FASD

Photo courtesy of Dr. Sterling Clarren

A normal brain, left, and a brain severely affected by alcohol in the womb.

  • Half in poll unsure what causes FASD

    Nearly nine in every 10 Manitobans has heard of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

  • Warning lost on many moms

    The number of Winnipeg women who say they drank while pregnant is on the rise, with especially alarming rates in Point Douglas and Transcona.

  • When drink destroys: Fetal alcohol leaves nobody untouched

    FASD is the leading cause of developmental disabilities in the developed world. It affects more people than Down syndrome and autism combined. In Manitoba alone, an estimated 11,000 people live with it, including 2,000 kids.

  • U of M partners with Israeli university to study FASD

    WINNIPEG - The province has earmarked $750,000 for a new FASD research partnership between the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

  • Thousands of lives, billions of dollars

    Some call them million-dollar babies. Others refer to it as a multibillion-dollar problem. Any way you slice it, when a child in Canada is born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, the bills pile up.

  • One brother prospered, one died

    The newborn came home from the hospital not with that new-baby scent but the smell of the poison his mom was hooked on. "The solvents were coming out of his pores," said Val Surbey, recalling the baby they fostered, who had FASD so bad she could smell it. Surbey has lived with the full spectrum of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

  • The brain and alcohol: Still a mystery

    As pediatrician and FASD expert Sterling Clarren likes to say, "The big, important message is that alcohol does not affect a small piece of the brain. It affects everything.

  • It need not be a life sentence

    FASD isn't an excuse for crime, and it isn't a life sentence. But for many experts, including Manitoba's top RCMP officer, the statistics suggest crime rates could be dramatically curbed if people with FASD got the right help early on or if FASD could be prevented in the first place.

  • A sufferer's advice: 'Get help'

    NORWAY HOUSE -- As a single mom with a social work degree, a good job, beautiful kids and a supportive ex, Adelaide Muswagon seemed to be doing OK. On the surface, she seemed to have it all together. But deep down, it kept running off the rails. Muswagon drank while she was pregnant with her youngest son and Ethan was born with a number of challenges.

  • Winnipeg division has model programs

    If you're a kid with FASD, you better hope you live in the Winnipeg School Division. Its programs and classes are a model for teachers across the country, the province and the rest of the division.

  • How FASD affects behaviour

    Imagine having no common sense. You take your pills today but don't realize you must take them again tomorrow. You break into a house and the cops find you eating chips in front of the TV. Money is an abstract concept, so you give yours away to anyone who asks. When people say "I'll be there in a second" you think they really will. For many people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, that's what life is like.

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