The study of more than 6,000 first-graders across four U.S. communities found that a significant number of the children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with conservative rates ranging from 1 to 5 percent in community samples. The new findings represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among general U.S. communities than prior research. Previous FASD estimates were based on smaller study populations and did not reflect the overall U.S. population. The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Full news release here.
 
The call will include comment from lead co-authors:
 • Dr. Christina Chambers (University of California San Diego School of Medicine) 
 • Dr. Philip May (University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis)
 • Dr. Kenneth Warren, senior advisor to NIAAA on FASD and study co-author
 
Other participants include: 
 • Dr. Marcia Scott, project officer for the study, NIAAA Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
 • Dr. Patricia Powell, NIAAA Deputy Director 
 • Tom Donaldson, president of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS).  
 
The group discussion will be followed by audience Q&A.
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