Parents of 10 Give ‘Great Life’ to 6 Adopted with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Everyone has seen children’s tantrums, but when first-time parents Alicia and Josh Dougherty welcomed 4-year-old foster child Alex into their home, they soon learned that his were titanic by any standards. “It could be over anything as minimal as, ‘Get your shoes on,’ or, ‘No, you can’t have five donuts,’” Alicia, 39, tells PEOPLE in […]

COVID-19 Cocktails: Push For Tighter Alcohol Advertising Restrictions On Social Media

University of Queensland researchers reveal how alcohol advertisers are using social media to prey on parents and encourage drinking as a way to cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Janni Leung from UQ’s School of Psychology and  National Centre for Youth Substance Use Researchsaid better policies are urgently required to support parents exposed […]

3 Indigenous-Led FASD and Women’s Health Initiatives in Canada

Xyólhmettsel Syémyem (Family Empowerment Team) in British Columbia connects women and families with substance use services, child welfare services and care committees, food banks, housing services, crisis support, income support, and other community-based programs and services. The Family Empowerment Team also holds acknowledgement ceremonies for the women where the community, friends, family, and service providers gather […]

Seven Myths about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Debunked

This September is FASD Awareness Month – a month devoted to raising awareness to improve prevention, diagnosis and support for individuals. What is FASD? FASD describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual exposed to alcohol before birth. These effects include a wide range of physical, intellectual and neurobehavioral deficits. Current studies suggest […]

What FASD is from a research perspective

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You’ve heard what FASD is from both individual and caregiver perspectives. Now we’d like to share what FASD is from a research perspective. The definition of FASD Historically, FASD was hard to define because researchers and clinicians were […]

Diagnosing People with FASD using Telehealth

Background Researchers have shown that obtaining a formal FASD diagnosis can benefit individuals and their families. Benefits include access to treatment, knowledge of challenges and strengths, and information on potential secondary outcomes. Despite these benefits, the diagnostic process is rarely a positive experience for individuals and families and may cause significant stress. Geographical location in […]

FASD International Awareness Day

FASD Day, and the month of September, is devoted to raising awareness, and to challenge current misinformation and stigma surrounding FASD. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol prenatally.   Ways To Support FASD Awareness: Wear red shoes or a […]

Alcohol warning labels to be mandatory in Australia and New Zealand

On July 17th, 2020 Food Ministers in Australia and New Zealand approved the health warning labels that are to be mandatory on alcohol containers. It is safest not to drink alcohol during pregnancy. These warning labels will remind consumers of this fact. This decision comes after years of lobbying from health organizations, experts, and advocates. A new study commissioned […]

Choline supplements in young children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder have lasting cognitive benefits

NIAAA-funded scientists report that early life dietary choline supplements improve some of the cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) four years after treatment ended. The results of this study suggest that choline treatment during an important time window during early childhood can alter brain development in a way that produces lasting therapeutic […]

Issue Paper: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Adversity

Issue Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can cause a range of brain- and body-based difficulties, including a heightened sensitivity to stress. Many individuals with FASD also tend to face high levels of environmental adversity throughout their lives, such as experiences that are stressful, harmful, and/or traumatic. The combination of brain-based stress sensitivity along with chronic adverse experiences can create […]