Potentially Drug-Resistant Head Lice Spreads

'Super Lice' Found in 95 Percent of Kids Tested in 30 States

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A new and potentially drug-resistant species of head lice is showing up on the heads of kids around the U.S.

As many as 12 million American school children between the ages of three and 11 get lice.

Now, there’s the potential of “super lice.”

A study found 95 percent of lice populations collected from 30 states tested positive for a mutation resistant to common over-the-counter treatments.

Health officials say parents really have to get in there and actually pick the lice out of their child’s hair.

They should also fight the instinct to over-treat or give preventative treatments.

“It’s important not to treat the whole family, because if other people don’t have it, then you treat them, they could become resistant to that shampoo,” said Debbie Busdiecker, with the Ohio Board of Health.

If the lice won’t die or they come back, a doctor can prescribe a stronger shampoo.
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Teens who have tried e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke real cigarettes.

That’s according to a study on ninth graders from 10 public schools in Los Angeles.

Researchers found those who tried e-cigs were two and a half times more likely to smoke tobacco.

They also found the same students were five times more likely to smoke cigars and three times as likely to smoke hookahs.
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Fast food chains are serving up kids meals dangerously high in salt, according to new research by the World Action on Salt and Health.

It found 8 out of 10 meals contained more than one gram of salt.

That’s more than a child between age four and six should eat in one sitting.

Too much salt has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and obesity in adults.
 

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