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Lancet Withdraw Article Saying Vaccines Cause Austism

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Feb 05, 2010 @ 12:48 AM

Tags: Austism, Vaccines

  A British Medical Journal Lancet published an article saying that vaccines can cause austism.  Lancet recently recanted this article saying the research was bias and horribly inaccurate.

  Andrew Wakefield, the lead author of this study stands by the claims that is research is valid. Dr. Wakefield never claimed any scientific evidence of the link between autism and vaccines. The research just showed that young children given vaccines may have a tendency to develop autism.  Dr. Wakefield recommended that vaccines be given at least a year apart from one another instead of all together.  Dr. Wakefield himself stated that this was a small study with only 13 children and further studies were needed.  Wakefiield research was found to be unpopular with in the UK medical community.  

  Claims were made that the Dr. Wakefield fudged the data to reach his own hypothesis.   Allegations were made that he was paid by parents of children of autism and British trial lawyers to conduct this research.  10 of the 13 authors of this study say they no longer support their findings.  

  The British medical council found Dr. Wakefield and two of his colleagues of irresponsible and dishonest behavior and professional misconduct.   Subsequent studies linking autism to vaccination show no evidence that autism is caused by vaccines.  However, Dr. Wakefield has said there is another study that shows that there may be a potential link.  

  Dr. Healy is a physician, educator, and health administrator who was the first woman to head the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA.  She says more research needs to be done on this.  Officials have been too quick to dismiss that vaccines may cause autism.  There may be a suspectible group of children where vaccines are not safe. 

  Do you think Dr. Wakefield research is dishonest?  Do you think the medical community did not like his conclusions so they are trying to discredit him?  Why does the Lancet not review their articles before publishing?  What are your thoughts on vaccines in general?  This British medicial journal published an article saying the "End of Homeopathy." Most researchers found this research to be totally false but the Lancet never recanted that article. 


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