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Volume 5, Issue 47


Support NOFAS on Giving Tuesday!
NOFAS is participating in Giving Tuesday-a worldwide social media campaign on Tuesday, December 2nd following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Show your support for NOFAS by making a tax-deductible donation.  Learn more about the campaign here.
Kay Kelly Inducted in Tom and Linda Daschle FASD Hall of Fame
For her dedicated service to FASD, specifically as a leading figure addressing legal issues, NOFAS enshrines Kay Kelly in the Tom and Linda Daschle Hall of Fame.  Ms. Kelly is the Project Director, and one of the founders, of the FASD Legal Issues Resource Center at the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, University of Washington, Seattle.
Help FASD Pioneer Ann Streissguth Celebrate her Birthday!
Join in the celebration of Ann Streissguth’s birthday this December 13 by sharing your best wishes for Ann to be published on a special page honoring her on the NOFAS website.  Visit our webpage for more information.
Community News
The Native American Perspective on FASD: An Interview with Judge Anita Fineday
“In honor of Native American Heritage Month… this month’s Ask the Expert interviews the Honorable Anita Fineday. A member of the Minnesota-based White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Judge Fineday has devoted her career to improving the way of life for Native Americans, particularly Native young people… Between 2007 and 2012, Judge Fineday was also part of an FASD Task Force that oversaw the work of a subcontract with the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence.”
Story of a Daughter Living with FASD
Terri Winder writes, “A year ago today, on November 26, Journey Bree was legally adopted into our family.  Born to my husband’s unmarried niece, in September of 1990, she was given the name of Jennifer Winder, along with the horrific legacy of fetal alcohol syndrome.” – San Juan Record
Public Health/Policy
Hidden Toll of Alcoholism Among Elderly Middle Class Women
“Doctors have voiced alarm over a hidden toll of alcoholism among elderly middle class women, partly fuelled by the growth of online shopping delivery services. Increasing numbers of female retired professionals have developed drink problems after stepping down from successful careers, mirroring a pattern seen among men, they said.” – The Telegraph
CDC National Phone Survey: Most Heavy Drinkers Do Not Self-Report as Alcoholic
“The results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that nine out of 10 people who drink too much are not addicts, and can change their behavior with a little — or perhaps a lot of — prompting.  “Many people tend to equate excessive drinking with alcohol dependence,’’ said Dr. Robert Brewer, who leads the alcohol program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We need to think about other strategies to address these people who are drinking too much but who are not addicted to alcohol.” – New York Times
Research News
Study Shows FASD Results from Multiple Maternal Factors During Pregnancy
“The more frequent maternal conditions related to the risk of FASD or FAS include older age of the mother, lower educational level, family relatives who abuse alcohol, little prenatal care, and a more severe pattern of alcohol consumption in general, and particularly during pregnancy. They emphasize that “FAS is a multi-factorial condition, and it is potentiated by complex relationships among several factors, social and biological” - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research
Alcohol in Moderation Only Benefits 15% of Population
“An alcoholic beverage a day, especially wine, is widely believed to help keep heart disease risk low, but new research from the University of Gothenburg shows that only about 15% of the human population — those with a specific the form of the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene — actually gain this benefit from moderate alcohol consumption.” – Genetic Literacy Project
More Pregnant Women on Painkillers, Heroin: Study
“The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all pregnancies.” – WebMD
Biomarker of Future Alcohol Abuse Risk in Teens?
“Neuroscientists with the Adolescent Development Study are finding differences in the brains of adolescents at high risk for alcohol use disorders, which could aid in the development of prevention strategies.” - Medscape
Policies and Practices to Reduce the Risk of Abuse, including Sexual Violence, Against People with an FASD. December 17, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This webinar features Nora J. Baladerian, PhD.  Dr. Baladerian's presentation will cover both personal (family and individual with FASD) and agency-level practices to reduce the risk of abuse and the impact of abuse when it happens.
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