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.
Number of organ donors increases by 50% but relatives should not have the last word, says head of Government taskforce
11 April 2013 09:00 AM
125 families over-ruled the wishes of their relatives last year and refused to allow donation
11 April 2013 12:00 AM
Poor diet and lack of exercise blamed for increase in obesity, blood pressure and diabetes
11 April 2013 12:00 AM
It goes without saying that we should respect the wishes of the dead. In life, we make Wills to set out what we want to do with our belongings after death – and our body is our most intimate belonging.
10 April 2013 12:00 AM
A country whose citizens collectively succeeded in losing weight and increasing their level of physical activity saw their health improve and death rates plunge.
08 April 2013 04:17 PM
About 150,000 people suffer a stroke every year. A third make a good recovery within a month. Most however, have long term difficulties with speech or movement and the worst affected die.
Future of child heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary still in the balance, despite resumption reports
05 April 2013 05:12 PM
Confused statement is followed by news of an expert review of the data this weekend
05 April 2013 04:14 PM
Alarm over a sixth death from a strain of lethal bird flu never before seen in humans has led Chinese authorities to slaughter more than 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai.
05 April 2013 12:00 AM
If we could end our love affair with salt we would save tens of thousands of lives in Britain and millions around the world, researchers claim today.
03 April 2013 11:34 PM
Losing your hair could be the first visible sign of heart disease – but only if it is from the top of your head.
02 April 2013 07:06 PM
People with dementia should be involved in decisions about their care and must be helped to maintain relationships and to participate in their communities, according to official guidance published today.
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Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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