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For new parents or well-meaning grandparents encountering a fresh case of head lice, here’s a quick refresher and some myth-busters from health experts at Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  A head lice infestation usually presents in a child as excessive itching and disturbed sleep.  Head lice spread in school children and day-care situations primarily through direct head-to-head contact. It’s rare, but still possible, to indirectly contract head lice from upholstery, pillows, towels, brushes and other items.  Head lice feed on human blood and can only survive on a human scalp. If a louse falls off the head through combing or other means, it dies within a day or two. Head lice cannot fly or jump.  Head lice don’t spread any kind of

serious disease.  A head lice outbreak at home or at school is not a reflection on personal hygiene or housekeeping habits. Head lice happen.  Dogs and cats have nothing to do with them.  Many children are misdiagnosed or overdiagnosed with active head lice infestations. Nits can be confused with dandruff, dirt and hairspray droplets. Some nits may be empty egg casings left over from a long-ago infestation. In any case, a nit is always firmly cemented to a hair shaft and very unlikely to transfer to someone else.  For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses recommend that school districts discontinue so-called “no-nit” policies.  See a health-care pro to confirm a case of live head lice infestation. – Reach Mike Butler at 480-898-6581 or at mbutler@ahwatukee.com.

(Mike Butler/AFN Staff)

Fact and fiction about every parent’s nightmare: head lice

Former world champions Will Hoeschler and Katie Hoeschler-Taratsas take the Key Log for a spin. The synthetic log was invented by their family.

Synthetic log takes lumberjack sport anywhere with a pool By Mike Butler AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS NEWS WRITER

Some curious area kids are trying out the traditional north woods sport of log rolling at Skyline Aquatics Center and finding out that the activity is as easy as, well, falling off a log. This isn’t your great-grandfather the lumberjack’s 500-pound cedar

log they’re using, however. They’re rocking and rolling the Key Log, a highly engineered synthetic log and brainchild of Judy Scheer Hoeschler, who won the first of her seven world log rolling titles in 1973. Two of her four kids, Katie Hoeschler>> See LOG ROLLING on page 39

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