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Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 7.7 per 1,000
Highest prevalence of FASD among children seen in South Africa, Croatia, Ireland (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - August 22, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

8 in 1,000 babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome
A new study at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, found fetal alcohol syndrome is far more common than previously thought. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CAMH study shows global estimates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among children
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Globally, nearly eight out of every 1,000 children in the general population is estimated to have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). In addition, it's estimated that one out of 13 women who consumed any alcohol at any point or frequency during pregnancy delivered a child with FASD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Fetal alcohol syndrome: Causes, treatment, and symptoms
Fetal alcohol syndrome is one of a range of disorders, related to alcohol affecting fetal development. Learn about at the causes, symptoms, and treatments. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy found to have transgenerational damaging effect on developing brains
(Natural News) Previous studies confirmed that alcohol consumption can lead to lifelong disabilities in children such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). However, medical doctors only assumed a connection between the mother and the exposed fetus. A transgenerational effect was never studied until now. A new study made by researchers at the University of California,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects
(University of California - Riverside) Soon-to-be mothers have heard the warning - don't drink while pregnant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued numerous statements about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as it can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in newborns. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lessening Morbidity Associated With Fetal Alcohol Disorders Lessening Morbidity Associated With Fetal Alcohol Disorders
Explore strategies that may help prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and reduce morbidity associated with fetal alcohol syndrome disorders.Archives of Disease in Childhood (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and competency to stand trial (CST): suggestions for a 'best practices' approach to forensic evaluation - Brown JM, Haun J, Zapf PA, Brown NN.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), an umbrella term for neurodevelopmental conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, is overrepresented in the U.S. juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. The brain damage in FASD manifests in a combination... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Mothers of kids with fetal alcohol syndrome speak out
Many believe having a child with fetal alcohol syndrome means you were an alcoholic. Six mothers prove (three of them pictured) that is just the opposite as they struggle to raise their children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ICCFASD to meet April 12 and 13
The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICCFASD) will host 2 events: On Wednesday, April 12, view a webinar:  Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Promising Practices for System Involved Youth with FASD. View additional  details here:  https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/iccfasd-webinar-april-12-2017  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 10, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

7th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health - Streaming Sessions
March 31 - April 2, 2017. Multiple sessions available for streaming, including newborn screening, obesity, diabetes, climate change, nutrition, physical activity, social determinants of health, behavioral health, suicide, environmental healthoral health, fetal alcohol syndrome, and more. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem
Countries with highest alcohol use during pregnancy include Belarus, Britain, Denmark, Ireland and Russia Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Health Statistics (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report
TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 -- About 119,000 children worldwide are born each year with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a new report finds. The syndrome refers to a group of conditions that include poor growth for the baby both in the womb and after... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 17, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

The global toll of fetal alcohol syndrome
Worldwide, an estimated 119,000 children are born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) each year, a new study shows. The study provides the first-ever estimates of the proportion of women who drink during pregnancy, as well as estimates of FAS by country, World Health Organization region and worldwide. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

New report shows prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome worldwide
Amy WallaceTORONTO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A study from the Center for Addiction and Mental Health has found that 119,000 children are born with fetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS, each year worldwide. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The global toll of fetal alcohol syndrome
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Worldwide, an estimated 119,000 children are born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) each year, a new study from Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows. The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, provides the first-ever estimates of the proportion of women who drink during pregnancy, as well as estimates of FAS by country, World Health Organization region and worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How thinking about behavior differently can lead to happier FASD families
(University of Rochester) A new study from the University of Rochester sheds light on how parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders can best help their kids, and at the same time, maintain peace at home and at school. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Blood test may spot babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome
HealthDay News A blood test on expectant mothers may help identify infants at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Test May Spot Babies At Risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Study singled out infants who showed physical, mental signs of exposure Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Health and Development, Prenatal Testing (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Test May Spot Babies at Risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 -- A blood test on expectant mothers may help identify infants at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders occur when women drink large amounts of alcohol... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 9, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FASD Twitter Chat: Join us on September 13
At 1:00 PM ET on Tuesday, September 13, NIAAA will participate in a #FASDchat hosted by NOFAS, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Hosted by  NOFAS  @NOFAS_USA    Partners:CDC    @CDC_NCBDDD National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa 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 7, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Diagnostic Guidelines for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Updated Diagnostic Guidelines for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Updated
Proposed updates to diagnostic guidelines for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders reflect advancements in understanding of the cognitive, behavioral, and physical distinctions of these disorders.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - August 15, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

The Oglala Sioux Tribe CHOICES Program: Modifying an Existing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy Intervention for Use in an American Indian Community
Describes how an existing alcohol-exposed pregnancy prevention program, Project CHOICES, for non-pregnant women was modified and integrated within an American Indian community to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Also, provides the steps necessary to develop a similar program at another tribal or rural site. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - August 12, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New, improved guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The proposed guidelines include a new definition of documented prenatal alcohol exposure, guides to evaluating facial and physical deformities characteristic of FASD, and updated information about the cognitive and/or behavioral impairments seen in different FASD subtypes. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

NIH releases improved guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The new guidelines clarify and expand upon widely used guidelines issued in 2005, which were the first to help clinicians distinguish among the four distinct subtypes of FASD described by the Institute of Medicine. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 10, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Experts release improved clinical guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) has proposed updated clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a child is exposed to alcohol during prenatal development. The new guidelines clarify and expand upon the guidelines published by Hoyme and colleagues in 2005, which were the first to help clinicians distinguish among the four distinct subtypes of FASD described by an expert panel organized by the Institute of Medicine. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 10, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH releases improved guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
(NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholis, has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The proposed guidelines include a new definition of documented prenatal alcohol exposure, guides to evaluating facial and physical deformities characteristic of FASD, and updated information about the cognitive and/or behavioral impairments seen in different FASD subtypes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Updated Guidelines Issued for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FREE)
By Cara Adler Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Updated guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have been published in Pediatrics. Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 26, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - July 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Why criminal justice should be part of fostering public health
Mass incarceration poses a threat to public health, fueling chronic disease and mental illness that physicians must address, according to a recent panel discussion. A physician’s duty Physicians have a duty to work for health justice for inmates, especially minors, said Nzinga Harrison, MD, a founder of Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, an activist organization made up of academics, government officials, psychiatrists, neurologists and others. Dr. Harrison and other panelists explained their efforts on behalf of health justice at a discussion held by the AMA Minority Affairs Section during the 2016 AMA An...
Source: AMA Wire - June 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

Uncovering the genetics behind fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
A new review examines the current literature on the genetics of FASD susceptibility and gene-ethanol interactions. The authors also comment on potential mechanisms of reported gene-ethanol interactions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

When Just a Little Is Too Much: The Risks of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy
One of my challenges in working with patients suffering from addictive illnesses is to help increase their motivation to stick with a long-term recovery plan. This is a significant challenge for many reasons, especially because the disease of addiction affects the brain's ability to value long term recovery. The one exception to this difficulty, in many cases, is when a female patient gets pregnant. I have witnessed women who struggled for years with an addictive illness discover they are pregnant and, when the pregnancy is wanted, are able to make incredible strides in their recovery. They are often able to maintain sobri...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An obstetrician (who is also a feminist) weighs in on the CDC’s “no birth control, no drinking” recommendation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently made the eyebrow-raising recommendation that all sexually active women of reproductive age who are not using birth control avoid alcohol completely. The reason: to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy — even the earliest stages — increases the risk of FASD, which can cause a child physical problems as well as challenges with behavior and learning. This sweeping recommendation rubbed me (and many others) the wrong way. The CDC’s message defined young women as primarily heterosexual baby incubators...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hope Ricciotti, MD Tags: Behavioral Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Women's Health alcohol birth control no birth control Source Type: news

Research pinpoints devastating impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome
(University of Sydney) Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 23, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Faulty bioelectric signal responsible for facial defects caused by rare genetic disorder
Faulty bioelectric signaling has been found to be responsible for the skull and facial abnormalities that characterize the rare genetic disorder Andersen-Tawil Syndrome (ATS). It may therefore be possible to alter bioelectrical signaling to correct effects of fetal alcohol syndrome and other developmental defects or genetic mutations. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Faulty bioelectric signal responsible for facial defects caused by rare genetic disorder
(Tufts University) Tufts University biologists have discovered that faulty bioelectric signaling is responsible for the skull and facial abnormalities that characterize the rare genetic disorder Andersen-Tawil syndrome (ATS). The finding shows it may be possible to alter bioelectrical signaling to correct effects of fetal alcohol syndrome and other developmental defects or genetic mutations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 10, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Is It OK to Drink Alcohol While Pregnant? 10 Things You Should Know
Here are the facts. By Nina Bahadur, SELF Image: Jocelyn Runice for SELF On Feb. 1, the CDC released new guidelines urging women of childbearing age to avoid drinking alcohol unless they are using contraception. This new guideline is designed to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which are caused by a fetus being exposed to alcohol in utero. FASD is a 100 percent preventable condition. According to the CDC, more than 3.3 million U.S. women are at risk of exposing a developing fetus to alcohol because they drink, are sexually active, and don't use birth control and are therefore at risk for an unplanned preg...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Call to highlight drinking-while-pregnant risks
  Government and society need to do more to address attitudes to alcohol and drinking during pregnancy in light of the impact on unborn children. The BMA has updated a 2007 report, Alcohol and Pregnancy: Preventing and Managing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The association is urging all UK Governments to do more to highlight the risks of drinking during pregnancy, which can result in anything from mild cognitive impairment to significant developmental disorders associated with FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). Revised guidelines published in January by the UK chief medical officers advise men and women to drink no mor...
Source: BMA News - February 4, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mother Kathleen Mitchell of woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome warns against drinking
Kathleen Mitchell, 61, gave birth to her daughter Karli, 43, before much was known about drinking during pregnancy. The Maryland mom has made it her mission to warn others. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NO amount of alcohol in pregnancy is safe, warns leading expert 
Former director of Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions said fetal alcohol syndrome, which causes damage to an unborn baby's brain, is more prevalent than originally thought (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Shared Decision Making, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Comorbidities, Colorado & Utah Pulmonary/Critical Care Opportunities (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Audio Interview: … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 14, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: New Canadian guideline
Diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is important to help children and adults, and their families, who have the disorder. A new Canadian guideline provides recommendations for diagnosing FASD, specifically for multidisciplinary diagnostic teams. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 14, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

A metacognitive strategy for reducing disruptive behavior in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: GoFAR Pilot - Coles CD, Kable JA, Taddeo E, Strickland DC.
BACKGROUND: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are often characterized by disruptive behavior problems and there are few effective interventions available. GoFAR is a novel, 3-part intervention designed to improve self-regulation and adaptive living s... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 31, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

AAP: Any Alcohol Exposure in Pregnancy Is Risky for Baby (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Impact of fetal alcohol syndrome felt from conception through adolescence (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - October 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts say no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy
Let’s face it: pregnancy is hard. Yes, it’s ultimately a wonderful thing to bring a baby into the world. But the process doesn’t always feel so wonderful; along with the nausea, the exhaustion, the big uncomfortable belly and varicose veins, there are the things pregnant women are asked to give up. Like sushi; swordfish; eggnog; some soft cheeses; that extra cup of coffee; for smokers, cigarettes; and alcohol. For some women, it’s tough to give up alcohol entirely. It can be tempting, especially at special occasions or at restaurants where everyone else is drinking, to have one teensy-tiny glass of ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - October 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Pregnancy Safety alcohol Source Type: news

No Amount Of Alcohol In Pregnancy Is Safe, Ever, Pediatricians Group Says
It’s been just over four decades since fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) was first described, yet contradictory advice to women about drinking any alcohol at all during pregnancy continues to confuse and frustrate women. Is one glass a day okay? Or once a week maybe? One a month? One time ever, in 40 weeks of gestation? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 19, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

AAP: No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD "There is no known absolutely safe quantity, frequency, type, or timing of alcohol consumption during pregnancy," according to a new clinical report on fetal alcohol syndrome from the American Academy … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 19, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news