Australian Government (Australia) - $37.2 million for
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder support and awareness
The Australian Government is investing more than $37 million for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic services to increase access and reduce waiting times, as well as launching a new National Awareness Campaign for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Women.
(Canada) - Red Deer RCMP recognized for work with young offenders with FASD
Members of the Red Deer RCMP’s Community Policing unit were honoured with the Central Alberta FASD Network’s 2021 FASD Champion Award last month.
Zealand) - Formal Acknowledgement Of FASD Failings One Step Closer
An updated statement of response from the Crown regarding WAI 2624, which is part of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry (WAI 2575) and the Justice System Kaupapa Inquiry (WAI 3060), admits there is no New Zealand specific data on the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the extent of the issue is quantified only by overseas data.
The BMJ (UK) - Neglect
of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder must end
In September, the UK government published its long awaited report on health needs assessment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).1 This document covers many of the challenges associated with FASD, a condition caused by exposure to alcohol before birth affecting brain development and resulting in neurodevelopmental, physical and sometimes mental health problems that persist throughout life.
The Area News
(Australia) - Trying for a baby? Put down the wine
When Sophie and her husband knew they wanted to try for a baby, she knew what precautions to take. She stopped smoking a year before coming off contraception; started taking folate and pregnancy vitamin supplements; stopped eating pate and soft cheeses; made sure her salad was washed thoroughly; and cut down her alcohol intake with the intention of stopping entirely once she fell pregnant.
Science Daily - MRI
reveals altered brain structure in fetuses exposed to alcohol
In the first MRI-based study to investigate pre-natal alcohol exposure, researchers found significant changes in the brain structure of fetuses exposed to alcohol compared to healthy controls.
Healthcare - Promote Alcohol-free Holidays for Pregnant Patients
The holidays can be a challenging time for those who are pregnant or expecting to be pregnant. The pandemic has made that especially true.
- Health Canada Updates their FASD Page
Last month, Health Canada released their new information page on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This update is a huge step forward towards increased consistency, reduced confusion, and improved understanding of FASD in Canada.
VIDEOS and MATERIALS
FASD Hub Australia - FASD Hub Webinar: Managing alcohol use in pregnancy
Many clinicians tell us they don't ask about alcohol during pregnancy, as they don't know how to ask, what to advise or where to refer. In this session held on 1 December 2021, we presented a case study of a woman who is drinking alcohol during pregnancy and heard the perspectives of a panel of health professionals and a biological mother.
CanFASD - The
Sensory World of People with FASD: Part 2
Learn more about sensory processing and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) with presentations from Lisa Brownstone, an occupational therapist and caregiver, and Shana Mohr, a caregiver of a young girl with FASD. This is Part Two of a three part series on FASD and sensory processing.
Special Books by
Special Kids - Siblings with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (An Adoption Story)
The Homestead family adopted five kids with fetal alcohol syndrome who are all biological siblings. Schools and society expect them to succeed without accommodations because they “look normal”.
FASD United - FASD
United Circle of Stars Celebration 2021
Prevention Network - Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This learning opportunity will educate participants regarding the cause, diagnostic criteria, and life-long effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) on the person and their families.
Rocked - Blazing New Homeschool Trails - Cindy LaJoy & Natalie
Vecchione, Part 3
No kid is the same. Every one of our children is born with unique gifts, talents, abilities, and disabilities. How do we take kids who don’t fit into the box of traditional education and equip them for a successful future? How can we guide them to seek God’s plan and live a full life that honors the Lord and impacts His kingdom?
Kids Brain Health
Network - Day 1 - 5. ABLE2’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program
The Fetal Alcohol Resource Program (FARP) at ABLE2 is a stakeholder-driven program created in response to an identified need in the community to support children/youth with FASD, and their caregivers.
Homes - 4 FASD Training
Homes - 1 FASD Training
National FASD - How
to Make #BottleStoppers
No safe time, no safe amount. Join our craftivist campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking whilst pregnant.
The FASD Brain - #004
FARE - Thanks Greg
Hunt MP for your support and endorsement of Every Moment Matters.
FASD Hope - 102
- All About FASD - Adaptive Functioning and FASD with Jerrod Brown, Ph.D.
Episode 102 welcomes back Dr. Jerrod Brown for the final installment of our four-part, 2021 series “All About FASD- Professional Insights and Perspectives".
Behavioral Sciences & the Law - Diagnosing intellectual disability in people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A function of which diagnostic manual is used?
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the largest known cause of intellectual disability (ID), and forensic experts are often called upon to determine if a defendant with FASD qualifies for a diagnosis of ID.
University of KwaZulu-Natal
- The role of communication in addressing sociocultural factors that
influence pregnant women to drink alcohol in Durban
The study found the importance to extend beyond knowledge acquisition, but to mobilise communication as a culturally nuanced tool to facilitate psycho-social support during times of alcohol consumption when pregnant.
the Law - The neurocognitive profiles of justice involved people with foetal
alcohol spectrum disorder: A systematic review
Advancing knowledge in the field can have important implications for understanding of the antecedents of offending behaviour in this population, and informing strategies for early identification and intervention.
JMIR Formative - Initial
Feasibility of the “Families Moving Forward Connect” Mobile Health Intervention
for Caregivers of Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Mixed Method
Evaluation Within a Systematic User-Centered Design Approach
The results demonstrate that the FMF Connect intervention is acceptable and feasible for caregivers raising children with FASD. They will guide subsequent app refinement before large-scale randomized testing.
neurological disorders drug targets - Markers of Neuroinflammation in the
Serum of Prepubertal Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The present investigation shows an imbalance in the peripheral neuroimmune pathways that could be used in children as early biomarkers of the deficits observed in FASD.
Future Medicine -
Sex- and tissue-specific effects of binge-level prenatal alcohol consumption
on DNA methylation at birth
Our findings warrant further replication and highlight a potential epigenetic link between binge PAE and FASD.
social care in the community - Wraparound programmes for pregnant and
parenting women with substance use concerns in Canada: Partnerships are essential
Wraparound programmes, wherein multiple services are offered at one location, are effective in engaging pregnant or parenting women experiencing substance use and other complex challenges while also addressing gaps in services between the health, child welfare and addictions fields.
Eastern Finland - FETAL ALCOHOL EXPOSURE, BIOCHEMICAL FINDINGS AND INSIGHTS
INTO CLINICAL OUTCOME
This study increases understanding of the structural and biochemical changes in alcohol-using mothers and their children. The results of this study indicate that alcohol use during the pregnancy causes a spectrum of harmful effects to the pregnanct mother and exposed children.
Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging - Adverse Prenatal
Exposures and Fetal Brain Development: Insights from Advanced Fetal MRI
We summarize insights from MRI research in fetuses, highlight recent discoveries in normative fetal development using quantitative MRI techniques (i.e., three-dimensional volumetry, proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, placental diffusion imaging, and functional imaging), and discuss how baseline trajectories are shaped by prenatal exposures.
Drug and Alcohol
Dependence - Preconception health service provision among women with and
without substance use disorders
There are numerous missed opportunities to provide preconception services to women with and without SUD. While delivering preconception services, healthcare providers have an opportunity to screen for SUD which may be more prevalent among women with psychiatric and medical problems.
IN OTHER LANGUAGES
InfoDENT24 (Poland) - Zdrowie stomatologiczne dziecka, gdy matka w ciąży
Kobieta, która pije alkohol w ciąży, naraża swoje dziecko na problemy ze zdrowiem jamy ustnej - nasiloną próchnicę i poważne wady zgryzu.