Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Alcohol News - 5/2018

The Telegraph (UK) - The truth about drunk pilots – does the profession have an alcohol problem?
If you were to compile a list of the Top Ten Things to Unnerve Plane Passengers, having armed police enter the cockpit moments before take-off, handcuff the pilot and lead them away on suspicion of being drunk would have to rank pretty high.
BBC News (UK) - 'Dangerously' drunk tourists may not win insurance claims
A man who fell and hit his head after "drinking all night" was correctly refused travel insurance cover, an ombudsman has said.
thenews.pl (Poland) - Polish president signs into law powers to limit alcohol sales
Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed new laws which allow local governments to limit alcohol sales.
USA TODAY - Study: Parents who give their teenagers alcohol are inviting trouble
It seems to make some sense: Let your teenagers drink at home where they will have adult supervision and won’t be driving. But a new study finds that parents who provide their kids with alcohol aren’t doing them any favors.
The Guardian (UK) - UK health body calls for cigarette-style warnings on alcohol
More graphic link to alcohol-related diseases would raise awareness and reduce harm, says the Royal Society for Public Health.
ERR News (Estonia) - Shortfall in alcohol excise duty inflow to total tens of millions
The estimated inflow of excise duty on alcohol has never missed the mark as severely as it has in the 2017 state budget, daily Postimees reports.
Harvard Health - Alcohol and age: A risky combination
Most people drink less as they grow older. However, some maintain heavy drinking patterns throughout life, and some develop problems with alcohol for the first time during their later years.
BBC News (Russia) - Reality Check: Has Russian alcohol consumption fallen 80%?
Russians are consuming 80% less alcohol than five years ago, according to the Minister of Health, Veronika Skvortsova. It's a jaw-dropping figure for a nation that's traditionally regarded as one that enjoys drinking - especially the national tipple, vodka.
Houston Public Media (USA) - New Study Calls For Stricter Alcohol Standards To Reduce Drunk Driving
A new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine calls for, among other things, the legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol concentration to be lowered from .08 to .05 percent. In other words — making the legal standard for drunken driving stricter.
The Times (Ireland) - ‘Thousands will lose lives while alcohol bill is delayed’
It will be at least another three months before the alcohol bill becomes law after the government was forced to notify the European Commission about new amendments.
YouGov US (USA) - Three-quarters of Americans started drinking alcohol before age 21
Drinking alcohol has long been a right of passage into adulthood, but a study by the journal Childhood Development concluded that adolescents (ages 13-19) in each successive generation exhibit a decline in adult activities such as dating, learning to drive, moving out, and drinking.
Independent (Uganda) - Under age illicit alcohol consumption increasing, study finds
50.8% of the 600 respondents in a study conducted by a Health Communication Organisation – Straight Talk Foundation Uganda agreed to have consumed illicit alcohol, 17% of which were under the age of 18 years. Underage consumption was higher among males at 25% than among females at 9%.
University of Bristol - Study of 3,000 drinkers' attempts to cut down produces sobering results
A new study by the University of Bristol that assessed data on the drinking patterns of nearly 3,000 drinkers who reported that they were planning to reduce their alcohol consumption found that very few managed it when followed up six months later.
The Pharmaceutical Journal (UK) - Minimum unit alcohol pricing works, MPs told
Making cheap, strong alcohol less affordable could benefit the health of the two million people who drink at harmful levels in England, doctors have told Mps.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Alcohol News - 4/2018

New York Post (USA) - How tipsy playdates are creating a mommy drinking crisis
Lucy Rorech was like a lot of Park Slope mothers. She made organic baby food for her children and shuttled them to Mandarin lessons after school.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - A third of the alcohol sold in England is drunk by just 4 per cent of the nation, figures reveal
Just 4 per cent of the population consume almost one-third of all the alcohol sold in England, new healthcare data has revealed.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - The truth about drunk pilots – does the profession have an alcohol problem?
If you were to compile a list of the Top Ten Things to Unnerve Plane Passengers, having armed police enter the cockpit moments before take-off, handcuff the pilot and lead them away on suspicion of being drunk would have to rank pretty high.
The Guardian (UK) - Nearly half of UK 14-year-olds have tried alcohol, figures show
Almost half of children in the UK have tried alcohol by the age of 14, while nearly 20% have had a run-in with the police, new figures have revealed.
KTVA (USA) - Anchorage searching for solutions to fight alcohol epidemic
Tuesday night the Anchorage Assembly voted down a proposed ordinance by Dick Traini that would have adopted a municipal wholesale tax on alcoholic beverages.
Science Daily - Alcohol consumption in late teens can lead to liver problems in adulthood
Alcohol is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis and liver-related deaths. Results of a large long-term study in Sweden have confirmed that drinking during late adolescence could be the first step towards liver problems in adulthood and that guidelines for safe alcohol intake in men might have to be revised downwards.
The Pharmaceutical Journal - Drinking alcohol increases cancer risk
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Drinks industry lobbied extensively on Alcohol Health Bill
Drinks industry representatives extensively lobbied Government Ministers, TDs and Senators about controversial legislation to deal with Ireland’s alcohol crisis, according to the latest figures from the lobbying register.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Public health groups call for higher alcohol prices
Public health groups want the government to consider raising the alcohol tax by 50 percent as part of their inquiry into mental health and addiction services.
Prague Daily Monitor (Czech Republic) - Survey: Some 11% of adult Czechs drink alcohol almost daily
Every ninth adult person in the Czech Republic drinks alcohol at least four times a week and the same proportion, 11 percent over 18, drink five and more half litres of beer, at least five glasses of liquor or over one litre of wine regularly, according to the poll conducted by the Nielsen Admosphere polling agency and released on Tuesday.
Times of India (India) - Delhi: A third of street kids use drugs, alcohol
One in every three street children in Delhi indulges in substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol and cannabis. A study by AIIMS has now put a number to this well-known problem.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - One in 12 drivers in crash or near miss due to alcohol – survey
Almost one in 12 Irish motorists have been involved in a collision or experienced a near miss as a result of a road user operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
HeraldScotland (UK) - Doctors urge England to follow Scottish minimum alcohol pricing
Senior doctors have renewed their efforts to get England to follow Scotland on minimum alcohol pricing.
WMUR Manchester (USA) - New report calls for lowering BAC levels from .08 to .05, getting stricter on alcohol laws
A study recently released from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine calls for the lowering of the blood alcohol concentration level from .08 to .05.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Sporting codes told to ban alcohol advertisements and sponsorships
TWO out of three parents want to see alcohol advertising and promotions banned during sporting matches, according to a new poll.
ERR News (Estonia) - PPA to use minors to check shops' compliance with alcohol, tobacco laws
Beginning Friday, the Police and Border Guard (PPA) are allowed to use minors as "police explorers" to check retailers' compliance with the prohibition to sell alcohol and tobacco products to minors.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

FASD News - 3/2018

ABC Online (Australia) - FASD: Family finally gets answers in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnosis
Queensland grandmother Sharon Wallace said she needs locks on her bedroom door. That's because her seven-year-old grandson Xavier can be incredibly loving one minute, but destructive the next.
News Medical - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD Treatments
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a congenital syndrome that emerges in the human fetus as a result of alcohol consumption by pregnant women during their maternity period.
ABC Online (Australia) - Legal and health experts say Australian courts should assess children for FASD
Doctors have started working with criminal psychologists to help them diagnose people in the justice system who might have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Newswise - Smartphone App Now Recognizes FASD Thanks to MMI Geneticist
With a smartphone and an app, qualified health care professionals can now diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in their office thanks to a suggestion from Omar Rahman, M.D.
MilTech - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Management and Policy Perspectives of FASD. Health Care and Disease Management – Healthcare, Healthcare Services, Maternal and Neonatal Care Industries
Reflecting the recent increased public awareness of the topic, this is the first and most comprehensive resource for over a decade on the molecular basis, prevalence, treatment, options, socioeconomic impact and prevention strategies of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Aberdeen Evening Express (UK) - Pilot scheme to spread message about drinking during pregnancy
A North-east health board has announced a six-month pilot scheme to raise awareness of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The Jerusalem Post (Israel) - ADOPTED CHILDREN FROM FSU MIGHT HAVE UNDETECTED FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME
Some young children originating in the former Soviet Union who have been adopted by Israelis have been diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder when they are toddler.
KTVQ Billings News (USA) - Big Horn County Attorney announces "crackdown" on expecting mothers for drug and alcohol use
The Big Horn County Attorney in Hardin announced Thursday plans to crack down on women who use drugs or alcohol while pregnant.
NHS Grampian (UK) - Think pregnancy - Think no alcohol
NHS Grampian has announced an innovative six month pilot project raising awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy.

EVENTS
HealthInfoNet - Healthy Women and Pregnancies: Aboriginal Focus on FASD in Communities (15 - 16 May 2018; Perth, Western Australia)
At the end of this training, participants will also receive culturally secure resources to support them in FASD prevention. This workshop is endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing. It has been allocated CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
PVSBC - 8th International Research Conference on Adolescents & Adults with FASD (April 18, 2018; Canada)
FASD Peterborough - FASD Professional Training Series (Multiple Dates)
Presented by Sheryl Over, this 4 part training series will focus on understanding FASD and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Center - Strong Spirit Strong Future: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention (27 February 2018; Perth, Western Australia)
This video conference will explore the prevention of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
satPRnews - Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Assessment and New Directions in Research and Multimodal Treatment
This eBook addresses the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Mofas - 2018 FASD Prevention Grant- Welcome Webinar
UNL – CCFL - Scientific & Legal Aspects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The continued discussion by Mr. Edwards on the legal aspects of FASD by providing a forensic context of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to help juvenile attorneys, caseworkers, and juvenile justice professionals understand the neurodevelopmental issues that may impact a child’s actions in school, foster care placement, juvenile detention and community settings.
Tom Monson – Last Call
If someone is pregnant, what is the harm in just a few drinks? How much is safe? Learn what the experts have to say.
Courthouse Libraries BC - Working with Clients with FASD - Webinar Recording
Effective communication with a client can be difficult to achieve under ideal circumstances, let alone if your client has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Reginald Weaver - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)
LMU - The FASD French Pocket guide is now available
Recommendations for the Diagnosis of FASD are summarized and illustrated in this Pocket guide.
Government and Public Sector - Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder FASD. Who is responsible?. Health Care and Disease Management
The new report from Government and Public Sector has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of Government and Public Sector Industries.
The Cork Board - Podcast | #17 Kathleen Guire on Adoption, FASD, and Sex Trafficking
Kathleen Guire is the founder of the Whole House Blog. She also recently released her first novel, Defining Home, meant to increase awareness about the tragedies of slavery and sex trafficking. She had wise words to share about FASD, self-publishing, and how she keeps her large family organized.

RESEARCH
Advances in Pediatric Research - Comparison of the FASD 4-Digit Code and Hoyme et al. 2016 FASD diagnostic guidelines
All FASD diagnostic systems need to publish comprehensive validation studies to identify which is the most accurate, reproducible, and medically valid.
Clinical Epigenetics - DNA methylation as a predictor of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a developmental disorder that manifests through a range of cognitive, adaptive, physiological, and neurobiological deficits resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure.
Scientific Reports - Acetaldehyde inhibits retinoic acid biosynthesis to mediate alcohol teratogenicity
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy induces Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which has been proposed to arise from competitive inhibition of retinoic acid (RA) biosynthesis.
Alcohol and Alcoholism - A Formative Evaluation of Two FASD Prevention Communication Strategies
In this FASD prevention feasibility study, we found that FASD prevention messages, particularly paired with pregnancy test dispensers, placed in the women’s restrooms of establishments that serve alcohol can effectively promote informed alcohol consumption decisions among women who are, or may become, pregnant.
Developmental Neurorehabilitation - GoFAR: improving attention, behavior and adaptive functioning in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Brief report
This pilot study demonstrated that children with FASD and their caregivers benefit from a focused intervention designed to improve effortful control of behavior. The study suggests the need for a larger clinical trial to evaluate the intervention’s effectiveness.
Journal of Education, Health and Sport - THE EFFECTS OF SENSORY INTEGRATION TECHNIQUE ON EQUILIBRIUM PROCESSES IN CHILDREN AFTER PRENATAL EXPOSURE TO ALCOHOL
The sensory integration technique exerts a beneficial effect on the balance functions of children after prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing - Experience of Pregnant Women with Problem Drinking during First Trimester of Pregnancy
The results of this study provide a deeper understanding of pregnant women's experiences of drinking alcohol during the first trimester of pregnancy.
RsearchGate - Evaluation of the Good Behavior Game with a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in a Small-Group Context
We evaluated the Good Behavior Game (GBG) on levels of disruptive behavior of a 4-year-old boy with fetal alcohol syndrome during small-group reading time.
Medical Science Pulse - The knowledge about fetal alkohol syndrome (FAS) among women at the procreative age
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy, namely intrauterine alcohol influence on a fetus, might result in plenty of very serious disorders in physical and intellectual development of a child.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
info.elblag.pl (Poland) - W ciąży nie pijemy na zdrowie
Wyobraźmy sobie kobietę w ciąży, która właśnie wypiła kieliszek wina. Alkohol wchłania się już w jej jamie ustnej i w ciągu kilku minut znajduje się we krwi. Cząsteczki etanolu (to ten sam alkohol, który znajduje się w piwie, winie, wódce itp.) wraz z krwią krążą w jej organizmie i z łatwością przenikają przez łożysko.
Volksstimme (Germany) - Fürs Kind ist jeder Schluck zu viel
Die 21-jährige Stendalerin Delia Buchhorn leidet unter dem Fetalen Alkoholsyndrom, weil ihre Mutter in der Schwangerschaft trank.
Hyvä Terveys (Finland) - Tietokoneohjelma ihmisen veroinen tunnistamaan FASD-lapsen kasvonpiirteet
Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymän eli FASD:n tunnistaminen on kokeneellekin lääkärille vaikeaa, mutta jatkossa apua saattaa löytyä kasvojentunnistusohjelmista, tuore tutkimus osoittaa.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Alcohol News - 3/2018

The Independent (UK) – More than half of adults drink alcohol to cope with stress
Almost 60 per cent of adults are drinking alcohol in order to cope with the stresses of everyday life, a study has discovered.
National Post (Sri Lanka) - Sri Lanka reinstated ban on selling alcohol to women
Sri Lanka’s government has reinstated a ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where the drinks are produced and sold, saying it’s in line with the country’s cultural values, a senior official said Wednesday.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Russian Alcohol Consumption Falls 80% in 5 Years, Says Minister
Russia’s health minister has said that Russians consume 80 percent less alcohol than they did five years ago, amid a decrease in smoking levels and an increase in the number of people who do sports.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Alcohol tax unaffected by agreement: Govt
The Government believes any future rise in excise tax on alcohol can be made without concerns about legal action from overseas liquor companies.
Express.co.uk (UK) - Dry January benefits: What happens when you stop drinking alcohol for a month?
DRY JANUARY is a health campaign which urges people to abstain from alcohol for the first month of the year. Its popularity has grown in the years but what benefits does it give your body, if any?
Toronto Star (Canada) - Saskatchewan town seeks to ban alcohol sales on certain days
La Ronge’s town council is hoping to address alcohol problems in the community by imposing measures such as banning alcohol sales on Sundays, statutory holidays and month-end paydays.
Medical Xpress - New approach is helping youngsters steer clear of alcohol
In 15 public middle schools in rural Oregon, UO education researcher Mark Van Ryzin is testing an old approach proven to enhance learning to see if it can be adapted to head off behavioral problems. It appears to be working.
NPR (USA) - Alcohol-Related ER Visits Soar, Especially Among Women
Most Americans drink safely and in moderation. But a steady annual increase in trips made to emergency rooms as a result of drinking alcohol added up to 61 percent more visits in 2014 compared with 2006, according to a study published this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
ABC Online (Australia) - The 'sober generation': Australian teens snubbing alcohol and cigarettes thanks to parents, researchers say
Teenagers are turning away from alcohol and other substances so much so that researchers studying the change in attitude have labelled this the "sober generation".
Queen's Journal (Canada) - The liquor industry needs to work with alcohol consumption experiments, not against them
With the limited resources that come with a population of just under 36,000 people, it’s not surprising that even a hint of a lawsuit from the Canadian liquor industry players was enough to snuff out an experiment like the one recently held in the Yukon.
Express.co.uk - Dementia warning: Just ONE glass of wine or pint of beer each day could put you at risk
JUST a glass of wine or a pint of beer each day could poison the brain and lead to dementia, a study has found.
News Medical - How Does Alcohol Affect the Body?
Alcohol when over-consumed for the first time causes severe effects. Heavy drinking greatly affects not only the liver, but also many other parts of the body system.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Young drinkers consuming more alcohol than ever
Fewer young people in New Zealand are drinking but the heavy drinking culture has not changed, a health watchdog says.
The Local Norway (Norway) - 'We won’t pay for alcohol any more': Labour leader after harassment scandal
Jonas Gahr Støre, leader of the Norwegian Labour party, says that alcohol will no longer be supplied at events for members of the political group.
Dunfermline Press - Women are targeted by alcohol industry
Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) say that drinks companies have recognised the potentially huge market in alcohol products for females with figures showing that Britain is the worst country in the western world for heavy drinking among professional women.
MorningAdvertiser.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol sales at airports could be restricted
Restrictions should be applied to the consumption and sale of alcohol at airports, according to a parliamentary report.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Alcohol News - 2/2018

The Independent – How alcohol damages stem cells and increases cancer risk
After cigarettes, alcohol is perhaps the most common carcinogen that humans voluntarily expose themselves to. How this simple substance promotes cancer, though, has not been clear. But our latest study, using genetically modified mice, sheds some light on the possible mechanism.
The Guardian (UK) - Only one in 10 Britons know alcohol causes cancer, survey finds
Only one in 10 people know that alcohol causes cancer, according to findings that also show strong public backing for cans and bottles of drink carrying warnings about the link.
ScienceNordic - Poverty and alcohol a bad mix for the heart
If you have a low income and education, drinking can be bad for your heart. But researchers think the health problems they have found may reflect something other than the effects of alcohol.
Metro - What to do if you’re not considered an alcoholic but you think you have a problem with alcohol
2018 is upon us and with that comes the nationwide campaign, which aims to encourage us to save money, sleep better and lose weight by abstaining from booze for an entire month.
Modern Ghana (Ghana) - Groups Want Ban On Alcohol Adverts Reviewed
The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has urged the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to review the ban on the advertisement of alcoholic beverages between 6am and 8pm.
WBAA (USA) - The United States Of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is a unique legalized drug in American culture. It’s not a crime to consume in all states (unlike marijuana). There is little stigma attached to having a drink (unlike cigarettes). And it can be abused somewhat openly, even in the company of your co-workers (unlike opioids).
Leicester Mercury (UK) - Government could soon ban early-morning alcohol at UK's airports
An investigation launched by the Government could spell the beginning of the end for breakfast time tipples at UK terminals.
HeraldScotland (UK) - ‘Toxic mix of alcohol and power’ at Palace of Westminster
Dozens of parliamentary aides have faced bullying at work while four women said they had been victims of sexual assault, according to a survey of staff at Westminster.
The Irish Sun (Ireland) - The laws on drinking alcohol around children and how drunk you have to be to get arrested?
Can you get arrested for drinking alcohol in public while in the care of a child? Under the Licensing Act 1902, it is illegal to be drunk in charge of a child in a public place.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Warning labels on alcohol in Yukon removed after pushback from liquor companies
A United States researcher involved in a study on alcohol warning labels in Yukon that was halted after pushback from the liquor industry says caution messages have proven effective elsewhere.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Health Minister defends alcohol bill changes
Mr Harris defended the changes, which exempts small local shops from the more draconian elements of the bill regarding separation of alcohol, saying the alterations are “common sense”.
Pravda (Russia) - Alcohol kills 18,000 Russians during every holiday season
Leading Russian expert in the field of alcohol-related mortality and alcohol policy, Alexander Nemtsov, published a report, which said that the death rate in Russia increases dramatically during the holiday season in January, when the nation celebrates New Year and Christmas.
India Today (India) - Alcohol alert on bottles soon
In a first, FSSAI - a body under Union health ministry - is regulating all varieties of alcoholic products by permitting only prescribed percent of alcohol in your drink.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

FASD News - 1/2018

Children in Scotland (Scotland) - We need facts not fiction on FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) remains the subject of misleading myths and half-truths across Scotland, resulting in continued ignorance, inaction and ‘kidding ourselves on’ about the potential adverse impacts of drinking while pregnant.
HuffPost UK (UK) - Alcohol, Pregnancy And FASD. How Pip Archer Could Help Thousands Of Families
Everyone with a child with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will appreciate that there are some things we don’t talk about in public.
Lock Haven Express (USA) - Prenatal drug abuse may be child abuse
A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a decision Wednesday that a Clinton County woman’s illegal drug abuse during pregnancy “may constitute” child abuse under the state’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL).
CTV News (Canada) - Yukon halts warning labels on liquor labels over industry concerns
Concerns have also been raised at the local level about the study's impact on long-standing labels that read: "Warning, drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects." Wenda Bradley, executive director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon, said she believed that the new labels would accompany, rather than replace, the drinking-while-pregnant warning labels.
MilTech - Substance Abuse During Pregnancy, An Issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics. The Clinics: Internal Medicine 41-2
This issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America deals with the timely subject of substance use during pregnancy. Alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use is prevalent among reproductive-age women.
CDC (USA) - National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Each January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness among women and families on actions they can take to help have a healthy baby. January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects.
Thewig.com (Canada) - Fetal alcohol motion passes
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day will be recognized provincewide on Sept. 9 of every year, thanks to a motion from Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala that passed unanimously at Queen’s Park on Thursday.
Medical News Today - Could this software diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?
Identifying certain types of alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder has proven challenging, but a new approach using a computer-based facial analysis tool may prove useful.

UPCOMING
Alberta Government WEBINAR - Housing and FASD – A Panel Discussion (January 24, 2018)
This webcast will be of interest to persons directly affected by FASD, landlords, residential building managers and anyone else supporting persons with FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Het Witte Bos - FAS-project film
In Nederland worden naar schatting elk jaar meer dan vijfhonderd kinderen geboren met het Foetaal Alcoholsyndroom (FAS).

RESEARCH
Journal of Biophotonics - Evaluating the Effects of Maternal Alcohol Consumption on Murine Fetal Brain Vasculature Using Optical Coherence Tomography
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can result in a range of anomalies including brain and behavioral dysfunctions, collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Sleep Medicine - Sleep, maladaptive behaviour and language acquisition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders, the result of ethanol exposure to a developing fetus. It is thought to be present in between 2.4–4.8% of live births in the West.
Brain sciences - Preliminary Findings that a Targeted Intervention Leads to Altered Brain Function in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) exhibit behavioral dysregulation, executive dysfunction, and atypical function in associated brain regions. Previous research shows early intervention mitigates these outcomes but corresponding brain changes were not studied.
State University of New York - The Effect of Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Environmental Enrichment on Midbrain Dopaminergic Neuron and Microglial Organization During Adulthood
Scripta Scientifica Medica - Alcohol consumption during pregnancy: intervention guidance for the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term used to describe the broad spectrum of pathologies and disorders caused by alcohol exposure in uterus.
Journal of Research in Nursing - Review: A survey of attitudes, beliefs and practice regarding alcohol use and screening in pregnancy: an opportunity for support and education?
Journal of Agricultural Science - Effect of Alcohol Consumption on the Sperm DNA Integrity: A Systematic Review
There is no solid conclusion on the conventional sperm parameters in association with alcohol consumption, evaluation of sperm DNA integrity thus become a more reliable parameter.
Critical Public Health - ‘To drink or not to drink’: media framing of evidence and debate about alcohol consumption in pregnancy
The issue of women’s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy has gained increasing public attention in Australia in recent years. This article examines the framing of the issue in news media and pregnancy and parenting websites during 2013–2014, with particular attention to the two most prominent frames of ‘contested evidence and advice’ and ‘women’s rights’.
Journal of Research in Nursing - A survey of attitudes, beliefs and practice regarding alcohol use and screening in pregnancy: an opportunity for support and education?
Providing antenatal and postnatal support for women who drink alcohol in pregnancy is only possible if those at risk can be identified. However, screening will only be helpful if women feel comfortable with the method used.
Front. Neuroanat. - Reductions in Corpus Callosum Volume Partially Mediate Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on IQ
Disproportionate volume reductions in the basal ganglia, corpus callosum and hippocampus have been reported in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).
AJOG - The effects of low to moderate and binge prenatal alcohol exposure on the neurocognitive outcomes, behaviour profiles and IQ in 4 year old children
Prenatal alcohol use is common and is a public health concern. Although a decrease in intellectual ability, cognitive effects, behaviour changes and decreased growth have been associated with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure, there has been fewer studies on the effects of lower levels of exposure with inconsistent results with a particular paucity of data on preschool children.
Hippocampus - Impact of adolescent stress on the expression of stress-related receptors in the hippocampus of animals exposed to alcohol prenatally
Many functions of the hippocampus are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). In particular, dysregulation of the stress response is especially important because individuals with PAE carry increased risks for exposure to stressful environments throughout life.
BMC Medical Ethics - Ethical aspects of diagnosis and interventions for children with fetal alcohol Spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term covering several conditions for which alcohol consumption during pregnancy is taken to play a causal role.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Terve.fi (Finland) - Tietokoneohjelma ihmisen veroinen tunnistamaan FASD-lapsen kasvonpiirteet
Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymän eli FASD:n tunnistaminen on kokeneellekin lääkärille vaikeaa, mutta jatkossa apua saattaa löytyä kasvojentunnistusohjelmista, tuore tutkimus osoittaa.
FOCUS Online (Germany) - Fachnachmittag 10. Januar 2018 "Fetales Alkoholsyndrom"
Die Netzwerkstelle für Kinderschutz und Frühe Hilfen des Landkreises Stendal lädt am 10. Januar 2018 von 15:00 bis 18:00 Uhr zum Fachnachmittag „Entwicklungsneurologische Störung - Fetales Alkoholsyndrom“ in das Landratsamt in Stendal ein.