Sunday, May 31, 2020

FASD News - 21/2020

Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Pilot project aims to diagnose, support offenders with FASD
A team at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre is helping offenders with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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Globalnews.ca (Canada) - FASD project seeks to diagnose Saskatchewan offenders, support better outcomes
A clinical team at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre is working to diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in incarcerated people.
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Goulburn Post (Australia) - Number of fetal alcohol conditions unknown
Health experts do not know how widespread fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are in Australia because of a lack of data.
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RACGP (Australia) - Consistency of alcohol education during pregnancy ‘absolutely crucial’
Reports of women not receiving adequate information about alcohol consumption have prompted experts to ensure transparency across the cycle of care.
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Newswise - Blood Spot Screening Shows Promise for Identifying Newborns Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
A simple screening test could help identify infants at risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a report in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
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Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - More lives at risk in mental health units, say grieving parents
A brain-damaged man suspected to have killed himself while in a secure mental health unit should not have been there, and was being treated in a way that did not help his condition, a report into his death says.
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The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Doctors 'hesitant' to warn pregnant women against drinking alcohol
Some doctors are failing to warn women about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy despite national guidelines stating there is no safe level.
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HuffPost Canada (Canada) - How To Get Help When A Child Or Teen Is Violent Towards A Parent
Almost five years ago, Louise Sinclair* adopted her daughter. The child had been apprehended shortly after her birth and spent the first 18 months of her life in foster care.
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Global Health News Wire - signs of fetal alcohol syndrome detected in womb
New images reveal the earliest impairments to nonhuman primate fetal brain development due to alcohol ingested by the mother, in a study led by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University involving rhesus macaques.
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CafeMom - Husband Says His Pregnant Wife Refuses To Stop Drinking & He Doesn't Know What To Do
Pretty much as soon as expectant parents learn that a baby is on the way, they'll memorize a laundry list of do's and absolute don'ts. Among the latter is the oft-discussed guidance on alcohol use during pregnancy.
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Our Sacred Breath - FASD: LESSONS IN PROCESSING SPEED FROM THE TURTLE, SLOTH AND SNAIL
I recently saw the graphic below, of a sloth riding on a turtle’s back, saying “too fast”. I was going to share it on my Facebook page, with a short comment about how we may need to slow down in order to accommodate an individual with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
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University of Calgary - Artwork project helps parents of kids with mental health issues answer the question, ‘Am I enough?’
As all parents know, raising children and adolescents can be challenging. However, for parents of children with mental health issues, being a parent brings a whole different set of challenges, which can often leave parents asking, “Am I enough?”
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CanFASD - Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health are committed to supporting Canadians, our stakeholders, and public health efforts by providing reliable information to support sound decision making related to alcohol use in the context of the current COVID19 pandemic.
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NOFASD Australia - SEX, ALCOHOL AND LOCKDOWN
When we were initially told that we would only be allowed to shop for “essentials” the nation took a sharp intake of breath. Food and drink are essential for life but would snacks, fizzy drinks and alcohol be allowed?
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Alcohol and Drug Foundation - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
The impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on a person is lifelong and targeted prevention is required. The effects of FASD vary and may not be seen at birth. Some characteristics may become apparent in childhood, others later in life.
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Indiana NOFAS - From the Heart of this Mama: Is COVID-19 the real crisis?
"We are all in this together - we're all in the same boat." Susan shares her struggle with this in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Debbie Michaud - "Picture" This: Life as a Parent of Children with FASD Oji Cree Translation
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PAHO - Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This publication was initially developed for use in Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas and is intended to serve as a training workbook for providers of various disciplines to learn about the fundamentals of diagnosing FASD and to apply them to several case scenarios.
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What Works for Children´s Social Care - CHILDREN WITH FOETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Interventions for children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), to improve academic skills and learning strategies.
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NCFASD Informed - The Treasure of Josh’s Hope - An Interview with Steve Bailey of Josh’s Hope Foundation
Welcome to the second episode of "FASD Informed" a podcast series sponsored and produced by NCFASD Informed.
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RESEARCH
Foundations of Science - Understanding the Social Stigma of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Interventions
FASD is a spectrum of structural, functional, and neurodevelopmental problems with often lifelong implications, affecting communities worldwide. It is a leading preventable form of intellectual disabilities and therefore warrants effective prevention approaches.
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bmcpsychology.biomedcentral.com - Construct and factorial validity of Neurobehavioral Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE)
This study provides an evidence-based approach to assessing ND-PAE symptoms and is a starting point to elucidating its neurobehavioral pattern.
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Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - A review of studies exploring fetal alcohol spectrum disorders through eye tracking measures
After identifying the main limitations presented by the reviewed studies, we propose guidelines for future research, underlining the need to increase the standardization of diagnosis and evaluation tools, and to improve the methodological quality of eye tracking measures.
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Frontiers in Psychology - Dog-Assisted Therapy for Children and Adolescents With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders a Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
The rationale of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of dog-assisted therapy (DAT) combined with pharmacological treatment in children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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Research in Developmental Disabilities - Motor performance and sensory processing behaviors among children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders compared to children with developmental coordination disorders
The sensory processing symptoms in children with FASD distinguished the two groups. These group differences between children with FASD and DCD need corroboration in larger samples but haveimplications for differential diagnosis, clinical assessment, and targeted intervention.
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stars.library.ucf.edu - Investigating the Effect of Ethanol on Wnt7a and its Potential Implications in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
After evaluation of RNA-Seq data and a comparative analysis using the 2-ΔΔCTmethod, it is evident Wnt7a is present in embryonic mouse age E10.5 heart and brain samples, and Wnt7a is suppressed at age E10.5 in embryonic mouse heart, but not brain, when induced with ethanol.
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PLoS ONE - Are personality traits associated with smoking and alcohol use prior to and during pregnancy?
Cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy can have detrimental effects on the developing fetus, including fetal alcohol syndrome and low birth weight.
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Neurotoxicology and Teratology - High prevalence of prenatal alcohol exposure detected by breathalyzer in the Republic of the Congo, Africa
The results of this study utilizing a unique exposure detection methodology suggest that the use of BrAC may be a useful objective option to detect and quantify alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
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Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics - A Case for Early Screening: Prenatal Alcohol Risk Exposure Predicts Risk for Early Childhood Communication Delays
The results of this study suggest that screening for PAR in expectant mothers may identify a group of young children at increased risk for communication delays. This research carries clinical implications and provides support for PAR screening in informing early childhood developmental screening efforts.
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Health and Education Interdependence - The Role of Epigenetics in Shaping the Foundations of Children’s Learning
Since the mapping of the human genome there has been an exponential growth of research investigating the way in which environmental factors influence the expression of genes and how this shapes the course of human development.
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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Teacher-Reported Prevalence of FASD in Kindergarten in Canada: Association with Child Development and Problems at Home
The prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) may be underestimated as it can be difficult to diagnose in early childhood possibly reflecting unique developmental trajectories relative to other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDDs).
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Clinical Epigenetics - Transgenerational inheritance of fetal alcohol exposure adverse effects on immune gene interferon-ϒ
Overall, these findings provide the evidence that fetal alcohol exposures produce an epigenetic mark on the Ifn-ɣ gene that passes through multiple generations via the male germ line. These data provide the first evidence that the male germ line transmits fetal alcohol exposure's adverse effects on the immune system.
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Research in Developmental Disabilities - Motor performance and sensory processing behaviors among children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders compared to children with developmental coordination disorders
The sensory processing symptoms in children with FASD distinguished the two groups. These group differences between children with FASD and DCD need corroboration in larger samples but haveimplications for differential diagnosis, clinical assessment, and targeted intervention.
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Alcoholism - Difficulties in daily living experienced by adolescents, transition‐aged youth, and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Adolescents, transition‐aged youth, and adults with FASD experienced a range of substantial and complex difficulties at the time of their diagnostic assessment, signaling a high level of service needs.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Wprost.pl (Poland) - Mamo! To jedyne zaburzenia rozwojowe u dziecka, którym w 100 proc. można zapobiec
Kiedy alkohol działa na embrion, a potem płód, może spowodować u dziecka cały zestaw zaburzeń i nie są to odosobnione przypadki. Nie ma znaczenia, jaki alkohol pije przyszła matka – czy jest to piwo, wino czy mocniejsze trunki. Nie ma znaczenia, na którym etapie ciąży.
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Ketju (Finland) - FASD on arka asia
Alkoholin vaurioittamien lasten diagnoosin saaminen on usein vaikeaa ja se hidastaa myös oikeanlaisen tuen saamista. Kymsotessa FASDin vastaista työtä on tehty jo pitkään, mutta monitahoiseen ongelmaan ei löydy vain yhtä ratkaisua. Avainasemassa on ennaltaehkäisy ja tiedotus.
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IOGT-NTO (Sweden) - MINSKA FOSTERSKADORNA AV ALKOHOL GENOM ATT ÖPPNA ETT NATIONELLT KOMPETENSCENTER!
Av alla livsstilsval vi gör i samband med en graviditet finns det inget som har större betydelse för barnets framtida hälsa och utveckling än valen vi gör kring alkohol. Detta gäller både den som föder barnet och dennes eventuella partner.
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