Author: Louise Choquette

CanFASD: FASD Awareness Month Toolkit

FASD Awareness Month Toolkit — September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day. FASD Day was first celebrated in 1999. It is a day devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD. Throughout the month of September, events are held across Canada […]

Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink alcohol and breastfeed? As physicians, we have always cautioned patients not to. As mothers, we look forward to the occasional glass of wine. We also know that drinking while breastfeeding remains a controversial and very personal choice, one for which many mothers find themselves judged by friends and family. Historically, […]

Government of Canada supports projects to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a significant lifelong developmental disability affecting many Canadians. Individuals with FASD experience some degree of challenges in their daily lives, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has […]

Alarming Ontario drinking statistics obligates reappraisal of the impact of alcohol on newborns

Alarming Ontario drinking statistics The report by Myran et al (2019)1 in CMAJ represents among the most comprehensive account of alcohol abuse in Ontario. It relies on emergency department visits caused by the alcohol use. The results show that from 2003 to 2016, emergency department visits due to alcohol consumption have increased 4.4 times more […]

Support crucial as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rates climb

Schools work to balance student needs as three per cent of Ontario children, aged seven to nine, have FASD. Twice as common as Autism Spectrum Disorder and 28 times more common than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is becoming one of the leading known causes of developmental disability in Canada. According to the Canada […]

New studies suggest prenatal marijuana may be capable of causing FASD-like impairment

Marijuana and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Whether alone or combined with alcohol, new studies included in Birth Defects Research just published by the Teratology Society with John Wiley & Sons, suggest marijuana exposure may be capable of triggering morphological and behavioral impairments similar to those seen with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The groundbreaking […]