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.
Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, says report, after a third of smokers are found to have a mental disorder
28 March 2013 06:55 PM
Doctors advised to refer patients who smoke to mental health services after major medical study
28 March 2013 02:25 PM
It is a torrid tale of unrequited love which ends with a charge of sexual harassment. But Bound With New Ropes, a 480 page-turner priced at £10, has one unusual feature – it was authored by an NHS anaesthetist while his patients were asleep.
27 March 2013 12:00 AM
Incentive payments encourage GPs to closely monitor adult patients – but not children
25 March 2013 12:00 AM
Heartburn also linked to condition which is killing more British males every year
13 March 2013 06:35 PM
Science fiction became science reality today when a giant telescope imagined in a novel by one of Britain's greatest astronomers 40 years ago was officially unveiled high in the Andes mountains of Chile.
12 March 2013 08:25 PM
Jeremy Laurance goes into the Chilean desert to see how the world’s most powerful telescope is beginning its search for extraterrestrial life
07 March 2013 07:48 PM
Is this a victory? Or defeat? It depends which way you look at it. The Leeds campaigners are celebrating – understandably.
07 March 2013 07:47 PM
A hospital that saw a sudden leap in the number of patient deaths attributed to septicaemia had recorded the deaths wrongly, an inquiry has found.
06 March 2013 07:56 PM
Study finds stimulation treatment improves mood and weight gain and in severely affected patients
01 March 2013 06:26 PM
Prescription charges are to rise by 20p from £7.65 to £7.85.
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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