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Helping Each New Generation of Parents Tackle the Age-Old Challenge of Head Lice—Safely and Effectively
"No matter how each new generation of parents differs from its predecessors, one fact remains the same—sooner or later, they will be challenged by a lice infestation first identified at school, a childcare center, or camp. What’s changed and improved, though, is parents’ access to a wealth of tools and resources for treating children with lice—without the use of potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides.
The catalyst behind these changes is the National Pediculosis Association (NPA)—a nonprofit organization whose impact has continued to grow over the 36 years since its founding. The NPA advocates for the highest possible public health standards for children and their communities, especially as they relate to safe treatment alternatives for head lice."
-- Source: NPA.
China Bans Pesticides Lindane and Endosulfan
"China’s environment ministry has issued a ban on the pesticides lindane and endosulfan, substances known to pose health risks to humans.
The decision, made jointly with 10 other government departments and published this week, is intended to improve China’s compliance with the Stockholm Convention, an international treaty on pollutants. China formally joined the Stockholm Convention in 2004.
Lindane and endosulfan, which are frequently used to treat crops and parasites on humans and animals, are classified under the Stockholm Convention as “persistent organic pollutants” (POPs) that stay in the environment for an exceptionally long time
-- Source: CX Live.
The Mite-Gallery Unit: A New Concept for Describing Scabies through Entodermoscopy
"Scabies has always represented a diagnostic challenge for dermatologists, especially in subclinical cases or in atypical ones due to the coexistence of other diseases. Fortunately, dermatoscopy has enabled easier and faster in situ diagnosis. The aim of this study is to examine old and new dermatoscopic signs that Sarcoptes scabiei produces on the skin during its whole life cycle through entodermoscopy (dermatoscopy with an entomological focus) which, unlike traditional optical microscope examination, allows the local micro-environment to be preserved intact. Patients were enrolled during outbreaks of scabies from hospitals or nursing homes for the elderly in Bari (Italy). The study was performed applying both immersion and polarized dry dermatoscopy."
-- Source: Scanni, G. The Mite-Gallery Unit: A New Concept for Describing Scabies through Entodermoscopy. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis.. 2019, 4, 48.
If LA approves 340 more school nurses by fall 2020, filling those roles could remain a hurdle
"A recent strike settlement between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union called for hiring 340 school nurses by the 2020-21 school year, and teachers striking in Oakland, California, also want more nurses. But the state already has a nursing shortage..."
-- Source: Education Dive.
New Year, New Rule: Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals in Healthcare Facilities
"Just before the holiday season, EPA issued its final rule for waste pharmaceuticals management. Due to the complex nature of handling waste pharmaceuticals within healthcare facilities, it became clear to EPA that these waste streams could no longer be managed with existing RCRA waste regulations. EPA previously tried to promulgate rules regarding pharmaceutical waste streams in 2008 and then again in 2015, however the agency was never able to finalize the regulations. The goal of the final rule is to eliminate hazardous waste pharmaceuticals from water bodies and drinking water."
-- Source: EHS Daily Advisor.
What Do Lice Look Like & How To Do Away With Them Fast: The Ultimate Guide That Puts Kids First
"When parents discover their child has lice their typical reaction is dread. The dread comes from not really knowing what to do while feeling pressure to address the situation immediately."
Important read for parents – a comprehensive guide on head lice that puts the children first.
-- Source: Safe Baby Healthy Baby.
"From shampoos to food storage containers to pesticides, we touch, ingest and breathe chemicals every day. Despite their ubiquity, the effects of these substances on human reproductive health are largely unknown.
With thousands of chemicals to test, how can researchers quickly zero in on the ones most likely to cause harm?.. The team took a closer look at 3 of the most damaging chemicals their screen identified: One was Permethrin, a pesticide used in head lice and scabies treatments, bug sprays and clothes intended to repel insects."
-- Source: Harvard Medical School.
DDT In Alaskan Fish Exposes Children, As Well As Adults, To Higher Cancer Risks
"According to new reports, Alaskan fish is presenting high levels of DDT and other insecticides, exposing both children and adults to higher cancer risks. As for the children living in by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range, whose diet is mainly composed of fish, the threat is higher as even small amounts of DDT and hexachlorocyclohexane boosts the risks of cancer, as reported by Lab Manager.
The DDT and organochlorine pollutants (OCPs) reach in the fish’s bloodstream via glacial meltwater which absorbed these chemicals over the time. According to Kimberley Miner, research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, the risks of cancer due to DDT, organochlorine pollutants (OCP), and hexachlorocyclohexane is higher in children who consume contaminated fish than it is in adult populations."
-- Source: Health Thoroughfare.