Investigations have led to the withdrawal of a study backing ivermectin to treat COVID-19. But that’s not the last time we’ll hear about this controversial drug.
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The head lice drug ivermectin is being touted as a coronavirus killer. But studies suggest it would need to be taken in mega-doses far higher than those currently used, with unknown side-effects.
The head lice drug Ivermectin has stopped SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from replicating in lab tests. But we don’t know if it will work as a treatment for people with coronavirus.
Here’s a close-up picture of a head louse. The eggs of the female head louse are what we call ‘nits’.
We like to think that all creatures play a role in the local ecosystem. We’re especially interested in insects that provide a benefit for people too. But that’s not always how it is.
Head-to-head contact is the easiest way for lice to move from person to person.
Dr Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology)
Here are some tips to beat the bite of these bloodsuckers for as long as possible.
It’s enough to make your head itch.
A huge rise in head lice and nits is expected in schools due to the NHS scrapping treatment.
Pyrethroids can be found in some head-lice products.
An association isn’t the same as causation – and as far as associations go, the one in this study was pretty weak.
Head lice are an itchy problem to solve. But don’t panic, there are alternatives to insecticides.
New research confirms what many parents already know: head lice are getting harder to kill. How else can we control these itchy pests plaguing our playgrounds?
The head louse is usually relatively harmless and more of a nuisance than a disease.
We humans think we sit on top of the food chain, but the pediculosis capitis mite – the head louse – sits above us, on the top of our heads.
Getting infested children to sit still long enough to complete a treatment is probably more difficult than removing the head lice themselves.
Across the country, tiny blood-sucking parasites are settling in for the new school year. Head lice infestation, officially known as pediculosis, is common in primary school-aged children. But don’t worry…