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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Alcohol News - 26/2022

Gateshead Council (UK) - North East parents urged to talk to their children about alcohol
With exams over and summer holidays on the horizon, parents are being warned about the risks of providing teenagers with alcohol.
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BBC - Tik Tok alcohol post banned for 'drunk' claims
A TikTok post by a young influencer advertising an alcoholic drink has been banned.
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Discover Magazine - The Long-Term Effects of Alcohol on Sleep Quality
Many of us are familiar with the experience that is waking up with a particularly bad hangover, the result of too many sugary mixed drinks at a college party or perhaps too many spiked eggnogs at an office holiday party.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Support for alcohol law review shows it's 'long overdue', says Māori health advocate
“For too long now, our Māori and PI (Pacific Island) communities bear the burden of problematic drinking and the subsequent harms.” That’s the message from Hāpai Te Hauora chief executive officer Selah Hart after Waipā District Council’s ringing endorsement of a review of New Zealand’s alcohol laws.
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Africa News (South Africa) - Royal House of Mandela calls for ban on alcohol after tavern deaths
Following the deaths of 21 minors at the Enyobeni tavern on Sunday, 26 June, the family of South Africa's late leader Nelson Mandela has called for all community taverns to close and alcohol to be banned.
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Daily Record (Scotland) - Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland could rise as SNP ministers launch review
The minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland could soon rise after SNP ministers launched a long-awaited review of the controversial policy.
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ABC (Australia) - Dry July is a chance to cut back on drinking, detox and gain control of alcohol consumption
Alcohol is embedded into Australian culture and plays a central role in many people's social lives. From weddings to weekend sporting matches, after work gatherings and even funerals – it can be difficult to escape from the sight, or offer, of an alcoholic drink.
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Daily Express (UK) - Cancer warning: Popular UK drink can cause 'several types' of cancer - 'strong agreement'
CANCER cuts far too many lives short in this world and the grim statistics are unlikely to improve anytime soon. However, it is possible to modify your risk of the potentially deadly disease. There is a "strong agreement" that curbing a particular drink can help, according to health body Cancer FactFinder.
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The Scotsman (Scotland) - Ban alcohol advertising in public places in Scotland, report recommends
A report from Alcohol Focus Scotland and a group of international experts have said the high visibility of alcohol advertising means people are “constantly bombarded with positive messages” about the effects of drinking.
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Alcohol Focus Scotland - Scottish charity calls for ban on all alcohol promotion
AFS and a group of international experts call on the Scottish Government to introduce a ban on alcohol marketing.
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Sm.ee (Estonia) - Survey: Alcohol consumption and harm increased in 2021
In 2021, the Estonian population consumed an average of 11.1 litres of absolute alcohol per adult (15+) population, which is 2.3% more than a year earlier. In the background of general wage growth, alcohol has become more available, according to a study commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and conducted by the Estonian Institute of Economic Research.
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Sunday, June 26, 2022

FASD News - 25/2022

 CBC (Canada) - Support for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder welcomed, but families say more needs to be done

A woman who has a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder says a recent funding announcement gives other families some reason for hope.
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The Scotsman (Scotland) - FASD Scotland: 'I felt like the worst parent in the world' - 'hidden' condition is more common than autism and ADHD
Isabelle was a “perfect” baby. She was bright, ate and slept well, and settled in happily to her new home after being adopted at eight months old.
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SaltWire (Canada) - MY TAKE WITH SHELDON MacLEOD: Support and not blame for FASD
There are lots of reasons to worry after you have children. But there's a really good chance we're not really talking about something that can affect up to 40,000 Nova Scotian kids.
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SaltWire (Canada) - GRANT FROST: Coping with fetal alcohol — Nova Scotia hasn't even taken baby steps
On June 9, I attended the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network (CanFASD) conference in Moncton, N.B. It brought together health-care providers, action advocates, parents and kids — all of whom have an interest in, or are directly affected by, FASD.
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The Guardian (UK) - UK is failing fostered children with mental health problems, warns charity
Foster care in Britain is facing a “mental health crisis” because the government is failing to meet the needs of mentally ill children in care.
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UNDARK - In-Utero Alcohol Exposure: New Tools for a Difficult Diagnosis
BY THE TIME kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder meet with clinical psychologist Mary O’Connor, they have often been taking multiple medications or unusually high doses of stimulants like Ritalin.
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CanFASD blog (Canada) - The Mental Health Commission of Canada continues to ignore individuals with FASD
New suicide fact sheets have just been released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) that focus on suicide prevention among groups who may be at increased risk. But a group of individuals at extraordinarily high risk of suicide is missing from the conversation: those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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Educhatter - Vulnerable Kids and Teens: Why do Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) Children Fall Between the Cracks?
Children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) often go undiagnosed for years because of a persistent and hard to dispel stigma attached to the condition.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Janet Peters - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) TVC - produced by Recordit
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders# health promotion#drinking while pregnant#drinking. Drinking can cause irreversible damage to your unborn baby.
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CanFASD - Thinking About FASD Month: Building Strength and Abilities
In this panel discussion, our four presenters will help you prepare for FASD Awareness Month in September.
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Great Lakes Current - GLATTC Spring Webinar Series: Updates on Pregnancy, Alcohol Use, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Presented by: Kathleen West, D.Ph., Candice Russell, B.S., and Sarah Farmer, M.A
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FASDHub Scotland - Wednesday Webinar: 1st June 2022 – Childline
Susie Williamson shares with us how Childline can support children and young people.
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Kristy Penuel - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome case study with eight-year-old Jacey Anna
Jacey Anna is an 8-year-old 1st-grade student attending Tiftarea Elementary School. Very little information is known about her biological mother.
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OCOF NENA - Family matters FSAD video
Family Matters- Let’s Talk FASD
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Proof Alliance NC - Resources for Professionals
Prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities.
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Speak Up: A Speech Pathology Australia Podcast - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - S04 E21
In this week’s episode, SPA’s Anneke Flinn speaks with Kate Pollard, Senior Speech Pathologist, Director of Melaleuca Therapies situated in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, and member of the FASD Hub Australia.
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NOFASD Australia - Reading List
NOFASD Australia has partnered with Odin Books in Canada to provide a bestsellers list of FASD books.
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MassFAS - FASD Resources!
In my years of personal research and now in my career, I have found so many wonderful organizations, coaching groups, and knowledgeable people to help me navigate the many compounding issues we faced along the road to the FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) diagnosis.
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FASD Awareness #BeAware - Sandra Butcher - "The Time is Now" CEO National FASD - FASD Webinar #9
“FASD -The Time Is Now” an interview with Sandra Butcher CEO of the National Organisation of FASD Thursday 16th June 2022 – 8.15 – 9.15pm (via Zoom Webinar)
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FASD Hope - 137 - Hope is Gritty - Season 2 Finale
Episode 137 is the Season 2 Finale, titled "Hope is Gritty" (Title Source - Jillana Goble). FASD Hope Co-Founder / Executive Producer / Host Natalie Vecchione shares her heart and what she has learned about hope in her journey as a mom of a young adult with an FASD.
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RESEARCH
Brain Sciences - Binge-like Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Causes Impaired Cellular Differentiation in the Embryonic Forebrain and Synaptic and Behavioral Defects in Adult Mice
An embryo’s in-utero exposure to ethanol due to a mother’s alcohol drinking results in a range of deficits in the child that are collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
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Brain Sciences - Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Literature Review
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a group of conditions associated with the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and characterized by somatic and neuropsychological alterations. On the other hand, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by a multifaceted neurobehavioral syndrome.
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Early Human Development - The contribution of the Neurobehavioral Screening Tool to identifying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in children at high risk of prenatal alcohol exposure and neurobehavioral deficits
Our findings regarding the screening capabilities of the NST were less promising than those of most previous studies. Further research is needed to establish a valid neurobehavioral tool with the possible focus on antisocial behaviors and emotional regulation problems.
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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.
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Birth Defects Research - Prenatal alcohol exposure can be determined from baby teeth: Proof of concept
This proof-of-concept study demonstrates for the first time that direct biomarkers of PAE are detectable and measurable in deciduous teeth which begin forming in utero and are typically naturally shed between 5 and 12 years of age.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Effects of prenatal alcohol and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol exposure via electronic cigarettes on motor development
These data suggest that prenatal cannabis exposure may lead to impaired motor skills throughout early development, and that combined exposure with alcohol during gestation may also lead to hyperactivity in early adolescence.
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Child Abuse Review - Responses to prenatal opioid and alcohol abuse: A review of US and Australian mandatory reporting laws
Prenatal substance use, specifically opioid and excessive alcohol use, can cause significant adverse effects for the unborn foetus in both the short-and long-term.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Maternal binge alcohol consumption leads to distinctive acute perturbations in embryonic cardiac gene expression profiles
These findings identify Wnt7a and a short list of potential other candidate genes and pathways for further study, which could provide mechanistic insights into how maternal binge alcohol consumption produces congenital cardiac malformations.
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Archives of Women's Mental Health - Alcohol use during pregnancy: findings from a gender-based violence survey in Mongolia
This study aimed to explore the risk factors for alcohol use during pregnancy in Mongolia, wherein high-risk alcohol use is prevalent. We analyzed nationwide data from the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Survey of Mongolia conducted in 2017.
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University of Nebraska - The Effects of Alcohol and Opioid Withdrawal During Pregnancy
Alcohol and opioid withdrawal is very common, especially in the United States. People, including pregnant women go through withdrawal when they lower the number of substance(s) they have daily or just stop suddenly.
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Current Developments in Nutrition - Choline Metabolism Gene-Exposure Interactions in Fetal Alcohol-related Memory Deficits
We identified two maternal SNPs that may confer higher fetal risk for teratogenic effects of PAE. These findings support the potential protective role of choline in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevention.
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Current Developments in Nutrition - Influence of Maternal Choline Supplementation on Metabolic Outcomes of Offspring With Prenatal and Postnatal Alcohol Exposures
In the current model, PAE does not seem to exacerbate metabolic differences triggered by postnatal alcohol exposure. Maternal choline supplementation has a modest effect on normalizing liver metabolic gene expression that is altered by alcohol exposure.
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Journal of Orthodontics - The effect of maternal smoking and alcohol consumption on lip morphology
Maternal smoking influences a number of lip traits, including a possible epigenetic effect on upper lip contour. Maternal alcohol consumption, particularly at a high level, influences philtrum shape. Maternal smoking and alcohol consumption have a combined effect on lower lip contour and lower lip-chin shape.
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Curtin University - The Influence of Prenatal Alcohol and Tobacco Exposures on Offspring Mental Health and Substance Use Outcomes
Using meta-analytical approaches and multi-generational birth cohort data extracted from the Raine Study, we found that prenatal alcohol and tobacco exposures were associated with increased risks of mental health and substance use problems in offspring.
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Advances in Social Work - Maternal Substance Use Disorder - A Look at Provider Stigma, Attitudes, and Beliefs
Pregnant women with substance use disorder (SUD) can face varying degrees of negative interactions with healthcare providers, including judgment of the individual’s value and involvement in their infant’s care.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
ORF Steiermark (Austria) - FASD: Neues Hilfsangebot für betroffene Eltern
Wenn Mütter während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol konsumieren, kann das zu schweren Schädigungen bei den Neugeborenen führen – das Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörungen (FASD) ist eine davon.
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NWZ Online (Germany) - Ein kleines Gläschen Wein schadet doch
Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft ist Thema von Vorträgen im Foyer des Kreishauses in der kommenden Woche. Alkoholkonsum könne zu schweren Schädigungen führen, sagt Gynäkologin Dr. Sonja Robben.
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Cronica (Paraguay) – Tomar cerveza para que tu bebe nazca rubio sera
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Alcohol News - 25/2022

News Medical - How Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Immune System?
Although alcohol consumption is typically associated with liver damage, both moderate and chronic alcohol use can significantly impact the immune system, thereby limiting the ability of the body to protect itself from infection and disease adequately.
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Independent (Ireland) - Warnings on labels to state link between alcohol and fatal cancers
BOTTLES of wine, beer and spirits, as well as other alcohol products sold in Ireland will have to carry stark health warnings outlining direct links with drinking and fatal cancers .
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BMJ (Europe) - Minimum alcohol prices in Europe could significantly reduce health harms, says WHO
European countries could significantly reduce the health harms caused by alcohol consumption by introducing minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages, the World Health Organization has said.
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Glasgow Times (Scotland) - Health professor tells Glasgow Tory MSP 'minimum pricing of alcohol is working'
Minimum pricing of alcohol is working, according to a public health professor from Glasgow University. Professor Petra Meier was asked by Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow Conservative MSP, how to ensure deprived communities were not impacted by alcohol.
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YLE (Finland) - Eurostat: Alcohol prices in Finland highest in EU last year
Finland had the highest prices for alcoholic beverages in the EU last year, according to the results of a price comparison programme coordinated by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union.
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WebMD (USA) - Alcohol, Marijuana Use Declined Among Youth During Pandemic
During the coronavirus pandemic, several substance use behaviors decreased among youths, namely drinking, smoking, vaping, and cannabis use, according to a recent study published in the journal Current Psychiatry Reports.
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Daily Express - Alcohol-related liver disease: Are you at risk? - 'Not only dependent or daily drinkers'
THE NHS says there are several stages of severity and a range of associated symptoms of alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD). Nonetheless, it states: "ARLD does not usually cause any symptoms until the liver has been severely damaged."
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Multiple Sclerosis News Today - Beer Consumption May Be Linked to MS Risk: Meta-analysis
Alcohol intake is not significantly associated with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), but specifically drinking beer may elevate the risk, according to a recent meta-analysis.
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CBC (Canada) - Support for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder welcomed, but families say more needs to be done
A woman who has a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder says a recent funding announcement gives other families some reason for hope.
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Newswise - Science is Rejecting Language About Alcohol and Drugs That Perpetuates Stigma and Worsens Outcomes — But Must Do More
Scientists investigating substance use are making progress on eliminating stigmatizing language that can perpetuate negative biases and worsen outcomes, according to a new analysis of published research articles. Nevertheless, the field has further to go.
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NZ Herald (New Zealand) - Law reform could encourage councils to review alcohol policies – expert
An alcohol harm watchdog says councils could review their local alcohol policies faster if national alcohol law reform comes into effect.
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Irish Central (Ireland) – Alcohol a factor in 25% of deaths in young men in Ireland, report finds
Alcohol Action Ireland, a charity dedicated to reducing levels of alcohol harm in Ireland, is urging men to rethink how they approach drinking as part of Men's Health Week.
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Daily Record (Scotland) - Scotland's poorest five times more likely to die of alcohol-related causes
Alcohol-related deaths in Scotland are five times more likely amongst the most deprived groups, according to Public Health Scotland (PHS).
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IAS Blog - Minimum unit pricing and harmful drinking: Mixed findings should not override the bigger Picture
The Scottish Government introduced minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol on the 1st May 2018. This means alcohol cannot be sold to consumers in Scotland for less than £0.50 per unit.
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Sunday, June 12, 2022

FASD News - 23/2022

EUFASD - EUFASD 2022 Registration is Open
Welcome to EUFASD 2022! in the charming town of Arendal in Southern Norway! The first Regional Competence Center for children with prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in the Nordic countries is proud to host this exciting cutting-edge conference for the first time in Norway.
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University of Eastern Finland (Finland) - Pregnant women’s drinking correlates with their partner’s drinking
Pregnant women’s use of alcohol correlates with that of their partner, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital shows. Paying attention to both parents’ use of alcohol may help to prevent drinking during pregnancy, as well as foetal exposure to the adverse effects of alcohol.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Disabled and criminalised: FASD families continue to suffer in the justice system
At the hands of her son, Kylie endured horrific violence, but when he was brought before the courts for his actions, she became his defender.
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SaltWire (Canada) - GRANT FROST: A golden opportunity to address gaps for kids with FASD in Atlantic Canada
"As far as we know (to date, at least), FASD only occurs when a woman consumes alcohol while pregnant," writes Grant Frost. "That statement brings forward, for many, a clear notion of 'What kind of a mother …' we are talking about here, and results in a somewhat shameful collective turning of our backs."
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Government of New Brunswick (Canada) - Funding for expansion of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Centre of Excellence
The government has earmarked $800,000 to increase capacity at the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Centre of Excellence in Dieppe.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
FASDHub Scotland - Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
This short video was created in advance of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) annual conference on 28th June 2022 to accompany the seminar 'FASD hear me: Voice of the individual' presented by Aliy Brown, FASD Services Manager for FASD Hub Scotland, Dr Patricia Jackson, pediatrician from Edinburgh University, and joined virtually by Barbara Ogston, FASD Project Lead for FASD Hub Scotland.
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Disability Programs Specialized Services - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). What causes it? What are the effects? How can it be prevented?
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Kids Brain Health Network - ABLE2’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program – A stakeholder-driven project to support children with FASD
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.
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Fasd Success Show - #109 Olga and Serhii:  A New Chapter for this FASD Family From Ukraine
Life as an FASD Caregiver is challenging enough – but what about when you have to leave everything you have ever known, first to seek immediate safety, then as a refugee to another country, and then apply as a refugee yet again – all in the space of three months, while raising two daughters, one with FASD.
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RESEARCH
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology - Lived experiences of adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Findings illustrated the barriers adolescents experienced regarding their daily functioning and independence. Additionally, incorporating strengths into daily activities appeared to reduce anxiety and improve participation, and adolescents desired for their unique characteristics to be recognized and appreciated.
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Journal of Intellectual Disabilities - Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Towards Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand Educators: An Online Survey
There is a need to improve workforce capacity and develop guidelines that address the needs of front-of-line staff working with children with FASD in education settings.
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Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Identification of Seminal Physical Features of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure by Child Psychologists
This study demonstrated that child psychologists, blind to PAE history, could be reliably trained to assess the physical features of children with PAE.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Facial imaging to screen for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A scoping review
This scoping review describes the current state of evidence regarding the use of facial imaging being as a screening tool for FASD at a community level.
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Preprints with The Lancet - Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Risk of Morbidities Not Previously Identified: A Danish Nationwide Cohort Study from 1996 to 2018
In addition to the 428 previously suggested FASD-related comorbidities, we found 719 conditions with an incidence of ≥ 0·1% among children with prenatal heavy alcohol exposure of which 32 had a standardized risk difference ≥ 1·0% and 143 conditions had a crude absolute risk ratio ≥ 2·5.
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Children's Health Care - Longitudinal effect of prenatal polydrug use and birthweight status on pediatric growth
Maternal drug use causes low birthweight but less is known about longer-term pediatric growth. The purpose of this analysis was to longitudinally measure anthropometric growth among children exposed to drugs in utero.
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European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - Periconceptual and prenatal alcohol consumption and neurodevelopment at age two and five years
We did not find strong evidence of associations between pre-pregnancy and early pregnancy maternal alcohol consumption and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes at age two and five years overall.
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Repositorio Comillas - Alcohol and pregnancy – contributions from an international research team.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a worldwide public health problem, considered as a risk factor for development while associated with a set of physical, neurological and behavioral consequences in children exposed in utero.
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British Journal of Midwifery - Fetal alcohol screening and ethics
George F Winter explores maternal alcohol consumption and the moral and clinical influences that govern advice on drinking alcohol during pregnancy
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Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Health care provider decision-making around prenatal substance use reporting
Many of the factors that influence physician decision-making in reporting pregnant/birthing people who use AOD to CPS are outside the control of individual physicians and require social, structural, and policy changes.
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Texto & Contexto - VULNERABILITY OF PREGNANT WOMEN USING ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS IN LOW-RISK PRENATAL CARE
the study made it possible to advance in the contexts of the vulnerability of these pregnant women. Recognizing these contexts makes it possible to formulate strategies to reduce harm and damages to maternal and fetal health related to drug use during pregnancy, leading to a favorable gestational outcome.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Fondazione Umberto Veronesi (Italy) - Alcol in gravidanza: effetti dannosi sul bambino difficili da identificare
Claudio ha passato trentotto anni della sua vita consapevole che qualcosa non andasse, incapace di capirne il perché. “Sono matto, e non posso far altro che subire questo appellativo”, è arrivato a ripetersi all’età di dodici anni. Poi è arrivata la diagnosi di FASD (spettro dei disordini feto alcolici).
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Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - ARKEA FASDIN KANSSA
TERPPALEISKIS! Hei nyt eletään jo kesäkuuta, hyväne aika nää kuukaudet menee nopiaa. Mul jäi toukokuun postaus kokonaan välistä, koska meikäläisel iski korona. Ja ei muuten ollu ihan mikään pien sairastettava, vieläki mul on pientä jälkitautii yllä.
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Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - FASD-webinaari 19.3.2021: Perustietoa FASDista
Webinaarissa kerrotaan FASDista ja miten se ilmenee.
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Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - FASD-webinaari 19.3.2021: FASD koulumaailmassa
Webinaarissa kerrotaan, miten FASD ilmenee oppimisessa ja annetaan vinkkejä opetukseen.
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Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - FASD-webinaari 19.3.2021 -yhdistelmä: Perustietoa FASDista ja FASD koulumaailmassa
Webinaarissa kerrotaan FASDista ja miten se ilmenee arjessa ja oppimisessa sekä annetaan vinkkejä opetukseen.
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Friday, June 10, 2022

Alcohol News - 23/2022

UT News - Binge Drinking Raises Risk of Alcohol Problems, Even for Moderate Drinkers
Moderate drinkers who binge alcohol are at a significantly higher risk of developing alcohol problems than those who drink the same amount overall but don’t binge, according to a new study from researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
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CNN - The buzzy new drinking trend: Alcohol-free booze
Non-alcoholic alternatives to booze have been around for a while. But recently, the sector has been booming. For a long time "you had 'near beer,' which was kind of a joke," said Duane Stanford, editor of Beverage Digest. "People would be discreet about drinking them. And now that's completely changed."
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University of Eastern Finland - Pregnant women’s drinking correlates with their partner’s drinking
Pregnant women’s use of alcohol correlates with that of their partner, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital shows. Paying attention to both parents’ use of alcohol may help to prevent drinking during pregnancy, as well as foetal exposure to the adverse effects of alcohol.
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RNZ (New Zealand) - Local authorities urge MPs to support alcohol harm minimisation bill
A proposed member’s bill that addresses a power imbalance preventing communities taking steps to develop public health measures around alcohol use could potentially bypass the ballot process.
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Daily Record (Scotland) - Experts share signs alcohol is damaging your body - including weight gain, bad skin and anxiety
Many believe that their drinking habits are perfectly normal, as it does not affect their day-to-day lives. But even casual drinking can have consequences on your body, which can often go unnoticed until it starts to seriously impact your health.
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HCPLive - Improving Sleep Behavior May Reduce Alcohol Use in Young Adults
In a study featured at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (SLEEP) 2022 Annual Meeting, investigators stated that while young adults may be resistant to drinking interventions, improving sleep behavior can indirectly reduce hazardous drinking.
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Medical Dialogues – Alcohol Intake significantly tied with colorectal cancer risk: Study
Alcohol Intake significantly influences colorectal cancer risk, according to a recent study published in the E Clinical Medicine.
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Independent (Ireland) - More than a third of young people engaged in ‘hazardous drinking,’ report reveals
The research also showed that one-in-three young people in Ireland is engaging in “hazardous and harmful” drinking, a damning new report has revealed.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - 'Significant gap' between need for alcohol treatment and services available
There is a “significant gap” between the need for alcohol treatment and the low level of services available, according to Alcohol Action Ireland.
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EurekAlert (UK) - Heavy drinkers four times more likely to smoke in England
Those who are among the heaviest drinkers in England are four times more likely to smoke than the general population, according to a new study led by UCL researchers.
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New Era (South Africa) - SAAPA: Totally sober drivers save lives…arrive alive this school holiday by avoiding alcohol all together
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) Namibia chapter has urged on government to adopt, implement, and enforce a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) policy of 0.02% and below as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
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ShelterWA (Australia) - WA’s hidden crisis: Harm from alcohol
In partnership with the WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA), Alcohol and Drug Foundation and Telethon Kids Institute, the report ‘WA’s Hidden Crisis: Harm from Alcohol’ highlights the escalating harm from alcohol in Western Australia.
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Public Health Scotland (Scotland) - Final report published on the impact of MUP on people drinking at harmful levels, including those dependent on alcohol
Public Health Scotland (PHS) today published the final report from a study which evaluated the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on people who drink alcohol at harmful levels, including those dependent on alcohol and those accessing treatment services.
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Alcohol and Drug Foundation (Australia) - The link between alcohol and bowel cancer
Several studies have shown the risk of developing colon cancer increases with each glass of alcohol you drink. People who moderately drank beer (two glasses per day) or wine (1.5 glasses per day) increased their risk of bowel cancer compared with occasional or non-drinkers.
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Express - Cancer: A ‘violent’ feeling after drinking may signal cancer - ‘a mouthful may be enough’
HEALTH bodies across the world are grappling with severe delays in cancer care - so those with suspicious symptoms are being called forward for inspection. One overlooked sign of the disease, highlighted in early research, may be an unpleasant feeling after drinking.
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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Alcohol News - 22/2022

IOGT-NTO - New study – European alcohol consumption fell during the pandemic
A new study covering 13 European countries reveals that alcohol consumption in Europe fell during the first 10 months of the pandemic. Lockdowns, alongside restrictions on restaurants, pubs and bars and closed borders may explain the sharp fall.
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University of Sidney (Australia) - Screen time, alcohol & poor sleep for girls: how the pandemic impacts teens
The first study to comprehensively examine how young people's health behaviours changed over a two-year period encompassing the COVID-19 pandemic finds both pros and cons.
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News Medical - Early diagnosis and intervention could prevent mortality from alcohol-related liver disease
Patients dying of alcohol-related liver disease had frequent interactions with secondary care services prior to their death, and a new study has found that these opportunities to address their high-risk drinking behavior could have been missed.
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The Conversation - 8 things film and TV get wrong about drug and alcohol treatment
Drug use and addiction are popular themes in movies and television, but they often get things very wrong. Here are eight common myths about drugs you’ll see on the silver screen.
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EURACTIV (EU) - Loophole can undermine countries’ stricter laws for alcohol marketing
A loophole in the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) could undermine EU countries’ efforts to impose stricter rules on alcohol advertising, threatening a key objective of the EU’s Beating Cancer Plan.
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Healio - Alcohol intake significantly influences colorectal cancer risk
High alcohol consumption was significantly associated with an increased risk for colorectal cancer, regardless of genetic risk, according to findings published in The Lancet’s eClinical Medicine.
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The Wall Street Journal (USA) - Investors Quit Tobacco. Why Not Alcohol?
The capital markets treat booze stocks as less harmful than tobacco, even though producers of alcohol and cigarettes have more in common than investors like to admit
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The New Arab (Saudi Arabia) - Saudi Arabia will not lift ban on alcohol, princess tells World Economic Forum
Saudi Arabia's Assistant Minister of Tourism Princess Haifa Bint Mohammad said at the World Economic Forum that the kingdom would not lift its ban on alcohol sales, after speculation that rules may change.
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Love Belfast (Northern Ireland) - Alcohol-related death figures hide the true damage caused by alcohol abuse
The 351 alcohol-related recorded deaths in Northern Ireland last year could be 10 times that figure, according to NI Coroner Joe McCrisken.
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Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Teenage girls’ drinking ‘bucking the trend’ and not in a good way
Young people in Australia are drinking less in general, but young girls are drinking more. Teenage girls are also struggling to sleep.
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Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (WHA75) - WHA adopts Global Alcohol Action Plan
On Friday 27 May, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the Global Alcohol Action Plan, in the making for two years. GAPA welcomes the decision by the WHA.
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Movendi International (WHA75) - World Health Assembly Adopts Historic Global Alcohol Action Plan. Movendi International Makes Four Recommendations For the Way Forward
The 75th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA75) has adopted a historic decision for the global response to the harm caused by the alcohol industry.
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NCD Alliance (WHA75) - 4 take-homes from WHA75: NCDs louder than ever
In this blog, NCD Alliance's Policy and Advocacy Director Alison Cox summarises her major highlights related to NCDs from the 75th World Health Assembly.
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Sunday, May 29, 2022

FASD News - 21/2022

The sixth European Conference on FASD will take place in Arendal, Norway, on September 12 to 14, 2022, with a pre-conference training day on 11 September. Abstracts can still be accepted for posters only until September 1 as space permits. Registration will open soon.
https://www.eufasd.org/EUFASD2022/index.php

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NZ Herald (New Zealand) - Neurological disabilities at the centre of appeal for teenage killer Haami Hanara
Lawyers of teenage killer Haami Hanara say his diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder could be the key to determining if he was fit to stand trial for the 2018 murder of Kelly Donner.
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BC Gov News (Canada) - B.C. improves inclusivity for people with developmental disabilities
New provincial funding of nearly $5.3 million means more organizations can focus on creating projects that will make life better for people with developmental disabilities.
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NO FASD Australia - SHAME, BLAME,  SELF-DOUBT TO SELF ACCEPTANCE
If you trip and fall and skin your knee but are otherwise alright, you have a bad moment.  If you trip and fall and break your arm, you may have a bad day, but not a bad life.
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FASD Hub Scotland - Experiences of young people with FASD: photos, thoughts and words from young people
FASD Hub Scotland is delighted to share the photos and views of young people from this research study by Miranda Eodanable into the lived experiences of young people with FASD. We think our young people are amazing - many thanks to all those who took part.
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National Organisation for FASD (UK) - WPI Students Help Map Out Potential Support Needs for UK Adults and Young Adults with FASD
Over the course of this Spring, Caitlin Bonavita, Grace Casey, and Josie Kim, 3rd year science and engineering university students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the US, have worked together on an informative project with National FASD that begins to shine a light on the need for more to be done in the UK regarding FASD care provisions for adults with FASD.
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CanFASD blog (Canada) - Successful Launch of CanFASD’s Pilot Trainee Program
This year, CanFASD launched and piloted an exciting new program for students and early career researchers and professionals in Canada working in the field of FASD.
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My Life with T - Sharing A Child’s FASD Diagnosis with Them
How do you share difficult life changing news with a young child? That’s a question I’ve been thinking a lot about since we received T’s FASD diagnosis in January.
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NOFASD Australia - EQUITY VS EQUALITY IN FASD
When the Adult Leadership Collaborative (ALC) of FASD Changemakers did our second Lay of the Land Survey on Quality of Life for Adults with FASD, I was the one who did all the background research and definitions for quality of life because that was what we thought we were going to try to measure.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Medical Dialogues – Association Between Alcohol Consumption and Miscarriage Predicted by Genotype
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Dr. John DeGarmo - FASD Part I Webinar
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Regional Training - RSA Diagnosing FASD
Health professionals from the FASD Hub Australia explain  the common, but little understood disease, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) using the 'Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD'.
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Rural FASD Support Network - Developmental Trauma by Karen Moore
Karen Moore of the Adoption Council of Ontario shares where developmental trauma comes from, what it is, and how we can support those who have experienced it.
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Kids Brain Health Network - Alex's Story - Fetal Alcohol Resource Program
For Tracy and Eric, adoption always felt like the right choice. They adopted their first two children—daughter Mackenzie and son Alex—in 2010, and their family expanded in 2011 when they adopted their youngest son, Jackson.
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Me & My FASD - Coping Resources
There are lots of things you can do to learn to self-regulate and stay cool. Here are some tools to help you think about what helps you.
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FASD Family Life - Together for FASD - An Atlantic Canada Conference with Audrey McFarlane
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Fasd Success Show - #108 Part 2 of Candid Conversation with Jessica Birch
In Part 1 of my conversation with Jessica Birch, an FASD advocate, and adult on the Spectrum, we covered her advocacy and journey to get a diagnosis. In Part 2 we talk about life after the diagnosis. She gives us insight into how she copes with her symptoms and what you can do as a caregiver to help your loved ones.
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NOFASD Australia - Now that you are 18
a booklet to assist young adults with FASD who need to understand some of the responsibilities that the transition into adulthood entails for them.
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FASD Awareness #BeAware - Caroline Day - Sunday Times Best Selling Author - FASD Webinar #8
FASD Awareness Presents - In Conversation with Caroline Day, Sunday Times Bestselling Author Thursday 19th May 2022 - Webinar #8
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NCFASD Informed – New website
NCFASD, informed in North Carolina and an affiliate of FASD United, announced a new website & also launched a new Facebook page for parents of those with diagnosed or suspected FASD
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SAC County Healthy Beginnings - Healthy Beginnings
Sacramento County Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Service's (SUPT’s) innovative new project focuses on prenatal substance exposure.
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RESEARCH
BMC Women's Health - Assessment of alcohol utilization during pregnancy and its associated factors among reproductive women in Mecha Woreda of North Western Ethiopia
The result inferred that there is a high level of alcohol use throughout pregnancy. Due to the differences in the culture and communal means of drinking alcohol, the frequency of alcohol consumption during pregnancy varies among different regional studies and countries.
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Experimental Neurology - The maternal-placental-fetal interface: Adaptations of the HPA axis and immune mediators following maternal stress and prenatal alcohol exposure
This review addresses underlying physiological, cellular, and molecular factors that alter the developing fetal brain stress circuits and responses of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis caused by maternal stress and prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).
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Alcohol - Proceedings of the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group
The 2021 meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) was titled “Role of Parental Experiences in Offspring Outcomes.”
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Journal of Occupational Science - “Doing together”: Mothers use co-occupation to scaffold the occupational engagement of their children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
South Africa has the highest reported prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) worldwide. This paper describes the contribution mothers make to engage their children with FASD in occupations through ‘doing together’.
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Human Brain Mapping - Trajectories of brain white matter development in young children with prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with alterations to brain white matter microstructure. Previous studies of PAE have demonstrated different findings in young children compared to older children and adolescents, suggesting altered developmental trajectories and highlighting the need for longitudinal research.
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Current Research in Toxicology - The Influence of Maternal Weight and Alcohol Exposure on Infant Physical Characteristics and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes
Higher postpartum maternal weight may be a protective factor but does not eliminate the adverse effects of alcohol on infant growth and dysmorphology.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - The impact of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on gray matter volume and cortical surface area of 2-3 year old children in a South African birth cohort
Findings from this subgroup scanned at age 2 – 3 years build on previously described subcortical volume differences in neonates from this cohort. Findings suggest that PAE persistently affects gray matter development through the critical early years of life.
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Acta Neuropathologica Communications - Oligodendrocyte lineage is severely affected in human alcohol-exposed foetuses
Prenatal alcohol exposure is a major cause of neurobehavioral disabilities. MRI studies in humans have shown that alcohol is associated with white matter microstructural anomalies but these studies focused on myelin abnormalities only after birth.
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Journal of Hypertension - Associations of maternal periconceptional alcohol consumption with offspring prehypertension/hypertension at age 6 years: the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes prospective mother-offspring cohort study
Maternal self-reported alcohol consumption at least 1.9 g/day prior to pregnancy recognition was associated with increased risk of child prehypertension and rapid kidney growth.
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Maternal and Child Health Journal - Pregnant and Postpartum People with Substance Use Disorders: Understanding the Obstetrical Care Provider’ s Roles and Responsibilities
Peripartum individuals with substance misuse are a high-risk population that challenge clinicians and child welfare specialists alike.
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Supplement Series B: Biomedical Chemistry - Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol Alters TLR4 Mediated Signaling in the Prefrontal Cortex in Rats
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can lead to developmental disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) and mental retardation.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - High-resolution diffusion tensor imaging identifies hippocampal volume loss without diffusion changes in individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure
Reductions of hippocampal volumes and altered relationships with memory suggest disrupted hippocampal development in PAE.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Self-reported alcohol consumption of pregnant women and their partners correlates both before and during pregnancy: A cohort study with 21,472 singleton pregnancies
The self-reported alcohol consumption of pregnant women and their partners was positively correlated both before and during pregnancy, though the correlation declined substantially during pregnancy.
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Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions - Incarcerated pregnant women and substance use a conversation with Thomas P. LeBel, PhD
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West Virginia University - Preconception substance use and risk of unintended pregnancy
Findings of our two studies in a large representative sample of US women suggest that substance and polysubstance use during the preconception period significantly increases the likelihood of unintended pregnancy.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Theseus (Finland) - Suuntaviivoja vertaistukiryhmien toteuttamiseen sikiöaikana alkoholille altistuneille nuorille ja aikuisille
Opinnäytetyössä tutkittiin sikiöaikana alkoholille altistuneille nuorille (yli 18-vuotiaille) ja aikuisille järjestettävää vertaistukiryhmätoimintaa. Opinnäytetyön viitekehys rakentui ammattilaisen ohjaaman vertaistuen ympärille.
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IKZ Online (Germany) – Hemer: Schwere Folgen durch Alkohol im Mutterleib
„FASD“ – was so harmlos klingt, kann bei Betroffenen und Angehörigen weitreichende Beeinträchtigungen mit sich ziehen: Kinder und Jugendliche mit „FASD“ stellen ihr Umfeld vor besondere Herausforderungen, zeigen Verhaltensauffälligkeiten, mangelnde Impulskontrolle, Vergesslichkeit und kaum Bewusstsein für Regeln sowie soziales Miteinander.
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Süddeutche Zeitung (Germany) - Null Promille in der Schwangerschaft
Auch in Freising klären Fachleute auf, wie gefährlich schon ein bisschen Alkohol für das Ungeborene sein kann. Im Berufsschulzentrum ist ein Medienturm aufgebaut, zudem sind Vorträge geplant.
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Fondacione Umberto Veronesi (Italy) - Alcol in gravidanza: promosse (più o meno) le mamme italiane
Uno studio condotto dall’Istituto Superiore di Sanità rileva che solo lo 0,1% delle donne incinte beve in modo sensibile. L’8,2%, seppur in quantità modeste, consuma comunque bevande alcoliche
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