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 genetic mutation triggered by the obesity epidemic could lie behind the dramatic increase in a type of cancer

Obesity may be behind big rise in cancer of the gullet

Heartburn also linked to condition which is killing more British males every year

The ALMA Observatory was officially unveiled in the San Pedro de Atacama

Science fiction becomes science reality as Chile unveils $1.4bn ALMA telescope

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.

Alma receives weak radiowaves emitted by sources as far as 13 billion light years away

Meet Alma, the alien hunting telescope that can see 12 billion years into the past

Jeremy Laurance goes into the Chilean desert to see how the world’s most powerful telescope is beginning its search for extraterrestrial life

Children’s heart surgery: campaigners can celebrate, but knife must be wielded

Is this a victory? Or defeat? It depends which way you look at it. The Leeds campaigners are celebrating – understandably.

Hospital deaths were 'wrongly recorded'

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.

Deep brain stimulation has been used successfully for 25 years to treat a number of conditions

'Brain pacemaker' offers hope for anorexics

Study finds stimulation treatment improves mood and weight gain and in severely affected patients

Prescription charges in England to rise 20p to £7.85

Prescription charges are to rise by 20p from £7.65 to £7.85.

Top consultant warns against routine surgery at weekends

Hospital care will suffer if hospitals are forced to stay open at weekends for routine treatment, the leader of Britain's consultants warns today.

Women under 37 having IVF will not be permitted to try for twins

Women under 37 will be unable to try for twins at first IVF treatment

NICE states that only one embryo should be replaced to reduce the risk of complications

GMC investigates senior Department of Health manager over claims she put targets ahead of patient safety

A senior Department of Health manager is under investigation by the General Medical Council over allegations that she ordered a hospital trust to hit its waiting list targets “whatever the demand.”

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