What proportion of the brain structural and functional abnormalities observed among children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is explained by their prenatal alcohol exposure and their other prenatal and postnatal risks

Astley Hemmingway S, Davies JK, Jirikowic, T & Olson E (6 July 2020) ‘What proportion of the brain structural and functional abnormalities observed among children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is explained by their prenatal alcohol exposure and their other prenatal and postnatal risks?’ Advances in Pediatric Research Astley-Hemingway et al 2020

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Genetic risks play part in fetal alcohol syndrome.

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.

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