Monday, April 9, 2018

FASD News - 14/2018

CBC.ca (Canada) - Without screening or supports, offenders with FASD face revolving door of justice
Russ Hilsher's criminal record goes back more than a decade, to an assault charge in 2003. The 40-year-old has been in and out of jail for breaching conditions, other assaults and theft since.
The Chronicle of Social Change - Hidden Heartache: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s Impact on Adoptive Families
When Barb Clark and her husband Michael adopted their oldest daughter Akila at 5 months old they never envisioned the difficult road ahead. What the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Clarks couldn’t see when they rocked, fed and loved their infant daughter was the brain damage that she already had because of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
The Times (Ireland) - IMO calls for alcohol testing in pregnancy to reduce foetal alcohol syndrome in Ireland
Expectant Irish mothers should be screened for alcohol consumption during pregnancy, doctors believe. It follows revelations that Ireland is in the top three countries worldwide for incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), including foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
The Sun (UK) - I’m so angry that my mum’s drinking during pregnancy left me disabled as a child… but now I’m modelling for New Look
Dominique Maasdam is furious that her mother drank while she was pregnant with her, meaning she was born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and learning difficulties - but she's not letting it hold her back.
KSOO.com - HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING PREBORN FROM ALCOHOL
Much like autism diagnoses, there is a spectrum of diseases associated with fetuses that are exposed to alcohol by their mothers.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2018 (September 24-26, 2018; Berlin Germany)
Registration is now open.
Alberta Government - Trauma-Informed FASD Prevention and Care (April 18, 2018)
In this webinar, our presenters will discuss the issues of trauma-informed FASD prevention and care. They will provide a definition of trauma and the impact it has on health, relationships, substance abuse, FASD prevention and presentation of services.
Alberta Government - Mentoring Caregivers: The Lived Experience (April 17, 2018)
This presentation explores the benefits of an FASD caregiver mentorship program and the importance of acceptance, compassion and understanding from someone who shares the same experience of parenting individuals with FASD.
Telethon Kids Institute - 2nd Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference (FASD2018) from November 21st – 22nd 2018
FASD2018 is hosted by the FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence and will encompass the very latest perspectives relating to prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD.
Adoption UK - FASD conference - Seeking a brighter future for our children (11 May 2018, Edinburg, Scotland)
Adoption UK in Scotland 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.
Nuu-chah-nulth Child and Youth Services - The External Brain: Meeting the needs of children with FASD (June 1, 2018; Port Alberni, Canada)
The Nuuchahnulth Child and Youth Services program will be hosting Dr Diane Russell (clinical neuropsychologist with a Ph.D from the University of Windsor) to provide a workshop on Parenting strategies for supporting children with FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
aucdnetwork - Preventing, Identifying, Treating FASD Webinar Series Building Community Support
VKN NIMHANS - Psychological Interventions in Alcohol & Pregnancy by Ms.Ratnesh Chopra
Capacity building in the area of Mental health and Substance use.
FASD Communities - FASD Awareness Interview with Gigi Davidson President FASD Communities
Serenity Links Coaching - How to make REAL self-care happen, even when it’s hard!
Learn what real self-care is, what it is not, and how to make it happen (including specific strategies and ideas) even if your life is crazy hard and your kids are driving you bonkers.
Serenity Links Coaching - What do I do about my child’s angry outbursts that come out of nowhere?
Learn powerful strategies for handling intense situations and behaviors that seem to come out of the blue and happen without warning.
NITV - New health guide to tackle FASD, family violence and child abuse
The latest guide for health professionals working with Indigenous patients will help tackle a raft of new concerns raised by the health community.

RESEARCH
American Psychological Association - Testing Two Models of Stigma for Birth Mothers of a Child With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The current study tested the utility of 2 models in understanding the stigma of being a birth mother of a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science - The Analysis of DNA Damage and Cell Loss due to Alcohol and Opiate Drug Exposure on Undifferentiated Stem Cells.
In Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), alcohol promotes mental and physical alterations accredited to vicissitudes in the proliferation, differentiation, migration, and cell death in cells within the developing neural crest.
George Washington University - Identifying cellular level epigenetic markers for the prediction of cognitive and learning deficits in a fetal alcohol spectrum disorders model
The identification of potential biomarkers associated with cognitive and learning disabilities in our FASD mouse model may be useful in the development of future investigations that target markers specific to human patients with FASD.
African Journal of Disability - The postural stability of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders during one-leg stance: A feasibility study
The recruitment of children with and without FASD in a rural, small town and the administration of measurement instruments in a real-life, school-based setting was feasible.
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention - Self-regulation in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A concept analysis
The results of our analysis suggest that, in relation to FASD, attentiveness, thoughtful & deliberate actions, calm & collected behaviors, inhibition, and emotional regulation are the defining attributes of self-regulation; resulting in an operational definition that is unique to this population.
Griffith Law Review - Healing colonial binaries: a ‘needs-based’ approach to Aboriginal persons found unfit to stand trial on the basis of FASD
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and inadequate legal responses to FASD associated impairments, are a critical factor in the complex web of issues responsible for the over-representation of Aboriginal persons in the criminal legal system.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Italy
We read with interest the article by Lange et al,1 who aimed to estimate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among children and young patients in the general population by country, by World Health Organization region, and globally.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Italy—Reply
We thank Pichini et al for their comments on our article.1 Pichini et al expressed concern that Italy was reported to be among the 5 countries with the highest prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) globally (45.0 per 1000 or 4.5%; 95% CI, 35.1-56.1 per 1000 or 3.5%-5.6%).
Alcohol - The contributions of Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders research and prevention
Dr. Kathleen Sulik (Kathy) has spent 35 years studying fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Beginning with her landmark 1981 Science paper describing the early gestational window when alcohol can cause the craniofacial malformations characteristic of FAS, Kathy has contributed a vast amount of research furthering our knowledge of FASD.
Women and Birth - Benefits of caseload midwifery to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A discussion paper
Exposure to alcohol prenatally can result in a child being diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Affected infants experience lifelong impairments that can involve, physical, cognitive, behavioural and emotional difficulties that impact on their functional capacity.
Toxicological Sciences - Role of TGFβ Signaling in Maternal Ethanol-induced Fetal Articular Cartilage Dysplasia and Adult Onset of Osteoarthritis in Male Rats
Ethanol caused articular cartilage dysplasia that was programmed in adulthood via a low-functional TGFβ signaling pathway, and the tolerance of this articular cartilage to external stimuli was significantly decreased.
GRANTOME - Parent Emotion Socialization and Child Emotion Regulation in FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) represent a major public health problem that affects 2 to 5 percent of the U.S. Population.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Stuttgarter Zeitung (Germany) - Ärzte warnen vor Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Ein Kind unter 350 Neugeborenen leidet unter Schädigungen, die auf einen Alkoholkonsum der Mutter während der Schwangerschaft zurückzuführen sind. Das Landratsamt Esslingen berät Betroffene.
Rynek Zdrowia (Poland) - W Łodzi otwarto Regionalny Punkt Diagnozy i Terapii zespołu alkoholowego u płodu
Regionalny Punkt Diagnozy i Terapii FASD - spektrum alkoholowych zaburzeń płodu - został oficjalnie otwarty w poniedziałek (19 marca) w Łodzi. Placówka, która będzie przyjmować dzieci z całego regionu łódzkiego, ma już pod opieką ok. 50 dzieci.

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