Scabies drug effective for head lice

A drug used to treat scabies and river blindness also has “remarkable” potency against head lice, without the need for wet combing, a study suggests.

The study, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine found a single, 10-minute application of ivermectin lotion saw 74% of patients louse-free 15 days later, compared with 18% of those applying placebo.

The lotion also left 95% of patients louse-free after two