From Winclove's Product Development and Support Department;
We have a new organ,
next to our intestines
At the Science Centre of Winclove Probiotics we daily check several websites for new scientific publications in the field of microbiome management and probiotics. The heading of a new organ immediately attracted our fullest attention. A new organ? This is impossible was our first thought. However, further reading made us even more curious about this organ, the mesentery, which is part of our digestive system and connects our intestine to our abdomen.
The mesentery has recently been reclassified as an organ. For hundreds of years this fold of membrane, that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall and holds it in place, has been considered a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts. However, Professor J. Calvin Coffey of the University of Limerick in Ireland has recently identified that the mesentery is one, continuous structure.
Coffey and colleagues published a review in the November issue of one of the top medical journals, The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
Professor Coffey outlined the evidence for categorizing the mesentery as an organ. He emphasized that “When we approach it like every other organ… we can categorize abdominal disease in terms of this organ,” adding to this that: “This is relevant universally as it affects all of us. Up to now there was no such field as mesenteric science. Now we have established anatomy and the structure. The next step is the function. If you understand the function you can identify abnormal function, and then you have disease. Put them all together and you have the field of mesenteric science… the basis for a whole new area of science” .
1. The mesentery: structure, function, and role in disease, by J Calvin Coffey and D Peter O’Leary, published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology is available to download on: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langas/article/PIIS2468-1253(16)30026-7/fulltext
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