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  • Oxygen Healing

Chronic wounds that don't respond to other treatments may heal better with a concentrated dose of oxygen. A new wound therapy studied at Ohio State University uses a see-through plastic bag connected to a tank of pure oxygen. The targeted therapy directs pure oxygen on oxygen-starved unheled tissue. Patients who suffered with chronic wounds used topical oxygen for 90 minutes at a time and it turns out over the course of the study, 75% experienced healing in the diffucult wounds. 

  • TV and Obesity

Americans love to watch TV.  Adults watch TV, on average, 4 to 5 hours a day. But if you watch more than ten hours of tv a week, a new study says you're at increased risk for obesity and diabetes. Too much TV is bad for your health, according to a new study. Harvard researchers studied six years of data on more than 50,000 women to find out how sedentary or inactive behavior, like TV watching, affects obesity and diabetes. They found that TV watching is worse for your health than other sedentary behaviors, such as sitting or working at a desk or computer. Because the TV encourages snack food, kind of like eating popcorn at the movies. Their findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • Waiting to Potty Train your Toddler

Waiting to potty train your toddler may actually speed up the process, according to a new study. Researchers found few benefits to beginning potty training before the age of 27-months. The study done at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia focused on nearly 400 toddlers, mostly white, middle class families. Parents asked their kids at least three times a day to use the potty. Children who started at an age of less than 27-months took between 10 and 14 and a half months to complete potty training whereas those beginning older than 27-months took between only 5 and 9 and a half months to finish.

However, the study's doctors say a parent should consider their child's individual readiness when making the timeline on potty training because of course some kids simply want to learn at an early age.

You can read more about the potty training study in the April issue of 'Pediatrics.' 

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