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What did they ban?


British government mulls stopping addicts’ benefits

CHINA DRUGThe move reflects public concern over the effects of legal highs such as the drug methadone which was banned in April.

This article states that methadone was banned in April – it should read mephedrone.

Methadone is used to treat heroin addiction.

Harassed Mum

Indeed. Most of our versions of this story did properly say mephedrone, but the methadone error was unfortunately introduced in preparing the piece for online use. We corrected it: GBU Editor

A Chinese drug addict drinks a cup of methadone solution under the supervision of a policeman in Second People’s Hospital of Guiyang, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, in a 2005 file photo. CHINA OUT REUTERS/China

How hot was it?


Man dies in final of sauna championships

FINLAND-SAUNA/HELSINKI (Reuters) – A Russian man died in the finals of the world sauna championships in Finland after spending some six minutes sweltering in temperatures of 110 degrees Celsius (230.00F), organizers said Sunday.

Check your facts. I don’t think it is even humanly possible to spend 1 second in a sauna at 110 C. Perhaps it was 110 F?

Asbestos banned?


EnPro unit files for bankruptcy over asbestos claims

NEWYORK-EXPLOSION/Asbestos, once widely used in manufacturing, has been banned by the U.S. government after it was proven to cause cancer, often in people who were exposed by breathing in asbestos particles.

You incorrectly stated in this article that asbestos has been banned in the U.S.

Stating the obvious?


Uninsured Americans Hope Reform Brings Health Coverage

WITHOUT question the dumbest headline I’ve seen in my 65 years.

Now, if people where OPPOSED to getting free taxpayer provided health care, with no ellort on their part, THAT might be a headline. Stating the obvious is not a headline…….


As headlines go, it isn’t exactly a startling click-magnet: GBU Editor

President Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting on health care in Grand Junction, Colorado August 15, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

A dry cough…


Your shower may be blasting you with germs: study

Mycobacterium avium is linked to pulmonary disease, causing symptoms such as a persistent drug cough, breathlessness and fatigue, and most often infects people with compromised immune system but can occasionally infect healthy people.

Your article uses the phrase “persistent drug cough” but I think you mean it to read “persistent dry cough.”

Where is the coverage?


Obama warns against scare tactics over healthcare

Protesters in Washington brandished American flags and home-made signs venting their anger at Obama and the Democrats who control both houses of the U.S. Congress, accusing them of pushing the country toward bankruptcy with reckless spending.

“Taxed Enough Already!” one man shouted, while others listened to speakers and traded leaflets. The crowd appeared to be one of the largest rallies against Obama since he took office, although it did not come close to matching the turnout on the National Mall for his inauguration in January.

Russian alcohol deaths…


Alcohol kills over half of Russians in prime-study

MOSCOW, June 26 (Reuters) – Cheap and illicit alcohol kills more than half Russian men and women in their most productive years and the government must act urgently to reverse the trend, a study to be published in The Lancet at the weekend said.

“Excessive alcohol consumption in Russia, particularly by men, has in several recent years caused more than half of all the deaths at ages of 15-54 years,” the Lancet article said.

Vaccine, or no vaccine?


World closer to swine flu pandemic

Worldwide, seasonal flu kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people in an average year but the new strain worries experts because it spreads rapidly between humans and there is vaccine for it.

You have several copy errors in this article the most significant of which is where you mean to say …thereis NO vaccine for it.”

Flu-like symptoms?


Swine flu epidemic fear grows, world on alert

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Governments around the world rushed on Sunday to check the spread of a new type of swine flu that has killed up to 81 people in Mexico and infected around a dozen in the United States.

Mexicans huddled in their homes while U.S. hospitals tracked patients with flu symptoms and other countries imposed health checks at airports as the World Health Organization warned the virus had the potential to become a pandemic.

Scary headline


Mexico shuts schools in capital in flu scar

Hello, I noticed an error today on the Reuters site, that made me stare at the article in confusion.

Please note the lack of an E at the end of Scar(e). Such a simple word should not be misspelled in an article released from a company like Reuters. Are these articles proofread?