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4 Your Health: a breakthrough on healing wounds; time spent with your doctor

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A new study, out of England, reveals patients around the world spend very little time with their primary care doctor.

British researchers looked at average appointment lengths in 67 countries. Roughly half of the population had primary care visits lasting less than five minutes. Overall, times ranged from just 48 second in Bangladesh, to 22 and a half minutes in Sweden.

The average American spent about 20 minutes with their primary care doctor.

Time of day effects healing

Our body clocks may affect how quickly we heal from wounds.

A new British study found burn injuries that happened at night took 60 percent longer to heal than daytime burns.

Researchers found skin cells moved to the site of the wound much faster during the body clock's daytime. There was also more collagen protein surrounding the area of the wound of daytime burns.

Experts said further research could help develop drugs that speed up the healing of wounds healing and improve surgery outcomes.

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