Fetal Alcohol Syndrome News and Research

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If you are pregnant and drink alcohol, so does your baby. This can hurt your baby's growth and cause life-long physical and behavioral problems. One of the most severe effects of drinking during pregnancy is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS is a group of problems that can include; mental retardation, birth defects, abnormal facial features, growth problems, problems with the central nervous system, trouble remembering and/or learning, vision or hearing problems, behavior problems. FAS lasts for a lifetime. There is no cure. Special school services can help with learning problems. Routines and consistency at home may help with behavior problems. Women can prevent FAS and other problems related to alcohol use by not drinking when they are pregnant or might get pregnant.
Frogs reveal clues about the effects of alcohol during development

Frogs reveal clues about the effects of alcohol during development

Fetal alcohol syndrome testing expands

Fetal alcohol syndrome testing expands

Combined measures of maternal drinking can predict resulting problems in children

Combined measures of maternal drinking can predict resulting problems in children

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy damages offspring's white matter - brain's connective network

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy damages offspring's white matter - brain's connective network

Alcohol consumption can cause too much cell death, fetal abnormalities

Alcohol consumption can cause too much cell death, fetal abnormalities

Researchers block damage to fetal brain following maternal alcohol consumption

Researchers block damage to fetal brain following maternal alcohol consumption

Binge drinking in pregnancy increases risk of oral clefts in offspring

Binge drinking in pregnancy increases risk of oral clefts in offspring

Even though they know better, women still drink alcohol while pregnant

Even though they know better, women still drink alcohol while pregnant

Some moms quit cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol during pregnancy, but dads don't

Some moms quit cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol during pregnancy, but dads don't

African-American women less likely to reduce drinking during pregnancy

African-American women less likely to reduce drinking during pregnancy

New draft Australian drink guidelines rubbished as unrealistic

New draft Australian drink guidelines rubbished as unrealistic

Eye blinks may help to identify children prenatally exposed to alcohol

Eye blinks may help to identify children prenatally exposed to alcohol

A taste for alcohol may come from the womb

A taste for alcohol may come from the womb

New understanding of biological effects of alcohol on genes within cells

New understanding of biological effects of alcohol on genes within cells

Technique that measures human face from 3D facial images may help diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome

Technique that measures human face from 3D facial images may help diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome

Genetic risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder identified

Genetic risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder identified

Prenatal alcohol exposure alters brain activity in the frontal-striatal areas

Prenatal alcohol exposure alters brain activity in the frontal-striatal areas

No alcohol in pregancy is the safest choice

No alcohol in pregancy is the safest choice

Simple eye movement test spots fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Simple eye movement test spots fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Reduced brain growth in alcoholics with family drinking history

Reduced brain growth in alcoholics with family drinking history