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HEALTH
August 26, 2002 | ROSIE MESTEL
Few creatures are more disgusting to parents than head lice--and few creatures demand more of the scientists who study them. Lice need human blood to live, which means researchers must routinely walk around with little louse-filled tubes strapped to their legs. When the creatures are hungry, they can crawl down and bite the scientists' legs. (Understandably, louse research isn't very popular.
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HEALTH
September 8, 1997 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
HEALTH
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.
NEWS
April 12, 1997 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1990
The once-common practice of using kerosene to get rid of head lice not only is outdated but also can be extremely dangerous, two health care workers warned last week. Donald Damschen and Dr. John Carlile of the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno cited the case of a 5-year-old girl who was badly burned when fumes from the kerosene her family used to treat her head lice ignited.
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