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Study Says Long Ring Fingers Associated with ALS

Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Researchers have identified long ring fingers with the degenerative nervous system disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gherig's disease.

The study from King's College London, as reported by HealthDay News, does not say that people with long ring fingers have ALS, or will develop it.

Researchers looked at 110 people, some of whom had ALS. After findings suggested that ALS patients had longer ring fingers, researchers hoped they had perhaps found a biological indicator.

Scientists understand very little about ALS, which is fatal, since it can run in families or develop at random.

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