A new study by Canadian and German scientists says the world is not on track to meet targets set in 190 countries, including Canada, to reduce alcohol consumption and its resulting ill-effects.
The study, in Tuesday’s issue of The Lancet, comes eight months after the the largest and most detailed research ever carried out on the ill-effects of alcohol.
That report, also in The Lancet, was uncompromising about alcohol’s dangers, warning that even the occasional drink is harmful and governments should seriously consider advising people to abstain completely. (Read more …)
It seems for those of us in the world of FASD it’s one step forward and five steps back. Just when we are making progress, and word is getting it out that consuming alcohol while pregnant is not advised, someone questions the evidence and gains an audience to keep the debate raging on. (Read more…)
Blog from someone who has FASD and describes how a simple task such as going to buy a coffee can be overwhelming on her senses. (Read the full blog…)
An unknown number of Nunavut residents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, are being denied the help they need, because territorial agencies do little screening or diagnosis and because no one has ever tried to pull together information that already exists on the disability’s prevalence. (Read more…)
A new public health campaign is challenging the idea that light drinking — like having a glass of wine or a beer — is safe during pregnancy. (Read more…)
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Ontario’s mental health care system is disconnected, making it difficult for patients and families to get the care and services they need. This leaves many vulnerable Ontarians to navigate a confusing system on their own and access timely mental health care only when in crisis. Too many Ontarians wait too long for the mental health and addictions services they need. This fragmented approach to care is failing Ontario’s families and is simply not good enough. (Read more…)
Children with FASD are very social; they tend to seek out social interaction with others and start conversations. However, once engaged in a conversation, they struggle with understanding social cues and facial expressions. This study examined the deficits in social cognition among children ages 8-12 with FASD. In particular, this study identified how recognizing facial expressions and showing empathy can be a challenge among children with FASD. (Read more…)
While FASD can affect people from all racial, ethnic and sociological backgrounds, the data shows prevalence rates are particularly devastating for certain groups.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is substantially more prevalent for people in five vulnerable groups including children in care, Indigenous populations and people in prison, according to a global study by Canadian researchers. (read more...)
Short video about the Mores, who have learned what helps their kids best — but it’s not always been easy. The story of the Smith Falls, Ont., family is just one in our series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Read more…
An international group of researchers has taken one of the first major steps in finding the biological changes in the brain that drive fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. New work using chaos theory to analyze brain signals shows the long-term effects. Researchers found that teenagers who were exposed to alcohol while in the womb showed altered brain connections that were consistent with impaired cognitive performance. Read more…