Maternal Circulating miRNAs That Predict Infant FASD Outcomes Influence Placental Maturation.

Elizabeth MontgomeryHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

“Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), like other pregnancy complications, can result in placental insufficiency and fetal growth restriction, although the linking causal mechanisms are unclear. Here, we investigated whether these HEamiRNAs contribute to the pathology of PAE, by inhibiting trophoblast epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a pathway critical for placental development.” – NIH PubMed For more information, click HERE.

Speaker’s Message: End Drug, Alcohol Use Even Before Pregnancy

Elizabeth MontgomeryHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

Summarizing the message Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff gave, Executive Director of Trumbull County Children Services Tim Schaffner said “Any use of any substance during any part of pregnancy will have a negative effect on a child”. Schaffner said gynecologists sometimes tell expectant parents that a small amount of wine won’t hurt their baby, but Dr. Chasnoff gave scientific evidence that … Read More

Pregnancy and Addiction: Overlooked and Undertreated

Elizabeth MontgomeryHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

A medical doctor writes, “Pregnancy is unparalleled in its ability to motivate women towards healthier behavior, but approximately four percent of pregnant women still use addictive drugs. If one needs proof that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing, look into the eyes of a woman who knows her behavior is harming her baby but still can’t stop. … Read More

Teaching Children With FASD to Use Metacognitive Strategies

Elizabeth MontgomeryFamilies, 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

Elizabeth MontgomeryFamilies, 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

Michigan House Votes to Require Businesses to Display Pregnancy Warning Signs

Elizabeth MontgomeryHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

“On a vote of 100-10, the Michigan House of Representatives voted to require businesses that serve alcohol to prominently hang signs that warn of the dangers of drinking while pregnant… 19,300 businesses would be required to display the signs. The signs would have to contain the message: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy can cause … Read More

NOFAS Joins CDC, ACOG, and University of Alaska at International FASD Conference

Elizabeth MontgomeryNews & Events

NOFAS joins the CDC, ACOG, and the University of Alaska at the 8th International Conference on FASD Research, Results and Relevance: “Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice Around the World.” Together, they discussed how to educate healthcare providers about FASD, in their 90 minute session: “Increasing Healthcare Providers’ Knowledge in the Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies and Identification and Care of … Read More

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

Elizabeth MontgomeryFamilies, 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

Studies Suggest Link Between Drinking During Pregnancy, Child Mental Health Issues

Elizabeth MontgomeryHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

“New U.K. research has found that drinking during pregnancy could increase a child’s risk of mental health problems, especially anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems. The new review looked at 33 studies to investigate whether alcohol consumption during pregnancy could affect a child’s mental health at age three or older. “ – CTV News For more information, click HERE.