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May

23

Environmental Watchdog Sounds Alarm on Pesticides Used in Lice Products

Environmental Watchdog Sounds Alarm on Pesticides Used in Lice Products The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend its study of pyrethroids until it can include six studies on links to the pesticide’s impact on childhood cognitive and psychological development. Claiming that a “crucial decision on pesticides and

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Dec

20

Natural Disasters, Shelters and Head Lice

When natural disasters strike, evacuation centers open. One unintentional consequence of creating these temporary shelters for people forced from their homes is an increased spread of head lice. Hurricane Irma “had lice,” one observer told WFTS News in Tampa Bay, Florida, as lice outbreaks became common in shelters throughout the state. “Any time you have

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Nov

24

What You Need to Know About Lice Insecticides

The most common over-the-counter lice treatment products use pyrethrin, an industrial insecticide used to kill lice. Natural pyrethrin is a derivative of the Chrysanthemum flower. Its synthetic equivalent is permethrin. Together the chemicals are referred to as pyrethroids. There are some 3,500 products that use pyrethroids in varying concentrations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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