Science pubic lice

Published on January 15th, 2013 | by Duncan Riley

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Bikini Waxes Make Crab Lice Endangered Species





 

Waxing your pubic hair is no longer a matter of taste and appearance with scientists having discovered it has a health benefit as well: the eradication of Pubic lice.

Studies in the United States and Australia have found that the crab-shaped insects have dwelled since the 1990’s, the decade when Brazillian waxing first became popular.

According to reports, more than 80% of college students in the U.S. now remove all or some of their pubic hair. In Sydney a sexual health clinic has reported that it hasn’t seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008, and male cases have fallen 80%.

Pubic lice usually infect a new host only by close contact between individuals, usually through sexual intercourse. The lice need hair to thrive and breed…and no hair means no lice habitat.

Pubic lice infest up to 10 per cent of the population, researchers at East Carolina University said in a 2009 study, however solid numbers are hard come by as Pubic lice infections do not have to be reported to Government bodies.

The lice don’t spread disease but do cause itchiness, and the chemicals used to treat infestations use harsh chemicals.

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Editor & Publisher Duncan Riley started blogging in 2003 after a career of management and Government service. In 2003 he started the Blog Herald, the first blog to cover the then new industry of blogging. In 2005 he was one of the three founders of b5media After a 12 month stint at TechCrunch, writing as the No.2 to Michael Arrington, Duncan left to found The Inquisitr and now runs both Medacity and fortytwotimes. Follow on Twitter at: duncanriley



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