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Subject: Study of link to Autism from vaccines found to be a fraud
I saw this on ACF this morning and thought it was interesting:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/autism.vaccines/index.html?hpt=T1

Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds
By the CNN Wire Staff
January 5, 2011 8:14 p.m. EST
British journal blasts autism study
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* NEW: Dr. Andrew Wakefield says his work has been "grossly distorted"
* British journal BMJ accuses Wakefield of faking data for his 1998 paper
* "The damage to public health continues" as a result of the autism-vaccine claim
* The study was retracted and Wakefield lost his license in 2010

Editor's note: Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with the author of the discredited study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, on "AC360°" at 10 p.m. ET tonight.

(CNN) -- A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an "elaborate fraud" that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.

"It's one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors," Fiona Godlee, BMJ's editor-in-chief, told CNN. "But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data."

Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May. "Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession," BMJ states in an editorial accompanying the work.
Explainer: Autism and vaccines

Speaking to CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Wakefield said his work has been "grossly distorted" and that he was the target of "a ruthless, pragmatic attempt to crush any attempt to investigate valid vaccine safety concerns."

The now-discredited paper panicked many parents and led to a sharp drop in the number of children getting the vaccine that prevents measles, mumps and rubella. Vaccination rates dropped sharply in Britain after its publication, falling as low as 80% by 2004. Measles cases have gone up sharply in the ensuing years.

In the United States, more cases of measles were reported in 2008 than in any other year since 1997, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 90% of those infected had not been vaccinated or their vaccination status was unknown, the CDC reported.

"But perhaps as important as the scare's effect on infectious disease is the energy, emotion and money that have been diverted away from efforts to understand the real causes of autism and how to help children and families who live with it," the BMJ editorial states.

Wakefield has been unable to reproduce his results in the face of criticism, and other researchers have been unable to match them. Most of his co-authors withdrew their names from the study in 2004 after learning he had had been paid by a law firm that intended to sue vaccine manufacturers -- a serious conflict of interest he failed to disclose. After years on controversy, the Lancet, the prestigious journal that originally published the research, retracted Wakefield's paper last February.

The series of articles launched Wednesday are investigative journalism, not results of a clinical study. The writer, Brian Deer, said Wakefield "chiseled" the data before him, "falsifying medical histories of children and essentially concocting a picture, which was the picture he was contracted to find by lawyers hoping to sue vaccine manufacturers and to create a vaccine scare."
Unfortunately, (Wakefield's) core group of supporters is not going to let the facts dissuade their beliefs that MMR causes autism.
--Dr. Max Wiznitzer, pediatric neurologist

According to BMJ, Wakefield received more than 435,000 pounds ($674,000) from the lawyers. Godlee said the study shows that of the 12 cases Wakefield examined in his paper, five showed developmental problems before receiving the MMR vaccine and three never had autism.

"It's always hard to explain fraud and where it affects people to lie in science," Godlee said. "But it does seem a financial motive was underlying this, both in terms of payments by lawyers and through legal aid grants that he received but also through financial schemes that he hoped would benefit him through diagnostic and other tests for autism and MMR-related issues."

But Wakefield told CNN that claims of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism "came from the parents, not me," and that his paper had "nothing to do with the litigation."

"These children were seen on the basis of their clinical symptoms, for their clinical need, and they were seen by expert clinicians and their disease diagnosed by them, not by me," he said.

Wakefield dismissed Deer as "a hit man who has been brought into take me down" by pharmaceutical interests. Deer has signed a disclosure form stating that he has no financial interest in the business.

Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a pediatric neurologist at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, said the reporting "represents Wakefield as a person where the ends justified the means." But he said the latest news may have little effect on those families who still blame vaccines for their children's conditions.

"Unfortunately, his core group of supporters is not going to let the facts dissuade their beliefs that MMR causes autism," Wiznitzer said. "They need to be open-minded and examine the information as everybody else."

Wakefield's defenders include David Kirby, a journalist who has written extensively on autism. He told CNN that Wakefield not only has denied falsifying data, he has said he had no way to do so.

"I have known him for a number of years. He does not strike me as a charlatan or a liar," Kirby said. If the BMJ allegations are true, then Wakefield "did a terrible thing" -- but he added, "I personally find it hard to believe that he did that."

 

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Subject: Study of link to Autism from vaccines found to be a fraud
yeah, they took his license away.

good.


think of all the kids ppl didn't get immunized because of this.

 

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The whole vaccine-autism scare was based on ONE study done by ONE person?

Now maybe the researchers will be able to research and find out the real reason why autism is on the rise--or appears to be on the rise. Sometimes I wonder if some of the kids in the past were austic but just weren't given that diagnosis for various reasons.

One family at much church was told that their now 9-year-old son was immature for his age and just lacked self-control. Now that his 3 1/2-year-old twin sisters have been diagnosed as autistic (so far they are nonverbal), he was retested and determined to be autistic as well, just not to the extent of his sisters.

 

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Jayna_Kilmer posted:
The whole vaccine-autism scare was based on ONE study done by ONE person?

Now maybe the researchers will be able to research and find out the real reason why autism is on the rise--or appears to be on the rise. Sometimes I wonder if some of the kids in the past were austic but just weren't given that diagnosis for various reasons.

One family at much church was told that their now 9-year-old son was immature for his age and just lacked self-control. Now that his 3 1/2-year-old twin sisters have been diagnosed as autistic (so far they are nonverbal), he was retested and determined to be autistic as well, just not to the extent of his sisters.


IMO it's on the rise because people are LOOKING for it more. With the 'family norm' now being two working parents, etc - there's less time to be spent on the kids, and kids with ASD (high functioning)NEED 1 on 1 time. Back in the 60's and 70's, it was still common to have 1 parent at home who could give the child the attention he/she needed. Low functioning autistics were often institutionalized.

Think back to your grammar school years: Who was the 'hyper' kid? Who was the 'slow' kid (or antisocial, etc). We all knew someone who was 'different' but they didn't have a medical label (and ritalin, etc) to go with it.

I can name at least one girl who definitely had asperger's - and she wasn't vaccinated - she came down with the measles in 8th grade and the german measles in 10th after visiting family abroad.

Are there environmental triggers? Most likely - we've been dumping endocrine disruptors and other medicines in our drinking water (remember flushing those pills down the toilet?? The medicine doesn't go away!) along with pesticides and such on our soils and produce and hormones in our milk and meats - these sources have a FAR greater impact on our daily health since we're exposed to them on a MUCH greater level.

It comes down to exposure rate - how much over what period of time.

Formaldehyde - the amount present in a vaccine is less than what your body produces naturally - and FAR less than you're exposed to in your indoor air.

Aluminum - you get 10X as much aluminum from breast milk as you do from a vaccine. 40X from baby formula.

 

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I blame autism on TV and the idiotic saturation of screens and media everywhere from before birth to after.

God, why is it so hard to sit on a couch and READ to your kid? Sit them on the kitchen counter and TALK to them while you pour milk over cornflakes, cook something? I just find it sad that some people honestly think that because some video is advertised as making your baby smarter, they believe it. sad

Just scanned the posts above, but whoever said something about 1 on 1 time is totally right, in my mind. Women's lib has done fantastic things for women and their careers and self-esteem, but now more and more our kids are just raised by technology and others who can't possibly care as much as their own flesh and blood, their parents.

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I read about this quite a while ago. In fact, I believe my pediatrician gave me an article about it when my oldest was born (4 1/2 years ago). And there are still NUTJOBS that believe this to be true. sad


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