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 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

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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

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Analysis: Hospital mediocrity isn't the problem - it's the failure to address it

The NHS needs a blame-free culture, a spirit of openness and the ambition to succeed

The Liverpool Care Pathway is dead, but we must still address how we care for the dying

It is now clear that the "one or two mistakes" were in fact overwhelming problems, but phasing out the LCP still leaves the problems it was created to resolve

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An ambitious plan to roll out HIV treatment to millions more patients around the globe has divided scientists who question whether it is focused on benefiting individuals or halting the spread of the disease.

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The former head of the Care Quality Commission accused of conspiring to suppress a report into a flawed inspection of an NHS Trust has categorically denied being involved in a cover up.

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