Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Alcohol News - 9/2019

Forbes (USA) - The Alcohol Crisis In America Has Been Overshadowed By Opioids, But Can No Longer Be Ignored
When talking about drug abuse and drug-related death in the U.S., most conversations and statistics do not include alcohol. Although alcohol is classified as a depressant, the amount consumed and type of alcohol determine the outcome and thus, most individuals think of it as separate from other drugs.
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Nunavut News (Canada) - Kugaaruk voters choose to keep ban on alcohol
Fifty-four per cent of voters in Monday’s liquor plebiscite preferred that alcohol remain outlawed in the community.
Daily Mail (Scotland) - Call to raise minimum price for alcohol to 60p per unit
Minimum pricing for alcohol should be raised to 60p per unit in Scotland, the Liberal Democrats have suggested.
ABC News (Australia) - Baseball Australia announces total booze ban — but there's a catch
Baseball Australia has announced it will no longer accept alcohol advertising or sponsorship at its national and junior levels, setting the organisation at odds with its own domestic clubs that continue to cash in on booze brands.
Daily Mail - Nutritionist reveals what alcohol REALLY does to your stomach, brain and liver - and reveals her tricks to help your body repair after a heavy night
Most people are familiar with the effects of alcohol - dry skin, brittle hair and a banging headache - but few of us give much thought to the long-term health implications.
Scarborough Today (UK) - Hospital admissions for conditions caused by alcohol abuse rising in North Yorkshire
Hospital admissions for conditions directly caused by alcohol abuse are rising in North Yorkshire, with the British Liver Trust putting the “alarming” figures down to an increasing drinking culture among middle aged and older drinkers. (Canada) - Territories get failing grades on curbing alcohol harms: study
Two studies released Wednesday from the University of Victoria's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research look at provincial, territorial and federal policies to curb the damaging effects of drinking on people's health and safety.
Fortune - Cannabis May Pose a 'Long-Term Risk' to the Alcohol Industry
The legal marijuana industry could emerge to become one of the biggest threats to the multi-billion dollar beverage alcohol business, according to a new report from a top analytical firm.
The Versed - Alcohol Is The New Cause For This Common Pain And Here’s How
The typical headache attacks experienced by migraine sufferers is unilateral, of gradual onset, throbbing, moderate to extreme in severity, and typically aggravated by almost any movement.
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - Tax review fails to heed calls for urgency on alcohol tax
Alcohol Healthwatch warns a business as usual approach to alcohol harm in our country represents a lost opportunity to significantly improve the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Science Daily - New method uses AI to screen for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), Queen's University (Ontario) and Duke University have developed a new tool that can screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) quickly and affordably, making it accessible to more children in remote locations worldwide.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Did you look forward to last night’s bottle of wine a bit too much? Ladies, you’re not alone
This month, close to 40,000 people, mostly women, have given up alcohol for FebFast and many others will be participating in Dry July.
Global News Radio (Canada) - The financial cost of alcohol-related harm in BC exceeds the revenue generated from liquor products: research
Here in BC, we've been consuming more and more alcohol every year for at least the past 15 years. And a new report outlines the many consequences of that: illnesses... increased crime... and even death. And that's not to mention the costs to from all that alcohol-related harm - it's so high that it actually exceeds the amount of money companies make from selling alcohol.
Baylor College of Medicine (USA) - The ethical argument to reducing legal blood alcohol concentration level
In the United States, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury and death, with 29 Americans losing their lives to alcohol-related driving incidents daily, and alcohol consumption is the single greatest contributing factor to motor vehicle fatalities.
University of Gothenburg (Sweden) - Alcohol consumption and alcohol-related injuries are increasing among the elderly
Elderly people in Sweden drink more than before. At the same time, the number of alcohol-related injuries among the elderly is increasing, since sensitivity to alcohol and the risk of injuries and diseases rise with age.
Metro Voice - Women are giving themselves cancer with alcohol
Middle-aged women aren’t getting the message that there’s a proven link between alcohol consumption and higher breast cancer risk, according to researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Alcohol News - 8/2019

The Local (France) - How alcohol is still proving deadly for the French
In France, alcohol kills tens of thousands of people each year, with French men particularly affected, a new report shows.
Science Daily - Link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer ignored by women most at risk
Middle aged women aren't getting the message about the proven link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer, at a time when more are drinking while cancer rates in their age bracket are increasing, according to a new study.
Hindustan Times (India) - 5.7 crore Indians dependent on alcohol: AIIMS study
A study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has revealed that 5.7 crore Indians are addicted to alcohol and about 8.5 lakh people inject drugs.
BBC News (UK) - Glasgow's alcohol court to deal with domestic abuse
Glasgow's alcohol court is to be extended, a year on from its introduction.From next month, the court will also be able to deal with domestic abuse cases where alcohol played a role.
Birmingham Live (UK) - The heartbreaking toll alcohol is having on Brummies' health revealed
New figures have revealed the heartbreaking toll of alcohol on people's health - with dozens of people in Birmingham admitted to hospital over and over again because of drink-related disease.
WebMD (USA) - Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick
Americans may not be drinking much more than they used to -- but they’re drinking more potent stuff.
OnMedica (Wales) - Wales to press ahead with minimum unit alcohol pricing
The Welsh government will press ahead with plans to set a minimum unit price of 50p for alcohol in Wales, following the results of a public consultation, health minister Vaughan Gething has announced.
Times Now - Early onset of drinking and intoxication may lead to heavy drinking, alcohol dependence among people: Study
Early onset of drinking and intoxication may lead to heavy drinking and alcohol dependence among people, warn researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in the US.
Toronto Star - Will the hospitality industry be left high and dry by alcohol moderation trend?
While we’re unlikely to see the evaporation of Caesars, wine, or beer anytime soon, you can expect to see more hospitality owners devote significant menu real estate to well-thought-out booze-free mixed drinks in a bid to reach to more customers.
There’s been a long term push to ban alcohol advertising in Australian sport. Should the same scrutiny be applied to streaming platforms like Spotify?
Retail News Asia (Singapore) - Smaller duty-free alcohol allowance and GST relief for overseas shopping
From midnight tonight, Singapore duty-free allowances will be cut by about a third for returning travellers. Other allowances have also been reduced.
Chiang Rai Times (Thailand) - Road Fatalities in Thailand “Cut in Half” When Alcohol Banned on Holidays
A ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks on Asarnha Bucha day and the first day of Buddhist Lent reduced road fatalities on those days by roughly a half.
The Guardian (UK) - 'I'm not spending money on that': the rise of the teetotal student
Like most students heading off to university, Emily Proctor, 19, felt apprehensive. But it wasn’t just the thought of leaving her family and making new friends that caused her to be anxious; Proctor was concerned about how she’d fit in as a teetotal student.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking
Is it better to spend £3 on a bacon sandwich or a pint of beer? Or to spend £2,000 on a holiday in the Seychelles rather than fix a leaky roof? As consumers we are usually very able to decide which option offers the better return on our investment – and often those returns will be improvements to our quality of life.
National Post (Canada) - 10/3 podcast: The myths and mystery of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
We have known for nearly half a century that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm an unborn child.
GhanaWeb (Ghana) - Ghana calls for stringent measures to regulate sale of alcohol
Mr Roger Atambire Abaa, the Executive Director of Life of Alcohol and Drugs Ghana, (LOAD-Ghana), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has called for stringent measures to regulate the brewing of alcoholic beverages and the establishment of drinking bars in the country. (Spain) - Will your next flight to Spain be dry? Country calls for complete airline alcohol BAN
TOURISTS travelling to Spain for their holiday may have to save their Sangria for when they land, as opposed to as a pre-flight treat, in light of new plans. Authorities in the tourist hotspot have called for a booze ban on airline flights and in airport terminals.
The Takeout - Are millennials and Gen-Z avoiding alcohol because of social media?
Nonalcoholic beverages are on the rise, and alcohol sales are down. No- and low-alcohol lines are up 3.9 percent, The Wall Street Journal reported this week, even as the beer industry flatlines.
The Northern Daily Leader (Australia) - 'Wine o'clock' a concern as women's alcohol consumption rises
Growing evidence that women are catching up to men when it comes to alcohol consumption is triggering concern. (Canada) - Many pregnant women still consume alcohol despite prenatal checks: U of M study
A study of Manitoba women who gave birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder says current levels of prenatal care don't go far enough.
IAS (UK) - Preventing the cycle of alcohol-related harm
You don’t have to spend long in the NHS to see the harmful impact that alcohol has. Doctors working in General Practice, accident and emergency departments, hospital wards or in public health teams, routinely see the devastating consequences.
NordAN (Sweden) - Mattias Lindros: I have only been tested 2 times in 20 years
While alcolocks in buses are becoming more common, in aviation, the enforcement of strict alcohol laws are much weaker. As we hear from Mattias Lindros, a commercial pilot from Sweden, the need for change is real.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

FASD New - 7/2019

CTV News (Canada) - New court to use judges with understanding of FASD
A new court that's expected to open later this month in Manitoba will have judges with an understanding about the complexities of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Watoday (Australia) - Kimberley report an 'almost unparalleled' chance to change: Telethon Kids Institute
Telethon Kids Institute director Jonathan Carapetis has called the report’s focus on curbing rampant rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder “an almost unparalleled opportunity for a different approach” – if this government avoids the mistakes made by all the previous governments. (New Zealand) - One drink while pregnant is a risk you shouldn't take, trust me
Well, the last few days have been a bumpy ride, to say the least. It's been a ride that had me pondering a lot on one aspect that has a massive impact on my family's life: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
New York Times (USA) - Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth
Recommending that pregnant women not drink alcohol has been called old-fashioned and even patriarchal. So, as a feminist, my opinion may come as a surprise. - Mother’s Immune Profile May Influence Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Outcome
A new study has found that alcohol use during pregnancy can affect a woman’s immune system in ways that may predict her child’s neurodevelopmental outcome.
Korea Times (South Korea) - 'High-risk mothers must have additional prenatal tests'
Chung, 35, is in her fourth year of marriage and hopes to give birth to her first child this year. However, worries are on the rise as she was recently deemed to be in the high-risk pregnancy category.
Essential Baby - The brutal truth about living with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Well, the last few days have been a bumpy ride, to say the least. It's been a ride that had me pondering a lot on one aspect that has a massive impact on my family's life: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Over half a million with FASD in Ontario wait for services and direct financial supports as the government continues to deny diagnostic services and supports for 4% of the population.

The FASD Network of Saskatchewan - FASD Lunch n' Learn (March 2019, Canada)
The FASD Network is travelling to 10 Saskatchewan communities to deliver presentations on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is a life-long, brain-based disability that causes mild to severe impairment in physical, cognitive, sensory and behavioural development.
CASPA Services Ltd - COFFS HARBOUR - *New* Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (8 August 2019, USA)
This workshop provides a range of practical tools and strategies for understanding and supporting young people diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, within a therapeutic framework.
International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (March 6-9, 2019 Canada)
This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.

UMMCVideos - Cutting-Edge Neonatology Research at University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
Dr. Bearer explains the reach of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), as well as FAS spectrum disorder, which can occur from use of everyday products.
Amanda Beall - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Disability Presentation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Bridgeway Family Homes – Foster Parent trainining
FASD Training November 2018 PT2 Amanda Rawn-Alton.
REACH Edmonton - Pathways In and Out of Sexual Exploitation: The Role of FASD
Lisa Rogozinsky and Brittany Durant, of the Edmonton Area Fetal Alcohol Network, will discus FASD and how the condition affects the vulnerability of people at risk of being sexually exploited.

bioRxiv - Maternal Circulating MiRNAs That Predict Infant FASD Outcomes Influence Placental Maturation
Prenatal Alcohol exposure (PAE), like other pregnancy complications, can result in placental insufficiency and fetal growth restriction, though the linking causal mechanisms are unclear.
University of Maryland - Effects of Alcohol Exposure during Developmental Phases on Brain Functional Connectivity
Nursing New Zealand - Avoiding alcohol in pregnancy
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a public health crisis affecting thousands of families in New Zealand. All nurses can play a part in raising awareness of how it can be prevented.
Scientific reports - Serum concentrations of IGF-I/IGF-II as biomarkers of alcohol damage during foetal development and diagnostic markers of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
These findings validate the use of growth factors IGF-I and IGF-II as surrogate biomarkers of damage induced by prenatal exposure to ethanol and could be used in the diagnosis of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
OpenUCT - Determination of a brief AUDIT screening questionnaire to identify women at risk of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption in primary care settings
Alcohol consumption in South Africa is a major contributing factor to the quadruple burden of disease. Additionally, South Africa has the highest rate of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world.
Children and Youth Services Review - Planning for safe care or widening the net?: A review and analysis of 51 states’ CAPTA policies addressing substance-exposed infants
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) amended Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Reauthorization of 2010 (CAPTA) to include mandates that states’ child protection systems implement policy for identification and safety planning in cases of prenatal substance exposure (“State Plans”).
Gaceta sanitaria - Health advice on alcohol consumption in pregnant women in Seville (Spain)
The recommended health advice to avoid alcohol consumption during pregnancy does not effectively reach a large proportion of pregnant women. Developing institutional programmes which help healthcare professionals to carry out effective preventive activities of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is needed.
McMaster Health Forum - Rapid Synthesis: Identifying Effective Approaches to Support Parents and Caregivers of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
An assessment of what is known about the effective approaches to support parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Journal of Public Health - The interaction between maternal smoking, illicit drug use and alcohol consumption associated with neonatal outcomes
The adverse effects of smoking on neonatal outcomes, such as small-for-gestational-age (SGA), has been extensively studied however, the consequences of smoking combined with alcohol and/or drug use is less clear.
cmajOPEN - Prenatal care of women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in a universal health care system: a case–control study using linked administrative data
Women who give birth to children with FASD have higher rates of inadequate prenatal care and significant social complexities. Socioeconomic disparities in the use of prenatal care should be addressed; multisector interventions are needed that facilitate the uptake of prenatal care by high-risk women who use alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Prenatal alcohol exposure and facial morphology in a UK cohort
There is no strong evidence, in a sample representative of the general population, for an effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on normal-range variation in facial morphology.

WESER-KURIER (Germany) - Fataler Fehler mit Langzeitwirkung
Unter anderem das Diakonische Werk und der Familienservice des Landkreises beteiligen sich vom 10. bis 16. Februar an der internationalen Nacoa-Aktionswoche für Kinder aus Familien mit suchtkranken Menschen.
Szpitalu Dziecięcym (Poland) - Zapraszamy na szkolenie dla rodziców adopcyjnych dzieci z FASD
Szanowni Państwo, Zespół ds. FASD przy Szpitalu Dziecięcym im. św. Ludwika w Krakowie ma zaszczyt zaprosić na szkolenie dla rodziców adopcyjnych dzieci z postawioną diagnozą FASD. Będzie ono poświęcone szerokiej problematyce opieki, wychowywania i wspierania rozwoju dzieci z tym problemem.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Alcohol News - 6/2019 (UK) - Baby boomers driving up hospital alcohol admission numbers as millennials turn their backs on drink
Alcohol-related hospital admissions have risen fifteen per cent in a decade amid warnings that drinking by ‘baby boomers' is taking its toll.
Economic Times - How binge-drinking may have lasting and adverse effects on your brain's wiring
Heavy drinking in adolescence has lasting effects on the brain wiring, and may increase the risk of psychological problems and alcohol use disorder later in life, say scientists, including one of Indian origin. - Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Is Affecting New Demographics
Alcohol-related liver damage used to be associated with older men but new statistics suggest that the disease is now increasingly affecting younger people.
Newshub (New Zealand) - New Zealanders lack knowledge around alcohol – study
New research has revealed a distinct lack of knowledge New Zealanders have around alcohol. The survey found many don't know how big a standard drink is, or how long it takes for the body to process one.
The Independent (Singapore) - No drink-and-fly pilots: Singapore slams with random alcohol tests
The stellar reputation of Singapore Airlines, consistently ranked as one of the safest airlines in the world, took a global beating when a SIA pilot was caught boozy last September in Melbourne and the flight headed to Wellington, New Zealand, was cancelled, angering many passengers who were subsequently stranded in the airport.
New York Times - Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth
Guidance to not drink while pregnant is not sexist. I’m all for smashing the patriarchy at each and every opportunity. And it’s true that medicine has been hopelessly patriarchal since, well, medicine started. But providing people with accurate information so they can make informed choices about their bodies is the antithesis of the patriarchy. It is power.
WHO Europe - New WHO factsheets reveal Europe struggles to implement policies to reduce alcohol consumption
The WHO European Region struggles with one of the highest levels of alcohol-related deaths in the world. To discuss effective and evidence-based ways to reverse this trend, Member States met in Stockholm, Sweden, at the first regional consultation focused on the implementation of the European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020.
The Guardian (UK) - Richer, older men more likely to drink to excess, figures show
One in five people drink more than they should, according to the latest official statistics, with richer, older men most likely to consume so much alcohol that they are risking their health.
HR Dive (USA) - Sexual harassment, other liabilities causing companies to rethink alcohol policies
Some tech companies offer alcohol as a perk, but employees' access to beer or wine might be losing its appeal. The #MeToo movement made the pervasiveness of sexual misconduct at work front-page news.
NordAN (Sweden) - Alcohol policy: Sweden’s Groundhog day
“Groundhog day” is a film from the 90’s about a man that gets stuck reliving the same day over and over again. When looking at the Swedish alcohol policy debate in later years, there are some similarities to be found with the film.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

FASD News - 5/2019

EuroWeekly News (Spain) - Almost half of pregnant women drink alcohol according to Spanish study
ACCORDING to a study carried out by BCNatal, the Center for Maternal Fetal of the Sant Joan de Deu and Clinic hospital, 42 per cent of women consume alcohol despite the negative affect it can have on the baby’s growth and neurodevelopment.
The BMJ (Scotland) - Guidance on fetal alcohol syndrome aims to improve diagnosis and treatment in Scotland
Guidelines to help doctors diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorder have been published by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network,1 the first in the UK to cover the disorder.
Nursing Times (UK) - First ever guidelines issued in UK for diagnosing foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Healthcare professionals are being urged to read the UK’s first guideline on diagnosing foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in order to become better acquainted with how to identify it.
SIGN (Scotland) - Children and young people exposed prenatally to alcohol
Alcohol consumption in pregnancy has the potential to cause significant fetal damage. In 1973, a cluster of birth defects resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) was first described as the clinical entity fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Bonnyville Nouvelle (Canada) - AHS looking to improve FASD services
Those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can’t always access the services available to them, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) is looking to change that.
The Times (UK) - Ask women about drink habits more to cut foetal disorder risk, GPs told
Women should be questioned about their drinking habits every time they see a doctor, experts have said, amid concern about the number of babies exposed to alcohol in the womb. (USA) - Understanding Birth Defects
Each year in United States, more than 120,000 babies are born with birth defects. With such a high number, what steps can future parents and expectant mothers take to prevent birth defects?
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (USA) - How to help kids with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder
The National Institutes of Health estimates that between 2 and 5 percent of children in the U.S. show signs of prenatal alcohol exposure. Fetal alcohol syndrome disorder now appears to be more prevalent than autism spectrum disorder.
Alcohol is a major contributor to the global burden of disease. It’s also a key risk factor for preventable illness and death in Africa. For example, alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with many adverse effects on children. These include childhood behavioural and developmental disorders such as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Premium Times (Nigeria) - In northern Nigeria, drug abuse remains a problem among women
The role of the female which includes bearing children means any drug addiction does not stop on the person involved but it also affects another person-the unborn child. Women who drink while pregnant risk their newborn babies developing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the most severe is the fetal alcohol syndrome.
University of North Dakota - UND Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center releases new report on FASD in North Dakota
The North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) has released its “Report to North Dakota on Fetal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).”
MetDaan - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome And Everything Future Parents Should Know About It
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a type of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in children that is caused by alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy. This can occur because alcohol passes from the mother’s blood to her baby through the placenta.
drinktank (Australia) - Summer Series: This is what an alcohol pregnancy warning label should look like
Today we look back at the long and continuing battle towards mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcohol products.

FASD hub Australia - FASD 2018 Conference materials
Hosted by the FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence the two-day conference (21 - 22 November 2018) saw leading international FASD researchers take the stage alongside health, justice and education sector professionals, as well as families, carers, and advocates for people with FASD.
UW Lend – FASD and Diagnosis
WSOCTV - WEB EXTRA: Doctor talks about children with FASD

Anishinabek G7 FASD Conference - FASD: Supports & Resources (February 26-27, 2019 Canada)
Matua Raki - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) workshop – Dunedin (5 April 2019, New Zealand)
This workshop is aimed to enhance the ability of frontline professionals to recognise and respond effectively and compassionately to people who may have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other neurodevelopmental impairments.
Organizer Hamilton And Halton FASD Parent & Caregiver's Support Groups - FASD - Achieving New Heights Together! (March 22, 2019, Canada)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) conference to provide parent, caregivers, professionals and individuals living with FASD information to enhance their lives and learn how to acheivce new heights together! The conference is a collaboration of the Halton and Hamilton FASD support groups.
We are running our very first support group, please come along and support us, we are going to be talking about the challenges we face everyday with our kids right through to adulthood, we will talk about the joys and stressors we face everyday.
FASD Waterloo - Nourishing the Caregiver Living with FASD- The Importance of Self Care (February 20, 2019 Canada)
The Adoption Exchange - FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and Drug Exposure in Children (FREE Webinar, March 5, 2019 USA)
The purpose of this training is to provide current, intellectually accessible, and useful information on drug use in utero and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) / Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to support professionals, kinship, adoptive, and foster parents, and to increase understanding of in-utero substance exposure, reduce frustration, expand the range of effective parenting and classroom interventions, and provide a foundation for parents and professionals to collaborate in an effort to meet the needs of the children/youth.
This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.

Cancer Epidemiology - Parental smoking, maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and the risk of neuroblastoma in children. A pooled analysis of the ESCALE and ESTELLE French studies
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extra‐cranial tumour in children. Little is known about the aetiology of NB. The early age at onset and the embryonic nature suggest a role for perinatal exposures.
Birth Defects Research - Differential neuroimaging indices in prefrontal white matter in prenatal alcohol‐associated ADHD versus idiopathic ADHD
These findings point to tract focal, white‐matter pathology possibly specific for ADHD+PAE subjects. Low Cho may derive from abnormal choline metabolism; low FA suggests suboptimal white‐matter integrity in PAE.
Journal on Developmental Disabilities - An Investigation of Sibling Relationships: A Comparison of the Stresses and Uplifts of Adolescents of Siblings With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome
Journal on Developmental Disabilities - Sibling Relationships in Families of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and Down Syndrome: A Comparison Study
Journal on Developmental Disabilities - "He's Not Leaving": Families Raising Adopted Adult Children With FASD in Ontario
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Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities - Effects of a Self-Management Intervention to Improve Behaviors of a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The Israel Medical Journal - Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among High-Risk Children and Adolescents in a Correctional Facility
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be under-recognized and under-diagnosed in Israel. Fewer than 10 FASD diagnoses were reported between 1998 and 2007; however, several hundred diagnoses have been made since. Furthermore, less than 10% of surveyed Israeli pediatricians reported adequate knowledge of FASD.
Cardiovascular Toxicology - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Causes Adverse Cardiac Extracellular Matrix Changes and Dysfunction in Neonatal Mice
Our studies focus on the role of cardiac fibroblasts in the neonatal heart, and how they are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). We hypothesize that PAE affects fibroblast function contributing to dysregulated collagen synthesis, which leads to cardiac dysfunction.
Birth defects Research - Suicide risk in adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The teratogenic effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) have been extensively documented over the course of 45 years of research and psychiatric problems are pervasive in this population.
OAKTrust - Communication Practices Regarding Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy: A Cross-Sectional Study of Texas Midwives
Overwhelming scientific evidence indicates that alcohol consumption during pregnancy could potentially produce multiple, damaging, alcohol-induced effects in the unborn child collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology - Assessing for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Survey of Assessment Measures Used in Alberta, Canada
This study revealed important information about the use of testing measures in FASD assessment and sheds light on the commonalities in practice across clinics in Alberta. Results demonstrate strong convergence of direct and indirect measures to assess brain function.
Frontiers in Neurology - Detection of Children/Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder through Eye Movement, Psychometric and Neuroimaging Data
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is one of the most common causes of developmental disabilities and neurobehavioral deficits. Despite the high-prevalence of FASD, the current diagnostic process is challenging and time- and money- consuming, with underreported profiles of the neurocognitive and neurobehavioral impairments because of limited clinical capacity.
Curtin University - Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through the Stories of Nyoongar Families and how can this Inform Policy and Service Delivery
This is the first study to explore Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the south west region, Western Australia. The study included a mixed methods approach of qualitative and quantitative and Indigenous Standpoint theory.
Genesis - Retinoic acid signaling reduction recapitulates the effects of alcohol on embryo size
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) is commonly observed in human pregnancies and can result in severe clinical outcomes. IUGR is observed in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) fetuses as a result of alcohol (ethanol) exposure during pregnancy.
Neuroscience Letters - Moderate prenatal alcohol exposure suppresses the TLR4-mediated innate immune response in the hippocampus of young rats
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) could lead to developmental disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) and mental retardation, and Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 plays important role in PAE-induced neurodevelopmental defects.
Reproductive Toxicology - Screening for prenatal alcohol exposure and corresponding short-term neonatal outcomes
The main purpose of this study was to compare 1.) PAE rates using the biomarker, phosphatidylethanol (PEth), in umbilical cord (UC) blood vs. ethyl glucuronide (EtG) in UC tissue, the standard of care, and 2.) Pregnancy characteristics and neonatal outcomes in newborns positive vs. negative for PAE biomarkers.

Thüringer Allgemeine (Germany) - Ausstellung warnt vor Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft
Eine Ausstellung in der Kapelle des Diakonissen-Mutterhauses in Eisenach warnt vor möglichen Folgen. Eine Erkrankung wird FASD abgekürzt. Sie tritt in unterschiedlichen Ausprägungen aus.
De Limburger (Netherlands) - Zwangerschap en alcohol foute combinatie, weet iedereen… Niet dus, met schrijnende gevolgen
Zwangerschap en alcohol. Een foute combinatie, dat weet toch iedereen? Nee dus. Bijna een op de tien zwangere vrouwen in Nederland drinkt wel eens.
Warszawa (Poland) - Witaminy dla ciężarnych – jaką dietę powinna stosować kobieta w ciąży?
Oczekiwanie na malucha to radosny czas w życiu większości kobiet. Gdy miną pierwsze męczące objawy nowego stanu, ze spokojem i radością oczekujemy na poród. Choć mawia się, że „ciąża nie jest chorobą”, warto pamiętać, że rozwijający się płód wymaga szczególnej troski i uwagi.
NRZ Plus (Germany) - Susanne Weidling gründet eine FASD-Selbsthilfegruppe
Die fetale Alkoholspektrumsstörung gehört zu den häufigsten angeborenen Behinderungen. Die Xantenerin will Familien eine Stütze bieten.
FAS Portalen (Sweden) - Personer med FASD i folkhögskolans värld
Efter år av misslyckanden, ibland en hel skoltid, har många unga med FASD tappat både motivation och självkänsla och det är svårt att komma vidare till en meningsfull sysselsättning. För en del har folkhögskola blivit räddningen och vändningen i livet.