CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
April 27, 2013 |
First time on the market in 24 years. Good bones. Needs TLC. Alas, this was not realty. It was reality, smacking me in the face. Several months after the end of a 20-year marriage to my college sweetheart, I was ready to date. I told my friends. The first call came as I was headed to a movie. "I have somebody for you," she said. "He's tall. " To her, this was a crucial attribute because I'm tall. Unusually tall. When I was confirmed in the sixth grade, I was taller than the bishop - with his hat. Truth be told, I wasn't concerned.
November 1, 2012 |
A topical formulation of ivermectin, a medication for roundworm, eradicated lice infestations in almost three-quarters of children who coated their dry hair with the lotion once for 10 minutes -- a level of effectiveness that's on a par with new lice treatments that require two applications, a new study has found. The new medication, approved by the FDA earlier this year, appears both to kill lice and to cause their larvae to die as soon as they hatch, and required no "nitpicking" -- the painstaking hunt for eggs left behind.
February 8, 2012 |
These seem to be good times for head lice and the folks who fight them -- where I live, at least. Just last week, a friend's daughter had to miss a day of school when lice and nits arrived. My friend brought in professionals to give the child a comb-through to clear away the critters, and get her readmitted into school. A few days later, my own kid's elementary school sent a letter warning parents to be on the lookout (and helpfully offering a referral to a louse-removal service: "We nit-pick so you don't have to. ")
July 16, 2011 |
Researchers have hit upon a potential new tool to fight the spread of malaria — a drug commonly used to treat head lice and heartworm. The Colorado State University scientists made the discovery while in Senegal during malaria season in August 2008 and August 2009. The drug, ivermectin, has been used in Africa for more than 15 years to treat river blindness, a parasitic disease that often leaves its victims blind and is common in the same regions where malaria is contracted.
April 10, 2011 |
The lowly louse may have a more impressive pedigree than once thought: Dinosaurs may have hosted the parasitic bugs, a study says. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters, also show — through comparison of lice — that mammals and birds may have begun to flourish before the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. That's counter to a long-held idea that they only ascended and diversified once the dinosaurs were gone....