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Fifteen fresh-faced second-graders file into the school nurse's office at Napa Street School in Northridge and stand at attention. "Today we are going to do head checks," Clara E. Banda tells her charges. "Does anyone know why?" One little boy pipes up: "To see if we're smart?" His response draws giggles from classmates and a warm smile from Banda, a 19-year veteran of school nursing who says she can't imagine doing anything else. Banda explains that today is the day for pediculosis checks.
July 28, 1988 | Al Martinez
I have been assured by the State of California that the spraying of malathion Monday night in the San Fernando Valley was no less dangerous than sprinkling an average neighborhood with a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola. I came by this information through a telephone call to Isi Siddiqui, who is assistant director of the Department of Food and Agriculture, the agency responsible for killing Mediterranean fruit flies while, if possible, simultaneously sparing humans.
May 29, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
The school health clerk took a comb and pointed to the near-microscopic bugs crawling up and down my daughters' scalps. I cringed. Then she checked my head for the pesky parasites. I held my breath. We had lice. Lots and lots of lice. My youngest daughter scratched her head and started crying. Embarrassed, we headed home. And that began the frustrating, icky, unending, exhausting, humiliating, disgusting battle against the bugs. Parents across the nation are terrified of lice - not because they cause disease, but because even one minuscule egg has the power to keep children out of school and their mothers and fathers out of the office.
November 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Wooden combs left in the Israelite fortress of Masada after a siege by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago show the ancients suffered from one of today's more pesky afflictions--they had lice. "All indications point to head lice being a big problem," said Kostas Mumcuoglu, an Israeli parasitologist who studied hundreds of lice and lice eggs found clinging to the ancient combs and hair. "These people were forced to live in overcrowded, unhygienic conditions.
October 26, 1998 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
Question: Last year my granddaughter caught lice at school. I read about using petroleum jelly and told my daughter about it. Well, the whole family tried it together. What a nightmare! Wisk will not wash it out. Nothing will wash it out! The whole family had to go to work and school with jelly in their hair and I felt awful because I was the one who told them about your article. Answer: Guilty as charged. We feel terrible. Petroleum jelly is a mess to remove. Here's how this remedy evolved.
To parents recoiling from the discovery of lice on their child's scalp--which is dismayingly common and getting more so, health officials say--the latest word from the medical front offers little comfort. Ordinary head lice may be turning into "super lice," developing immunity to over-the-counter treatments that are parents' chief weapon. The California Department of Health Services warned in a 1996 report that there is "circumstantial evidence" of increased head lice resistance.
January 9, 1991
Regarding "County Tests Children for Reaction to Malathion" (Metro, Dec. 16): Kim Woloshin, the county health official coordinating the malathion study, erroneously states that there is more malathion in head lice lotion than there is in the skin-test patches. There is only one product containing malathion to treat head lice, and it contains 0.005 mg/ml malathion. The test patches used in the county study contain as much as 2-5 mg of malathion--up to a 1,000 times more malathion than found in the head lice lotion.
January 29, 2012 | Jenn Harris
The ancient story of Samson and Delilah shows how important a man's hairstyle can be. The tale has inspired sculptors, composers and screenwriters, and Samson's long locks are part of a long list of classic men's hairstyles. What follows is a look at other memorable men's hairdos throughout history and in pop culture. -- 2200 BC | Egyptian men wore their hair very short or they shaved their heads. Wealthy men or members of the royal elite would cover their heads with elaborate headdresses, wigs or hair extensions.
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