National Post (Apr 2019) ‘Canadian study identifies five most vulnerable groups for FASD’. The study identified five high-prevalence groups: children in care; people in correctional service custody; people in special education services; people using specialized services for developmental disabilities or psychiatric care; and Indigenous populations.
Moore E & Riley EP (24 July 2015) ‘What Happens When Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Become Adults.’ US National Library of Medicine
Judith Duffy (March 3 2019) ‘172,000 innocent victims of Scotland’s problem drinking.’ Sunday Post (Dundee). In Press Reader
CTV News (March 4 2019) ‘Studies suggest link between drinking during pregnancy, child mental health issues’.
Mary Ward (Feb 26 2019) ‘Mothers return to pre-pregnancy drinking within five years: study’. Brisbane Times.
Chen Zhang, Angelina Paolozza, Po-He Tseng, James N. Reynolds, Douglas P. Munoz and Laurent Itti (Feb 18 2019) ‘Detection of Children/Youth With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Through Eye Movement, Psychometric, and Neuroimaging Data’. Front. Neurol., 18 February 2019 |
Genetic risks play part in fetal alcohol syndrome. A study of 84 twin/sibling pairs exposed to alcohol in utero indicates there’s no safe limit of alcohol exposure for pregnant mothers.
OPINION: This twin study validates the precautionary prevention message. There are risks factors at play and the only one that is certain is no alcohol in pregnancy equals no risk. REPLY: FASD Prevention Conversation: Which we think is also an important reminder that the effects a child experiences isn’t just determined by how much mom drank – for some women even small amounts can have a great impact. One more reason to stand against the stigma women experience.
Science Direct (4 December 2018) Conditions encountered in the womb can have life-long impact on health. Scientists previously assumed this is because embryos respond to adverse conditions by programming their gene expression. Now scientists report a radically different alternative. Rather than being programmed by the environment, random differences in gene expression may provide some embryos with a survival advantage. The researchers found that a specific part of the DNA methylation pattern was missing among famine-exposed individuals. Source: Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Link to article here…
EurekAlert: The Global Source for Science News (November 2018) Up to 17 per cent of children could have symptoms consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to new research published in Preventive Medicine. Read article here…
Greenmyer JR; Klug MG; Kambeitz C; Popova S & Burd L (November 2018) The mean annual cost for children with FASD was estimated to be $22,810 and for adults $24,308. Residential costs for children with FASD were 4-fold greater than for adults with FASD. The costs of lost productivity for adults were 6.3-fold greater than for children. In Journal of Addiction Medicine. 12(6):466–473, NOV 2018. Link to article here…