University of Edinburgh - Training – new courses available!
Course 1: Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will start in September 2022. It will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to FASD and is suitable for postgraduates with a professional or lay interest in the field. It is also open to health and social care professionals wishing to undertake continuing professional development. Delivered online, primarily through recorded content, interactive online tasks and discussion boards, Introduction to FASD comprises about two hours 'contact' time per week which can be structured around other commitments and will provide an optional foundation to our advanced course in the Assessment and Diagnosis of FASD.
Course 2: The Assessment and Diagnosis of FASD will be available in January 2023 and will explore the core diagnostic criteria of FASD and how assessments undertaken inform this diagnosis, with the emphasis very much on the practical application of the skills taught. Those completing the course will, in conjunction with their existing professional training, be able to formally assess for and diagnose FASD in line with their role in clinical teams. As such, participation is limited to those students who possess, or are in the process of attaining, a professional qualification that qualifies them to participate in the diagnosis of FASD. Relevant qualifications may include Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Education, Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work.
ARTICLES and NEWS
The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (Scotland) - Women,
Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD
In this first blog of six, Professor Moira Plant shares highlights from her report to be published this summer.
National Geographic - The overlooked toll of drinking
alcohol while pregnant
Estimates suggest up to 5 percent of people in the U.S. have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Here's how scientists and activists are working toward better diagnoses and treatments.
NZ Herald (New
Zealand) - Hawke's Bay doctor warns of 'epidemic' in fetal-alcohol härm
Experts think the alcohol industry needs to be targeted as the root cause of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) "epidemic" among children.
Organisation for FASD - It’s time to sweep away the old myths!
FASD is a frequently undiagnosed and misdiagnosed condition. In order to dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings around FASD, we have a dedicated Mythbuster page on our website.
- CanFASD 2021/2022 Annual Report Published
The past year has been full of exciting progress in the FASD community. The CanFASD Network, with help from our partners, published over 25 articles, 13 technical reports, 5 book chapters and participated in over 50 presentations and interviews.
Association - A hidden epidemic of fetal alcohol syndrome
New legislation could help bring awareness and resources to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Organisation for FASD (UK) - Mandy Craig & Katie Hewitt on ‘The Time is
In September 2021, Sheffield Children’s Safeguarding Partnership hosted the National Dialogue on International FASD Day Conference, chaired by Sheffield’s Director of Public Health and with over 700 people attending to hear professionals, politicians, and experts-by-experience share their knowledge and passion for improving the lives and opportunities of people with FASD.
VIDEOS and MATERIALS
The Matilda Centre - Learning with FASD
Learning with FASD is an online portal housing evidence-based resources to assist primary school teaching and support staff to understand and support children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens - Supporting Children with Prenatal
Drug and Alcohol Exposure – Brain First
In this episode, Eileen and I discuss parenting through behavior and developmental challenges, with a spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
- ParentDashboard Presents Event: How to Homeschool with FASD with Natalie
Vecchione of FASD Hope
We discuss raising complex kids, Homeschooling, the transition to adulthood and how trades, arts and entrepreneurship are done with complex needs - and how it can all empower your personal journey as a parent.
Run FASD - What
is Run FASD?
Run FASD embodies Strength, Tenacity, Empowerment, Hope, and Vision. A virtual 5k event that can happen at your own pace wherever you are. From September 9th-25th, 2022, Run FASD to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
CanFASD - September
9th is International FASD Day
First celebrated in 1999, FASD day is devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.
CanFASD - New
on CanFASD’s Youtube Channel – A Five-Part International Seminar Series on FASD
Canada FASD Research Network sponsored a five-part seminar series that brought together 14 researchers from across the globe to share what is known about preventing alcohol use in pregnancy and supporting women’s health.
Fasd Success Show
- #115 Tara Soucie-Noble: A Wife in the FASD Life
If you’ve attended any of my presentations, taken my CKS Coaching Course or followed me for a while you will know one of my sayings is “I’m not a doctor, a lawyer or a social worker,” but my guest today is a social worker and she just happens to be my wife and business partner – Tara Soucie -Noble.
FASD Hope - 140
- FASD and Speech Therapy - A Conversation with Christian Hancock
In Episode 140, FASD Hope welcomes Christian Hancock, M.S., CCC-SLP , who is the Creator of Communication with Connection, Owner of Heart and Soul Speech and a Board Member of the North Texas FASD Network.
10 GM - Fetal
alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the criminal justice system
Greater Manchester FASD Network lunchtime learning session for parents and professionals to learn about an aspect of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Emory MSACD - Complications
of FASD in Adults
For more content like "Complications of FASD in Adults" visit our website at msacd.emory.edu
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Decreased resting-state alpha peak frequency in children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or prenatal alcohol exposure
Reduced APF in individuals with an FASD/PAE may represent a long-term deficit and demonstrates the detrimental impact prenatal alcohol exposure can have on neurophysiological processes.
Zealand Social Work - We are not doing enough for children with
I recently made a submission to the Abuse in Care: Royal Commission of Inquiry on behalf of a young whānau-member survivor who is autistic and lives with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mental health issues.
- A transcriptome meta-analysis of ethanol embryonic exposure: Implications
in neurodevelopment and neuroinflammatory genees
This study aimed to evaluate the impact of ethanol in the differential gene expression (DGE) of embryonic cells and fetal tissues by performing a transcriptome meta-analysis in microarrays datasets publicly available.
Women's Health - Racial/ethnic
variations in alcohol and cigarette use by pregnancy status among 20- to
44-year-old women, NHANES 2001–2018
Women who may become pregnant need interventions and improved policy to prevent alcohol use and smoking. Culturally appropriate alcohol and smoking cessation interventions before pregnancy and improved contraception access are needed.
Midwifery - WRISK
voices: A mixed-methods study of women's experiences of pregnancy-related
public health advice and risk messages in the UK
Our research shows the importance of risk communication that respects women's autonomy and trusts them to make decisions about their own pregnancy. We identified a need for a layered approach to risk communication.
Drug and Alcohol
Review - Written information and health professionals are the information
sources about alcohol use in pregnancy most often used by pregnant women
Antenatal providers should routinely provide information on alcohol use in pregnancy, including for women least likely to access available information.
SSRN - Impact
of Two Different Rodent Diets on Rat Dam Voluntary Ethanol Consumption, Serum
Ethanol Concentrations and Pregnancy Outcome Measures
Recent studies report varying levels of voluntary ethanol consumption by rodents maintained on different commercially available diets.
Biomedical Optics - Photonics probing of pup brain tissue and
molecular-specific nuclear nanostructure alterations due to fetal alcoholism
via light scattering/localization approaches
In particular, we characterize the spatial pup brain structures from the molecular to tissue levels and address the plausible reasons for such as mass density fluctuations in fetal alcoholism.
Science and Health - Prevalence and associated factors of alcohol intake in
the first trimester of pregnancy in Dabat district, northwest Ethiopia
The prevalence of alcohol consumption in the first trimester of pregnancy was high in the study area. Pregnant women’s’ sociodemogrphic characteristics and history of stillbirth are associated with alcohol consumption.
BMC Pregnancy and
Childbirth - Planning is not equivalent to preparing, how Dutch women
perceive their pregnancy planning in relation to preconceptional lifestyle
behaviour change - a cross-sectional study
Despite consciously planning their pregnancy, most women did not adhere to preconceptional lifestyle behaviour recommendations. Women’s health beliefs and overestimation of their health status seem to interfere with actively planning and preparing for pregnancy.
Applied Pharmacology - Impact of maternal substance use on offspring's
Substance use (SU) during pregnancy is on the rise, posing significant risks to the developing fetus. The adverse impact of maternal alcohol and nicotine use during the perinatal period on offspring health has been well established, including their associations with adverse cardiovascular health in offspring.
PLoS one - Binge
alcohol drinking before pregnancy is closely associated with the development of
macrosomia: Korean pregnancy registry cohort
Together, binge drinking before pregnancy might be an independent risk factor for developing macrosomia. Intensified intervention for drinking alcohol in women who are planning a pregnancy is important and may help prevent macrosomia.
University Child and Adolescent Behavior - Fathers are accused by family
court when pregnant partners use substances
A new study has found that, in some states, fathers lose their parental rights, and legal orphans are created, when fathers are accused of allowing their pregnant partners to use alcohol or drugs.
Journal of Mental
Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Disorder and Suicidality: What Does the Literature Tell Us?
This review provides a foundational understanding of suicidality in FASD with important implications for research, policy, and practice. Rates of suicidality across the lifespan are high, underscoring the need for evidence-based approaches to screening, prevention, and treatment.
Erfurt (Germany) - Interaktive Ausstellung zum Thema Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft in Erfurt eröffnet
Um junge Erfurter Heranwachsende, Eltern und Fachkräfte für die Problematik Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störung (FASD) zu sensibilisieren, macht vom 12. bis 14. Juli 2022 die Wanderausstellung „Wenn schwanger, dann Zero!“ in der Landeshauptstadt Halt.
(Romania) - Care sunt consecințele consumului de alcool în timpul sarcinii -
Studiile au estimat că tulburările din spectrul alcoolului fetal, sau FASD, afectează între 1 și 5 la sută din populație, deși experții suspectează că prevalența este chiar mai mare.
Padua Archive - EFFETTI
DELL’ALCOL: la relazione tra l’uso di alcol in gravidanza e lo Spettro dei
Disordini Feto-Alcolici (FASD)
L'elaborato finale studia la relazione tra l'uso di alcol delle donne in gravidanza e la manifestazione dello Spettro dei Disordini Feto-Alcolici (FASD), un'insieme di disturbi che portano a complicazioni fisiche e neuro-comportamentali.