March 17, 2014

Almost 100% Resistant

1 Head Lice Growing More Resistant to OTC Meds

Head lice in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to the active ingredients in over-the-counter treatments, finds a new study. This isn’t ground-breaking news - it’s been developing over the past 20 years, says study co-author, John Clark, University of Massachusetts - but head lice are now almost 100 % resistant. DNA sampling of lice collected from the US and Canada showed that more than 88% carried the mutation associated with resistance to permethrin, the active ingredient in OTC lice medications. In the U.S., that rate approached 100%. New prescription drugs are now available but, while they are effective at killing head lice, they are also more costly and “certainly it's going to be a much bigger cost to the health care system as a whole," say experts.

More at Http://consumer.healthday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Are Selfies Spreading Head Lice among Teens

Tags: Head Lice, University of Massachusetts, John Clark, Permethrin, OTC Head Lice Treatments

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The Fat Blues

2 Memphis Named 2014 Fattest City in U.S.

Memphis, Tennessee is the fattest city in America for 2014, reports Men's Health. It seems that 71 percent of the adults in Memphis are either obese or overweight, and only 56 percent regularly consume vegetables. The editors of Men's Health mention that poor eating habits, food deserts, poor walkability and subtropical summers all play a part in the problem. However, Memphis is trying to turn things around by opening more farmer's markets and by expanding bike and pedestrian paths.

More at Men's Health | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Free Fudge for People Weighing 300 Plus

Tags: Fattest Cities in United States, Memphis Fattest City, Men's Health Fattest Cities, Obesity Problem Memphis

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