Sunday, December 15, 2013

FASD News - 49/2013

Science Daily - Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol Disrupts Brain Circuitry: No Safe Level of Drinking During Pregnancy, Neuroscientist Says
Prenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), according to neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside. (Canada) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder focus of Sudbury conference
People from across the country affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are gathering in Sudbury this week. - Alcohol during pregnancy is dangerous for kids
There appears to be a belief among many people that drinking some alcohol during pregnancy is harmless. This is not the prevailing opinion among experts, who feel staying away from alcohol completely during pregnancy is the wisest course of action to take.
ABC Online (Australia) - Pregnant women getting wrong message about alcohol
Doctors and health advocates say pregnant women are still getting mixed messages about drinking alcohol. The National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) guidelines advise a woman to avoid alcohol completely when pregnant in order to protect her baby.
Medical News Today - Lifestyle changes 'could reduce risk' of pregnancy complications
Researchers say they have identified a number of lifestyle factors that could be modified in order for a woman to have a healthy pregnancy. This is according to a study published in the BMJ.

IHE (Canada) - Legal Issues of FASD (all presentations)
In September 2013, the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) held the first-ever Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD in Edmonton, Alberta.
Public Health Association of Australia - Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Conference
Univ. of California, Riverside - Kelly Huffman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Neuroscientist Kelly Huffman explains her groundbreaking research that shows how a mother's consumption of alcohol during pregnancy disrupts development of complex networks of connections in the neocortex of mice, resulting in dramatic changes in behavior.
First Peoples Child & Family Review
An Interdisciplinary Journal Honoring the Voices, Perspectives and Knowledges of First Peoples through Research, Critical Analyses, Stories, Standpoints and Media Reviews.
Pregnant Pause TV - Australia's leading expert in FASD talks about alcohol and pregnancy
Elizabeth Elliott AM is Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at The University of Sydney; Consultant Paediatrician at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney; and a National Health and Medical Council of Australia (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow. She's also a Pregnant Pause Champion!
Managing Mentally Disordered Offenders with FASD in the Community
Dr. Mansfield Mela, Dept. Of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan
14th Annual Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FASD) Research Round Table

Newswise - Laboratory Awarded NIAAA Funding to Investigate The Epigenetics of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
USDTL (United States Drug Testing Laboratory, Inc.) researchers will investigate the relationship between in utero alcohol exposure and epigenetics using Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research - Inhibition of cholinergic muscarinic signaling by ethanol: Potential mechanism of developmental neurotoxicity and biological plausibility for the beneficial effects of choline supplementation
Central nervous system dysfunctions are among the most significant effects of in utero exposure to ethanol. Ethanol has been shown to affect neurons and glial cells, causing cell loss and impaired cell migration and maturation. Multiple mechanisms have been suggested to underlie the effects of ethanol, including interference with growth factors, cytokines, cell adhesion molecules and neurotransmitters.
Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology - Alcohol Exposure Among Pregnant Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review
The prevalence of general alcohol use in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is high. However, research examining alcohol use in among pregnant women within this population is limited. A review of the current status of research examining the prevalence of alcohol exposed pregnancies (AEP) is required to inform future research aiming to decrease this occurrence and its subsequent socio-economic complications.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES (France) - Alcoolisation fœtale et justice
Nous remercions Le Quotidien d’avoir attiré l’attention de ses lecteurs sur la population carcérale souffrant de troubles mentaux. Nous voudrions également attirer l’attention sur une cause médicale de troubles du comportement et de délinquance.
Новостной проект (Russia) - Безопасных доз алкоголя при беременности не существует, считают нейрофизиологи
Медики и ученые уже давно изучают, как употребление алкоголя во время беременности влияет на развитие плода.

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