Sunday, February 23, 2020

FASD News - 7/2020


Politico (USA) - Harmed before birth, America's 'lost children' overshadowed by opioid crisis
The Trump administration’s war on addiction has left behind an oft forgotten piece of the problem: alcoholism and the lifelong damage it can do to children.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Saskatchewan Foster Family Association responds to call for more support
The Saskatchewan Foster Family Association (SFFA) has responded to a letter criticizing the level of support for foster children in the province.
The cordova Times (USA) - New legislation would combat fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Legislation introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Don Young, R-Alaska and Betty McCollum, D-Minn., would take steps to inform pregnant mothers and prevent development of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in babies.
Love Belfast (Ireland) - Charity concert to feature reunions and revivals of artists associated with legendary Belfast venue The Warehouse (1994-96)
Pete Major from the Holsteins got in touch and said they’d love to reunite for a Warehouse Remembered show if I fancied running another. Pete told me that Holsteins drummer Brian McNamara and his wife Alison had adopted two children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and had started a local support group, FASD Aware NI, moving towards registration as a charity.
The Standard - Alcohol in pregnancy: Why no amount is safe to drink
The effects of alcohol in pregnancy are completely preventable by simply not drinking, so why take the risk? The safest option is to avoid alcoholic drinks altogether for the whole of the pregnancy.
Medical Daily - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Causes Premature Birth, Low Birth Weight In West Virginia, Study Finds
It is an already known fact that physical deformities and growth deficiencies affect newborns who experienced high doses of prenatal alcohol exposure in the first trimester. This is because organs are still developing during the early stages of pregnancy, making fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) detrimental to the fetus’ growth.
Independent Online (South Africa) - The dire effects alcohol has on foetus development
Watching your child grow up to be healthy and able to stand up for themselves will be nothing but a pipe dream for mothers who continue to drink during pregnancy.
Don Young (USA) - Young, McCollum Introduce House Counterpart Legislation to Address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) have introduced H.R. 5790, the Advancing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Research, Prevention, and Services Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation is counterpart to S. 2879, which has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
ABC.au (Australia) - New labels warning pregnant women about alcohol anger wine industry
Small wineries in regional Australia are fighting back against a "prohibitive" move to explicitly warn pregnant women about the dangers of drinking alcohol.
EurekAlert (USA) - About 8% of West Virginia babies are exposed to alcohol shortly before birth
About 8 percent of West Virginia newborns are exposed to alcohol two to four weeks before birth, according to a new study.

COMING UP
EUFASD - 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.
Karolinska Institutet - CPF Lunch seminar: Developmental origins of health and disease: A translational approach to understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (12-05-2020; Stockholm, Sweden)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the broad range of effects in individuals exposed to alcohol in utero.
Prue Walker FASD Consultant - Understanding & Responding to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (April 1, 2020; Frankston Australia)
A one-day Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) workshop for professionals to build knowledge, skills and capacity.
CTRI - LIVE STREAM Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Strategies for Supporting (Jul 07 - Jul 08, 2020)
This workshop will review five pillars for success when supporting individuals with FASD. These include a focus on Strengths, Healthy Relationships, Promoting FASD Self Awareness, Adaptations Strategies, and Team-Based Support.
The University of British Columbia - 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD (April 22-25, 2020; Vancouver Canada)
Although there have been thousands of published articles on FASD, there still remains limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD. As individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas continues to be critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions.
The University of British Columbia - 7th Biennial Conference on Developmental Disabilities: Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan (November 25 - 27, 2020; Richmond, Canada)
The term developmental disabilities (DD) refers to people with intellectual disability, autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum and related neurodevelopmental genetic syndromes.
Central Alberta FASD Network - FASD - A Day of Art & Learning (April 17, 2020; Red Deer, Canada)
This event is ideal for individuals suspected or diagnosed with FASD, anyone in their support networks, as well as organizations wanting to enhance their awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
FAFASD - FASD and the Brain-Based Approach, a workshop for parents and professionals (April 14, 2020; Clinton TWP, MI USA)
The FASD and the Brain-Based Approach workshop introduces a neurobehavioral approach to living with, caring for, and working with individuals and families impacted by FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
YourTV Brockville-Smiths Falls - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
Kathy Botham speaks with Joe and his mom Cathy about FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder).
Health Communication Resources - HEALTHY BUMPS & BUBS
In partnership with Geraldton Local Drug Action Group, we are supporting the community to develop local radio and video messages around healthy pregnancy, highlighting that no alcohol is safest when planning pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding.
Clinical Eye Openers - Children of Alcohol - a Long Silent History
Extract (trailer) of the 1st of 4 webinars. The history of civilizations and alcohol are intertwined and illustrated by famous artists. However, only one clearly demonstrates an awareness that the main victims of alcohol are the unborn.
ParkviewHealth - Making the Rounds: Drugs and pregnancy
According to a 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 5.4% of pregnant women, between the ages of 15 and 44, actively used illicit drugs at the time of the survey with around 9.4% reporting they were active users of alcohol.
ABC NEWS - Push for mandatory alcohol warnings for pregnant women
About a quarter of women in Australia continue to drink alcohol when they're pregnant and in a bid to reduce that figure, the Food Standards Regulator is pushing for mandatory warning labels on alcoholic drinks.
TakingITGlobal - FASD Session
This is learning session 4 of 4 created for SSAs in Nunavut.
Het Witte Bos - Alcohol and pregnancy: the effect of one drink
FASD Hub Australia - FASD Diagnosis: Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD
The Guide was produced to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, referral and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It contains the Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument and information about how to use the instrument. It provides clinicians with diagnostic criteria for FASD, which were agreed following a review of existing guidelines and consultation with clinical experts.
CanFASD - Issue Paper: FASD and Child Welfare
In Canada, individuals with FASD are overrepresented in the child welfare system. Conservative estimates suggest that the prevalence rates for children in care are at minimum 3-11%.

RESEARCH
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society - Performance Validity Testing in Justice-Involved Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A number of commonly used performance validity tests (PVTs) may be prone to high failure rates when used for individuals with severe neurocognitive deficits. This study investigated the validity of 10 PVT scores in justice-involved adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a neurodevelopmental disability stemming from prenatal alcohol exposure and linked with severe neurocognitive deficits.
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law - Neurocognitive Function and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Offenders with Mental Disorders.
Individuals with a history of offending behavior show high rates of mental disorder as well as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Neurocognitive impairments are common in both mental disorders and FASD and may interface with offending behavior. Understanding these impairments could effectively inform clinical considerations among this population.
Psychology and Law - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: the importance of assessment, diagnosis and support in the Australian justice context
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition with life-long implications. Individuals with FASD can experience communication, cognitive, behavioural, social and emotional difficulties that impact their functional capacity.
Journal on Developmental Disabilities - Expectations of Youth With a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Adulthood: Caregiver Perspectives
There are limited data about adults who have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Caregivers of youth with FASD (N = 16) participated in telephone interviews that included the open-ended question, "What kind of adult life do you think they will have?" A total of 57 unique responses were made to the question.
Neuropharmacology - Rescue of ethanol-induced FASD-like phenotypes via prenatal co-administration of choline
Maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can generate a multitude of deficits in the offspring. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD, describe a palette of potentially life-long phenotypes that result from exposure to ethanol during human gestation.
Journal of Public Health - An antenatal alcohol service evaluation of the north-east of England and north Cumbria
Standardized patient pathways involving alcohol screening and management practices are required, and sharing best practices will facilitate referrals and support regardless of location. The implementation of these recommendations requires appropriate leadership, commissioning and training strategies.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Prenatal Drinking in the Northern Plains: Differences Between American Indian and Caucasian Mothers
Alcohol use was more prevalent among Caucasian mothers. Among those who consumed alcohol during pregnancy, American Indian mothers consumed larger quantities.
bioRxiv - Altered hippocampal place cell representation and theta rhythmicity following moderate prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) leads to profound deficits in spatial memory and synaptic and cellular alterations to the hippocampus that last into adulthood.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Moderate prenatal ethanol exposure stimulates CXCL12/CXCR4 chemokine system in radial glia progenitor cells in hypothalamic neuroepithelium and peptide neurons in lateral hypothalamus of the embryo and postnatal offspring
While showing prenatal ethanol exposure to have a sexually dimorphic, stimulatory effect on CXCL12 and CXCR4 in LH similar to CCL2 and its receptor, these results reveal their distinct relationship to the peptide neurons, with the former closely related to Hcrt/OX and the latter to MCH, and they link ethanol's actions in LH to a stimulatory effect on neuroprogenitor cells in the NEP.
HESAV School of Health Sciences - ‘I can tell when you’re staring at my glass …’ : self- or co-surveillance? Couples’ management of risks related to alcohol use during pregnancy
Social researchers have largely used the framework of self-surveillance to describe the experience of pregnant women within a social context characterised by risk avoidance for the sake of their baby.
Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem - Malformation and death X Alcoholism: perspective of Nursing the Theory of Transitions for alcoholic pregnant women
Women have incipient knowledge about the effects of alcohol on the fetus. They consider that alcohol can only cause physical defects in the children.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health - Understanding the Relationship between Predictors of Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy: Towards Effective Prevention of FASD
Identifying these predictive factors will allow the design of more effective fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevention strategies.

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