Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MMR and Autism

The link between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism has always been highly dubious at best, and now it has even less support. The medical journal The Lancet has taken the highly unusual step of fully retracting a paper published by Dr Andrew Wakefield on the link between vaccines and autism. Dr. Wakefield was recently found to have violated research rules by the General Medical Council, who ruled that he had shown a "callous disregard" for children and acted "dishonestly" conducting his research.

This ties in directly to the reading we will be doing for section next week, which I'll post later today.

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