MRSA found in our milk: Superbug strain can cause serious infections in humans and is resistant to antibiotics Scientists tested 1,500 samples of bulk milk and found seven cases of MRSA ST398 from five farms in England, Scotland and Wales The superbug can cause serious and occasionally deadly infections in humans | UPDATED: 07:46 GMT, 21 December 2012 A potentially deadly MRSA superbug has been found in British milk for the first time. The superbug – already a problem in farm animals on the Continent – can cause serious and occasionally deadly infections in humans and is becoming a cause of udder infections in dairy cows. The strain of MRSA known as ST398 is resistant to antibiotics, so doctors find it difficult to treat infected people effectively
Cameron warned he has 'no mandate' to redefine marriage by legalising gay weddingsDozens of MPs and peers sign letter accusing the PM of ignoring public opinionCross-party group say no party promised same-sex weddings in 2010 manifesto | UPDATED: 09:38 GMT, 17 December 2012 David Cameron has promised to pass laws next year which would legalise gay marriage David Cameron is today accused of ‘ploughing on regardless’ with plans to legalise gay marriage in the face of opposition from dozens of MPs and peers. The Prime Minister has insisted he will enshrine same sex weddings in law next year, with legal protection for the Church of England and other religious groups who chose not to opt in.
How Wilbur Smith won a 15million deal….for others to write his blockbusters: Wife number four 'is behind book-sharing scheme' The best-selling author will produce six books over the next three yearsWill enlist a group of 'carefully selected co-authors' on the projectHas been suggested his wife Mokhiniso Rakhimova is a key figure in the scheme | UPDATED: 07:38 GMT, 10 December 2012 Book-sharing: Wilbur Smith, pictured with his wife Mokhiniso Rakhimova, signed the 15million deal Best-selling novelist Wilbur Smith has signed a 15million agreement to produce six more books. And the twist in the tale is that he doesn’t even have to write them himself. The 79-year-old author, whose books have sold more than 122million copies since 1964, has promised to produce up to two titles a year for three years with the help of ‘carefully selected co-authors’.
Boom in number of drivers aged over 70 as 'baby-boomers' retire – and they're as safe as youngsters! By Ray Massey PUBLISHED: 00:25 GMT, 30 November 2012 | UPDATED: 07:41 GMT, 30 November 2012 The number of older drivers will soar to record levels as the post-war 'baby-boom' generation reaches retirement, according to a report published yesterday. By 2032 the number aged over 70 will have risen to 5.8million, and the total will include almost two million over 80, it says
Supermarkets agree to end discount 'cons' that tempt shoppers with bogus claims of savings | UPDATED: 07:41 GMT, 30 November 2012 Supermarkets have agreed to end bargain price cons that tempt shoppers with bogus claims of savings.
Fee rises see number of university applications fall 10%: Experts say 'alarm bells should be ringing' | UPDATED: 07:45 GMT, 29 November 2012 The number of students in England applying to university has slumped by almost 10 per cent amid the increase in tuition fees. It follows a 15.2 per cent fall the previous year, with one expert declaring that 'alarm bells should be ringing in government'. Almost 12,000 fewer students in England have applied to start a degree course next autumn than had applied by this time last year for 2012.