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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Professor Charles Nemeroff

Honoured in Britain, the US psychiatrist who took $1.2m from drug companies

Professor's invitation to give prestigious lecture in London causes outrage among peers

More cancer, but less of it fatal. So should we be happy or sad?

We face a future with more cancer but less of it will be fatal. So should we be sad - or happy?

NHS chief, Sir David Nicholson: We need to close hospitals

The NHS faces further radical change, including the closure of hospitals and services, if it is to continue offering high-quality care, its outgoing chief executive has said.

The gold standard for treating breast cancer which has held sway for twenty years is expected to change following results showing that death rates can be slashed further by extending drug therapy for longer

Taking breast cancer drug tamoxifen for ten years instead of five halves risk of dying from the disease, doctors say

The gold standard for treating breast cancer which has held sway for twenty years is expected to change following results showing that death rates can be slashed further by extending drug therapy for longer.

A poultry market in Hong Kong

Ten years after Sars, now we have Mers

A deadly virus alarms scientists, as a new flu strain appears in China

Dementia risk may be higher for older people who have general anaesthetics

French study finds higher incidence in elderly people who have had operations

Prescriptions to treat alcoholism soar by almost 75% in last decade

Data also shows the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions has doubled

The findings could result in patients demanding admission early in the week

If you’re going to get sick, make sure it’s on a Monday: Research reveals death rates are higher for operations performed on Thursdays and Fridays

Death rates are 44 per cent higher following operations on a Friday than at the beginning of the week

Dianne Illingworth in Newcastle upon Tyne yesterday: ‘My health is poor, and I can’t walk far’

At what cost? Life-saving drug withheld

Woman's kidney transplant is cancelled as minister refuses to fund anti-rejection Soliris

GP leaders clash with Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over A&E crisis

GPs’ leaders have clashed with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in their increasingly acrimonious row over who is responsible for the crisis in Accident & Emergency departments.

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

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