Dangerous bacterial meningitis outbreak in New York City with 22 people infected and 7 dead By Damian Ghigliotty PUBLISHED: 22:55 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 25 March 2013 New York City has been hit with a bacterial meningitis outbreak with 22 people infected so far, according to city health officials who are urging promiscuous gay men to get vaccinated against infection. The dangerous strain of the disease which causes an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord appears to be spreading through sexual encounters between men who meet up online and at bars and parties, according to a news release from the city’s health department. ‘Vaccination is the best defense,’ City Health Commissioner Dr
100,000 'hard core' criminals have at least 15 convictions – and the number is rising Ministry of Justice figures show worrying rise in hardened criminalsConvictions for serious and more minor offences see riseAverage prison sentence length jumps dramatically in 10 yearsPrison expert says public is at risk from repeat offenders By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 17:39 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:52 GMT, 22 February 2013 Hardened: Ministry of Justice figures show a worrying rise in repeat offenders. The number of criminals with 15 or more previous convictions or cautions is now one in three
Australia's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll boom! How a strong economy Down Under has led to illicit sidelines Average yearly wage in Australia has hit 47,000Heroin and ecstasy sell for eight times more than in Britain and the U.S.
Dog, where's my car Hilarious photos appear to show pets behind the wheel of their owners' vehicles Pictures appearing to show driving dogs posted on Amazing Creatures blogAppear to make light of dogs being taught to drive in real life in New Zealand | UPDATED: 01:48 GMT, 26 December 2012 They seem perfectly at ease behind the wheel, but are sure to turn the eyes of fellow drivers. These hilarious pictures show dogs appearing to drive around streets in their owner's cars – with some going for a solo journey and others apparently carrying passengers along for the ride. The mock-up photos posted on the Amazing Creature blog appear to be making light of news earlier this month in New Zealand, where a charity taught a trio of rescue dogs how to drive
A dog that can drive It must be a Rover: The stray canines that have been taught to get behind the wheel The three stray dogs are being trained in specially modified carts to operate the car's controlsThey will attempt to drive a real Mini next week, with their efforts being broadcast live online | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 6 December 2012 In a world already full of road hogs this is perhaps the last thing you want to see in the rear view mirror. Animal experts are teaching dogs how to drive.
Can your make-up harm your IQ How 55per cent of lipstick contains traces of lead – and it could affect mental health | UPDATED: 16:16 GMT, 3 December 2012 A study involving 22 brands of lipstick found that 55per cent contained trace amounts of lead. Underwriters Laboratories revealed that 12 of the lip products sampled tested positive for the toxic substance with the highest levels at 3.22 parts per million. Commenting on the findings Dr Sean Palfrey, medical director for the Boston Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, warned that even low-level lead exposure poses a serious health risk and could affect mental health.
Cameron's cheap booze ban won't work, admits Minister for alcohol and crime prevention | UPDATED: 01:48 GMT, 2 December 2012 David Cameron’s plan for a minimum price of 45p a unit for alcohol suffered an embarrassing blow last night when it emerged that the Minister responsible for alcohol and crime prevention thinks it is wrong, unfair and won’t work. Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne was gagged from speaking out on the issue to avoid revealing the Government split
Formula could predict your baby's chances of growing into a fat child | UPDATED: 07:45 GMT, 29 November 2012 The two-minute test predicts if a newborn baby is going to grow into an obese child At one of the happiest times of their life, it may not be what a parent wants to hear. But scientists have created a two-minute questionnaire said to predict if a newborn baby will become obese when they grow up. Six simple questions are used to calculate the risk that he or she will be dangerously overweight by the age of 16