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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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

Saturated fat from non-processed foods, such as butter, are generally healthy and not detrimental, according to new research

Fatty foods might be good for you? My heart leaps

I have long reasoned that, for me, the pleasure of butter outweighs the risk

Plans to slash services at a successful London hospital have been declared unlawful

Lewisham hospital will stay open - but only the lawyers have true cause to celebrate

The NHS's survival depends on the closure of services and even whole hospitals

 

David Cameron is already under fire for his planned NHS reforms, which have attracted fierce opposition from royal medical colleges, as well as coalition MPs and peers

The hidden cost of paying for GP appointments

Attempts to monetise the NHS have wilted in the past. It won't work here

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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