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  • Study: 98% Of Head Lice In 42 States Now Resistant To Common Treatments

    08/02/2016 8:17:24 PM PDT · by Mariner · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 2nd, 2016 | Kerry Picket
    Lice are becoming more difficult to eradicate in young children’s hair, according to a study released last week in the Journal of Medical Entomology (JME). New evidence shows that head lice have developed resistance to two types of common over the counter insecticide treatments for lice infestation. JME studied 48 states and found that, on average, 98 percent of head lice in at least 42 states managed to grow gene mutations that enable them to become resistant to different insecticides other wise known as pyrethrins, pyrethroids, and permathrins.
  • ‘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, KSDK.com 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
    newscientist.com ^ | 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...