September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month
Enter the 2017 FASD Awareness Month art/photo contest. Submit an image of “What FASD means to me” by September 3, 2017. For details, please visit www.nofas.org/artcontest. Check out this helpful guide for planning activities around FASD Awareness Month.
New American Academy of Pediatrics PediaLink Course: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Recognizing Behavioral Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
The developmental and behavioral effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) last a lifetime. Recent studies estimate that approximately two to five percent of school-aged children live with the neurocognitive, self-regulation, and adaptive functioning challenges associated with PAE. Learn how pediatric medical home clinicians can identify, diagnose, and/or refer potentially affected children and address potential comorbidities. In addition, specific suggestions are provided for assessment of maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. This course also familiarizes learners with the proposed mental health diagnosis, Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE). View complete course details and more information: http://bit.ly/FASD-PAE
American Association of Family Physicians
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has developed a web page dedicated to Alcohol Misuse. The page contains multiple resources on this topic, including a new alcohol intervention manual, Addressing Alcohol Use Practice Manual: An Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program, developed in collaboration with the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine’s FASD Practice and Implementation Center funded through CDC.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC’s FAS Prevention Team has recently released four new maps showing state-level estimates of alcohol use among women. The data from 2015 come from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a telephone survey that tracks national and state-specific self-reported health risk behaviors of adults, 18 years and older, in the U.S. The four maps are:
- Weighted prevalence estimates of alcohol use (percentage of any use*/binge drinking**) among women aged 18-44 years
- Weighted prevalence estimates of any alcohol use* among women aged 18-44 years
- Weighted prevalence estimates of binge drinking** among women aged 18-44 years
- Percent of binge drinkers** among women who reported any alcohol use*, women aged 18-44 years
The maps as well as data tables are found here.
MotherTo BabyMotherToBaby California's Sonia Alvarado, a teratogen information specialist, has authored "Marijuana, Pregnancy & Breastmilk: Getting Closer to Answers," a follow-up blog to a marijuana in pregnancy blog she authored 3 years ago which quickly became one of the most-visited pages on MotherToBaby.org. The English and Spanish versions of the blog are located at the following links:
Baby Blog English: http://bit.ly/2sgHM3v
Baby Blog Spanish: http://bit.ly/2qXDDgY
MotherToBaby partners at the National CMV Foundation have authored an original blog for June's CMV Awareness Month. Kristen Hutchinson Spytek, National CMV Foundation President, shares her personal experience with CMV, having a child severely affected by it, and her journey to educate the public about CMV prevention.
CMV Blog: http://bit.ly/2sEoD9b
September is FASD Awareness Month
FASD Awareness Month is an expansion of FASD Awareness Day that has been held each year on September 9th since 1999. The direct link to the feature, where it will remain accessible after it is gone from CDC’s home page, is www.cdc.gov/features/fasd-awareness-day.
National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC)
A National Conversation on ICWA and the New Regulations
A new article from the NACC Guardian, Vol. 38, No. 06, August 2016. Why Should Indian Children be Treated Differently ?, by Judge Leonard Edwards (Retired). To read the full article click here.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
On July 27, 2016 an article, Updated Clinical Guidelines for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, was published in the latest issue of Pediatrics as an e-pub ahead of print by Dr. Eugene Hoyme and colleagues. To view the entire article click here.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Clinical Report on FASDs was released online in the November 2015 issue of Pediatrics (attached).
Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a new study released in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). Excessive drinking cost the United States $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006. Most of these costs were due to reduced workplace productivity, crime, and the cost of treating people for health problems caused by excessive drinking. To view the press release click here.
The new Data & Statistics page includes four new maps with state-by-state data for 2013 from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age (within the last 30 days of the time of the interview).
For more information visit the recently updated CDC's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) website at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/index.html
September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day.
In honor of FASD Awareness Day and to continue raising awareness about alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs, we have a feature on the CDC home page– Living with FASDs: In Taylor’s Own Words. The direct link to the feature, where it will remain accessible after it is gone from CDC’s home page, is www.cdc.gov/features/fasd-taylors-story/.
Also, check back for a Spanish version of the feature that will be available soon atwww.cdc.gov/spanish/especialesCDC/.
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
What is the best questionnaire to screen for alcohol use disorder in an office practice?
A variety of questionnaires can be used. The important thing is to be proactive about screening for this very common yet under recognized problem.
To read the article click here.
The National Coalition of Native American Language Schools and Programs (NCNALSP) is happy to announce that the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which reauthorizes elementary and secondary education programs for the next five years. To see the announcement click here.
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC funds the Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (CBDRP). This collaborative group of research centers aims to increase what we know about birth defects through tracking, research, and partnerships.
CDC Activities on Medication Use in Pregnancy: Treating for Two. This research is part of CDC’s Treating for Two: Safer Medication Use in Pregnancy initiative.
Do you have questions about how medications you are taking may affect a pregnancy? MotherToBaby.org can help you find the answers.
The following appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) section on “News from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” March 24/31, 2015. The summary is based on the January 30 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Among Children Aged 7-9 Years – Arizona, Colorado, and New York, 2010, which described findings on prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome in three sites through the CDC-funded Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Network II. To View the summary click here.
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
A web page as part of ACNM’s “Our Moment of Truth” pages – this resource has information that can be shared with patients, including risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, a chart showing when birth defects are most likely to occur during pregnancy, and tips on how to avoid alcohol use. http://www.midwife.org/Alcohol-and-Pregnancy
A “Share With Women” fact sheet published in ACNM’s Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health* – this fact sheet is available in English and Spanish (both are also attached as PDFs). They are free access to download and are intended to be provided to patients.
What Do You Know About Midwifery and Midwives? Click here to watch ACNM’s new video
Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FREE MATERIALS: Brochures, Posters, Fact Sheets, and Training Guides. You can order via the online ordering system http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/freematerials.html (click on “Go to Order Form”)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Expanding the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
To view the publication click here.
On behalf of MotherToBaby, their June blog on asthma, allergies, and pregnancy by Mara Gaudette, MS, CGC, genetic counselor. To view the blog click here.
SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence is pleased to announce that Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #58, Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is now available for download from the SAMHSA Store.
The first TIP to deal directly with the topic of FASD, TIP 58 provides best-practice guidelines for preventing and addressing FASD in behavioral health settings.
The publication of TIP 58 provides a valuable new resource to the field of FASD. We encourage everyone to download the TIP and share it with providers, and also with individuals and families impacted by these disorders.
We also invite you to read our new Ask the Expert column, featuring an interview with Dr. Sterling K. Clarren, co-chair of TIP 58. And keep an eye on our Web site for announcements about forthcoming Webinars about the TIP and how it can be used to expand FASD-related services in a variety of settings.