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  • Alcohol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Offspring Depression “Children of mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of developing depression in late adolescence, according to a new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
  • Computer-Aided Recognition of Facial Attributes for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This study concludes that “We found there was an increased diagnostic accuracy for ARND via our computer-aided method.                                                                     
  • FASD is Higher Than Autism Spectrum Disorders, fetal alcohol disorders much more common than prior estimates.
  • FASD Predisposes to Metabolic Abnormalities in AdulthoodThis study describes “a cohort of adults with FASDs that had an increased incidence of metabolic abnormalities, including type 2 diabetes, low HDL, high triglycerides, and female-specific overweight and obesity… our findings define metabolic vulnerabilities due to Embryonic alcohol exposure (EAE) and provide evidence that behavioral changes and primary organ dysfunction contribute to resultant metabolic abnormalities." The Journal of Clinical Investigation  
  • First Mobile App for Caregivers of Children With FASD Reaches Trial Stage “Christie Petrenko and Cristiano Tapparello created the first mobile phone app for caregivers of children with FASD, called FMF (Families Moving Foreward) Connect…Focus groups members—made up exclusively of caregivers of children with FASD— liked what they saw.  “Responses were generally enthusiastic,” says Petrenko. The caregivers liked that the information was easily accessible and organized, and they could connect with others." - University of Rochester Newscenter    
  • Harmed before birth, America's 'lost children' overshadowed by the opioid crisis. The federal government estimates tens of millions of children and adults have lifelong impairment from fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Many people with FASD end up in prison. Unlike the high profile attempts to address opioids, FASD and the broader issue of alcoholism have few champions on or off Capitol Hill. 
  • Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 4 US Communities,  Journal of American Medical Association.
  • Global News, First of its kind database aims to reveal how FASD affects Canadians. The Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) is launching the first national database, and first globally, on the disorder.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Systems of Care: Intervention at a Higher Level.  Authored by: Gordon R. Hodas MD, PAFASD Task Force.  The federal government estimates tens of millions of children and adults have lifelong impairment from fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. That doesn’t cover the cost of prisons and jails, which is where a lot of people with FASD end up. Unlike the high profile attempts to address opioids, fetal alcohol syndrome and the broader issue of alcoholism have few champions on or off Capitol Hill. This article discusses where we have been and where we need to go with FASD.
  • Prevalence Studies in Special Issue of Medical Journal  The issue features new research on FASD prevalence in cities in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain region, and the southeastern United States.
  • Signs of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Detected in Womb  “New magnetic resonance imaging showed impairments to brain growth during the third trimester of pregnancy, even though the fetus was exposed to alcohol only during the first trimester.  - Neuroscience News   
  • Sleep Disturbance as a Predictor of Anxiety in Children With FASD and Typically Developing Children “This is the largest study to examine sleep in FASD.  We report that a significant proportion of anxiety can be predicted by sleep problems.  Children with FASD experienced significantly higher levels of sleep problems and anxiety than typically developing children, the majority at clinical levels.  Sleep interventions should be a clinical priority for children with FASD.” - Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • Study: Any Level of Drinking or Smoking While Pregnant May Affect Your Newborn's Brain Development
    This CNN article reports, “Researchers found drinking or smoking of any level while pregnant — from low to high, and even if you quit early — influenced the brain development of the mothers' newborns. Negative long-term effects of excessive prenatal alcohol or tobacco exposure (or both), increase the risk for multiple adverse outcomes, researchers observed    
  • Treating, Understanding Substance Use in Pregnant Women “As part of an American Psychiatric Association (APA) meeting, Kimberly A.Yonkers, MD, of the Yale University School of Medicine, discussed national data-based understandings of substance use among women who are pregnant.  Yonkers also appealed for the implementation of both universal and health equity approaches to addressing the prevalence of such cases.                                         

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