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Antibiotics linked to polyp growth

Long-term use of antibiotics increases the risk later in life of developing colon polyps, often a precursor of bowel cancer, researchers said. The findings, published in the journal Gut , boost evidence that the digestive tract’s complex network of bacteria may play a key role in cancer emergence. The risk jumped by 70% in women who took antibiotics for at least two months.

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The Art of Reading

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Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books may also be read by deputy and extracts made by them by others but that would be only in the less important arguments and the meaner sort of books;  else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things. Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. And, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a good memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning to seem to know that the does not. ‘Histories make men wise, poets witty, the mathematics subtle, natural philosophy deep, moral, logic and rhetoric able to contend’.

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