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Team Seeks Source Of Body Louse Pathology
2014-01-11 08:29:23

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A new study seeks to determine how one parasitic species can give rise to two drastically different outcomes in its host: The human body louse (Pediculus humanus) can transmit dangerous bacterial infections to humans, while the human head louse (also Pediculus humanus) does not. A report of the new study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. "Body louse-transmitted diseases include trench fever, relapsing fever and epidemic...

2013-02-28 11:48:20

Genetic markers in clothing lice may reveal the tracks of global human migrations A new genetic analysis of human lice from across the world sheds light on the global spread of these parasites, their potential for disease transmission and insecticide resistance. The results are published February 27 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Marina S. Ascunce and colleagues from the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Lice have been constant travel companions for...

Hitch-hikers On Birds For Life
2012-05-14 12:07:31

Although chewing lice spend their entire lives as parasites on birds, it is difficult to predict patterns of lice distribution, new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals. Researcher Daniel Gustafsson has studied chewing lice on sandpipers around the world and investigated how host birds' migration patterns affect louse distribution and relationships. With no wings and very small eyes, chewing lice are, by and large, helpless away from their host. Daniel...

On Lice: Two Parasites Are More Alike Than We Thought
2012-04-10 12:56:32

Genetic evidence suggests head lice and body lice may be the same species. This finding is of particular importance because body lice have been known to transmit deadly bacterial diseases, while head lice do not. This study can be found in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. The debate about whether these two forms of lice are the same species or not has had scientists disagreeing for years. The head louse (or Pediculus humanus capitis) is a common enemy in elementary schools and...

Image 1 - Scratching The Surface Of Social Interaction
2012-03-26 02:28:28

It can be difficult to uncover the behavior of small, shy, nocturnal primates like the brown mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus), especially in the dense rainforests of Madagascar where this lemur lives. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology shows that the social interactions of brown mouse lemurs can be monitored by mapping the transfer of tagged lice. Brown mouse lemurs are the only known host of the parasitic louse Lemurpediculus verruculosus. The lice...

2011-07-28 00:00:59

Effective and non-toxic treatments, such as Quit Nits Complete Head Lice Kit, can kill head lice and prevent re-infestation without exposing children, babies and pregnant or nursing mothers to pesticide risks. Ideal for back to school season, The Quit Nits Complete Lice Kit contains a 4 fl. oz. bottle of Advance Lice Treatment Cream to eliminate head lice and their eggs, and one easy-to-use Everyday Preventative Spray (1 fl. oz.) to prevent re-infestation. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 27,...

2011-05-02 07:00:00

MELBOURNE, Australia, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture-backed pharmaceutical company Hatchtech Pty Ltd has enrolled the first subjects for its Phase 2b clinical study to confirm the efficacy of its novel head lice treatment DeOvo(TM). This Phase 2b trial will evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of two dose levels of a single application of DeOvo compared to vehicle. It will conducted in approximately 132 healthy subjects with head lice infestation, 2 years of age and older in...


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2005-09-08 09:38:13

Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are one of the many varieties of sucking lice (singular "louse") specialized to live on different areas of various animals. As the name implies, head lice are specialized to live among the hair present on the human head and are exquisitely adapted to living mainly on the scalp and neck hairs of their human host. Lice present on other body parts covered by hair are not head lice but are either Pubic lice (Pthirus pubis) or Body lice (Pediculus humanus...

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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.