NOFAS is disappointed by the highly misleading, irresponsible, and downright false headlines and articles in some of the media coverage of a research study published this month in BMJ Open on low alcohol consumption and pregnancy. The study found “poor quality of evidence” regarding the effects of light drinking during pregnancy, calling the evidence “sparse.” NOFAS understands this as an … Read More
September 21, 2017 2:00pm ET This webinar is presented by Dr. George F. Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The webinar will focus on the neuroscience of addiction and on elucidating a medical rationale for prevention and empathetic treatment of alcohol use disorder. Register Now!
This study “conducted a retrospective survey (1980–2016) of autopsies on 174 individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure or an FASD diagnosis… Placental abnormalities were common (68%) in fetal cases. We identified micrencephaly (brain weight <5th percentile) in 31, neural tube defects in 5… The brain abnormalities associated with prenatal alcohol exposure are varied; cause–effect relationships cannot be determined.” – Journal of … Read More
ACOG, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, produced this video with Dr. Tricia Wright, District VIII Champion. Dr. Wright speaks about the importance of giving the clear message that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. She explains that it is inaccurate to compare the risks of alcohol with the risks of caffeine during pregnancy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLAbIs0ZBr8 … Read More
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/16/543965637/women-who-love-wine-are-you-binge-drinking-without-realizing-it Binge-drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here’s a reality check: Many social drinkers may “binge” without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge-drinking.
The NOFAS communications team will present an overview of the NOFAS traditional media outreach and social media plans for FASD Awareness Month, including opportunities for advocates to join NOFAS activities and to prepare and issue their own media pitch and press release. The webinar will also present tips for advocates interested in serving as FASD spokespersons. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5319745503135549954
Young Girl with FASD Meets her Soon to be Service Dog for the First Time “7-year old Eden was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. “We’ve just found animals are very calming to her,” her mother Tiffany said. And it was no different when they met Scout, the Labradoodle who will soon be her fully-certified service dog thanks to Canines 4 … Read More
The Collaborative Initiative on FASD (CIFASD) is recruiting volunteers to take part in new FASD studies. CIFASD invites people of all ages, with and without a diagnosis of an FASD, to volunteer. Registry Connects Researchers to Families and Individuals Living with FASD
New FASD PediaLink Course from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “Learn how pediatric medical home clinicians can identify, diagnose, and/or refer potentially affected children and address potential comorbidities. In addition, specific suggestions are provided for assessment of maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. This course also familiarizes learners with the proposed mental health diagnosis, Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal … Read More