Category: News

More warnings needed on fetal alcohol effect

The Children’s Commissioner wants to see more done to warn women of the risks of drinking during pregnancy.  Judge Andrew Becroft has just returned from a meeting with Australia’s children’s commissioners, where the connection between fetal alcohol syndrome and crime was discussed.

Journal of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Risk & Prevention

“The Journal of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Risk &
Prevention strives to serve as an international resource for scientific
publications on the epidemiology, neurobiology, psychology and sociology of
fetal alcohol toxicity…”[Canadian journal]

UMBILICAL CORD TISSUE: A BETTER WAY TO TEST FOR PRENATAL DRUG EXPOSURE?

“Clinicians are searching for quicker and easier
collection methods and more accurate toxicology testing for infants affected by
intrauterine substance exposure. Umbilical cord testing offers some striking
advantages over the “gold standard” of meconium testing, making the switch to
cord testing increasingly attractive…”

I AM A CAREGIVER! FOR A PERSON WITH FASD: Caregiver Resource Guide

 

Welcome to the “I am a Caregiver” resource guide for
those providing care to a person with FASD. This guide was developed as a way
for caregivers to access important information and resources relating to
providing care for children and adults with FASD. FASD is a life-long
disability and individuals impacted by FASD require a community of care and
support. As a caregiver, you are a key part of the care team.

We lvoe a teen with FASD

“…In seeking to help our son identify when he is overwhelmed, in giving our son the words to describe his need for people to break down their instructions, in providing our son technologies and strategies that allow him to remember and complete
multi-step projects, in helping him understand those things that overwhelm him
and in explaining why his brain finds certain things quite difficult, we are
giving him the very tools he needs for his future independence…”

Women urged to stop drinking before conception

“…University of Queensland’s Child Health
Research Centre … Professor Karen Moritz …PhD student Emily Dorey…The
effects of periconceptional maternal alcohol intake and a postnatal high-fat
diet on obesity and liver disease in male and female rat offspring. American
Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism..”

Mandatory health warnings

“Alcohol sold in
Australia should be labelled with mandatory health warnings for pregnant and
breastfeeding women, the West Australian government says. WA Health Minister Roger Cook is calling for state, territory and federal
governments to support compulsory health warnings on alcohol, ahead of the
Australian and New Zealand ministerial forum on food regulation on
Friday…”

Treatment for children with FASD

“…The research team developed a treatment for
children with FASD-related impairments that was demonstrated to be effective
for children in the age range of 5–10 years in a pilot study in the United
States. This novel intervention, known as ‘GoFAR,’…”

NZ – FASD is misunderstood

“‘Millions and millions of people around the world suffer from it’…” “…Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning, CEO of FASD Forever Jeff Noble, an organisation that helps people caring for sufferers, described fetal alcohol syndrome as a ‘brain-based
disability’…”