Sunday, January 20, 2013

FASD News - 2/2013

Alexandria Echo Press - Here's how women can help prevent birth defects
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) and the Minnesota March of Dimes to inform women about ways to prevent birth defects in Minnesota throughout January, which is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.
Daily Mail (UK) - My foster son's mother drank in pregnancy. It left him so mentally damaged he was too dangerous to live with
Looking at the little boy in front of me, I felt like howling in frustration. A big vacant grin on his face, he was hopping from one foot to the other and singing at the top of his voice, while inanely cracking his knuckles. (South Africa) - Africa: Trouble Brewing - Africa and Alcohol Problems
With over-consumption of alcohol on the rise, governments are struggling to find suitable legislation amidst profit-hungry global corporations and illegally-produced liquor.
Today's THV (USA) - ACH: Birth defects common, costly, critical for Arkansas
A baby is born every 14 minutes in Arkansas. Every five hours a baby is born with a birth defect, and every four days a baby in the state dies from a birth defect. (UK) - Why my social work experience led me to specialise on foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
After 27 years as a practising social worker Liam Curran became a certified trainer on foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Here, he tells Community Care about the highs and lows of his new job.
Wisconsin State Journal (USA) - Dr. Dana Johnson: Some birth defects can be prevented, even before pregnancy
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. One out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect. While some birth defects cannot be prevented, there are ways to reduce the risk of many others.
USA TODAY (USA) - CDC: Binge drinking is serious problem for girls, women
Binge drinking among women and girls is a health problem that is serious but under-recognized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a report today.
The New York Times - Why No One Really Knows If Moderate Drinking Is Safe for Pregnant Women
Is moderate drinking (less than one drink a day) safe during pregnancy?
TheSouthAfrican (South Africa) - ‘No evidence’ for Sky claim that SA women drink to harm babies
According to Africa Check, there is little in the way of hard evidence to back up the claim in a Sky News report that mothers in one of South Africa’s poorest areas are drinking heavily to deliberately damage their unborn babies – just so that they can claim the disability benefit

College of Caledonia - FASD Programs, Services & Training
The Lakes District community has taken a proactive role in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) since 1991. As a result, CNC Lakes District Campus has actively supported the development of a number of programs designed by front line workers to provide supports and services to individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and women at risk of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy.
The University of Sydney - Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work
The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work is a practical tool written for Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers, mental health workers and others working in this field.

SPECIAL: - Alcohol and Pregnancy –prevention and legal issues of FASD
During the last four years, the Institute of Health Economics, a non for profit organization in Edmonton, Canada, has made significant efforts in support of the development of policy issues related to FASD.
Carolyn Blackburn SEND Consultancy (UK) - Improving outcomes for children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and other complex learning disabilities (18 April 2013, Coventry)
This will be an intensive Learning Day for educators of children and young adults who have FASD, often accompanied by other learning disabilities. Carolyn Blackburn and Raja Mukherjee are two of the UK’s leading experts in FASD.
Interprofessional Continuing Education - The 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This conference brings together experts from many disciplines to share international research, to discuss the implications of this research, and to promote scientific/community collaboration.
NeuroDevNet (France) - 3rd International SAF France Symposium
The 3rd International SAF France Symposium will be held Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of May 2013 at the Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris.
fasdNL (Canada) - FASD Throughout the Lifespan: from prevention to lifelong support
The fasdNL Network is inviting you to an FASD conference entitled FASD Throughout the Lifespan and the 14th Annual FACE Research Roundtable.

Annals of Neurology - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Affects Vasculature Development in the Neonatal Brain
In humans, antenatal alcohol exposure elicits various developmental disorders, in particular in the brain. Numerous studies focus on the deleterious effects of alcohol on neural cells. Although recent studies suggest that alcohol can affect angiogenesis in adults, the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on brain microvasculature remains poorly understood.
The Journal of Neuroscience - Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Reduces Plasticity and Alters NMDA Receptor Subunit Composition in the Dentate Gyrus
Although it is well documented that heavy consumption of alcohol during pregnancy impairs brain development, it remains controversial whether moderate consumption causes significant damage. Using a limited access, voluntary consumption paradigm, we recently demonstrated that moderate prenatal alcohol exposure (MPAE) is associated with dentate gyrus-dependent learning and memory deficits that are manifested in adulthood.
Alcohol - Identification of cell-specific patterns of reference gene stability in quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction studies of embryonic, placental and neural stem models of prenatal ethanol exposure
Identification of the transcriptional networks disrupted by prenatal ethanol exposure remains a core requirement to better understanding the molecular mechanisms of alcohol-induced teratogenesis.

Berliner Zeitung (Germany) - Jeder Schluck ist eine Gefahr
Das Projekt "Blau im Bauch" richtet sich gegen den Konsum von Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft, der dazu führen kann, dass das Kind mit dem Fetalen Alkoholsyndrom (FASD) geboren wird.
Avisen Agder (Norway) - Sørlandet sykehus HF ønsker å bli godkjent som senter for utredning av russkadde barn
Sørlandet sykehus HF har søkt om å bli godkjent som regionalt henvisningskompetansesenter for utredning av barn med skader etter mors alkoholbruk. HABU ved Barnesenteret har søkt Helse Sør-Øst om 3,1 millioner kroner til å opprette et slikt senter.
SpitsNieuws (Netherlands) - Baby gehandicapt zuipen voor bijstand
Zwangere vrouwen in Zuid-Afrika gaan over tot drastische maatregelen om aan geld te komen. De laatste trend die in het land heerst is dat vrouwen expres veel alcohol drinken, zodat hun baby gehandicapt ter wereld komt. (Russia) - Жительницы ЮАР пьют во время беременности – чтобы родить инвалидов
По данным Всемирной организации здравоохранения (ВОЗ) в последние годы в этом регионе резко возросло количестве новорожденных, у которых диагностировано расстройство фетального алкогольного спектра ( FASD) – наиболее часто встречающийся врожденный порок у местных младенцев.

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