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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There's been a sharp rise in children suffering from allergic reactions - so what's to blame?

To everything from coins, to henna, to hair dye
Odd couple: Gunther von Hagens and his wife, Angelina Whalley, in Berlin this year at the opening of the first Bodyworlds museum

Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Jeremy Laurance meets the controversial champion of human plastination and dissection
A four-day-old newborn baby, who has been placed among empty baby beds by the photographer, lies in a baby bed in the maternity ward of a hospital on 12 August 2011 in a city in Brandenburg, Germany.

Britain has the second worst record in Western Europe on infant mortality, but the solution could be in a simple checklist

All staff need to do is follow 29 tasks that must be carried out for every birth

Right track: cycle through beguiling countryside

Jura by bike: Land of the freewheelers

A ride through the Jura means fine food, great views and no crowds

David Cameron has reiterated his pre-election promise to radically improve the NHS

How can we save the NHS? Rediscover the stiff upper lip

What is needed is some internalised restraint,  a fashion for fortitude, a campaign to make coping cool and stoicism sexy

A 'good death' should be routine

Many have a fear of dying – this report shows why

While medical advances have profoundly altered the course of human life, when it comes to the end there is much less certainty about how to manage it

A nurse tends to a recovering patient on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Unless people become more involved in their own care, says Jeremy Laurance, health services such as the NHS will collapse beneath the expectations of growing and ageing populations

An injured Palestinian man after his house was hit by an Israeli air strike in August 2014

Lancet medical journal under attack for 'extremist hate propaganda' over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Exclusive: Hundreds of doctors and academics express outrage at Lancet over coverage of Gaza conflict

Melted chocolate is poured

The rapidly rising price of chocolate may have a silver lining – it might tackle obesity

If people do not feel it on their waistlines, they will do in their pockets

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
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