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Research — May 2011

Fetal alcohol syndrome research today

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Research today is a free monthly online journal that collates and summarizes the latest research about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, including details on pregnancy, birth defects, causes, symptoms, treatment. 

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Paediatricians' knowledge, attitudes and practice following provision of educational resources about prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Janet M Payne,1 Kathryn E France,1* Nadine Henley,2 Heather A D’Antoine,1† Anne E Bartu,3 Raewyn C Mutch,1 Elizabeth J Elliott4 and Carol Bower1

1 Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia, Perth, 2 Centre for Applied Social Marketing Research, Edith Cowan University, Perth, and 3 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, and 4Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Drinking during pregnancy increases risk of premature birth

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight. But there are conflicting reports about how much alcohol, if any, it is safe for a pregnant woman to drink. New research published in Biomed Central's open access journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth looked at the amounts of alcohol women drank during their early pregnancy and showed the effect this had on their babies.

Drinking During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Premature Birth

A recent study from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland revealed that women who drank as few as two glasses of wine per week could be putting their babies at risk for FAS.

Article, Medical News Today, April 10, 2011

The Contribution of Parental Alcohol Use Disorders and Other Psychiatric Illness to the Risk of Alcohol Use Disorders in the Offspring

Sørensen, H. J., Manzardo, A. M., Knop, J., Penick, E. C., Madarasz, W., Nickel, E. J., Becker, U. and Mortensen, E. L. (2011), The Contribution of Parental Alcohol Use Disorders and Other Psychiatric Illness to the Risk of Alcohol Use Disorders in the Offspring. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35: no.

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How much alcohol is safe during pregnancy

A major study in Ireland has now looked at this issue once again to determine the quantity of alcohol that can be safely consumed by pregnant women. The findings are surprising as it finds low reporting of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) though from the medical faculty though 81% women consumed alcohol. Professor Murphy said, "This study emphasizes the need for improved detection of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and for early intervention in order to minimize the risks to the developing fetus. We would recommend that further research is required before even low amounts of alcohol can be considered safe."

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Etiology, Epidemiology and Advances in Diagnosis

Dr. Ken Warren, Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), recently presented a webcast entitled Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Etiology, Epidemiology, and Advances in Diagnosis.

Webcast, National Institutes of Health, April 27, 2011

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Genetic and epigenetic insights into fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Michèle Ramsay of the Division of Human Genetics, National Health Laboratory Service and School of Pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa studies the “globally underestimated” disorder of FASD and shows insight in to the genetics of FASD.

Article, BioMed Central, April 28, 2011

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The Feasibility of Screening for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Risk in Early Intervention Settings: A Pilot Study of Systems Change

Recent study from Dr. Norma Finkelstein, LICSW and Enid Watson, MDiv of the Institute for Health and Recovery; and Dr. Barbara A. Morse and Dr. Deborah Gurewich of the Project FAST Steering Committee.  This study focuses on screening for FASD in children receiving developmental services in early intervention programs.

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The Contribution of Parental Alcohol Use Disorders and Other Psychiatric Illness to the Risk of Alcohol Use Disorders in the Offspring

Holger J. Sørensen, Ann M. Manzardo, Joachim Knop, Elizabeth C. Penick, Wendy Madarasz, Elizabeth J. Nickel, Ulrik Becker, Erik L. Mortensen

Article first published online: 19 APR 2011

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