NOFAS Weekly Roundup September 8, 2015

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NEW AT NOFAS   September 8, 2015  
International Gala and FASD Awareness Month Activities Highlight Busy September for NOFAS

On September 17, NOFAS is hosting what promises to be an exciting and inspirational evening at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 NOFAS International Gala will honor distinguished leaders, celebrate families touched by FASD, and recognize nations on the front lines of the FASD movement.

Nicholas, a young man succeeding despite challenges with FASD, Senator Lisa Murkowski, a tireless champion for the cause, and the Ambassador from Canada, His Excellency Gary Doer are only a few of the special guests joining NOFAS.

Twitter Chat with NOFAS and NIAAA
on FASD Research – #NIAAAchat

NOFAS and NIAAA are hosting a Twitter chat focuses on FASD research on September 9, 2015. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Use the hashtag #NIAAAchat

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FASD Awareness Day Social Media Campaign

Join NOFAS for a Thunderclap social media campaign. Sign up to send a message on FASD awareness from your Twitter or Facebook account at the exact same time as all the other participants, on September 9, 2015 at 9:09 AM.

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Interview with NOFAS Vice-President
Kathy Mitchell

Read the new “Ask the Expert” column featuring an interview Kathy Mitchell, Vice President and Spokesperson for NOFAS and a leading speaker and advocate on FASD and women and addictions. This month she discusses NOFAS’ recently announced initiative to expand FASD Awareness Day to a full FASD Awareness Month.

ACOG FASD Champions Meeting

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) held their first OB-GYN FASD Champions meeting in Washington, DC.  ACOG, along with NOFAS and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) national partners of the CDC Project:  Improving FASD Prevention and Practice through National Partnerships. The FASD Champions will actively work on reaching OB-GYNs with FASD information and prevention strategies.

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Living with FASDs: In Taylor's Own Words

This feature on the CDC website tells the story of a young man, Taylor Allen, his FASD journey, and how he became empowered to tell his story and educate others. The feature also highlights two new fact sheets available from CDC.

Family Talks Candidly About Life
with Children Affected by FASD

“Justin Veale tells it like it is. If you listen to the 11-year-old, he will give you tremendous insight into the frustration and heartache experienced by a child born with FASD.”
- Inside Halton

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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on FASD Awareness Day

“CDC is working with FASD Practice and Implementation Centers and national partners to promote systems-level practice changes among providers through training and implementation of evidence-based approaches in the prevention, identification, and management of FASDs.”

South Africa Has Highest FASD
Rate in the World

“South Africa has the highest FASD rate in the world.  That’s a according to the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR).  An estimated 3 million children are born with FAS every year in South Africa.”
- SABC News


Animals Can Help Patients with FASD

“Wearing her long dark hair in pigtails and a backwards baseball cap, Leah Schuman peered curiously over a low fence into a pen of miniature llamas.  “Awww,” she said gently, at once both soothing and agitated. Leah, 15, was adopted from Russia when she was a child, and suffers from a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.”
- The Connection

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Third Trimester-equivalent Ethanol Exposure Increases Anxiety-like Behavior
Highlights from this study are: FASD is associated with anxiety disorders.  The impact of ethanol exposure during the 3rd trimester equivalent was studied.  Neonatal rats were exposed to high doses of ethanol in vapor chambers. Ethanol-exposed rats exhibited anxiety-like behavior during adolescence.
- Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
Alcohol Exposure in Utero Perturbs Retinoid Homeostasis in Adult Rats
“Prenatal alcohol exposure in rats affects retinoid metabolism in adult life, in a tissue- and sex-dependent manner. We propose that the alcohol-induced perturbations of vitamin A metabolism may predispose to detrimental consequnces on adult health.”
- HepatoBiliary Surgery and Nutrition


FASD Research Study for Parents in Canada
If you have a child (age 4-12) who has been diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder you may be able to take part in a study for a parenting program designed to help you deal with your child's challenging behaviors.  Please note: You must live in Canada to take part in this study.


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.