People who have their appendix removed are three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, new research indicates.
The largest ever study of the relationship between the gut and the debilitating nervous system disorder involved the analysis of more than 62 million patients records.
Researchers found that patients who had their appendix removed were more likely to develop Parkinson’s than those whose appendix remained in place.
I offer no guidance on whether this is silly or not. Only that it’s interesting – have they found some actual use for the appendix, finally?
Bit of an odd thing to note this late tho’. Both Parkinson’s and appendectomy have been around and known a long time.
One other thought:
The researchers analysed electronic health records representing more than 62.2 million patients and identified those who had appendectomies and were diagnosed with Parkinson’s at least six months later.
Is this a rare use of data mining working properly?