Left-Handed People at Double Risk of Developing IBD


LONDON-A new report in the August issue of Gut reports those who are left-handed are a an increased risk of developing Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD).

Danielle L. Morris, MD, from the Royal Free and University College Hospital Medical School, examined data from 1970 British Cohort Study and the National Child Development Study with her colleagues to determine if there was a link between left-handed people and IBD.

There were 8,134 patients from the first study, and 9,062 from the second study who were all left-handed and researched. The team found that the group's odd for developing Chrohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or IBD was 2.13 in each case for left-handed people, in comparison to those who are right-handed.

Morris said this connection could be genetic, environmental, or a combination of the two factors. She said their research shows a link between left-handed people and a variety of autoimmune diseases.

Information from Reuters Health

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