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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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

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Melted chocolate is poured

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

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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

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His revelation raises important questions about the treatment of prostate cancer

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, centre, has been cleared of performing FGM (Getty)
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Volunteers are urged to try experimental new treatment - but public concern is running high

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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
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