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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Performers dance during a celebration of the NHS at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

NHS in crisis: Reasons to be cheerful – the problems are serious but not insuperable

The country’s most cherished public institution has improved consistently and is still better than healthcare in other nations

Dying to be thin: there is no single social cause for anorexia, but now it is known genetics play their part

The genetics of anorexia: can it be inherited?

Anorexia has been blamed on skinny models and pushy parents – but more than half of the risk is inherited, studies show. Now the hunt is on to find which genes are behind it.

Undated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) handout photo of the ebola virus. Health chiefs are awaiting blood test results today on a suspected Ebola case in Ireland after a man who recently returned from Africa died suddenly.

Ebola is inspiring irrational fears that are potentially more damaging than the disease itself

We need to look beyond the stigma that attaches to those who have been infected

A Liberian receptionist wearing protective gloves to avoid the deadly Ebola virus works at a local hotel in Monrovia, Liberia

Ebola outbreak: We know the disease is killing people, but is the panicked response killing people too?

Hospitals and health services close as panic about the disease is putting immense pressure on the resources and services that remain, while NGOs and commercial firms have pulled employees out of the region.

Masked doctors and nurses treat flu patients lying on cots and in outdoor tents at a hospital camp during the influenza epidemic of 1918

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: First sniffles of a catastrophe that would claim millions of lives

As the conflict entered its final few months, a new horror was unleashed on humanity: a deadly pandemic that would ultimately kill more people than the war itself

The Cabinet Office Honours Committee appears to have been unaware of Dr Banerjee’s background

Surgeon made MBE last week was struck off in 2002 for research fraud

A consultant surgeon who was appointed an MBE in last week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to patient safety” is a serial fraudster who has harmed patients and was struck off the medical register in 2002 for gross professional misconduct.

Aids: Don’t die of prejudice by Norman Fowler, book review: All a splutter in the shires

It is Norman Fowler’s distinction that he was the longest serving Health Secretary since the Second World War, having held the post for six years from 1981 to 1987. This was when Aids emerged as a global threat and developed into the worst pandemic of modern times.

Foot locker: women’s feet used to be daintier

Why our feet are getting bigger

The nation's feet have grown by two shoe sizes in just four decades. In fact, we're bigger and taller all over, reports Jeremy Laurance – and that may not be a good thing

Life on the ledge: taking a cliff path

Nepal: On a walk through the wilderness

If you want to avoid crowds of trekkers, then the Upper Dolpo region of Nepal is the place for you. Jeremy Laurance hits the hiking heights
Shine on: sunlight is the best source of vitamin D

Vitamin D: Do we need more 'bottled sunshine'?

Medical writer Jeremy Laurance doesn't believe in taking supplements. Should he make an exception for the 'sunshine vitamin' – or have its benefits been oversold?
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