NOFAS Statement on Media Coverage of Study on Light Drinking

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events, Women's Health

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

NOFAS Free Webinar: Neuroscience of Addiction

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals

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!

Human Brain Abnormalities Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and FASDs

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, News & Events

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 Video: FASD Prevention: Promoting Screening & Brief Intervention

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

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.   … Read More

FASD Awareness Month – Media Outreach and Spokesperson Training

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

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.

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

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

New FASD PediaLink Course from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals

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