Free training manual will help health providers diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome
(University of Nebraska Medical Center) The 55-page handbook, now available in English and soon to be available in Spanish, features sections on prenatal exposure, dysmorphology, neuropsychology, the diagnostic process, and case-based learning modules. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fetal alcohol syndrome warnings: policing women's behavior distorts science - Killian C, Thomas EM.
This article focuses on the recent resurgence of concerns regarding fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning even women not trying to conceive to abstain from alcohol completely if not using c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders May Increase the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Metabolic Issues
Adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) may have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic abnormalities such as low HDL cholesterol and elevated levels of triglycerides compared to people without FASD, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The research team confirmed their findings in a zebrafish model of FASD and gained insight into the mechanisms that may play a role in these metabolic issues.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 9, 2020 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Signs of fetal alcohol syndrome detected in womb
(Oregon Health& Science University) New images reveal the earliest impairments to nonhuman primate fetal brain development due to alcohol ingested by the mother, in a study led by scientists at Oregon Health& Science University involving rhesus macaques. Magnetic resonance imaging showed impairments to brain growth during the third trimester of pregnancy, even though the fetus was exposed to alcohol only during the first trimester. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First mobile app for caregivers of children with FASD reaches trial stage
(University of Rochester) In the summer of 2017, a group of University of Rochester researchers teamed up to create the first mobile phone app for caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Tthe app has now reached the trial stage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scorpion venom shows promise for treating fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
(Children's National Hospital) A research team led by Children's National Hospital faculty was able to 'rescue' a pre-clinical model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in juvenile models, reversing motor skill deficits with the help of a novel drug derived from scorpion venom. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 18, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Self-care linked to greater confidence in parents of children with FASD
(University of Rochester) Children diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) -- caused by prenatal alcohol exposure -- often face lifelong developmental, cognitive and behavioral problems. But the children are not the only ones who struggle; often their parents and caretakers do, too. A new study by University of Rochester researchers examines how FASD caregivers' perceived confidence in and the frequency of self-care is related to stress, parenting attitudes, and family needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Getting home: One man's way through Manitoba's new court for offenders with fetal alcohol disorder
Manitoba's new FASD court is designed for people like Everett Redhead, who has some of the wide-ranging symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. CBC News followed him from his first court date in April to sentencing. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

As demand explodes, Manitoba's new FASD court expands to meet need
Legal experts in Manitoba’s new court to help offenders with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) say demand for the docket has skyrocketed since its launch, leading to long wait times and plans to expand. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Maternal adverse childhood experiences are associated with binge drinking during pregnancy in a dose-dependent pattern: findings from the All Our Families cohort - Currie CL, Sanders JL, Swanepoel LM, Davies CM.
BACKGROUND: Binge drinking (BD) is a serious risk factor for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and associated with more severe forms of the disorder. Thus, special attention to specific risk factors for BD adjacent to and during pregnancy is warrante... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Adults in the N.W.T. can soon get diagnosed at a new FASD clinic
The N.W.T’s Health and Social Services Authority is launching the Adult Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Clinic, which is expected to open in February 2020. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

New Research Provides First Empirical Evidence of Link Between Alcohol...
Study findings from EpiVario co-founders, featured in Nature, suggest target for combatting alcohol use disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome(PRWeb October 23, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/new_research_provides_first_empirical_evidence_of_link_between_alcohol_consumption_and_the_memory_formation_process/prweb16669493.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - October 23, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The Dop system of alcohol distribution is dead, but it's legacy lives on …. - May PA, Marais AS, de Vries M, Hasken JM, Stegall JM, Hedrick DM, Snell CL, Seedat S, Parry CDH.
Objective: Determine the prevalence of Dop, a system of labor payment via alcoholic beverages, in a South African province, and its influence on maternal drinking and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Methods: Data from studies of FASD... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

South Africa: Make the Sober Choice - Don't Drink During Pregnancy
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will today observe International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 9, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Maternal alcohol use and children's emotional and cognitive outcomes in rural South Africa - Rochat TJ, Houle B, Stein A, Mitchell J, Bland RM.
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use in South Africa (SA) is increasing. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that SA is the third-largest drinking population in Africa, with the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the world. Internationally, parental drink... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevalence is very high in susceptible groups worldwide
(Society for the Study of Addiction) A major new review of the world literature has found that fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is 10 to 40 times higher in certain susceptible groups than the general population. These groups include children in care, people in correctional services or special education services, Aboriginal populations, and people using specialized clinical services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Quantifying harms to others due to alcohol consumption in Germany: a register-based study - Kraus L, Seitz NN, Shield KD, Gmel G, Rehm J.
BACKGROUND: The consumption of alcohol increases the risk of drinkers harming others. The extent of alcohol's morbidity and mortality harms to others in Germany in 2014 was estimated for (1) fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New method uses AI to screen for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
(University of Southern California) 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. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Manitoba court for people with FASD could be game changer: experts
Lawyers and judges say a new court set to open in Manitoba specifically for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder could be a game changer. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Scottish nurses urged to read foetal alcohol syndrome guidance
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. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 25, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

BU finds high-risk drinking common in South Africa
(Boston University School of Medicine) Adults in South Africa consume more alcohol than adults in most other countries; previous research has shown this comes with high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome and is a driver of the country's leading causes of death: sexually transmitted infections and interpersonal violence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Costs: $23,000 A Year Per Case
Children with fetal alcohol syndrome face a range of lifelong problems including birth defects, growth problems, developmental delays, intellectual disability and behavioral disorders, all of which can require costly care. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cost of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: $23,000 Annually Per Case
TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 -- About 630,000 babies worldwide are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) each year. They'll need care averaging $23,000 annually, new research suggests. These children face a range of lifelong problems caused by... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

First UK estimates of children who could have conditions caused by drinking in pregnancy revealed
Up to 17 per cent of children could have symptoms consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to new research published today (Friday 30 November) in Preventative Medicine. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 30, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Institutes, ALSPAC; Press Release Source Type: news

Is Cold and Dark Weather a Trigger for Heavy Drinking?
There is a commonly held belief that winter conditions — that are characterized by extreme cold and low sunlight — are connected to heavy drinking. Whenever we think of countries in Northern Europe we instantly think of sub-zero temperatures, dark clouds and polar landscapes. We also imagine its inhabitants tucked in a bar drinking their sorrows away. What creates this image is the perception that strong spirits and binge drinking are a staple of many Northern countries. However, scientific and factual evidence shows a more nuanced picture. Statistical Verdict The argument that countries with a colder climate e...
Source: Psych Central - November 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claudiu Revnic Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse alcohol use Alcoholism heavy drinking Holiday Blues Holiday Season Public Health Winter Source Type: news

Study shows high costs of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated review in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIAAA Director's Blog: Raising Awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
From the latestNIAAA Director's Blog:Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, also known as FASD, is a term that refers to the broad range of lifelong birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities that occur as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure. In this edition of my blog, I want to remind everyone that there is no known safe level of alcohol, or time to drink, during pregnancy.  Read more... (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 1, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

AAP Recs on FASD Focus on Integrated Treatment AAP Recs on FASD Focus on Integrated Treatment
An updated clinical report from the AAP provides guidance for pediatricians on managing children with FASD within the medical home after diagnosis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
Alcohol is now recognized as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States. Each year thousands of children are born with life-long disabilities because they were exposed to alcohol prenatally. On September 9th, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recognizes International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day as a reminder that there is no “safe” level of drinking while pregnant.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join Us for a Twitter Chat on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
On Thursday, September  27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, NIAAA will co-host a Twitter chat with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). For more information, follow@NIAAAnews on Twitter. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

An evaluation of the predictive validity of the SAVRY and YLS/CMI in justice-involved youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder - McLachlan K, Gray AL, Roesch R, Douglas KS, Viljoen JL.
This study examined the predictive validity of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder up to 3 times higher in the GTA than predicted, CAMH report says
A study released Tuesday shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may affect two to three times more children in the GTA than originally believed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Teleconference: Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Among U.S. Children
On February 14, 2018, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) held a call to discuss the findings and implications of a study on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevalence that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.     To hear the complete teleconference, visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1NiekmT828&feature=youtu.be  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 9, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Was the Florida shooter a fetal alcohol syndrome baby? Symptoms include behavioral, learning, memory issues
(Natural News) A closer look into the past life of alleged Parkland shooter Nikolas de Jesus Cruz has revealed that the troubled young man may have suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome (FASD) as a result of poor decisions made by his birth mother while she was pregnant with him. The 19-year-old, who is said to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fetal alcohol syndrome is grossly under-reported: Researchers discover numbers up to 400% higher than previously thought in some regions
(Natural News) Around one in 20 children are prone to having fetal alcohol syndrome, new data compiled by the University of California, Berkeley, showed. Across different regions, the rates of fetal alcohol disorders are between 13 and 400 percent higher than previous records showed. To illustrate, between 11.3 and 50 out of every 1,000 children are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Florida shooter may have had fetal alcohol syndrome
Nathalie Brassard, a program director at FASCETS, which works with parents of FASD, told Daily Mail Online Nikolas Cruz, 19, has characteristics of a brain-based condition like FASD. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Florida shooter, 19, may have had fetal alcohol syndrome
Nathalie Brassard, a program director at FASCETS, which works with parents of FASD, told Daily Mail Online Nikolas Cruz, 19, has characteristics of a brain-based condition like FASD. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Join us for a Teleconference on FASD Prevalence among US Children -- Feb. 14, 2 pm
Teleconference on New Study -- Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Among U.S. Children What:NIAAA is holding a call to discuss the findings and implications of the Feb. 6 study on FASD prevalence that appeared in theJournal of the American Medical Association. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join us for a Teleconference on FASD Prevalence - February 14
Teleconference on New Study -- Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Among U.S. Children What:NIAAA is holding a call to discuss the findings and implications of the Feb. 6 study on FASD prevalence that appeared in theJournal of the American Medical Association. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

WATCH: Fetal alcohol syndrome in children up to 10 times more common than experts thought
Perhaps as high as one in 10 children suffer from FASD, a new study suggests. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fetal alcohol syndrome in children up to 10 times more common than experts thought
Perhaps as high as one in 10 children suffer from FASD, a new study suggests. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Up to one in 20 children may have fetal alcohol syndrome
Depending on the region, rates of fetal alcohol disorders are between 13 and 400 percent higher than previously thought, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought
The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Disorder May Be More Common Than Previously Thought
In a new JAMA study of more than 6,000 first-graders, researchers estimate that between 1.1% and 9.8% of American children have developmental or neurological problems caused by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)—a significantly higher number than previous studies have reported. And out of the hundreds of children determined in the study to have FASD, only two had been previously diagnosed. The estimate comes from school-based assessments, family interviews and in-person evaluations of 6- and 7-year-olds in four communities across the country: one in the Midwest, one in the Rocky Mountains, one in the Southeast ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized drinking alcohol while pregnant drinking while pregnant drinking wine while pregnant fetal alcohol effect fetal alcohol spectrum disorder fetal alcohol syndrome fetal alcohol syndrome baby fetal alcohol syndrome definition Source Type: news

Far More U.S. Children than Previously Thought May Have Fetal Alcohol Disorders
New research estimates that neurological disorders caused by mothers drinking during pregnancy are at least as common as autism. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAM BELLUCK Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Alcoholic Beverages Children and Childhood Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Mental Health and Disorders Brain JAMA (Journal of American Medical Assn) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention American Academy of Pediatrics Source Type: news

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in U.S. communities
NIH-funded research examined over 6,000 children to determine prevalence of FASD ranged from 1.1 to 5 percent. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - February 6, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Children affected by prenatal drinking more numerous than previously estimated
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found a significant number of children across four regions in the United States were determined to have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The new findings may represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among the general population than prior research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in US communities
(NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) A study of more than 6,000 first-graders across four US communities has found that a significant number of the children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with conservative rates ranging from 1 to 5 percent in community samples. The new findings represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among general US communities than prior research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in US communities
NIH-funded research examined over 6,000 children to determine prevalence of FASD ranged from 1.1 to 5 percent  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Study shows lithium chloride blunts brain damage linked to fetal alcohol syndrom
(NYU Langone Health / NYU School of Medicine) A single dose of lithium chloride, a drug used to treat bipolar disease and aggression, blocks the sleep disturbances, memory loss, and learning problems tied to fetal alcohol syndrome, new experiments in mice show. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news