Sunday, March 17, 2019

FASD News - 11/2019

Standard Freeholder (Canada) - Cornwall agencies given an Introduction to FASD
According to a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health study released last April, up to three per cent of Canadians could have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder which, if accurate, would make the condition more prevalent than autism (1.5 to 2 per cent of the population), but without nearly the same level of awareness or dollars for support and research.
Niagarathisweek.com - The great tragedy of a damaged brain at birth
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says that all Canadians receive justice. The U.S. Constitution states that "All men are created equal." But some children are born who do not receive justice. Nor will they ever be equal. It's because they have damaged brains at birth, due to mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - To a foetus, fancy French wine and cheap beer are both toxic
There is no safe type or quantity of alcohol for a foetus and the result of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is incurable brain damage, says Aisling Foley.
The Costa Rica News (Costa Rica) - Alcohol And Pregnancy, A Very Bad Combination
Recently several scientific studies have been carried out, which have been published in several specialized journals, that show the action of alcohol, even in small doses on the fetus.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Justice Minister Andrew Little shows support for specialised young adults court
A dedicated court for young adults with neurodisabilities is being considered by the District Court.
Biophotonics.World - Vasculature changes in the fetal brain due to prenatal alcohol exposure
Researchers at the University of Houston have used optical coherence tomography (OCT), a noninvasive optical imaging modality, to image acute changes in fetal brain vasculature minutes after maternal ethanol exposure. The team published their results in the Journal of Biophotonics in 2018.
The Epoch Times - Problem Drinking Among Women a Growing Concern
Last month, close to 40,000 people, mostly women, gave up alcohol for FebFast and many others will be participating in Dry July.
Detroit Free Press (USA) - House bill would require signs: 'Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix'
While the warnings have been well-known for years that pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol, the Michigan House of Representatives wants to reiterate the point in a big way.
Moms.com - New Moms Reduce Their Alcohol Intake, But It Doesn't Last Long
Research has shown that although new moms tend to cut down on drinking, it’s a dry spell that is short-lived, and mothers everywhere with screaming toddlers running around in the background while reading this are like, “Ya think?”
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Addicted baby born every three days
A baby is born suffering from alcohol or drug withdrawal symptoms once every three days in Ireland, because the mother drank heavily during pregnancy or was addicted to drugs.
Alcohol Policy UK - Drinking in pregnancy: lasting effects of low-level alcohol use?
In this guest post, Kayleigh Easey (@KayEasey), a PhD student and member of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (@BristolTARG) at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol, takes a look at a recent systematic review investigating effects of parental alcohol use and offspring mental health.
CanFASD (Canada) - Could we fall behind? A look at FASD in Canada
The 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is coming to Canada, from March 6-9, at the Westin Bayshore. Though Canada is honoured to host a conference featuring so many global FASD experts from multiple disciplines, our progress in critical action is hindered by the lack of a national strategy.
The Intelligencer (Canada) - ANNE ELSPETH RECTOR: Province needs to increase support
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; FASD. What first comes to mind? Often, it’s anger at mothers who drank; yet, as judgement for one person clouds our compassion for the person impacted, we lose some humanity.
Creating a Family - What is it Really Like to Raise a Child with FASD?
What is it really like to parent a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? Prenatal exposure causes brain damage and this damage causes specific behaviors that can make parenting challenging.
Minding the Brain - Alcohol and the Developing Brain
Jim and Kim are joined by special guest Audrey McFarlane to discuss the impact of alcohol on the developing brain. What are the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure? What happens when breastfeeding mothers consume alcohol?

UPCOMING
InHandZ InnoVationZ - FASD: Repetition, Repeat and AGAIN, Strategies for Frontline Professionals. (10 April 2019, Australia)
The workshop highlights practical strategies for professionals when working with FASD cognitive impairments and challenging behaviours.
DRUG-FREE HAWAII - 2019 Conference Save the Date - FASD: Improving Outcomes Across Systems of Care (September 18, 2019, Hawaii)
The Hawaii FASD Action Group invites you to its 2nd FASD Conference to be held on September 18, 2019. More information and registration to be announced.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Action News Jax - Fetal alcohol syndrome often undiagnosed
Researchers say most children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb are not diagnosed. Action News Jax investigator Paige Kelton explains that can cause big problems.
YourTV Brockville-Smiths Falls - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Skylar More speaks with Kathy Botham about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and local support group Rural FASD. For more information visit www.ruralfast.ca
TabletWise - Tool to Detect FASD in Children Developed
Researchers have developed a tool to screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology on 18th February 2019.
e-Book - Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder A Guide To FASD For Parents Carers And Professionals
eBook Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder A Guide To FASD For Parents Carers And Professionals available at hymedsanew.changeip.com with Format PdF, ePub, Audiobook & Magazine.
FASD Prelab: Normal Fish and Human Brain Development
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and Drug Exposure in Children
Concordia St Paul - Treating Children Impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with Play Therapy
Play therapy has strong benefits for many children. The therapeutic value of play knows no boundaries culturally, diagnostically, or linguistically.

RESEARCH
Advances in Dual Diagnosis - Exploring the experiences of birth mothers whose children have been diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a qualitative study
Four superordinate main themes and various subthemes were identified. To blame or not to blame captures the tension the mothers experience when considering the cause of their child’s condition.
Nursing New Zealand - Substance abuse: FASD 'entirely preventable'
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Policy Perspective
Although scientific evidence of the teratogenic effects of alcohol was published 45 years ago, and the awareness about this has increased since then, little has been achieved to effectively prevent the harms of alcohol use during pregnancy.
The Journal of Special Education - Teaching Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to Use Metacognitive Strategies
Metacognitive training is an emerging cognitive intervention for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) that teaches children to think about their thinking and use strategies to improve learning and regulation.
The University of Western Ontario - Adolescents with FASD: Education-Based Strategies for Social Skills Development
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a permanent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by physical, mental, and learning disabilities. Despite variability, individuals with FASD consistently struggle with acquiring appropriate social skills.
Biomedical Reviews - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in pediatrics. FASD and the pediatrician
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a complex and malformative condition due to the teratogenic effect of alcohol consumed during pregnancy.
Addiction - Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among Special Sub-populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Global sub-populations of children in care, correctional, special education, specialized clinical, and Aboriginal populations have a significantly higher prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Advances in Dual Diagnosis - FASD: the current situation in the UK
It is 45 years since FASD was first named in a Lancet article by Jones et al. (1973). FASD represents a syndrome with a range of physical and neurological damage caused primarily by the mother consuming alcohol whilst pregnant.
Addiction Biology - Fetus morphology changes by second‐trimester ultrasound in pregnant women drinking alcohol
In this study, we investigated in pregnant women the association between urine ethylglucuronide (EtG—a biomarker of alcohol drinking) and indicators of the physical characteristics of FASD by prenatal ultrasound in the second trimester of gestation.
Developmental Psychobiolgy - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on social competence: Asymmetry in play partner preference among heterogeneous triads of male and female rats
Social behavior deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) are frequently described in terms of impaired social competence, which can be defined as the effectiveness in social interaction and the ability to employ social skills successfully within different interpersonal contexts.
Women and Birth - Women’s experiences of messages relating to alcohol consumption, received during their first antenatal care visit: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Strategies to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder need to include messages encouraging women to abstain during pregnancy, whilst at the same time, providing the type of individualised antenatal care that best enables this to be accomplished.
Drug and alcohol dependence - Prenatal alcohol exposure and offspring mental health: A systematic review
High levels of alcohol use in pregnancy have been shown to be associated with negative physical health consequences in offspring.
Women's Health Issues - State Policies Targeting Alcohol Use during Pregnancy and Alcohol Use among Pregnant Women 1985–2016: Evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Most states have at least one policy targeting alcohol use during pregnancy. The public health impact of these policies has not been examined. We sought to examine the relationship between state-level policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy and alcohol use among pregnant women.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research - Cognitive function among schoolchildren in Lebanon: association with maternal alcohol drinking and smoking during pregnancy and domestic use of detergents and pesticides during childhood
To evaluate the relation between caregiver exposure to toxics during pregnancy and childhood and the child’s cognitive function in Lebanese children. This was a cross-sectional study conducted on Lebanese students in public and private schools from November 2017 to May 2018, enrolling 464 children.
Circulation Research - Antioxidant Treatment Prevents Profibrotic Changes And Cardiac Dysfunction In Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Our studies focus on the role of cardiac fibroblasts in the developing heart, and how they are affected by prenatal ethanol exposure.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Policymakers’ Perspectives Towards Developing a Guideline to Inform Policy on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) has a high prevalence in South Africa, especially among the poor socioeconomic communities. However, there is no specific policy to address FASD.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft: Kinder leiden an FASD
Selbsthilfegruppe hilft Pflegeeltern und Betreuer, die sich um Kinder mit FASD kümmern: Ihre Mütter tranken in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol.
AssoCareNews.it (Italy) - Alcol & gravidanza: ostetriche, infermieri e mamme in guardia
Oggi è sempre più sentita l’esigenza di informare e educare le future mamme per evitare che l’alcol procuri effetti irreparabili sulla futura progenie.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Alcohol News - 11/2019

Detroit Free Press (USA) - House bill would require signs: 'Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix'
While the warnings have been well-known for years that pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol, the Michigan House of Representatives wants to reiterate the point in a big way.
UVic News (Canada) - Better policies could reduce harms of alcohol
Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments could be doing a much better job at implementing policies that reduce alcohol-related harms, according to new reports from the UVic’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR).
Mondaq News Alerts - Uzbekistan: The Privatization Reforms Ending The State Monopoly In The Alcohol Industry
In pursuit of the goals set out in the State Program 2019, the President of Uzbekistan issued the Decree No. UP – 5656 of February 5, 2019 on the improvement of state regulation of the alcohol and tobacco industries (the "Decree"). As a result, the prolonged state monopoly on the production of vodka and other alcoholic beverages has been abolished.
Science Daily - Moderate alcohol consumption linked with high blood pressure
A study of more than 17,000 U.S. adults shows that moderate alcohol consumption -- seven to 13 drinks per week -- substantially raises one's risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session.
The Conversation UK (UK) - How alcohol companies are using International Women’s Day to sell more drinks to women
International Women’s Day on March 8 celebrates women’s achievements across the world and calls for action to speed up gender equality. Many alcohol companies also see it as an ideal opportunity to market their products to women.
Bustle - How Having Just 2 Alcoholic Drinks Affects Your Sleep, According To Science
Many of us welcome a glass of wine or two with dinner, or a beer while watching Netflix, in the hope that it'll help us drop off more swiftly and give us a better night's sleep.
Globalnews.ca - Uncorked: ‘Mommy’ drinking culture normalizing alcoholism for women
Health care professionals and social workers warn social media memes could be contributing to a rise in alcohol use among women. Global's Marek Tkach reports.
KOMO News (USA) - Alcohol kills more people than all other drugs combined in Oregon
Paul Lewis, MD, the health officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, says in Oregon alcohol kills far more people than all other drugs combined.
Echo Live - What alcohol does to your body when flying
THE rush of finishing work, organising the house/kids/pets, and packing for a holiday, can make the lead up to a trip feel twice as stressful as life would otherwise be.
Inews - An expert explains the true health cost of moderate drinking
Conventional wisdom has been that drinking alcohol at moderate levels is good for us, but newer studies suggest that probably isn't the case.
Irish Times (Ireland) - RSA blames alcohol for failure to wear seatbelts
Road collision statistics suggest that alcohol consumption is a major reason why some road users are failing to put seatbelts on after getting into vehicles, the Road Safety Authority has said.
Mirage News (Australia) - New emergency department data exposes more harm from alcohol
New emergency department data exposes more harm from alcohol to our communities and the urgent need for governments and policy makers to take action, according to the peak body for emergency medicine in Australia.
News Now Finland (Finland) - Politicians mostly united against supermarket wine and spirit sales
The media company asked a group of leading politicians whether wine or strong alcohol should be available to buy in supermarkets. Perhaps surprisingly, most of them were against loosening up sales even more – and some had specific reasons for wanting to preserve the monopoly of state-run liquor store Alko.
Holyrood (Scotland) - Alcohol harm clinical group is named new Scottish Women’s Football sponsor
A campaign group formed by doctors who treat extreme cases of alcohol harm has become the new sponsor of women’s football in Scotland.
Cardiff University - A Longitudinal Study of European Students' Alcohol Use and Related Behaviors as They Travel Abroad to Study
New research has revealed that European students who travel abroad to study increase their alcohol consumption by 35% while they are away from home. This corresponds with an increase in alcohol-related harm.
Nordic Welfare Center - Alcohol consumption among young people in the Nordic countries is falling – the differences need to be examined
In all Nordic countries, minors are drinking less than before. Key reasons for this may be parents keeping a closer eye on their children and adopting a more restrictive attitude towards both their own alcohol consumption and that of their children.
Natural Medicine Journal - Early-life Alcohol Consumption and High-Grade Prostate Cancer
In this cohort of 650 men at the Durham VA Medical Center with biopsy-proven prostate cancer, heavier consumption of alcohol at an early age significantly increased the risk of high-grade prostate cancer on diagnosis.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Alcohol News - 10/2019

Bustle - Drinking Alcohol Is More Harmful To Young People Than Previously Thought, According To Study
While many studies claim that moderate alcohol consumption has potential health benefits, new research suggests that drinking alcohol is more harmful to younger people than it is helpful.
USA TODAY (USA) - U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in 1999, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by two public health nonprofits.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - 'No safe level': what we're getting wrong with alcohol guidelines
“The French paradox was a total myth. The French had Europe’s highest rates of liver disease. But by cutting back on consumption of wine, they’ve dramatically reduced that. Research studies published on cardiovascular benefits – dating back 20 years – have been found to be flawed.”
Healio - Alcohol-mortality associations underestimated in cohort studies
Researchers report that the connections between alcohol and mortality established in cohort studies may underestimate negative health consequences of moderate drinking.
Science Daily - Smoking and alcohol: Double trouble for the brain?
Along with many other harmful health consequences, smoking tobacco causes chemical changes, oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. Excessive alcohol use can have similar effects.
YLE News (Finland) - Finland's six-year alcohol sales slump ends
A law change permitting stronger drinks to be sold in grocery stores and other shops helped to triple the sales of long drink alcopops last year.
Independent Online - Tool to identify kids with alcohol-related developmental disorder
Researchers have developed a new tool that uses Machine Learning (ML) technology to screen children suffering from a type of developmental and neurobehavioral disorder, caused due to alcohol exposure while in the womb, quickly and at an affordable rate.
ABC News (Australia) - Australian working mums are asking for help to cut back on booze, doctors say
Leonie Moekotte never thought of herself as a heavy drinker. "What I was drinking was no different to what my friends were drinking," she said.
NDARC - Alcopops tax cuts drinking and harm
A new NDARC study found that the introduction of an alcopop tax has significantly reduced alcohol-related harm among young Australians, writes Carleen Frost.
IAS (UK) - Doing harm by doing good
Last week, the Guardian published a story on Heineken’s claims that its business brings social and economic benefits to the African region. According to the author, Oliver van Beemen, who spent years researching the Dutch company’s history in Africa and has written a book on this subject, such claims are misleading, citing low-wages for entry-level employees and Heineken’s use of “beer promotion girls” who were exposed to sexual exploitation and other serious risks.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

FASD News - 9/2019

ECNmag.com - New Method Uses AI to Screen for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), Queen's University (Ontario) and Duke University have developed a new tool that can screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) quickly and affordably, making it accessible to more children in remote locations worldwide.
Watoday (Australia) - Immediate action urged to help WA children in prison with FASD
Tackling Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in children imprisoned at Banksia Hill Detention Centre demands immediate government action, Greens MP Alison Xamon has urged in parliament.
UM Today (Canada) - Mothers of children with FASD have high rate of inadequate prenatal care: U of M study
More than 40 per cent of Manitoba women who gave birth to a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) received inadequate or no prenatal care, a University of Manitoba study has found.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - An inconvenient truth: The commonly misunderstood disorder filling our prisons
Tamaki has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) an incurable syndrome transmitted during pregnancy when alcohol from the mother's bloodstream reaches the developing fetus.
The West Australian (Australia) - OPERATION SAVE KIDS
A world-class paediatric researcher and a former WA chief psychologist are leading a landmark project in Leonora to uncover the prevalence and impact of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the northern Goldfields community.
National Post - 10/3 podcast: The myths and mystery of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
We have known for nearly half a century that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm an unborn child. But the rate of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is higher than expected, and could outpace more widely understood disorders such as autism.
Alison Xamon (Australia) - Investment in preventing FASD more urgent than ever following Coroner’s report into Aboriginal youth suicide
The Government must invest in tackling the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) crisis in Western Australia, as an important part of addressing the devastatingly high rate of suicide in Aboriginal children, Greens spokesperson for Suicide Prevention Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - Welcome to the european conferance on FASD 2020 (14.09.2020-16.09.2020, Norway)
The first Competence Center for children with prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in Scandinavia is proud to host the EUFASD 2020 in Arendal, Norway. The 3 day conference from the 14th – 16th of September 2020 will be at the Clarion Tyholmen Hotel, Arendal.
FASD Information Network for Caregivers (FASD INC) London - FASD: Focussing on Success! (March 26, 2019 Canada)
A night out for parents/caregivers and professionals, to learn about FASD and to build capacity and support for brighter futures.
Substance Abuse Coalition Of Kanabec County & Recovering Hope Treatment Center - 04.9K FASD Awareness Walk, Run, Roll! (May 11, 2019 USA)
Enjoy this FREE community event on Saturday, May 11th at Mora Elementary School and the First Light Wellness Center. With an estimate of just over 7,000 babies born in Minnesota with prenatal alcohol exposure we are spreading the message of prevention and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder awareness!
9th International Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD (April 22 - 25, 2020 Canada)
More information coming soon!

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
CityNews Winnipeg (Canada) - Largest study of its kind on FASD
Researchers are making recommendations on how to prevent FASD after publishing the largest study of its kind on the disorder and prenatal care.
Мария Решетникова - FASD Communities Kick Start Fundraising
We are a group of parents, friends and other advocates who formed an action group to improve lives of young adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
WSOCTV9 - 9 Investigates: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
9 Investigates: Identifying and treating fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Bethany Christian Services - Family Education: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Training for Parents
Bethany Christian Services and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) are pleased to offer training resources specifically developed for prospective adoptive parents about FASD as it relates to infant, inter-country and foster care adoptions.
Australian Government - Reducing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Australia
In November 2018 the Honourable Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, launched the National FASD Strategic Action Plan.
Challenged Hope - New book in the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series, by Barbara Studham
Talking to a child with a fetal alcohol-related diagnosis about their disorder is difficult.

RESEARCH
Alcohol and Alcoholism - Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Brain Perfusion, Cognition and Behavior in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder—A Case Study
A 15-year-old girl diagnosed with FASD underwent 100 courses of hyperbasic oxygen therapy (HBOT). Prior to HBOT, single motion emission compute tomographic begin imaging (SPECT) revealed areas of hypo-perfusion bilaterally in the orbitofrontal region, temporal lobes and right dorsolateral—frontal, as well the medial aspect of the left cerebellum.
Birth Defects Research - Differentially sensitive neuronal subpopulations in the central nervous system and the formation of hindbrain heterotopias in ethanol‐exposed zebrafish
These data show differentially sensitive CNS neuron subpopulations with susceptibility to low levels of ethanol. In addition, these data reveal the formation of ethanol‐induced hindbrain heterotopias.
Birth defects research - Exploring the contributions and suitability of relational and community‐centered fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevention work in First Nation communities
Relational, trauma‐informed, and community‐centered FASD prevention programming was perceived to have positive impacts and be well suited for use within Indigenous communities, and allow for service delivery to be locally and culturally responsive.
Scientific reports - Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Exposure by Analysis of Meconium Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters; A National Canadian Study
Our study aimed to estimate the prevalence of heavy fetal alcohol exposure through the analysis of meconium FAEEs as an objective biomarker of fetal exposure.
Medicina - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. An underdiagnosed neuro-development disorder of uncertain prognosis
Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the cause of cognitive and behavioural disorders grouped under the term fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The long-term evolution of subjects with FASD is often unfavourable, especially in social and academic fields.
Pharmacological Research - Striatal Morphological and Functional Alterations Induced by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is an insidious yet preventable cause of developmental disability. The prenatal stage is a critical period for brain development with the concurrence of high vulnerability to the acute and prolonged effects of PAE.
European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - Fetal growth and maternal alcohol consumption during early pregnancy
Women who consume alcohol should continue to be advised of the fetal and maternal risks of heavy consumption and, if applicable, of the need to quit smoking and avoid illicit drugs.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - In Utero Exposure to Alcohol Impairs Reactivity of Cerebral Arterioles and Increases Susceptibility of the Brain to Damage Following Ischemia/Reperfusion in Adulthood
We found that in utero exposure to alcohol reduced responses of cerebral arterioles to ADP and NMDA, but not to nitroglycerin in adult rats.
Journal of Drug Issues - Effectiveness of a Specialized Inpatient Treatment Program for Substance and Alcohol Abusing Pregnant Women
Effectiveness of a 90-day inpatient treatment program designed for substance/alcohol abusing (SAA) pregnant women was evaluated. Participants were 100 SAA pregnant women who also had additional children.
ResearchGate - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in pediatrics FASD and the pediatrician
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a complex and malformative condition due to the teratogenic effect of alcohol consumed during pregnancy.
CanFASD - Article Summary: Suicide risk in adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
This study looks at suicidal ideation and serious suicide attempts among adolescents with high-functioning FASD, between 13-18 years old, and compares the prevalence rates of suicidal ideation among typically developing adolescents.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
RTL Online (Germany) - Fetales Alkoholsyndrom: Christian (22) ist geistig behindert, weil seine Mutter trank
Jedes Jahr werden in Deutschland bis zu 10.000 Kinder mit sogenannten "Fetalen Alkoholspektrumstörungen" (FASD) geboren. Zu dem Fetalen Alkoholsyndrom (FAS) kommt es, wenn die Mutter während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol konsumiert.
Telemundo 52 - Nueva herramienta detecta síndrome de alcoholismo fetal con facilidad
Los científicos de la USC y otras universidades han desarrollado una nueva herramienta para detectar a los niños el trastorno del síndrome de alcoholismo fetal de manera rápida y asequible, haciéndolo accesible a más niños en lugares remotos en todo el mundo.
YLE (Finland) - Raskaus voi kannustaa alkoholiongelmaista raitistumaan
Raskaus voi tuoreen ruotsalaistutkimuksen mukaan auttaa alkoholiongelmaisia raitistumaan. Tulosten valossa myös naisten partnerit vähentävät alkoholin käyttöä raskauden myötä. American Journal of Psychiatry -lehden julkaisemat tulokset (siirryt toiseen palveluun) perustuvat 320 000 raskaana vuosina 1975–1992 olleen naisen terveystietoihin.
Pikio.pl (Poland) - Po wódce trafiła na porodówkę. Lekarze musieli ją uśpić, a niemowlę urodziło się pijane
Niemowlę z 0,5 promila alkoholu we krwi przyszło na świat kilkanaście dni temu w Białej Podlaskiej w województwie lubelskim. Matka dziecka była tak pijana, że lekarze nie byli w stanie się z nią porozumieć. Dzieckiem zajęły się już odpowiednie instytucje.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Alcohol News - 9/2019

Forbes (USA) - The Alcohol Crisis In America Has Been Overshadowed By Opioids, But Can No Longer Be Ignored
When talking about drug abuse and drug-related death in the U.S., most conversations and statistics do not include alcohol. Although alcohol is classified as a depressant, the amount consumed and type of alcohol determine the outcome and thus, most individuals think of it as separate from other drugs.
Nunavut News (Canada) - Kugaaruk voters choose to keep ban on alcohol
Fifty-four per cent of voters in Monday’s liquor plebiscite preferred that alcohol remain outlawed in the community.
Daily Mail (Scotland) - Call to raise minimum price for alcohol to 60p per unit
Minimum pricing for alcohol should be raised to 60p per unit in Scotland, the Liberal Democrats have suggested.
ABC News (Australia) - Baseball Australia announces total booze ban — but there's a catch
Baseball Australia has announced it will no longer accept alcohol advertising or sponsorship at its national and junior levels, setting the organisation at odds with its own domestic clubs that continue to cash in on booze brands.
Daily Mail - Nutritionist reveals what alcohol REALLY does to your stomach, brain and liver - and reveals her tricks to help your body repair after a heavy night
Most people are familiar with the effects of alcohol - dry skin, brittle hair and a banging headache - but few of us give much thought to the long-term health implications.
Scarborough Today (UK) - Hospital admissions for conditions caused by alcohol abuse rising in North Yorkshire
Hospital admissions for conditions directly caused by alcohol abuse are rising in North Yorkshire, with the British Liver Trust putting the “alarming” figures down to an increasing drinking culture among middle aged and older drinkers.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Territories get failing grades on curbing alcohol harms: study
Two studies released Wednesday from the University of Victoria's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research look at provincial, territorial and federal policies to curb the damaging effects of drinking on people's health and safety.
Fortune - Cannabis May Pose a 'Long-Term Risk' to the Alcohol Industry
The legal marijuana industry could emerge to become one of the biggest threats to the multi-billion dollar beverage alcohol business, according to a new report from a top analytical firm.
The Versed - Alcohol Is The New Cause For This Common Pain And Here’s How
The typical headache attacks experienced by migraine sufferers is unilateral, of gradual onset, throbbing, moderate to extreme in severity, and typically aggravated by almost any movement.
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - Tax review fails to heed calls for urgency on alcohol tax
Alcohol Healthwatch warns a business as usual approach to alcohol harm in our country represents a lost opportunity to significantly improve the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Science Daily - New method uses AI to screen for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), Queen's University (Ontario) and Duke University have developed a new tool that can screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) quickly and affordably, making it accessible to more children in remote locations worldwide.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Did you look forward to last night’s bottle of wine a bit too much? Ladies, you’re not alone
This month, close to 40,000 people, mostly women, have given up alcohol for FebFast and many others will be participating in Dry July.
Global News Radio (Canada) - The financial cost of alcohol-related harm in BC exceeds the revenue generated from liquor products: research
Here in BC, we've been consuming more and more alcohol every year for at least the past 15 years. And a new report outlines the many consequences of that: illnesses... increased crime... and even death. And that's not to mention the costs to from all that alcohol-related harm - it's so high that it actually exceeds the amount of money companies make from selling alcohol.
Baylor College of Medicine (USA) - The ethical argument to reducing legal blood alcohol concentration level
In the United States, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury and death, with 29 Americans losing their lives to alcohol-related driving incidents daily, and alcohol consumption is the single greatest contributing factor to motor vehicle fatalities.
University of Gothenburg (Sweden) - Alcohol consumption and alcohol-related injuries are increasing among the elderly
Elderly people in Sweden drink more than before. At the same time, the number of alcohol-related injuries among the elderly is increasing, since sensitivity to alcohol and the risk of injuries and diseases rise with age.
Metro Voice - Women are giving themselves cancer with alcohol
Middle-aged women aren’t getting the message that there’s a proven link between alcohol consumption and higher breast cancer risk, according to researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Alcohol News - 8/2019

The Local (France) - How alcohol is still proving deadly for the French
In France, alcohol kills tens of thousands of people each year, with French men particularly affected, a new report shows.
Science Daily - Link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer ignored by women most at risk
Middle aged women aren't getting the message about the proven link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer, at a time when more are drinking while cancer rates in their age bracket are increasing, according to a new study.
Hindustan Times (India) - 5.7 crore Indians dependent on alcohol: AIIMS study
A study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has revealed that 5.7 crore Indians are addicted to alcohol and about 8.5 lakh people inject drugs.
BBC News (UK) - Glasgow's alcohol court to deal with domestic abuse
Glasgow's alcohol court is to be extended, a year on from its introduction.From next month, the court will also be able to deal with domestic abuse cases where alcohol played a role.
Birmingham Live (UK) - The heartbreaking toll alcohol is having on Brummies' health revealed
New figures have revealed the heartbreaking toll of alcohol on people's health - with dozens of people in Birmingham admitted to hospital over and over again because of drink-related disease.
WebMD (USA) - Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick
Americans may not be drinking much more than they used to -- but they’re drinking more potent stuff.
OnMedica (Wales) - Wales to press ahead with minimum unit alcohol pricing
The Welsh government will press ahead with plans to set a minimum unit price of 50p for alcohol in Wales, following the results of a public consultation, health minister Vaughan Gething has announced.
Times Now - Early onset of drinking and intoxication may lead to heavy drinking, alcohol dependence among people: Study
Early onset of drinking and intoxication may lead to heavy drinking and alcohol dependence among people, warn researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in the US.
Toronto Star - Will the hospitality industry be left high and dry by alcohol moderation trend?
While we’re unlikely to see the evaporation of Caesars, wine, or beer anytime soon, you can expect to see more hospitality owners devote significant menu real estate to well-thought-out booze-free mixed drinks in a bid to reach to more customers.
SBS (Australia) - NO WINE. NO CODE. NO PLAYLIST. IS SPOTIFY’S ALCOHOL ADVERTISING TONE DEAF?
There’s been a long term push to ban alcohol advertising in Australian sport. Should the same scrutiny be applied to streaming platforms like Spotify?
Retail News Asia (Singapore) - Smaller duty-free alcohol allowance and GST relief for overseas shopping
From midnight tonight, Singapore duty-free allowances will be cut by about a third for returning travellers. Other allowances have also been reduced.
Chiang Rai Times (Thailand) - Road Fatalities in Thailand “Cut in Half” When Alcohol Banned on Holidays
A ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks on Asarnha Bucha day and the first day of Buddhist Lent reduced road fatalities on those days by roughly a half.
The Guardian (UK) - 'I'm not spending money on that': the rise of the teetotal student
Like most students heading off to university, Emily Proctor, 19, felt apprehensive. But it wasn’t just the thought of leaving her family and making new friends that caused her to be anxious; Proctor was concerned about how she’d fit in as a teetotal student.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking
Is it better to spend £3 on a bacon sandwich or a pint of beer? Or to spend £2,000 on a holiday in the Seychelles rather than fix a leaky roof? As consumers we are usually very able to decide which option offers the better return on our investment – and often those returns will be improvements to our quality of life.
National Post (Canada) - 10/3 podcast: The myths and mystery of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
We have known for nearly half a century that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm an unborn child.
GhanaWeb (Ghana) - Ghana calls for stringent measures to regulate sale of alcohol
Mr Roger Atambire Abaa, the Executive Director of Life of Alcohol and Drugs Ghana, (LOAD-Ghana), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has called for stringent measures to regulate the brewing of alcoholic beverages and the establishment of drinking bars in the country.
Express.co.uk (Spain) - Will your next flight to Spain be dry? Country calls for complete airline alcohol BAN
TOURISTS travelling to Spain for their holiday may have to save their Sangria for when they land, as opposed to as a pre-flight treat, in light of new plans. Authorities in the tourist hotspot have called for a booze ban on airline flights and in airport terminals.
The Takeout - Are millennials and Gen-Z avoiding alcohol because of social media?
Nonalcoholic beverages are on the rise, and alcohol sales are down. No- and low-alcohol lines are up 3.9 percent, The Wall Street Journal reported this week, even as the beer industry flatlines.
The Northern Daily Leader (Australia) - 'Wine o'clock' a concern as women's alcohol consumption rises
Growing evidence that women are catching up to men when it comes to alcohol consumption is triggering concern.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Many pregnant women still consume alcohol despite prenatal checks: U of M study
A study of Manitoba women who gave birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder says current levels of prenatal care don't go far enough.
IAS (UK) - Preventing the cycle of alcohol-related harm
You don’t have to spend long in the NHS to see the harmful impact that alcohol has. Doctors working in General Practice, accident and emergency departments, hospital wards or in public health teams, routinely see the devastating consequences.
NordAN (Sweden) - Mattias Lindros: I have only been tested 2 times in 20 years
While alcolocks in buses are becoming more common, in aviation, the enforcement of strict alcohol laws are much weaker. As we hear from Mattias Lindros, a commercial pilot from Sweden, the need for change is real.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

FASD New - 7/2019

CTV News (Canada) - New court to use judges with understanding of FASD
A new court that's expected to open later this month in Manitoba will have judges with an understanding about the complexities of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Watoday (Australia) - Kimberley report an 'almost unparalleled' chance to change: Telethon Kids Institute
Telethon Kids Institute director Jonathan Carapetis has called the report’s focus on curbing rampant rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder “an almost unparalleled opportunity for a different approach” – if this government avoids the mistakes made by all the previous governments.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - One drink while pregnant is a risk you shouldn't take, trust me
Well, the last few days have been a bumpy ride, to say the least. It's been a ride that had me pondering a lot on one aspect that has a massive impact on my family's life: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
New York Times (USA) - Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth
Recommending that pregnant women not drink alcohol has been called old-fashioned and even patriarchal. So, as a feminist, my opinion may come as a surprise.
ScienceBlog.com - Mother’s Immune Profile May Influence Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Outcome
A new study has found that alcohol use during pregnancy can affect a woman’s immune system in ways that may predict her child’s neurodevelopmental outcome.
Korea Times (South Korea) - 'High-risk mothers must have additional prenatal tests'
Chung, 35, is in her fourth year of marriage and hopes to give birth to her first child this year. However, worries are on the rise as she was recently deemed to be in the high-risk pregnancy category.
Essential Baby - The brutal truth about living with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Well, the last few days have been a bumpy ride, to say the least. It's been a ride that had me pondering a lot on one aspect that has a massive impact on my family's life: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Our Sacred Breath (Canada) - WHEN WILL ONTARIO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION TO HELP WITH FASD
Over half a million with FASD in Ontario wait for services and direct financial supports as the government continues to deny diagnostic services and supports for 4% of the population.

UPCOMING
The FASD Network of Saskatchewan - FASD Lunch n' Learn (March 2019, Canada)
The FASD Network is travelling to 10 Saskatchewan communities to deliver presentations on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is a life-long, brain-based disability that causes mild to severe impairment in physical, cognitive, sensory and behavioural development.
CASPA Services Ltd - COFFS HARBOUR - *New* Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (8 August 2019, USA)
This workshop provides a range of practical tools and strategies for understanding and supporting young people diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, within a therapeutic framework.
International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (March 6-9, 2019 Canada)
This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
UMMCVideos - Cutting-Edge Neonatology Research at University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
Dr. Bearer explains the reach of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), as well as FAS spectrum disorder, which can occur from use of everyday products.
Amanda Beall - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Disability Presentation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Bridgeway Family Homes – Foster Parent trainining
FASD Training November 2018 PT2 Amanda Rawn-Alton.
REACH Edmonton - Pathways In and Out of Sexual Exploitation: The Role of FASD
Lisa Rogozinsky and Brittany Durant, of the Edmonton Area Fetal Alcohol Network, will discus FASD and how the condition affects the vulnerability of people at risk of being sexually exploited.

RESEARCH
bioRxiv - Maternal Circulating MiRNAs That Predict Infant FASD Outcomes Influence Placental Maturation
Prenatal Alcohol exposure (PAE), like other pregnancy complications, can result in placental insufficiency and fetal growth restriction, though the linking causal mechanisms are unclear.
University of Maryland - Effects of Alcohol Exposure during Developmental Phases on Brain Functional Connectivity
Nursing New Zealand - Avoiding alcohol in pregnancy
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a public health crisis affecting thousands of families in New Zealand. All nurses can play a part in raising awareness of how it can be prevented.
Scientific reports - Serum concentrations of IGF-I/IGF-II as biomarkers of alcohol damage during foetal development and diagnostic markers of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
These findings validate the use of growth factors IGF-I and IGF-II as surrogate biomarkers of damage induced by prenatal exposure to ethanol and could be used in the diagnosis of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
OpenUCT - Determination of a brief AUDIT screening questionnaire to identify women at risk of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption in primary care settings
Alcohol consumption in South Africa is a major contributing factor to the quadruple burden of disease. Additionally, South Africa has the highest rate of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world.
Children and Youth Services Review - Planning for safe care or widening the net?: A review and analysis of 51 states’ CAPTA policies addressing substance-exposed infants
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) amended Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Reauthorization of 2010 (CAPTA) to include mandates that states’ child protection systems implement policy for identification and safety planning in cases of prenatal substance exposure (“State Plans”).
Gaceta sanitaria - Health advice on alcohol consumption in pregnant women in Seville (Spain)
The recommended health advice to avoid alcohol consumption during pregnancy does not effectively reach a large proportion of pregnant women. Developing institutional programmes which help healthcare professionals to carry out effective preventive activities of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is needed.
McMaster Health Forum - Rapid Synthesis: Identifying Effective Approaches to Support Parents and Caregivers of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
An assessment of what is known about the effective approaches to support parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Journal of Public Health - The interaction between maternal smoking, illicit drug use and alcohol consumption associated with neonatal outcomes
The adverse effects of smoking on neonatal outcomes, such as small-for-gestational-age (SGA), has been extensively studied however, the consequences of smoking combined with alcohol and/or drug use is less clear.
cmajOPEN - Prenatal care of women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in a universal health care system: a case–control study using linked administrative data
Women who give birth to children with FASD have higher rates of inadequate prenatal care and significant social complexities. Socioeconomic disparities in the use of prenatal care should be addressed; multisector interventions are needed that facilitate the uptake of prenatal care by high-risk women who use alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Prenatal alcohol exposure and facial morphology in a UK cohort
There is no strong evidence, in a sample representative of the general population, for an effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on normal-range variation in facial morphology.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
WESER-KURIER (Germany) - Fataler Fehler mit Langzeitwirkung
Unter anderem das Diakonische Werk und der Familienservice des Landkreises beteiligen sich vom 10. bis 16. Februar an der internationalen Nacoa-Aktionswoche für Kinder aus Familien mit suchtkranken Menschen.
Szpitalu Dziecięcym (Poland) - Zapraszamy na szkolenie dla rodziców adopcyjnych dzieci z FASD
Szanowni Państwo, Zespół ds. FASD przy Szpitalu Dziecięcym im. św. Ludwika w Krakowie ma zaszczyt zaprosić na szkolenie dla rodziców adopcyjnych dzieci z postawioną diagnozą FASD. Będzie ono poświęcone szerokiej problematyce opieki, wychowywania i wspierania rozwoju dzieci z tym problemem.