A new study has found that people with longer ring fingers relative to the index finger are much more likely to have motor neurone disease.
However, experts say finger length cannot help screen for ALS and more work is needed. "This simple, but carefully conducted study raises some interesting questions about how events occurring before birth may increase the risk of developing motor neurone disease later in life," the BBC quoted Dr Brian Dickie of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, as saying. "But it`s important to remember that exposure to higher testosterone in the womb does not directly cause motor neurone disease," he said. "Many people with long ring fingers will never develop motor neuron disease as we believe there are numerous genetic and environmental factors that need to coincide in order to trigger the disease," he added. The finding is published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. ANI
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