February 3rd, 2010

Lancet Retracts Study Tying Vaccine to Autism

By Kelley Luckstein

The study that first suggested a link between vaccines and autism and spurred a long-running, acrimonious debate over the safety of vaccines has been retracted by the British medical journal that published it…Ten of the 13 authors of the original paper, all of whom were researchers at the Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine in London, partially retracted the paper in 2004. However, the first author, Andrew Wakefield, didn't. Dr. Wakefield, who is now at the Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, Texas, didn't immediately return phone calls seeking comment…

 

Dr. Wakefield has been outspoken about his concern about the measles vaccine. He has continually pushed the view that the vaccine caused autism, said Greg Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic and director of the vaccine research group in Rochester, Minn. "With the retraction, the hypothesis that he put forward has been debunked," said Dr. Poland

 

Wall Street Journal, by Shirley Wang, 2/2/2010

Tags: autism, Infectious Diseases, Preventive Medicine, vaccine

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