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You Might Avoid Surgery for Appendicitis

New study says antibiotics are an option for some

(Newser) - A new study says surgery isn't always needed for appendicitis and that antibiotics instead can often do the trick, the AP reports. The results from Finland contradict decades of thinking about the best way to treat an inflamed appendix. The condition has long been thought to be a medical... More »

Girl's 'Appendicitis' Turns Out to Be Worms

Doctors got quite the surprise during her appendectomy

(Newser) - A teenager in the UK who showed up at a hospital's pediatric unit complaining of stomach pain ended up getting an appendectomy—but it was something else entirely that had caused her distress, per an article in BMJ Case Reports . Doctors weren't 100% sure that the 15-year-old had... More »

Pregnant Woman Died After Wrong Organ Removed

Maria De Jesus had appendicitis, but her right ovary was taken out

(Newser) - As far as medical mix-ups go, it's a horrifying one. In October 2011, a 32-year-old woman underwent an operation at Queen's Hospital outside of London; Maria De Jesus was suffering from appendicitis and needed to have her appendix removed. Instead, her right ovary was taken out, and De... More »

Jon Stewart Channels Glenn Beck

Appendicitis attack is obviously part of a larger conspiracy, Jon says

(Newser) - Jon Stewart asked the tough questions last night: Now that Glenn Beck has lost his appendix, how are we going to stop the conspiracy to harvest the rest of his organs? The Daily Show host channeled everything Beck last night, from glasses-fiddling to chalkboard to leaps of logic. “... More »

Appendicitis Takes Beck Off Air

Fox host has appendix removed, out indefinitely

(Newser) - Glenn Beck’s appendix accomplished today what the nasty wishes of liberals everywhere couldn’t: It took him off the air. Beck excused himself early from his national radio show; an exec at his production company confirmed the operation. “Before going under Glenn asked the doctor to draw out... More »

Smog Bad for Your Appendix: Study

Researchers saw more cases of appendicitis on days with poor air quality

(Newser) - Pollution may boost your chances of getting appendicitis, the BBC reports. A Canadian study suggests that human tissue—such as the appendix—gets more inflamed on days when the ozone level is high; patients were 15% more likely to be hospitalized on bad-air days, researchers found. Infections can cause appendicitis—... More »

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