Sunday, March 17, 2019

FASD News - 11/2019

Standard Freeholder (Canada) - Cornwall agencies given an Introduction to FASD
According to a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health study released last April, up to three per cent of Canadians could have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder which, if accurate, would make the condition more prevalent than autism (1.5 to 2 per cent of the population), but without nearly the same level of awareness or dollars for support and research.
Niagarathisweek.com - The great tragedy of a damaged brain at birth
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says that all Canadians receive justice. The U.S. Constitution states that "All men are created equal." But some children are born who do not receive justice. Nor will they ever be equal. It's because they have damaged brains at birth, due to mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - To a foetus, fancy French wine and cheap beer are both toxic
There is no safe type or quantity of alcohol for a foetus and the result of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is incurable brain damage, says Aisling Foley.
The Costa Rica News (Costa Rica) - Alcohol And Pregnancy, A Very Bad Combination
Recently several scientific studies have been carried out, which have been published in several specialized journals, that show the action of alcohol, even in small doses on the fetus.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Justice Minister Andrew Little shows support for specialised young adults court
A dedicated court for young adults with neurodisabilities is being considered by the District Court.
Biophotonics.World - Vasculature changes in the fetal brain due to prenatal alcohol exposure
Researchers at the University of Houston have used optical coherence tomography (OCT), a noninvasive optical imaging modality, to image acute changes in fetal brain vasculature minutes after maternal ethanol exposure. The team published their results in the Journal of Biophotonics in 2018.
The Epoch Times - Problem Drinking Among Women a Growing Concern
Last month, close to 40,000 people, mostly women, gave up alcohol for FebFast and many others will be participating in Dry July.
Detroit Free Press (USA) - House bill would require signs: 'Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix'
While the warnings have been well-known for years that pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol, the Michigan House of Representatives wants to reiterate the point in a big way.
Moms.com - New Moms Reduce Their Alcohol Intake, But It Doesn't Last Long
Research has shown that although new moms tend to cut down on drinking, it’s a dry spell that is short-lived, and mothers everywhere with screaming toddlers running around in the background while reading this are like, “Ya think?”
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Addicted baby born every three days
A baby is born suffering from alcohol or drug withdrawal symptoms once every three days in Ireland, because the mother drank heavily during pregnancy or was addicted to drugs.
Alcohol Policy UK - Drinking in pregnancy: lasting effects of low-level alcohol use?
In this guest post, Kayleigh Easey (@KayEasey), a PhD student and member of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (@BristolTARG) at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol, takes a look at a recent systematic review investigating effects of parental alcohol use and offspring mental health.
CanFASD (Canada) - Could we fall behind? A look at FASD in Canada
The 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is coming to Canada, from March 6-9, at the Westin Bayshore. Though Canada is honoured to host a conference featuring so many global FASD experts from multiple disciplines, our progress in critical action is hindered by the lack of a national strategy.
The Intelligencer (Canada) - ANNE ELSPETH RECTOR: Province needs to increase support
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; FASD. What first comes to mind? Often, it’s anger at mothers who drank; yet, as judgement for one person clouds our compassion for the person impacted, we lose some humanity.
Creating a Family - What is it Really Like to Raise a Child with FASD?
What is it really like to parent a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? Prenatal exposure causes brain damage and this damage causes specific behaviors that can make parenting challenging.
Minding the Brain - Alcohol and the Developing Brain
Jim and Kim are joined by special guest Audrey McFarlane to discuss the impact of alcohol on the developing brain. What are the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure? What happens when breastfeeding mothers consume alcohol?

UPCOMING
InHandZ InnoVationZ - FASD: Repetition, Repeat and AGAIN, Strategies for Frontline Professionals. (10 April 2019, Australia)
The workshop highlights practical strategies for professionals when working with FASD cognitive impairments and challenging behaviours.
DRUG-FREE HAWAII - 2019 Conference Save the Date - FASD: Improving Outcomes Across Systems of Care (September 18, 2019, Hawaii)
The Hawaii FASD Action Group invites you to its 2nd FASD Conference to be held on September 18, 2019. More information and registration to be announced.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Action News Jax - Fetal alcohol syndrome often undiagnosed
Researchers say most children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb are not diagnosed. Action News Jax investigator Paige Kelton explains that can cause big problems.
YourTV Brockville-Smiths Falls - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Skylar More speaks with Kathy Botham about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and local support group Rural FASD. For more information visit www.ruralfast.ca
TabletWise - Tool to Detect FASD in Children Developed
Researchers have developed a tool to screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology on 18th February 2019.
e-Book - Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder A Guide To FASD For Parents Carers And Professionals
eBook Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder A Guide To FASD For Parents Carers And Professionals available at hymedsanew.changeip.com with Format PdF, ePub, Audiobook & Magazine.
FASD Prelab: Normal Fish and Human Brain Development
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and Drug Exposure in Children
Concordia St Paul - Treating Children Impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with Play Therapy
Play therapy has strong benefits for many children. The therapeutic value of play knows no boundaries culturally, diagnostically, or linguistically.

RESEARCH
Advances in Dual Diagnosis - Exploring the experiences of birth mothers whose children have been diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a qualitative study
Four superordinate main themes and various subthemes were identified. To blame or not to blame captures the tension the mothers experience when considering the cause of their child’s condition.
Nursing New Zealand - Substance abuse: FASD 'entirely preventable'
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Policy Perspective
Although scientific evidence of the teratogenic effects of alcohol was published 45 years ago, and the awareness about this has increased since then, little has been achieved to effectively prevent the harms of alcohol use during pregnancy.
The Journal of Special Education - Teaching Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to Use Metacognitive Strategies
Metacognitive training is an emerging cognitive intervention for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) that teaches children to think about their thinking and use strategies to improve learning and regulation.
The University of Western Ontario - Adolescents with FASD: Education-Based Strategies for Social Skills Development
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a permanent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by physical, mental, and learning disabilities. Despite variability, individuals with FASD consistently struggle with acquiring appropriate social skills.
Biomedical Reviews - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in pediatrics. FASD and the pediatrician
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a complex and malformative condition due to the teratogenic effect of alcohol consumed during pregnancy.
Addiction - Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among Special Sub-populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Global sub-populations of children in care, correctional, special education, specialized clinical, and Aboriginal populations have a significantly higher prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Advances in Dual Diagnosis - FASD: the current situation in the UK
It is 45 years since FASD was first named in a Lancet article by Jones et al. (1973). FASD represents a syndrome with a range of physical and neurological damage caused primarily by the mother consuming alcohol whilst pregnant.
Addiction Biology - Fetus morphology changes by second‐trimester ultrasound in pregnant women drinking alcohol
In this study, we investigated in pregnant women the association between urine ethylglucuronide (EtG—a biomarker of alcohol drinking) and indicators of the physical characteristics of FASD by prenatal ultrasound in the second trimester of gestation.
Developmental Psychobiolgy - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on social competence: Asymmetry in play partner preference among heterogeneous triads of male and female rats
Social behavior deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) are frequently described in terms of impaired social competence, which can be defined as the effectiveness in social interaction and the ability to employ social skills successfully within different interpersonal contexts.
Women and Birth - Women’s experiences of messages relating to alcohol consumption, received during their first antenatal care visit: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Strategies to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder need to include messages encouraging women to abstain during pregnancy, whilst at the same time, providing the type of individualised antenatal care that best enables this to be accomplished.
Drug and alcohol dependence - Prenatal alcohol exposure and offspring mental health: A systematic review
High levels of alcohol use in pregnancy have been shown to be associated with negative physical health consequences in offspring.
Women's Health Issues - State Policies Targeting Alcohol Use during Pregnancy and Alcohol Use among Pregnant Women 1985–2016: Evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Most states have at least one policy targeting alcohol use during pregnancy. The public health impact of these policies has not been examined. We sought to examine the relationship between state-level policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy and alcohol use among pregnant women.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research - Cognitive function among schoolchildren in Lebanon: association with maternal alcohol drinking and smoking during pregnancy and domestic use of detergents and pesticides during childhood
To evaluate the relation between caregiver exposure to toxics during pregnancy and childhood and the child’s cognitive function in Lebanese children. This was a cross-sectional study conducted on Lebanese students in public and private schools from November 2017 to May 2018, enrolling 464 children.
Circulation Research - Antioxidant Treatment Prevents Profibrotic Changes And Cardiac Dysfunction In Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Our studies focus on the role of cardiac fibroblasts in the developing heart, and how they are affected by prenatal ethanol exposure.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Policymakers’ Perspectives Towards Developing a Guideline to Inform Policy on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) has a high prevalence in South Africa, especially among the poor socioeconomic communities. However, there is no specific policy to address FASD.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft: Kinder leiden an FASD
Selbsthilfegruppe hilft Pflegeeltern und Betreuer, die sich um Kinder mit FASD kümmern: Ihre Mütter tranken in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol.
AssoCareNews.it (Italy) - Alcol & gravidanza: ostetriche, infermieri e mamme in guardia
Oggi è sempre più sentita l’esigenza di informare e educare le future mamme per evitare che l’alcol procuri effetti irreparabili sulla futura progenie.

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