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Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

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Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance. Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill. Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged…

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

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…

Vaccination fight between parents ends up in U.K. court

This is a vindication for the parent who relied on science to help with medical decisions for his children. I do like this outcome. BBC News – High Court orders two sisters must receive MMR vaccine. A judge has ruled that sisters aged 15 and 11 must have the MMR vaccine even though they and…

Maternal test for autism draws criticism from other researchers

A new test may not have the foundation for its claims and autism scientists are concerned. I typically do not cite articles that are not publicly available but Science is a fairly common journal for those who are interested. It was worrisome on many levels so it was worth posting here. Alarm Over Autism Test…

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

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…

Can we finally put this autism-vaccine misinformation to rest?

This is not news to most people. The vaccine-autism link was never strong and has fallen away completely in the past several years. There is NO link between the two. But are the facts and evidence enough to finally bury this harmful health scare that prevented WAY too many parents around the world from vaccinating…

Society awards Wakefield a golden duck for quackery

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.

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%…

Wakefield files appeal of dismissed defamation suit

In an update to this story of Andrew Wakefield‘s defamation claim being thrown out of court, he may not be gone yet. Orac has found evidence of an appeal. Andrew Wakefield appeals?. On the antivaccine front, this year began with antivaccine hero Andrew Wakefield filing suit against investigative reporter Brian Deer, the BMJ, and Fiona…

Wakefield suit thrown out of Texas court

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…

Autism One conference ripped in Forbes piece

A highly critical but on the mark commentary about the Autism One conference where people sell stuff and complain about conspiracies… Nobel laureate joins anti-vaccination crowd at Autism One – Forbes. If you’re reading this from anywhere but Chicago, you just missed the Autism One conference, which ends today. This conference, run by Jenny McCarthy…

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

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

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

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

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.

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 drama not over

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…