Sunday, October 14, 2018

FASD News - 41/2018

The Conversation - The truth about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is often overlooked and understudied. Caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, it is sometimes referred to as an “invisible disorder.”
Regina Leader-Post (Canada) - No option but indeterminate sentence for dangerous offender with FASD
There is little doubt a 33-year-old man’s inability to successfully deal with his violent behaviour is related to his FASD diagnosis.
CFJC Today Kamloops (Canada) - Kamloops mom pushing for more government support for FASD children
Sellene McBride is like any 8-year-old girl - full of energy and always wanting to play. In particular, Sellene loves to climb and is fearless in doing so.
Medical Xpress - New screening tool to improve outcomes for kids with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has often been called the 'invisible disability' due to its high rate of non- or misdiagnosis among children. Now, a new screening tool being developed by the University of South Australia will enable earlier detection and much needed support for thousands of families affected by this condition.
news.delaware.gov (USA) - DHSS, Fetal Alcohol Task Force and Brandywine Counseling & Community Services Remind Pregnant Women Not to Drink During Pregnancy
To commemorate September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Task Force of Delaware and Brandywine Counseling & Community Services are reminding pregnant women that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.
Medical Xpress - AAP report addresses managing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
In a clinical report published online Sept. 10 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented to support pediatric providers in managing patients with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Star2.com - It’s never OK to drink alcohol while pregnant, new study says
For such a little guy, Robert McCloud has worked very hard to get to where he is today. At age 13 months, he weighs less than half of most babies his age.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Aussies to vote on whether Kiwi booze should come with pregnancy warnings
Whether alcoholic drinks in New Zealand will come with mandatory health warnings is in the hands of a group largely made up of Australians.
The West Australian (Australia/New Zealand) - WA Health Minister Roger Cook gathers support in push for pregnancy warnings on packaged alcohol
WA Health Minister Roger Cook has secured national support in his push to have mandatory pregnancy warnings on all packaged alcohol.
1NewsNow (New Zealand) - 'It makes me feel like my brain's going to burst' - 46,000 Kiwis suffer from fetal alcohol disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder has the ability to cause problems from learning difficulties to violent, emotional meltdowns.
ADLS (New Zealand) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) don’t make good decisions due to alcohol exposed brain damage before birth, which makes them vulnerable to ending up in the criminal justice system.

UPCOMING
NOFAS - NOFAS Free Webinar: Putting the Pieces Together: Using Genes to Understand Variation in FASD (October 25)
Join Dr. Tatiana Foroud of Indiana University as she discusses what is currently known about genes and prenatal alcohol exposure.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
CanFASD - Supporting Employment in Individuals with FASD
In this report, we present findings from a project focused on successful employment for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). A guide was developed for use by employment professionals to support individuals with FASD in preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining
employment.
University of South Australia - New screening tool to improve outcomes for kids with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has often been called the ‘invisible disability’ due to its high rate of non- or misdiagnosis among children. Now, a new screening tool being developed by the University of South Australia will enable earlier detection, and much needed support for thousands of families affected by this condition.
NOFAS-UK - NEW BOOK FOR CHILDREN WITH FASD
NOFAS-UK has created an innovative 16-page book to promote wellbeing in children and young people with FASD. It provides information in a fun and visual format, emphasising the strengths of those with FASD and highlighting strategies that can help.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran - FASD Foetal alcohol
bctv.org - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neo-natal Abstinence Syndrome
Yvonone Stroman is joined by Dr. Santoro and Dr. Dougherty to talk about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neo-natal Abstinence Syndrome.
San Diego Moms Blog - National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month
On Thursday, September 27th we went Facebook Live with expert Sonia Alvarado of MotherToBaby CA at UC San Diego Center for Better Beginnings.
Recovery Direct - Alcohol Abuse During Pregnancy & FAS Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Crisis in South Africa
FAS or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a condition in which alcohol causes growth problems, brain damage, behavioral problems and developmental issues in unborn babies. This condition occurs when a woman consumes an excessive amount of alcohol while she is pregnant.

RESEARCH
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health - Responding to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a significant public health issue in Australia that is poorly diagnosed, chronic and costly. FASD is a diffuse acquired brain injury secondary to prenatal alcohol exposure.
Brain connectivity - Altered Functional Connectivity Observed at Rest in Children and Adolescents Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol
Studies of brain structure in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have shown the global and focal effects that prenatal alcohol exposure has on the brain, albeit suggesting but not measuring altered function in FASD.
Human Brain Mapping - White matter microstructure in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: A systematic review of diffusion tensor imaging studies
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has revolutionized our understanding of the neural underpinnings of alcohol teratogenesis. This technique can detect alterations in white matter in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Developmental Neurorehabilitation - Everyday memory difficulties in children and adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This study provides important insights regarding the memory issues that underlie daily functional challenges faced by youth with FASD and the need for future intervention research.
First Peoples Child & Family Review - Challenges And Resiliency In Aboriginal Adults With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Aboriginal adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) face multiple barriers to services that did not exist in their childhood, yet they still cope with the same FASD-related cognitive issues that they experienced in childhood.
Alcohol and Alcoholism - Malocclusion Can Give Additional Hints for Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Our results show that malocclusion can provide additional evidence for FASD diagnosis. When FASD is diagnosed in a child, early referral to an orthodontist is advisable to stimulate maxillary growth and consequently prevent further malocclusions.
HELDA - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the epigenome, gene expression and development
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects the developing fetus and causes a wide range of physical and neurological abnormalities. The phenotype is generally described as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) which is used as an umbrella term for all disorders caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.
International journal of molecular sciences - Alcohol and the Developing Brain: Why Neurons Die and How Survivors Change
The consequences of alcohol drinking during pregnancy are dramatic and usually referred to as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). This condition is one of the main causes of intellectual disability in Western countries.
Deeble Institute - Reducing harms related to alcohol use in pregnancy: Policy and practice recommendations
The widespread use of alcohol during pregnancy is a significant public health concern in Australia. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, caused by maternal alcohol use in pregnancy, increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and FASD.
Child Neuropsychology - Comparisons of the BRIEF parental report and neuropsychological clinical tests of executive function in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: data from the UK national specialist clinic
Extant literature is sparse with regards to the relationship between caregiver reports and neuropsychological tests of executive functioning in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry - Meconium analysis as a promising diagnostic tool for monitoring fetal exposure to toxic substances: Recent trends and perspectives
Prenatal exposure to toxic substances is an important public health problem. Many biological specimens obtained from the fetus or mother are used for biomonitoring.
Child Abuse Review - Poverty and Family Reunification for Mothers with Substance Use Disorders in Child Welfare
Although prior research has established that maternal substance use disorders (SUDs) are associated with poor foster care outcomes, few earlier studies have sought to differentiate between families with maternal SUDs who reunify and those who do not reunify.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Radio Opole (Poland) - Szkodliwości picia alkoholu w czasie ciąży poświęcona będzie konferencja "Świat bez FASD"
Nie ma bezpiecznej dawki alkoholu pitego w czasie ciąży. Każda jego ilość niesie ryzyko wystąpienia zaburzeń w rozwoju dziecka.
Slovenske novice (Slovenia) - Nosečnice, veste, kdaj alkohol še zlasti škodi razvoju ploda?
Strokovnjaki vseskozi opozarjajo na to, da je alkohol v nosečnosti prepovedan, zato naj nosečnice nikar ne posegajo po njem.

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