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Not for home use…


TearLab gets FDA nod for home use of dry eye test (Reuters) – TearLab Corp said health regulators allowed home use of its device to diagnose dry eye condition, sending the medical device maker’s shares up as much as 80 percent to their highest in eight months.

Please issue a correction. The test was CLIA-waived for professional office use, not home.


We issued a correction to clarify that the test was approved for wider professional use, not home use: GBU Editor

Anti-government protesters react as they celebrate the signing by Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh of a deal to step down in Sanaa November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The wrong school


Penn’s new athletic head has no plans to cancel football

STATE COLLEGE, Pa (Reuters) – Penn State’s new acting athletic director said on Friday there are no plans to cancel the rest of the Nittany Lions’ football season or to remove Joe Paterno’s statue from outside Beaver Stadium.

Your headline: “Penn’s new athletic head has no plans to cancel football” is absolutely incorrect.

Inaccurate headline?


I take exception to the title of your article on Facebook and brain size.

This is absolutely what is wrong with journalism today. More Facebook friends is absolutely NOT linked to the size of the brain but to certain regions within the brain, as correctly pointed out on his article.

Offensive headlne?


I am writing with reference to your article, ‘Jacko’s doc represents rise in criminal prosecutions.’ I was extremely shocked a media establishment such as yours which is respected for its integrity would use such a term.

If you are unaware, ‘Jacko’ is not a term of endearement for Michael Jackson but is rooted in racism and negativity.

Misleading headline?


Family sues police over California Taser death

LOS ANGELES, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The parents of a Southern California man who accuse police of killing their son with a Taser after he honked at a patrol car have sued the sheriff’s department and county.

This headline is misleading. A cause of death hasn’t been determined and to simply infer that the use of one police tool is to blame for this man’s death is irresponsible as there are no facts to support that causal relationship.

Cramping our style?


Nadal collapses after win at scorching U.S. Open Moments later, Nadal suddenly stopped talking, then covered his face with his hands and slumped to the floor.

Please!!! Nadal did not collapse… he cramped.

Try to be responsible with headlines. Drop the drama. This only reinforces media stereotypes.



Berlin mayor criticises nostalgia for Berlin Wall

Wowereit said the Wall, toppled in 1989, should serve as a reminder of freedom and democracy around the world. Church bells peeled while trains and traffic came to a standstill at noon across Berlin for a moment of silence for the victims.

In the story on Berlin’s mayor commenting on nostalgia for the Berlin Wall, it is stated that “…bells peeled…” Bells PEAL, not PEEL!

What a difference an A makes


Obama says U.S. is still a AAA country

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a downgrade in the United States’ credit rating on political gridlock in Washington and said he would offer some recommendations on how to reduce federal deficits.

TI’m teaching English in Thailand… This header should say: Obama says U.S. is still an AAA country.

To air is human?


Polanski, Madonna films to air at Venice festival ROME (Reuters) – Madonna’s film about King Edward VIII’s relationship with an American divorcee and Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” are set to be among highlights at the 2011 Venice film festival.

“To air” means to be broadcast over the airwaves, on television or radio.

These films will screen, play, premiere, and/or be shown at the festival. It’s an easy mistake to make if you don’t know the euphemism, but I wouldn’t want it to catch on.

Taking a swipe at our headline


Driver swipes L.A. police cruisers, injures 4 officers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four Los Angeles police officers were injured on Saturday, one of them critically, when a 64 year-old woman who may have been asleep at the wheel struck their cruisers, police said.

Your headline is misleading. It would lead one to believe the driver stole the police cars, rather than hit them in an accident.