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KIDS who are ambidextrous are more likely to have mental health, language and learning problems, says a study.

Researchers hope the findings will help teachers and doctors identify youngsters at risk.

The study of nearly 8000 kids found that ambidextrous seven and eight-year-olds were twice as likely to have trouble with language and do badly in school.

And ambidextrous youngsters of 15 or 16 ran twice the risk of having symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

The study, published in the journal Paediatrics, was carried out by experts at Imperial College London and colleagues in Europe. Researcher Dr Alina Rodriguez said: "We think that there are differences in the brain that may explain these difficulties."
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