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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a condition caused by excess alcohol consumption during consumption. The alcohol is passed to the fetus and when the liver cannot cope, the alcohol causes damage. The infant develops lifelong adverse conditions such as growth deficiencies, facial abnormalities such as cleft lip and learning disabilities. Experts are still unsure as to what amount of alcohol and at what stage of pregnancy it is detrimental however they firmly warn pregnant women to stay totally away from alcohol. 123 - 740 babies are born annually in Canada with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Experts believe that many cases of FASD are misdiagnosed or even undiagnosed in mild cases. FASD can result in school drop-outs, unemployment, homelessness and the need of help from caregivers.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Meadow Lake Progress
About: Excess alcohol consumption during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Date: 30 January 2005
Source: Meadow Lake Progress
Author: Jean Lian
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