New head-lice treatments: hope or hype?

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:R. J. Roberts, Burgess I. F.
Pagination:8 - 10
Date Published:2005
ISBN Number:1474-547X
Keywords:animals, child, Drug Resistance, humans, insecticide, Lice Infestations/diagnosis/drug therapy/epidemiology, Pediculus, prevalence, scalp

Examines a possible new treatment for head lice. Increase in cases in developed countries which is suspected to be the result of increasing resistance to pyrethroid-based treatments; Examination of the lice which showed mutation in a region in the membrane of the nerve cell; Claims of Dale Pearlman who has a new product on the market; Dispute of the science behind the claims; Suspicion that the study used to make claims was written by Pearlman who holds the patents which therefore ruins any objectivity; Suggestion that the product is not ready for use; Advice on other ways to get rid of head lice.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith