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Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnoses in Foster and Adopted Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

A new study published online in Pediatrics on January 12, 2015, assessed the rate of misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in foster and adopted children who had been referred to mental health services. The study was conducted by Ira J. Chasnoff, MD, Anne M. Wells, PhD, and Lauren King, MA.

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The Life Perspective on FASD: An Interview with Andrew and Craig Peterson

Every month the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Center for Excellence presents an Ask the Expert interview feature on their website. This month, in honor of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, the Ask the Expert feature interviews Craig and Andrew Peterson, father and son.

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Drinking While Pregnant: Is it Harmless or an Act of Denial?

A recent study funded by the Health Research Board in Ireland found that about 80% of Irish women admitted to drinking alcohol during their pregnancy, and a majority insist that they are making informed choices and not being reckless with the health of their children. In fact, a study published in 2010 entitled Growing Up in ...

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National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The Nation Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) has released an informational packet about making educated, health choices during pregnancy. NBDPN reguarly creates materials to raise public awareness about many different birth defects including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum ...

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