Southpaws face more than their share of woe living in a world that is biased to the right. Now there is a new worry: Scientists say they have found that left-handers die nine years sooner than right-handers.
"It is very scary," said Stanley Coren, a right-handed psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Dr. Coren and psychologist Diane F. Halpern of California State University in San Bernadino published their studies in the current New England Journal of Medicine and in the journal Psychological Bulletin in January.
The scientists examined the randomly selected death records of 987 people in Southern California and sent questionnaires about handed ness to relatives of the deceased. The researchers said that right-handers, about 94 percent of the group, died at an average age of 75, while the left-handers died at an average age of 66.