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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FGM: Top gynaecologist hits out at ‘political’ prosecution for female genital mutilation

Has the DPP picked the right target for a landmark legal case against a barbaric medical practice? Jeremy Laurance talks to Dr Katrina Erskine

Fat chance: most people who embark on a New Year diet and manage to lose weight will immediately put it back on again

The 4:3 diet? 5:2? Overnight? Why your fancy New Year weight-loss regime won't work

From the 4:3 (son of 5:2) to the Overnight diet, the rash of new, fad weight-loss regimes have one thing in common: they don’t work

Ariel Sharon dead: How Israel's 'sleeping giant' was kept in a coma for eight years

From being struck down by the stroke in January 2006 to his eventual death, the iconic leader refused to go quickly. Jeremy Laurance on Ariel Sharon's medical journey

Michael Schumacher injury: Natasha Richardson’s tragic case shows how brain damage can deceive

The normal rule in head injuries is that if the victim did not lose consciousness at the time of the accident there should be nothing to worry about. But sometimes normal rules don’t apply. Four years ago, the death of actress Natasha Richardson after a skiing injury was described  as a desperately unlucky exception. The daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, who  was married to actor Liam Neeson, had got up after her fall in Quebec, Canada, in March 2009, said she felt  fine and returned to her hotel. But an hour later she complained of a headache and was rushed to hospital.

Electronic cigarettes were invented in 1963, but it's thought that the big tobacco companies effectively 'killed off' the idea before it could catch on

No smoke without ire: the e-cigarette revolution

The rise of the faux fag has ignited a debate about when and where it is acceptable to 'light up'

Love is the drug putting couples at risk of Aids in Africa

A fear of disrupting the trust between couples in long-term relationships in Africa is preventing many from seeking the protection they need from HIV

Hlabisa in Kwa Zulu Natal, a province where more than one in four are infected with HIV. But locals have a much lower chance of infection if treatment coverage is high in their own community

Is this the silver bullet at last? A new treatment regime could stall Africa's Aids epidemic

In the fifth and final part of his 3,000-mile trek through the Aids-scourged continent, Jeremy Laurance finds hope; but it all depends on the patients...

A patient waits for his circumcision in Uganda

A cut too far? Zambia is still 75 per cent short of its target of two million male circumcisions by 2015

In the fourth part of his 3,000 mile journey through Africa’s Aids epidemic, Jeremy Laurance finds that the ‘surgical vaccine’ is proving hard to sell – to wives and girlfriends

The 'expert mothers' counsel women enduring trauma

Hope for the future as Malawi battles the Aids virus's capacity to infect succeeding generations

In the third part of his 3,000 mile journey through Africa’s Aids epidemic, Jeremy Laurance finds a tiny nation that is finding its own way to battle stigma and refusal of treatment

It is two years since scientists declared the ‘beginning of the end’ for Aids. So has their optimism been justified?

A journey to the heart of Africa’s Aids epidemic

It is two years since scientists declared the ‘beginning of the end’ for Aids. So has their optimism been justified? Jeremy Laurance embarked on a five-week, 5,000-kilometre journey through Africa to test the claims. In the first part of a week-long series, he travels to the place where it all began

Day In a Page

Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home

It's not always fun in the sun: Moving abroad does not guarantee happiness

Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home
Migrants in Britain a decade on: They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire

Migrants in Britain a decade on

They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire
Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

The 'Thick of It' favourite thinks the romcom is an 'awful genre'. So why is he happy with a starring role in Sky Living's new Lake District-set series 'Trying Again'?
Why musicians play into their old age

Why musicians play into their old age

Nick Hasted looks at how they are driven by a burning desire to keep on entertaining fans despite risking ridicule
How can you tell a gentleman?

How can you tell a gentleman?

A list of public figures with gallant attributes by Country Life magazine throws a fascinating light on what it means to be a gentleman in the modern world
Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

The duo behind Asos and Achica have launched a new venture offering haute couture to help make furry companions fashionable
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The mutiny that sent a ripple of fear through the Empire

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

The mutiny that sent a ripple of fear through the Empire
Hot stuff: 10 best kettles

Hot stuff: 10 best kettles

Celebrate St George’s Day with a nice cup of tea. Now you just need to get the water boiled
Sam Wallace: Why Giggs is perfect fit as Manchester United boss... in the longer term

Sam Wallace

Why Ryan Giggs is perfect fit as Manchester United boss... in the longer term
Renaud Lavillenie: The sky's the limit for this pole vaulter's ambitions

Renaud Lavillenie: The sky's the limit for this pole vaulter's ambitions

Having smashed Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old record, the French phenomenon tells Simon Turnbull he can go higher
Through the screen: British Pathé opens its archives

Through the screen

British Pathé opens its archives
The man behind the papier mâché mask

Frank Sidebottom

The man behind the papier mâché mask
Chris Marker: Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch

Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch

Chris Marker retrospective is a revelation
Boston runs again: Thousands take to the streets for marathon as city honours dead and injured of last year's bombing

Boston runs again

Thousands of runners take to the streets as city honours dead of last year
40 years of fostering and still holding the babies (and with no plans to retire)

40 years of fostering and holding the babies

In their seventies and still working as specialist foster parents