CBC: The road to gender equality should not be littered with empty wine bottles

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The struggle for gender equality is far from over, but women are catching up to men in at least one way: alcoholism.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam recently warned that excessive alcohol use — particularly among women — is a serious public health issue, and one that we are by-and-large ignoring. Alcohol-related deaths among women increased by 26 per cent from 2001 to 2017, while men experienced a five per cent increase in that same time period.

Yes, more men are still dying from alcohol and becoming alcoholics, but there is evidence that women might soon overtake men. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reported in May that more girls aged 10-19 are hospitalized for alcohol-related ailments than boys.

Temperance movement

Early feminists were involved in the temperance movement of 19th century America, when crowds of hatchet-bearing women stormed and demolished saloons. The movement gave women their…

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How-much-does-marijuana-rehab-cost-2Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated review in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine(ASAM). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Although the types of cost vary for children versus adults, FASD carries average costs of more than $23,000 per person per year, according to the analysis by Larry Burd, PhD, and colleagues of University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Fork. An accompanying editorial highlights the need for effective programs to prevent FASD and lessen its lifelong impact on the health and life of affected people worldwide.

Worldwide Economic Impact of FASD

FASD refers to the wide range of lifelong problems caused by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. Even if a person with…

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First UK estimates of children who could have conditions caused by drinking in pregnancy

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11_iran_science_300Up to 17 per cent of children could have symptoms consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to new research published today (Friday 30 November) in Preventive Medicine.

The UK has the fourth highest level of prenatal alcohol use in the world, but no estimates existed from a population-based study on how many people may have FASD. FASD is a group of lifelong conditions caused by exposure to alcohol in pregnancy that affect learning and behaviour and can cause physical abnormalities.

FASD is considered to be a relatively hidden disability because most individuals with it do not show physical features. It is thought to be under-diagnosed with only one specialist clinic in England.

Researchers from the University of Bristol and Cardiff University worked with clinicians to assess a wide range of information on mothers’ drinking in pregnancy and studied the development of 13,495 children from Bristol’s Children of…

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Pregnancy trimesters: A guide

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The typical pregnancy has three trimesters and lasts around 40 weeks from the first day of a woman’s last period. In each trimester, the fetus will meet specific developmental milestones.

While 40 weeks is the usual time frame, a full-term baby can be born as early as 37 weeks and as late as 42 weeks.

Read on for more information about what to expect during each pregnancy trimester.

Pregnancy trimester infographic <br>Image credit: Stephen Kelly, 2018</br>

Image credit: Stephen Kelly, 2018

The first trimester

The first trimester lasts for the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy and is crucial for the baby’s development. At conception, the egg and sperm combine to form a zygote, which will implant in the uterine wall.

The zygote becomes an embryo as the cells divide and grow. All of the major organs and structures begin to form.

At 4–5 weeks, the embryo is only 0.04 inches long but will grow to around 3…

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We are now fully up and running at our new location. Here is our new contact information.

Executive Director – Gwen Vekved: Phone 780-533-5460 or Email gwen@nwfasd.ca

FASD Prevention Conversation Facilitator- Leanne Aspen: Phone 780-533-5462 or Email Leanne@nwfasd.ca

Program Support- Kim Sillito: Phone 780-533-5461 or Email kim@nwfasd.ca

Community Resource Advocate- Jen Richards: Phone 780-533-5442 or Email jenR@nwfasd.ca

Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator- Jen Duperron-Trydal: Phone 780-533-5444 or Email jen@nwfasd.ca



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TALKING ABOUT SUBSTANCE USE DURING PREGNANCY Collaborative Approaches for Health Care Providers

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Asking questions about the type, frequency, and amount of substance use is often a routine part of prenatal care for physicians, midwives, nurses, pregnancy outreach workers and other prenatal care providers. Here are some ideas for open, supportive, and effective conversations with women.

Clickhere to download the resource.


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We are hiring at the Network!

hiringThe Northwest FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) PEACE Society in Grande Prairie is seeking a highly motivated Community FASD Resource Advocate in the Northwest Region. This role works closely with the Northwest Peace FASD Diagnostic team and the clients and families involved in the diagnostic process, connecting families to supports within their specific communities. This dynamic position will play a crucial role in providing information, referrals and access to services for clients who have been diagnosed or are suspected of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD.) Based in Grande Prairie, this role offers supports throughout the Northwest region including the areas of High Prairie, Peace River and Grande Cache. Occasional planned travel to neighbouring communities with team members is required. This position provides leadership, advocacy, guidance and support to FASD mentors in the North West region.

FASD Community Resource Advocate