First Mobile App for Caregivers of Children With FASD Reaches Trial Stage

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

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

NOFAS Statement: FASD, COVID-19 and Alcohol Awareness Month

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

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

Alcohol Consumption by Fathers Before Conception Could Negatively Impact Child Development

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

“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

COVID-19 Pandemic Reprecussions in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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

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!

COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers of Individuals with FASD

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

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: Navigating COVID-19

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

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

MotherToBaby Launches First COVID-19 in Pregnancy Study

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

A new study conducted by birth defects research experts from the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) launches to examine the short and long-term effects of the novel COVID-19 virus in pregnancy and breastfeeding. The observational study will consist of phone calls over the course of volunteers’ pregnancies and post-delivery, and/or breastmilk samples, as well as a release of … Read More

Hold the “Quarantinis”: Alcohol and Novel Coronavirus Might Not Mix

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

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.

For Parents Trying to Replicate School for Children With Disabilities, A Confounding Task

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

“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!

NOFAS Joins Group of Eighty-eight Organizations Calling on Congress to Address Americans’ Mental Health and Substance Misuse Treatment Needs as Part of COVID-19 Response

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

“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