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Pediatricians and obstetricians could have another scientific weapon to yield in their pursuit of protecting newborn babies who may have been exposed to alcohol in the womb because of an original study published by researchers at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Until now, animal and human studies have shown the relationship of maternal alcohol use and adverse fetal and infant effects, but studies correlating the biomarkers of alcohol exposure in the infant to adverse effects have been limited.

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A team of experts from across Canada and the US have developed the first ever medication algorithm for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  CanFASD Research Leads Dr.’s Mansfield Mela and Ana Hanlon-Dearman and CanFASD Family Advisory Committee’s Dorothy Reid are among the co-authors of the study. This algorithm is now an important tool available for clinicians to use to treat individuals with FASD (children and adolescents aged 7 and above, and adults).

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