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Prevalence of left-handedness among patients with different respiratory diseases.
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PMID:  14534036     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated the prevalence of left-handedness among patients with different respiratory diseases. Hand preference was assessed using the modified Edinburg Handedness Inventory. There was a statistically significant decline in left-handedness with shortened life span in patients. Difference among the rates of left-handedness in different pulmonary diseases was significant. The rate of left-handedness was lowest in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (2.14%) and pneumonia (2.04%) and highest in patients with asthma (12.96%). The results suggest that left-handed subjects may be protected from certain pulmonary diseases while being more susceptible to others.
Hasan Kaynar; Senol Dane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of neuroscience     Volume:  113     ISSN:  0020-7454     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Neurosci.     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-09     Completed Date:  2003-12-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0270707     Medline TA:  Int J Neurosci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1371-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Chest Disease, Medical School, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Disease Susceptibility
Equipment and Supplies
Functional Laterality / physiology*
Middle Aged
Respiration Disorders / classification,  epidemiology,  physiopathology*

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