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Dad Battles Head Lice

The New York Daily News tells the story of Gary Silverman, a resident of New York’s Upper West Side, who was shocked to find that his 6-year-old daughter had head lice. “I was shocked, but I figured, OK, I’ll just wash all the sheets, buy the over-the-counter stuff, and I’m done with it,” he told

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The Real Health Risk of Head Lice

Parents get anxious when their children have head lice—the bugs are creepy. For centuries, head lice have been associated with (incorrectly, we might add) poor hygiene, embarrassing parents and heightening the anxiety. It’s been pointed out many times that head lice pose no real health threat to humans. Yes, the scalp itches, and yes, treating

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