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Latest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Stories

2009-09-28 10:05:00

*Immediate Media Interview Availability* WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the nation's leading preventable cause of mental retardation, will be front and center when the Supreme Court opens its new term this week. Tomorrow, on Tuesday, September 29, the court will consider whether to take up Holmes v. Louisiana, the case of Brandy Holmes, a 29-year-old woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome currently on death row in Louisiana. She and a codefendant...

2009-09-08 13:17:00

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week is Sept. 8-14 LANCASTER, Pa., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health today reminded women about the serious implications of drinking while pregnant. "Studies show that 50 percent of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and many women consume alcohol before they realize they are pregnant," Deputy Secretary Janice Kopelman said...

2009-09-04 15:00:00

Doctors still telling women they can drink Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day September 9 marked by Illinois Forum and new brochure CHICAGO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Learning disabilities, mental health issues and behavior problems are just some of the issues that afflict babies exposed to alcohol in the womb, yet some doctors still tell their patients it is safe to have a drink now and then while pregnant. Those hoping to change that are meeting on September...

2009-08-04 06:00:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Drinking alcohol while pregnant increases the chances that a child will have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Although this disorder affects 40,000 infants a year, more than Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome and Muscular Dystrophy combined, it is still relatively unaddressed. The Chicago-area FASTeam and a group of motorcycle enthusiasts are riding to raise awareness with the 2009 F.A.S.T. Ride. Where: Galway's Bar & Grill...

2009-07-21 10:06:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, St. Paul, MN announces that it has been awarded the Charities Review Council "Meets All Standards" Seal indicating that it meets all sixteen of its Accountability Standards. Nonprofit organizations such as the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) earn the Seal by voluntarily participating in the Council's online Accountability Wizard which addresses a nonprofit...

2009-07-21 08:03:49

Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have significantly weakened social cognition and emotion-processing abilities, according to a study that is the first to compare cognitive factors and social behavior in children with FASD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  "Behaviorally, FASD and ADHD can look quite similar, particularly with respect to problems with very limited attention, physical restlessness, and extreme impulsivity," Rachel Greenbaum, a...

2009-07-17 08:02:44

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have a high risk of psychiatric problems, particularly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, or both. Often children with FASD are initially diagnosed with ADHD. A new study is the first to examine a range of cognitive factors and social behavior in children with FASD and ADHD, finding that those with FASD have significantly weaker...

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2009-04-06 07:50:48

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) cause malformations in babies, including facial defects, short stature, and mental and behavioral abnormalities. The African frog, Xenopus, is a valuable tool for understanding early vertebrate development since these embryos are large, easy to work with and very responsive to environmental cues. New research uses this system to address the mechanism underlying the characteristics associated with maternal consumption of...

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2008-12-19 14:26:45

A national alcohol research group is concerned that the media's misinterpretation of a recent British research study could encourage pregnant women to be more at ease with temperate alcohol consumption. Some media reports erroneously stated that the study by The University College London researchers revealed that light drinking by pregnant women could be beneficial to their babies. Other articles said light drinking during pregnancy would not affect the behavior or mental acuity of babies...

2008-09-11 15:00:40

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn PREGNANT Taranaki women are ignoring the toxic effects of drinking alcohol -- and some medical advisers are condoning their actions. The results of new Taranaki research mirror those of a similar Otago study, which found as many as a third who were drinkers before getting pregnant were continuing to drink. As such, they were putting their babies at real risk of irreversible neurological disorders caused by alcohol. "I find that quite shocking," lead researcher,...