Monday, August 21, 2017

FASD News - 33/2017

Pincher Creek Echo (Canada) - Local learning about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
It is a devastating condition that affects 36,000 Albertans. It can affect memory, create permanent nerve damage and learning disabilities. It is completely incurable, yet, 100 per cent preventable.
ABC Online (Australia) - Teen runaway with FASD ended up drowned, eaten by shark or crocodile
A 15-year-old Indigenous boy in state care who drowned and then had his body mauled by a crocodile or shark in Western Australia's top end was suffering foetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD), a coronial inquest has heard.
The Northern Daily Leader (Australia) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rife in Tamworth region
The Tamworth region is suffering at the hands of a completely preventable disorder that results in cognitive, physical, and social disabilities in children, and a local health professional is screaming out for more to be done.
Alaska Public Radio Network (USA) - Preventing fetal alcohol exposure and its effects
On this Line One program the focus is on efforts to prevent fetal alcohol exposure and its effects. We will discuss local and national efforts and the challenges to preventing the lifelong effects that alcohol can cause in the developing fetus.
Neurology Advisor - Animal Model Shows Reversal of Fetal Alchohol Syndrome Effects
Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children; the new report was published in Molecular Psychiatry. (USA) - Moms-to-be and addiction present special needs
Every day there are women who make the decision to stop abusing substances. Most women who use illicit drugs don’t plan to become pregnant. They may not even know they are, and those early weeks of pregnancy are crucial as the baby’s organs are developing.
Social Justice Solutions - Major Breakthrough on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has Huge Implications for Child Welfare System
One or two decades from now, we might look back at a Northwestern University study completed this month as a major turning point in the history of child welfare, foster care and adoption.
Creating a Family - 5 Sanity Saving Tips for Kids with Fetal Alcohol Disorders (FASD)
Many adoptive parents are faced with the decision of adopting a child that has been or may have been exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. Many others are in the midst of parenting kids that have been prenatally exposed to alcohol.

ACOGNews - “What You Should Tell Her?” -- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Prevention Project
Alcohol use during pregnancy is a common area of concern for expectant women. The patient is receiving multiple opinions from her relatives and friends on whether or not she should indulge in drinking during her pregnancy.
ACOGNews - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention: Promoting Screening & Brief Intervention
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are the full spectrum of birth defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. One prevention challenge is that women receive mixed messages regarding the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy.
Kortney Gehlert - The Best I Can Be: Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects
Improvisation Institute - Community Improv FASD & Social Isolation
This project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart and Dr. Rebecca Caines with the University of Regina. The community-based research project starts with the premise that people living with FASD are the experts on FASD, and hold artistic and imaginative potential to harness unique improvisation skills such as impulse, imaginative narrative, and spontaneity.

Chemosphere - Developmental ethanol exposure impairs locomotor movement in Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) larvae targeting epigenome
Evidence indicated ethanol exposure during development disrupts brain functions that induces fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) phenotypes with behavioral abnormalities.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Age-Related Differences in Neuropsychological Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Cross-sectional Study
This cross-sectional study examined six key areas of neuropsychological functioning (cognitive, academic, attention, executive function, adaptive skills) comparing adolescents and school-age children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - FASD: Folic acid and Formic Acid - An unholy alliance in the alcohol abusing mother
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy remains a significant cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities, however, the mechanism of toxicity remains unclear.
Journal of Food Science - Turmeric Extract Rescues Ethanol-Induced Developmental Defect in the Zebrafish Model for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Prenatal ethanol exposure causes the most frequent preventable birth disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The effect of turmeric extracts in rescuing an ethanol-induced developmental defect using zebrafish as a model was determined.
Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology - Human Brain Abnormalities Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common neurodevelopmental problem, but neuropathologic descriptions are rare and focused on the extreme abnormalities.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy - Functional and Neuropsychological Assessment in Adults With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The first study to investigate functional abilities in adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder advanced knowledge in three ways: (1) Psychosocial skills have to be tested for guiding treatments, (2) functional skills explain the severity of disease, and (3) the psychosocial element has to be added to the diagnostic guidelines.
Psychiatry, Psychology and Law - Assessment and Evaluation of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its Potential Relevance for Sentencing: A Clarion Call from Western Australia
LCM was a child of 15 whose diagnosis of FASD was not made prior to his being sentenced for the senseless and brutal manslaughter of his infant son. The diagnosis arrived at by a multidisciplinary team shortly before his appeal to the Western Australian Court of Appeal in LCM v The State of Western Australia [2016] WASCA 164 resulted in a significant reduction in his sentence.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Ethanol-induced Damage to the Developing Spinal Cord: The Involvement of CCR2 Signaling
Ethanol exposure during development causes fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). A large body of evidence shows that ethanol produces multiple abnormalities in the developing central nervous system (CNS), such as smaller brain size, reduced volume of cerebral white matter, permanent loss of neurons, and alterations in synaptogenesis and myelinogenesis.
University of South Australia - Decreasing alcohol consumption among pregnant women in Australia: The effectiveness of a public health approach
This research utilised a mixed methods design to explore the knowledge and attitudes of pregnant women and their partners on the topic of alcohol consumption during pregnancy; the nature of the information that is available to women about alcohol consumption during pregnancy; and evaluated the effectiveness of a public health intervention.
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Convergence of online daily diaries and timeline followback among women at risk for alcohol exposed pregnancy
Researchers and clinicians interested in assessing drinking and unprotected sex in evaluating risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP) have limited options.
EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY - The Use of Trace Eyeblink Classical Conditioning to Assess Hippocampal Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Trace eyeblink classical conditioning (ECC) was used to assess hippocampal-dependent associative learning in adult rats that were administered a high concentration (11.9% v/v) of alcohol during early neonatal brain development.
Brain Research - Effect of prenatal exposure to ethanol on the pyramidal tract in developing rats
Prenatal exposure to ethanol induces a relative increase in the numbers of pyramidal tract axons relative to the number of corticospinal projection neurons in somatosensory/motor cortices in the adult rat.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES (Germany) - Lehrreiche Mitmach-Ausstellung für Fachleute und Schülerinnen
Mühldorf a. Inn - Rund 50 Pädagogen aus verschiedenen Einrichtungen und Beratungsstellen waren nach Mühldorf gekommen, um sich mit dem Thema „Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung“, kurz FASD, auseinanderzusetzen.
NOZ - Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (Germany) - 6700 Euro für FASD-Selbsthilfe Lingen
Lingen. Die Krankenkasse DAK-Gesundheit in Lingen unterstützt die Arbeit der Selbsthilfegruppe FASD mit 6200 Euro.

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