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.
10 May 2013 12:00 AM
Launch of proposals to bring down waiting times marred by scramble for cash
'The stuff of Nobel prizes': Half a million sufferers of back pain 'could be cured with antibiotics'
07 May 2013 03:00 PM
Up to half a million patients with chronic low back pain may be suffering from an infection that can be treated with antibiotics.
05 May 2013 05:44 PM
A 15-year-old US high school student whose uncle died of pancreatic cancer has developed the first test for the disease that could detect tumours before they become too advanced to treat.
02 May 2013 12:00 AM
New anonymised report gives hospitals time to correct poor practice before 2014
01 May 2013 12:00 AM
Breast augmentations are now the commonest operation performed by pastic surgeons
29 April 2013 12:00 AM
Doctors say industry 'profiteering' threatens lives
28 April 2013 10:11 PM
The fashion for sleeveless dresses combined with admiration for strong-armed celebrities such as Michelle Obama has fuelled demands for a new type of plastic surgery.
25 April 2013 12:00 AM
Western lifestyles blamed as one in 20 UK adults now thought to suffer from the disease
25 April 2013 12:00 AM
One million children who missed out on the MMR vaccine around a decade ago are to be targeted in a national campaign to raise the level of protection against measles.
24 April 2013 12:00 AM
Most people who undergo cosmetic procedures have no more protection than someone buying a toothbrush, according to an independent review which has proposed a range of new curbs on the industry.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God