Christie Petrenko and Cristiano Tapparello created the first mobile phone app for caregivers of children with FASD, called FMF Connect…Focus groups members—made up exclusively of caregivers of children with FASD— liked what they saw. “Responses were generally enthusiastic,” says Petrenko. The caregivers liked that the information was easily accessible and organized, and they could connect with others.” – University of … Read More
As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to disrupt nearly every facet of society, NOFAS would like to call attention to some of its effects on the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) community. The crisis is an especially difficult time for children and adults with FASD because they can have a high rate of pre-existing health conditions, low levels of … Read More
“In a paper published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the researchers report that when alcohol-exposed male mice mated with alcohol-naïve females, the offspring displayed significant deficits in brain development. Specifically, the neocortex, responsible for complex cognitive and behavioral function, had patterning deficits. Although neither these mice nor their mothers had ever been exposed to alcohol, their brains showed changes … Read More
MotherToBaby provides an update as of 4/8/20 on COVID-19 in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Maternal anxiety, depression, domestic violence, keeping prenatal appointments…New questions surrounding the effects the novel coronavirus has had on pregnant and breastfeeding women are answered as two teratogen information specialists (experts in exposures in pregnancy and breastfeeding) once again join host Chris Stallman, CGC. Listen to Podcast!
This article by Canada FASD Research Network states, “Challenges with sensory regulation, attention, memory, and emotional regulation make it difficult for children with FASD to understand and implement preventive health practices. The social distancing measures that have been put in place can result in feelings of depression, stress, confusion, and anxiety. This blog outlines some tips for caregivers to help … Read More
Pregnant women and children There is limited information so far about COVID-19 in pregnant women. Pregnant women are at higher risk from influenza and other respiratory viruses, so they are encouraged to be extra vigilant. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. The CDC has information specifically for pregnant women and children. See CDC information on children and COVID-19. MotherToBaby … Read More
Replacing bar meetups with virtual happy hours might offer a much-needed salve during the novel corona virus pandemic, but downing too much alcohol could also reduce your immune system’s ability to fight off infectious diseases, according to numerous studies. Article by J. Cavanaugh Simpson with Global Health Now. Read article, HERE.
“In the age of this new and deadly virus, most American school districts have closed their doors, hoping remote learning can serve as a replacement in the coming weeks or even months. But few districts have figured out how to extend this online learning and other critical services to the 7 million children with disabilities.” – Washington Post Read Story, Here!
“A cross-sector group of 88 organizations from the mental health and substance misuse, public health and patient-advocacy sectors are jointly calling on the Trump Administration and Congress to address the immediate and long term mental health and substance misuse treatment needs of all Americans as part of their COVID-19 response. Such consideration is especially important as the anxiety and social … Read More
The Coronavirus has spawned a flurry of cancellations of so many activities in which our loved ones participate. Thus, they lose the lack of structure which is so comforting. Without routine, those affected by FASD may feel unsettled and have feelings of sadness, frustration, impatience, fear of the future, and trauma related feelings may raise their head. In times of … Read More