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Experts in Spain debated this week in Cartagena on prevention and treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome (07/09/2016)

About 60 professionals analyze the experiences in prevention and intervention models most advanced, including Murcia

Experts from across Spain discussed this week in Cartagena on the prevention and treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome, a disorder that can occur in people whose mothers consumed alcohol during pregnancy.

Health, psychologists, educators, researchers, social partners meet for the first time in Spain to reflect on how to help create healthier environments for children affected.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is the leading cause of mental retardation in Europe.

It is estimated that 2 percent of school-age children suffers, and can be key in rates of school failure factor.

The meeting, which opened today (16:00 ISEN University Center. Street Menendez Pelayo, 8) the director general of Public Health and Addictions, Manuel Molina Boix, the delegate of the Government of National Drug Plan, Francis Babin, and the mayor of Cartagena, Jose Lopez, held on 7,8 and 9 September to assess the experiences in clinical and educational intervention on this disorder.

Murciano models and Catalan intervention on this matter are the most advanced at the national level and will be examined as an example of good practice in early intervention.

In the sessions of the symposium, organized by the Directorate General of Public Health and the University of the Sea, interventions include expert Leslie Rubin, who will speak on environmental risks to the fetus;

Professor Consuelo Guerri Sirera, which address the 'cellular and molecular mechanisms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders';

Dr. Salvador Pascual Pastor Francisco on 'Socidrogalcohol, pregnancy and lactation taking positions';

and Professor Fernando Antonio Lopez Hernandez on 'Analysis of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in the Region of Murcia.

social and geographical 'factors.

More than 60 registered professionals, including teachers, psychologists, nurses, doctors and pharmacists, examine the keys to the treatment and prevention of these children.

Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy is underdiagnosed, it is a taboo for professionals and is socially accepted.

The symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder may include an abnormal appearance, low height, low weight, small head, poor coordination, low intelligence, behavioral problems and deafness or visual impairment.

Innovation Research

'Being born and grow without O' is a project of innovation in clinical research carried out in the region of Murcia to study the knowledge and neurological development of children at risk for their pre and postnatal exposure to environmental neurotoxic in general and with special attention to alcohol and other drugs.

This program has created a network for detecting, recording and monitoring of children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs, with about 200 cases of newborns at risk of neurological and behavioral disorders in the Services of Pediatrics and gynecology maternity hospitals public.

The project enriches the training of health professionals in maternal and child specialty care and primary care area, as well as residents of medicine, nursing, psychology and other related specialties.

Source: CARM

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