Now, diagnosis at your finger length

London: Want to know if you are likely to catch a cold or develop joint ache as you get older? Well, diagnosis is at your finger length, say scientists.

According to the scientists, studying the length of your fingers, specifically your ring and index fingers, could help you determine your risk of more serious health complaints such as cancer and heart problems.

For example, if your ring finger is longer than index finger, you could be twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers from Nottingham University found when they measured the fingers of 2,000 people with the condition.

Likewise, another study led by Professor John Manning of Swansea University involving 200 students found those with a long ring finger suffered more colds and illnesses generally than those with longer index fingers.

There were also more reported cases of chickenpox and German measles among this group.