Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Autistic bikini statistics

The British doctor whose suggestion of a link between the MMR shot and autism helped cause vaccination rates to plunge conducted his now-discredited research in a dishonest and irresponsible manner, medical authorities here concluded Thursday.

It was the latest development in a long-running health controversy that has seen measles make a comeback among British children after being all but wiped out.

The General Medical Council, Britain's medical regulator, found that Andrew Wakefield acted unethically in the way he collected blood samples from children and in his failure to disclose payments from lawyers representing parents who believed the vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella -- given as a single shot, referred to as the MMR vaccine -- had hurt their kids.

Previous BS post here.

Statistics are like a bikini. What they present is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital--Aaron Levenstein

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