FASD Knowledge and Screening Practices of University Hospital Medical Students and Residents This is a published article written by medical students who took an intensive course on FASD at Georgetown University. The class is a project of NOFAS and is taught by Dr. Michael Ybarra. The article’s objective is: “to evaluate the knowledge and screening practices of pre-clinical medical students and clinical providers on FAS, FASD, and alcohol consumption.” The conclusion reads, in part: “Significant differences exist in the knowledge and screening practices of these different healthcare providers and trainees.”
By Guessing, Clinicians May Miss 3/4 of Alcohol Problems “By relying on hunches rather than posing a few screening questions, primary care clinicians may be missing three-fourths of the alcohol problems in their patients, a newly released analysis shows.” “Brief alcohol screening questions far outperform clinical intuition in identifying people with alcohol problems, and brief counseling interventions can significantly reduce risky drinking in these individuals,” Barbara J. Turner, M.D. said.
Article, Science Daily, February 2013
CDC “Show Your Love” campaign Show Your Love is a new national campaign developed by CDC and the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHCI) Consumer Workgroup. The campaign is designed to improve the health of women and babies by promoting preconception health and health care. The campaign’s main goal is to increase the number of women who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. The campaign targets women of childbearing age (18-44 years) and includes tailored materials for women who are planning a pregnancy in the next couple of years, and those who are not. Show Your Love campaign materials include posters, TV PSAs, educational videos, radio scripts, an image library, consumer checklists, social media and calendar, press releases, talking points, and podcasts.
First Federal Hate Crime charges filed under 2009 statute that enhanced punishments for criminals who target the mentally disabled “A Philadelphia woman and four others face a first of its kind hate crimes prosecution for allegedly imprisoning mentally handicapped adults in a basement while stealing their benefit checks… The case will be the first to utilize a 2009 statute that enhanced punishments for criminals who target the mentally disabled.”
Article, ABC News, January 2013
Survey: Fetal Alcohol Forum from NOFAS-UK Susan Fleisher, Executive Director of NOFAS-UK writes, “NOFAS-UK is now part of Mencap, the UK’s leading charity for people with a learning disability… To help us plan for our future, I am asking for your help in completing the following short survey regarding our publication, the Fetal Alcohol Forum. It will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Please ensure you complete the survey by 28th February 2013.”
NCBDDD fellowship and research opportunities “The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the CDC is pleased to announce the availability of fellowship and research opportunities for 2013. Information about the fellowship and research opportunities are available on the newly created Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRC) website. Both fellowship and research submissions are on-line submissions handled exclusively through the DRDC website.”
Webinar: The Arc – Preventative Health Services for Women with Disabilities February 25, 2013. 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST. This is a HealthMeet event from The Arc. “Magee-Womens Hospital and the UPMC Disabilities Resource Center will be hosting the Women with Disabilities Web Cast Series. The purpose of the series is to promote sensitivity and awareness toward issues that woman with disabilities face in dealing with the health care system; and to educate providers, women with disabilities, caregivers and advocacy groups about available services and resources.”
Webinar: C.A.S.E. – Beneath The Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens February 21, 2013. 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM EST. “C.A.S.E., The Center for Adoption Support and Education, is a non-profit adoptive family support center. Adoption influences and intensifies the normal developmental tasks adolescents must accomplish (e.g. separation from parents, identity formation, decisions relating to sexuality, etc.).” “C.A.S.E. CEO Debbie Riley, award-winning expert on adolescent mental health and co-author of “Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens” will equip parents with the knowledge they need to understand and parent their teens through this complex journey. “