CDC Features Article on Teen Substance Use and Risks

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

CDC is posting an article on their main CDC.gov webpage about adolescent substance use. The article features the CDC’s FASD research, identification, and prevention efforts, including their work supporting the implementation of alcohol screening and brief counseling, promoting effective treatments for those living with FASDs, and enhancing healthcare provider education on preventing FASDs and identifying and treating people with FASDs. … Read More

Alcohol in Pregnancy: “Nobody Would Ask How Much Radioactivity Is Okay for Pregnant Women”

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

Heike Wolter, child and adolescent psychiatrist, states, “When talking about alcohol in pregnancy, people keep asking: How much can you drink without harming the unborn child? For other substances that harm the unborn child, we are much stricter. Nobody would ask how much radioactivity is okay for pregnant women.” – International News Read more HERE!!

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcohol addiction by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery. Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding and is an opportunity to decrease stigma and … Read More

Teaching Children With FASD to Use Metacognitive Strategies

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“Metacognitive training is an emerging cognitive intervention for children FASD that teaches children to think about their thinking and use strategies to improve learning and regulation. We investigated how children with FASD acquired metacognitive strategies during a computerized intervention delivered in a school setting.”- – The Journal of Special Education For more information, click HERE.

Women and Alcohol Webinar

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

Dr. Deidra Roach: Women and Alcohol Friday, March 29th, 2019 11am – 12pm EST Join WEBEX Meeting: HTTPS://NIH.WEBEX.COM/NIH/MC 1-650-479-3208 Call-in Toll Number (US/Canada) Meeting Number/Access Code: 625-167-759 Meeting Password: NIAAA Sponsored By: Interagency Work Group on Drinking and Drug Use in Women and Girls

TV News Feature: New Study Sheds Light on Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

Amy HendricksFamilies, News & Events

A local Boston TV news station profiles Enid Watson, Massachusetts FASD State Coordinator. The segment also features Sasha, a young man with FASD, and his mom. Sasha is engaging in public speaking in Massachusetts. The segment features a legislative bill to adopt the federal definition of developmental disabilities for adults, which is being advocated for by massFAS. For more information, … Read More

People with FASD in Minnesota Could Get Support Through Brain Injury Wavier

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“People with FASD in desperate need of state services can be left out “because their brain injury occurred before they were born,” Rep. Ruth Richardson said. She sponsors HF929, which would allow some people FASD to qualify for the state’s brain injury wavier. The brain injury wavier provides services for people requiring the level of care provided in nursing homes … Read More

New Method Uses A.I. to Screen for FASD

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“Scientists have developed a new tool that can screen children for FASD quickly and affordably, making it accessible to more children in remote locations worldwide. The tool uses a camera and computer vision to record patterns in children’s eye movements… The eye movements outside the norm were flagged as children who might be at-risk for having FASD and need more … Read More

Interesting Study in Australia: Mothers Return to Pre-pregnancy Drinking within Five Years

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“The average mother returns to their pre-pregnancy drinking habits by the time their child is of school age, an Australian study has found. According to research, women dramatically reduce their alcohol consumption on learning they are pregnant and return to their old ways in five years. Men, on average, did not change their alcohol consumption on becoming fathers.” – The … Read More