June 03, 2015

Drinking while pregnant isn’t worth the risk, says Christine Rogan

‘‘At the moment we are catching them at the bottom of the cliff and we want to get them at the top,’’ 31 Mar 2015 The Nelson Mail [New Zealand] SAMANTHA GEE Alcohol risks outlined to mums Drinking while pregnant isn’t worth the risk, says Alcohol Healthwatch health promoter Christine Rogan. Experts in foetal alcohol […]
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June 03, 2015

New EU Alcohol Strategy Needed…

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/293310.php MNT European Parliament Resolution calls for new EU Alcohol Strategy Last updated: Friday 1 May 2015 The European Parliament (EP) has adopted a Resolution calling on the European Commission to present a new EU Alcohol Strategy to tackle health harm for 2016-2022. The clear message from MEPs comes just a week after EU Health […]
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June 03, 2015

‘Even a single glass of alcohol can affect foetus’

18 May 2015 Western Mail [U.K.] Healthcare professionals are still unsure of how much alcohol is safe for a pregnant woman to drink. Here, leading psychologist Professor Peter Hepper, [Belfast] who is renowned for his research into the effects of alcohol on babies, gives his expert advice DRINKING during pregnancy may have long-term consequences for […]
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June 03, 2015

FASD Prevalence rates rise but will awareness help it decline?

20 May 2015 Cape Times [Cape Town, South Africa] Lisa Isaacs lisa.isaacs@inl.co.za Foetal alcohol syndrome ‘to decline’ While the prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) continues to rise, experts have predicted forthcoming declines as a result of ongoing awareness and intervention drives. A study, conducted in 2013 by Stellenbosch University and funded by the US […]
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June 03, 2015

Paternal involvement in alcohol exposure during pre-conception and pregnancy

Author: Nyanda McBride Source: Australian Nursing Midwifery Journal. 22.10 (May 2015): Alcohol exposure during pregnancy, which results in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), is the leading cause of environmental birth defects and intellectual disability in the western world. FAS is characterised by irreversible, primary structural brain damage, leading to secondary deficits in growth and neurological development […]
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June 03, 2015

Heaviest drinkers are rich women and poor men, report finds

13 May 2015 The Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney, Australia] Harriet Alexander, Health First OECD report into harmful alcohol use ‘[It] is a really interesting finding that will need us to rethink how we target messages.’ Public Health Association chief Michael Moore The heaviest drinkers in developed countries are poorer, less educated men and wealthier, better […]
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June 03, 2015

Alcohol use in first three weeks of pregnancy may lead to permanent brain changes in offspring

http://tinyurl.com/le6cyj5 The Guardian [Nigeria] May 21, 2015 It is well established that consuming alcohol during pregnancy can cause harm to the fetus. Now, a new study finds that drinking alcohol as early as three to four weeks into pregnancy – before many women even realize they are expecting – may alter gene functioning in the […]
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June 03, 2015

Kids with FASD 19 times more likely to cause trouble

The New Zealand Herald May 26, 2015 Youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are 19 times more likely to get into trouble with the law than other people, a district health board says. And among those in foster care, the prevalence of the disorder, caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy, is 10 times the rate […]
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June 03, 2015

Brother tells Pora ‘you didn’t do it’

25 May 2015 Taranaki Daily News Fairfax New Zealand Teina Pora has met the brother of the woman he was twice convicted of murdering and been told: ‘‘You didn’t do it.’’ Pora, 39, whose conviction for the 1992 murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett was quashed by the Privy Council, gave his first interview to […]
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May 22, 2015

Binge drinking among professional women is ‘the dark side of equality’ warns OECD

“…’In the UK, …partnerships have resulted in significant achievements including taking a billion units of alcohol out of the market and labelling 80% of products with important health information, and over 90% with a warning about drinking when pregnant.'” The Telegraph A major OECD study says women who went to university drink more, and the […]
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