Thursday, August 12, 2004

Something nondepressing about FAS

Here's something you don't see very often in the news, or just about anywhere, for that matter: a good news story about fetal alcohol syndrome. The report, from scientists at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan, doesn't say anything I haven't heard and embraced before -- early detection is good, stable upbringing is crucial, positive outcomes are possible -- but I've certainly corresponded and argued with people who haven't heard it, and so seeing it on AP and other outlets is awfully reassuring. After so many desperate and depressing stories and books about my son's diagnosis, it's nice to read something that doesn't make me feel stupid for feeling hopeful. Now if the word will just get out.

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