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Vax-Autism Papers Re-examined

A US-based group reviews the records of discredited researcher Andrew Wakefield to reassess whether he knowingly misrepresented results.

By | November 10, 2011

mumpsWIKIMEDIA COMMONS, CDC, BARBARA RICE

A group called whistleblowers.org has obtained the records of Andrew Wakefield regarding his work on autism and vaccination in order to assess whether he committed fraud by misrepresenting his research findings, or whether the discrepancies in the records were due to negligence.

Although the idea that autism is connected to the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine has been thoroughly discredited by a number large-scale clinical trials, the question of whether Wakefield knowingly misled the public, thus committing research fraud, is still being questioned, Nature reported.

Leading the reassessment is David Lewis, a whistleblower and former environmental protection agency (EPA) microbiologist who, in a letter sent to the British Medical Journal, argued that Wakefield did not commit fraud. His appraisal of the newly released documents could influence the outcome of an investigation into charges of fraud and data manipulation by the University College London, which took over the hospital division where Wakefield worked, although the institution has yet to begin its work on the matter.

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November 10, 2011

Lewis' letter was published yesterday in the November 9 issue of BMJ. That issue also included (1) a call by the editor for parliamentary investigation of the Wakefield debacle ("Institutional research misconduct"); (2) invited comments from experts pathologists Drs. Karel Geboes and Ingvar Bjarnason, who examined the same report forms that were given to Lewis by Wakefield ("Commentary: I see no convincing evidence of 'enterocolitis,' 'colitis,' or a 'unique disease process'â€쳌; and "Commentary: We came to an overwhelming and uniform opinion that these reports do not show colitis"); and (3) an investigative report from journalist Brian Deer ("Pathology reports solve 'new bowel disease' riddle").http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7...

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November 10, 2011

Lewis' letter was published yesterday in the November 9 issue of BMJ. That issue also included (1) a call by the editor for parliamentary investigation of the Wakefield debacle ("Institutional research misconduct"); (2) invited comments from experts pathologists Drs. Karel Geboes and Ingvar Bjarnason, who examined the same report forms that were given to Lewis by Wakefield ("Commentary: I see no convincing evidence of 'enterocolitis,' 'colitis,' or a 'unique disease process'â€쳌; and "Commentary: We came to an overwhelming and uniform opinion that these reports do not show colitis"); and (3) an investigative report from journalist Brian Deer ("Pathology reports solve 'new bowel disease' riddle").http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7...

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November 10, 2011

Lewis' letter was published yesterday in the November 9 issue of BMJ. That issue also included (1) a call by the editor for parliamentary investigation of the Wakefield debacle ("Institutional research misconduct"); (2) invited comments from experts pathologists Drs. Karel Geboes and Ingvar Bjarnason, who examined the same report forms that were given to Lewis by Wakefield ("Commentary: I see no convincing evidence of 'enterocolitis,' 'colitis,' or a 'unique disease process'â€쳌; and "Commentary: We came to an overwhelming and uniform opinion that these reports do not show colitis"); and (3) an investigative report from journalist Brian Deer ("Pathology reports solve 'new bowel disease' riddle").http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7...

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November 11, 2011

These so-called trials which "thoroughly discredited" the idea of the MMR vaccine as the cause of autism are pure BS.  My grandson changed changed before my very eyes in one day (the one after his vaccines were administered) from a happy, cheerful talking and loving child into a zombie who didn't speak in words again until he was in a special autism class at kindergarten; nor did he smile, laugh, use the toilet, eat like a normal child again.  At 14, he's brilliant, with an eidetic memory, but an entirely flat affect, whereas he was clapping his hands in the air and shouting, "Yay!" the very day before the vaccine.  Try really hard to convince me or his mother and father that there was no connection.

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November 11, 2011

These so-called trials which "thoroughly discredited" the idea of the MMR vaccine as the cause of autism are pure BS.  My grandson changed changed before my very eyes in one day (the one after his vaccines were administered) from a happy, cheerful talking and loving child into a zombie who didn't speak in words again until he was in a special autism class at kindergarten; nor did he smile, laugh, use the toilet, eat like a normal child again.  At 14, he's brilliant, with an eidetic memory, but an entirely flat affect, whereas he was clapping his hands in the air and shouting, "Yay!" the very day before the vaccine.  Try really hard to convince me or his mother and father that there was no connection.

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November 11, 2011

These so-called trials which "thoroughly discredited" the idea of the MMR vaccine as the cause of autism are pure BS.  My grandson changed changed before my very eyes in one day (the one after his vaccines were administered) from a happy, cheerful talking and loving child into a zombie who didn't speak in words again until he was in a special autism class at kindergarten; nor did he smile, laugh, use the toilet, eat like a normal child again.  At 14, he's brilliant, with an eidetic memory, but an entirely flat affect, whereas he was clapping his hands in the air and shouting, "Yay!" the very day before the vaccine.  Try really hard to convince me or his mother and father that there was no connection.

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