Sunday, September 3, 2017

FASD News - 35/2017

Courier Mail - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) caused by drinking alcohol while pregnant has devastating effect on children
EVERY day Jazpa Pinnell must relearn how to get dressed for school. Step-by-step, one instruction at a time, the 10-year-old is guided by his aunt, Sam Pinnell.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Partnership trains youth to fight foetal alcohol disorder
The provincial department of Social Development has launched a new youth development initiative using the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) to boost the fight against Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the West Coast area.
Buzz.ie (Ireland) - Ireland in top five countries for alcohol related birth problems
It has been revealed that Ireland is in the top five countries in Europe for alcohol related birth defects.
The Independent (UK) - One in 13 women who consume alcohol while expecting will go on to have a child with FASD
British mums-to-be are among the most likely in the world to drink during pregnancy and harm their unborn baby as a result, new research finds.
CTV News - Increased suicide risk for moms of children with fetal alcohol syndrome, study finds
Women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are at an increased risk of attempting suicide and dying by suicide, a University of Manitoba study has found.
Herald live (South Africa) - SA has 14 times global average of foetal alcohol disorders
South Africa has the highest prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the world – more than 14 times the global average.
Huffington Post Canada - More Women Than We Thought Have Babies With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Drinking while pregnant could be doing more harm than anyone has previously believed. According to Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), one in every 13 women who consumes alcohol while expecting will have a baby born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
CBC.ca (Canada) - Research underway in Yukon to develop quick FASD screening
A research project underway in Whitehorse could lead to much earlier detection of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in people at risk of getting in trouble with the law.
The Star, Kenya - Why prenatal alcohol exposure leads to addiction
Prenatal alcohol exposure is known as one of the leading preventable causes of birth defects, neurodevelopment abnormalities and can also leads to an increased addiction risk later in life.
Connaught Telegraph (Ireland) - Women urged to stay off alcohol during pregnancy
ALCOHOL and pregnancy just don’t mix is the message to mark the International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day which takes place on Saturday, September 9.
Medscape - Antipsychotics Overused in Intellectually Disabled Adults
Antipsychotics are commonly prescribed to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), frequently in the absence of a documented psychiatric diagnosis.
Radio Kenai - Art Gives A Voice To FASD And Brain Injury In Alaska
Saturday, September 9th, families and individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are coming together to raise awareness of FASDs in Alaska with a mask making event at the Anchorage Public Library.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
The Resource Basket - Understanding and Supporting Youth with FASD
Gain an understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and associated behaviors in youth. Learn practical methods for supporting youth with FASD and creating an inclusive environment. Find out what tools and resources are available for Alaskans.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Webinar: FASD Awareness Month - Media Outreach and Spokesperson Training
The NOFAS communications team presents an overview of the NOFAS traditional media outreach and social media plans for FASD Awareness Month, including opportunities for advocates to join NOFAS activities and to prepare and issue their own media pitch and press release.
NCJTC - Reducing Recidivism: Improving Supervision Outcomes for FASD Probationers
Research suggests that as many as 60% of adolescents and adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Het Witte Bos - FAS2025: Isiah’s remembrance of his hilarious and sweet grandmother
Isiah was raised by his grandmother. He has good memories of her: “Grandma was hilarious. She was really sweet”. Once in a while his grandmother took him to the amusement park or the camping site. At the camping site he could play and go for a ride on the skelter.
Het Witte Bos - FAS2025: Singing enables Lorenzo to express his feelings
Lorenzo enjoys dressing up with his girlfriends and to dance around in the most beautiful dresses. It's no surprise he is a champion in being beautiful and kind.

RESEARCH
Maastricht University - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This report describes current knowledge and gaps in knowledge regarding FASD in the Netherland.  The  steps  of  Intervention  Mapping  (IM)  are  used  as  a  framework for analyzing this situation. 
Laurentian University - Knowledge of the effects of gestational alcohol consumption and FASD in an Ontarian sample
The current document is a two-paper manuscript-based thesis investigating what women in...
University of the Western Cape - Analysing the spontaneous speech of children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a global problem that affects various communities. FASD denotes a pattern of abnormalities intermittently seen in children born to women who consume huge quantities of alcohol during pregnancy (Church & Kaltenbach, 1997).
CMAJ open - Suicide and suicide attempts among women in the Manitoba Mothers and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder cohort: a retrospective matched analysis using linked administrative data.
The objective of this study was to compare rates of suicide between women who had given birth to children with FASD and women who had not given birth to children with FASD during critical periods in their lives, including before pregnancy, during pregnancy, during the postpartum period (maternal death) and until the end of the study period.
Alcohol - Challenges of Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Foster and Adopted Children
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) might be 10–15 times more prevalent among foster/adopted children compared to the general population; however, many of these children remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Global Prevalence of Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking During Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The current paper presents recent estimates of the prevalence of: i) any amount of alcohol use during pregnancy, ii) one or more binge drinking episode(s) (four or more standard drinks on a single occasion) during pregnancy, iii) FAS, and iv) FASD among the general population globally and by World Health Organization region.
University of Twente - FAScinating Research : a qualitative interview study focusing the situation of foster parents raising children with FASD
Under the term fetal alcoholic spectrum disorder (FASD) several forms of mental disabilities are summarized, characterized by cognitive and behavioural difficulties due to an intoxication with alcohol during pregnancy.
Journal of Pediatric Health Care - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What Pediatric Providers Need to Know
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the cause of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), the prevalence of which is similar to that of other developmental disabilities like Down syndrome and autism.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Children and Youth
In this meta-analysis of 24 unique studies and 1416 unique children and youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, approximately 8 of 1000 in the general population had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and 1 of every 13 pregnant women who consumed alcohol during pregnancy delivered a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
JAMA pediatrics - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder—High Rates, High Needs, High Time for Action
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition that affects a substantial number of children, adolescents, and adults. Individuals can manifest FASD in a variety of ways, with many comorbidities.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada - No. 245-Alcohol Use and Pregnancy Consensus Clinical Guidelines
To establish national standards of care for the screening and recording of alcohol use and counselling on alcohol use of women of child-bearing age and pregnant women based on the most up-to-date evidence.
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews - Maternal substance use during pregnancy and offspring conduct problems: a meta-analysis
We conducted meta-analyses of relationships between highly prevalent substance use during pregnancy and offspring conduct disorder problems. In total 36 studies were included.
BMJ Journals - Alcohol consumption in a general antenatal population and child neurodevelopment at 2 years
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is a community health problem with up to 50% of pregnant women drinking alcohol. The relationship between low or sporadic binge PAE and adverse child outcomes is not clear.
Alcoholism - Tailoring an alcohol intervention for AIAN women of childbearing age: listening to the community
Reduction of risky drinking in women of childbearing age is one strategy that may be employed to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a sequela of prenatal alcohol-exposure.
Reproductive Toxicology - Skeletal examination in a chick embryo model of fetal alcohol syndrome indicates impaired osteogenesis
Pediatr Res - Genetic predisposition to fetal alcohol syndrome: association with congenital disorders of N-glycosylation.
Our study supports that rare variants of genes involved in N-glycosylation could play a role in the development and severity of FAS under prenatal alcohol exposure.
Psychoneuroendocrinology - Sex differences in associations between white matter microstructure and gonadal hormones in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure
Despite accumulating evidence from animal models demonstrating that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in life-long neuroendocrine dysregulation, very little is known on this topic among humans with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - HAUSKAA ILMAN PROMILLEJA – KANSAINVÄLINEN FASD-PÄIVÄ 9.9.
Kansainvälinen FASD-päivä 9.9. muistuttaa yhdeksän kuukauden raittiudesta raskausaikana. Raskaana ollessa alkoholinkäytölle ei ole olemassa turvarajaa, vaan ainoastaan täysraittius suojaa sikiötä.
Ecodiario (Spain) - Un estudio estima el trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal es de 8 de cada mil en niños y jóvenes
El consumo de alcohol durante el embarazo puede causar una amplia gama de efectos adversos para la salud que pueden tener implicaciones para toda la vida, por lo que el trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal (FASD, por sus siglas en inglés) es costoso para la sociedad.
Gazeta Częstochowska (Poland) - ŚWIATOWY DZIEŃ FAS. KONFERENCJA SZKOLENIOWA.
W ramach obchodów Światowego Dnia FAS (alkoholowy zespół płodowy, z ang. fetal alcohol syndrome, FAS), w piątek, 8 września w sali sesyjnej Urzędu Miasta Częstochowy odbędzie się konferencja nt. „FASD – Problem kliniczny i społeczny”.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt (Germany) - Hohe Prävalenz des fetalen Alkoholsyndroms in Europa
Eine von 13 Frauen, die während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol trinken, fügt ihrem Kind einen lebenslangen Schaden zu.
FOCUS Online (Germany) - „Ein Glas geht doch!?“ – Fachtag und Ausstellung zum Thema Alko hol in der Schwangerschaft
Den Start ins Leben beginnen in Deutschland jedes Jahr rund 10.000 Kinder quer durch alle Gesellschaftsschichten mit einem bestimmten „Handicap“.
La Stampa (Italy) - Alcol in gravidanza: i deficit che potrebbe causare nel feto
Le raccomandazioni dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità non lasciano spazio a trasgressioni: cessare del tutto di bere alcol in gravidanza (e anche nella fase del concepimento) è il comportamento più sicuro da seguire.
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - ARKEA ALKOHOLIVAURIOIDEN KANSSA
Kun olin 1-vuotias, minut sijoitettiin kiireellisesti lastenkotiin. En ymmärtänyt, miksi äiti päästi minut. Sijoitus kesti viisi vuotta. Sinä aikana kuljin kodin ja lastenkodin väliä 44 kertaa.

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