Parents Looking for Service Dog for Child with FASD

Amy HendricksFamilies, News & Events

Parents Looking for Service Dog for Child with FASD “A Sacramento couple who adopted three children is now looking for a canine sidekick for one of those young boys. The only problem they say is a certified service dog costs about $17,000. Five-year-old Dylan Gingras was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. Dylan’s mom says the trained dog would track Dylan … Read More

Enter the 2017 FASD Month Art Contest!

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Enter the 2017 FASD Month Art Contest! A picture is worth a thousand words! You are invited to enter the 2017 FASD Month art contest! Just submit an image here, such as a photo or artwork, of “What FASD means to me.” Anyone may enter. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Sunday, September 3rd. The winning … Read More

Perceptions of FASD by Minnesota Public Defenders

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

“Persons diagnosed with FASD are more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system than general population controls. Although previous survey evidence has suggested that federal district attorneys are limited in their knowledge of the psycholegal impairments presented by defendants with this condition, such research has yet to have been conducted with state-specific public defenders.” – Advances in … Read More

NOFAS Affiliate Spotlight: FASDinNC

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

“NOFAS celebrates the work of its North Carolina affiliate organization, FASDinNC. During the NOFAS affiliate summit in June, FASDinNC was busy on Capitol Hill advocating for support to further awareness and research FASD. FASDinNC Coordinator Amy Hendricks met with Senator Richard Burr’s staff, where she highlighted that “Continued federal funding for the CDC and NIH FASD research are essential to … Read More

New American Academy of Pediatrics PediaLink Course: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Recognizing Behavioral Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

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 Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE). Follow this LINK.

Reversing FASD After Birth: Two Common Drugs Can Repair Damage

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“Two commonly used drugs erased the learning and memory deficits caused by FASD when the drugs were given after birth, thus potentially identifying a treatment for the disorder, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study… “We’ve shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done. That’s huge,” said lead investigator and senior author Eva Redei. “We have identified a … Read More

New AAFP Webpage to Address Alcohol Misuse

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

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has created a new webpage on alcohol misuse. It includes a new alcohol intervention manual called “Addressing Alcohol Use Practice Manual: An Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program”, developed in collaboration with the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine’s FASD Practice and Implementation Center funded through CDC. Find web … Read More

Foster Parents Retire After 43 Years, 109 Kids

Amy HendricksUncategorized

Alma Sykes-Edwards a MI-Team Specialist with the Department of Human Services gives a gift to John and Judy Cragg at their retirement party in the offices of the Department of Human Services in Downtown Flint, Friday afternoon, June 30, 2017. The Craggs have fostered 109 medically at-risk area children and are retiring after 43 years. Shannon Millard |

Study Finds Drinking During Pregnancy May Affect Several Generations

Amy HendricksUncategorized

“New research from UC Riverside has found that drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause brain changes in offspring that may be passed all the way down to great-grandchildren. Neuroscientist Kelly Huffman published her findings in the journal “Cerebral Cortex.” People previously assumed that only the baby exposed to alcohol would be harmed, and future generations would not be affected. But … Read More