How the appendix may play a role in Parkinson’s disease

1245x700Is the appendix a useless organ, an immune system benefactor, a Parkinson’s disease instigator, or all of the above?

’As far back as Darwin, scientists have thought the appendix was a vestigial organ, but opinions have changed in recent years. A new study found that the appendix houses Lewy bodies, abnormal protein deposits that contribute to Parkinson’s disease. Researchers suggest an appendectomy may lower one’s risk of Parkinson’s, while other research suggests the appendix has important roles to play in our immune system.…’

Via Big Think