evidence Supporting the Internal Validity of the Proposed ND-PAE Disorder
The internal validity of the proposed Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) was evaluated in children diagnosed with either Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or partial FAS who were 3–10 years of age and had enrolled in a math intervention study.
Conneticut College - The Effects of Fetal Alcohol Exposure on Gene Expression and Associated Behavioral Markers in Sprague Dawley Rats
Alcohol is a dangerous recreational substance because of its availability and the economic, social, and biological problems that it can cause. Fetal alcohol exposure, although preventable, is particularly harmful to a developing embryo.
Research in Developmental Disabilities - Feasibility study of a family-focused intervention to improve outcomes for children with FASD
Growing evidence shows that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can benefit from interventions, and specifically interventions focused on improving self-regulation.
The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education - A Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Series of Undergraduate Laboratory Exercises for Biopsychology Courses
Many undergraduate students are aware that consuming alcohol during pregnancy can result in many serious physical and behavioral deficits.
European Journal of Paediatric Neurology - Typical cerebellar allometry is disturbed in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Toward new MRI neuroanatomic markers
In the absence of physical characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), etiologic diagnosis of non-syndromic forms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NS-FASD) remains probabilistic.
Alcoholism - Facial curvature detects and explicates ethnic differences in effects of prenatal alcohol exposure
Our objective is to help clinicians detect the facial effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) by developing computer based tools for screening facial form.
Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Caregivers of Youth with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Hopes for Them as Adults
Caregivers of youth with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder participated in telephone interviews about their hopes for their youths as adults.
Alcohol - A modified Timeline Followback assessment to capture alcohol exposure in pregnant women: Application in the Safe Passage Study
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) has been linked to poor pregnancy outcomes, yet there is no recognized standard for PAE assessment, and the specific effects of quantity, frequency, and timing remain largely unknown.
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics - Behavior in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Remote Australia: A Population-Based Study
To document behavior in children residing in very remote Western Australian communities as rated by parent/caregivers and teachers. We hypothesized that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) would have higher rates of problematic behavior than children without FASD.
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience - Effects of prenatal binge-like ethanol exposure and maternal stress on postnatal morphological development of hippocampal neurons in rats
Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults.
Rev Bras Ginecol Obstet. - Psychometric Properties of Brief Screening Tests for Alcohol Use Disorders during Pregnancy in Argentina
In other cultural contexts, studies have concluded that T-ACE and TWEAK are the best instruments to assess pregnant women. In contrast, our results evidenced the low reliability of those instruments and a better performance of the AUDIT in this population.
canfasd.ca - Two Recent Approaches to FASD Diagnosis: An Issue Paper
Over the last 50 years, a significant amount of research and clinical expertise has been devoted to characterizing the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing fetus.
BMC Psychology - Neurodevelopmental profile of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review
In an effort to improve the screening and diagnosis of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), research has focused on the identification of a unique neurodevelopmental profile characteristic of this population.
Drug Alcohol Depend - Who is most affected by prenatal alcohol exposure: Boys or girls?
Boys and girls had mostly similar outcomes when prenatal alcohol exposure was linked to poor physical and neurocognitive development. Nevertheless, sex ratios implicate lower viability and survival of males by first grade, and girls have more dysmorphology and neurocognitive impairment than boys resulting in a higher probability of a FASD diagnosis.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Interia (Poland) - Mamo, nie pij w ciąży
Co najmniej dwa procent dzieci w Polsce cierpi z powodu zaburzeń rozwoju spowodowanych piciem alkoholu przez matki podczas ciąży. To więcej niż liczba maluchów z autyzmem.
Hyvä Terveys (Finland) - ”Kysyisin äidiltä, miksi hän joi”
Äidin raskaudenaikainen alkoholinkäyttö uhkaa yhä tuhansien lapsien elämää Suomessa. Mikko on yksi FASD-nuori.

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