Looks Like You Might Not Have Needed That Appendectomy After All

When you come down with a case of appendicitis, the most common solution is to pack you off to the operating room to get that sucker taken out. But new research is showing that, in fact, for a large number of cases an appendectomy might not be necessary—turns out some good old-fashioned antibiotics could do the trick. » 4/05/12 11:55pm 4/05/12 11:55pm

Oops! Looks Like You Might Need Your Appendix After All

Most of us don't spend too much time thinking about our appendixes, except if they're throbbing with infection and threatening to kill us—in which case that is ALL we are thinking about. The organ, a little dead-ended tube which is attached to your intestines, has long been assumed to be some kind of useless, vestigial … » 3/05/12 5:45pm 3/05/12 5:45pm