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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Aids: Don’t die of prejudice by Norman Fowler, book review: All a splutter in the shires

It is Norman Fowler’s distinction that he was the longest serving Health Secretary since the Second World War, having held the post for six years from 1981 to 1987. This was when Aids emerged as a global threat and developed into the worst pandemic of modern times.

Foot locker: women’s feet used to be daintier

Why our feet are getting bigger

The nation's feet have grown by two shoe sizes in just four decades. In fact, we're bigger and taller all over, reports Jeremy Laurance – and that may not be a good thing

Life on the ledge: taking a cliff path

Nepal: On a walk through the wilderness

If you want to avoid crowds of trekkers, then the Upper Dolpo region of Nepal is the place for you. Jeremy Laurance hits the hiking heights
Shine on: sunlight is the best source of vitamin D

Vitamin D: Do we need more 'bottled sunshine'?

Medical writer Jeremy Laurance doesn't believe in taking supplements. Should he make an exception for the 'sunshine vitamin' – or have its benefits been oversold?

Circumcision: A necessary cut or bodily harm?

More studies than ever are finding that circumcision is a life saver – but still its detractors believe that it’s tantamount to child abuse. Jeremy Laurance tries to settle the argument.

The Whittington Hospital, Archway, London

FGM: Top gynaecologist hits out at ‘political’ prosecution for female genital mutilation

Has the DPP picked the right target for a landmark legal case against a barbaric medical practice? Jeremy Laurance talks to Dr Katrina Erskine

Fat chance: most people who embark on a New Year diet and manage to lose weight will immediately put it back on again

The 4:3 diet? 5:2? Overnight? Why your fancy New Year weight-loss regime won't work

From the 4:3 (son of 5:2) to the Overnight diet, the rash of new, fad weight-loss regimes have one thing in common: they don’t work

Ariel Sharon dead: How Israel's 'sleeping giant' was kept in a coma for eight years

From being struck down by the stroke in January 2006 to his eventual death, the iconic leader refused to go quickly. Jeremy Laurance on Ariel Sharon's medical journey

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'

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Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
Srebrenica 20 years after the genocide: Why the survivors need closure

Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs Superman to Star Wars: Episode VII

Power of the geek Gods

Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?

Perfect match

What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?
10 best trays

Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high