Navigation Links
Little is understood about alcohol's effect on fetal development, Georgetown researchers say
Date:6/15/2010

Washington, DC It's long been known that alcohol use in pregnancy can lead to children with mental retardation and birth defects, but researchers who study fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have not made definitive progress on preventing the disorder, detecting it early, or effectively treating it, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center.

In the issue of Developmental Neuroscience, four first-year medical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine looked into the science and clinical treatment of FAS, and found that although there is much ongoing study, no new medical strategies exist to change the grim outcome that can occur when a fetus is exposed to alcohol.

"Although there is a lot of research in the field to determine how alcohol acts on the developing brain, there is not much translation into the clinic," says Sahar Ismail, now a second year medical student. "What surprised us the most was the lack of sensitive and specific diagnostic tools to identify children with FAS, given its prevalence and harmful effects on the child, family, and society."

Working with her on the study were medical students Stephanie Buckley, Ross Budacki, and Ahmad Jabbar each student contributed equally. Their study was a project for the Sexual Development and Reproduction Module under directorship of G. Ian Gallicano, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology.

"This is a very important review, because it combed the research literature on FAS, and concluded that nothing has changed clinically," Gallicano says. "Not every woman who drinks alcohol will have a child with FAS, but because so much remains unknown, women are still advised not to drink any time during pregnancy."

Even the question of whether alcohol is a teratogen (a chemical that causes nervous system abnormalities) in the first days or weeks of pregnancy when a woman may not know sh
'/>"/>

Contact: Karen Mallet
km463@georgetown.edu
215-514-9751
Georgetown University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Mothers little helpers
2. Choosing dry or wet food for cats makes little difference
3. Book on little-known species and conservation provides guidance to managers and others
4. Ancient lemurs little finger poses mystery
5. Variety is the spice of life: too many males, too little time...
6. Too much or too little weight gain poses risks to pregnant mothers, babies
7. Getting better with a little help from our micro friends
8. MSU researcher uses grant to study little-known but largely useful microbes
9. Little teeth suggest big jump in primate timeline
10. Building a stronger roof over your head: 3 little pigs project begins first tests
11. A little nitrogen can go a long way
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2015)... 24, 2015 This report provides market analysis ... six years. It contains an analysis of the drivers, ... their impact from the short, medium, and long term ... industry, market, and technology trends that currently, prevail in ... concerned authorities to efficiently manage the increasing marine traffic ...
(Date:6/23/2015)... Research and Markets( ... "Body-Worn Temperature Sensors Market - Global Industry ... - 2020" report to their offering. ... global body-worn temperature sensors market. The global body-worn ... basis of types, care setting, patient demographic, applications ...
(Date:6/17/2015)... GERMANTOWN, Maryland , June 17, 2015 ... Produktlinie mit DNA-Tests verbessert den Analyseprozess und senkt Laborkosten ... Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) hat heute in den ... Investigator ® für die forensische ... Kits zur Erstellung genetischer Fingerabdrücke bieten eine integrierte Lösung ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Automatic Identification System Market by Class, by Platform, by Application and by Geography - Global Forecasts & Analysis to 2014 - 2020 2Body-Worn Temperature Sensors Market - Global Industry Analysis 2QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 2QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 3QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 4QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 5QIAGEN bringt in den USA neue Kits für die forensische DNA-Analyse auf den Markt 6
... impact of age on the growth rates of cellular populations, ... the growth of bacteria, and could provide new insights into ... appears in Evolution: International Journal of Organic Evolution , ... University of Tokyo. When bacterial cells age, their capacity ...
... New research from the Keck School of Medicine of ... damage to the liver caused by drugs like acetaminophen ... Tylenol, helps relieve pain and reduce fever. The over-the-counter ... flu remedies as well as prescription painkillers like Percocet ...
... Alberta, Canada Sept. 7, 2011: Not all trans fats ... nutrition labels in North America to reflect this, particularly when ... to a scientific review published in the latest edition of ... ruminant animals such as dairy and beef cattle are not ...
Cached Biology News:Scientists offer way to address 'age-old' questions 2Scientists offer way to address 'age-old' questions 3USC scientists identify key protein linked to acute liver failure 2Time to reboot thinking on trans fats -- natural trans fats from dairy and beef are good 2
(Date:7/1/2015)... InferMed , s ... will augment ... s olutions suite   Elsevier , ... and services, announced today the acquisition of  InferMed , a ... company. InferMed,s Arezzo technology supports clinicians in choosing ...
(Date:7/1/2015)... 2015  UCB, a multinational biopharmaceutical company, and ... in designing, transforming, and running intelligent business operations, ... of their close collaboration in driving transformation that ... services (GBS) finance organization. The Aecus ... work together effectively to embrace the innovative promise ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Resverlogix Corp. ("Resverlogix") ... shares of Resverlogix have approved the resolutions relating ... Limited of 5,600,000 units at a price of ... unit being comprised of one common share and ... of approximately CAD$15 million; and (ii) the amendment ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... 2015  Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNP ), ... that address unmet medical needs in women,s health, ... will present at the Cantor Fitzgerald Inaugural Healthcare ... , 4:45 PM EDTLocation: , Le Parker Meridien ... www.juniperpharma.com, under  ,Investor, or  click here ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Elsevier Acquires InferMed, Provider of Clinical Decision Support Technology 2Elsevier Acquires InferMed, Provider of Clinical Decision Support Technology 3Elsevier Acquires InferMed, Provider of Clinical Decision Support Technology 4UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 2UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 3UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 4UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 5Resverlogix Corp. Shareholders Approve Matters Relating to Licensing and Equity Arrangement 2Resverlogix Corp. Shareholders Approve Matters Relating to Licensing and Equity Arrangement 3Juniper Pharmaceuticals to Present at Cantor Fitzgerald Inaugural Healthcare Conference on July 8, 2015 2
... 8 InteKrin Therapeutics, Inc.,will present at the 27th ... Time on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, to be held ... Therapeutics, President and,CEO Denny Lanfear will present at the ... http://www.InteKrin.com ): , InteKrin Therapeutics ...
... 8 AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,announced today it has ... In this new position, Dr. Skowronski will ... and providing medical input,and review of clinical development ... the company,s Chief Medical Officer. , ...
... Last 10 Years Helping Implement World Bank HIV/AIDS and ... that Dr. John Osika has joined the company as ... Dr. Osika, a board certified physician in the ... health expert with extensive experience working on HIV/AIDS and ...
Cached Biology Technology:InteKrin Therapeutics to Present at the 27th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, January 13 2Dr. John Stephen Osika, HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Expert, Joins Abt Associates 2