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.
15 June 2014 12:00 AM
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.
03 June 2014 09:15 PM
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
17 May 2014 12:00 AM
14 May 2014 12:00 AM
06 May 2014 07:30 PM
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.
24 March 2014 09:46 PM
Has the DPP picked the right target for a landmark legal case against a barbaric medical practice? Jeremy Laurance talks to Dr Katrina Erskine
19 January 2014 06:30 PM
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
11 January 2014 04:24 PM
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
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'
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
Greece debt crisis: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande issue Athens with 24-hour ultimatum to avoid crashing out of the euro
Greece crisis: Referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its lack of genuine legitimacy
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