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Research Professor, Carol Bower, of The University of Western Australia's Centre for Child Health Research at the Telethon Kids Institute is leading a team who are about to develop a Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) screening test, thanks to a National Health and Medical Research Council grant of almost $1.5 million.
Professor Bower said FASD was caused by the fetus being exposed to alcohol during pregnancy and at it's worst, causes a range of neurological disabilities that lead to problems with development, learning and behaviour. These problems can affect the child's ability to relate cause and effect and make the child less able to make judgements and to be easily led.
Source: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association