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Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Unique Group Could Be A Model

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A national advocacy organization is creating a home for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, with the hope that the residence becomes a model for others across the country.

Volunteers with the nonprofit FASD Communities, of Honolulu, purchased a four-bedroom house earlier this month just outside Platteville. Continue reading here…

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This Is Your Child’s Brain on Alcohol

Time Magazine: Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Mark Tomlinson  Sept. 12, 2014

40,000 children are born each year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Social scientists have calculated that detrimental effects of alcohol cost the U.S. some $223.5 billion a year. We’re talking health issues such as liver disease, impaired driving, lost work due to hangovers, and emergency room visits. Alcohol costs substantially more to Americans than the harmful effects of illicit drug use ($151.4 billion) or tobacco ($167.8 billion). Continue reading here…

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Researcher Ed Riley Seeks Information About Adults with FASD

Prominent FASD researcher Dr. Ed Riley is seeking feedback from individuals living with FASD and their family members and caregivers. Dr. Riley is the Director of the Center for Behavioral Teratology at San Diego State University and the Director of CIFASD, the world’s largest scientific collaborative initiative on FASD, and a member of the NOFAS Board of Directors.

He is looking for any cases of adults with an FASD who had difficulties as a teenager and/or young adult, but seem to have done better than might be expected in their late 20′s or early 30′s. He is looking for kids who were in trouble with the law, could not hold a job, had difficulty in school, were not able to organize their lives, or not able to understanding consequences, etc., who when they reached their late 20′s or early 30′s got a job, got married, or were able to live independently, etc., and appear to be doing OK or much better than anyone would have predicted.

If anyone has an example, please send a short vignette of what they were like then and what they are like now to Dr. Riley via email. Please also describe  any specific thing that triggered the change or if it was more a function of maturation.  For more information contact Dr. Riley directly. Contact details: Edward P. Riley, Ph.D., Director, Center for Behavioral Teratology, San Diego State University, Telephone: 619-594-4566.

FASD Center for Excellence:The Physical Effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous teratogens, which are substances that can damage a developing fetus. Every time a pregnant woman has a drink, her unborn child has one, too. Alcohol, like carbon monoxide from cigarettes, passes easily through the placenta from the mother’s bloodstream into her baby’s blood and puts her fetus at risk of having a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The blood alcohol level (BAC) of the fetus becomes equal to or greater than the blood alcohol level of the mother. Because the fetus cannot break down alcohol the way an adult can, its BAC remains high for a longer period of time.

To continue reading – download the brochure from FASD Center for Excellence here.

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A personal perspective about living with FASD by Elizabeth H.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Chicago Tribune Article

The Chicago Tribunes’s original article can be accessed by clicking HERE.

FASD is an Often Misdiagnosed Brain-Based Disorder

By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune reporter
It has been two years since a Tennessee mom sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Russia with a note that read: “I no longer wish to parent this child.” While no definitive diagnosis ever was made public, the boy was thought to suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Congress Takes On Fetal Alcohol Exposure – Alaska Dispatch

Alaska Dispatch’s original article can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Jill Burke | Apr 02, 2012
Alaska’s U.S. Senators have joined colleagues from South Dakota and Hawaii in a national push to help prevent pregnant mothers from drinking alcohol and assist individuals living with the lifelong effects of various fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy – Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s original article can be accessed by clicking HERE.

In the sixth to 12th week of pregnancy, a fetus’s bones, brain and central nervous system are forming. Buds blossom into arms and legs, and internal organs start to function. A face with eyelids, lips and other features appears.