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Study Linking Vaccines to Autism an “Elaborate Fraud”

[The study didn’t just have incorrect findings or bad data, it was an actual *fraud*, purposefully making stuff up][link]. The doctor has been stripped of his license and his study discredited, but the damage is done:

>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.

The whole thing is absolutely disgusting.

[link]: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/autism.vaccines/ “Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds – CNN.com”

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield Struck from Medical Register in The UK

The man who first “showed” a link between MMR vaccinations and autism in the 90s is finally being dealt with. [Good news for children everywhere][link]:

>The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.

If you don’t know the backstory, [The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield][comic] is as good a place to start as any.

[link]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8695267.stm “BBC News – MMR doctor struck from register”
[comic]: http://tallguywrites.livejournal.com/148012.html “The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield”