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Hot Air Kills Head Lice; Belly Fat Increases in Kids -- And More Top Stories
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Nov. 10, 2006 -- The dangers of jet lag, a dramatic increase in the waistlines of American kids, school-bus safety, and the recall of a popular pain reliever made big news. From the LouseBuster to low-carb diets, get a snapshot of the week that was.

New Device for Killing Head Lice

Hot air is the new weapon in the fight against pesky head lice. Scientists have developed a hairdryer-like device called the LouseBuster that kills head lice in 30 minutes without the use of chemicals. How does it work? Read more.

Jet Lag Proves Deadly in Mice

Jet lag and shift work may be more dangerous than people think, a new animal study suggests. Researchers report that a six-hour shift in time schedule once a week, for up to eight weeks, hastens death in elderly mice. Read more.

Kids' Belly Fat Growing Fast

Potbellies are becoming all too common among children, according to a new study that shows abdominal obesity in kids has increased by more than 65% in recent years. Why measure belly fat? Read more.

Low-Carb Diet Doesn't Up Heart Disease Risk

Low-carbohydrate diets are not associated with an increased cardiovascular risk, even when these diets are high in saturated animal fats, a new study shows. But the kind of carbs you eat can make a difference -- and may even protect against heart disease. Read more.

17,000 School Bus Injuries Yearly

Each year, 17,000 U.S. kids are sent to emergency rooms as a result of injuries that occurred while riding school buses, a new study estimates. That's three times the number previously estimated. Read more.

Chemical Exposure Ups Brain Disorders?

Two researchers have identified 202 potentially harmful industrial chemicals that may be contributing to dramatic increases in autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other brain disorders among children. Read more.

Millions of Bottles of Acetaminophen Recalled

The FDA has recalled about 11 million bottles of store-brand acetaminophen 500-milligram caplets. Sold by about 130 companies, including Wal-Mart, CVS, and other drugstores, grocery stores, and wholesalers, the caplets are over-the-counter drugs for pain relief and fever reduction. Why the recall? Read more.

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