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Many Parents Misinformed About Head Lice Treatments

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A new poll shows that many parents may be misinformed about head lice, its transmission, and the best ways to treat it. The Harris poll was released in the wake of the suggestion, by a head lice removal specialist, that “selfies,” photos kids and teens often take of themselves with their heads pressed together, can transmit lice from one person to another.

The poll found that a majority of American moms, even those who had personal experience with head lice, hold incorrect beliefs about how head lice is actually spread and treated.  Some of the findings:

  • 92 percent of the mothers surveyed mistakenly believe head lice are most commonly spread from hats, combs or other personal items. Lice is actually spread from direct contact with infested hair.
  • 55 percent believe that treating lice requires multiple applications of a treatment (it usually does not).
  • Only 17 percent of moms say they consult their doctors for advice on how to treat head lice.
  • Moms who use prescription lice treatments were more likely (91 percent) to report being satisfied with the method than those who used over-the-counter treatments (79 percent).

The conversation about lice made another appearance in pop culture Wednesday night in an episode of the sitcom “Modern Family,” in which a girl with head lice spreads it by having head-to-head contact.

For more on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of head lice, consult’s head lice resource page.

Image: Mom looking for head lice, via Shutterstock

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Actress Sofia Vergara Says She’s Freezing Her Eggs

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Sofia Vergara, the actress who stars in the hit sitcom “Modern Family,” has said in an interview that she is undergoing treatments to freeze her eggs in the event that she wants a child in the future. Vergara, 40, is already mother to a 21-year-old son, Manolo.  More from

“I have to be careful what I eat because they’re freezing my eggs!” [Vergara] confides to Vogue as she sits down to a lunch interview for their April issue.

“Hormone pills, and then after that it is hormone injections. They want to get as many eggs as they can because usually you produce them but they’re not good. They have to be perfect, perfect, perfect ones.”

Vergara’s fiancé Nick Loeb “is 37, younger than me, never had kids,” the Modern Family star notes of her decision to start the process.

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‘Modern Family’ Star Alleges Abuse; Mom Denies Charges

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The mother of a 14-year-old star of the hit ABC sitcom “Modern Family” is denying allegations that she abused her daughter, actress Ariel Winter (real name Ariel Workman) by hitting her, insulting her weight, and depriving her of food. Instead, says mother Chris Workman, the allegations are falsified because Ariel, who plays Alex Dunphy on the show, wants to continue a romantic relationship with an 18-year-old man. has more on the allegations and the guardianship proceedings that are resulting:

“Since I have asked Ariel to end her relationship … she has been bad-mouthing me and spreading rumors and lies about me to substantiate this Guardianship proceeding,” the mother said in documents filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. “Ariel is young and does not understand the severity of the consequences of her actions….”

Last month, a Los Angeles judge ordered the young actress to be placed in temporary guardianship of her older sister, Shanelle Gray….

“Ariel is upset and is using her sister’s vulnerabilities to her advantage so she can see her boyfriend,” Workman said in the court documents. “I caught Ariel and (the teen) engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior, which is when I became adamant that she end her relationship with him. Out of concern for Ariel, I notified the police since Ariel is a minor.”

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‘Modern Family’ Curse Word Causes Stir

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

A two-year-old who is reportedly seen saying a curse word (the word is bleeped out on the program) on tonight’s episode of the ABC prime-time comedy “Modern Family” has raised the ire of an anti-cursing group with more than 35,000 members worldwide.  The Associated Press reports:

“Our main goal is to stop this from happening,” said McKay Hatch, an 18-year-old college student who founded the No Cussing Club in 2007. “If we don’t, at least ABC knows that people all over the world don’t want to have a 2-year-old saying the `F-bomb’ on TV.”

“We hope they know better,” said Hatch. He’s asking his club’s members, whom he said number 35,000 in the United States and about three-dozen other countries, to complain to ABC.

ABC has yet to respond, he said Tuesday. The network had no comment, a spokeswoman said.

In the episode titled “Little Bo Bleep” airing 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, 2-year-old Lily shocks parents Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) with her first expletive.

The dads, who are preparing Lily to serve as flower girl in a wedding, now have an added parenting challenge.

The tot is played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who says the word “fudge” during taping. It will be bleeped on the air and her mouth will be obscured by pixilation, and viewers will get the impression that her character used the actual F-word.

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