Tagged: FASD

NEWS: No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe during Pregnancy

A new study suggests that no amount of alcohol is safe for consumption during pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can damage the developing fetus leading to birth defects, intellectual and neuro-developmental disabilities. One of the top causes for intellectual disability worldwide caused by prenatal alcohol exposure is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)…

REPORT: Consumption of Alcohol Beverages and Binge Alcohol Use Among Pregnant Women

About 1 in 9 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days.About one third of pregnant women who reported consuming alcohol engaged in binge alcohol use.Pregnant women who reported binge alcohol use in the past 30 days reported an average of 4.5 binge-alcohol use episodes during that same time period.Efforts to expand implementation of community-level interventions and universal alcohol screening and brief counseling might decrease the prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy…

REPORT: Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Cerebral Connectivity and Cognition

Through a comparison study of teenage subjects exposed to alcohol prenatally with healthy control subjects, the study established that the inter-hemispheric connectivity is deficient for the former, which may lead to disruption in the cortical inter-hemispheric connectivity and deficits in higher order cognitive functions as measured by an IQ test, for example. The study provides quantitative evidence that the disruption is correlated with cognitive deficits. These findings could lead to a novel, highly sensitive biomarker for FASD and support a recommendation of no safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy…

REPORT: Germany: Quantifying Harms to Others due to Alcohol Consumption

This study’s estimates indicate there is a substantial degree of health harm to third parties caused by alcohol in Germany. While more research on harms to others caused by alcohol is needed to provide comprehensive estimates, the results indicate a need for effective prevention…

EVENT: European Conference on FASD 2018

The conference will cover a wide range of topics including prevention, social determinants, diagnosis, epigenetics, psychological profiles, behavioural management, education, prevalence, family support, criminal justice system difficulties, social care needs, practical management, pharmacology and other cutting-edge research that may be submitted or invited. This is not an exhaustive list and will grow depending on submitted abstracts…

REPORT: Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in US

Estimated prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders among first-graders in 4 US communities ranged from 1.1% to 5.0% using a conservative approach. These findings may represent more accurate US prevalence estimates than previous studies but may not be generalizable to all communities…

EVENT: 2017 National Conference On Alc​ohol And Opioid Use In Women And Girls

Interesting conference organized by American Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The event takes place in Washington and focuses on women and girls as a risk group. It provides the latest studies on alcohol and opioid use in the context of prevention, treatment and recovery…

REPORT: Maternal Substance Use During Pregnancy And Offspring Conduct Problems

The researchers’ meta-analyses support an association between smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy, and offspring conduct problems, yet do not resolve causality issues given potential confounding by genetic factors, gene-environment interactions, and comorbidity such as with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders…