Latest Fetal alcohol syndrome Stories

2010-06-30 09:51:42

Mothers who drink alcohol while they are pregnant may be damaging the fertility of their future sons, according to new research presented at the 26th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome on Tuesday, June 29. Doctors in Denmark found that if mothers had drunk 4.5 or more drinks a week while pregnant, then the sperm concentration of their sons, measured about 20 years later, was a third lower in comparison to men who were not exposed to alcohol...

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...

2010-05-27 09:14:52

The dietary supplement CDP-choline, sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block skull and brain damage that can result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, Medical College of Georgia researchers report. Alcohol consumption in early pregnancy increases levels of a little-known lipid called ceramide, significantly increasing suicide among cells critical to skull and brain formation, Dr. Erhard Bieberich, biochemist in the MCG Schools...

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...

2010-01-27 16:50:59

Prenatal alcohol exposure is widely known to impair brain development in exposed offspring. Rodent studies have shown that developmental deficits in newborns related to altered levels of a brain chemical called serotonin (5-HT), leading to subsequent alterations in patterns of neonatal acute pain responses and/or hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) stress reactivity. New findings show a "blunted response" to an acutely painful event "“ a heel lance "“ in alcohol-exposed human...

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