Sunday, May 16, 2021

FASD News - 19/2021

Government of Western Australia (Australia) - Mental Health Commission awarded for outstanding campaigns
The Mental Health Commission has been named Advertiser of the Year 2020 at the 30th Campaign Brief Awards, recognising the success of its Think Mental Health, Alcohol.Think Again and Drug Aware programs in 2020.
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Times LIVE (South Africa) - Sindiwe Magona on writing 'When the Village Sleeps'
Years ago I read an article in The Echo (a local community newspaper) about a teen mom who said she'd deliberately maimed her unborn child for the higher grant that deformed babies receive.
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Nordic Welfare Centre - Support and follow-up for children exposed to alcohol and drugs before birth - in a Nordic perspective
The Nordic Welfare Center coordinates a Nordic project focusing on support and follow-up for children who have been exposed to alcohol and drugs during pregnancy.
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The Guardian (UK) - Pupils in England ‘waiting up to five years for special needs plan’
Children with special educational needs and disabilities face long delays and bureaucratic hurdles before getting extra support from local authorities in England, with those from better-off families able to pay for private services, according to a report by Ofsted.
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Kids Brain Health Network - Better Understanding the Needs of Families Living with FASD during the Pandemic and Beyond
Individuals living with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families have faced additional challenges over the last year, ones that might extend beyond the pandemic. In response to this, KBHN Chief Scientific Officer Dr. James Reynolds and his PhD student Maude Champagne undertook a project to better understand the social support needs of families raising children and youth living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and how these needs have been impacted during the pandemic.
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CanFASD (Canada) - International Nurses Day 2021
Happy International Nurses Day! Today we celebrate nurses around the globe. Nurses and other health care staff have been on the frontlines of this pandemic over the past year. We’d like to take a moment to thank them for all that they’ve done to support Canadians through these difficult times.
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Croakey (Australia) - Prison is no place for a child: health, justice groups slam NT youth justice reforms
Leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous health and justice groups have condemned proposed Northern Territory youth justice reforms which they say flout the recommendations of the Don Dale Royal Commission and will see the number of Aboriginal children behind bars “skyrocket”.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
CanFASD - Student Spotlight: Emerging FASD Research in Canada
This webinar features three presentations from students and early career researchers working in the field of FASD.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 3, Episode 3 - Education: Reduced Hours & Part-Time Timetables
In this weeks episode we talk about the benefits of reduced hours during the typical school day and the potential of part-time timetables for children and young people living with FASD.  With Clare Devanney Glynn and Jessica Rutherford.
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John Howard Society - Ripples of Hope - Advocating & Supporting People with FASD
Through JHS Pacific's Speaker Series, we were joined by FASD experts, advocates, and people with personal experience to discuss how we can address stigma and provide support for people with FASD.
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Thrive Children's Centre - FASD: Strengths
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PA Care Partnership - Improving Outcomes by Recognizing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
When an individual “fails” in treatment and other services, we often label the person as being non-compliant, unmotivated, or disruptive. However, their behavior may well be due to brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, which is much more common than most people suspect.
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Courthouse Libraries BC - Challenges of FASD for Legal Professionals
In this 1-hr presentation, Dr. Lori Cox from the Eastern Door Centre and Nogemag Healing Lodge outlines the challenges legal professionals face in working with people with FASD. Dr. Cox also provides tips for effective communication with clients with FASD.
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FASD Furfighters - WHAT WE DO
We are a team of pups that are spreading awareness about FASD, one of the leading developmental disabilities in the world. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is 2.5 times more common than Autism.
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FASD Awareness - Layla's Life, My Words: An insight into the world of a child with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by Shushma Jain
Shushma Jain sheds light on ‘invisible disabilities’ such as FASD, Cystic Fibrosis, anxiety, sensory processing disorder and attachment parenting. She reveals what strategies she uses to support her child and why she took the decision to home-educate her indefinitely last year.
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FASDHub Scotland - Miranda Eodanable, PhD research student Edinburgh University
Hi my name is Miranda and I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.   I am carrying out research into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - known as FASD.
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FASDHub Scotland - Gemma speaking about parenting a child with FASD
Listen to adoptive mum Gemma speaking during the launch of the 2020 Adoption Barometer in September 2020.  Gemma openly and candidly speaks about her experience of parenting a child with FASD and the support she has received from FASD Hub Scotland and Adoption UK.
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Centre of Excellence for Womens Health - FASD Prevention: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2020
An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2020. Each year Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) and CEWH compile published research articles related to FASD prevention from around the world.
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National FASD E-School - Welcome to our e-school
You’ll get access to cutting-edge information. You'll be connected with others who are at the forefront of learning about FASD.
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FASD Collective - Priority Issues Facing Youth with FASD
The FASD Collective is gathering input on the priority issues facing youth with FASD in Calgary and Area. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and your responses will be anonymous.  Please share this survey, but try to limit responses to 2 - 3 per organization.
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FASD Success - #065 Talking Social Work, FASD and Parents Helping Parents
The episode this week is a chat with three cool and awesome advocates who are doing great things for caregivers and individuals with FASD. It may be in my home province of Ontario, but what they have to say and are doing can inspire and help where you are.
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RESEARCH
DocWire News - Prenatal Exposure And Child brain and mental Health (PEACH) study: protocol for a cohort study of children and youth with prenatal alcohol exposure
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which is caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), affects an estimated 4% of North Americans, and is the most common preventable cause of intellectual disability.
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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Objective assessment of alcohol consumption in early pregnancy using phosphatidylethanol: a cross‐sectional study
One in nineteen women consumed alcohol during early pregnancy with a high percentage not reporting this use to their obstetric care provider.
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Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Substance use among women who are pregnant: Examining treatment completion by race and ethnicity
Substance use during pregnancy is a critical public health issue that affects both the mother and the fetus. While research has assessed racial differences in treatment completion among women who are pregnant for specific types of substances, few studies have evaluated treatment completion for a variety of substances.
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WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE - National FASD: Social Media Reimagined
It is important to look at the relationship dynamics between people with FASD and their supporting communities, who are also directly affected by these disorders. Along with affecting the lives of those diagnosed, these disorders also greatly impacts the lives of the caregivers and family members of those with FASD.
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Acta Ophthalmologica - Visual perception problems and quality of life in young adults with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Young adults with FASD in the present study had more VPPs and worse VRQoL and HRQoL than healthy controls. In the FASD group, VPPs were reported in childhood as well as in early adulthood.
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Alcohol - Developmental ethanol exposure causes central nervous system dysfunction and may slow the aging process in a Drosophila model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Alcohol is a known teratogen, and developmental exposure to ethanol results in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Children born with FASD can exhibit a range of symptoms including low birth weight, microcephaly, and neurobehavioral problems.
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European Journal of Paediatric Neurology - Assessing the needs of caregivers of children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Results from a survey among families and professionals in Germany
The results of the present study indicate that FASD caregivers are supported insufficiently, while most of their needs remain unmet. Health care planners and providers thus urgently need to identify and implement measures to better address FASD caregivers’ needs and demands.
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Europe PMC - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders-diagnosis, prognosis, and prevention
Besides health promotion and education of the general population, the knowledge transfer to doctors and other medical, psychological, and pedagogical professionals is of particular relevance.
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Paediatrics - Prenatal Exposure And Child brain and mental Health (PEACH) study: protocol for a cohort study of children and youth with prenatal alcohol exposure
This project will forge new understanding of FASD and mental health from a neurobiological perspective, highlighting key time periods (ie, sensitive windows) and brain regions (ie, that may be susceptible to neurostimulation), while identifying factors that predict individual trajectories of anxiety and depression symptoms.
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Creighton University - What is the effectiveness of sensory- and motor-based activities on improving sensory, motor, and executive functioning of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)?
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) impact approximately 2-5% of 6-7 year olds in the United States, affecting their executive functioning, sensory, and motor regulation.
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BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health - Preconception alcohol consumption and risk of miscarriage in over 4.5 million Chinese women aged 20–49 years
Preconception alcohol consumption was associated with higher odds of miscarriage, and an increasing risk was found with paternal and maternal alcohol drinking. Periconception alcohol abstinence was inversely associated with miscarriage.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Effects of advanced maternal age and acute prenatal alcohol exposure on mouse offspring growth and craniofacial phenotype
Our results indicate that maternal age modulates the effects of PAE, but that the effects of this combination on offspring outcomes is more complex than simply scaling the effects of either factor.
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Maternal and Child Health Journal - Pre-pregnancy and Prenatal Alcohol use Among American Indian and Alaska Native and Non-Hispanic White Women: Findings from PRAMS in Five States
Factors associated with prenatal alcohol use differ between AI/AN women and NHW women, suggesting the need for tailored interventions.
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Maternal and Child Health Journal - Pregnancy and Binge Drinking: An Intersectionality Theory Perspective Using Veteran Status and Racial/Ethnic Identity
Intersectionality Theory suggests that the stressors from membership in two vulnerable groups may lead to increased disparities. The results of this study highlight the unique experience of being a veteran and identifying as a member of a racial/ethnic minority group.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Effects of advanced maternal age and acute prenatal alcohol exposure on mouse offspring growth and craniofacial phenotype
Our results indicate that maternal age modulates the effects of PAE, but that the effects of this combination on offspring outcomes is more complex than simply scaling the effects of either factor.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
NDR (Germany) - Fetales Alkoholsyndrom: Der lange Weg zur Diagnose
Bei Familie Böttcher zu Hause ist es meistens laut. Ihre Pflegesöhne sind oft aufbrausend und wütend, können sich nur schlecht auf eine Sache konzentrieren.
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ORF on Science (Germany) - Wie sehr Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft schadet
Wenn Schwangere Alkohol trinken, kann das schwere Folgen für das ungeborene Kind haben: lebenslange, teils schwere Behinderungen. Jedes Glas ist eines zu viel, warnen Expertinnen und Experten. Sie fordern mehr Aufklärungsarbeit.
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CAIRN.info (France) - Syndrome d’alcoolisation fœtale et troubles causés par l’alcoolisation fœtale
Le Syndrome d’Alcoolisation Fœtale (SAF) est l’expression la plus sévère de ce que l’on appelle les Troubles Causés par l’Alcoolisation Fœtale (TCAF), soit l’ensemble des troubles potentiellement causés chez un individu par la consommation d’alcool par la mère durant sa grossesse.
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SuchtpraeventionBE (Germany) - Bin traurig, dass meine Mutter getrunken hat
Alle Beeinträchtigungen auf Grund des Alkoholkonsums werden unter dem Kürzel "FASD“ (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) zusammengefasst. In vielen Fällen manifestiert sich FASD in Merk- und Lernschwierigkeiten, Sprechstörungen, Hyperaktivität und Impulsivität.
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