Monday, December 26, 2016

FASD News - 51/2016

Healthline - The Best Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Blogs of 2016
We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. (Canada) - Parliament spikes FASD bill, Yukon MP and advocates disappointed
Yukon MP Larry Bagnell says he's disappointed in his fellow MPs for rejecting his bill that would allow special treatment of people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) involved in the criminal justice system. (Canada) - 'I felt like I wasn't alone anymore': Edmonton child diagnosed with FASD after battle for testing
An Edmonton woman says her family has the help it needs after her niece was finally tested and diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder last month.
Whitecourt Star - Professionals warn that risk of FASD not worth it for holiday tipplers
As holiday festivities are kicking off, professionals are urging caution to those who may be pregnant, or are planning on it.
Medical Xpress (USA) - As more women drink, some states take action
Little has changed when it comes to America's alcohol problem, with one exception: substantially more women are drinking compared to a decade ago, and a higher percentage of them are binge drinking.
Newcastle Advertiser (South Africa) - Save your unborn child and abstain from liquor
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a harsh reality, which affects babies who are born to women who drink. In an attempt to raise awareness about the syndrome, September 9 has been earmarked as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day.
The Washington Post - For women, heavy drinking has been normalized. That’s dangerous.
The ads started popping up about a decade ago on social media. Instead of selling alcohol with sex and romance, these ads had an edgier theme: Harried mothers chugging wine to cope with everyday stress. Women embracing quart-sized bottles of whiskey, and bellying up to bars to knock back vodka shots with men.

Alcoholism - Fetal Alcohol Exposure Alters Blood Flow and Neurological Responses to Transient Cerebral Ischemia in Adult Mice
Although FASD is associated with lifelong intellectual disability, the mechanisms mediating the emergence of secondary mental health and physical disabilities are poorly understood.
Research in Developmental Disabilities - Intervention recommendations and subsequent access to services following clinical assessment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) experience multiple difficulties requiring various interventions. Researchers have called for investigation into service use with respect to clinically recommended interventions.
Alcoholism - An ERP Study of Response Inhibition in the Auditory Domain in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Previous event-related potential (ERP) studies of response inhibition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have used a visual Go/NoGo task to study the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on response inhibition.
Deakin University - FASD: From isolation to inclusion in Australian schools
This research investigated pedagogical approaches required for the successful inclusion of children and young people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
NIH - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - From Research to Policy
Forty years ago, alcohol was not commonly recognized as a teratogen, an agent that can disrupt the development of a fetus. Today, we understand that prenatal alcohol exposure induces a variety of adverse effects on physical, neurological, and behavioral development.
JAMA - Association Between the Birth of an Infant With Major Congenital Anomalies and Subsequent Risk of Mortality in Their Mothers
Do mothers who give birth to an infant with a major congenital anomaly have an increased risk of mortality?
University of Toronto - Discontinuation Patterns of Substances of Abuse in Pregnancy in a Cohort of Women Seeking Addiction and Parenting Support: A Mixed Methods Study
Substance use during pregnancy is a major public health concern, stemming from potential physical and psychosocial harms to both the mother and child.
Handbook of Missing Persons - Pregnancy and Parenting Among Runaway and Homeless Young Women
Homeless youth face numerous challenging life circumstances, both prior to leaving home and while homeless. Examples of such difficult experiences include exceptionally high rates of pregnancy and early parenthood, particularly in comparison to their housed peers.
Alcoholism - A Comparison Among 5 Methods for the Clinical Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Despite the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the importance of accurate identification of patients, clinical diagnosis may not be consistent across sites due to the heterogeneous nature of FASD and the characteristics of different diagnostic systems used.
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Alcoholism - Letter to the Editor Regarding Coles, Gailey, Mulle, Kable, Lynch, and Jones (2016): A Comparison Among 5 Methods for the Clinical Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum DisordersIN THIS LETTER to the Editor, I discuss a study conducted by Coles and colleagues (2016) that took on the important task of comparing the outcomes of 5 fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) diagnostic systems when retroactively applied to the records of 1,581 patients.
Alcoholism - Response to Astley's Letter to the EditorRead more

Hrvatska radiotelevizija (Croatia) - I povremeno konzumiranje alkohola u trudnoći opasno za fetus
Neke trudnice i dalje vjeruju da je potpuno bezopasno za vrijeme trudnoći povremeno popiti čašu alkoholnog pića, no sve je više dokaza o tome da čak i mala količina može ostaviti posljedice na fetus.
Aachener Nachrichten (Germany) - Benefizkonzert: Mehr als 1300 Euro gesammelt
Eigens aus Lingen an der Ems war die Vorsitzende des Vereins FASD Deutschland, Gisela Michalowski, nach Birgelen gekommen, um den Erlös aus dem Benefizkonzert entgegenzunehmen, das Paul und Uschi Antenbrink zugunsten des Vereins organisiert hatten. (Germany) - Schwangerschaft und Alkohol: Frauen mit hohem Bildungsstatus sündigen öfter
Ein Gläschen Sekt, ein Bier, Glühwein ... In der Vorweihnachtszeit gehört der Alkohol für viele dazu. Die KKH warnt vor den Folgen von Alkoholgenuss während der Schwangerschaft. Statistiken zufolge neigen gerade Frauen mit höherem Bildungs- und Sozialstatus dazu, zu sündigen.

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