London: The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.
Deer`s article was paid for by the Sunday Times of London and Britain`s Channel 4 television network. It was published online Thursday in the medical journal, BMJ.In an accompanying editorial, BMJ editor Fiona Godlee and colleagues called Wakefield`s study "an elaborate fraud." They said Wakefield`s work in other journals should be examined to see if it should be retracted.Last May, Wakefield was stripped of his right to practice medicine in Britain. Many other published studies have shown no connection between the MMR vaccination and autism.But measles has surged since Wakefield`s paper was published and there are sporadic outbreaks in Europe and the US In 2008, measles was deemed endemic in England and Wales.Bureau Report
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