Head Lice in the News

Parents, Relax. Don’t Keep Them From School. It’s Just Lice

This New York TImes article reiterates what we've been saying all along about head lice, Detect Live Lice First, Then Treat... The problem is frustrating and irritating, but manageable if you follow recommended guidelines.

Back to School with Head Lice ?

The recent Adam@Home comic series reports on the travails of real and imagined head lice which mirrors the actual experiences of countless parents and school officials every day. Indeed, we published a report in the medical literature many years ago on the frequency of such misdiagnoses (Pollack RJ, AE Kiszewski and A Spielman.2000). Overdiagnosis and consequent mismanagement of head louse infestations in North America. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 19: 689-93. We reported that a huge proportion of presumed lice and louse eggs were misidentified. These were, instead, other kinds of bugs, scalp debris, bits of food, etc. Click the frames below to read on...

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