Research

Alcohol exposure during pregnancy linked with dose-dependent increase in miscarriage risk

Consuming alcohol during pregnancy leads to a 19% greater risk of miscarriage compared with not using alcohol, according to a new study led by Vanderbilt researchers. Published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the study also found that for alcohol exposure of less than five drinks per week, each additional drink per week during pregnancy was […]

Depression is the largest factor for substance use during pregnancy, research finds

The study is the first in Canada to focus on the predictors for substance use in expectant mothers. Western researchers have found that depression is the primary risk factor for substance use during pregnancy, and is more important than education, income or age. Associate professor Jaime Seabrook says that the main takeaway from the findings is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Binge-drinking sending more young women to ER, ‘eye-opening’ study finds

Binge-drinking in Ontario More young people in Ontario — especially young women — are ending up in hospital emergency departments because of excessive alcohol use (binge-drinking), according to a new study from scientists in Ottawa. The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday, looked at a total of 765,354 emergency room visits […]

Mental Health and FASD – Still Fighting for a Future: Exploring 15 Years of Progress on FASD in Canada

Fighting for a Future-2004 and Are we still fighting for a future-2019 The first ‘Fighting for a Future’ Symposium held in 2004 identified six areas that needed action for change and needed further research and support for individuals with FASD. They were: 1) Homelessness, 2) Finances,  3) Physical and Mental Health, 4) Education, Programming and […]

F words in Childhood Neurodisability

Childhood Neurodisability – FASD The 21st century is witnessing a sea change in our thinking about ‘disability’. Nowhere are these developments more apparent than in the field of childhood disability, where traditional biomedical concepts are being incorporated into – but expanded considerably by – new ways of formulating ideas about children, child development, social‐ecological forces […]

The Implementation of the 2012 Mental Health Strategy for Canada Through the Lens of FASD

Mental Health and FASD Approximately 94% of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) experience mental health problems. Unfortunately, mental health disorders among individuals with FASD often go unnoticed, as healthcare professionals are not typically formally trained to identify FASD. In order to address this gap in mental healthcare, this study looks at the novel […]