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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Sue Hopkinson with her 18-year-old son, Alex, who has autism

Parents of autistic children turn to unproven remedies

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.

In the small world of child heart surgery, almost everyone has a conflict of interest

With medical decisions, perfect, unbiased information is rarely forthcoming

Electronic smoking devices invented by Hon Lik

Up in a puff of smoke? EU plan threatens e-cigarettes

Anti-smoking groups angry at new directive which could price devices out of market

It is not daft to suggest that smokers need psychiatric help

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 could be a sign of psychiatric illness

Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, says report, after a third of smokers are found to have a mental disorder

Doctors advised to refer patients who smoke to mental health services after major medical study

Bound With New Ropes by Peter Morris

Bound with New Ropes: the book written by an NHS anaesthetist while his patients slept

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.

Untrained GPs blamed for 2,000 child deaths

Incentive payments encourage GPs to closely monitor adult patients – but not children

A genetic mutation triggered by the obesity epidemic could lie behind the dramatic increase in a type of cancer

Obesity may be behind big rise in cancer of the gullet

Heartburn also linked to condition which is killing more British males every year

The ALMA Observatory was officially unveiled in the San Pedro de Atacama

Science fiction becomes science reality as Chile unveils $1.4bn ALMA telescope

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.

Alma receives weak radiowaves emitted by sources as far as 13 billion light years away

Meet Alma, the alien hunting telescope that can see 12 billion years into the past

Jeremy Laurance goes into the Chilean desert to see how the world’s most powerful telescope is beginning its search for extraterrestrial life

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee