Friday, February 5, 2010

Flawed Autism Study Won't Stop Vaccine Critics

A medical assistant draws an MMR vaccination at the
Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic in Walsenburg, Colo. John Moore / Getty

From Time Magazine:

More than any other research, it was a study published in British medical journal the Lancet in 1998 that helped foster the persisting notion that childhood vaccines can cause autism. On Tuesday, that flawed study, led by gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was officially retracted by the journal's editors — a serious slap and rare move in the world of medicine.

"It has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect, contrary to the findings of an earlier investigation," wrote the Lancet editors in a statement issued online.

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