Latest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Stories

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,...

2008-09-08 12:00:41

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Holli Senior of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, +1-717-787-1783 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help people learn about preventable birth defects associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy, the Department of Health today launched Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, is an umbrella term that describes the nations leading category of preventable birth defects and...

2005-11-11 13:58:01

KINGSTON, Ont. "“ A simple test that measures eye movement may help to identify children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and ultimately lead to improved treatment for the condition, say Queen's University researchers. At present there are no objective diagnostic tools that can be used to distinguish between children with FASD "“ which affects approximately one per cent of children in Canada "“ and those with other developmental disorders such as...

2005-10-19 13:28:55

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a disorder that is indicated by distinct facial characteristics, growth retardation, and poor intellectual and attentional function, can occur when mothers drink alcohol heavily during pregnancy. A new study in the October issue of The Journal of Pediatrics shows that prenatal alcohol exposure can also affect an infant's visual acuity or sharpness of vision. Sandra W. Jacobson, Ph.D. and colleagues from Wayne State University and University of Cape Town...

2005-08-15 13:07:47

- Prenatal alcohol exposure is often linked to slower cognitive reaction times and poorer attention. - A new study investigates cognitive function and speed as tasks become more complex. - Findings indicate that alcohol-exposed children can perform as well as other children on simple tasks, but as tasks become more demanding and challenging, processing speed slows down significantly. Decades of research have left little doubt that prenatal alcohol exposure has adverse effects on...

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