29 FEB 2016
Netherlands--On Thursday, March 3, Nickie van der Wulp will defend her doctoral thesis Zero for Nine: Reducing alcohol use during pregnancy via health counselling and internet-based computer-tailored feedback at the University of Maastricht. Her work involved development and evaluation of an on-line program to provide counseling to pregnant women Negenmaandenniet.nl. Part of this work has been published in English here.
18 FEB 2016
Netherlands--A survey by the TNO revealed the number of women who drink in pregnancy has decreased to 8.9%. Highly educated women drink more often. An estimated 1360 babies per year are exposed to more than four glasses of alcoholic drink per drinking session. More [NL] >>
17 FEB 2016
Updated report of the British Medical Association on "Alcohol and pregnancy: Preventing and managing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders." Download pdf
Doctors call for better training and support to prevent, diagnose and manage fetal alcohol syndrome In a revised BMA report, leading doctors’ call for better training and support to help healthcare professionals in the UK prevent, diagnose and manage fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and reduce the number of children affected each year. AnaesthesiaUK (UK)
Faulty bioelectric signal responsible for facial defects caused by rare genetic disorder The new findings, Adams says, "are not just the first-ever model of why one rare mutation causes craniofacial anomalies, they actually may apply to the very much more common fetal alcohol syndrome." MedicalXpress
Waikato DHB proposes to take action on fetal alcohol disorder The Waikato District Health Board plans to submit a proposal to address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a condition that could affect 4000 people in the region the board covers. Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand)
Canadian experts on FASD visit New Zealand Two Canadian experts are visiting New Zealand over the next fortnight to present a series of workshops on providing effective services to children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families. Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand/Canada)
How foetal alcohol spectrum disorder affects the care system Sam Lister and her partner Paul had never heard of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. But as experienced foster carers with 13 placements behind them, they knew there was something wrong with their adoptive son Lee when he was just five-months-old. The Guardian (UK)
N.W.T. health care workers get rundown on new FASD diagnostic guidelines A pediatrician and two psychologists specializing in diagnosing and treating FASD were in Yellowknife this week training health care workers on the new Canadian diagnosis guidelines released late last year. CBC.ca (Canada)
FASD and Art Therapy: An Exploratory Review The purpose of this paper is to review art therapy (AT) and its effectiveness as a treatment approach for individuals diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Concordia
'I'm the woman the CDC was worried about': I drank before I knew I was pregnant I am one of those people who rarely drinks, not because I disapprove of it, but because it makes me sick. It's unpredictable — sometimes half a glass of wine will give me a migraine. Two glasses and I risk spending the entire next day in bed. Today
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Ethical and Legal Perspectives This volume is an effort to combine the viewpoints of many toward a mutual goal of helping those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
CAPHC Webinar: Peer Support in FASD - Early Intervention and Prevention (March 9) In the third instalment of our FASD Webinar Series, created in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, we will be exploring three outreach programs working with high risk women.
Fetal Alcohol & Other Neurobehavioral Conditions: Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach (June 23-25) This workshop provides information about Fetal Alcohol and other neurobehavioral conditions (FA/NB), and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviors of children, adolescents and adults.
Research on Adolescents and Adults: If Not Now, When? (April 6-9) As adolescents and adults with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas is becoming critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions. This interactive 2016 conference will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these issues.
Theory of Mind in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Theory of mind (ToM) refers to the ability to understand and make inferences about other people's intentions, feelings, and beliefs. Although children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are known to have deficits in social-cognitive function, little is known about ToM in FASD. Alcoholism
Improving Educational Outcomes in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Through Interagency Collaboration Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) demonstrate a significant array of neurocognitive impairments including deficits in intelligence, attention, processing speed, executive functions, language functions, visual-spatial abilities, memory, and academic achievement. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Impairment of motor skills in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in remote Australia: The Lililwan Project
We aimed to characterise motor performance in predominantly Aboriginal children living in very remote Australia, where rates of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) are high. Motor performance was assessed, and the relationship between motor skills, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and PAE was explored.
Ethanol induces cytostasis of cortical basal progenitors Developing brain is a major target for alcohol’s actions and neurological/functional abnormalities include microencephaly, reduced frontal cortex, mental retardation and attention-deficits. Previous studies have shown that ethanol altered the lateral ventricular neuroepithelial cell proliferation. Journal of Biomedical Science
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy: A Case Report in Medicolegal Autopsy. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a range of birth defects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the most serious form of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Infants with FAS are prone to death because of various physical abnormalities. The American journal of forensic medicine
The effect of prenatal alcohol co-exposure on neonatal abstinence syndrome in infants born to mothers in opioid maintenance treatment This study examined the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on the incidence and severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Experiences in the Canadian Criminal Justice System for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Double Jeopardy? The study explored the experiences of individuals in the criminal justice system with a Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in order to identify possible ways to reduce the likelihood of re-entry into the criminal justice system. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Influence of Extrinsic Reinforcement on Children with Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Prenatal alcohol exposure affects inhibitory control and other aspects of attention and executive function. However, the efficacy of extrinsic reinforcement on these behaviors has not been tested. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Which women are missed by primary health-care based interventions for alcohol and drug use? Women of reproductive age who binge drink or have alcohol-related problem symptoms (APS) and who do not use contraception are considered at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP). Addictive behaviors
Association between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and risks of congenital heart defects in offspring: meta-analysis of epidemiological observational studies To explore the association between maternal alcohol consumption and/or binge drinking and congenital heart defects (CHDs), we conducted a meta-analysis for more sufficient evidence on this issue. Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Vet du hvor lite vin som skal til for å skade fosteret? I boka «Helselære for gravide og mødre» tar Jørgen Løvset til orde for at gravide godt kan drikke litt vin: «Nytt i moderate mengder synes det ikke å skade». (Bekymringen ved inntaket handler faktisk ikke om babyen der inne, men at «magesekken er nokså ømfintlig i graviditeten»!) Klikk.no (Norway)
Μήπως είστε υποψήφια μητέρα υψηλού κινδύνου; Eπιπλοκές μπορεί να συμβούν εξαιτίας πολλών παραγόντων - και όταν αυτοί υπάρχουν πριν από την εγκυμοσύνη, τότε οι γιατροί μιλούν για μια ''υποψήφια μητέρα υψηλού κινδύνου''. (Greece)
6 - 9 April, 2016, Vancouver, British Columbia
Research on Adolescents and Adults: If Not Now, When?
10 April, 2016, Barcelona, Spain
28 - 31 May 2017, Malmö, Sweden
This conference will challenge the international community to focus on the issues of children as next of kin and young carers. It aims to support society to take responsibility and actualize the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.