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Video to kill the GP consultation, and other health stories



Our round up of health news headlines on Friday 8 July.

Video chatting with your GP will soon to be norm if Sir Bruce Keogh gets his way. According to the Telegraph, patients will be able to visit the doctor virtually using video technology that would allow them to have a consultation with out-of-hours GPs and even doctors in different time zones. The technology was not expected to become a reality for up to a decade but Sir Bruce said it could happen within a year.

While were on the subject of technology, doctors in Stockholm have successfully carried out the world’s first man-made organ transplant. A 36-year-old cancer patient was given a synthetic windpipe made using their stem cells and an artificial scaffold created by doctors at University College London. Is this break through one step closer to the world creating its very own Wolverine to fight the bad guys? Time will tell.

Doctors are being called on today, in the Independent to sign an open letter to King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to highlight their concern for the doctors and nurses unfairly arrested. The advert, by the Campaign group Front Line Defenders, has so far been signed by over 1,340 doctors and nurses in the UK who support calls for their release.

If you thought your hands were your biggest worry fighting germs, think again. The independent reports scientists have found 1,400 strains of bacteria lurking deep down in the human belly button. Scientists studied 95 volunteers, which the papers reports, let them ‘gaze at their navels’. Well it’s certainly a change from gazing romantically into some ones eyes.

Disabled heart patients have been given a boost, after researches in the US found that injecting stem cells from their own blood straight into their hearts decreased the amount of chest pain they were having by half, the Mail reports.