What is the March of Dimes doing to prevent and treat FAS and FAE?

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What is the March of Dimes doing to prevent and treat FAS and FAE?

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March of Dimes-supported researchers are investigating the influence of alcohol on pregnancy. One current grantee is exploring the role of a gene in causing craniofacial and brain defects in FAS, with the ultimate goal of developing treatment to prevent these defects in babies of mothers who continue to drink during pregnancy. The March of Dimes also works to prevent FAS and FAE by educating the general public, teenagers, adults of childbearing age and expectant mothers about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs to unborn children. Because there currently is no way to predict which babies will be damaged by alcohol, the safest course is not to drink at all during pregnancy and to avoid heavy drinking during childbearing years (because at least 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned). All women who drink should stop as soon as they think they are pregnant. Heavy drinkers should avoid pregnancy until they believe they can abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy. The March of Dimes h

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