Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
New guideline s by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that sexually active women who drink too much alcohol run the risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in their unborn children.
How the risk is actually increased is not really understood but a matter of extensive debate among researchers and healthcare professionals.
For years, crackpot theories have floated around even among doctors, pharmacists, and healthcare professionals. However, new evidence and guidelines by prestigious organizations such as the CDC and others such as USA Food and Drug Administration are promoting the disorder closer attention.
Pharmaceutical companies, on the other hand, are in a mad rush to try to find ways to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from being transmitted to fetuses. The challenges faced by these companies appear to be more complex as although guidelines are available, they don’t provide the mechanism by which Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the link to alcohol consumption by sexually active women.
This isn’t the first time the CDC has provided guidance without fully understanding the risk or how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is transmitted. However, being the CDC their guidelines is usually published after much discussion and expert panel input. Therefore, a lot of stock is put into their recommendations not only by the public but also healthcare professionals and researchers.
Exactly how much alcohol a sexually active female who is at risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders should consume is not clear? It is simply a judgment call by the individuals who may not classify themselves as sexually active or of those who consume a large quantity of alcohol.
Such a purely subject perception can be problematic and that’s why the CDC guidelines can help but not completely eliminate the risk that exists among many young sexually active women at high risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
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