Sunday, August 25, 2019

FASD News - 34/2019


RNZ (New Zealand) - Criminal cash could fund govt's foetal alcohol disorder plan
Cash and assets seized from criminals could be used to fund more work to understand foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Maple Ridge News (Canada) - The Asante Centre in Maple Ridge gets a boost from the CMA
The Asante Centre is one of only 15 organizations selected from across the country to receive a Healthy Canadians Grant from the Canadian Medical Association Foundation.
PsychCentral.com - Moderate Drinking in Pregnancy Can Alter Genes in Newborns, Mothers
Pregnant women who drink moderate to high levels of alcohol may be altering their babies’ DNA, according to a new study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
KUTV 2News - BYB Podcast: Alcohol use before and during pregnancy
Alcohol use is a common question for newly pregnant women or breastfeeding moms. Even though most people know to avoid alcohol in pregnancy, many people don’t know the details about alcohol use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Talking Disability (Australia) - Brain Injury Awareness Week highlights invisible disabilities
This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week and heralds an opportunity to raise awareness for the 700,000 Australians who live with a brain injury which can cause daily living and participation challenges.
Mirror.co.uk (UK) - Can a waiter refuse to sell alcohol to pregnant customers - what the law really says
Last week a waitress revealed that she had sneakily switched the drink order of a customer at the restaurant she worked in.
Kid Brain Health Network - Canadian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Database Demonstrates International Leadership in FASD Research
A decade ago, Chief Scientific Officer of Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) Dr. James Reynolds remembers considering how groundbreaking it would be to have a Canadian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) database – one that could capture the many unanswered questions surrounding the disability.
Parent24 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is more prevalent, and more serious, than you think
“A woman does not need to be a heavy drinker or alcoholic to have a child with FASD, even light to moderate drinking has the potential to cause permanent damage to the unborn baby,” warns FARR CEO Dr Leana Olivier.
Parent 24 (South Africa) - ‘No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy’ says Foundation for Alcohol Related Research
Despite the dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) reports that women often experience pressure from their partners, family and friends to use alcohol during pregnancy.

UPCOMING
Nordic Welfare Centre - Nordic expert meeting on FAS/FASD (10-11 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland)
The Nordic Welfare Centre warmly welcome practitioners, researchers and officials to a Nordic expert meeting on FAS/FASD, 10-11 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The expert meeting is for invited guests only.
Thompson Institute - FASD Diagnosis Workshop (September 7, 2019; Australia)
For professionals wishing to develop a deeper understanding and skills in FASD Assessment and Diagnosis
Alberta Children's Hospital - FASD Awareness Event (September 9, 2019; Calgary, Canada)
September 9th is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day! Please RSVP to join us at this event hosted by Dr. Catherine Lebel and Dr. Carly McMorris' research labs in ACH Conference Room 3.
NCFASD Informed - FASD Conference in North Carolina (September 27, 2019, North Carolina)
“NCFASD Informed, Inc. is hosting a conference for the legal community, Department of Social Services social workers, parents, and others on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Raleigh.”
Hapai Te Hauora - FASD-CAN Annual Workshop (7th September 2019; New Zealand)
FASD Deutchland - FASD Fachtagung (27. September 2019; Germany)

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
POPFASD - FASD Through A Variety of Lenses - Episode 06 - Corinna & Nona
In this episode, two classroom teachers sit down and share their experiences of supporting students using an FASD-Informed approach.
POPFASD - FASD Through a Variety of Lenses - Episode 05 – Dena
In this episode, FASD Key Worker, Dena Swann, explains the role of Key Workers and how they might be able to support teachers.
POPFASD - FASD Through a Variety of Lenses - Bonus Episode - History of POPFASD
In this bonus episode, Kathi Hughes and Stacey Wakabayashi share the entertaining history of POPFASD.
Orchids Admin - 2018 - Part 1 - Intro, FASD informed provider, discussion
Orchids Admin - 2017 Fall FASD Forum Keynote Dr Doug Waite
Particle Podcast - PARTICLE PODCAST: TACKLING FASD IN WA
This episode we talk with Sharynne Hamilton – a PHD candidate with the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia.
GOV.UK (UK) - Funding to support work around foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Information on how organisations can apply for project funding to support work around foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

RESEARCH
Molecular neurobiology - Chronic Ethanol Exposure Alters DNA Methylation in Neural Stem Cells: Role of Mouse Strain and Sex
The results of the current study provide evidence that sex and strain of rodents (C57BL/6 and CD1) during gestation are important factors, which affect alcohol effects on NSC differentiation and DNA methylation.
Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology - Experimental Approaches to the Study of Behavioral Impairments Associated with Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in children whose mothers consumed alcohol during pregnancy are characterized by a wide spectrum of anatomical and physical abnormalities, growth delay, and functional impairments to the nervous system.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - 6‐month Follow up of the Families on Track Intervention Pilot Trial for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Their Families
This pilot study yielded promising effects on important areas of caregiver functioning. However, the intervention's impact on child functioning waned over time, suggesting the need for sustained or alternate child intervention.
NEUROSCIENCE SUMMER FELLOWS - An In Situ Hybridization Protocol to Determine Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Corridor Cell Distribution
Following in situ hybridization, we will measure the dimensions of the corridor to quantify effects of PAE. We will also analyze sex differences in corridor width.
NEUROSCIENCE SUMMER FELLOWS - Corridor Cell Count in Medial Ganglionic Eminence Unaltered by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
To study these deficits, we looked to the migration of thalamocortical axons (TCAs). TCAs transmit sensory information from the thalamus to the cortex, requiring guidance and assistance to cross the non-permissive medial ganglionic eminence (MGE).
Toxicology letters - N-acetylcysteine Prevents the Decreases in Cardiac Collagen I/III ratio and Systolic Function in Neonatal Mice with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is often associated with congenital heart defects, most commonly septal, valvular, and great vessel defects. However, there have been no known studies on whether PAE affects the resulting fibroblast population after development, and whether this has any consequences in the postnatal period.
psyarxiv - Contextual influences on the perception of pregnant women who use drugs: Information about women’s childhood trauma history reduces punitive attitudes
Punitive attitudes and consequences (e.g., incarceration) for prenatal illicit drug use persist in the United States despite evidence that these policies are ineffective and even harmful to women and children.
Cell Stress and Chaperones - Ethanol exposure in prenatal and early postnatal induced cardiac injury in rats: involvement of oxidative stress, Hsp70, ERK 1/2, JNK, and apoptosis in a 3-month follow-up study
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy induces a wide range of structural and functional abnormalities in the fetal heart. However, the underlying mechanism of this phenomenon is not well known.
Contemporary clinical Trials - Reducing sexual health risks and substance use in the prenatal setting: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are at a record high in the United States, and STI risk is a critical and costly public health concern for childbearing women.
BMC psychiatry - Prevalence of risky alcohol use behavior and associated factors in pregnant antenatal care attendees in Debre Berhan, Ethiopia, 2018
National Institute of alcohol and alcoholism define Problem/risky use of alcohol as drinking in a way that can negatively impact our health and life, but the body is not physically dependent on the substance.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Can fetal alcohol exposure increase the risk of hypertension? A new study in children and adolescents diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder suggests it can
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is increasingly recognized as being associated with a wide range of physical health problems, in addition to the well–defined neurocognitive difficulties that have been reported (Mattson et al., 2019).
Encompass - Hooked on Life: Recreational Therapy in the Lives of Drug Exposed Children
The drug epidemic in the United States is a growing and prevalent issue in today’s society. Every day, the demographics of people influenced by drugs and alcohol increase.
mediaTUM - Lifestyle intervention for pregnant women to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: a cluster-randomized study in ten Bavarian regions.
The aim of the project GeliS (acronym for Gesund leben in der Schwangerschaft) is to advise women about a balanced diet, regular physical activity and a healthy lifestyle within the routine care for pregnant women and thus to prevent childhood and maternal overweight and to reduce health risks for mother and child.
University of Calgary - Brain Structure and Mental Health in Typically Developing Youth and Those with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Postnatal Adversities
Mental health problems are linked to brain structural changes, primarily in the limbic system and prefrontal cortex, and commonly emerge in adolescence. Although progress has been made in understanding mental health disorders, there are still gaps in mental health research in pediatric typically-developing cohorts.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
GazetaPrawna.pl (Poland) - Alkoholizm kobiet: Czy picie w trakcie ciąży powinno być karalne?
Z autyzmem i ADHD się udało. Rodzice przebili się ze swoimi problemami do świadomości ludzi i uzyskali wsparcie. Dzieci chore, bo matki piły w ciąży, nie miały na razie tyle szczęścia.
RA today (Germany) - Auch Sommerschorle in der Schwangerschaft tabu
Alkoholische Getränke heben die Stimmung, machen locker und fördern die Kontaktfreudigkeit. Das scheint auch für Schwangere zu gelten. Und nicht selten macht der Satz, „das eine Gläschen wird schon nicht schaden“, die Runde. In der Schwangerschaft hingegen gibt es keine unbedenkliche Trinkmenge bei Alkohol. Das gilt auch für das eine Gläschen Sekt oder die Sommerschorle.
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - STM:N HALLINNONALAN TALOUSARVIOEHDOTUS – FASD-LAPSET MUISTETTAVA
Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö ehdottaa, että lapsien ja perheiden palvelujen kehittämiseen sekä Lapsi- ja perhepalveluiden muutosohjelman jatkoon osoitetaan 18 miljoonan euron määrärahaa vuodelle 2020. Kehitysvammaliitto edellyttää, että vammaiset lapset ja lapsiperheet muistetaan lapsi- ja perhepalveluita uudistettaessa.
Mittelstand Nachrichten (Germany) - 20 Jahre Tag des alkoholgeschädigten Kindes
Seit 20 Jahren findet jährlich am 9. September weltweit der Internationale FASD Awareness Day statt. Mit Veranstaltungen will man weltweit das Bewusstsein für die Gefahren des Alkoholkonsums während der Schwangerschaft und die Lebenssituation von Einzelpersonen und Familien zu schärfen, die mit dem Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) zu kämpfen haben.

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