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Madmums will be holding a quiz night every week. It will be on a Tuesday at 9pm in the bar! It will be a general knowledge quiz so there will be something in there for everyone.
I hope you will all try to make it. It is a great laugh! I will also send out a prize for the winner each week, how much more insentive do you need?
Come on in and enjoy the fun…..and remember its a free bar to all those that take part xxxxxx
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) – for which there is no current treatment – is associated with problems such as abnormal growth and mental retardation.
A team at Cornell University in the US found a drug called nicotinamide helped protect mice from FAS.
However, experts warned Public Library of Science Medicine study was no excuse to drink during pregnancy.
FAS is the most common cause of non-genetic mental retardation in the Western world.
It is caused by alcohol disrupting the formation and survival of nerve cells in the foetus’ developing brain, particularly in the final three months of pregnancy and the first few years after birth when brain development is particularly active.
The Cornell team injected mice shortly after birth with a dose of alcohol comparable to the amount to which a human foetus would be exposed during a bout of excessive drinking by its mother.
The dose was enough to cause the death of cells in the animals’ brains, and led to behavioural abnormalities after the mice had grown to adulthood.
But when researchers followed the dose of alcohol with an injection of nicotinamide two hours later, the number of cells that died was no greater than in normal brain development, and there were no behavioural abnormalities.
The researchers say their investigation is at an early stage, and that much more work is needed before it becomes clear whether the treatment would work in humans.
They also stress that public health strategies should continue to focus on dissuading women from drinking during pregnancy.
However, they say it is possible that alcohol damage to babies might be prevented if a mother took nicotinamide soon after drinking.
Dr Raja Mukherjee, an expert in FAS at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, agreed that the research was still at an early stage.
He said more information was needed about the safety of taking nicotinamide during pregnancy. The drug is already used to treat auto-immune conditions.
“The piece suggest you can block one drug (alcohol in the form of ethanol) with another drug which may have its own side effects and cause different types of harm during pregnancy.
“Surely the safest way, as the piece suggests, is to not take anything in the fist place rather than block the effects of one thing with another.
“This is not to detract from the importance of the work for those people – ie chronic alcoholics – who find it impossible to stop.”
Dame Karlene Davis, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives warned the new drug should not make women believe that they can drink excessively during pregnancy.
She said: “The RCM is concerned that the availability of this drug could detract pregnant women from the importance of a healthy and well balanced diet throughout her pregnancy.
“Pregnant women should at all times ensure that they’re eating the most appropriate, healthy, fresh food alongside a recommended exercise regime to ensure they’re at their optimal health during pregnancy.”
“FAS is often called the number one preventable birth defect. And the RCM believes that it still is – by following a healthy diet that will benefit both mother and child.”
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Just to let everyone know there will be a quiz tonight at 9pm in the bar.
My brother doesnt know yet so I hope he hasnt got a poker game planned lol
Hope to see youall there xxxxxxxxxx
A team at Glasgow University are to test whether the hormone can prevent women going into labour too early.
Around 50,000 babies are born too soon every year in the UK, and can suffer life-long difficulties such as blindness, deafness and cerebral palsy.
The reasons are largley unknown, but there is some evidence to suggest progesterone can reduce the risk.
Progesterone is a female hormone made in the ovaries and produced by the placenta in large quantities during pregnancy.
Lead researcher Professor Jane Norman said: “We’re going to be studying mothers at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the increase in knowledge that this will give us could help in developing new treatments that will save lives.
“In normal labour, white blood cells are activated in the bloodstream and migrate to the womb during the birthing process.
“Sometimes this can happen too soon and we believe that these cells might play a key role in triggering pre-term labour.
“If this is the case then progesterone could stop this from happening by blocking the activation of white blood cells.”
Action Medical Research is running a project called the Touching Tiny Lives Campaign which is designed to find ways to prevent premature birth.
It is hoped to raise