Tag Archive for Andrew Wakefield

Time to publicly shame people who are STILL anti-vaccination?

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This is something that most of us already knew. Vaccines are safe, effective, and do not cause autism. Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously. – CNN.com. Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period. That’s what a review of more than 20,000 scientific studies on childhood vaccines concludes this week. The review appears…

The Wakefield effect: Whooping cough kills baby in Florida

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This can pretty much directly be traced to Andrew Wakefield’s flawed study about the MMR vaccine and the disinformation for years after that made parents fear that vaccines are dangerous. This is clear proof that NOT getting vaccinated is what is truly dangerous and parents have been irresponsible. Baby dies from whooping cough in Orange…

Possible first measles death in Wales epidemic

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The Wakefield effect? We’ll have to see. BBC News – Swansea measles epidemic: Man who died had measles. The 25-year-old, named locally as Gareth Williams, was found dead at a flat on Thursday. Public Health Wales (PHW), which is tackling an epidemic of more than 800 cases, said tests confirmed only that the man had…

The Independent (U.K.) gives Andrew Wakefield front page during measles outbreak

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Just a few days ago, Andrew Wakefield made a statement (on the horrendous Age of Autism org site) that claims “British Government is entirely culpable for measles outbreak” because they did not allow for single vaccines. And, he goes on to say that the [combination] “MMR Vaccine Can Cause Autism” (completely false) thus leaving parents…

Society awards Wakefield a golden duck for quackery

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Andrew Wakefield, discredited over autism-MMR vaccine link claims, is named Good Thinking Society’s Golden Duck winner. Struck off MMR doctor handed award for ‘lifetime achievement in quackery’ | The Guardian. Andrew Wakefield, the doctor struck off the medical register for his discredited research that claimed to find a link between autism and the MMR vaccine,…

Good news about vaccination rates in the U.K.

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Some good news for a change. Society is on the rebound in vaccination acceptance after the huge setback caused by Wakefield’s discredited work. MMR vaccine uptake reaches 14-year high MMR vaccine coverage has reached its highest level in 14 years in young children, says the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). In England, 91%…

Chronic Fatigue virus connection not found. What’s the status of CFS? [Guest commentary J. Haban]

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This news is out today regarding an illness that has generated high levels of controversy. Doubtful News called on Joey Haban to provide us with informed commentary on the news and the status of CFS. Final Verdict: Virus Unrelated to Chronic Fatigue. The mouse virus XMRV is not associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according…

Wakefield suit thrown out of Texas court

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In a followup to this story, Wakefield’s defamation case is thrown out. Wakefield can’t sue U.K. journal, editor and reporter in Texas | Salud. Andrew Wakefield, who was stripped of his British medical license in 2010 for autism research that ignited a worldwide vaccine scare, cannot sue a U.K. medical journal, its editor and a…

Measles outbreaks in Europe are risk to travelers thanks to antivax attitudes

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CDC warns U.S. travelers to London Olympics of measles risk – USATODAY.com. Health officials are bracing for the possibility of a measles outbreak in the USA, fueled by unvaccinated American tourists returning home from this summer’s Olympic Games. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the Olympics in London, as well as the Euro 2012…

Wakefield tries to sue BMJ and Deer, gets SLAPPed

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Brian Deer explains and speculates over this current legal mess: British journal to battle in Texas court over right of free speech. This anti-SLAPP motion was filed in Austin on 9 March 2012 bythe BMJ, journalist Brian Deer and editor Dr Fiona Godlee, againstex-doctor Andrew Wakefield and his latest “gagging writ” ploy Two months ago, Dr. Andrew Wakefield was…

John Walker-Smith appeals against GMC ruling associated with Wakefield

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Doctor struck off over MMR controversy appeals against ruling One of the doctors struck off over the MMR jab controversy has asked the high court to rule that his treatment was “unfair and unjust”. Prof John Walker-Smith is appealing against the General Medical Council’s (GMC) determination that he was guilty of serious professional misconduct. In…

Wrap-up of News of 2011

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Doubtful News has been on the web since August of 2011 so we don’t have a whole year’s worth of paranormal/pseudoscience/skeptical stories. (But check back this time next year!) Tim Farley has done a year end wrap-up in skeptic news. Don’t miss it. Check it out here on Skepticality. The BIGGEST stories of the year…

Wakefield sues Deer et al. for libel in the U.S.

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Legal thuggery, antivaccine edition: Andrew Wakefield sues Brian Deer, the BMJ, and Fiona Godlee Orac’s blog post has news that Andrew Wakefield, discredited (former) doctor known for the MMR vaccine research paper fiasco, has sued the author, editor and journal of the piece that gutted him. If there’s one thing that a crank, quack, pseudoscientist,…

Wakefield’s coauthors, and academic institutions in general, called out by BMJ editorial

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An editorial in the British Medical Journal calls Wakefield’s coauthors into the limelight. It’s not over yet… Institutional research misconduct | BMJ. Now we can report that it is not only Wakefield and UCL’s administrators who have a case to answer. This week we publish new information that puts the spotlight on Wakefield’s coauthors. Among…

Wakefield drama not over

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Fresh dispute about MMR ‘fraud’ On 9 November, David Lewis of the National Whistleblower’s Center in Washington DC published a letter in the BMJ (http://bmj.com) arguing that Wakefield did not commit research fraud. Lewis told Nature that he thinks the combination of public charges and a slow, secretive investigation has left the public not knowing…