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Childhood measles coming back to North America

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for September 13, 2013

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U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years

MMR/autism paper fully retracted by the Lancet

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for February 3, 2010

Comment:

This is a story that we have covered extensively over the years on Sunday House Call. An excellent synopsis can be heard in our interview with Guardian columnist Dr. Ben Goldacre here.

I hold the some of the media just as responsible as Dr. Wakefield for this fiasco by sensationalizing news, promoting fear, and misrepresenting risk to peddle their stories. They are thus complicit in this MMR hoax. To see them react with such gusto against Wakefield and his research now that this paper has been completely retracted from publication epitomizes hypocrisy. They have learned nothing from their shameless behaviour and poor science reporting.

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Lancet retracts study linking vaccine to autism

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The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 2 February 2010

Retraction—Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children

Following the judgment of the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel on Jan 28, 2010, it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al1 are incorrect, contrary to the findings of an earlier investigation.2 In particular, the claims in the original paper that children were “consecutively referred” and that investigations were “approved” by the local ethics committee have been proven to be false. Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published record.

References

1 Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, et al. Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998; 351: 637-641. Summary | Full Text | PDF(758KB) | CrossRef | PubMed
2 Hodgson H. A statement by The Royal Free and University College Medical School and The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. Lancet 2004; 363: 824. Full Text | PDF(37KB) | CrossRef | PubMed
a The Lancet, London NW1 7BY, UK

Sunday House Call #287 for October 25, 2009 Special Vaccine and H1N1 edition

As the focus of attention turns to the H1N1 outbreak that is now occurring across the country, the public faces an array of information sources that will influence their opinion about vaccination. There have been many claims and critiques about the H1N1 vaccine and it has become a springboard to envelop other vaccines and vaccination […]

Examining claims of vaccine harm

As the focus of attention turns to the H1N1 outbreak that is now occurring across the country, the public faces an array of information sources that will influence their opinion about vaccination. There have been many claims and critiques about the H1N1 vaccine and it has become a springboard to envelop other vaccines and vaccination […]

The “Oprah”fication of Medicine

Original broadcast date: July 5, 2009

The general principle in science and medicine is to challenge claims and research findings in order to evaluate its veracity and repeatability. It takes evidence, solid evidence as the fuel for debate and contrarian viewpoints, not opinion based on anecdotal evidence.

To wit, the news that Oprah Winfrey is bankrolling ex-Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy to broadcast her opinions about the dangers of vaccines is one of many instances where critical appraisal of data is being subjugated by celebrity opinion.

In an article originally published on the web site Science-Based Medicine, and an abridged version in the June 7, 2009 edition of the Toronto Star, Dr. David Gorski comments on anti-vaccine advocacy, bioidentical hormone claims, pseudoscience, alternative medicine, the law of unintended consequences, the logical fallacies that are used to support them and what he calls the Oprah-fication of medicine.


  • David H. Gorski, MD, PhD, FACS, Program Leader, Breast Cancer Biology Program
    Barbara Ann
    Karmanos Cancer Institute
    Associate Professor of Surgery

    Wayne State University School of Medicine

Bad Science

Original broadcast date: March 29, 2009 If there is one quote that epitomizes the plethora of ideas expressed in physician and Guardian columnist Dr. Ben Goldacre’s book bad science, it is this from paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, Steven Jay Gould: “ When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their […]

Thimerosal and vaccine safety

Original broadcast date: August 28, 2005 In a June Rolling Stone article, and in subsequent appearances on Imus in the Morning, ABC News, and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Bobby Kennedy Jr accuses US government vaccine scientists and their academic advisers of covering up what for him is an uncontestable fact: the causal link […]

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