Tagged: FASD

NEWS: Week #31 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

NEWS: Ukraine: National Campaign on Alcohol and Pregnancy

Sparked by the high number of women consuming alcohol while pregnant leading to high fetal alcohol syndrome cases, Ukraine has launched a national campaign to address the problem. It is estimated that 25–35% of women in Ukraine consume alcohol during pregnancy. As a result, the country has one of the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome cases (50 cases per 10 000) in the world…

REPORT: Genetic Changes Resulting from Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

These data suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) significantly elevates DNA methylation of POMC and PER2and increases levels of stress hormones. Furthermore, these results suggest the possibility that measuring DNA methylation levels of PER2 and POMC in biological samples from pregnant women or from children may be useful for identification of a woman or a child with PAE.

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…