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. (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.

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.

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

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 (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.

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