Developmental assessment at 9 months of age can predict fetal alcohol syndrome

1. In this prospective cohort study, infants underwent developmental and dysmorphologic assessments at various times throughout early life. Researchers found that starting at 9 months of age, the total dysmorphology score was able to discriminate between children with and without a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) at age 5. 2. Significant differences in […]

Teachers, It’s Not His Attitude, It’s His FASD

“I don’t want to say it’s his attitude but….” Here we were. Parents’ evening, Year 11. We’ve come so far in the many years of school. We’ve gone from parenting a young child whose needs we did not understand at the time, fighting back against those nursery teachers who thought he didn’t know any words […]

Doctoral Students Earn National Awards For Alcohol-Related Research

Two doctoral students in behavioral neuroscience have received prestigious NIH National Research Service Awards from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The grant awards — each about $60,000 — will enable Siara Rouzer and Andrew Vore to support their dissertation research, fund travel, equipment and supplies, and take part in professional development. […]

Targeting specific signaling pathway could provide new avenue for treating fetal alcohol syndrome

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are an array of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), the most severe of these conditions, often results in physical abnormalities, behavioral development issues and intellectual disabilities. Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine have discovered that targeting […]

Dufferin County has a drinking problem

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health launches awareness campaign. Alcohol almost killed Julie Elsdon-Height. She went from being the life of the party to not knowing who she was or what she was doing. “I knew that drunk Julie was too powerful,” she said, remembering one morning nearly a decade ago when she woke up and found a […]

Why Dr. Brian Goldman bought cigarettes for his underage son who has FASD

On Friday, Dr. Brian Goldman found himself making a difficult decision. In the interest of harm reduction, he wrote on Twitter, “I bought my first pack of cigarettes. Not for me. For my son.” Goldman’s son is 17, and he has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The condition can make learning from past experiences tough, […]

(in French) Alcoolisation foetale : l’implication polémique des alcooliers

L’association SAF France, qui lutte contre les troubles causés par l’alcoolisation fœtale, vient d’annoncer un partenariat avec les alcooliers pour diffuser ses messages de prévention. Cet accord hérisse certains médecins et associatifs, qui y voient un problème éthique majeur. C’est une nouvelle qui fait grincer des dents. L’association Prévention et Modération, qui réunit des organisations professionnelles […]

Which Drug Is Actually The Most Harmful?

If someone asked you to bet on which drug is actually the most harmful, which one would you pick? Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine – so powerful, even, that it can cause an overdose in a single breath? Or crack cocaine, with nasty side effects that include paranoia, organ failure, seizure, and death? The correct answer is […]

Campbell: Hiring qualified disabled workers is good for business – and society

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It’s the official month every year for celebrating and recognizing workplace contributions of people who have a disability and the business successes they help create. But it is significantly more than that. It represents a critical opportunity for all businesses to examine their recruitment strategies and make improvements. […]

(in French) De faux diagnostics pour obtenir des services

Des pédiatres se contraignent à poser de faux diagnostics pour que les enfants atteints du trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation fœtale (TSAF) obtiennent un minimum de services au Québec. Selon le plus récent avis public émis par la Direction nationale de la santé publique du Québec (2016), 4 % des naissances seraient affectées par le […]