Thursday, March 13, 2008

Possible Reason for Appendix Uncovered

One of the many mysteries of the human body is the appendix. We've know about it for centuries, of course. But we've never figured out why this "little wiggly worm" is attached near the beginning of our intestines.

According to
a new post at DiscoverMagazine.com, it seems we're closer to establishing what the appendix is for. And it ties in to some of the most fascinating health news Pound360 has been following for he last couple of years: the connection between bacteria and good health.

"The shape of the appendix is perfectly suited as a sanctuary for bacteria: Its narrow opening prevents an influx of the intestinal contents, and it’s situated inaccessibly outside the main flow of the fecal stream," reports Discover Magazine.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.