HeadLice.Org Hot Spots

The NPA has been helping people around the world since long before there was an Internet.
This section will feature some of the timeless articles and editorials that appeared in
peer review journals, newspapers and from the NPA's own publications.

2015 Frankowski Letter to Altschuler
Followup to article on head lice in the Washington Post.
2012 Markey to FDA: Stop Use of Toxic Chemical in Children's Shampoo
Use of insecticide "lindane" in treatment for lice could harm children, pollutes environment
2011 A crawling issue: Head lice treatments worse than the pest itself?
Parents often aren't aware that some of the most prescribed and over-the-counter treatments can be harmful to children, an iWatch News investigation found. The Food and Drug Administration's adverse event reports – collected anonymously from doctors, hospitals and others - detail cases where the pesticides in lice treatments have been involved in conditions ranging from headaches to death.
2010 The Lindane Project: A Petition to the United States Government
Lindane is a persistent bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemical to which the US population continues to be exposed to and at risk from the past and current use via the ambient air, water, soil, food, manufacturing, Superfund sites, stockpiles, recycled plastic and the pharmacopeia.
2009 Deborah Altschuler Discusses LiceMeister Comb at the Stockholm Convention
The Stockholm Convention identified the LiceMeister comb as a POPs-free product and featured it at a global meeting of more than 150 countries April 25 - 29, 2011.
2002 A letter to the EPA on lindane risks
The NPA urges the EPA to recognize the risks associated with the pharmaceutical use of lindane for the treatment of lice and scabies as part of the Agency’s RED document. Consideration of the risks of pharmaceutical use of lindane is appropriate because the risks apply not only to the child or individual being treated, but also to the caregiver (“applicator”), the public at large and the environment.
2002 A letter to the FDA
FDA wording jeopardizes the public health
2000 Fake News! Guidelines for the treatment of resistant pediculosis
From Contemporary Pediatrics and the Working Group on the Treatment of Resistant Pediculosis.
2000 If your new school policy is based on this published paper you probably should take a closer look:
Overdiagnosis and consequent mismanagement of head louse infestations in North America

Health care professionals as well as nonspecialists frequently overdiagnose pediculiasis capitis and generally fail to distinguish active from extinct infestations.
1999 Letter from Barbara Frankowski to National Pediculosis Association
Agreement concerning NPA's stand on not using lindane, not overusing the other pediculocides, not using lice sprays, and being wary of unproven remedies such as vaseline and herbal oils.
1998 Survey presented to the 1998 national meeting of the National Association of School Nurses
Survey regarding occurrence and treatment of head lice (Pediculus capitis) in American school children
1998 There's More to Head Lice Than Killing The Bug.
1998 Exposing The Nitty Gritty About Head Lice
1998 Tom Bell in support of No Nits
1997 Louse on Board? Head Lice Awareness Graphic
1996 The late Robert Dalgleish, PhD says "Physical removal is always a choice, preferred choice, and thus should be first and last choice."
From Letter to the NPA
1996 Resistant Lice? A Crisis for the Kids
From the Progress Newsletter
1996 A Heady, Nitpicky, Lousy Problem
Report on head lice from the CA Dept of Health Services, Div of Communicable Disease Control
1995 Shampooing with Poison
Article from the NPA's Progress Newsletter
1995 Systematic review of clinical efficacy of topical treatments for head lice
From the British Medical Journal, September 1995
1994 Lindane - The Most Dangerous Medicine
The Paula Lyons article that launched the NPA's National Reporting Registry
1992 It's A Lousy Job But She's Good At It
In The War Against Head Lice In Children, This Massachusetts Mother Serves As Commander-in-chief Without Pay
1992 Head Lice as Vectors of Disease
The question of head lice as disease vectors has not been resolved
1992 Correspondence on the NPA's  'Lice & Disease' Presentation to the U.S. Military
Medical committee concludes that lice are a vector for typhus and louse-born fever
1991 Pediculosis prevention and control strategies of community health and school nurses: a descriptive study
1991 Old Comb Reveals Nits On The Nile
Mummified head lice found on ancient Egyptian comb
1990 Zinsser, Lice And History
Lice and disease
1990 Head of Quebec Poison Control calls for ban on lindane-based head lice products
Facilities turn up more than 300 cases of poisoning, and that is just the tip of the iceberg
1990 The Misuse of Pesticides
A painful prophecy
Interview with the NPA President
From 'Bob Detwiler's Journal'
1989 The Pressure to Fumigate
Parents who discover one or more family members harboring lice can become anxious and panicked.
1989 The Hazards of Treating Head Lice
Minimizing risks by working together
1988 Defining The Problem
from the Progress Newsletter
1986 Product Advertising Inconsistent With Health Goals
from the Progress Newsletter
1986 Addressing A Common Bias
Indifference to head lice in the medical community
1985 University of Miami Field Epidemiology Research Team's Findings on Head Lice
Team has treated over 2000 lice cases and extensively studied the biology of the head louse
1985 AIDS Precautionary Guidelines and Procedures for School Children
Pediculosis position statement submitted to the CDC
1985 California School Nurses Organization Supports Nit Free Policies
From the CSNO President
1985 Pediculosis Prevention Resolution Submitted to Congress
H.J. Res. 223
1984 Memo to School Nurses
If head lice management in this country is to succeed, health professionals and parents must acknowledge nit removal as an integral part of total treatment.
1984 Getting Bugged to the Limit
From the Washington Post
1983 No Nit Checklist
National Pediculosis Association
1983 Department of Health and Human Services discourages environmental use of insecticides for head louse control
Department of Health and Human Services
1982 Kansas No Nit Policy
From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment - NPA Policy Reference
Benjamin Ken and John H. Poorbaugh, Ph.D.
1954 Flavor and benzene haxachloride content of peanuts grown in rotation with cotton, dusted with insecticides containing benzene hexachloride
1946 Rats, Lice and History
An excerpt from Hans Zinsser's Book
1944 Mr. W E VAN DEN BRUEL shows specimens of Lepidocyrtinus domesticus (NIC.) BÖRNER captured on the head of a child.
Cited (and translated) from van den Bruel, W.E. in Collart, A. (1944:210)
1941 Nursing Issues in the 1940's
Nurses are devoted to the children and the children are devoted to them

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