NOFAS Weekly Roundup July 20, 2015

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NEW AT NOFAS   July 20, 2015  
   
NOFAS Recorded webinar: 
The Role of the Social Worker in
Preventing, Identifying and Treating FASD

This webinar was presented by Dr. Leigh Tenkku Lepper and David Deere, LCSW.

This webinar examined the role of the social worker in the prevention, identification and treatment of FASD. The webinar offered a discussion on how the social worker can utilize alcohol screening and brief intervention with their female clients to prevent them from having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. This webinar provided what we currently know in how to identify clients who may present with symptoms of having a potential FASD.

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FASD NEWS

 
Teen with FASD Lobbies State Legislators

Recent high school graduate Gary Riege… and several others with FASD took to the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol earlier this year and spoke with their local legislators to ask for education changes that allow students on the fetal alcohol spectrum the same opportunities as other students.”
-South Washington County Bulletin

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FASD Prevention Program in Ghana

Ghana has started a four-day “sensitization program” for pregnant women at 37 military hospitals.  Dubbed ‘Alcohol and Pregnancy,’ the program has seen the training of approximately 1,500 women on the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.”
- Ghana News Agency

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Baby's First Stool Can Alert Doctors
to Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

“A newborn's first stool can signal the child may struggle with persistent cognitive problems. In particular, high levels of fatty acid ethyl esters found in the meconium (a newborn's first stool) from a mother's alcohol use during pregnancy can alert doctors that a child is at risk for problems with intelligence and reasoning.”
- Science Daily

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Pregnant Women Who Drink Alcohol
Do Not Understand Risks Involved: Study

“Many pregnant women still ignore or fail to understand the risks that drinking during pregnancy has on mothers and babies, a new study has found.  Researchers at the University of Cambridge analyzed information gathered from a large group of women in varying socio-demographic levels to see how vast the population is of women who consume alcohol while pregnant. They found a large number of women who drank alcohol while pregnant, calling it a "significant public health concern."
- Tech Times

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My Visit to Whiteclay, Nebraska

This editorial by Frank LaMere about the sale of alcohol from Whiteclay onto the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation states, “I met with three white foster mothers who have raised scores of Native children who suffer through their lives with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).”
- Journal Star

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Brain Study Looking for People with FASD Between 10-16 Years Old

This brain study is looking for adolescents 10-16 years old for neurobehavioral testing (executive functioning, learning & memory, visuospatial, etc.) and an MRI scan of the brain. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

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Research

 
Nutrition and FASD, Part II: An Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Wozniak
About Nutritional Issues for Newborns

“This month’s Ask the Expert is Part II of a two-part look at the importance of nutrition for pregnant women and new mothers. This month, [they] interview Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Ph.D., L.P., Associate Professor with the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Director of the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic in UMN’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Wozniak… examines nutrition among children identified with an FASD, and discusses his research into promising interventions for this population.”
 
Association of Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters in Meconium and
Cognitive Development during Childhood and Adolescence

The objective of this study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, is “To examine associations between amounts of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) in meconium and cognitive development in school-aged children exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero.”

 
   

OTHER NEWS   

 
   
Sunscreen Use During Pregnancy

“What should you know about sunscreen use during pregnancy? This month's MotherToBaby blog author, Robert Felix, a teratogen information specialist and current MotherToBaby president, covers commonly-asked questions about sunscreen use during pregnancy.”


 
 

Replay   

 
NOFAS Recorded webinar:
The Role of the Social Worker in Preventing,
Identifying and Treating FASD

This webinar was presented by Dr. Leigh Tenkku Lepper and David Deere, LCSW.

This webinar examined the role of the social worker in the prevention, identification and treatment of FASD. The webinar offered a discussion on how the social worker can utilize alcohol screening and brief intervention with their female clients to prevent them from having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. This webinar provided what we currently know in how to identify clients who may present with symptoms of having a potential FASD.

WATCH NOW.