Western Leader : February 2nd 2012
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Its cute but also a great way to spread head lice. So getting head lice and nits (head lice eggs) is often linked to your children going back to school. First things frst, head lice and nits are not due to dirty hair. If your child has nits you are not the frst, nor will you be the last parent of a child with nits! It affects all of our community. Just as it is human nature that as you read this article, you will start to scratch your head! Head lice are small insects approximately 2 to 4 mm long. Eggs are small and hard like a grain of salt and range from yellow-white to brown in colour. Most notably they are unlike dandruff in that they stick to the hair shaft and are hard to remove. They are usually found on the hair very close to the scalp. There are several ways to treat nits. From wet combing to chem- ical treatments, electric combs to natural pro- ducts says Dale, phar- macist at Westview Care Chemist. Which method you select will depend on personal preferences, time available and whe- ther or not you have already unsuccessfully treated your child. Speak to your Care Chemist pharmacist about which product would best suit you. We ve been fnding that there is some resistance out there to certain treatments, says Rob, pharmacist at Glen- dene Care Chemist but if youre having a repeat problem it can often be from the way in which youve used the product or from re-infestation from another child. There are also several hints that your pharmacist can give you to ensure your next treatment is effective. For instance, did you know that using a hair dryer can de-activate a chemical treatment? Or that 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners can prevent the success of a treatment? Although there is still a stigma surrounding head lice and nits, communities that speak openly about head lice are in a much better position to avoid embarrassment and deal with the outbreak. Infor- ming your school or pre- school, when your child is infected will help contain the spread and possibly prevent your child from being re-infested. Care Chemist has got some great information in store to help you deal with nits this summer. For a FREE nits fact sheet, call in to Westview Care Chemist, 5 Glendale Rd in Glen Eden phone (09) 818-3388, Glendene Care Chemist on the corner of Te Atatu Rd and Great North Rd in Glendene, phone (09) 838-9580 or Care Chemist Hen- derson Medical Centre at 2 Montel Ave in Henderson, phone (09) 838-9191. There are several products available that may help prevent head lice and nits invading your childs hair. There are also several common sense approaches that may help you avoid infestation. Ask your child to avoid head to head contact. Ensure that your children do not share brushes, combs, hats or any other items that contact their hair. If your child has long hair, tie it back or plait it. Discourage them from playing with each others hair.Brush your childs hair at least once daily. Check everyones hair in the family at least once a week. Take action if your child is scratching un- usually be sure to check their head carefully! For more helpful prevention advice just ask at your local Care Chemist. Advertorial TAPS PP1783 Stop Those Nits! Dale, pharmacist Westview Care Chemist Rob, pharmacist Glendene Care Chemist Great Value Moov Head Lice Products Treat and Prevent Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Distributed by Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Auckland. Offer ends 15/2/2012. While stocks last. Treatment and prevention Natural essential oils Fast and easy to use Bonus Pack $34.99 Offer ends well-being Health& View our latest edition online at www.westernleader.co.nz and connect to websites, emails and editorial profiles Advertising Feature Want to stay more alert? Eat an egg New research at Cam- bridge University in the UK has found that going toworkonaneggmaybe sound advice. Scientists there have discovered that egg proteins help people stay awake and alert during the working day. The study, published in the November 2011 issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that specialised cells in the brain are able to trans- late different diets into different patterns of activity -- and also measure dietary balance. The research team focused on cells called orexin-hypocretin neurons that transmit signals for wakefulness and energy. Too much glucose sugar suppresses orexin- hypocretin activity, caus- ing after-meal sleepiness as experienced during the "3pm slump" -- that time in the working day when so many of us seem to experience a drop off in energy and also in concentration. Reduced orexin-hypo- cretin activity can also result in narcolepsy -- a disorder marked by the sudden onset of sleep -- and has been linked to weight gain. Protein-rich meals on the other hand are more effective at promoting wakefulness and arousal. The Cambridge team found that protein components of the type found in egg whites stimulated the neurons much more than other nutrients. The amino acids in the egg whites appearing to stop glucose from blocking the cells. We found that activity in the orexin/ hypocretin system is regulated by macro- nutrient balance rather than simply by the caloric content of the diet, suggesting that the brain contains not only energy-sensing cells, but also cells that can measure dietary bal- ance, says senior study author, Dr Denis Burda- kov. British Egg Infor- mation Service nutrition- ist Dr Carrie Ruxton says: This study provides yet more proof that eggs are a super- food. As well as being rich in vitamins, minerals and protein, eggs make us feel fuller for longer after meals, thus helping with weight control. This latest study confirms the benefits of the special proteins found in eggs. Another good reason to go to work on an egg!
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