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.
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
13 March 2013 06:35 PM
Science fiction became science reality today when a giant telescope imagined in a novel by one of Britain's greatest astronomers 40 years ago was officially unveiled high in the Andes mountains of Chile.
12 March 2013 08:25 PM
Jeremy Laurance goes into the Chilean desert to see how the world’s most powerful telescope is beginning its search for extraterrestrial life
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
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