Sunday, November 11, 2018

FASD News - 45/2018

HuffPost UK - An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan – And All Parents-To-Be
You are expecting a baby! Oh, the dreams and hopes and joy of it all. Congratulations from one British-American family to another. Each of us wants a bright future for our children, no matter how many ‘u-s’ we have in our words or ‘zeds’ that fall by the wayside.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder workshop response overwhelms organiser
A hui about foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has received so much interest it's had to be moved to a bigger venue - and there's still a waitlist.
The Advocate (Tasmania) - Support from Tasmania for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder warning labels on alcohol packaging
The state’s peak drug and alcohol body says alcohol packaging should be mandatorily labelled to warn pregnant women about the harm of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. (Canada) - Northern Saskatchewan program raises awareness of alcohol-related harms
New funding has allowed the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute to expand, allowing the Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) program to better engage people in northern areas of the province about the harms of alcohol.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - Study finds newborns of Ontario women with developmental disabilities are more likely to be taken into protective custody
Newborns of Ontario women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are 30 times more likely to be taken into protective custody than the rest of the population, according to a new study that says these separations can be harmful to both babies and their mothers.
At CanFASD, we have been working to create a common definition of FASD for use in a Canadian context.
Revere Health - The Reality of Drinking During Pregnancy
If you have recently become pregnant, you’re probably receiving a lot of advice from family and friends regarding pregnancy dos and don’ts. Some of the advice you hear may be contradictory.

Alcohol Healthwatch - Our Science, Our Stories: 2nd Australasian FASD Conferenc (AUSTRALIA 21-22 NOV 2018)
We encourage you to attend this important conference, happening at a critical time of FASD action in both Australia and New Zealand.
CTRI - Live Stream: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting (Mar 12 - Mar 13, 2019)
This workshop will review five pillars for success when supporting individuals with FASD. These include a focus on Strengths, Healthy Relationships, Promoting FASD Self Awareness, Adaptations Strategies, and Team-Based Support.

IHDCYH Talks Entretiens de l'IDSEA - What it takes: Supporting loved ones with FASD
Dorothy Reid, Family Advisory Committee, Can FASD Research Network.
FASD Network of Saskatchewan – You received an FASD diagnosis. Now What? Infographic
Receiving an FASD diagnosis can seem overwhelming but here are 5 general tasks that can help start you on your journey with FASD.
EFAN - FASD Strategies, Not Solutions
This Booklet is designed for caregivers and professionals who, in their everyday lives, encounter children and youth affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The Mom's View - FASD: The Reality of Drinking During Pregnancy #tmvfeature
Today on The Mom's View, we welcome special guest, Judy (, to give us some insight on her life and her advocacy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Telethon Kids Institute - ALCOHOL AND PREGNANCY
Many people ask what is a safe amount to drink when pregnant? The answer is that the only way to guarantee that a child will not be born with FASD is to completely abstain from alcohol throughout a pregnancy.
Proof Alliance - Exciting News from MOFAS
MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Proof Alliance - We used to smoke on airplanes. Drive without seatbelts. Use lead paint and asbestos. But then we woke up. Looked at the facts. And, as a society, we decided to change things.
My Healthy Globe - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FASD Awareness SE #BEAWARE - FASD #Be Aware
The film was commissioned by the Charity FASD Awareness SE, to draw a greater awareness of the condition and its impact on individuals, families, care-givers and society in general.
FASD Awareness SE #BEAWARE - Reasons Women Drink While Pregnant
This film was commissioned by the Charity FASD Awareness SE. These films are a powerful tool to help FASD Awareness SE promote and educate the public worldwide of the possible effects drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause to a developing foetus.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education - Planning for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This document is intended to assist educators in meeting the needs of students who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Across Saskatchewan, school personnel have been working to find the best approaches for meeting the needs of all students.
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Special Books by Special Kids - Living with an Invisible Disability (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
Johnny is diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol syndrome. His biological mother abused drugs and alcohol while he was in the womb. Now, his adoptive sister has committed to be his guardian as they enter adulthood together.

Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Coordinated Tcf7l2 regulation in a mouse model implicates Wnt signaling in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Mouse models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have repeatedly identified genes with long-term changes in expression, DNA methylation, noncoding RNA and histone modifications in response to neurodevelopmental alcohol exposure.
BMC Public Health - Exploring service providers’ perspectives on the prevention and management of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in South Africa: a qualitative study
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is among the leading causes of developmental and intellectual disabilities in individuals. Although efforts are being made toward the prevention and management of FASD in South Africa, the prevalence remains high.
PsyArXiv - Systematic literature review on which maternal alcohol behaviors are related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a worldwide problem. Maternal alcohol consumption is an important risk factor for FASD. It remains unknown which alcohol consumption patterns most strongly predict FASD. The objective of this study was to identify these.
BMC Public Health - A systematic review of prevention interventions to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in indigenous communities
Overall, there is little evidence that previous interventions aiming to reduce the risk of prenatal alcohol exposure or FASD in Indigenous populations have been effective.
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology - Speech Impairment in Boys With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Findings indicate that the speech impairment in boys with FASD results from a combination of deficits in multiple subsystems and should be approached as a disorder rather than a developmental delay.
Journal of Addiction Medicine - A Multicountry Updated Assessment of the Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Costs for Children and Adults
The data on the economic burden of FASD are scarce, and the existing estimates likely underestimate the full economic impact of this disorder on the affected individuals, their caregivers, and society.
Journal of addiction medicine - A Current Evaluation of the Economic Costs for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A Comment on the Systematic Review by Greenmeyer et al.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is common and associated with economic costs greater than comparable other childhood and adult disorders. We need to turn our attention to prevention and mitigation.
Early Human Development - Dermatoglyphics in children prenatally exposed to alcohol: Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) as a biomarker of alcohol exposure
Heavy prenatal ethanol exposure (demonstrated by high levels of FAEEs) alters the neuroectoderm developmental program during pregnancy: PAE correlates with FAABRC, which behaves as a dermatoglyphic variable sensitive to FASD and deserves to be studied as a surrogate marker of neurodevelopmental damage during foetal development.
Human Kinetics Journals - FAST Club: The Impact of a Physical Activity Intervention on Executive Function in Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Physical activity (PA) has been demonstrated to have positive effects on cognitive function, particularly executive function (EF) skills. Animal models suggest PA may be effective in ameliorating some of the neuropsychological effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), but this approach has not been extended to humans.
Alcohol - Neonatal alcohol exposure augments voluntary ethanol intake in the absence of potentiated anxiety-like behavior induced by chronic intermittent ethanol vapor exposure
These data recapitulate clinical observations of enhanced sensitivity for alcohol dependence following developmental alcohol exposure, which may reflect enhanced motivational drive rather than potentiated negative affect.
Pediatric Neuropsychiatry - A Diagnosis of Exclusion: Demystifying Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (ND-PAE) is the DSM-5 diagnostic term to describe the effects of alcohol exposure on the central nervous system and brain during the embryonic and fetal period.
Hypertension Research - Association between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in Japan: the Japan Environment and Children’s Study
This study examined the association between maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in the Japan Environment and Children’s Study, a nationwide birth cohort study.
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Prenatal alcohol exposure and offspring alcohol use and misuse at 22 years of age: A prospective longitudinal study
These results indicate that individuals exposed to as little as one drink per day during gestation are at risk of higher levels of drinking and more problems with alcohol by age 22.
2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) - Influence of prenatal alcohol and smoke exposure on neonatal vagal tone in response to head-up tilt
This paper investigates differences in the parasympathetically mediated heart rate response to head-up tilt in two populations of newborns. One group was unexposed to any drug during pregnancy, the other was exposed to both alcohol and smoking in utero.
Birth defects Research - Gestational age and socioeconomic status as mediators for the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on development at 6 months
Results suggest that PAE is associated with higher rates of preterm birth and that alcohol's effect on development in infancy may be both direct and mediated by shortened length of gestation.
Pediatrics in Review - Effect of Maternal Substance Abuse on the Fetus, Neonate, and Child
The abuse of certain drugs or medications during pregnancy can have detrimental effects on the fetus and neonate. Previous research has shown that 5% of pregnant women use 1 or more addictive substances.
Pediatrics - Comment on Drinking or Smoking While Breastfeeding and Later Cognition in Children
Several members of our research team read with interest the recent article by Gibson and Porter,1 entitled “Drinking or Smoking While Breastfeeding and Later Cognition in Children.”

SÜDKURIER Online (Germany) - Der Konstanzer Samuel ist 21 Jahre alt und trinkt keinen Alkohol: Weil seine Mutter während der Schwangerschaft trank, ist er seit seiner Geburt trockener Alkoholiker
Wenn die Freunde nach dem Sport anstoßen, greift Samuel zu Spezi oder Apfelschorle. Seine Mutter hat während der Schwangerschaft getrunken, der 21-jährige Konstanzer muss deshalb den Rest seines Lebens mit den Folgen des Fetalen Alkoholsyndroms leben.
Quarks (Germany) - Weibliches Video: Fetales Alkoholsyndrom: Hirnschäden durch Alkohol in Schwangerschaft
Das Trinken von Alkohol während ihrer Schwangerschaft kann dazu führen, dass das Baby einer Frau mit Geburtsfehlern und Entwicklungsstörungen geboren wird. In der Tat ist Alkohol (Bier, Wein oder Schnaps) die Hauptursache vermeidbarer Geburtsfehler und Entwicklungsstörungen in den Vereinigten Staaten.

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