Sunday, March 21, 2021

FASD News - 11/2021

CTV News (Canada) - Prison experience for man with FASD led to decline in mental health: Manitoba judge
A Manitoba judge says an Indigenous man with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder had a "hellish" time at a correctional facility, where he alleged he was sexually assaulted by other inmates.
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Government of Ontario News (Canada) – Ontario Expanding Diagnostic Services for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The Ontario government is investing $2.8 million annually to expand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic services by funding 12 new FASD clinics for a total of 21 funded FASD diagnostic clinics across the province.
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Borgen Project (South Africa) - Challenging the Stigma Framing FASD in South Africa
South Africa has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world, with some communities experiencing a prevalence of up to 28%. FASD encompasses a range of conditions that affect people who were exposed to alcohol before birth.
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ABC News (Australia) - Researchers return to find out fate of children involved in landmark FASD study
Ten years after a groundbreaking study revealed record-high rates of FASD in outback Australia, researchers have returned to the Kimberley to see how the children are coping in adulthood.
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ABC News (Australia) - Advocates of FASD students in Qld schools push for more support, prevent future 'in correctional services'
The Queensland government is being called upon to better recognise fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a disability in schools by a passionate researcher, with the support of parents, caregivers, and experienced health practitioners.
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Mirage News (Australia) - Community organisations welcome Senate Inquiry report into FASD
The final report from the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into Effective approaches to prevention and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) was handed down on Wednesday afternoon.
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Fife Today (UK) - Fife launch of support group for little diagnosed lifelong disorder with no cure
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder service. FASD is a result of pre-birth exposure to alcohol. Now, there is a new one-to-one service for parents and carers, run by Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS).
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The Lawyers Daily (Canada) - Justice clinic improves outcomes for persons with developmental disabilities
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and an apt time to shed light on the unique challenges facing persons with developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. A long-standing challenge has been the equitable and meaningful participation by persons with developmental disabilities in the court process.
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Verywell Health (USA) - Substance Abuse among Pregnant Women on the Rise During COVID-19
The number of people struggling with substance use disorders has gone up during COVID-19, and a new study out of Washington State University COVID
19 Infant, Maternal, and Family Health Research Collaborative suggests pregnant women are included in this group.
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SHAAP (UK) - Developments in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – a UK perspective
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) results from alcohol exposure during pregnancy, and is thought to be the most common neurodevelopmental condition in Scotland.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Lake 88.1 - In Focus: Monday, March 15, 2021- Rob Moore and Elizabeth Holmes
We’re joined by Rob Moore and Elizabeth Holmes of the Rural FASD support network who provide an update on recent news and the impact it will have on local children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
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WonderlandKids – What is Hope RISING Clinic?
Hope RISING Clinic (Resources, Intervention, and Support to Inspire and Nurture Growth) for prenatal substance exposure serves children from birth through 12 years of age and their families.
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CEWH - Trauma informed approaches to FASD prevention
Webinar 3/3 from the series "Extending Learning about Girls, Women, Alcohol and Pregnancy – A Learning Series"
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Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network – CLEARING THE CLOUDS: A STORY OF FASD
‘Clearing the Clouds, A Story of FASD’ is Melissa’s story, in her own words.
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CEWH - Working with Women Who Have FASD Themselves
Webinar 1/3 from the series "Extending Learning about Girls, Women, Alcohol and Pregnancy – A Learning Series"
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Northwest Central FASD Network - FASD Sharing Circle
Yvette Kraychy discusses FASD awareness and prevention.
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FASDHub Scotland - FASD Moving Forward Together, Scottish Collaborative event 25.02.2021
On 25th February 2021 the Fetal Alcohol Advisory & Support Team (FAAST), FASD Hub Scotland collaborated with other colleagues from across Scotland to delivery a half day symposium on FASD.   Chaired by Professor Moira Plant, speakers represented health, education, research, third sector and those with lived experience of FASD.
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Northwest Central FASD Network - FASD Training For Justice
Angela Kemble and Donna Kristiansen provide information and training on FASD.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 2, Episode 10 - Conversations With a Bio Mum
This week we are tying up our second season of Spotlight on FASD in conversation with Angie, an inspirational biological mother of a child with FASD from Melbourne, Australia.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 2, Episode 9 - Living life with Sensory Processing Disorder
This week delve deeper into our sensory journey with Emily from 21st Sensory Podcast about navigating life with SPD and Autism alongside a sibling with FASD.
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Rural FASD Support Network - Audrey McFarlane on FASD Diagnostics
Audrey McFarlane of CanFASD shares how the Lakeland Centre for FASD started their rural community diagnostic clinic 25 yrs ago.
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Office of the Child Advocate - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Listen to Louis Bartoshesky chat with CASA Volunteers about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.
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FASD Success Show - #058 Nancy Lockwood: Practical Tools and Tips for Caregivers and Advocates
Like a few of the guests I have interviewed for the FASD Success Show, our professional lives have intersected at various points. I first met Nancy Lockwood eight years ago when I was invited to present at the Ottawa FASD Caregiver Group. A lot has changed in the last eight years.
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RESEARCH
SPIE Digital Library - A comparison of microvasculature changes in the fetal brain and maternal extremities due to prenatal alcohol exposure using optical coherence angiography
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) causes a spectrum of abnormalities, collectively termed as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The severity of the defect depends on the amount of alcohol consumed and the period of gestation during which alcohol was consumed.
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Health & Social Care in the Community - Examining barriers to harm reduction and child welfare services for pregnant women and mothers who use substances using a stigma action framework
Pregnant women and mothers who use substances often face significant barriers to accessing and engaging with substance use services.
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Alcohol - The offspring of alcohol-exposed sires exhibit heightened ethanol intake and behavioral alterations in the elevated plus maze
Research suggests that addictive traits are indeed heritable, but very few preclinical studies have explored transgenerational effects of paternal alcohol exposure. The present study addressed this gap in knowledge.
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Contemporary Clinical Trials - A culturally tailored intervention to reduce risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies in American Indian communities: Rationale, design, and methods
Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause lifelong physical and cognitive challenges in the form of fetal alcohol syndrome and other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure is thus a public health priority – and one that should account for the particular needs of subpopulations, including in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
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Brain Sciences - Changes in Representation of Thalamic Projection Neurons within Prefrontal-Thalamic-Hippocampal Circuitry in a Rat Model of Third Trimester Binge Drinking
Alcohol exposure (AE) during the third trimester of pregnancy—a period known as the brain growth spurt (BGS)—could result in a diagnosis of a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a hallmark of which is impaired executive functioning (EF).
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Scientific Reports - Evaluation of the German biographic screening interview for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (BSI-FASD)
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may lead to permanent damage in the offspring, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which have an estimated prevalence of 1–8% worldwide.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Transcriptomic Changes Due to Early, Chronic Intermittent Alcohol Exposure During Forebrain Development Implicate WNT Signaling, Cell‐Type Specification and Cortical Regionalization as Primary Determinants of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Thus, we find that a major effect of chronic intermittent alcohol on the developing cerebral cortex is an overall imbalance in regionalization, with enrichment of gene expression related to the production of posterodorsal progenitors and a diminution of anteroventral progenitors, a finding which parallels behavioral and morphological phenotypes observed in animal models of high‐dose prenatal alcohol exposure, as well as patients with FAS.
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SPIE Digital Library - Optical quantification of nanoscale structural alterations in pups' brain cells due to fetal alcoholism using dual spectroscopy
The quantitative measurement of nanoscale structural alterations in cells/tissues is important to understand their physical states. Molecular specific light localization technique and microscopic imaging are highly sensitive spectroscopic approaches for studying the structural abnormalities in brain cells under a sedative condition.
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SPIE Digital Library - Optical coherence angiography to assess the combined effects of alcohol and nicotine on fetal brain vasculature
Prenatal substance abuse is a leading cause of congenital defects. The severity of the defect caused depends on the substance used and the period of gestation during which the abuse happened. Several studies have documented the effects of alcohol and nicotine, used individually.
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International Journal of Reproductive Medicine - Substance Use among Homeless Reproductive Age People in Southern Ethiopia
Substance use by homeless reproductive age people may result to anxiety, involvement of risky sexual behaviors, and increasing the likelihood of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
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African Journal of Reproductive Health - Alcohol use during pregnancy: prevalence and patterns in selected Buffalo City areas, South Africa
The high rate of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which results from alcohol consumption during pregnancy, is of concern in South Africa. The aims of this research were to establish the prevalence, patterns and factors associated with alcohol use amongst pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in two former township areas of Buffalo City, South Africa.
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ResearchGate - Use of Cannabis in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
In children and young adults with FASD, cannabis, mostly cannabidiol (CBD), has been associated with a marked and statistically significant improvement in serious disruptive behavior.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Puls Medycyny (Poland) - „Oblicza Medycyny”. FAS i FASD – jakie konsekwencje dla dziecka ma ekspozycja na alkohol w okresie płodowym?
O skali problemu, jakim są alkoholowy zespół płodowy (FAS) i spektrum płodowych zaburzeń alkoholowych, oraz o różnicach w definicji i obrazie klinicznym obu zaburzeń opowiedział w programie “Oblicza Medycyny” prof. dr hab. n. med. Marcin Wojnar, kierownik Katedry i Kliniki Psychiatrycznej Warszawskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego.
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Liputan 6 (Indonesia) - Konsumsi Miras Saat Hamil Jadi Penyebab Disabilitas Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Liputan6.com, Jakarta Keadaan disabilitas pada anak dapat dipicu berbagai hal, salah satunya konsumsi alkohol pada masa kehamilan.
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Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron (Spain) - Intervenciones psicológicas del trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal a lo largo del ciclo vital
Los resultados indican que los tratamientos psicológicos dirigidos a trabajar la regulación emocional y conductual, el entrenamiento en habilidades sociales y las intervenciones familiares son los que tienen mayor evidencia en el tratamiento para el TEAF.
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