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Latest Fetal alcohol syndrome Stories

2008-08-26 00:00:00

Pregnant women who drink three or four glasses of wine in a short period elevate the risk of birth defects, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Erhard Bieberich of the Medical College of Georgia Schools of Medicine said the initial signs of fetal alcohol syndrome are slight but classic: facial malformations such as a flat and high upper lip, small eye openings and a short nose. A few glasses of wine in an hour during the first few weeks of fetal life, typically before a woman knows she's pregnant,...

2008-07-02 12:01:11

By Selena Hernandez, The Eagle, Bryan, Texas Jul. 2--New education and intervention programs for pregnant and postpartum women will soon be available in the Brazos Valley, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Department of State Health Services. Officials with the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse said they would use the grant to help women at risk for substance abuse. The money will also be used to address infant health. BVCASA Director of Prevention and...

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2008-04-07 15:47:16

Although behavioral studies clearly indicate that exposure to drugs, alcohol and tobacco in utero is bad for a baby's developing brain, specific anatomic brain effects have been hard to tease out in humans. Often users don't limit themselves to one substance, and demographic factors like poverty can also influence brain development.Now, an NIH-funded study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans, led by Children's Hospital Boston neurologist Michael Rivkin, MD, suggests that...

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2008-03-20 00:30:00

Despite public health campaigns, a surprising number of women continue to use substances such as tobacco, marijuana and alcohol during pregnancy and their usage rebounds to pre-pregnancy levels within two years of having a baby, according to a new University of Washington study. Men's patterns of substance use during their partners' pregnancies were even bleaker. Men typically are not targeted by these campaigns, and their levels of binge drinking, daily smoking and marijuana use remained...

2006-02-22 16:23:15

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A mutation of an enzyme gene seems to protect the fetus against alcohol consumed by the mother, according to a study of mothers and their infants. Lead researcher Dr. Sandra W. Jacobson told Reuters Health that "our research has shown that about 20 percent of African American children are born to mothers with a particular genetic (mutation), which makes it less likely that maternal drinking during pregnancy will adversely affect their...

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...

2005-10-28 15:01:31

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants whose mothers regularly drank during pregnancy may show poor vision by the age of 6 months, according to a new study. Prenatal alcohol exposure is known to put babies at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a cluster of problems such as poor growth, delayed mental development and unusual facial features. Because it's unclear how much alcohol is needed to put the developing fetus at risk, women who are pregnant or might become pregnant are advised...

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...

2005-06-14 23:12:58

+ Alcohol abuse is well known to increase the risk of infections in adults. + Newborn infants whose mothers reported alcohol use, excessive drinking or smoking during pregnancy were more likely to be diagnosed with an infection than those whose mothers did not. Despite public-information campaigns and physician advice about alcohol consumption during pregnancy, between 15 and 25 percent of pregnant women continue to drink each month, and five to 10 out of 1,000 pregnant women drink an...