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2010-09-21 10:40:00

Certain Orofacial Characteristics Can Indicate the Condition CHICAGO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol while pregnant. Each year, FASD affect an estimated 40,000 infants in the United States--more than spina bifida, Down syndrome, and muscular dystrophy combined. Dentists have found themselves to be in a unique position to aid children...

2010-09-07 11:11:00

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week is Sept. 7-12 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To kick off Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding the public that alcohol consumption by pregnant women can seriously harm unborn children. "We want to give our children the best start possible, and that start begins in the womb," Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Janice Kopelman said...

2010-06-28 14:41:00

CHICAGO, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) costs Illinois an estimated amount of $344,625,810 every year. Of all the potential birth disorders, FASD is the most preventable and the most common. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause FASD and it affects 40,000 infants a year, more than Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome and Muscular Dystrophy combined. Education and funding is needed to continue to spread the word about alcohol and pregnancy and to help those...

2010-06-22 15:34:01

    * A new study has created a preliminary neurobehavioral profile of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).    * Researchers selected 22 of 547 neuropsychological variables for analysis based on their ability to distinguish children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) from unexposed children.    * Results suggest that executive functioning and spatial processing are especially sensitive in children with suspected or known PAE. A...

2010-06-21 13:51:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is giving $6,400 in grant money to Minnesota families living with FASD for summer family activities. Thirty-two families will receive a $200 mini grant to do something fun and creative with family and friends this summer. These mini grants are possible because of individual donations and funding from private foundations. "For many of our families, summer can be an extra trying time,"...

2010-06-16 21:47:01

Progress is slow, and insights from basic research have not been taken into the clinic It's long been known that alcohol use in pregnancy can lead to children with mental retardation and birth defects, but researchers who study fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have not made definitive progress on preventing the disorder, detecting it early, or effectively treating it, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center. In the issue of Developmental Neuroscience, four first-year medical...

2010-04-29 14:00:00

CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most preventable causes of mental retardation and birth defects is the avoidance of alcohol during pregnancy. However, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) still costs approximately $6 billion annually throughout the United Sates. A lack of understanding of the issues that are associated with the disorder remains a consistent problem which contributes to a lack of services for persons with FASD. To educate the public and raise awareness...

2010-04-28 08:15:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was submitted by the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and written by Emily Gunderson, Communications Director, MOFAS: There are risks when adopting, as with any childrearing. Knowing what to expect and being prepared, helps not only the parents but the child be successful and reach their best potential. MOFAS Offers Pre-Adoption Education It was over 10 years ago that Christine and Tim Davis welcomed a...

2010-04-06 07:29:41

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) refers to a range of negative developmental outcomes that result from maternal drinking during pregnancy. Children with FASD can suffer from many problems, including epilepsy, a disorder characterized by spontaneous recurrence of unprovoked seizures that affects 0.6 percent of the general population. A new study has found a much higher prevalence of epilepsy or history of seizures in individuals with FASD. Results will be published in the June 2010 issue...

2010-03-22 07:00:00

California Charge for Harm Bill will Create Jobs and Impose a New Alcohol-Related Harm Mitigation Fee on Big Alcohol SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What: News Conference and Rally When: March 23, 2010 11:00 a.m. Where: California State Capitol Building, East Side (Facing 12th and Capitol Ave.) Who: Partial list of participants... -- Assembly Member Jim Beall (D-San Jose) -- Bruce Lee Livingston,...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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