Sunday, July 12, 2020

FASD News - 27/2020

FASDNordic – FASD Nordic focuses on alcohol and drug-related birth defects
Welcome to FASD Nordic! This is a platform for sharing information, research and experiences between the Nordic countries, about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, FASD, and other drug-related birth defects.
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FAREAustralia (Australia) - Call on your local politician to support a clear, visible and honest health warning on alcohol products
We only have a few days left — get in touch with your local MP today to ask them to contact the Food Forum Ministers on your behalf to request they support the evidence-based health warning.
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Canada Newswire (Canada) - New National Campaign Explains That Drinking Alcohol and Baby-Making Don't Mix
Tomorrow, the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network (CanFASD) will launch its first-ever national social media campaign. The eight-week campaign will shed light on the risk of using alcohol to cope with the stress, anxiety and boredom of the COVID-19 pandemic and inadvertently having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy.
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Mamamia - 'I have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This is what I wish people knew.'
"It's a struggle every day just maintaining my routine and health. For example, I have sensory issues, so if you're talking quite loudly around me I'm likely to get overwhelmed and my ability to process information can be quite shaky.“
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Mirage News (Australia) - Ministers urged to approve effective pregnancy health warning on alcohol labels
Food safety Ministers are being urged to put the health and wellbeing of families and communities first by approving the most effective pregnancy health warning label on alcohol products when they meet next month.
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ABC News (Australia) - Woman living with FASD joins nationals calls for stronger pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels
As a Senate inquiry continues to looks into the prevention and treatment of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, calls are intensifying for the Federal Government to adopt stronger pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels.
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Lake88.1 (Canada) - In Focus – Tues June 30, 2020 – Rob More of the Rural FASD Network
Rob More of the Rural FASD Network joins us to talk about how his group has continued to help local young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder during the pandemic.
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Scoop (New Zealand) - Alcohol Health Warning Label Vote Imminent
A pregnancy health warning label on alcohol will be voted on by Ministers of the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum for Food Regulation (The Forum) on 17 July says Dr Nicki Jackson, Executive Director of Alcohol Healthwatch.
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The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - 'Proven ineffective': Doctors urge stronger alcohol pregnancy warning labels
Professor Wilson said the alcohol industry's voluntary DrinkWise labelling scheme, which had been in place for eight years, had proven to be ineffective, with many alcohol products on the market failing to carry the warning label.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Man with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder committed armed robbery to 'fit in'
A young man with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder robbed an Auckland bakery to feel accepted and fit in with gang member friends, a court has heard.
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Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Fears FASD cases will increase
A University of Otago researcher fears increased alcohol purchases during the Covid-19 lockdown may result in more babies being born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) next year.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
MBSEI Toolkit - Identify substance-exposed newborns
Substance use disorder (SUD) during pregnancy—whether involving illicit, legal, or prescription drugs—is an issue critical to the health of mothers and newborns, and the incidence is increasing in all socioeconomic groups.  The examples included below demonstrate the multitude of exposures for mothers, fetuses, and newborns for which appropriate screening (verbal, written), or biologic testing exist.
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CanFASD - Think FASD Alcohol and Pregnancy Awareness Video
Drinking alcohol while you are pregnant is risky. Go alcohol-free if you are pregnant and reduce the risk of FASD. THINKFASD.CA
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Aubrey Page – I´m an Educator
Educating communities about the impact that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have on society and partnering with families to help them be successful.
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Olelo Community Media - Giving Voice - Hawai'i FASD Action Group
The Hawai'i FASD Action Group is one of the community organizations on O'ahu that participated in 'Ōlelo's Giving Voice PSA service. Here is their story.
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IFSW 2020 Conference - The FASD Prevention Conversation It’s Time to Talk About Alcohol & Pregnancy Megan
The topic of FASD prevention is difficult to educate people about because there is so much misunderstanding and stigma around alcohol and pregnancy. The FASD Prevention Conversation aims.
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JumpStartPsychology 1 - FASD Ability Wheel 2020
The FASD Ability Wheel is a one page resource designed to help parents and carers quickly and accurately communicate their child's functioning in 11 brain domains!
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Life Beyond Trauma - Life Beyond Trauma: 1-on-1 e-NET for Parents of Neurodiverse Children
Have you experienced traumatic situations with your neurodiverse child? Have you experienced Posttraumatic Stress, e.g. disturbing memories of traumatic situations with your neurodiverse child?
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Families Facing COVID-19 - the impact of the pandemic on neurodiverse children, youth, and adults and their caregivers
Caregivers of people with developmental disabilities, such as autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, we want to hear from you!
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RESEARCH
University of Washington - What proportion of the brain structural and functional abnormalities observed among children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is explained by their prenatal alcohol exposure and their other prenatal and postnatal risks?
A better understanding of the impact other prenatal and postnatal risk factors have on the neurodevelopmental outcomes of individuals with FASD can inform more effective prevention and intervention strategies.
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British Journal of Ophthalmology - Thinner retinal nerve fibre layer in young adults with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Significant differences in peripapillary and macular RNFL, retinal thickness and BCVA were found in this group of young adults with FASD compared with healthy controls. However, there were no differences in the size of the optic disc.
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Acta Paediatrica - Is foetal alcohol syndrome in children as old as alcohol consumption?
Foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the leading cause of preventable intellectual disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization,1 and the true prevalence is almost certainly underestimated. As long as alcohol is present in our everyday lives, FAS will continue to challenge families, communities and countries.
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University of South Dakota - Consequences of In Utero Exposure to Alcohol
In utero exposure to alcohol results in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which encompasses a range of developmental disorders.
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Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Relationship Between Task-Based and Parent Report-Based Measures of Attention and Executive Function in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
These findings suggest that within-task performance differences may more accurately reflect individual differences in executive function and temperament as measured by parental report and help to further inform the way in which cognitive processes are measured in children with FASD.
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International Journal of Qualitative Methods - Learning From Vulnerable Populations: Methodological Implications of Interviewing Individuals With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Scholars face methodological challenges when conducting research about vulnerable populations, such as individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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American Journal of Nursing - Addressing Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can influence fetal development, causing lifelong behavioral, intellectual, and physical impairments known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)—fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) being the most severe type.
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Acta Paediatrica - Systematic review showed that low and moderate prenatal alcohol and nicotine exposure affected early child development
Any amount of prenatal alcohol and nicotine exposure appeared to risk healthy child development. There were many reasons for consumption and numerous effects on the child, but representative data from interdisciplinary research were missing.
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SSM - Population Health - Prenatal substance exposure, adverse childhood experiences and diagnosed mental and behavioral disorders – A longitudinal register-based matched cohort study in Finland
The results suggest that PSE alone does not explain poorer mental health among exposed youth. Risk factors accumulate, and low birth weight and ACEs are strongly associated with increased risk of mental and behavioral disorders.
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Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Unraveling the molecular mechanisms involved in alcohol intake and withdrawal in adolescent mice exposed to alcohol during early life stages
The current study highlights that early alcohol exposed mice increased alcohol consumption during late adolescence.
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Alcohol Research: Current Reviews - Maternal Substance Use: Consequences, Identification, and Interventions
Alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis are the substances most frequently used during pregnancy, and opioid-exposed pregnancies have increased fourfold. The purpose of this review is to describe the prevalence and consequences of prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and opioids.
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Birth Defects Research - Prenatal alcohol exposure induced congenital heart diseases: From bench to bedside
Alcohol consumption is increasing worldwide. Many child‐bearing‐aged women consume alcohol during pregnancy, intentionally or unintentionally, thereby increasing the potential risk for severe congenital diseases.
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PsyArxiv Preprints - Alcohol and substance use in pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rates of alcohol and substance use raises significant concerns, as substances may be coping mechanisms for social isolation and/or disruptions to employment and the economy.
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Journal of Addictive Diseases - Gender differences in social harms from drinking among young Australians: findings from the Mater University Study of Pregnancy and its Outcomes
Our findings demonstrate that young adults are still vulnerable to risky drinking at age 30 and the social harm resulting from drinking. Thus, alcohol prevention campaigns should target this age group and include women in their focus.
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Paulista University - Contributions of newborn temperature and height to Apgar index in parturient users of multiple drugs of abuse during pregnancy
At delivery, the height and temperature associated to the Apgar index of a newborn from mothers addicted to drugs can predict more intense care soon after birth, avoiding neonatal losses.
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African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine - The association between intimate partner violence, psychiatric morbidity amongst pregnant women and partner alcohol use in southern Nigeria
Intimate partner violence was common amongst pregnant women in Nigeria. Identified modifiable risk factors can be targets for screening and intervention for women in these settings.
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Women's Health Issues - Pregnant Women's Acceptability of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Screening and Willingness to Disclose Use in Prenatal Care
Almost all women considered verbal screening for ATOD use during prenatal care acceptable and indicated that they were willing to honestly disclose their ATOD use.
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Infant mental health journal - The prenatal maternal representations of mothers at risk of recurrent care proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court: A thematic analysis
The results are clinically relevant as they highlight grief, maternal self‐identity, recovery from substance abuse, and ability to manage uncertainty as critical areas of intervention for these mothers.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Gazeta Prawna (Poland) - Zapomniane potomstwo pijących matek. Brakuje systemowej pomocy dla dzieci z FASD
Odpowiedzialność karna ciężarnej pijącej alkohol nie zlikwiduje problemu. Dziecko, które urodzi się z obciążeniami, potrzebuje pomocy.
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Uniklinik RWTH Aachen (Germany) - Warum ist Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft gefährlich?
Der Konsum von Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft kann erheblichen Einfluss auf die Gesundheit des Kindes und dessen Entwicklung haben. Alkohol ist ein Zellgift, das ungehindert über das mütterliche Blut die Plazentaschranke durchdringt und das Ungeborene schwerwiegend und dauerhaft schädigen kann.
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