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.
30 December 2013 07:16 PM
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.
10 December 2013 12:00 AM
The rise of the faux fag has ignited a debate about when and where it is acceptable to 'light up'
22 November 2013 05:09 PM
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
21 November 2013 06:48 PM
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 cut too far? Zambia is still 75 per cent short of its target of two million male circumcisions by 2015
20 November 2013 07:09 PM
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
19 November 2013 06:43 PM
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
17 November 2013 06:47 PM
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
23 October 2013 03:32 PM
I have long reasoned that, for me, the pleasure of butter outweighs the risk
01 August 2013 12:00 AM
The NHS's survival depends on the closure of services and even whole hospitals
26 July 2013 02:15 PM
Attempts to monetise the NHS have wilted in the past. It won't work here
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
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