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NOFAS Affiliates and Others Provide 17 FASD Support Groups
NOFAS - 7/16/21

Pregnant Women May Face Barriers For Opioid Addiction Treatment 
Verywell Health News - 7/6/21 
Prescription opioid use during pregnancy could lead to misuse, addiction, and even overdose. A 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that around 6.6% of pregnant people used opioids during their pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Exposure Data Underscore Need for Public Health Interventions 
Yale News - 6/28/21
While alcohol consumption during pregnancy may result in harm to developing embryos and fetuses, a new study led by the Yale School of Public health finds that a significant number of pregnancies that result in live birth still involve alcohol exposure.

NOFAS Supports Advancing Legislation to Prevent and Treat Child Abuse and Neglect
NOFAS - 6/21/21
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) commends the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approval of S.1927, Child Abuse and Treatment (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2021

Oral and Written Communication Skills of Adolescents with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) Compared with Those with No/Low PAE
Wiley - 6/16/21
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with growth deficits and neurodevelopmental impairment including foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Past 30-Day Prescription Drug Use Without a Doctor’s Prescription among 6th-12th Grade Students in Georgia
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs - 6/16/21
The Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 (GSHS) is implemented annually at all public-school systems (and private schools that opt in to participate) throughout the state of Georgia.

Findings from the Emory Neurodevelopmental Exposure Clinic Survey of Caregiver Experiences with Online Learning
MSACD - 6/16/21
Many children with clinical diagnoses, including children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), are at risk for academic underachievement and difficulties with school functioning that may be exacerbated by less time of direct instruction, changes in services, and time out of the classroom

Emotional Responses to Alcohol May Predict Alcohol-Related Problems 
NIAAA - 6/8/21
Alcohol can induce temporary positive feelings such as elation and happiness and reduce negative feelings like distress. 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Responsible for Vision Problems 
Review of Optometry - 5/27/21
Exposure to prenatal alcohol can result in a number of functional impairments, including ophthalmological abnormalities such as ptosis, refractive errors, strabismus, subnormal visual acuity and optic nerve hypoplasia.

Prenatal Alcohol and THC E-Cigarette Exposure Effects on Motor Development 
Biorxiv - 5/27/21 
It has been well established that prenatal alcohol exposure can lead to a wide range of neurological and behavioral deficits, including alterations in motor domains.

Despite High Rates of Alcohol Use Screening, Few Receive Treatment 
Helio - 5/24/21 
Adults with alcohol use disorder often used health care services and received alcohol use screening, but few were referred to or received treatment, according to recent data.

State-Level Estimates of Alcohol Use Among Women – 2019 
CDC - 5/14/21
The maps below show the estimated number of women aged 18 to 44 who reported 1) any alcohol use, 2) having four or more drinks on any one occasion during the past 30 days (binge drinking), and 3) binge drinking among women who reported any alcohol use, in the past 30 days.

NOFAS Policy & Training Center: May 2021 Virtual Forum 
NOFAS - 5/27/21
Building a national FASD agenda and support in our communities. 

Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents 
CDC - 5/13/21 
Resources and tools to help pregnant and recently pregnant people, breastfeeding people and new parents caring for infants  protect their health and help people who serve these communities communicate with them.

Emory Program Supports GA Women with Postpartum Mental Health Issues
Emory - 5/12/21
In honor of Maternal Mental Health month in May, the Emory Brain Health Center is celebrating its recently launched PEACE (Perinatal Psychiatry, Education and Community Engagement) for Moms program, which seeks to support the mental health of Georgia women before and after childbirth. 

Avoiding Toxic Substances During Pregnancy
Baby Your Baby Podcast - 5/7/21
When you find out you’re pregnant, it seems to change everything. Suddenly you’re thinking not just about yourself, but about the baby you’re carrying.

FASD Legislation Update: A Conversation with Susan Shepard Carlson and Jenn Wisdahl
FASD Hope Podcast - 5/4/21
FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience. 

“The FASD Project” Short Film Now Available
NOFAS - 5/3/21 
The FASD project is a film seeking to rapidly increase awareness of the risks of alcohol consumption in pregnancy within a short period of time, given the significant increase in alcohol consumption since the onset of the global pandemic.

Annual Public Meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICCFASD) Public Meeting Videocast
ICCFASD - 5/3/21
The ICCFASD fosters improved communication, cooperation, and collaboration among disciplines and federal agencies that address issues related to prenatal alcohol exposure.

Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Raising Addiction Fears 
Kaiser Health - 4/28/21
Covid survivors are at risk from a separate epidemic of opioid addiction, given the high rate of painkillers being prescribed to these patients, health experts say.

FASD Podcast's 50th Episode, with John and Natalie Vecchione
FASD - 4/27/21
FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over 18 years of lived experience.

NOFAS Affiliate Proof Alliance Releases 20+ New Fact Sheets 
NOFAS - 4/23/21

“Preventing Substance Use in Teens” Podcast
TeamPeds Talk - 4/20/21
TeamPeds Talks podcast will spotlight Child Health.
The first series- Conversations on Child Health Equity series. Reflects several key issues in the arena of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).

How the Drinking Habits of Fathers May Contribute to Birth Defects in Newborns 
Healthline - 4/19/21 
New evidence suggests a link between paternal alcohol consumption before conception and the chances of fetal birth defects.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month
CBHA - 4/9/21
Every April the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of the nation’s #1 public health problem: alcoholism.

NIAAA Launches a Facebook Page 
NIAAA - 4/1/21 
The NIAAA, part of the US National Institutes of Health, is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. It recently launched a Facebook page.

New CDC Web Feature Highlighting Resources for Alcohol and Polysubstance Use in Pregnancy 
CDC - 3/29/21
Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong birth defects and developmental disabilities.

March of Dimes Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Critical Programs to Support Mom & Baby Health 
March of Dimes - 3/23/21 
In testimony today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies, March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart said the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the maternal and infant health crisis and urged lawmakers to adequately fund key programs that are critical to the health of moms and babies.

Opioid Use, Misuse and Addiction in Pregnancy and Postpartum 
Contemporary OB/GYN - 3/22/21
As the authors note, today about 50% of heroin users are female, versus less than 20% in the 1970s. At least half of those who present for treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) are female. 

U.S. Surgeon General Nominee Pledges to Strengthen Support for FASD 
NOFAS - 3/15/21
Vivek Murthy, President Joe Biden’s pick to serve as U.S. Surgeon General, said the Department of Health and Human Services is committed to strengthening evidence-based strategies to prevent, diagnose, and care for children with FASD, in response to a question from Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Study Shows Persistence of Marijuana THC in Breast Milk for Six Weeks 
JAMA Pediatrics - 3/8/21
In a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers at Children's Hospital Colorado have found that tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of marijuana, stays in breast milk for up to six weeks, further supporting the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine to abstain from marijuana use during pregnancy and while a mother is breastfeeding.

Alcohol and Pregnancy: The More You Know Podcast 
BU School of Medicine - 3/4/21
We interview medical expert Dr. Vincent C. Smith of Boston Medical Center on the foundational science of FASDs, including definitions, prevalence, diagnosis, and other challenges. We also begin our conversation with Carol, a mother whose child is affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, who discusses her life when she became pregnant and when her daughter was diagnosed with an FASD. 

Navigating Complexity to Support Justice-Involved Youth with FASD and Other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
NIH - 2/27/21
Young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can face significant challenges in their lives, including overrepresentation in the justice system from a young age.

COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations for People Who Are Pregnant
CDC - 2/12/21
CDC and the independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have provided information to assist pregnant people with their decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

New Resource Guide for Infants to School-Aged Children with Developmental Disabilities
MSACD - 2/12/21

Trends and Geographic Patterns in Drug and Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths
MMWR - 2/12/21
Deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (synthetic opioids), which largely consist of illicitly manufactured fentanyl; psychostimulants with abuse potential (e.g., methamphetamine); and cocaine have increased in recent years, particularly since 2013.

Researchers Find a More Accurate Method to Gauge Prenatal Alcohol Use
UNM Health Sciences Center - 2/4/21
When health researchers ask pregnant women about their alcohol use, expectant women may underreport their drinking, hampering efforts to minimize alcohol use in pregnancy and prevent development of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in children.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine in Pregnant Women: Views and Experiences of Obstetrician-Gynecologists
NIH - 2/2/21
Seasonal influenza vaccination rates among pregnant women remain well below the Healthy People 2020 target of 80%.

NOFAS Launches Policy and Training Center for FASD Advocates
Nofas - 1/27/29
Complete the NOFAS Advocacy Coalition sign Up Form to receive all meeting notices and keep updated on FASD policy activities and progress.

Georgia Public-Private Partners Seek Statewide SUD Treatment Network
AMA - 1/7/21
If people can’t access treatment for a substance-use disorder (SUD) close to where they live, they might not get any treatment, said Justine Welsh, MD, a child and adolescent and addiction psychiatrist and director of the Emory Healthcare Addiction Services.

National Birth Defects Prevention Month Toolkit 
CDC - 1/1/21
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.