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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Maternity units shamed but not named in first-time study

New anonymised report gives hospitals time to correct poor practice before 2014

Silicone implants are radio-obscure so they cast a shadow on X-rays obscuring the breast tissue that lies behind them

Breast implants 'increase cancer death risk,' say scientists

Breast augmentations are now the commonest operation performed by pastic surgeons

11 out of 12 cancer drugs are priced at more than £65,000 a year

The real cancer killer: rip-off prices for drugs set by 'profiteering' Big Pharma giants

Doctors say industry 'profiteering' threatens lives

More women go under the knife for 'bingo wings' plastic surgery

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.

Sweetened soft drinks contain a lot of calories which contribute to overweight and obesity, which in turn is a cause of diabetes

One can of fizzy drink a day increases Type 2 diabetes risk by a fifth

Western lifestyles blamed as one in 20 UK adults now thought to suffer from the disease

Because measles spreads so easily, 95 per cent of the population needs to be vaccinated

Measles outbreak: race to give a million children MMR jabs

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.

Nine out of 10 cosmetic procedures are non-surgical treatments such as Botox injections

'Explosive growth' of Botox treatments putting public at risk, NHS review warns

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.

Dr Andrew Wakefield has blamed the Government for the recent outbreak

‘Balderdash’ – expert’s damning verdict on the latest claims of discredited MMR scaremonger Andrew Wakefield

The discredited doctor who triggered the MMR scare 15 years ago has pinned the blame for the outbreak of measles in south Wales on the Government.

Parents stage a protest for Andy Wakefield
In 2011-12, 125 families overruled the wishes of the deceased and refused to allow donation

Number of organ donors increases by 50% but relatives should not have the last word, says head of Government taskforce

125 families over-ruled the wishes of their relatives last year and refused to allow donation

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