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  • ‘Super lice’ outbreak hits 25 states

    02/27/2016 9:25:18 AM PST · by fella · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 26 Feb 2016
    strain of so-called ‘super lice’ has hit a reported 25 states, causing concern and frustration among parents because the bugs can’t be killed with most over-the-counter treatments. The treatments, known as pyrethroids, had a 100 percent success rate in 2000 against lice but now only work in 25 percent of cases, reported.
  • Police: Woman Wanted Daughter's Homeless Boyfriend Killed (Over Lice)

    08/27/2015 8:59:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | Monday, August 24, 2015 | Patricio Balona
    A New Smyrna Beach woman wanted the homeless man her daughter was dating killed because the daughter's children came home with lice, police said. Pamela Vanorsdale, 50, was charged with criminal solicitation to commit murder after police said she tried to hire her former son-in-law to “pop” the proposed victim, Dylan Loveless, 22, “in the head and chest,” New Smyrna Beach police said. Vanorsdale is out of jail on $25,000 bail, court records show. New Smyrna Beach police learned of the murder-for-hire plot after the ex-son-in-law, Daniel Dionne, 33, of Daytona Beach, approached a Daytona Beach police detective, reports show....
  • Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

    08/19/2015 8:51:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    HealthDay News ^ | August 19, 2015 | Alan Mozes
    Drug-resistant head lice are very likely coming to a school near you, U.S. investigators warn. At least 25 states host lice populations that don't respond to common over-the-counter treatments, a new analysis reveals. Permethrin, part of the pyrethroid class of insecticides, has long been the go-to weapon against head lice, mosquitoes, bedbugs and other insects. But continued exposure to permethrin has caused a huge swath of the dreaded insects to develop genetic mutations that render such drugs useless. "It's a very classic resistance story. ... Head lice, which can't jump or fly, transmit by direct physical contact. They quickly infest...
  • Lice in 25 states are resistant to over-the-counter treatments

    08/18/2015 12:55:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    UPI ^ | Stephen Feller
    "We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.," said Dr. Kyong Yoon, a researcher at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, in a press release. "What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids." Pyrethoids are a type of insecticide used for mosquitoes and other insects that contain permethrin, the active ingredient in over-the-counter lice treatment products. Yoon collected lice from 30 states, analyzing them for knock-down resistance, or kdr, mutations. Kdr...
  • New Study Identifies Louse-Borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army

    12/15/2005 5:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 738+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-15-2005
    : Infectious Diseases Society of America Date: 2005-12-15 New Study Identifies Louse-borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army Using dental pulp extracted from the teeth of soldiers who died during Napoleon’s disastrous retreat through Russia in 1812, a new study finds DNA evidence that epidemic typhus and trench fever ran rampant among the French Grand Army. The study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online, identifies the specific species of louse-borne pathogens that were a major cause of death among the remains of the retreating army. Napoleon marched into Russia in the summer...
  • Who invented clothes? A Palaeolithic archaeologist answers

    05/25/2013 6:50:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | Becky Wragg Sykes
    ...People were already making finely worked bone needles 20,000 years ago, probably for embroidery as much as sewing animal skins, like the thousands of ivory beads and fox teeth that covered the bodies of a girl and a boy buried at Sunghir, Russia, around 28,000 years ago. This was some serious bling, representing years of accumulated work. And -- caveman stereotypes aside -- stone age clothes weren't just animal skins. We've known since the 1990s that people were weaving fabric back then, revealed by impressions in baked clay from the sites of Pavlov and Dolni Vestonice in the Czech Republic....
  • Touching moment Sikh man breaks strict religious protocol & removes turban to help boy hit by a car

    05/17/2015 5:20:11 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-16-15 | Liam Quinn For Daily Mail Australia
    A Sikh student from New Zealand who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero. Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his way to school in Takanini, South Auckland. Could not fit actual title due to length. Title should read: Touching moment a Sikh man breaks strict religious protocol and removes his turban to help save life of a five-year-old boy who was hit by a car
  • Pediatric group says kids with lice should go to school

    04/30/2015 1:28:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2015 | By Amy Graff
    The nation’s leading pediatric group issued new guidelines this week saying that kids with lice should be allowed to stay in school. Many school districts ban students with lice from the classroom until the child has been treated and all the bugs and knits (or eggs) have been removed. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging schools to change their policies. The new guidelines read: "Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and, in contrast to body lice, are not responsible for the spread of any disease. No healthy child should be excluded...
  • Infant suffocates from plastic bag placed over mayonnaise-covered head during home lice remedy

    02/06/2015 6:40:18 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Springfield (Mass.) Republican ^ | February 04, 2015 | By Patrick Johnson
    SPRINGFIELD — Police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old infant on Cass Street who suffocated over the weekend as her family administered a home remedy for head lice. Springfield Police spokesman John Delaney said no charges have been filed, but the matter is being investigating by Springfield police detectives. The name of the child was not disclosed to the press.
  • Illegal immigrant kids exposed fed agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis & chicken pox, report says

    08/01/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jana Winter
    Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities. The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona...
  • Illegal Immigrant Children Have Lice So Bad ‘They Can Be Seen Crawling Down’ Their Faces

    07/07/2014 9:17:55 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 81 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Todd Starnes told Sean Hannity on FOX News tonight that the illegal immigrant children held at Lackland Air Force base in Oklahoma are bringing diseases into America. The children have tuberculosis, scabies and lice so bad you can see them running down their faces. “It’s one giant emergency room. They tell me tuberculosis has become a very dangerous issue there. Nurses say the number of children representing symptoms of tuberculosis is ‘simply staggering.’ Spitting up blood, chest pains, constant coughing. There are at least three confirmed cases for the illegals in Austin, Texas… The federal government is covering up the...
  • No Killing of Believer Lice in Muslim Beards – Beheading Christians is Still OK

    08/27/2013 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | August 27, 2013 | Dean Garrison
    Sometimes I stumble upon a story that I can’t pass up. This is one of those times. It would be morally wrong to have a couple of slices of bacon with your eggs but by all means you can not disturb or try to eradicate the blessed lice living in Muslim beards, for they are special lice that were sent forth by Allah. I am not making this up.
  • Great lice debate comes to a head

    09/13/2004 4:39:41 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 32 replies · 1,151+ views ^ | 13 September 04 | Rachel Nowak, Melbourne
    Great lice debate comes to a head 17:31 13 September 04 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues. A new genetic analysis may finally settle the question, and even help when it comes to getting rid of the little parasites, which are staging a comeback in rich countries. Linnaeus named the human louse Pediculus humanus in 1758, but later realised there might be two sorts. Debate has gone on ever since. Those who regard body lice as a separate species point out that they are bigger than head lice and live in clothes rather than...
  • Lice offer clues to origin of clothing

    08/20/2003 3:05:55 PM PDT · by demlosers · 393 replies · 504+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 8/18/2003 | Tim Friend
    <p>Human body lice appear to owe their origin to the invention of clothing, and the types that reside on our bodies appear to have hitchhiked along as modern humans migrated out of Africa about 100,000 years ago.</p> <p>Mark Stoneking and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, made the connection between the origin of clothing and the rise of human body lice by checking so-called molecular clocks found in the cells of all living creatures.</p>
  • Human Evolution: Tale of the Y

    08/10/2008 4:21:37 AM PDT · by Soliton · 58 replies · 73+ views
    newsweek ^ | 8/8/08 | Sharon Begley
    Nothing against fossils, but when it comes to tracing the story of human evolution they’re taking a back seat lately to everything from DNA to lice, and even the DNA of lice. A few years ago scientists compared the DNA of body lice (which are misnamed: they live in clothing, not the human body) to that of head lice, from which they evolved, and concluded that the younger lineage split off from the older no more than 114,000 years ago, as I described in a cover story last year. Since body lice probably arose when a new habitat did, and...
  • Why Humans and Their Fur Parted Ways

    08/19/2003 5:41:06 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 142 replies · 32,635+ views
    The New York Times (Science Times) ^ | August 19, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Illustration by Michael Rothman Before An Australopithecus, sporting full-bodied fur about four million years ago. After An archaic human walked fur-free about 1.2 million years ago, carrying fire on the savanna ONE of the most distinctive evolutionary changes as humans parted company from their fellow apes was their loss of body hair. But why and when human body hair disappeared, together with the matter of when people first started to wear clothes, are questions that have long lain beyond the reach of archaeology and paleontology. Ingenious solutions to both issues have now been proposed, independently, by two research groups analyzing...
  • Gorillas Gave Humans 'The Crabs'

    03/07/2007 9:48:12 AM PST · by presidio9 · 96 replies · 1,772+ views
    Live Science ^ | 03/07/07 | Charles Q. Choi
    Humans caught pubic lice, aka "the crabs," from gorillas roughly three million years ago, scientists now report. ADVERTISEMENT Rather than close encounters of the intimate kind, researchers explained humans most likely got the lice, which most commonly live in pubic hair, from sleeping in gorilla nests or eating the apes. "It certainly wouldn't have to be what many people are going to immediately assume it might have been, and that is sexual intercourse occurring between humans and gorillas," explained researcher David Reed of the Florida Museum of Natural History. "Instead of something sordid, it could easily have stemmed from an...
  • Freedom from lice may have led to modern allergies

    04/22/2009 5:32:15 PM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies · 474+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Apr. 22, 2009 | Debora MacKenzie
    Humanity's bug-infested past might be why we have more allergies today (Image: James Gathany/ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA) It is well established that intestinal parasites dampen mammalian immune reactions. But in a surprise result, scientists have found that another kind of parasite – the body louse – does too. That means the epidemic of allergic disorders in modern, urban people might be due to our having rid ourselves of lice and worms.
  • UF study of lice DNA shows humans first wore clothes 170,000 years ago

    01/06/2011 1:54:04 PM PST · by decimon · 53 replies
    University of Florida ^ | January 6, 2011 | Danielle Torrent
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. Principal investigator David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, studies lice in modern humans to better understand human evolution and migration patterns. His latest five-year study used DNA sequencing to calculate when clothing lice first began to diverge genetically from human head lice. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is available online and...
  • Occupy Admits Its Real Goal: Communism

    08/21/2012 3:09:00 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 50 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 August 2012 | Editorial
    The Left: An Occupy organizer admitted over the weekend that the goal of his protest group was to "overthrow the capitalist system and build communism." So the cat's out of the bag again on this bunch. Where is the outrage? The true agenda of the Occupy movement has been revealed — it's a totalitarian one. Billing itself as a spontaneous people's revolution and embraced by the media and Democrat political establishment, Occupy is really a destructive band of thugs whose goal is the violent demise of democracy. Speaking at a "People's Assembly" in Washington, former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689...
  • Head and body lice appear to be the same species, genetic study finds (Cooties is Cooties)

    04/09/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | 04-09-2012 | Provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    A new study offers compelling genetic evidence that head and body lice are the same species. The finding is of special interest because body lice can transmit deadly bacterial diseases, while head lice do not. The study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. Scientists have long debated whether human head and body lice are the same or different species. The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) is a persistent nuisance, clinging to and laying its eggs in the hair, digging its mouthparts into the scalp and feeding on blood several times a day. The body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) tends...
  • Occupy Portland - Outbreak of Lice

    11/06/2011 5:00:49 PM PST · by RobertClark · 63 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/05/2011 | Youtube
    Occupy Portland made an announcement during their general assembly that there is apparently and outbreak of head lice and body lice. And.... The "Honeybucket" port a potty company has advised the OWS encampment that they will be removing the port a potties on Monday due to constant vandalism. The union that is paying for the plastic crap o lets begged the company to leave them through the weekend, but is unwilling to pay the increased rates the company is demanding to deal with the destruction. An OWS announcement flier detailing this is detailed in the 3 minute video - quite...
  • Lice DNA Study Shows Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago

    01/09/2011 9:30:07 AM PST · by Salman · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Jan. 7, 2011 | Science Daily staff writer
    A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. Principal investigator David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, studies lice in modern humans to better understand human evolution and migration patterns. His latest five-year study used DNA sequencing to calculate when clothing lice first began to diverge genetically from human head lice. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is available online and appears in this...
  • Spreadin' the glove: TSA infecting U.S.?

    11/23/2010 7:38:32 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 11-22-10 | Bob Unruh
    Those latex gloves Transportation Security Administration agents wear while giving airline passengers those infamous full-body pat-downs apparently aren't there for the safety and security of passengers – only the TSA agents. That's the word being discussed on dozens of online forums and postings after it was noted that the agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of passengers, not changing them even though the Centers for Disease Control in its online writings has emphasized the important of clean hands to prevent the exchange of loathsome afflictions. "Herpes via latex glove ... ewwww," wrote one participant on...
  • Lice hang ancient date on first clothes: Genetic analysis puts origin at 190,000 years ago

    04/23/2010 6:41:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies · 701+ views
    Science News ^ | May 8th, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    Using DNA to trace the evolutionary split between head and body lice, researchers conclude that body lice first came on the scene approximately 190,000 years ago. And that shift, the scientists propose, followed soon after people first began wearing clothing... sheds light on a poorly understood cultural development that allowed people to settle in northern, cold regions, said Andrew Kitchen of Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Armed with little direct evidence, scientists had previously estimated that clothing originated anywhere from around 1 million to 40,000 years ago. An earlier analysis of mitochondrial DNA from the two modern types of...
  • Teenager burned trying to kill head lice with gas

    02/26/2009 10:40:08 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 71 replies · 1,601+ views
    AP ^ | 02/26/2009
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a teenager who soaked her hair in gasoline to try to kill head lice was severely burned when the gas fumes ignited and set her head ablaze. Eighteen-year-old Jessica Brooks was in serious condition Thursday at the burn unit at University Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She was burned Sunday night at her apartment in Evansville, Ind. Police said Brooks was in her bathroom letting her hair soak in gasoline just before a pilot light from a water heater ignited the gas fumes and her hair. ~snip~ Brooks was taking high school night classes in...
  • Buckets of urine, slingshots, anti-bus weapons seized in raid on anti-RNC protesters

    08/31/2008 4:00:52 AM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 37 replies · 261+ views ^ | 8/30/08 | Mara H. Gottfried, Elizabeth Mohr and Dave Orrick
    Ramsey County sheriff's deputies found weapons and devices to disable buses - among other items - in searches in the Twin Cities last night and today. Authorities said the items came from "key members of the RNC Welcoming Committee," a self-described anarchist group. Five people have been arrested and four properties have been searched, according to the sheriff's office. At 8 a.m. today, the sheriff's office executed search warrants at three Minneapolis homes - 2301 23rd Ave. S., 3500 Harriet Ave. and 3240 17th Ave. S. The FBI, Minneapolis police and the Hennepin County sheriff's office assisted them. "The 'Welcoming...
  • Are lice art? Israelis scratch their heads

    04/29/2008 4:17:52 PM PDT · by Alouette · 12 replies · 75+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr. 29, 2008 | Rebecca Harrison
    BAT YAM, Israel (Reuters) - From pickled cows to elephant dung, the art world is no stranger to offbeat ideas. But a group of lice-infested Germans? Seven young artists from Berlin are trying to stretch the boundaries of art by living in an Israeli museum for three weeks with lice in their hair. "Art is no longer just a painting on the wall," Milana Gitzin-Adiram, chief curator of the Museum of Bat Yam near Tel Aviv, told Reuters. "Art is life, life is art." The exhibition has caused controversy -- unintended, the artists say -- in a country where the...
  • Israel has new tool in search for tunnels

    02/09/2008 6:38:31 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 7 replies · 170+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 02/08/08 | UPI
    GAZA, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Israeli military officials said Friday they employed a new method to detect tunnels allegedly used for weapons smuggling to the Gaza Strip by Palestinians. The new method uses sensors in channels underground that are filled with water, an Israeli army spokesman told Israel Radio. The method is undergoing trials close to the Gaza Strip in western Negev. The tests are being hidden from the view of nearby Palestinians, Kuna reported Friday. The spokesman failed to reveal whether the new method would be put to use on borders separating Egypt and Gaza, the newspaper said.
  • Lice From Mummies Provide Clues To Ancient Migrations

    02/06/2008 5:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 83+ views
    IHT ^ | 2-6-2008 | John Noble Wilford
    Lice from mummies provide clues to ancient migrations By John Noble Wilford Published: February 6, 2008 When two pre-Columbian individuals died 1,000 years ago, arid conditions in the region of what is now Peru naturally mummified their bodies, down to the head lice in their long, braided hair. This was all scientists needed, they reported Wednesday, to extract well-preserved louse DNA and establish that the parasites had accompanied their human hosts in the original peopling of the Americas, probably as early as 15,000 years ago. The DNA matched that of the most common type of louse known to exist worldwide,...
  • In Lice, Clues to Human Origin and Attire

    03/07/2007 11:44:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,272+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    One of the more embarrassing mysteries of human evolution is that people are host to no fewer than three kinds of louse while most species have just one. Even bleaker for the human reputation, the pubic louse, which gets its dates and residence-swapping opportunities when its hosts are locked in intimate embrace, does not seem to be a true native of the human body. Its closest relative is the gorilla louse. (Don’t even think about it.) Louse specialists now seem at last to have solved the question of how people came by their superabundance of fellow travelers. And in doing...
  • Pubic Lice Leapt From Gorillas To Early Humans

    03/07/2007 11:22:23 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 653+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-7-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Pubic lice leapt from gorillas to early humans 18:26 07 March 2007 news service Roxanne Khamsi A genetic analysis of pubic lice suggests the parasites were transferred between early humans and gorillas about 3.3 million years ago. Researchers say the findings suggest close contact between our ancestors and gorillas. But they claim it is far more likely that early humans caught the lice from sleeping in abandoned gorilla nests than from having sex with gorillas. Pubic lice – also known as crabs – can leave irritating spots on the skin when they feed on the blood of their hosts....
  • Read Them in Good Health

    09/09/2006 4:25:57 AM PDT · by libstripper · 1 replies · 259+ views
    The Opinion Journal ^ | September 9, 2006 | STEVEN JOHNSON
    These accounts of plagues are grisly, yes, but great. BY STEVEN JOHNSON Saturday, September 9, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT 1. "History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (431 B.C.). Accounts of deadly epidemics appear in the earliest written records, but the first canonical rendering of life during plague time is Book Two of Thuycydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War," with its haunting portrait of the plague of Athens (likely an outbreak of typhus fever). The great historian delivers a gruesome inventory of the symptoms of the disease, based in part on his own battle with it. He also captures, for...
  • Doctor Discloses Truth on Lice Lotion

    12/05/2005 2:27:17 PM PST · by billorites · 21 replies · 820+ views
    Leading the Charge ^ | December 5, 2005 | Lindsey Tanner Associated Press
    CHICAGO - Parents who paid $285 for an experimental head lice treatment for their children might be scratching their own heads, now that the doctor selling the stuff says it‘s really a skin cleanser available for under $10 a bottle at drug stores nationwide. And as of this weekend, his Web site still said the costly treatment was only available at his Menlo Park, Calif., office. The letter "kind of blows the cover," said University of Minnesota medical ethicist Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, who called Pearlman‘s failure until now to disclose his product‘s true identity ethically troubling. Leonard Fleck, a Michigan...
  • Lice Outbreak Hits Schools, Angers Parents

    03/02/2005 6:28:36 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 41 replies · 1,201+ views
    Local 6 ^ | March 2, 2005 | Local 6
    A lice infestation at several Central Florida elementary schools has angered parents because they didn't hear it first from school officials, according to Local 6 News. The lice outbreak affects students at beachside schools in Brevard County, including Gemini Elementary, Local 6 News reported. School district administrators are downplaying the reported outbreak, saying lice problems happen every year at almost every school, according to the report. "Did you know that it's probably at every one of our schools?" School District Spokesperson Sara Stern asked in a Local 6 News partner Florida Today report. "Every school every year does some kind...
  • Extinct humans left louse legacy(Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens)

    10/16/2004 3:53:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,281+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/06/04 | Paul Rincon
    Extinct humans left louse legacy By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff The evolutionary history of head lice is tied very closely to that of their hosts Some head lice infesting people today were probably spread to us thousands of years ago by an extinct species of early human, a genetics study reveals. It shows that when our ancestors left Africa after 100,000 years ago, they made direct contact with tribes of "archaic" peoples, probably in Asia. Lice could have jumped from them on to our ancestors during fights, sex, clothes-sharing or even cannibalism. Details of the research appear...
  • U. Scientists create "Louse Buster" (From the same university that brought you cold fusion!)

    10/07/2004 1:28:10 PM PDT · by Dr. Zzyzx · 22 replies · 1,085+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | October 7, 2004 | Joe Bauman
      In about a year, a teacher who finds head lice on a child may be able to send her to the school clinic for a 30-second treatment of hair heating and drying — safely blowing those lice right out of her hair.         More and more kids are catching head lice at school. Once an infestation is detected, students often are banned from returning until the bugs are gone. Parents may spend $50 or $60 on chemical treatments, and doctors may have to step in.         The "Louse Buster" was described Wednesday by...
  • Teacher blinds students with lice shampoo

    06/11/2004 8:06:04 PM PDT · by Max Combined · 24 replies · 212+ views ^ | June 2, 2004 | AP
    LIMA, Peru - A Peruvian school teacher blinded four of her pupils and left 20 suffering from severe eye irritation after she used a traditional hair shampoo to wash away hair lice, parents of the children and medical staff said Tuesday. The state school teacher used a mixture of alcohol and seeds from the cherimoya fruit on the children, aged between 4 and 5 years old, Monday to rid a local bout of hair lice in the remote coastal town of Paijan, 355 miles north of Lima. The mixture had run down into the children's eyes and "has affected four...

    12/14/2003 7:47:10 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 4 replies · 215+ views
    E-Bay ^ | 12/14/03 | Item number: 3645805355
    I don't think I want one... Notice how Saddam was deloused and shaved immediately following his capture by US forces? Wondering what happened to those lice? I'm not. My brother-in-law was point-man and physician's and barber's assistant for Operation Red Dawn. Saddam beard hair? As Coalition Provisional Authority Administrator Paul Bremer said this morning, "We got'em!" See my other auctions Saddam Authentic Spider Hole Beard Hair (black or white!) and Official Saddam Taxi Receipts! We know what you're thinking: one louse looks like another. That's why every Official Saddam Louse is accompanied by a Iraqi Governing Coalition Saddam Louse Certificate...
  • Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (human parasites, with some pictures)

    11/26/2003 7:38:18 AM PST · by alnitak · 24 replies · 14,334+ views
    The BBC ^ | Tuesday, 25 November, 2003, 12:54 GMT | BBC Story Monkey
    When Tanya Andrews returned from a recent family holiday in Costa Rica, she had no idea she had brought back a gruesome souvenir. A month later she developed an extremely painful lump on her head. At first, she thought she had an abscess, but then it wriggled. At the Hospital for Tropical Diseases they recognised the problem straight away - it was the living maggot larva of a botfly. While Tanya was enjoying her holiday a mosquito had delivered a tiny botfly egg onto the surface of her scalp. The egg hatched into a maggot and burrowed deep inside. Incredibly,...
  • Smithsonian Preserves the World's Ticks

    03/24/2003 5:30:26 PM PST · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 226+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Monday, March 24, 2003 | DANIEL YEE, Associated Press Writer
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. STATESBORO, Ga. - Like a tiny gilded menagerie, 3,000 gold-covered ticks stand upright in active positions on dime-sized platforms. Nearby is one of the most complete repositories of written knowledge on the tick, dating back to Homer, 800 B.C. Hundreds of thousands more of the bloodsucking creatures are tucked away in government-issue metal filing cabinets. The Smithsonian's little-known U.S. National Tick Collection is stored in a former home-economics demonstration house at Georgia Southern University. The collection's curators, the world's foremost authorities of tick identification, are in charge of more than 1...