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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738878/tlr4-response-mediates-ethanol-induced-neurodevelopment-alterations-in-a-model-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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María Pascual, Jorge Montesinos, Sandra Montagud-Romero, Jerónimo Forteza, Marta Rodríguez-Arias, José Miñarro, Consuelo Guerri
BACKGROUND: Inflammation during brain development participates in the pathogenesis of early brain injury and cognitive dysfunctions. Prenatal ethanol exposure affects the developing brain and causes neural impairment, cognitive and behavioral effects, collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Our previous studies demonstrate that ethanol activates the innate immune response and TLR4 receptor and causes neuroinflammation, brain damage, and cognitive defects in the developmental brain stage of adolescents...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734059/localized-reductions-in-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-children-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
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Jia Fan, Paul A Taylor, Sandra W Jacobson, Christopher D Molteno, Suril Gohel, Bharat B Biswal, Joseph L Jacobson, Ernesta M Meintjes
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are characterized by impairment in cognitive function that may or may not be accompanied by craniofacial anomalies, microcephaly, and/or growth retardation. Resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI), which examines the low-frequency component of the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal in the absence of an explicit task, provides an efficient and powerful mechanism for studying functional brain networks even in low-functioning and young subjects. Studies using independent component analysis (ICA) have identified a set of resting-state networks (RSNs) that have been linked to distinct domains of cognitive and perceptual function, which are believed to reflect the intrinsic functional architecture of the brain...
July 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727159/children-with-heavy-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-exhibit-atypical-gait-characteristics
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Tenille C Taggart, Roger W Simmons, Jennifer D Thomas, Edward P Riley
BACKGROUND: Impaired motor function in children with histories of prenatal exposure to alcohol has been previously reported but, to date, no studies using quantitatively-based analyses have been performed to assess gait in these children. METHODS: Gait of children with (n = 18) or without (n = 26) prenatal alcohol exposure was assessed using an electronically instrumented walkway. Children completed blocks of trials traversing the walkway with different combinations of walking condition (increased, self-paced, and decreased cadence) and direction (forward and backward)...
July 20, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723918/heterogeneity-of-p53-dependent-genomic-responses-following-ethanol-exposure-in-a-developmental-mouse-model-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder
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Maria Camargo Moreno, Sandra M Mooney, Frank A Middleton
Prenatal ethanol exposure can produce structural and functional deficits in the brain and result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In rodent models acute exposure to a high concentration of alcohol causes increased apoptosis in the developing brain. A single causal molecular switch that signals for this increase in apoptosis has yet to be identified. The protein p53 has been suggested to play a pivotal role in enabling cells to engage in pro-apoptotic processes, and thus figures prominently as a hub molecule in the intracellular cascade of responses elicited by alcohol exposure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702262/hemispheric-asymmetry-of-development-due-to-drug-exposure
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Harold W Gordon
BACKGROUND: A previous survey of the literature of fMRI brain activation for two risk factors, impulsivity and craving, for addiction were lateralized to the right and left hemispheres respectively. Most articles reported these findings without consideration of how lateral asymmetries might be relevant to understanding the underlying factors leading to addiction. OBJECTIVE: The current survey is intended to extend these observations by demonstrating hemispheric asymmetry of development due to pre-natal or adolescent/adult exposure to drugs of abuse...
2017: Journal of Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698116/effects-of-early-life-adversity-on-immune-function-are-mediated-by-prenatal-environment-role-of-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
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Charlis Raineki, Tamara S Bodnar, Parker J Holman, Samantha L Baglot, Ni Lan, Joanne Weinberg
The contribution of the early postnatal environment to the pervasive effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is poorly understood. Moreover, PAE often carries increased risk of exposure to adversity/stress during early life. Dysregulation of immune function may play a role in how pre- and/or postnatal adversity/stress alters brain development. Here, we combine two animal models to examine whether PAE differentially increases vulnerability to immune dysregulation in response to early-life adversity. PAE and control litters were exposed to either limited bedding (postnatal day [PN] 8-12) to model early-life adversity or normal bedding, and maternal behavior and pup vocalizations were recorded...
July 8, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694481/mechanisms-underlying-neuro-inflammation-and-neurodevelopmental-toxicity-in-the-mouse-neocortex-following-prenatal-exposure-to-ethanol
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Munekazu Komada, Nao Hara, Satoko Kawachi, Kota Kawachi, Nao Kagawa, Tetsuji Nagao, Yayoi Ikeda
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) constitute a wide range of disorders that arise from prenatal exposure to ethanol (EtOH). However, detailed reports regarding the adverse effects of prenatal EtOH exposure on neocortical morphology and its underlying pathogenic mechanisms are limited. In the present study, we aimed to characterize the anatomical abnormalities of neocortical development and their correlation with microglial properties and neuro-inflammation in a mouse model of FASD. We evaluated the development and maturation of the neocortex in ICR mice prenatally exposed to 25% (w/v) EtOH using histological and molecular analyses...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686142/care-and-supportive-measures-in-school-aged-children-with-prenatal-substance-exposure
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Lisbeth B Sandtorv, Siren Haugland, Irene Elgen
AIMS: Prenatal exposure to substances, including alcohol, opiates, and a number of illicit drugs, may have a negative impact on fetal development. Studies have shown that substance exposure can influence a child's neurodevelopment and the need for care and supportive measures. In this study, we aimed to investigate the care status and the level of supportive measures in school-aged children prenatally exposed to alcohol and other substances. METHODS: This study included children aged between 6 and 14 years who were referred to Haukeland University Hospital in Norway with developmental impairment and a history of prenatal substance exposure...
July 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685855/alcohol-exposure-during-pregnancy-altered-childhood-developmental-trajectories-in-a-rural-south-african-community
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Leigh-Anne Davies, Kate Cockcroft, Lynda Olinger, Matthew Chersich, Michael Urban, Candice M Chetty Makkan, Oliver H Turnbull, Leana Olivier, Denis Viljoen
AIM: This study examined the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on childhood development trajectories in a rural South African community between 2003 and 2008. METHODS: We assessed 121 children at 7-12 months (year one) and 5-6 years (year five) using the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales - Extended Revised, which measures sensorimotor, cognitive and social development, with lower scores indicating developmental delay. We also interviewed their mothers or caregivers...
July 7, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678641/smoking-and-alcohol-use-among-women-in-russia-dual-risk-for-prenatal-exposure
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Tatiana Balachova, Ryan Zander, Barbara Bonner, Galina Isurina, Kathy Kyler, Larissa Tsvetkova, Elena Volkova
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can produce adverse outcomes; maternal smoking compounds this risk. We examined prevalence of smoking and associations between smoking and alcohol use in Russian women of childbearing age (N = 648). Smoking was reported by 35% of nonpregnant and 14% of pregnant women. Smoking prevalence was higher (45%) among at-risk drinkers and those at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP). In a multivariate model, smoking status and city of residence significantly predicted AEP risk...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672216/cumulative-contextual-risk-at-birth-and-adolescent-substance-initiation-peer-mediation-tests
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W Alex Mason, Irina Patwardhan, Gail L Smith, Mary B Chmelka, Jukka Savolainen, Stacy-Ann A January, Jouko Miettunen, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
BACKGROUND: Children who experience multiple adversities, such as prenatal exposure to drugs and poverty, early in development are at increased risk for the early initiation of alcohol and cigarette use. However, studies that examine potentially malleable processes associated with substance use initiation in the context of exposure to cumulative stressors are scant. This study examined associations between cumulative contextual risk at birth and initiation of alcohol and cigarette use in adolescence, testing childhood peer marginalization and peer aggression and behavior problems as mediating mechanisms...
June 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669901/maternal-alcohol-binge-drinking-induces-persistent-neuroinflammation-associated-with-myelin-damage-and-behavioural-dysfunctions-in-offspring-mice
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Lídia Cantacorps, Silvia Alfonso-Loeches, Maria Moscoso-Castro, Javier Cuitavi, Irene Gracia-Rubio, Raúl López-Arnau, Elena Escubedo, Consuelo Guerri, Olga Valverde
Alcohol binge drinking is on the increase in the young adult population, and consumption during pregnancy can be deleterious for foetal development. Maternal alcohol consumption leads to a wide range of long-lasting morphological and behavioural deficiencies known as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities. We sought to test the effects of alcohol on neuroimmune system activation and its potential relation to alcohol-induced neurodevelopmental and persistent neurobehavioural effects in offspring after maternal alcohol binge drinking during the prenatal period or in combination with lactation...
June 29, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657241/out-of-sight-out-of-mind-a-national-survey-of-paediatricians-in-ireland-regarding-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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I Gill, F Sharif
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are one of the major causes of preventable developmental delay. There is no register of children with FASDs in Ireland. Up to 81% of Irish women report drinking alcohol during the periconceptual period or pregnancy. We aimed to evaluate self-reported knowledge and practice of doctors working in paediatrics in Ireland with regards to FASDs and alcohol consumption during pregnancy. We circulated a survey to all paediatric doctors in Ireland, either enrolled in specialist training or registered as trainers...
March 10, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656347/neural-correlates-of-verbal-memory-in-youth-with-heavy-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
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Lauren A Gross, Eileen M Moore, Jeffrey R Wozniak, Claire D Coles, Julie A Kable, Elizabeth R Sowell, Kenneth L Jones, Edward P Riley, Sarah N Mattson
Prenatal alcohol exposure can impact both brain development and neurobehavioral function, including verbal learning and recall, although the relation between verbal recall and brain structure in this population has not been examined fully. We aimed to determine the structural neural correlates of verbal learning and recall in youth with histories of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure using a region of interest (ROI) approach. As part of an ongoing multisite project, subjects (age 10-16 years) with prenatal alcohol exposure (AE, n = 81) and controls (CON, n = 81) were tested using the CVLT-C and measures of cortical volume, surface area, and thickness as well as hippocampal volume were derived from MRI...
June 27, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645698/radiological-studies-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-in-humans-and-animal-models-an-updated-comprehensive-review
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Van T Nguyen, Suyinn Chong, Quang M Tieng, Karine Mardon, Graham J Galloway, Nyoman D Kurniawan
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders encompass a wide range of birth defects in children born to mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Typical mental impairments in FASD include difficulties in life adaptation and learning and memory, deficits in attention, visuospatial skills, language and speech disabilities, mood disorders and motor disabilities. Multimodal imaging methods have enabled in vivo studies of the teratogenic effects of alcohol on the central nervous system, giving more insight into the FASD phenotype...
June 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
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Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634776/evidence-supporting-the-internal-validity-of-the-proposed-nd-pae-disorder
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Julie A Kable, Claire D Coles
The internal validity of the proposed Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) was evaluated in children diagnosed with either Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or partial FAS who were 3-10 years of age and had enrolled in a math intervention study. Symptoms were coded as present or absent using assessments conducted in the study, including standardized measures of neurocognitive and behavioral functioning, parent interview, and direct observations of the child. The number of endorsed ND-PAE symptoms was not related to environmental factors but was moderately related to the child's age...
June 20, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632983/a-descriptive-study-of-a-community-based-home-visiting-program-with-preschool-children-prenatally-exposed-to-alcohol
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Ana Hanlon-Dearman, Sayma Malik, Julia Wellwood, Karen Johnston, Holly Gammon, Kathy N Andrew, Breann Maxwell, Sally Longstaffe
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) increases the risk of insecure caregiver-child attachment and related negative child emotional-behavioural outcomes. Research also shows positive effects of attachment-focused interventions in preventing disrupted caregiver-child attachment relationships; however, such interventions have not been specifically adapted for children with FASD. OBJECTIVES: This paper describes the implementation, challenges, and results of a community home-based attachment intervention, Circle of Security® (COS), with preschool children affected by PAE/FASD in Manitoba, Canada...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624747/who-is-most-affected-by-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-boys-or-girls
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Philip A May, Barbara Tabachnick, Julie M Hasken, Anna-Susan Marais, Marlene M de Vries, Ronel Barnard, Belinda Joubert, Marise Cloete, Isobel Botha, Wendy O Kalberg, David Buckley, Zachary R Burroughs, Heidre Bezuidenhout, Luther K Robinson, Melanie A Manning, Colleen M Adnams, Soraya Seedat, Charles D H Parry, H Eugene Hoyme
OBJECTIVE: To examine outcomes among boys and girls that are associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. METHODS: Boys and girls with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and randomly-selected controls were compared on a variety of physical and neurobehavioral traits. RESULTS: Sex ratios indicated that heavy maternal binge drinking may have significantly diminished viability to birth and survival of boys postpartum more than girls by age seven...
June 15, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609804/psychometric-properties-of-brief-screening-tests-for-alcohol-use-disorders-during-pregnancy-in-argentina
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Mariana Beatriz López, Aldana Lichtenberger, Karina Conde, Mariana Cremonte
Background Considering the physical, mental and behavioral problems related to fetal alcohol exposure, prenatal clinical guides suggest a brief evaluation of alcohol consumption during pregnancy to detect alcohol intake and to adjust interventions, if required. Even if any alcohol use should be considered risky during pregnancy, identifying women with alcohol use disorders is important because they could need a more specific intervention than simple advice to abstain. Most screening tests have been developed and validated in male populations and focused on the long-term consequences of heavy alcohol use, so they might be inappropriate to assess consumption in pregnant women...
July 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
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