Sunday, August 11, 2019

FASD News - 32/2019


Cabin Radio (Canada) - Judge halts return of sex offender with FASD to Tuktoyaktuk
A Yellowknife judge refused to send a man convicted of multiple sex assaults back to Tuktoyaktuk on supervised probation, halting a sentencing hearing on Thursday.
mykawartha.com (Canada) - Support crucial as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rates climb
Twice as common as Autism Spectrum Disorder and 28 times more common than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is becoming one of the leading known causes of developmental disability in Canada.
Florence Health (USA) - Almost Half of Nurses Providing Prenatal Care Are Misinformed About Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: Study
Organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) openly discourage moms-to-be from drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy because the research indicates doing so can restrict fetal growth and lead to facial anomalies and neurobehavioral problems.
Wakefield Express (UK) - Drinking levels among pregnant women to be analysed
Steps to discourage women from drinking during their pregnancies will be considered by public health officials in Wakefield.
Marin Independent Journal - No, it’s not OK to have even one drink while pregnant
Guidance to not drink while pregnant is not sexist. I’m all for smashing the patriarchy at each and every opportunity. And it’s true that medicine has been hopelessly patriarchal since, well, medicine started. But providing people with accurate information so they can make informed choices about their bodies is the antithesis of the patriarchy. It is power.
Medical Xpress - Low-level alcohol use increases miscarriage risk
Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy—even in small amounts—have a 19 percent greater risk of miscarriage than women who don't use alcohol, according to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers.
World Health Organization (Ukraine) - Nationwide campaign aims to educate women in Ukraine on the harm of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
The "Virgin" Pregnancy communications campaign aims to reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy. It is implemented within the framework of Noncommunicable Diseases: Prevention and Health Promotion in Ukraine, a joint project of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and WHO, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Version Weekly - Addiction and Arrested Prenatal Growth
The government today ensures that a cigarette pack or a bottle of alcohol comes with a warning, but there is no specific warning about the harm it can cause an unborn baby when taken by a pregnant mother.
FARE (Australia) - Pressure’s on to tackle invisible epidemic affecting generations of Australians
A group of leading medical and public health bodies is backing calls for a parliamentary inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), after it was revealed Australia has one of the highest rates of alcohol use during pregnancy in the world.
Center for Health Journalism - Prenatal alcohol exposure is devastating a generation
An increasing number of American children are growing up with devastating, untreated developmental disabilities caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, triggering a mental health crisis that state and federal policymakers have largely ignored for decades.
The BIO Connection - 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 (FASD). New work using chaos theory to analyze brain signals, discussed this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, shows the long-term effects.

UPCOMING
Sorlandet Sykehys - Welcome to the european conferance on FASD 2020! (14.09.2020-16.09.2020; Arendal, Norway)
The first Competence Center for children with prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in Scandinavia is proud to host the EUFASD 2020 in Arendal, Norway.
CTRI - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting (Dec 02 - Dec 03, 2019: Halifax, Canada)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most prevalent brain-based disabilities. As a result, there is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults, and families living with FASD.
Action Together - FASD Peer Support Small Grant Fund (Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 20 September 2019; UK)
We want to work with voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organisations in the local authority areas of Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside to provide peer support opportunities for parents, carers and families of children with suspected or diagnosed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
FASD-CAN 2019 ANNUAL WORKSHOP (7th September 2019; New Zealand)
Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout And Partners - Walking in Our Shoes - Living with FASD (9 -10 Sep 2019; Canada)
Jeff is the Founder and CEO of an organization that provides hope and education to people caring for someone living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). He is a dynamic speaker and motivator with a message of hope.
Drug-Free Hawaii - 2nd Hawaii Conference on FASD (September 18, 2019; Hawaii)
The Hawaii Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Action Group invites you to the 2nd Hawaii Conference on FASD: Improving Outcomes Across Systems of Care.
CARNA - INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ON ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS WITH FASD (Apr 22, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020, Vancouver, Canada)
Although there have been thousands of published articles in FASD in general, there has been limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD or on individuals across the lifespan.
APSAD - APSAD Conference, Hobart, Tasmania 10—13 November 2019 (Tasmania)
Submit your abstract and have the opportunity to showcase your work and be part of an acclaimed program. We are calling for submissions for the following presentation types: Poster; Oral; Service Delivery/Practice-Based; Workshop; Symposium; and Food for Thought. Details for each type of presentation can be found on the conference website.
Right Turn - Successfully Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Exposure: Understanding FASD and Incorporating Parenting Strategies that Work (August 27, 2019; Omaha USA)
Current statistics show that at least one in every one hundred children in North America have some form of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term used to describe a range of disabilities.
International FASD Day Forum -Making FASD History in Newcastle (9 September 2019; Newcastle, Australia)
The International FASD Day Forum - Making FASD History in Newcastle will give an interesting and exciting opportunity to discover what has been developing over the past 18 months to Make FASD History in the Newcastle Community!
Graf Recke Stiftung - Eine oftmals unentdeckte/nicht beschriebene Diagnose im Kontext der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe (September 10, 2019; Germany)
Dass Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft schädlich ist, ist bekannt. Dass Behinderungen, die daraus entstehen können, unter dem Terminus Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störung (FASD) gefasst werden und Kinder nicht aus ihnen »herausgefördert« werden können, ist noch deutlich zu wenig bekannt.
Kymsote - ”Alkoholin vaurioittamat” - FASD -koulutus (9.9.2019; Kotka, Finland)
Koulutuksessa käsitellään alkoholin aiheuttamia vaurioita ja niiden ilmenemistä yksilön kehityksen eri näkökulmista.

VIDEO and MATERIALS
The FASD Elephant - What is FASD?
FASD is the acronym for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD is not a medical diagnosis, but an umbrella term that describes a range of conditions that can occur in individuals whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy.
Thiago Arzua - Boozy Baby Brains - What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
There is evidence that the Ancient Greeks knew that drinking alcohol during pregnancy caused problems to the fetus and the baby.
FHN Video - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAQ 09
CANFASD: FASD DAY TOOLKIT
September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day. FASD Day was first celebrated in 1999. It is a day devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.

RESEARCH
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Impaired bidirectional synaptic plasticity in juvenile offspring following prenatal ethanol exposure
These data are the first to describe, in a single study, the impact of PNEE on the dynamic range of bidirectional synaptic plasticity in the juvenile DG in both males and in females.
Can Med Assoc - Alarming Ontario drinking statistics obligates reappraisal of the impact of alcohol on newborns
The report by Myran et al (2019)1 in CMAJ represents among the most comprehensive account of alcohol abuse in Ontario. It relies on emergency department visits caused by the alcohol use.
Campbell Systematic Reviews - PROTOCOL: Interventions for improving executive functions in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Systematic review and meta‐analysis
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with profound and lifelong disability. The umbrella term fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) describes a spectrum of impairments resulting from the deleterious effects of PAE (Chudley et al., 2005).
Research in developmental Disabilities - A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic service and beyond: Outcomes for families
Given the global need for standardised FASD diagnostic procedures and accurate reporting of prevalence rates, the current study provides a contribution to the emerging diagnostic FASD literature, and insight into families’ experiences who have children diagnosed with FASD.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Maternal ethanol consumption before paternal fertilization: Stimulation of hypocretin neurogenesis and ethanol intake in zebrafish offspring
There are numerous clinical and pre-clinical studies showing that exposure of the embryo to ethanol markedly affects neuronal development and stimulates alcohol drinking and related behaviors.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - The ‘Dangerous Cocktail’: an epidemiological survey on the attitude of a population of pregnant women towards some pregnancy risk factors
Many investigations have shown the important role played by risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol and infectious agents (especially Rubella) in the development of congenital anomalies (Cas).
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Association between maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and risk of preterm delivery: the Japan Environment and Children's Study
Alcohol consumption during the second and third trimesters, but not during the first trimester, was associated with increased risk of preterm delivery. Heavy alcohol consumption (≥300 g ethanol/week) during the second and third trimesters was associated with a four‐fold higher risk compared with non‐drinkers.
Acta neurobiologiae Experimentalis - Prenatal ethanol intoxication and maternal intubation stress alter cell survival and apoptosis in the postnatal development of rat hippocampus.
It is well known that the fetal ethanol exposure and prenatal stress may have adverse effects on brain development. Interestingly, some morphological and functional recovery from their teratogenic effects that take place during brain maturation.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Improving birth outcomes for women who are substance using or have mental illness: a Canadian cohort study comparing antenatal midwifery and physician models of care for women of low socioeconomic position
Among low SEP women in British Columbia, Canada, antenatal midwifery compared to obstetrician care was associated with reduced odds of PTB. Odds were lower among women with substance use, and mental illness and substance use, than among women without these risk factors.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Osservatorio Malattie Rare (Italy) - 23 Settembre 2019, Roma. “Alcol, sostanze psicoattive e gravidanza: un’alleanza tra cultura, tutela e diritti”
Lunedì 23 settembre 2019, dalle ore 9 alle 13, presso la Sala dell’Istituto Santa Maria in Aquiro (Piazza Capranica 72, Roma) si terrà il convegno “Alcol, sostanze psicoattive e gravidanza:un’alleanza tra cultura, tutela e diritti”.
Herzogtum direkt (Germany) - Fachtag zum Thema ‚Über-Leben mit FASD‘ – Anmeldefrist verlängert
Fetale Alkoholspektrumsstörungen (FASD) zählen zu den häufigsten angeborenen Behinderungen. In Deutschland ist mit 285.000 Betroffenen zwischen null und 18 Jahren zu rechnen.
Urząd Miasta Żory (Poland) - Ciąża bez alkoholu!
Nie ma bezpiecznej dawki alkoholu w ciąży, a każda jego ilość wiąże się z ryzykiem uszkodzenia płodu – to główny przekaz kampanii społecznej pod hasłem „Ciąża bez alkoholu”. Jej celem jest zmniejszenie liczby kobiet pijących alkohol w czasie ciąży i zachęcanie ich do zachowania całkowitej abstynencji.
DELFI (Lithuania) - Motina išklojo, ką reiškia auginti alkoholio dar įsčiose suluošintą vaiką: tenka slėpti mėlynes ir įbrėžimus
Judith Knox teigia, kad jos dvylikametis sūnus turi visą rinkinį elgesio sutrikimų, o juos visus lėmė vaisiaus alkoholinio sindromo spektro liga (VASS) (angl. FASD – DELFI).
Berlin.de (Germany) - Suchtberatung: Alkohol bleibt unterschätztes Risiko
Fast in Fünftel der Männer in Brandenburg trinkt zu viel Alkohol, schätzen Suchtberater. Das trifft nicht nur sie selbst, sondern auch ihre Familien. Doch auch Frauen unterschätzen Risiken.
DNP-Der Neurologe & Psychiater - Suizidalität bei Jugendlichen mit FASD
Erstmals wurde die Prävalenz von Suizidgedanken und suizidalen Handlung unter nicht intelligenzgeminderten Jugendlichen mit FASD erhoben.
NDR (Germany) - So gefährlich ist Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (FAS) ist die häufigste angeborene Behinderung in der westlichen Welt. Es wird beim Ungeborenen im Mutterleib angelegt, wenn Schwangere Alkohol trinken.

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