Sunday, May 17, 2015

FASD News - 19/2015

The Inquisitr (Finland) - University Of Helsinki: Alcohol During Early Pregnancy Permanently Damages Babies
Daunting new research out of the University of Helsinki claims that drinking alcohol, even during the early weeks of pregnancy, can cause irreversible damage to an unborn baby. The researchers claim that in the early stages of pregnancy, even before many women realize that they are pregnant, alcohol exposure can cause symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome. (Canada) - Frontline workers trained in growing disability, FASD
Despite more education around the topic, the number of children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder continues to rise around the world. (Canada) - Yukon MP Ryan Leef's recommendations on FASD dropped
A parliamentary committee has dropped recommendations proposed by Yukon MP Ryan Leef, which relate to how people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder should be treated by the criminal justice system.
New Vision (Uganda) - Alcohol during pregnancy harmful to the unborn child
ALCOHOL impacts people and societies in different ways and is determined by the volume of alcohol consumed, the pattern of drinking, and, on rare occasions, the quality of alcohol consumed. Alcohol is a psychoactive substance and its harmful use is known to have dependence-producing properties and cause more than 200 diseases among drinkers as well as devastating effects to innocent victims such as unborn children. - Bruce/Grey Health Unit launches Alcohol and Pregnancy Don’t Mix campaign
Coasters with the message “Be safe. Have an alcohol-free pregnancy” are being distributed to licensed establishments throughout Grey Bruce this month.
Medical Xpress - Can drinking alcohol harm the child before the mother knows she is pregnant?
Alcohol drunk by a mouse in early pregnancy changes the way genes function in the brains of the offspring, shows the recent study conducted at the University of Helsinki. The early exposure was also later apparent in the brain structure of the adult offspring. The timing of the exposure corresponds to the human gestational weeks 3-6 in terms of fetal development. - Unhealthy Behavior Among Teens Called 'Huge' Problem
Drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy that leads to serious birth defects is something health care providers have often warned the general public about, but the message often struggles to reach pregnant teens - until now.
The Daily Star - Dealing with congenital anomalies
Congenital anomalies are important causes of childhood death, chronic illness and disability. They are also known as birth defects, congenital disorders or congenital malformations. Congenital anomalies can be defined as structural or functional anomalies that occur during intrauterine life.
Leader-Post - FASD: Understanding the lack of understanding (and making progress)
On Monday, Michelle Stewart, professor at the University of Regina’s Department of Justice, hosted a workshop and training session on FASD for community workers and professionals.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Roisin Shortall urges Varadkar to take action on pregnancy drinking
The Government has been accused of doing far too little to tackle alcohol consumption by pregnant women, which causes life-long medical problems for children.

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SABC Digital News (South Africa) - Concern over high rate of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The rate of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa is still amongst the most severe in the world. The Western Cape government, farm workers and farm owners met on Tuesday night in Wellington to discuss these concerns.
SABC Digital News (South Africa) - Dangers of drinking while pregnant
Alcohol abuse and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is on the increase in South Africa. The meeting of about 300 delegates of farmers and farm workers in the Wellington area near Cape Town has heard that South Africa has the highest statistics of FAS at 180 per thousand.

Developmental Psychobiology - Hippocampal neuron populations are reduced in vervet monkeys with fetal alcohol exposure
Prenatal exposure to beverage alcohol is a major cause of mild mental retardation and developmental delay. In nonendangered alcohol-preferring vervet monkeys, we modeled the most common nondysmorphic form of fetal alcohol syndrome disorder with voluntary drinking during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Psychopharmacology - Amphetamine sensitization and cross-sensitization with acute restraint stress: impact of prenatal alcohol exposure in male and female rats
Individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are at increased risk for substance use disorders (SUD). In typically developing individuals, susceptibility to SUD is associated with alterations in dopamine and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) systems, and their interactions.
Health Education and Behavior - Maternal drinking and risky sexual behavior in offspring
Teenage mothers are more likely to use drugs, and their children are more likely to use substances and become pregnant during adolescence. Teenage mothers' substance use may play a role in the intergenerational risk for adolescent pregnancy.
Health and Social Care in the Community - Correlates of partner support to abstain from prenatal alcohol use: a cross-sectional survey among Dutch partners of pregnant women
Partners can play an important role, but are often ignored in interventions targeting the prevention of prenatal alcohol use. A better understanding of the correlates of partner support to abstain from prenatal alcohol use can help to make a better use of partner support.
Journal of Psychopharmacology - Chronic ethanol exposure during adolescence through early adulthood in female rats induces emotional and memory deficits associated with morphological and molecular alterations in hippocampus
There is increasing evidence that heavy ethanol exposure in early life may produce long-lasting neurobehavioral consequences, since brain structural maturation continues until adolescence. It is well established that females are more susceptible to alcohol-induced neurotoxicity and that ethanol consumption is increasing among women, especially during adolescence.
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health - Prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome in a population-based sample of children living in remote Australia: the Lililwan* Project
Aboriginal leaders concerned about high rates of alcohol use in pregnancy invited researchers to determine the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and partial fetal alcohol syndrome (pFAS) in their communities.

RP ONLINE (Germany) - Das erste Fläschchen
Jede vierte Frau in Deutschland trinkt während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol. Die Folgen spüren die Kinder ein Leben lang.

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