Tagged: Appendicitis

The potential benefits of missing an appendix

 

Researchers at the Van Andel Insititute in Grand Rapids, Michigan have published a research report that has garnered a lot of media attention.

You may have heard about it. It involves Parkinson’s and the appendix.

They found – using two independent databases – that the removal of the appendix dramatically reduces one’s risk of developing Parkinson’s. In addition, they also found that the healthy (non-Parkinson’s) human appendix has an abundant supply of the misfolded version of the Parkinson’s-associated protein alpha synuclein.

In today’s post, we will look at what the appendix is, what this new research report suggests, and explain why you should not rush out to get your appendix removed just yet.

 


Appendix. Source: journalofethics

I recieved a curious email last night.

It read:

Dear Simon,
Should I have my appendix chopped out?
Kind regards,
[Name removed]

Direct and to the point. The way I like things.

Today’s post is my response to that email.

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