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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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

Children’s heart surgery: campaigners can celebrate, but knife must be wielded

Is this a victory? Or defeat? It depends which way you look at it. The Leeds campaigners are celebrating – understandably.

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