Sunday, October 18, 2015

FASD News - 41/2015

The Conversation AU (Australia) - Young offenders must be screened for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders before sentencing
Australia’s prison population is growing at unprecedented rates. In some states Indigenous prisoners far outnumber their non-Indigenous counterparts.
Emporia Gazette - No safe amount
Following three to four years of dealing with infertility issues, Gail Ellis and her husband decided to explore adoption options. Following this decision, the couple began a process of looking at agencies, working with agencies, going through training and then a waiting period.
Medical Daily (UK) - Drinking While Pregnant? UK Experts Demand Clearer Guidelines For Women Who Question Their Alcohol Consumption
"Alcohol is not essential to the health or well-being of a pregnant woman and is known to be harmful to her baby," wrote retired pediatrician Dr. Mary Mather, and Kate Wiles, an obstetrics research fellow at Guys and St. Thomas National Health Service Trust hospital in England. "The only ethical advice that can be given is complete abstinence from alcohol in pregnancy."
Daily Mail (USA) - Deformed by their mother's alcoholism: The Indian territory where hundreds of children are suffering fetal alcohol syndrome because their pregnant moms won't stop drinking
In a Nebraska town, with a population of just 14 people, four stores sold more than four million beer cans in a space of a year.
The Boston Globe (USA) - Study finds state liquor laws saving more women than men
Stricter alcohol laws save lives — but for women more than men. That’s the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.
Loudoun Times - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Living with the most harmful, yet preventable prenatal disease
On June 23, 2000, Lisa Glasgow and her husband adopted 12-month-old Anzhella and her older brother Robert from Russia. When Glasgow met her daughter for the first time, she knew she wasn’t healthy, but she wasn’t going to walk away from the adoption. She didn’t know it at the time, but Anzhella was a victim of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

POPFASD - Dan Dubovsky - The Approach
Dan Dubovsky speaks about an approach that we all need to use in our work with individuals with FASD.
POPFASD - Dan Dubovsky - Mental Health Disorders and FASD
Dan Dubovsky speaks about how typical treatments for mental health disorders are not appropriate if FASD is a co-occurring diagnosis.
POPFASD - Dan Dubovsky - Comparing ODD, ADHD, and FASD
Dan Dubovsky compares the differences between ODD, ADHD, and FASD
Brain Matters - Alcohol and the Fetal Brain with Dr. Rajesh Miranda
On this episode of Brain Matters, Matt and Dr. Rajesh Miranda (Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, Texas A&M University) talk about fetal alcohol syndrome. Rajesh is passionate about finding ways to help those who fall on the spectrum of this syndrome by uncovering the ways alcohol interacts with the development of the fetal brain.
University of Manitoba Faculty of Health Sciences - Preventing FASD
A new report by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy at the University of Manitoba finds the InSight Mentoring Program is helping women with alcohol addictions make healthier choices while pregnant and once they’ve given birth.
YourAlberta - Parental Expectations with an Adult Child Impacted by FASD
Parental Expectations with an Adult Child Impacted by FASD Mary Berube, an adoptive mother of two young men with FASD, provides insight into FASD beyond age 18 and how it affects the family and individual.

Behavioural Brain Research - Impairment of social behaviour persists two years after embryonic alcohol exposure in zebrafish: a model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
We found the effects of embryonic alcohol exposure on social behaviour not to diminish with age, a result that demonstrates the deleterious and potentially life-long consequences of exposure to even small amount of alcohol during embryonic development in vertebrates.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - A metacognitive strategy for reducing disruptive behavior in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: GoFAR pilot
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are often characterized by disruptive behavior problems and there are few effective interventions available. GoFAR is a novel, 3-part intervention designed to improve self-regulation and adaptive living skills of children with FASD by improving metacognitive control of emotions and arousal.
American Society for Nutrition - Choline supplementation in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
There are no specific biological treatments for FASDs, but rodent models have shown that prenatal or postnatal choline supplementation reduces cognitive and behavioral deficits.

Oberpfalznetz (Germany) - Kleines Gläschen mit großer Wirkung
Die zum Teil schwerwiegenden Folgen von Alkoholkonsum während der Schwangerschaft sind nicht jedem bekannt. Fast jeder Fünfte denkt heute immer noch, dass ein Gläschen Bier oder Sekt in den neun Monaten vertretbar ist.
Życie Jarocina (Poland) - Warsztaty dla rodziców zastępczych
Pierwsze warsztaty szkoleniowe wzmacniające i zwiększające wiedzę oraz kompetencje opiekuńczo-wychowawcze odbędą się środę 28 października w godz. 9.00-14.00. Ich tematem będzie „Dziecko z FAS/FASD - charakterystyka, możliwości pomocy”. Zajęcia poprowadzi Iwona Palicka. Kolejne warsztaty zaplanowano na wtorek, 3 listopada.

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