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Volume 5, Issue 48

NOFAS News
Support NOFAS on Giving Tuesday Dec. 2!
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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 and taking an “unselfie.”  Learn more about the campaign here.
 
NOFAS Free Webinar: 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.
 
Circle of Hope Newsletter - Fall 2014
This edition of the Circle of Hope newsletter features the story of Carol Peterson and her work to prevent FASD in Minnesota. Please print this out and disseminate it to women in treatment facilities or who otherwise are in need assistance.
 
Community News
"Parenting a child with FASD doesn’t involve any extra challenges, just different challenges," Says FASD Workshop Participant
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“Every child comes with their own set of unique characteristics and this is just a different set of challenges for that child,” said Mary, a foster mother of five years who has cared for close to 20 children, including one now with FASD… That’s why “knowledge is the key” for her and why she attended a FASD 101 workshop at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook on Thursday.” – The Telegram
 
Public Health
Dr. Oz on FASD
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This column by Dr. Mehmet Oz states, “The alcohol a mother drinks ALWAYS passes through the umbilical cord directly to the fetus. The brain of a fetus is quite vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of alcohol.” - The News-Sentinel
 
FASD Awareness Campaign Tells Expectant Mothers: No Alcohol Means No Risk
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A local health board in the U.K. “has launched a set of posters highlighting the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant… “The message for pregnant women about safer use of alcohol has lacked clarity and consistency over the years and the campaign provides a simple and clear message that no alcohol means no risk for the unborn child,” said a health board spokesman.” – South Wales Guardian
 
Policy
Advocates Disappointed Canadian FASD Bill Dropped
“Advocates for people with FASD are disappointed Yukon MP Ryan Leef's private member’s bill won't be debated in this session of Parliament.  The bill would have allowed courts to consider FASD a mitigating factor in sentencing when a judge believed FASD was a factor in a crime… Leef says the bill wasn't dropped for ideological reasons. He says the government brought forward many other debates and his bill wasn’t given a chance.”
 
Research News
New Study Finds Higher Percentage of Alcohol-Related Birth Disorders
Close to five percent of children in the United States may be affected by FASD, according to a newly-released UNC study published in the journal, "Pediatrics," — a number much higher than the previous estimate of one percent… Previous researchers underestimated the rate because they studied clinical referrals rather than actively searching the general population for cases of the disorder, said Philip May, research professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. "We are picking up individuals with full spectrum,” May, who led the study, said. “The majority of them will otherwise never be recognized as having FASD.” – Daily Tar Heel
 
Dr. Gene Hoyme Discusses New FASD Prevalence Study
“The study by Sanford Research and several affiliates indicates that alcohol harms 2 percent to 5 percent of children… "This is probably twice the rate that had been predicted previously," said Dr. Gene Hoyme, clinical geneticist and president of Sanford Research. "But the studies that had been done previously didn't look for the complete continuum of kids being affected. They looked only for the most severely affected kids."  This study broadened to scope to provide a more reliable benchmark not only understanding the incidence of the syndrome but in helping families and schools deal with it.” – Argus Leader
 
Heavy Drinking Raises Women’s Injury Risk More Than Men’s
“Heavy drinking increases the risk of being injured, and far more so for women than men, researchers say.  In a review of emergency department admissions in 18 countries, they also found that violence was involved in twice as many drinking-related injuries as were traffic collisions, falls or other causes.  “Even small amounts of drinking put one at risk for injury,” said lead researcher Cheryl Cherpitel of the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, California.” - Reuters
 
Webinars
FASD & Human Rights December 10, 2014. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST. There is no cost for the webinar, but registration is required. Registration is limited. “In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MOFAS will present a webinar on "FASD & Human Rights."… This presentation will provide an introduction to human rights, its intersections with FASD, and the MOFAS Recommendation on a Human Rights Response to FASD.”
 
NOFAS Free Webinar: 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.
 
Events
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