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07.05.17 | Novel polymeric micelles for insect pest control: encapsulation of essential oil monoterpenes inside a triblock copolymer shell for head lice control

A new study has investigated the pediculicidal activity of micellar systems containing a 5 wt% of poloxamer 407 and 1.25 wt% of the different monoterpenes using an ex vivo immersion test and revealed that aqueous formulations are effective against head lice with mortality ranging from 30 to 60%.

16.02.17 | Arrestant Effect of Human Scalp Components on Head Louse Behaviour

A new study analysing the effect of human scalp components on the behavior of adult head lice has shown for the first time the effect of host components conditioning on head lice behavior.

16.02.17 | Head Lice of Pygmies Reveal the Presence of Relapsing Fever Borreliae

A molecular screening of pygmies’ head lice in the Republic of Congo has identified the presence of a dangerous human pathogen, Borrelia reccurentis, the causative agent of relapsing fever, in ten clade A head lice, which was not reported in the republic of Congo and B. theileri in one head louse.

14.11.16 | New Insights into the Origin of Clade B Lice

A new study analysing the ancient DNA of head lice and their eggs from the Roman period has revealed that clade B lice existed, at least in the Middle East, prior to contacts between Native Americans and Europeans.

14.10.16 | FDA Finalises Head Lice Guidance

In an effort to control the head lice infestations and drug resistance to the most commonly used head lice treatments, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new guidance on developing topical drugs.

16.09.16 | Survey of older literature

A summary of several smaller-impact papers on head lice published in 2015.

18.03.16 | Ivermectin: Synergistic Activity and Clinical Review

Two new papers on ivermectin provide evidence for synergistic anti-lice activity when combined with antibiotics.

16.09.16 | Management and Treatment of Head Lice

A review of literature searches and clinical trials on Pediculosis has provided an overview on managing and treating human lice. This review highlights new strategies to more effectively fight pediculoisis and prevent resistance.

16.09.16 | Management of Head Louse Infestations in the United States – A Literature Review

A review providing the relevant information on infestation treatments available in the United States has revealed that there is a high risk of failure of over-the-counter treatments in eliminating head lice.

12.08.16 |  Neem-Extract Lice Treatment Study

A study testing a neem-extract head lice treatment has found evidence for efficacy in treating head lice infection.

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