By Barbara Hall, CNN
(CNN) - The CDC estimates some 6 to 12 million Americans get head lice each year. Most are school age kids. Pediatric Dermatologist Dawn Davis of the Mayo Clinic says head lice don't spread disease:
[:35] "It's an infestation and it's an annoyance and it causes a lot of panic and anxiety, but it's not dangerous."
However head lice are quite contagious. Linda Davis-Alldritt with the National Association of School Nurses says to minimize infestations many schools have adopted strict no lice policies:
[1:02] "Typically the policies now read that the parents will be notified that the child has head lice and that the parents are instructed to utilize an over the counter medication to remove the head lice."
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(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says Christopher Lynch's book, "When Hollywood Landed at Chicago's Midway Airport," reminds us of the days of old when flying commercial airliners was an enjoyable experience shared by the average ticket-holder and celebrities.
[0:23] "Flying these days - jammed-to-the-groaning point cabins; torture-rack legroom; the fees for everything from checking your bags to being handed a paltry package of food...is too often a dreary, joy-sapping slog. It's difficult to even remember when it was ever any other way."
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