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Discredited Studies Not Yet Retracted

Ten years after an investigative report found that 10 papers on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) were “flawed,” only one has been pulled from the literature.

By | August 16, 2011

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, JULO

In 2001, a report a UK government-commissioned committee found that 10 published papers on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) were based on incomplete or falsified autopsies and were thus unreliable. But today, only one of those papers has been retracted, Nature reports.

The investigations began in the late 1990s after it became clear that UK pathologists were harvesting organs and tissue samples from dead children without their parents’ permission. In January 2001, the government-commissioned committee reported that in addition to unethically removing the children’s organs, Dutch pathologist Dick van Velzen of the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool did not properly complete their autopsy reports, even making up some of the reported data. As a result, the papers he published with his colleagues at the University of Liverpool that were based on the questionable data, which aimed to identify potential causes of SIDS by comparing SIDS victims with infants that had died from other causes, were "fundamentally flawed."

Following the report’s release, the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) made the decision to ban van Velzen from practicing medicine in the country, but by 2009, none of those 10 papers has been pulled from the scientific literature. Upon discovering this, neuroscientist Christian Holscher of the University of Ulster wrote to the editors of the journals where the papers had been published, but only one—Victor Chernick of Pediatric Pulmonology—responded by actually retracting the paper. Even today, the other nine papers remain published. "It's not okay that these papers are still in the public domain," Holscher told Nature. "If you don't know the background, you assume this is a scientific study with proper results."

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August 17, 2011

The Idsa quoted a study done in British Columbia Canada on Lyme Disease In the late 80 early 90s it ran for a year cost $1,000,000 the premise was that it was not an endemic area because it did not have Deer ticks,   when studies  done by Dr. Bannerjee, Dr. Knidree and Diane Kindree, were done it was found the Exodies Pacificus was the tick that was spreading the Lyme bacteria.  Making their study obsolete but the study was quoted as proof of no Chronic Lyme Disease.   Now BC government is doing another study on MS and other disease like Lyme and also Lyme  disease at the cost of $ 2,000,000.   Perhaps to placate those suffering from these horrible infirmities.  How many could could be treated with these funds.  Is the IDSA going to use that study to tell us there is no chronic Lyme as they did the first study.   The first study should have been with drawn.  

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The Idsa quoted a study done in British Columbia Canada on Lyme Disease In the late 80 early 90s it ran for a year cost $1,000,000 the premise was that it was not an endemic area because it did not have Deer ticks,   when studies  done by Dr. Bannerjee, Dr. Knidree and Diane Kindree, were done it was found the Exodies Pacificus was the tick that was spreading the Lyme bacteria.  Making their study obsolete but the study was quoted as proof of no Chronic Lyme Disease.   Now BC government is doing another study on MS and other disease like Lyme and also Lyme  disease at the cost of $ 2,000,000.   Perhaps to placate those suffering from these horrible infirmities.  How many could could be treated with these funds.  Is the IDSA going to use that study to tell us there is no chronic Lyme as they did the first study.   The first study should have been with drawn.  

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August 17, 2011

The Idsa quoted a study done in British Columbia Canada on Lyme Disease In the late 80 early 90s it ran for a year cost $1,000,000 the premise was that it was not an endemic area because it did not have Deer ticks,   when studies  done by Dr. Bannerjee, Dr. Knidree and Diane Kindree, were done it was found the Exodies Pacificus was the tick that was spreading the Lyme bacteria.  Making their study obsolete but the study was quoted as proof of no Chronic Lyme Disease.   Now BC government is doing another study on MS and other disease like Lyme and also Lyme  disease at the cost of $ 2,000,000.   Perhaps to placate those suffering from these horrible infirmities.  How many could could be treated with these funds.  Is the IDSA going to use that study to tell us there is no chronic Lyme as they did the first study.   The first study should have been with drawn.  

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