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MMR and Measles again

Posted by Ed on February 23, 2004

There seems to have been a flurry of activity on the MMR scene of late. The latest emergence is that Wakefield, who kicked it all off, may not have been as impartial as he should have been, and may now be the subject of an inquiry. The Lancet, which published the original article by Wakefield, has issued a statement concerning the allegations of conflict of interest and other improprieties, concluding that knowledge of this conflict would have been influential in their decision to publish the paper.

The BMJ carries another paper finding no evidence of a link between autism and the MMR vaccine, this time in a study involving 600 autistic children and 1800 controls.

This all follows a Channel 5 docu-drama lionising Dr. Wakefield for being a lone voice in the wilderness. The Istitute of Child Health says that the programme “distorts the truth in, what can only be described as, an irresponsible and reckless way.”


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