Sunday, February 4, 2018

FASD News - 5/2018

TheRecord.com - How to help 'violent' students with FASD
This story represents almost the last straw for me. I lead a group of nine experienced Ontario educators who have spent the last 10 years trying hard to help Ontario educators find a solution to the problem of students who are "violent" at school.
AAFP News - CDC Offers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resources
As part of its support for the Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy: Partnering for Practice Change(www.cdc.gov) initiative, the CDC has launched a website featuring free fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) training and resources(nccd.cdc.gov) for health care professionals, including offerings specific to family physicians.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Behind the statistics: The story of 2 Indigenous children on the brink of becoming court wards
Provincial child welfare authorities in Ottawa filed an application in court this month seeking to place two Indigenous children under permanent state care with the aim of adopting them out.
HuffPost (USA) - A Montana Prosecutor Wants To Jail Moms-To-Be Who Drink Or Do Drugs
The prosecutor’s office in Big Horn County, Montana, has announced an “immediate crackdown” on any expectant mothers who use drugs or drink alcohol.
New Scotland - Owning her disability lets Tillou spread hope and understanding to others
Rebecca Tillou lives with fetal alcohol syndrome but doesn’t let it define her. Because her mother was an alcoholic, she was born addicted to alcohol.
My Baby Manual - Alcohol in Pregnancy? Is it worth the risk?
Recent research has estimated alcohol use in pregnancy to be just under 10%[3]. During pregnancy, alcohol reaches the growing baby through the placenta. The baby’s liver is unable to process alcohol the way an adult is able to and exposure to alcohol can affect their development in several ways.
The Optimus Blog (UK) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: in need of our understanding
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may sound obscure, but misdiagnosis or misunderstanding in schools can have a lasting effect on young people who have the condition.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
The Royal Society of Medicine - Introduction and review of co-occurring psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents with intellectual disability
In this lecture, Dr Kieran O'Malley reviews the conceptual understanding of challenging behaviours as a clinical concept, drawing on alcohol related birth defects to illustrate his points. Dr O'Malley also considers the neurobiology of aggression as a key component in understanding NDPAE.
INDIGENOUS APPROACHES TO FASD PREVENTION
This booklet provides a brief introduction to ways of working with Indigenous girls and women to address alcohol, pregnancy, and other related concerns.
Utility Films - FASD - The cost of ignorance
Sharon Jackson from FASD Awareness South East in a short extract from the Utility Films documentary 'Hidden in Plain Sight' which is currently in production. The film will be released later this year.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healthy Families Waitakere - Understanding Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Monday 19 March 2018; Auckland New Zealand)
Teaching a child with a hidden neuro-disability can be challenging. FASD is a diagnosed medical condition consisting of a constellation of significant learning, memory, attention, behavioural and other health challenges.
Knowsley and Sefton - FOETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) TRAINING (23rd March; Liverpool, UK)
This is a free training event which will cover the prevalence, impact, relevance and prevention of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The training is being provided by Knowsley and Sefton Public Health Teams and will be delivered by Dr Raja Mukherjee.
Donegal Education Centre - FASD in School (08-02-2018; Donegal Ireland)
This workshop provides an overview of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). It will highlight some of the most common associated behavioural and cognitive difficulties and some simple & practical responses teachers and schools can adopt to enhance classroom management and teaching and learning in general.
ONEIDA Community Centre - FASD Awareness Conference 2018 (23 February; Ontario Canada)
The 3rd Annual FASD Conference will be held at the ONEIDA Community Centre on February 23, 2018.

RESEARCH
Acta Paediatrica - Review shows that early fetal alcohol exposure may cause adverse effects even when the mother consumes low levels
Studies are increasingly focusing on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on child health. The aim of this review was to provide paediatricians with new insights to help them communicate key messages about avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.
Health Promotion. Journal of Australia - Online scan of FASD prevention and health promotion resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) includes a range of life-long impairments caused by alcohol exposure in utero. Health professionals are vital to preventing FASD but many are hesitant to discuss FASD with clients due to their need for additional resources to aid the conversation.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE): Insights into FASD using PAE Mouse Models
The potential impact of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) varies considerably among exposed individuals, with some displaying serious alcohol-related effects and others showing few or even no overt signs of a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
University of Manitoba - The lived experience of foster parents in placing children in care on medication for the management of behaviors associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
First Nations children, in the care of Child and Family Services in Manitoba are often placed on medication for the management of behaviours associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or its comorbid condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Scientific Reports - Supplement of Betaine into Embryo Culture Medium Can Rescue Injury Effect of Ethanol on Mouse Embryo Development
Mammal embryos can be impaired by mother’s excessive ethanol uptake, which induces a higher level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and interferes in one carbon unit metabolism.
Issues in Mental Health Nursing - An Environmental Scan of the Role of Nurses in Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Nurses are in an ideal position to talk to their patients of reproductive age about alcohol use and encourage the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies.
OpenUCT - Parietal dysfunction in children with prenatal alcohol exposure
The parietal lobe has been shown to be one of the regions most affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Functional domains dependent on intact parietal functioning, including mathematical and visuospatial ability, have been consistently implicated in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Birth Defects Research - Recognition of clinical characteristics for population-based surveillance of fetal alcohol syndrome
The diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) rests on identification of characteristic facial, growth, and central nervous system (CNS) features.
Alcoholism - Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Binge Alcohol Exposure-Induced Uterine Artery Dysfunction in Pregnant Rat
A cardinal feature of fetal alcohol syndrome is growth restriction. Maternal uterine artery adaptations to pregnancy correlate with birth weight and survival.
The University of Arizona - Socioeconomic Conditions, Environment and Lifestyle Affect Severity of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Precision medicine uses data on an individual's person’s diet, exercise routine, family history, environment, genetics, and more to tailor treatment and prevention of certain conditions to that person’s unique characteristics.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
MDR (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
FASD ist eine lebenslange Schädigung, die Schwangere ihren ungeborenen Kindern zufügen können.

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