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.
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.
02 April 2013 07:04 PM
One in three parents of a child with autism has tried interventions with no scientific basis in a desperate attempt to help their offspring, according to a survey.
29 March 2013 08:45 PM
With medical decisions, perfect, unbiased information is rarely forthcoming
29 March 2013 08:45 PM
Anti-smoking groups angry at new directive which could price devices out of market
28 March 2013 07:13 PM
The nation’s dwindling band of smokers, skulking outside office doors, already resent being treated as pariahs. The suggestion that they may be dotty, too, will only enrage them further. But the argument is not as daft as it seems. It is a matter of statistics.
Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, says report, after a third of smokers are found to have a mental disorder
28 March 2013 06:55 PM
Doctors advised to refer patients who smoke to mental health services after major medical study
28 March 2013 02:25 PM
It is a torrid tale of unrequited love which ends with a charge of sexual harassment. But Bound With New Ropes, a 480 page-turner priced at £10, has one unusual feature – it was authored by an NHS anaesthetist while his patients were asleep.
27 March 2013 12:00 AM
Incentive payments encourage GPs to closely monitor adult patients – but not children
25 March 2013 12:00 AM
Heartburn also linked to condition which is killing more British males every year
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
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
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death