Sunday, April 28, 2019

FASD News -17/2019


National Post - How two generations coped with a FASD diagnosis
Very little was known about FASD when Dolores gave birth to Kim in 1971. Now Dolores is helping raise Kim’s daughter Sarah, who is also living with FASD.
National Post - PRENATAL EXPOSURE TO ALCOHOL AFFECTS A MILLION CANADIANS. WHY IT’S TIME TO START TACKLING OUR HIDDEN DRINKING PROBLEM
It’s been 45 years since researchers revealed the risks of drinking during pregnancy. But as Vanessa Hrvatin reports, rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are three times higher than previously believed — just as more women are drinking, and drinking more, than ever before.
National Post - WHY THE MOST COMMON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY IN CANADA IS MISDIAGNOSED OR MISSED — AND THE DEVASTATING RESULTS
FASD is associated with a bewildering number of symptoms. But as Vanessa Hrvatin writes, the biggest barrier to early detection and treatment may be social not biological.
Regina Leader-Post (Canada) - Frank talk on the stigma of FASD at a Vancouver shelter
“Every time I picked up the pipe and lighter, I hated myself.” Meet the women raising babies after fighting alcohol and drug addictions.
National Post - 'A BROKEN SYSTEM': ADOPTIVE FAMILIES SAY CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES ARE FAILING ON FASD
Kids in care suffer disproportionately from prenatal exposure to alcohol. But prospective parents say they are too often in the dark about what’s ahead of them. As Vanessa Hrvatin discovers, that can lead to heartbreaking outcomes.
Ottawa Citizen (Canada) - Living with FASD: Adoptive parents share strategies they learned from their three children
The Mores have learned what helps their kids best — but it’s not always been easy. The story of the Smith Falls, Ont., family is just one in our series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The West Australian (Australia) - Northern exposure for FASD aid
Raised in Anchorage, Alaska, by her grandparents, alarm bells rang for nine-month-old Tami Eller’s carers when it became clear her head was not growing.
Winnipeg Sun (Canada) - How these Winnipeg classrooms are rethinking lessons for kids with FASD
‘They’re just kids that are coming to school. They just want to be accepted and be successful.’
Daily Mail (USA) - Rise in US pregnant women drinking alcohol: 1 in 9 occasionally drink and 4% binge-drink, CDC report says
The rate of women are drinking alcohol while pregnant has gone up in the United States, new data show.
Science Daily - No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, suggest researchers
An international group of researchers has taken one of the first major steps in finding the biological changes in the brain that drive fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. New work using chaos theory to analyze brain signals shows the long-term effects.

VIDEOS AND MATERIALS
ColleMcvoy - The Quest to End Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders One Fact at a Time
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are the most common form of preventable brain injury in babies. Yet one in 20 children has FASD.
Calgary Herald - Disorder with 1,000 faces: The Calgary clinic diagnosing patients with FASD
Experts at a Calgary clinic discuss the rigorous testing that goes into diagnosing patients with FASD.
Health Nexus Santé - FASD Web Tutorial – Services
The purpose of this short video is to help user understand how to search for services on the www.fasdon.ca website.
NEWS-on-Tour - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft! Wie schädlich ist es wirklich?
Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft! Wie schädlich ist wirklich? Caritas Oberberg klärt auf... esperanza Schwangerschafts-/Eltern- und Väterberatung des Caritasverbandes für den Oberbergischen Kreis e.V., Talstraße 1, 51643 Gummersbach
ThinkTech Hawaii - Drinking and Gestating (Family Affairs)
NavNeuro - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – With Dr. Jeffrey Wozniak
Today we give an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which includes a collection of disorders that occur when a fetus is exposed to alcohol. We discuss this topic with Jeffrey Wozniak, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist with extensive research and clinical experience in FASD.
nasgp - Alcohol exposure prenatally and its effects on children and young people
This is a guideline on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from SIGN outlining the assessment and management of children who have had prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). It was published in Jan 2019.

RESEARCH
Alcoholism - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A review of the neurobehavioral deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure
This paper provides a comprehensive review of the cognitive and behavioral outcomes of prenatal alcohol exposure, including domains of general intelligence, executive functioning, language development, learning and memory, adaptive functioning, academic performance, and concurrent psychopathology.
Alcoholism - Are low to moderate average alcohol consumption and isolated episodes of binge drinking in early pregnancy associated with facial features related to fetal alcohol syndrome in five‐year‐old children?
These findings suggest that low to moderate levels of PAE or isolated binge exposures may place some fetuses at risk for FAS/PFAS. Thus, conservative advice is still for women to abstain from alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
WALDEN DISSERTATIONS AND DOCTORAL STUDIES - Preconception Health and Preterm Birth Differences Among U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born
Foreign-born Black women giving birth in the United States have superior preterm birth outcomes compared to their U.S-born Black peers. Many studies have focused on tobacco use and medical risk factors, but few have focused solely on preconception health.
Biology of Sex Differences - Chronic low alcohol intake during pregnancy programs sex-specific cardiovascular deficits in rats
Exposure to an adverse environment in early life can have lifelong consequences for risk of cardiovascular disease. Maternal alcohol (ethanol) intake is common and associated with a variety of harmful effects to the fetus.
Alcoholism - Ethanol Exposure Increases miR‐140 in Extracellular Vesicles: Implications for Fetal Neural Stem Cell Proliferation and Maturation
Collectively, the dysregulated miRNA content of extracellular vesicles following ethanol exposure may result in aberrant neural progenitor cell growth and maturation, explaining brain growth deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
Developmental Neuroscience - Functional Connectivity and Metabolic Alterations in Medial Prefrontal Cortex in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and in vivo Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study
Prenatal ethanol exposure alters brain structure, functional connectivity, and behavior in humans and rats. Behavioral changes include deficits in executive function, which requires cooperative activity between the frontal cortices and other brain regions.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Aleteia PL (Poland) - Bezpieczna dawka alkoholu w ciąży nie istnieje. Świadectwo ojca 6-letniej Asi z zespołem FASD
Nazywane są „niewidzialnymi dziećmi”. Niewidzialnymi, ponieważ nie dostrzeżono ich przed urodzeniem, gdy sięgano po lampkę czerwonego wina, po kilka łyków piwa czy kieliszka wódki – pierwszego „za mamę”, drugiego „za dzidziusia”.
YLE (Finland) - Äidin alkoholinkäyttö vammautti Jennyn pysyvästi jo sikiönä – hänestä kasvoi silti moninkertainen voittaja
Jenny Kärkkäisellä todettiin FAS eli sikiön alkoholioireyhtymä (siirryt toiseen palveluun) jo synnytyslaitoksella. Hänellä oli näkövamma, aivovamma ja nivelvammoja. Hänen kasvonpiirteensä ja pieni kokonsa olivat tyypillisiä FAS-lapselle.

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