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In times past left-handed people were thought to be the children of the devil but a scientific study suggests that sinistrals are not as cursed as was once thought Some studies have indicated that left-handers are more likely to die prematurely than their right-handed counterparts It was thought that left-handers may be more prone to accidents because their sense of spatial awareness is not acute as right handers But new research in the Lancet suggests that left-handers are at no greater risk of dying earlier Investigators sent a questionnaire inquiring about handedness to people aged between 15 and 70 years They received 6097 correctly completed responses Nine years later they attempted to trace the respondents Research revealed that 5662 were still alive 387 had died and 48 could not be traced However further analysis revealed that handedness was not related to longevity The researchers led by Dr Simon Ellis from the Department of neurology North Staffordshire concluded Handedness did not make a significant contribution to the outcome of death 10 to 15 percent of humankind is left-handed In a world designed for right-handers lefties can be more accident-prone more susceptible to disease and may not live as long as right-handed people And besides struggling with tools designed for right-handed people lefties have had to contend with Throughout history the left side of the body has been associated with darkness ill-fortune and evil spirits while the right has been linked to light luck and virtue The Bible the Talmud and the Koran are rife with distinctions between saintly righties and sinister lefties Buddha sends his adherents down the right-hand path to Nirvana Satan sits to Gods left and is often portrayed as left-handed In separating the sheep from the goats God in the Bible consigned the unlucky goats to his left Unflattering language abounds like the Latin for left is sinistra left the
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