Sunday, March 10, 2013

FASD News - 9/2013

Third European Conference on FASD
20 to 23 October 2014
Rome, Italy.
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The Vancouver Sun - Worldwide cost of drinking alcohol during pregnancy could be far higher than expected
The true number of children exposed to alcohol before birth is so poorly understood that the World Health Organization has launched an international study to count them. - That glass of wine could harm your baby
Drinking alcohol while pregnant is never a good idea and can cause serious and permanent harm to an unborn child. Fetal alcohol syndrome, which causes physical and mental problems, is a risk that medical professionals say is not worth taking. No definitive data has ever been established on how much alcohol is safe for a pregnant mom. (Canada) - NAN calling on governments for more FASD funding
Nishnawbe Aski Nation officials are calling on the provincial and federal governments to address the issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Syndrome within their communities.
Healio - AAP reviews effects of prenatal substance abuse on fetus
Prenatal substance abuse continues to be a problem and poses important health risks to the developing fetus, according to results of a technical report recently published in Pediatrics.
MPBN News (USA) - Maine Bill's Proposed Fetal Exposure Guidelines Generate Controversy
A proposed bill in Augusta seeks to clarify the circumstances under which health care providers should report cases of newborns who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol in the womb. Maine lawmakers took up the measure today at a public hearing before the Health and Human Services Committee.
PR Web (UK) - Swanswell welcomes calls for fresh approach to tackling FASD
The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, is responding to the ‘Consensus Statement on FASD’, published this week by the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trust.
Science Network Western Australia (Australia) - Population based study provides new alcohol and pregnancy data
BOTH Indigenous and non-Indigenous children of mothers with an alcohol-use disorder have the same risk of intellectual disability, a Curtin University study has found.
Nunatsiaq News (Canada) - Nunavik Inuit women have high rate of stillbirth: study
Inuit women in Quebec have stillbirth rate that’s 2.5 times higher than among the province’s non-aboriginal women. That’s among the information contained in a new research study published Canadian Medical Association Journal, which suggests better care during pregnancy and birth could underlie the disparities in stillbirths, which see women losing their babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
University of Albert (Canada) - UAlberta FASD webinar attracts international audience
Medical and health professionals around the world tuned in to view a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder webinar at the University of Alberta. The Engaging Professionals and Students in FASD Awareness and Prevention seminar drew in audiences from almost 1,700 Canadian locations and 68 international locations.
Mill Creek Mental Wellness - Combating Neglect: Preventing FASD Through Information Dissemination
I performed my practicum and first term of internship at NAVOS (Mental Health Solutions) in Burien, Washington. NAVOS is considered to be on the cutting edge of community health service in the United States.

Engaging Professionals and Students in FASD Awareness and Prevention
NOFAS - FASD Regional Training Centers - CDC Project
FASD, ADHD or both with Dr. Gabor Maté
In this session Dr. Maté will discuss the close relationship between FASD and AD(H)D. They can easily be confused with one another, often co-exist, and, in fact, share many of the same characteristics. - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder eLearning Modules for Educators
Classroom environment can have a positive and negative impact on learning for children with FASD. This video discusses strategies for managing classroom environment to support learners with FASD.
FASD & the legal system
Implication of the diagnosis of FASD for the legal system, including screening in the Youth Justice System In this workshop, the importance of understanding the brain deficits associated with FASD for the justice system will be discussed.
Identifying the invisible: Screening for Youth Offenders with FASD
This webinar will present recent research studies that have evaluated screening tools to help identify youth involved in the justice system who are at risk for having FASD.
Living and Succeeding with FASD with Kee Warner & Ken Kissinger
Whitecrow Village is unique as an organization formed largely by persons living with FASD. Our interdependent model recognizes that every person has something to offer and every person needs something from the group.
Technical Assistance (TA) Impact Fact Sheets
The FASD Center for Excellence is proud to announce the release of the first Fact Sheet in a new series of Technical Assistance (TA) Impact Fact Sheets designed to help State agencies and direct service programs enhance their capacity to prevent and address FASD.

biomedcentral - Development of a reliable questionnaire to assist in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
This questionnaire had acceptable test-retest reliability and could be used to collect demographic, socio-cultural and biomedical information relevant to the diagnosis of FASD in Aboriginal communities throughout Australia and elsewhere. Community input is crucial when developing and administering questionnaires for use in cross-cultural contexts.
JPCTP - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Poverty Trap?
The disease or injury poverty trap refers to a relationship between ill-health and poverty in which poverty is a result of ill-health. At the household level, non-poor people may be pushed into poverty by their ill-health as a result of paying for health care in combination with productivity and income losses.
Towards Identifying A Characteristic Neurospsychological Profile for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Specific Caregiver-and Teacher-Rating
Overall, the present results identify key caregiver- and teacher-rated profiles of children with FASD diagnoses. These profiles will aid in better understanding, diagnosing and providing focused treatment approaches for children with FASD.
Towards Identifying a Charactersitic Neuropsychological Profile for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Analysis of the Motherisk FASD Clinic
We identified a specific neuropsychological profile that typifies children diagnosed with an FASD versus those exposed prenatally to alcohol, who did not receive a diagnosis.
Alcoholism - The Association Between Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Behavior at 22 Years of Age
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) affects central nervous system development, growth, and morphology at higher exposure levels.
Alcoholism - The Influence of Fetal Ethanol Exposure on Subsequent Development of the Cerebral Cortex as Revealed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Fetal alcohol syndrome and related disorders (commonly referred to as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD) cause significant hardships to the individuals affected.
NMCD - Intellectual disability: population-based estimates of the proportion attributable to maternal alcohol use disorder during pregnancy
The aim of this study was to examine the association between maternal alcohol use disorder and intellectual disability in children.
Alcoholism - The Feasibility and Cost of Neonatal Screening for Prenatal Alcohol Exposure by Measuring Phosphatidylethanol in Dried Blood Spots
Accurate confirmation of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is required as a diagnostic criterion for the majority of children adversely affected by PAE who do not manifest the physical features associated with fetal alcohol syndrome.

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