Tagged: Pregnancy

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: 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: Alcohol and Parenthood in Australia

For most women in their twenties and thirties, parenting a child <1 year of age was associated with reduced alcohol consumption. However, this protective effect diminished after 12 months with alcohol consumption levels close to pre-parenthood levels after five years. There was little change in male alcohol use with the transition to parenthood...

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: Prevention And Intervention For FASD In Poland

Prevention and Intervention for FASD in Poland Abstract The aims of this study are to analyze previous activities undertaken in Poland in the field of prevention and intervention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and to identify the main directions of development of this issue for the future. The conducted review of studies, positions, and… Read more »