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Fraud found in study linking autism and vaccines

Bryan Alaspa's picture

The first study, from 1998, that was originally used to justify a link between autism and vaccines given to children has been found to have been based on fraudulent data.

The report was originally written by Andrew Wakefield and several colleagues and claimed to find a link between autism numbers and vaccines given to children. 10 of the original 13 authors have now renounced the report. The report itself has been retracted by leading medical journals. Now, a now examination into the data shows that a fraud may have taken place.

The new look into the study showed that Wakefield and his colleagues altered data about the patients that were featured in the study. The most recent study of the research compared the hospital records with the diagnoses that were reported in the study.

In the original paper, Wakefield claimed that 12 children that had been studied showed signs of being normal until they were given the MMR shot. However, the most resent research shows that this was not true and at least five of those involved had previous developmental disorders.

When the study originally came out many other medical professionals discredited the findings. Despite this, hundreds of parents from developed nations where the MMR shot was given decided not to get their children vaccinated. The MMR shot is to prevent the development of measles.

The most recent look into Wakefield’s study was conducted in Britain. It was paid for by the Sunday Times of London and the BBC network Channel 4.

Wakefield was stripped of his license to practice medicine in Great Britain. Despite these findings recent reports show that the measles has been on the upswing since the original report.

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