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January 28, 2014

Health Brief

‘All natural’ might not be way to go

HOUSTON — If you want your skin to glow, experts at Baylor College of Medicine say all natural products might not be the answer.

“Some people think that by going all natural with their skin care, that it will automatically be safer for their skin. That’s not necessarily the case,” said Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor.

Whether it is cleansers or moisturizers, you can still have allergic reactions to the ingredients even if they are all natural or organic.

Many natural ingredients, such as lavender extract or sandalwood oil, are actually types of fragrance additives. Even though these are natural fragrances, they can still cause the same type of allergic reactions.

Other natural ingredients, such as tea tree oil, can also trigger allergic reactions.

Since it may be hard to pinpoint exactly what is causing irritation or allergic reactions just by reading labels, Katta suggests consulting a dermatologist.

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Prevent colon cancer in less than an hour

Houston - Regular screenings for colon cancer can catch the deadly disease before it even begins, according to doctors at Baylor College of Medicine.

“Colon cancer is known as the silent killer because symptoms are not present until it’s too late,” said Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor of medicine and chief of endoscopy at Baylor.

Symptoms include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, weight loss or anemia. But if symptoms are apparent, then it’s more than likely the cancer has already spread. Screening can catch precancerous growths at a time when life-saving treatments are still effective.

A colonoscopy is the most accurate way to find precancerous growths. A colonoscopy takes up to 20 minutes, and patients are sedated so most don’t even remember the procedure.

“Usually screenings start at age 50 and continue every 10 years after that,” said Qureshi. “However, if colon cancer runs in your family, screenings should be more frequent and begin sooner.”

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