Sunday, September 17, 2017

FASD News - 37/2017

NHS Choices - No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy
This follows a review of international research looking at whether low-to-moderate alcohol consumption – no more than 1 to 2 units, once or twice a week – was linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes.
BBC News (Scotland) - New campaign urges women to avoid alcohol in pregnancy
A new hard-hitting health campaign will urge women to avoid drinking any alcohol during pregnancy.
The Herald (Scotland) - Why it is vital to avoid alcohol during pregnancy
CLAIMS of “fake news” have become rampant, particularly in America. The bigger problem here is one of misleading myths and half-truths about health that are neither innocent nor harmless.
CTV News (Canada) - Looking for change on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
R.J. Formanek lives with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and addressed a gathering of others affected at the Westminster Family Centre, telling them, “When I got a diagnosis, it freed me to think, ‘What goes on in my brain, while different is not wrong.”
Times LIVE (South Africa) - Silence to highlight dangers of drinking while pregnant
Tomorrow‚ September 9‚ at 9.08am‚ people around the world will stand in silence for a single minute. At 9.09 a bell will be rung to break the silence.
Courier-Times - Bells to remind others of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) encourages businesses or anyone who has a bell to ring it for one minute at 9:09 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 to remind the public of the nine months of pregnancy.
WDEL 1150AM (USA) - A second epidemic: Fetal alcohol syndrome and how Delaware will fight it
As Delaware continues to struggle with an addiction epidemic, substance exposure in infants has been getting worse, but the state is taking steps to combat that problem.
Genetic Literacy Project - Alcohol consumption by fathers could lead to fetal alcohol syndrome
Fathers-to-be have been warned to avoid alcohol or risk affecting the health and well-being of their unborn child. Paternal alcohol use can lead to decreased newborn birth weight, marked reduction in overall brain size and impaired cognitive function.
Reports Healthcare - FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME- WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW?
One of the most destructive diseases linked with alcohol consumption is fetal alcohol syndrome. It is a particular type of disease which is common in women only. Usually, it hits when a pregnant woman drinks high amounts of alcohol which reaches to her fetus, the growing baby inside her.
GuelphMercury.com - Living with fetal alcohol syndrome
It wasn’t until her adopted son had reached kindergarten that Laurie Whyte realized he had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Gizmodo - No, Scientists Did Not Say Light Drinking During Pregnancy Was Okay
“I don’t know” and “yes” are very different things. “I don’t know if my child is allergic to peanuts” does not mean, “yes, I should feed my child peanuts.” “I don’t know if this berry is poisonous” does not mean, “yes, I should eat this berry.” And “I don’t know if light drinking will harm my pregnancy” does not mean, “I should drink alcohol while I’m pregnant.”
The New Daily - Scientists reject new study on drinking alcohol while pregnant
UK research has suggested drinking alcohol while pregnant could be safe when consumed in small quantities, but Australian experts are not convinced.
Charleston Post Courier - During Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month, experts underscore danger of drinking while pregnant
Kris Rife adopted her son as a baby more 20 years ago but didn't find out until he was 14 that he had probably been exposed to alcohol in his birth mother's womb.
Huffington Post South Africa (South Africa) - Severe Adverse Effects Of Excessive Alcohol During Pregnancy Are Not Limited To Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
'Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders' is the summary term to describe physical and neurobehavioural problems in children exposed to alcohol in utero. It consists of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial FAS, alcohol-related birth defects and alcohol-related neurological disorders.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Yukon looks for better ways to deal with FASD
The Yukon government has created what it calls an "inter-agency committee" to come up with a long-term plan to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the territory.
SteinbachOnline.com - "Talking About FASD And Helping People Understand It"
A man from eastern Manitoba who lives with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) says he wants to speak out more about what FASD is and how to prevent more children from being born with the disorder.
Terrace Standard - Society needs to think about FASD in positive way
When Myles Himmelreich was a child and diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), the doctor only told his parents that he would have trouble learning and reading. But a lot more was going on mentally and physically.
News-Medical.net - Care for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to be expanded following new QLD funding
Care for children and their families dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is to be expanded in Queensland following new funding for a Griffith University project.
The Telegram (Newfoundland and Labrador) - FASD group has recommendations for N.L. Government
A landscape paper on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Newfoundland and Labrador is nudging the provincial government with recommendations to improve care.
Neurology Advisor - Assessing the Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The global prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among children is estimated at 7.7 per 1000 in the general population, according to a review published in JAMA Pediatrics.
The West Australian (Australia) - Aussie men urged to forgo alcohol to support pregnant spouse
Aussie men are being urged to take a pregnant pause from drinking to support their partners when they’re expecting a baby.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
That's Oxfordshire - The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Trust talk to us about FASD Awareness
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term which describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank during pregnancy. It can effect physical, mental and behavioral as well as learning disabilities.
Telethon Kids Institute - Making FASD History in the Pilbara: Tracy's story
In part 1 of this three part series highlighting the work of Telethon Kids, BHP and the Wirraka Maya Health Service to make FASD history in the Pilbara, we meet Tracy.
Practical Behaviour Solutions – FASD
The disastrous effects of alcohol on an unborn foetus.
Telethon Kids Institute - Making FASD History in the Pilbara: Sissy's story
In part 2 of this three part series highlighting the work of Telethon Kids, BHP and the Wirraka Maya Health Service to make FASD history in the Pilbara, we meet Margaret ‘Sissy’ Ramirez.
Telethon Kids Institute - Making FASD History in the Pilbara: Alfred's story
In the final video of this three part series highlighting the work of Telethon Kids, BHP and the Wirraka Maya Health Service to make FASD history in the Pilbara, we meet Alfred.
REACH For It! Waterloo Region - It's Our Story
"It's Our Story"- A hopeful video celebrating community collaboration and the potential of those living with FASD.
FAREAustralia - National health campaigns and International FASD Awareness Day promote alcohol-free pregnancy
FARE Australia's Pregnant Pause Project Officer Kamara Buchanan shares about International FASD Awareness Day and the two national health campaigns that are raising awareness about being alcohol free to prevent FASD.

RESEARCH
International Journal of Biological Sciences - In Utero Alcohol Exposure and the Alteration of Histone Marks in the Developing Fetus: An Epigenetic Phenomenon of Maternal Drinking
Here, we attempted to collect all the available information concerning alcohol-mediated histone modifications during gestational fetal development. We hope that this review will aid researchers to further examine the issues associated with ethanol exposure.
Universitaire Pers Maastricht - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - Knowledge Synthesis
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.
Women Health Open J - Pregnant Women Never Drink Alone
Over the course of the next few months, the readers will be provided with a highly topical three part series of articles on the adverse impacts of alcohol on the human foetus, and thus on the offspring who suffer the consequences of the defects they inherit.
Ugeskrift for laeger - A Danish fetal alcohol spectrum disorders definition
The Danish Paediatric Society presents the first Danish definition of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in a new guideline. FASD is an umbrella term for conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.
Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Unpacking the Heterogeneity of Cognitive Functioning in Children and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Determining the Role of Moderators and Strengths
Children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience significant impairments in cognitive functioning, though substantial within-group heterogeneity is often observed.
Bentham Science Publishers - The Hidden Face of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Most studies of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have focused on children with the disorder. Much less attention has been given to morbidity and mortality among other family members.
The University of Western Ontario - Amelioration of prenatal alcohol effects by environmental enrichment in a mouse model of FASD
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy results in a spectrum of behavioural and cognitive deficits collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Currently, little is know about if and how the external environment may modulate these deficits.
Early Human Development - The effect of prenatal substance use and maternal contingent responsiveness on infant affect
The effects of prenatal substance exposure on neurobehavioral outcomes are inherently confounded by the effects of the postnatal environment, making it difficult to disentangle their influence.
BMJ Paediatrics - Digital assessment of the fetal alcohol syndrome facial phenotype: reliability and agreement study
To examine the three facial features of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in a cohort of Australian Aboriginal children from two-dimensional digital facial photographs to: (1) assess intrarater and inter-rater reliability; (2) identify the racial norms with the best fit for this population; and (3) assess agreement with clinician direct measures.
CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics - Prenatal alcohol exposure enhances the susceptibility to NMDA-induced generalized tonic-clonic seizures in developing rats
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with a higher likelihood of developing generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) in infants and children. However, experimental studies of PAE-related seizures have yielded conflicting results.
Maternal and Child Health Journal - Patterns of Alcohol Intake of Pregnant and Lactating Women in Rural Western Australia
Monitoring surveys and research outline a paucity of alcohol consumption data for women in the period of lactation, particularly in rural areas of developed countries.
Journal of Clinical Nursing - Pregnant Substance Abusers in Voluntary and Coercive treatment in Norway: therapists' reflections on change processes and attachment experiences
To explore therapists’ discourses on treatment processes, when working with pregnant substance abusers in voluntary and coercive treatment, and looking for the clinical implications of these discourses.
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in Relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Findings from the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)
Prenatal alcohol exposure can affect neurodevelopment, but few studies have examined associations with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Cardiff University - Objective Measures of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Systematic Review
Current evidence is insufficient to support the use of objective measures of prenatal alcohol exposure in practice. Biomarkers in meconium and placenta tissue may be the most promising candidates for further large-scale population-based research.
Clinical Neurophysiology - Prefrontal cortical responses in children with prenatal alcohol-related neurodevelopmental impairment: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study
Disruption in the neural activation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in modulating arousal was explored in children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), who have known neurobehavioral impairment.
Alcoholism: Clinical and experiment research - Supplementation with the methyl donor betaine prevents congenital defects induced by prenatal alcohol exposure
Despite decades of public education about dire consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure, drinking alcohol during pregnancy remains prevalent.
International Adoption in North American Literature and Culture - “Disastrous Adoption”? Representations of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Disability in Recent Native North American Writing
Chapter 3 focuses on the adoption of children with a severe handicap, specifically Native North American children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The primary text examined is Michael Dorris’s The Broken Cord (1989), the autobiographical account of the adoption by a single father of a young Sioux child with FAS.
Journal of alcoholism - Fetal Alcohol Exposure: The Common Toll
Alcohol has always been present in human life, and currently it is estimated that 50% of women of childbearing age consume alcohol.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
iszczecinek.pl (Poland) - FAS – PŁODOWY ZESPÓŁ ALKOHOLOWY
Światowy Dzień FAS – święto obchodzone na świecie corocznie 9 września mające na celu uświadomienie przyszłym matkom skutków picia alkoholu w czasie ciąży, jego wpływ na rozwój płodu, a w przyszłości – na możliwy, nieprawidłowy rozwój dziecka.
Presseportal.ch (Switzerland) - Addiction Suisse Alcool et grossesse: sensibiliser les futures mères, mais aussi leur entourage
En Suisse, un enfant sur cent présente des séquelles liées à la consommation d'alcool durant la grossesse. Le 9 septembre, la Journée mondiale de prévention du syndrome d'alcoolisation foetale est l'occasion d'une campagne de sensibilisation.
Freie Presse (Germany) - Das Kind aus der Schnapsflasche
Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft bedroht werdendes Leben mit einem höllischen Erbe. Eine Betroffene aus dem Erzgebirge kämpft mit allem, was ihr geblieben ist, um andere vor diesem Schicksal zu bewahren.
Pharmazeutische Zeitung online (Germany) - Fetales Alkohol-Syndrom: Frauen besser aufklären
Die Zahl der alkoholgeschädigten Kinder steigt nach Angaben des Vereins FASD Deutschland leicht an. «Viele junge Frauen trinken, bevor sie entdecken, dass sie schwanger sind», sagte die Vorsitzende Gisela Michalowski vor dem «Tag des alkoholgeschädigten Kindes» am 9. September.
Terve.fi (Finland) - Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymä lähes yhdellä lapsella sadasta
Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymä kehittyy edelleen lähes joka sadannelle lapselle, oireyhtymän globaalia esiintyvyyttä selvittänyt tutkimus osoittaa. Oireyhtymä johtuu raskaudenaikaisesta alkoholialtistuksesta.
Postimees (Estonia) - Alkohol võib tekitada arenevale lootele üle 400 haiguse
Pole oluline, millisel raseduse perioodil naine alkoholi tarvitab, kuna see avaldab lootele alati mõju, sest alkohol läbib platsenta täielikult.
ceskatelevize.cz/ct24 (Czech Republic) - Nadměrná konzumace alkoholu zkracuje život o víc než 20 let. U těhotných může mít pro dítě doživotní následky
Alkoholismus je závažný problém, který ročně ubírá v české populaci desítky tisíc let života. V Evropě je také až 2,6krát větší výskyt fetálního alkoholového syndromu než ve světě, v jeho důsledku není více než polovina jím postižených dětí schopna samostatného života v dospělosti.
Svenska YLE (Finland/Sweden) - Vart hundrade barn har alkoholskador
Nästan en procent av barnen som föds runt om i världen lider av något slags fetalt alkoholsyndrom, visar global forskning. Syndromet beror på att barnet har utsatts för alkohol under graviditeten.
Savon Sanomat (Finland) - Äidin juopottelu vaurioitti sikiötä – nyt aikuisena oltava rahan kanssa tarkkana
Lyhytpinnaisuutta ja päätöksenteon vaikeuksia, kuvailee MTV:n haastattelema Eevaliisa Nwogu oireitaan. Hänen äitinsä käytti raskausaikana alkoholia, mikä näkyy nyt kolmekymppisen Nwogun elämässä.
BergamoNews.it (Italy) - GIORNATA MONDIALE DELLA SINDROME FETO-ALCOLICA
Il 9 settembre si celebra in tutto il mondo la giornata di informazione sui danni provocati ai bambini dall’assunzione, anche in piccole dosi, di alcol da parte delle donne durante la gravidanza o durante l’allattamento.
Vyšetrenie.sk (Slovakia) - Zdrvujúce závery českého výskumu: Alkohol skracuje život o neuveriteľný počet rokov
Nadmerné pitie alkoholu skracuje život o viac ako 20 rokov, nebezpečná je aj jeho konzumácia v tehotenstve.

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