Latest Fetal alcohol syndrome Stories

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...

2009-06-23 05:15:00

Doctors are searching for new ways to protect unborn babies from the dangerous health impacts caused by a drinking mother. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 12 percent of pregnant mothers drink at some point during pregnancy, while about 2 percent admit to binge drinking. Drinking during pregnancy can result in adverse affects on a child's brain. It can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, which is the largest preventable cause of mental retardation among children....

2009-06-10 10:50:39

Alcohol consumption by pregnant women hinders brain development in their children by interfering with the genetic processes that control thyroid hormone levels in the fetal brain, a new animal study found. Results will be presented Wednesday at The Endocrine Society's 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Fetal alcohol exposure"”even from moderate drinking during pregnancy"”can cause neurodevelopmental disorders, such as emotional behavioral disorders and deficits in...

2009-05-21 13:19:11

Amid renewed calls to consider reducing the legal drinking age, a new University of Georgia study finds that lower drinking ages increase unplanned pregnancies and pre-term births among young people. "Our findings suggest that a lower drinking age increases risky sexual behavior among young people, and that leads to more unplanned pregnancies that result in premature birth and low birth weight," said study author Angela Fertig, assistant professor in the UGA College of Public Health. "The...

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...

2009-03-05 14:36:00

CTIS Web site Offers News and Referral Resources about Medications, Chemicals and Other Agents SAN DIEGO, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Moms-to-be concerned about potential risks of taking cold medication or using certain cleaning products can now find helpful information online and over the phone. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090305/LA79561LOGO) A new Web site (www.ctispregnancy.org) offering expectant moms a one-stop source for finding the latest information about the...

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...

2008-10-06 03:00:28

Don't raise drinking age There have been some reports in the news lately about some colleges advocating lowering the drinking age to 18. The thinking seems to be, "The youngsters are going to drink anyway, we can't stop them, so why not change the laws so we don't have to deal with the issue." Debra Saunders seems to agree and advocates lowering the drinking age because if, at 18 people are old enough to vote, or serve in the military, they should be allowed to drink. Let's look at...

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...

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