Archived news: July to September 2019

Cynthia Choo (28 September 2019) The Big Read in Short: Inclusive education, British Columbia-style — can S’pore take a leaf from it? In Today.

Sophie Rishworth (27 September 2019) FASD ‘one of the great crises of our time’ Gisborne Herald NZ

Aaron E Carroll (19 August 2019) Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire.’ New York Times

Rutgers University (15 August 2019) ‘Moderate to heavy drinking during pregnancy alters genes in newborns, mothers’. Science Daily

SBS Australia (15 August 2019) ‘Health Minister Greg Hunt denies alcohol plan watered down’.  National Press Club.

Semantic Scholar (2019) Susan Astley – list of published articles

Sundermann, A.C. et al. (2019) Alcohol Use in Pregnancy and Miscarriage: A Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental

CBC News Canada (8 August 2019) ‘Depression is the largest factor for substance use during pregnancy, research finds’. “If we can target mental health and reduce that substance use, I think it can go a long away for improving children’s health.”

BOOK – Ruth Spencer (2019) ‘The Burning: Parenting my son through adoption, FASD and suicide’. Available on Amazon, Kindle, or Indigo as a book, or ebook download

McRae T, Adams E, Clifton E et al (2 August 2019) ‘Overcoming the challenges of caring for a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder: a Pilbara community perspective’. Rural and Remote Health

Eureka Alert (29 July 2019) ‘Midwives and nurse-midwives may underestimate the dangers of prenatal alcohol use.’ The study, “Prenatal alcohol screening during pregnancy by midwives and nurses,” appears in the June 11, 2019 issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.–man072919.php

Shiva M Singh (29 July 2019) ‘Alarming Ontario drinking statistics obligates reappraisal of the impact of alcohol on newborns.’ CMAJ

BioSpace (24 July 2019) Government of Canada supports projects to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada. Source: PHAC

Leslie Young (2019) ‘Women, young adults visiting the ER for alcohol-related issues in growing numbers.’ Global News VIDEO

World Health Organisation (July 2019) ‘10 areas governments could work with to reduce the harmful use of alcohol’.

Each year 3 million lives are lost due to harmful use of alcohol. The WHO global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol seeks to improve the health and social outcomes for individuals, families and communities, with considerably reduced morbidity and mortality due to harmful use of alcohol and their ensuing social consequences. It is envisaged that the global strategy will promote and support local, regional and global actions to prevent and reduce the harmful use of alcohol. 

The global strategy focuses on ten key areas of policy options and interventions at the national level. The ten areas for national action are:

  1. Leadership, awareness and commitment.
  2. Health services’ response.
  3. Community action.
  4. Drink-driving policies and countermeasures.
  5. Availability of alcohol.
  6. Marketing of alcoholic beverages.
  7. Pricing policies.
  8. Reducing the negative consequences of drinking and alcohol intoxication.
  9. Reducing the public health impact of illicit alcohol and informally produced alcohol.
  10. Monitoring and surveillance.

Katherine Gammon (10 July 2019) ‘Study probes effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on brain development’.  Researchers have long known that babies born to mothers who drank heavily while pregnant have impairments. Now, an innovative study will test their sensory processing — in a community where drinking while pregnant is socially acceptable. University of Southern Carolina.

Sarah C.M. Roberts, Nancy F. Berglas, Meenakshi S. Subbaraman, Amy Mericle, Sue Thomas, William C. Kerr (August 2019) ‘Racial differences in the relationship between alcohol/pregnancy policies and birth outcomes and prenatal care utilization: A legal epidemiology study’. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Vol. 201, August 2019, pp 242-252.

Let’s Talk FASD (30 June 2019) Living with FASD: ‘I’m going to have this for the rest of my life’. Anchorage Daily News.

Svetlana Popova, Shannon Lange, Vladimir Poznyak, Albert E. Chudley, Kevin D. Shield, James N. Reynolds, Margaret Murray and Jürgen Rehm (July 2019) ‘Population-based prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada’. BMC Public Health Open Access.

Canada FASD Research Network (July 2019) TRAINING ‘FASD for School Staff Level II: Practical Strategies for the School Environment’ 

Sarah Catherall (27 June 2019) ‘The women out to dispel myths about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder’. Noted New Zealand.


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