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Critical Support Where High-Risk Pregnancy Meets Addiction in WNC (2)

“Even in addiction circles, no group is more stigmatized than pregnant women with substance use disorder. It’s not uncommon to view drug use during pregnancy as child abuse, which is often treated as a crime that is subject to prosecution and jail time by law enforcement.”
- Health Affairs

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FASD Through the Lifespan: Behaviors & Strategies, Featuring NOFAS VP Kathy Mitchell

January 6, 2021. 12:00PM – 1:00PM


“This webinar series is presented by Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health Maternal & Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program and PA AAP Medical Home Program.”  Speakers are Kathleen T. Mitchell and Renée M. Turchi

CDC Releases New Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol

“The 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is now available from CDC and notes that there are some adults who should not drink alcohol at all, such as: If they are pregnant or might be pregnant. If they are under the legal age for drinking. If they have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medications that can interact with alcohol.  If they are recovering from an alcohol use disorder or if they are unable to control the amount they drink.”

The guidelines also indicate that “adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink, or to drink in moderation by limiting intake to 2 drinks or less in a day for men or 1 drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed."

Use of Telemedicine for the Physical Examination of Children with FASD

This study concludes that, “Telemedicine is a valid and reliable method for the examination of the physical features of FAS, that may contribute to greater access to an early diagnosis of FASD in children prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or with characteristic neurobehavioral deficits.”
- Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research

Alcohol Harms the Brain Most at Three Key Stages of Life

“Researchers say evidence suggests three periods of dynamic brain changes that may be particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of alcohol: gestation (from conception to birth), later adolescence (15-19 years), and older adulthood (over 65 years).”
- Technology Networks

Dog-assisted Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Youth with FASD

“A new study found that children and adolescents with FASD showed reduced symptoms after dog-assisted therapy when administered alongside pharmacological treatment. The findings were published in Frontiers in Psychology.”
- Psy Post