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“A” stands for Alcohol : Understanding the cause of FASD

I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t had the time to post like I want to. So I came up with a wonderful idea: Why not post some of my academic work on here? Well, here’s the first. Let me know what you think.

 

“A” stands for Alcohol

Understanding the cause of FASD

We all know that alcohol can lead to some pretty unforgettable nights, and some that we can’t seem to remember, but the potential for abusing it is dangerously high.  Too often do we consume more than we can handle, resulting in vomiting and hangovers that, despite their disgusting and agonizing natures, we turn a blind eye to them in order to have more fun. Yet, if there is any time to keep that typically watchful eye open, it is during pregnancy.

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In school, it seems like the topic of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was taught just well enough that, if you were to hear it’s name sometime in the near future, it might jog your memory. It just so happens that, not unlike yourself, the condition has changed much over the years. Like Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome now encompasses an entire spectrum now called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. These are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Despite there being at least three different types of FASD (FAS, ARND, and ARBD), they all have one thing in common: Alcohol.

 

  • FAS= Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • ARND= Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder
  • ARBD= Alcohol-Related Birth Defects

 

The worst part about drinking during pregnancy is that we have no idea what amount of alcohol constitutes as safe for consumption. Whether it is wine, beer, or liquor, any form of alcohol has a chance of negatively affecting the baby. Considering that most women don’t know they are pregnant until about six weeks in, it is even more important to be cautious if sexually active. If there is anything to take away from this article, it is this: if you are pregnant or wanting to have a baby in the near future, please stop drinking!

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See ya later! 

I know that I’ve been gone awhile. Sorry guys! I’m taking a few weeks  off from my blog to perform some personal research. See you soon! 

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Novel Concept 002: The Mind Thief

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CM-2030 is the world’s smartest human. She takes great pride in her intellect and her desired position as #1. Her genius eventually leads her to create a machine that converts human consciousness into raw data. Rather than using it for the benefit of mankind, she chooses to use it for her own endeavors, absorbing the consciousness’ of her competitors and increasing her own intelligence.

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Novel Concept 001: HLF

I’ve come to the conclusion that I am much better at writing story plots than an entire novel. Maybe, some time in the near future, I’ll partner with someone who can do the hard stuff for me: dialogue. I’m god awful at it and I wouldn’t dare bore my readers with cheesy, predictable conversations. That being said, here’s an idea I came up with a couple of days ago.

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Rendezvous with Rama

Over the past few days, I’ve been slowly falling in love with an app I stumbled upon (no pun intended) called Scribd. It’s been deemed the Netflix of books because, for $8.99 a month, one can download several books from a selection of over one million titles. This huge selection alone was enough to convince me to download it. Not that I’m incredibly difficult to convince. I have a bad habit of downloading anything of slight interest. At any rate, my free trial did not begin with a bang. Continue reading “Rendezvous with Rama”