Daily Column

How to combat head lice

Q: What can I do to remove the nits from my granddaughter's hair. She is infested but does not have any lice. I treated that already. A: Nits are the egg of a louse, a tiny parasitic insect that feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice are a very common problem, particularly for children. This is because they are highly contagious and can easily spread from person to person – particularly in settings such as day care centers, schools, and during slumber parties. Children have a tendency to share hats, scarves, pills, and combs or brushes, all activities that allow the spread to continue. The eggs are yellow, tan or brown in color, and very tiny before they hatch, resembling dandruff or grains of salt. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed or a grain of … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness

Monthly Awareness – July

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a topic seldom talked about, yet is a common bacterium carried in the intestines or lower genital tract. It is generally harmless yet can cause infections in adults who suffer from specific chronic medical conditions such as liver disease or diabetes. Surprisingly, many adults carry group B strep within the body – most commonly in the throat, bladder, vagina, bowels, and rectum. This specific bacterium is not sexually transmitted, nor is it spread through food or water. Those adults at an increased risk for the bacterium include diabetics, having a compromised immune system such as HIV, have liver disease, or cancer. A great deal of attention is paid to pregnant women carrying GBS because they can (but may not) pass it off to their babies during labor. … [Read More...]