Sunday, March 4, 2018

FASD News - 9/2018

MinnPost (USA) - Local advocates push for change in dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Sara Messelt, executive director of the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), said that shame and misinformation about the negative impact of even light alcohol consumption on the developing fetus has contributed to an underestimation of the number of American children with FASD.
Chicago Tribune (USA) - Families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome hope study increases awareness, treatment for 'invisible' disease
The parents and others whose children struggle with the disorder say they hope new research published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association leads to increased awareness, more services, improved diagnostic methods and ultimately prevention.
The West Australian (Australia) - Boarding, FASD key to fix gap
Increasing the availability of boarding facilities and better policies for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder were among the recommendations of a long-awaited report into indigenous education outcomes.
Medical News Bulletin - Can DNA Changes Predict Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
Researchers in Canada investigate methods using DNA methylation to identify fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the absence of obvious physical signs.
Healthline - Should Pregnant Women Be Put in Jail for Drinking?
A Montana prosecutor has unveiled a program to prosecute pregnant women who either drink or use drugs. Women’s groups say this is punitive and ineffective.
Baltimore Sun (USA) - Families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome hope study increases awareness, treatment for 'invisible' disease
The parents and others whose children struggle with the disorder say they hope new research published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association leads to increased awareness, more services, improved diagnostic methods and ultimately prevention.

UPCOMING
The FASD Learning Series - Let’s Get Real: the FASD Prevention Conversation Adolescent Project (MARCH 21, 2018 Free webcast)
“The FASD Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility,” is a province wide initiative funded by the FASD Cross-Ministry Committee. The project focuses on the power of relationships by fostering brief, non-judgmental conversations to inspire change related to alcohol use during pregnancy.
AUCD network - Preventing, Identifying, & Treating FASD Webinar Series: Treatment and Interventions & Addressing Stigma (Mar 15, 2018, Webinar)
This webinar will provide knowledge about FASD and tools to become involved, including connections with others in the network who are providing leadership and with national resources.
AUCD network - Preventing, Identifying, & Treating FASD Webinar Series: Building Community Supports & Becoming an FASD Champion (Mar 22, 2018 Webinar)
This webinar will provide knowledge about FASD and tools to become involved, including connections with others in the network who are providing leadership and with national resources.
Adoption UK in Scotland - Adoption UK FASD Conference: Diagnostic challenges and implications for support - Seeking a brighter future for our children (11 May 2018, Edinburgh Scotland)
We are delighted to be hosting and welcoming members, professionals and all those interested in understanding more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) from all over the UK. FASD covers a range of conditions seen in young children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.
East Kalgoorlie Primary School - Supporting children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at School (16 March 2018, Kalgoorlie Australia)
This interactive workshop will help you see through the eyes of a child with FASD, so you can better understand their unique needs and provide a learning environment with opportunities for success.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Springer Links - Ethical and Legal Perspectives in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
This book discusses how to deal ethically with people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the police, courts and correctional services. Ethical and legal issues associated with the deficits of individuals with a brain disorders such as FASD are surfacing more and more frequently in criminal proceedings.
UpToDate - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Clinical features and diagnosis
This topic will discuss the clinical features and diagnosis of FASD. The management, prognosis, and prevention of FASD and alcohol use in pregnancy are discussed separately.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - FASD Social Work Story: Janice
NOFAS works to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm fetal development by raising awareness and supporting women before and during their pregnancy, and supports individuals, families, and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and other preventable intellectual/developmental disabilities.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - FASD Social Work Story: Laura and Susan
Robert More - FASD Advocate Shelley More and her mental health story
Shelley More, FASD caregiver, shares her courageous story of how she is recovering from trauma and managing her Mental Health challenges on Bell Let's Talk Day.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education - Planning for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This document is intended to assist educators in meeting the needs of students who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
Global Health Conference Midwest 2017 - Nora Boesem: Fetal Alcohol Sy…ional Epidemic for Pine Ridge
WDGPublicHealth - Laurie's Story
Laurie is a mom to two children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She tells us that FASD is brain damage caused by a child’s exposure to alcohol in utero and talks about how FASD affects her kids.
Center for Schools & Communities - Preventing Substance Use and Abuse Among Pregnant and Parenting Teens
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.
Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy - Diagonstic Overview of FASD
Education series to help social workers, health professionals, and parents with education of FASD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

RESEARCH
University of Houston - ASSESSING THE VASCULATURE CHANGES IN MURINE FETAL BRAIN UPON ALCOHOL EXPOSURE
A large number of women continue to consume alcohol even during the second trimester of pregnancy, a critical period for fetal neurogenesis and angiogenesis.
Medicine & Child Neurology - Experiences of living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative data
To identify and assess available evidence from qualitative studies exploring experiences of individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) or those living with a child with FASD, as well as experiences of interventions aimed at supporting individuals with FASD and their families.
Griffith University - Profile of children diagnosed with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A retrospective chart review
The current study demonstrates that with the relevant training and expertise, assessment and diagnosis of FASD can be embedded within the existing health services available in Australia.
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Investigating a theatre-based intervention for Indigenous youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Theatre-based interventions use artistic media to facilitate social and emotional awareness and have therapeutic benefits for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health problems.
WiredSpace - Quality and quantitative morphological changes in the brain of adult mice used as an animal model of fetal alcohol syndrome
We examined the effect of chronic prenatal alcohol exposure on the qualitative and quantitative changes in the brain of C57BL/6J mice once they had reached early adulthood.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Maternal and partner prenatal alcohol use and infant cognitive development
This finding corroborates existing evidence to suggest there are no detrimental effects to infant cognitive development at 12-months of age following low-level prenatal alcohol exposure.
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Two-year cortical trajectories are abnormal in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure
Cortical abnormalities in prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) are known, including in gyrification (LGI), thickness (CT), volume (CV), and surface area (CS). This study provides longitudinal and developmental context to the PAE cortical development literature.
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy - Weaved into the cultural fabric: a qualitative exploration of alcohol consumption during pregnancy among tribal women in Odisha, India
In tribal communities in India, alcohol misuse among women is a public health problem. This study is intended to explore perceptions and beliefs among tribal women and the community towards alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
AJSLP - Language Assessment for Children With a Range of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Four Languages in South Africa
The translated MSEL and the supplemental measures successfully characterize the language profiles and related skills in children with NDD in multilingual South Africa.
University of Kentucky - Lobeline Dose-Dependently Reduces Hyperactivity in a Rodent Model of Third Trimester Alcohol Exposure
These data suggest that lobeline may be a viable treatment for fetal ALC-induced hyperactivity in our rodent model.
Psychopharmacology - Brief ethanol exposure and stress-related factors disorganize neonatal breathing plasticity during the brain growth spurt period in the rat
Pediatric Research - Genetic predisposition to fetal alcohol syndrome: association with congenital disorders of N-glycosylation
Our study supports that the rare variants of genes involved in N-glycosylation could play a role in the development and severity of FAS under prenatal alcohol exposure.
Health and Social Care - Black/White disparities in pregnant women in the United States: An examination of risk factors associated with Black/White racial identity
This paper explores racial disparities and risk factors of adverse pregnancy outcomes in Black and White pregnant women in the US.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Low digit ratio (2D:4D) and late pubertal onset indicate prenatal hyperandrogenziation in alcohol binge drinking
Our results indicate that increased prenatal androgen exposure is involved in the development of alcohol binge drinking behavior in adults.
Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience - Chronic stress alters behavior in the forced swim test and underlying neural activity in animals exposed to alcohol prenatally: sex- and time-dependent effects
Dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) stress response has been suggested to play a role in vulnerability to stress-related disorders, such as depression.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Notícias ao Minuto (Spain) - Mais mulheres bebem durante a gravidez, diz novo estudo
Há muito que a comunidade médica sabia que o consumo de álcool durante a gravidez é um problema. Porém, o fenómeno poderá afinal ser mais prevalecente do que se pensava.

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