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Improving Pregnancy Outcomes for African American Women
CDC - 4/14/2020
Each year in the United States, about 700 women die during pregnancy or in the year after. Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because most are preventable.

NIDA Director Outlines Potential Risks to People Who Smoke and Use Drugs During COVID-19 Pandemic
NIH - 4/2/2020
The precarious intersection of the COVID-19 national health emergency and the concurrent epidemic of drug overdose deaths is outlined in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. 

COVID-19 Remote Learning Tips to Support Children with FASD (PDF)
Emory MSACD - 4/1/2020
Schools closing and classes taught remotely becuase of COVID-19 are new experiences for children, families and schools, and can be challenging. With patience, flexibility and communication, children, families and schools can make remote learning work. Understanding what to expect and how to support your child with FASD may help with these school challenges. 

Living with FASDs: Brenna
CDC - 3/30/2020
Heather and her husband Jason adopted Brenna and her three siblings from foster care. Weighing just 4 pounds and 13 ounces at birth, Brenna was so small that she came home wearing a doll’s clothes.

Screening for Alcohol Abuse and Brief Counseling of Adults
CDC - 3/13/2020
Binge drinking increases the risk for adverse health conditions and death. Alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI), recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for all adults in primary care, is effective in reducing binge drinking.

Newer Anti-HIV Drugs Safest, Most Affective During Pregnancy
NIH - 3/11/2020
The antiretroviral drugs dolutegravir and emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (DTG+FTC/TAF) may comprise the safest and most effective HIV treatment regimen currently available during pregnancy, researchers announced today.

Vaping/E-Cig Risks
Medical Association of Georgia - 3/2/2020
The latest episode of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses the health risks associated with vaping and smoking e-cigarettes.

Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine During Pregnancy and Six-Month Infant Development
Science Direct - 2/5/2020
Despite recommendations by professional organizations that all pregnant women receive inactivated influenza vaccine, safety concerns remain a barrier. 

Homicide is a Leading Cause of Pregnancy-Associated Death in Louisiana
NIH - 2/3/2020
Homicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and postpartum women in Louisiana, according to an analysis of birth and death records from 2016 and 2017.

Combined Prenatal Smoking and Drinking Greatly Increases SIDS Risk
CDC - 1/21/2020
Children born to mothers who both drank and smoked beyond the first trimester of pregnancy have a 12-fold increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)  compared to those unexposed or only exposed in the first trimester of pregnancy, according to a new study supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Alcohol-Releated Deaths Increasing in the United States
CDC - 1/10/2020
An analysis of U.S. death certificate data by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that nearly 1 million people died from alcohol-related causes between 1999 and 2017.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
CDC - 1/1/2020
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Join the nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes, and their impact! Not all birth defects can be prevented. But you can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and by adopting healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy.