According to Wikipedia teratology (from the Greek words meaning monster or marvel and speech) was first referenced in the 17th century in reference to prodigies and marvels, or of anything so extraordinary as to seem abnormal. In the 19th century, teratology acquired a meaning relating to biological deformities, mostly in the field of botany. Today, teratology refers to the medical study of teratogenesis or congenital malformations. Another term for this is dysmorphology, meaning "the study of abnormal form.
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Need basic information or educational tools on FASD to disseminate knowledge to public or professional populations? If so, you need not look further. This government sponsored, National Center of Excellence, website offers a full library of current research, resources and facts. This site is also available in Spanish.
easily provides the ability to gather facts regarding the effects of prenatal drug exposure (other than alcohol). There are detailed references on the impact of specific drugs on children exposed in utero. Health related issues for children include infectious diseases, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal problems, kidney and liver damage, hormonal imbalance and mortality. The site targets young adults, parents and teachers, researchers, and medical and health professionals. Information is also offered in Spanish.
The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence has a new resource available entitled "Tools for Success: Working with Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Juvenile Justice System" and it is now available at the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI). Ordering information for the publication can be accessed via the
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Want to know what’s going on around the country involving Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)? Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, this website is a comprehensive resource that provides a wide range of FASD information.
The colorful brochures, You Can Hurt Your Unborn Baby, are now available here for you to download in English and Spanish. These brochures can also be printed for distribution. They provide a powerful educational resource to communicate the needed health prevention message that can protect our children.