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Don't Let Your Kids Get Sidelined With Sports-Related Infections

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Organized sports provide a wide range of benefits for children and teens. But there's a risk of infections if certain safety measures aren't followed, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns. "Joining an athletic team is a fun, physically challenging and healthy way for kids to practice teamwork and sportsmanship, but they do need to understand the importance of good hygiene," said the report's lead author, Dr. H. Dele Davies. He's a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. "Besides showering and washing hands, athletes should be discouraged from sharing their water bottles, towels, mouth guards and other personal items," he said in an AAP news release. Most sports-related infections are spread by skin contact, contaminated food or water, respiratory droplets or airborne particles. According to report co-author Dr. Mary Anne ... Read more

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Heath Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by

-- Head lice infections are common among school-age children, but with the proper treatment, you can get rid of both the bugs and their nits (eggs). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Remove clothing before starting the treatment to prevent staining from the chemicals. Apply the treatment according to the product's label instructions. You may need to use two bottles if the infected person has a lot of hair. Do not shampoo before treatment or for 1 to 2 days after treatment. After application, comb remaining lice out of the hair shafts using a fine-toothed nit comb. Check hair after 8 to 12 hours and retreat if necessary. Re-check daily for at least a week to ensure there is not a reinfestation. Read more

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New 'Superlice' Resist Most Over-the-Counter Remedies

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – In the war against "superlice," parents appear to be up against a mighty foe – and it's one they'd certainly rather never see in the first place. A new report warns that over-the-counter products have lost much of their effectiveness against the so-called superlice. The good news is that prescription products can still get rid of those creepy critters. Parents should turn to physicians first instead of trying to treat their children themselves with over-the-counter products, said report lead author Dr. Ellen Koch. She's a dermatologist with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "The failure rate of these products has increased dramatically in many areas of the United States. This leads to increased cost, days missed from work and school, and frustration among our patients," she noted. Lice commonly infest the hair of kids. "In fact, if you look hard ... Read more

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Head Lice No Cause for Panic, Expert Says

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Most parents have at one time or another received the dreaded school notice: a case of head lice has been detected in your child's class. But, an expert says, there's no need to panic. Head lice don't carry diseases or indicate poor parenting or housekeeping, said Dr. Karen Sheehan, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Children should not be sent home from school early if they're found to have lice, Sheehan added. The insects move by crawling and cannot hop or fly. So, as long as teachers keep children's heads apart, there should be no further spread of lice, she explained. Would you recognize the signs of lice? Most are accurately diagnosed when a live louse is seen moving, Sheehan said in a hospital news release. Seeing nits, or lice eggs, within one-quarter-inch of the scalp suggests a person ... Read more

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Average U.S. Home Harbors About 100 Types of Insects, Other Critters

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Even if you think you live alone, you may not: A new study finds that the average American shares his or her home with over 100 different species of insects and other "arthropods." Arthropods are invertebrates with exoskeletons – segmented bodies and jointed limbs, and include insects, spiders, centipedes and mites. A team led by Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, went room-to-room in 50 freestanding houses within 30 miles of Raleigh, N.C. The researchers found that, overall, nearly 600 different kinds of arthropods were found across the various homes. On average, any one home had about 100 different types of arthropods, the researchers said, and only five of the 554 rooms sampled contained no arthropods. "We think our homes are sterile environments, but they're not," Bertone said in a university news release. "We share our space ... Read more

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Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – 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," said study lead author Kyong Yoon, an assistant professor in the biological sciences and environmental sciences program at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. "Permethrin products were introduced to U.S. consumers in the early '90s," Yoon said. "But the first registered problem was reported from Israel in 1995, ... Read more

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Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School

Posted 27 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 – Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say. In fact, the AAP believes that doctors and other health care professionals should educate schools and communities that "no-nit" policies are unfair and should not be implemented. Children found to have head lice or nits can finish the school day, be treated and return to school, the AAP says. As for treatment, the first choice for active live infestations should be over-the-counter medicines containing 1 percent permethrin or pyrethrins. After applying the product, parents should follow with nit removal and wet combing. The treatment should be reapplied at day 9, and again at day 18 if needed. In areas where lice are known to be resistant to such products, or when treatment efforts fail, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by

-- Head lice are tiny insects that infest the scalp and can spread quickly between family members and housemates. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to get rid of head lice: Treat lice with an over-the-counter pyrethrin- or permethrin-based shampoo, or consult your doctor about a prescription brand. Pick nits out of the scalp with a lice comb. Cover one section at a time at least once every three days for up to two weeks, or until you no longer see nits. Wash all towels, bed linens and clothing worn or used by the person with lice in very hot water. Use a vacuum to get rid of any lice or nits on things that can't be washed, such as a car seat or furniture. Read more

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Health Tip: Check Your Child for Head Lice

Posted 24 Sep 2014 by

-- Head lice are easily spread from person to person by close contact or by sharing items such as hairbrushes or towels. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains how to check a child for head lice: Have your child sit down in a brightly lit room. Part your child's hair in the middle and begin by inspecting the scalp. Look for crawling, fast-moving, light-colored lice. Also look for their nits (eggs), which tend to be yellowish-brown or white in color and stick to the scalp. Wet your child's hair and use a fine-toothed comb to comb through and separate your child's hair into small sections. Wipe the comb on a towel between each section, and check the towel for lice and nits. Read more

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Back-to-School Prep Includes Lice Review

Posted 15 Aug 2014 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 – With the new school year here, parents need to think about how to deal with head lice, an expert says. The first sign of head lice may be excessive itching on the nape of the neck and behind the ears, said D'Ann Somerall, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. All children with lice and their bedmates should be treated at the same time. If lice are still present after treatment with over-the-counter products, parents should contact their health care provider, she said. Before using any over-the-counter lice treatments on children age 2 and younger, parents should talk with their pediatrician, Somerall advised. Home remedies – such as putting mayonnaise, vinegar or petroleum jelly in the hair and covering it with a shower cap – aren't effective, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use a ... Read more

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Head Lice Growing Resistant to Standard Meds

Posted 14 Mar 2014 by

FRIDAY, March 14, 2014 – Most head lice found in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, a new study cautions. Head lice infestation is a major public-health issue, the researchers said, with roughly 10 percent of all American school-aged children missing school due to the intense itching and secondary infections that signal exposure. The problem: Years of relentless exposure to a single treatment option has given rise to a surviving head lice population that is armed with what geneticists call "knockdown resistance," in the form of the TI genetic mutation. This gives most of today's head lice an ability to withstand exposure to the main – and previously effective – ingredients found in most nonprescription head lice drugs: "pyrethroid" compounds such as permethrin. "This isn't really controversial," said study ... Read more

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Keep Lice Off Your Child's Head

Posted 24 Jan 2014 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 – It's that time of year when your children are back in school – and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says. Most common among kids in preschool, grade school and day-care settings, between 6 million and 12 million cases of head lice show up on the scalps of children aged 3 to 11 in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contrary to popular belief, poor hygiene is not to blame. Head lice are spread mainly through direct head-to-head contact with an infected child. Because younger children tend to play closely together, they are at highest risk for infestation, explained Dr. Patricia Brown, a dermatologist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Thankfully, there are ways to lower the odds of infestation for your children. Teach them to avoid head-to-head contact with other children, ... Read more

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Expert Tips to Get Rid of Head Lice

Posted 18 Feb 2013 by

SATURDAY, Feb. 16 – It takes more than a specially formulated shampoo or lotion to get rid of head lice, according to an expert from the University of California, San Francisco. Lice don't fly or jump, so they spread when kids' heads are close together, explained Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology. Mirmirani advised that anything that touches the head of a person with lice must be washed in hot water, including clothes, hats, sheets, pillowcases and blankets. She added carpets and furniture must also be vacuumed and non-washable items, like stuffed animals, should be sealed in a plastic bag for several weeks. To get rid of lice, however, parents must first recognize the problem. "See if your child has lice by sitting him or her under a bright light and separating hair into sections," said Mirmirani in a news release ... Read more

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New Treatment For Head Lice?

Posted 31 Oct 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 – A new topical lotion may offer parents a faster, more effective way to get rid of head lice. Researchers report that just one treatment of topical ivermectin, an insecticide, kept almost three-quarters of treated children lice-free two weeks after treatment. That was without the dreaded fine-toothed combing to remove the lice eggs (nits) that leaves so many children in tears. "This is a new agent that requires a one-time application that shows no resistance yet," said study author Dr. David Pariser, a professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. "Current treatments are only about 50 percent effective. This is a one-time treatment with higher effectiveness than anything else that's out there." Results of the study, which was sponsored by the drug's manufacturer, appear in the Nov. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Keep Head Lice From Coming Back

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by

-- Head lice are small, wingless parasitic insects that feast on tiny amounts of blood sucked from the human scalp. They don't spread disease, but the itchy bites they leave behind can trigger misery and infection. The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help get rid of lice: Wash any recently worn clothing or recently used linens in water of at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow with 20 minutes in the dryer on a very hot cycle. Dryclean any linens, stuffed animals or clothes that can't be washed. Or, seal them in an airtight bag for at least two weeks. Use a vacuum to clean upholstery or carpet inside your home or car. Discard combs, brushes, barrettes, hair elastics and other hair accessories used by a person with lice infestation. Or, soak them for one hour in alcohol, very hot water or medicated shampoo. Read more

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