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Health briefs: Hypnosis for hot flashes?

Hypnosis may help reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women, cutting down their frequency as much as 74 percent, researchers say. Hot flashes affect about 80 percent of women as they go through menopause. The sudden rush of heat can reduce the quality of life. Researchers at Baylor University in Texas assigned 187 women who had at least seven hot flashes daily to either five weekly sessions of clinical hypnosis with at-home practice or a comparison treatment. "Results indicated both a reduction in perceived hot flashes and physiologically verified reduction in hot flashes over three months," the report said.


Lice headway

A new topical lotion may offer parents a more effective way to get rid of head lice. Researchers report just one treatment of topical ivermectin, an insecticide, kept almost three-quarters of treated children lice-free for two weeks -- without combing to remove eggs. "This . . . requires a one-time application that shows no resistance yet," said author Dr. David Pariser of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. "Current treatments are only about 50 percent effective. This is a one-time treatment with higher effectiveness than anything else that's out there." -- HealthDay

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