Jeremy Laurance

Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.

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Simon Hawkins was told he had just 18 months to live. But after a course of Avastin his tumour shrank enough for surgeons to remove it.

The cost of NHS health care: Deciding who lives and who dies

Bowel cancer sufferer Simon Hawkins’s life was saved by the drug Avastin. But from this week, it will no longer be available to NHS patients because it is considered too costly. Jeremy Laurance explores a medical dilemma
Former Conservative MP and novelist Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer is to be admired for being so candid about his impotence

His revelation raises important questions about the treatment of prostate cancer

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, centre, has been cleared of performing FGM (Getty)
More than 21,797 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the current outbreak in West Africa began; Liberia has been one the main countries affected by the disease (Getty)

Fear factor could hinder Liberia's Ebola trials

Volunteers are urged to try experimental new treatment - but public concern is running high

Glass half full: reaching a conclusion on the health benefits or dangers of alcohol is difficult

The benefits of boozing: Why are we obsessed with the health effects of alcohol?

Jeremy Laurance explains that the one thing we love as much as drinking is studies that say it's good for us

The Araucania landscape

Chilean Lake District: A land where the familiar is made strange

At first sight, this region looks much like our own but, after forays into the mountains and out to the coast, Jeremy Laurance is charmed by its unique beauty

Little miracle: The replacement of a womb is one of the last frontiers in transplant surgery

Two women have given birth using wombs transplanted from their mothers - but are the risks involved too great?

It sounds like the stuff of sci-fi – and maybe that's all it should have been, says Jeremy Laurance
A woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus in the Liberian capital Monrovia

Ebola outbreak: A 'last battle' to stop deadly disease as experts warn against complacency

Amid conflicting reports of a decline in Ebola infection rates, and a danger of complacency setting in, new tactics will be required as the disease advances

Phil Hughes dead: Emergency operation and induced coma offer 'best chance of survival'

Speed is vital in treating a violent head injury of the kind suffered by Phil Hughes

Fight for life: MSF volunteers treat a cholera patient in Haiti in 2010 after an earthquake made a million homeless and disease spread

Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

Jeremy Laurance pays tribute to the ethos of heroism that keeps it going

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But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

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British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
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From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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