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MMR/Autism doctor clears name, not research

John Kerr posted in on March 8th, 2012.

A British doctor found guilty of serious professional misconduct over the MMR controversy has won his High Court appeal against being struck off, but experts stress that the ruling doesn’t reflect a change in thinking regarding the vaccine. Prof John Walker-Smith, a colleague of Dr Andrew Wakefield,  was involved in research which supposedly identified a […]

Media coverage: Wakfield’s MMR study described as ‘elaborate fraud’

Peter Griffin posted in on January 7th, 2011.

The British Medical Journal has described Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 study, in which the MMR vaccine was linked to autism, as an ‘elaborate fraud’. An editorial in the journal stated that the results of his experiment were not simply a product of mistake,  and that his ‘misreporting was gross’.  It is thought that his motivation may […]

Newsletter Digest: Wakefield chastised, the IPCC furore, and conventions galore

Peter Griffin posted in on February 5th, 2010.

Lancet kills MMR paper 10 years on The move by London-based medical journal The Lancet to retract a ten year old paper that suggested a potential link between the MMR vaccine and autism in children effectively ends one of the longest running medical controversies of recent decades. The retraction from The Lancet editor Richard Horton […]

3 News: Claims MMR vaccine linked to autism retracted – Video

Peter Griffin posted in on February 4th, 2010.

3 News covers the formal retraction by prestigious journal The Lancet of Andrew Wakefield’s controversial paper claiming a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. There are still concerns, however, that even this step will not convince parents that the vaccine is safe. (See video here)

Wakefield paper retracted by The Lancet

Peter Griffin posted in on February 3rd, 2010.

Prestigious medical journal The Lancet has formally retracted the paper in which Andrew Wakefield, the doctor behind claims that the MMR vaccine can be linked to autism, first claimed such effects. The MMR, or measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, came under scrutiny in the late 1990s when Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor, wrote a paper […]

UK experts on Wakefield’s General Medical Council ruling

Peter Griffin posted in on February 1st, 2010.

The UK’s General Medical Council has ruled that Andrew Wakefield, the doctor behind claims that the MMR vaccine can be linked to autism, was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain” in the work he carried out. The ruling can be read in full here. The UK Science Media Centre rounded […]

Vaccines and Immunisation

Peter Griffin posted in on June 18th, 2008.

What is immunisation? Immunisation is a way of preventing infectious diseases through the use of vaccines. How does the immune system fight infection? When a pathogen (such as a bacterium or virus) enters the body, the immune system recognises that the pathogen is foreign and prepares to fight the intruding organism using antibodies. If the […]

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