Alcohol-related deaths have doubled in the US and women are at an increased risk, study says

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

(CNN)The number of Americans who have died from alcohol-related problems annually more than doubled between 1999 and 2017, a new study found, and that’s likely an undercount, the researchers said. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Click here, to learn more!

Advocates Believe FASD Could Be a Silent Side Effect of Opioid Epidemic

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

“Foster mother Aubrey Page believes fetal alcohol syndrome has been a sleeping problem in the Cincinnati area for years… Advocates reason a region hit as hard by the opioid epidemic as Cincinnati likely saw a quieter accompanying rise in levels of alcohol abuse during the same time period. Pregnant women may have struggled with both.” – WCPO 9 News Cincinnati … Read More

NOFAS Action Alert—Contact Your Senators in Support of S. 2879

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

This opportunity doesn’t happen every day and we need your support! Please contact your Senators today!! U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Amy Klobuchar have introduced S. 2879, the Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act. NOFAS asks FASD advocates and anyone willing to help prevent FASD and support individuals and families living with the impairments to contact the offices of … Read More

How to do holiday parties while pregnant

Amy HendricksFamilies, News & Events, Women's Health

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. We’re decorating, baking cookies, going to holiday parties, shopping in a frenzy for that perfect gift, gathering with family. Maybe squeezing in that “girls night out” where everyone has promised to not exchange gifts, but to just celebrate the season with friendship, great food and drinks. This can be the most wonderful … Read More

Punishing Pregnant Women for Opioid Use Leads to More Birth Complications

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

“This article discusses a study that found that, “States with laws that penalize opioid use during pregnancy had a significantly higher number of infants born with drug withdrawal symptoms… These policies are adding to the stigma and shame mothers feel, by discouraging them from getting the prenatal care and treatment they need.” – ABC News See full story, here!

Mixed Messages Surrounding FASD Set Straight With High Schools Students

Amy HendricksFamilies, News & Events, Women's Health

“In an attempt to educate young people on the impacts of drinking during pregnancy, High School students have been learning about FASD and have been taught about safety surrounding pregnancy and substances… There are mixed messages about alcohol during pregnancy but no alcohol while planning, during pregnancy and whist breast feeding is the safest option.” – The Avon Valley Advocate … Read More

New U.S. Senate Bill Will Help Children and Adults Living with FASD

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

New legislation to authorize comprehensive FASD support services, public health prevention, and research programs across federal agencies was introduced today in the U.S. Senate. The Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act, S.2879, is cosponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), dedicated champions of maternal and child health and support for individuals living with disabilities and addiction. … Read More

Occasional Drinking During Pregnancy and Its Effects on Insulin and Fetal Growth

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“The results from this study showed that males of ethanol-exposed rats showed elevated levels of insulin during glucose tolerance tests at six months of age, in comparison to females and control-grouped males; a sign of insulin resistance. The findings show that even acute, but moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to metabolic issues in a sex-specific manner.” – Medical News … Read More