Sunday, April 5, 2020

FASD News - 13/2020


Science Daily - Alcohol consumption by fathers before conception could negatively impact child development

Trouble for alcoholic fathers, hope for alcoholic mothers. Scientists have explored the relationship between parental alcohol consumption -- before conception in the case of fathers and during pregnancy in the case of mothers -- and offspring development.
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CBC.ca - Study suggests this nutrient reduces harm in offspring of pregnant mice given alcohol
New research shows pregnant mice taking choline, an essential nutrient found in some multivitamins, shows it reduced the damage of alcohol in their offspring — and researchers are now wondering what effects it could have on humans.
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Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Serve the message straight
Alcohol Healthwatch will not be the only organisation frustrated by the latest delay to mandatory labelling on alcohol products about the risk of drinking when pregnant.
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Graphic Online - Sweet poison: alcohol in pregnancy
What would you think if you saw a mother giving her newborn baby a bottle of beer to drink? Would you approve of such a practice? Well, a similar thing happens when a pregnant mother drinks alcohol.
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EENet (Canada) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder far more common in Canada than other common birth defects
This Research Snapshot looks at the article, "Population-based prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada” which was published in BMC Public Health in 2019.
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Market Watch - Understanding The Tragedy of Brain Damage at Birth
As citizens, we are accorded with rights to enable our mental and physical well-being. But there are thousands of unborn children who don't have such rights because they suffer at the hands of expectant mothers who risk their lives and well-being, by consuming alcohol and drugs through their pregnancies.
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Rivercountry News - Living With FASD: Brenna
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are disabilities that last a lifetime. Children with FASDs can have behavioral, intellectual and neurological problems. FASDs can occur when a developing baby is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.
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NOFAS UK (UK) - Diary of a deaf mom and 10-year old with neurodevelopmental delay and sensory needs
Today was the third day in a row the 10-year old followed me constantly around the house. He wanted to know what I was doing even though he could see what I was doing. He wanted to know instantly if I shuffled my seating position on the sofa, where I was going.
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CanFASD (Canada) - Feature Friday: Mary Ann Bunkowsky
Mary Ann is a mother of two boys. Her oldest is 14 years old and has an FASD diagnosis. Her younger son is 11. He has been diagnosed with a number of neurodevelopmental difficulties, including Autism, but she has been unable to get an FASD diagnosis for him because they have no proof of prenatal alcohol exposure. 
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Our Sacred Breath - SELF REGULATION IN FASD AND ME
We know individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder often struggle with self-regulation, which can lead to many problems throughout life, but how many of us really understand what it is?
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The Mighty - When Making 'Normal' Conversation is Hard as the Parent of a Medically Complex Child
I love my children and my husband, my family and my friends. I have a blessed life. I especially feel bad writing about this because I know it’s even harder for our son with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) who has trouble socializing for a range of reasons. I am not complaining. I am trying to explain.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Kathryn Ferenz - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome- Kate & EmmaRead more
American Academy of Pediatrics - FASD 1-Page Resources for Clinicians
These 1-page resources provide pediatric clinicians information on the assessment and identification of facial dysmorphia associated with FASDs and the recognition and care for neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.
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FAS-Project - Children with FASD – Kinder mit FASD
In the book Children with FASD – Kinder mit FASD, photographer Allard de Witte and journalist Joost Bos give a personal and affectionate insight into the lives of children with FASD – children harmed before they were even born.
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Sez Morse - Dr Dan Hughes - Parenting a Traumatised Child While Living through COVID 19
Dan Hughes talks to foster carers, adopters, parents under pressure and all adults around traumatised children as we navigate our way through the Corona Virus pandemic.
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CanFASD - New Video Release
We created a new video to introduce you to our organization and tell you a little bit of the work that we do.
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FASD Awareness SE #BEAWARE - Coronavirus Social Story - (a visual aid to help those with complex needs understand better)
This is a video we have created at FASD Awareness to help children and young adults with complex needs understand better the "Coronavirus Social Story". It is also a very clear way of helping the young understand through words and pictures, many of the questions around Covid19 and the Cornoavirus.
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RESEARCH
Research in Developmental Disabilities - Sleep disturbance as a predictor of anxiety in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and typically developing children
This study highlights associations between parent-reported sleep and anxiety in FASD. Sleep disturbances were significant predictors of anxiety in both children with FASD and in TD children.
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Rivista di Psichiatria - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders awareness in health professionals: implications for psychiatry
In conclusion, data show that only specific and continuing updating for health care professionals about drinking habits may have impactful actions to prevent gestational alcohol intake in order to prevent the main cause of mental retardation in western countries.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Reduced Hippocampal Volumes Partially Mediate Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Spatial Navigation on a Virtual Water Maze Task in Children
These data confirm previous reports linking PAE to poorer spatial navigation on the VWM and are the first to provide direct evidence that volume reductions in this region partially mediate the relation of FASD diagnosis to place learning, suggesting that PAE specifically impairs the ability to encode the spatial information necessary for successful location of the hidden platform on a navigation task.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Early ethanol exposure inhibits the differentiation of hippocampal dentate gyrus granule cells in a mouse model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Our data indicates that ethanol exposure in mice during PD 4‐10 does not affect the generation/proliferation but inhibits the differentiation of the DGGCs on PD 35.
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Social Work - I DRANK BECAUSE I WANTED TO DEAL WITH THE FRUSTRATION”: EXPLAINING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION DURING PREGNANCY IN A LOW-RESOURCE SETTING – WOMEN’S, PARTNERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS’ NARRATIVES
Understanding the explanatory narratives that women, partners and family members provide for consuming alcohol during pregnancy is essential in interventions.
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SAGE researchmethods - Practical and Emotional Challenges of Conducting Community Research on Women, Pregnancy, Alcohol, and Health Issues: A Case Study of a Survey Among Women in Tshwane, South Africa
This case study describes the practical and emotional challenges that were faced during fieldwork operations while conducting a survey on women’s health, pregnancy experiences, and alcohol use in Tshwane, South Africa.
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The Journal of Clinical Investigation - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder predisposes to metabolic abnormalities in adulthood
Taken together, our findings define metabolic vulnerabilities due to EAE and provide evidence that behavioral changes and primary organ dysfunction contribute to resultant metabolic abnormalities.
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Alcohol - The mouse-equivalent of the human BDNF VAL66MET polymorphism increases dorsal hippocampal volume and does not interact with developmental ethanol exposure
A relatively common polymorphism in the human brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene (Val66Met, which corresponds to Val68Met in mice) has been shown to modulate cognitive function and vulnerability to mental health disorders.
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Research in Developmental Disabilities - Prevalence and patterns of sensory processing behaviors in a large clinical sample of children with prenatal alcohol exposure
Results lend support for altered sensory processing as another domain of brain function affected by the teratogenic impact of PAE, guiding clinical work and research.
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Alcohol - A preliminary investigation of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on facial morphology in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
hese findings suggest that while early exposure to alcohol may influence the development of facial structures, it does not appear to be associated with ASD phenotypic variability.
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Brain Structure and Function - Altered brain white matter connectome in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure
This study demonstrates decreased structural white matter connectivity in children and adolescents with PAE at a whole-brain level, suggesting widespread alterations in how networks are connected with each other.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Lega Nerd (Italy) - Alcool: meglio evitarlo se volete diventare papa
Gli scienziati dell’Università della California, Riverside, hanno esplorato la relazione tra il consumo di alcol dei genitori, prima del concepimento nel caso dei padri e durante la gravidanza nel caso delle madri, e lo sviluppo della prole.
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ИА Rsute (Russia) - Алкоголь во время беременности: какой вред можно нанести нерожденному ребенку
Алкоголь – это химическое вещество, которое попадает в кровь, когда кто-то его пьет. У беременных женщин алкоголь проходит к плоду через пуповину. Развивающиеся зародыши не способны перерабатывать или усваивать это химическое вещество, а это означает, что оно представляет собой многочисленные риски.
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Gdynia (Poland) - Telefoniczne konsultacje dla rodziców i opiekunów dzieci z FAS
Pozostawienie bez wsparcia dzieci z alkoholowym zespołem płodowym (FAS) i ich rodziców czy opiekunów może okazać się niebezpieczne, dlatego specjalistki z Gdyńskiego Centrum  Diagnozy i Terapii FASD MOPS w Gdyni rozpoczęły konsultacje telefoniczne: od poniedziałku do piątku, w godz. 8 – 15 pod nr. tel: 798 073 617.Read more

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