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USA Today reports on Sunday Times story revealing Wakefield paper was "fixed"

This page is research from an investigation by Brian Deer for The Sunday Times of London into a campaign against the MMR vaccine Go to part I: The Lancet scandal | Go to part II: The Wakefield factor | Go to part III: Solved - the riddle of MMR

In February 2009, the United States national daily, USA Today, was among many American news outlets which reported on the third part of Brian Deer's Sunday Times investigation of Andrew Wakefield, the British former gut surgeon who caused a crisis over vaccine safety with basless allegations linking MMR to autism



Report: Doctor 'misreported' research on link between childhood vaccines, autism

February 9 2009

An English doctor who linked childhood vaccines to autism, "changed and misreported results in his research," reports the London Times.

In 1998, a group led by researcher Andrew Wakefield reported in The Lancet medical journal that eight children out of a dozen who received Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccinations developed autism symptoms days afterward.

However, investigative reporter Brian Deer says that medical records of the children shows all but one had such symptoms before the shots, and that journal reports of inflammatory bowel disease linked to the shots were untrue.

Measles inoculation rates dropped nationwide in the United Kingdom following the report; two children there last year died of the disease. All of the researchers involved in the study deny misconduct, says the Times. "Through his lawyers, Wakefield this weekend denied the issues raised by our investigation, but declined to comment further."

By Dan Vergano



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