Sunday, May 6, 2018

FASD News - 18/2018

ABC Online (Australia) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic centre opens in Alice Springs amid 'huge demand'
The Northern Territory's first diagnostic centre for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has opened in Central Australia — where paediatricians estimate one in five children could suffer from the disorder.
STV News (Scotland) - Born different: Living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Families of children with disabilities caused by exposure to alcohol in the womb are calling for more support and awareness around their condition.
Gazette Live (UK) - Just one drink when pregnant could cause problems in babies, mums to be warned
One in 100 babies is born with problems caused by mums to be drinking while pregnant. And many of these babies will go on to be misdiagnosed with ADHD, a meeting has heard.
UW Medicine Newsroom - Op-ed: Pot and alcohol harm developing child
A UW Medicine researcher connects current understanding of marijuana's effects on child development to what's known about fetal alcohol syndrome.
MOFAS (USA) - Advocacy Organization Celebrates 20 Years, Aims for Zero Alcohol-Exposed Births in Minnesota by 2028
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) marks its twentieth anniversary this year. MOFAS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by former First Lady Susan Carlson in 1998, seeks to eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) throughout Minnesota.
Huffington Post - Barbara Bush Deserves A Better Eulogy - Alcohol In Pregnancy Is No Laughing Matter
I tuned into the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush out of respect for a strong woman. Not thirty seconds into my viewing, historian Jon Meacham repeated the quip that has been going around since she died, “You want to know why George W. is the way he is… Because I drank and smoked while I was pregnant with him.”

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Autistic Families - How to advocate with your child in meetings
This step-by-step guide will assist you to work through the process necessary to address the issue and advocate for change.
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 1 Kyle Burt
In the very first Episode Jeff Noble interviews Kyle Burt. Kyle is an adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 2 Colette Philcox
In Episode 2 we talk to Colette Philcox. Colette is an adult with Fetal Alcohol, who went from the streets to success!
Alcohol Awareness - ZERO ALCOHOL IN PREGNANCY
“Let’s say “zero alcohol in pregnancy” with a smile! We are glad to present the new brand video of Too Young To Drink.
Medical Republic - Diagnosing adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
“The important thing for GP is to have a high index of suspicion,” says Dr Doug Shelton, a paediatrician at Gold Coast University Hospital.

RESEARCH
University of Victoria - Discourses of motherhood and stigma production: FASD public awareness-raising in British Columbia, 1979–2015
This study traces the evolution of motherhood discourses in 41 fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) public awareness documents produced in British Columbia from 1979–2015.
Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health - The Implementation of the 2012 Mental Health Strategy for Canada Through the Lens of FASD
It is the current authors’ perspective that the successful implementation of Changing Directions, Changing Lives, which seeks to improve mental health and well-being in Canada, cannot be realized effectively without considering FASD.
Cardiff University - Epidemiology of Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD refers to a range of lifelong conditions caused by PAE, characterised by a distinctive facial phenotype, growth deficiencies and/or neurobehavioural impairments.
OpenUCT - Additional costs of FAS and PFAS learners in the classroom: An estimate for public primary schools in the Western Cape
The Western Cape province of South Africa has the highest recorded prevalence rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world.
University of Tasmania - Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder : problem intractability and the search for solutions
The scientific evidence base for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has rapidly advanced over the past four decades, but attempts to redress the problem have neither significantly reduced alcohol consumption by pregnant women nor addressed the lifetime consequences of FASD for individuals living with FASD or their families.
Cerebral Cortex - Ethanol Exposure In Utero Disrupts Radial Migration and Pyramidal Cell Development in the Somatosensory Cortex
Deficits in sensory processing in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) implicate dysfunction in the somatosensory cortex. However, the effects of prenatal ethanol exposure on the development of this region await elucidation.
Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology - The utility of psychotropic drugs on patients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): a systematic review
This systematic review sought to investigate psychotropic medication related findings and outcomes in those diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Austin Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Maternal Alcohol Consumptions Act as Developmental Neuroendocrine-Disrupting Actions: Hard Facts and New Thinking
Maternal thyroid hormones (THs) have vital trophic factors for the regular somatic development [1-74]. In addition to their wellknown action in cellular metabolism, 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) have significant roles upon neural differentiation and growth.
ENEP Center - Neuropsychology of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Methods and Findings
Biostatistics Epidemiol Int J - The social epidemiology and construction of risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Native American communities
Programs that wish to address FAS in Native American communities must address the lack of community resources, such as alcohol abuse counseling, needed to support educational efforts.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental - Applying a developmental framework to the self‐regulatory difficulties of young children with prenatal alcohol exposure: A review
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can be associated with significant difficulties in self‐regulatory abilities. As such, interventions have been developed that focus on improving varying aspects of self‐regulation for this population.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental - Fetal cerebral circulation as target of maternal alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may result in a wide range of morphological and neurodevelopmental abnormalities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with the most severe cases diagnosed as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Biochem Cell Biol - The Avian Embryo as a Model for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) remains a leading preventable cause of structural birth defects and permanent neurodevelopmental disability.
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry - Neurocognitive functioning in young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
BMJ Open - A modified Delphi study towards developing a guideline to inform policy on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in South Africa: a study protocol
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy can result in mental and physical birth defects in individuals. These birth defects are usually described as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). With an estimated 183–259 per 1000 children born with FASDs, South Africa is identified to have the highest prevalence of FASDs in the world.
Frontiers in Immunology - Life-long Impacts of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) on Neuro-immune Function
Emerging data from clinical studies and findings from animal models support that very low to moderate levels of fetal alcohol exposure may reprogram the developing central nervous system (CNS) leading to altered neuroimmune and neuroglial signaling during adulthood.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Presseportal.de (Germany) - Passivtrinken: die tödliche Gefahr 10000 Kinder schon bei Geburt alkoholgeschädigt Prof. Glaeske: "Schäden gehen nicht zurück"
Der Begriff des Passivtrinkens ist neu und im Zusammenhang mit Alkoholkonsum bisher kein üblicher Hinweis. Angelehnt an das Passivrauchen, das unfreiwillige Einatmen von Tabakqualm, geht es auch beim Passivtrinken um schädliche Auswirkungen für andere Menschen - zum Beispiel Ungeborene und Kinder.

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