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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Your Guide to FASD Assessment in Manitoba

The Manitoba FASD Network recently released a new website to help guide people living in Manitoba through the FASD assessment process. The Manitoba FASD Network was established in 2009. It provides diagnostic and short-term follow-up services to people living in Manitoba, with the goal of providing FASD assessment, support, and education closer to home. The […]

National Accessibility Week and FASD

It’s National Accessibility Week in Canada! Held annually during the first week of June, National Accessibility Week is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Canadians with disabilities and to recognize those individuals, communities, and workplaces that are actively working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. Everyone has the right to be included in […]

MCCSS remains very committed to improving outcomes for children, youth and families affected by FASD

Great News!! The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) remains very committed to improving outcomes for children, youth and families affected by Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). We at Health Nexus are very pleased to share that this Provincial FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project will […]

FASD project seeks to diagnose Saskatchewan offenders, support better outcomes

A clinical team at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre is working to diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in incarcerated people. The pilot project seeks to rehabilitate people with the disorder, connecting them with supports to keep them in the community and out of the criminal justice system. FASD is linked to alcohol exposure in the […]

FASD and Youth Housing

If you are finding life to be similar, to us, life has very much became a marathon now. Everyday is an exercise in self-discipline and trying to maintain some sense of routine. We are finding we need to set our alarm to go off every morning to encourage us to get up and start our […]

‘I can be myself’: Youth FASD support program expands in Yellowknife

Lois Anderson is doing things her parents say they never expected. The 17-year-old Yellowknife teen has taken on everything from learning about improv acting to taking part in a creative writing workshop at the NorthWords Writers Festival. Anderson is among a growing group of young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) who are gaining […]