Parkinson's Disease

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Could the Appendix Be Key to Parkinson's Disease?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- Long belittled as inconsequential, the appendix is hardly the rock star of body organs. But its reputation may get a boost from new research that suggests that removing it may lower the risk for Parkinson's disease.

The finding follows an analysis that examined how appendix removal surgery (appendectomy) affected Parkinson's risk among 1.6 million Swedish residents.

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