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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Researcher to study Canada’s success in preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

It takes a village to raise a child and an entire community to support pregnant women to grow healthy babies, says one University of Queensland researcher. This researcher is to study Canada’s success in preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Associate Professor Deborah Askew’s newly awarded Churchill Fellowship will allow her to learn from urban […]

Friday Night Heroes: Kirtland football player overcomes disabilities to inspire teammates, family

Kirtland football player overcomes disabilities: Nate Fellinger started plowing through expectations by playing several different sports, and he’s become incredibly popular around town.  KIRTLAND, Ohio — There’s a football player in Kirtland making big strides both on and off the field. He struggles with a disability, but is teaching so many lessons. You can usually […]