Developing the first UK parents' training programme for FASD


Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are the range of conditions that can be caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Current estimates put the prevalence of FASD in the UK at around 3%, making it the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in the country; yet knowledge, understanding and services are severely lacking.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD): everybody's business

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This presentation covered the cultural context of alcohol use in pregnancy in Scotland, the variety of effects that FASD can have for individuals and the implications of FASD in an everyday context, as well as the difficulties of making a diagnosis and the absence of adult pathways for this diagnosis.

Dr Shields and Dr Brown both stressed the importance of raising awareness about FASD as a preventative measure.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause lifelong harm to the fetus

When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, her baby also drinks. Alcohol is bad for the baby: the baby is too young to drink! The range of damage caused to the foetus due to alcohol consumption during pregnancy is called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Alcohol can harm the baby's brain, heart, eyes and other organs. Children with FASD may have difficulty learning, controlling how they act, and making friends. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause

European Conference on FASD (EUFASD) 2020

Arendal, Norway,

The EUFASD conference will take place from 14th to 16th September 2020.

The first Regional Competence Center for children with prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in the Nordic countries is proud to host this exciting cutting-edge conference for the first time in Norway.

9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Vancouver, Canada,

Although there have been thousands of published articles on FASD, there still remains limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD. As individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas continues to be critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Youth Justice

Bower C, Watkins RE, Mutch RC, et al Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice: a prevalence study among young people sentenced to detention in Western Australia BMJ Open 2018;8:e019605. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019605
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Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among young people in youth detention in Australia. Neurodevelopmental impairments due to FASD can predispose young people to engagement with the law. Canadian studies identified FASD in 11%–23% of young people in corrective services, but there are no data for Australia.

The Economic Burden of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada in 2013

Svetlana Popova, Shannon Lange, Larry Burd, Jürgen Rehm; The Economic Burden of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada in 2013, Alcohol and Alcoholism, Volume 51, Issue 3, 1 May 2016, Pages 367–375, https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agv117
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To estimate the economic burden and cost attributable to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Canada in 2013.

Hippocampus-Dependent Memory and Allele-Specific Gene Expression in Adult Offspring of Alcohol-Consuming Dams after Neonatal Treatment with Thyroxin or Metformin

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the result of fetal alcohol exposure (FAE), affects 2–11% of children worldwide, with no effective treatments. Hippocampus-based learning and memory deficits are key symptoms of FASD. Our previous studies show hypothyroxinemia and hyperglycemia of the alcohol-consuming pregnant rat, which likely affects fetal neurodevelopment.