Over 400 conditions co-occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), study finds

Baby-Feet-SmallOver 400 conditions co-occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), study finds

January 5, 2016
Retrieved from: MedicalXpress: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-conditions-co-occur-fetal-alcohol-spectrum.html

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its kind.

The results were published today in The Lancet.

“We’ve systematically identified numerous disease conditions co-occurring with FASD, which underscores the fact that it isn’t safe to drink any amount or type of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy, despite the conflicting messages the public may hear,”says Dr. Lana Popova, Senior Scientist in Social and Epidemiological Research at CAMH, and lead author on the paper.“Alcohol can affect any organ or system in the developing fetus.”

FASD is a broad term describing the range of disabilities that can occur in individuals as a result of alcohol exposure…

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Thinking of having a dry January?

Here’s What Happens When You Quit Drinking Alcohol for a Month

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If drinking less is your New Year’s resolution, you aren’t alone. A Greek (as in fraternity, not Athens) guy in college once swore to me on January 2nd that he’d go sober for 365 days. Incredulous, I asked how that was possible, and he answered: “Well, not in a row.”

Americans like to drink. Not as much as Canadians and Russians, but still a lot. The good news: A recent study published in Preventing Chronic Disease found that most Americans who drink “excessively” (15 or more drinks a week for men; 8 or more drinks a week for women) aren’t alcohol dependent. Meaning they aren’t alcoholics. Meaning if you wanted to stay sober for one month, odds are it wouldn’t lead…

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Help for the Holidays: Surviving Stress During Pregnancy

Great tips for pregnant woman over the holidays!

Help for the Holidays: Surviving Stress During Pregnancy

The Baby Blog

Retrieved from: http://mothertobaby.org/baby-blog/holidays-surviving-stress-pregnancy/


By Neely Cessac, Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby

The holidays are full of family, fun, and enjoyment – and the season is wonderful EVERY, SINGLE, DAY, right?! WRONG. Every year many pregnant women (as well as the general public) become so stressed and worried around this time. And rightly so…not only do pregnant moms have regular holiday stress, but they’ll soon become moms! M-O-M-S! Holy cow. An overwhelming concept, to say the least, especially with everyone telling you what you can (or should) do and what you can’t (or shouldn’t) do during pregnancy. As a birth defects information specialist, I’m starting to get a ton of questions surrounding stress from moms-to-be. I can relate…and I’m not even pregnant yet!

I always want everything to be perfect, from clean floors and ceiling fans, to wonderfully wrapped presents and delicious…

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Register now for the December 4th FASD Webcast

Register now for the December 4, FASD Webcast

Join us for this free, one-hour webcast titled: FASD and Homelessness

Individuals with FASD may be vulnerable to homelessness, and homeless individuals with FASD may be extremely vulnerable.

Tune in to hear about current research and best practices around the subject of FASD and Homelessness. You will also be able to pose your questions to the presenter via our live chat.

AGENDA: Date:   Friday December 4, 2015

Time:   9:00 am – 10:30 am

Speaker:   Dr. Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW

Register:   http://albertalearningseries.com/fasd-and-homelessness.html

Cost:   FREE! Please share with your networks

Format:   Live webcast presentations with Q & A

Q & A:   You can pose questions to the speaker through live chat

SPEAKER: Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work (FSW), University of Calgary (U of C). As the co-lead of the Education and Training Council of the Alberta FASD Cross Ministry, Dorothy is actively engaged in developing educational opportunities from the front line to post-secondary education on FASD. Dorothy is a member of the Canada FASD Research Network Action Team on Women’s Health. She also developed and teaches an online course on FASD and Child Welfare Practice to social work students each summer.


The Network is hiring!

The NW FASD Network is looking for a Full-time Program Support (Maternity Leave Cover) based in Grande Prairie:

Job Overview 

The program support reports to the FASD Network Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing the budget, contract management, event planning, booking travel, general administrative support, clinic support, and overall team support.  We’re looking for someone who works well in a team or independently and is a self-starter with a passion to help vulnerable populations throughout our region.  This is a temporary maternity leave position for one year.

Main responsibilities include:

  • being the main email and phone contact for the public contacting the Network
  • taking minutes for various meetings
  • supporting the Diagnostic clinic with various tasks such as referral entry and creating clinic packages
  • attend community events/tradeshows and promote the various Network services and supports
  • support the Coordinator in the preparation of various documents
  • book all travel for the Network team
  • manage meeting logistics including facility, audio-visual requirements, supplies, catering, etc
  • support the Coordinator with new contract creation; develop key priorities and outcomes for special projects
  • photocopying, scanning, emailing and filing various documents

Your other focuses in this position will be overseeing the budget for the entire Network. This includes reconciling all budgets monthly and compiling financial statements for review by the Coordinator and you will prepare documentation and budgets for the annual audit. You will also perform contract management duties which include ensuring reporting is in on time and that contractors are in compliance with their contract obligations. You will also get to use your research skills and keep the Networks website up to date.

For more information or to apply for the position please visit:



The 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre Puts Addiction Issues on the Spotlight

Coldlakesun.com reports that The 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre and the Lakeland Centre for FASD hosted an indoor BBQ and had a presentation that highlighted the purpose of National Addiction Week (NAAW).  The 2nd Floor is was founded in June 2012 and they provide supports and services for women affected by addiction.  To date, they have served 77 women from across Alberta who have sought treatment for a drug or alcohol-related problems.

On Nov. 18, the 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre put the spotlight on addiction.

Each year for a week in November, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in honouring National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW).

During NAAW, organizations host free events and presentations to bring attention to addiction.

It provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about substance abuse prevention, talk about treatment and recovery and work towards positive change.

According to the CCSA…

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Women and Addiction: The silent victims

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 16 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – During National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 15 to 21, Portage is putting the spotlight on the challenges that women face with regards to getting help with drug addiction.

Many women who suffer from drug or alcohol dependency have been victims of abuse, violence, or unhealthy relationships and their drug use is often closely tied with these struggles. Women, and more particularly mothers, face discrimination, prejudice, and stigmatisation with regards to their drug problems, and often hesitate to ask for help as a consequence.


The UN World Drug Report 2015 states the unfortunate reality that although one in three drug users are women, they represent only one in five people in drug treatment.

In addition to a general lack of appropriate rehabilitation services for women, poverty, prostitution, violence, stigma, and, in some cases, the fear of losing custody…

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Lakeland Centre for FASD: Mocktail party

An interesting option for the upcoming holiday party season that Lakeland Centre for FASD is providing.

Mocktail party

By Peter Lozinski, Cold Lake Sun

1297606737472_ORIGINALThe Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (LCFASD) is offering a unique service this holiday season.

The LCFASD is bringing mocktail service to company parties and other events throughout the Lakeland to promote options other than alcohol.

The centre will provide a mocktail bar of great tasting non-alcoholic drinks available to guests.

“I think it’s important to show people there is another option and to promote healthy pregnancies,” said Nicole Parisian of the LCFASD.

The centre has offered the program in the past, but looks to bring the service to more events this year.

“It’s something we do extra on top of everything else we do,” Parisian said.

The cost for events with under 50 people is $150, for groups of 50-100 people is $250, for 100-250 is $350, and for 250 plus…

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What Women Need To Know: Common Questions

MOFAS has provided some great information on what women need to know in regards to alcohol and pregnancy, have a read!MOFAS_Logo_PMS+K1

What Women Need to Know

Have you heard conflicting messages about alcohol use during pregnancy? Here are answers to commonly asked questions about drinking during pregnancy and how to have a healthy pregnancy.

Common Questions:

What’s safe?
To date, there is no research that has conclusively proven there is a safe amount of alcohol that a woman can consume during pregnancy.

Can I drink while breastfeeding?
Research shows that alcohol in the milk can harm a child’s development, sleep, and learning.  For this reason, breastfeeding women should be very cautious about drinking alcohol, if they choose to drink at all.

I drank before I knew I was pregnant. Now what?
First, don’t panic!  The best thing to do is stop drinking alcohol as soon as you find out you…

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New iNAT FASD Intervention Newsletter Coming this Week- Subscribe now!

FASD Interventions Across the Lifespan

For those of you who are not yet subscribers to our iNAT e-newsletter on FASD Interventions, subscribe now to receive the upcoming Fall 2015 edition. The iNAT e-newsletter focuses on research, news, events, organizations and individual stories pertaining to FASD intervention. This edition will feature research findings from the CanFASD/University of Alberta Caregiver Needs project, as well as a story about an Ontario school that has been in the news regarding its program for youth with FASD, and more.

To access previous copies of the newsletter, visit the iNAT page on the CanFASD website.

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