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Left-right kids 'facing a handicap' HEALTH.

CHILDREN equally adept with both hands are more prone to language and behavioural problems, scientists suggest today.

When aged seven and eight they are twice as likely to do badly at school and in their teenage years are twice as likely to have attention deficit disorder.

London's Imperial College examined data from nearly 7,900 Finnish kids.

Some 1% were ambidextrous, the same ratio as in the wider population.

Study head Dr Alina Rodriguez said: "Differences in the brain might explain these difficulties.

"We would like to stress that most of the mixedhanded children we followed didn't have difficulties."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2010
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