nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

British medical journal Lancet retracts 10 year old study linking autism and vaccine.

This is important, because for the last decade it's the only study that the autism activists have been able to point to that supports a linik between the childhood-onset malady and the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine.  Supporting authors repudiated the study years ago, but the main author did not, and has made a living off of scaring parents.  Lancet, long overdue in retracting the study, has finally determined, after a second investigation, that not only was this a poor study, it was conducted fraudulently and unethically.  You can read the paper here but unfortunately the title isn't clear in describing what it's talking about and you have to register to read the free article.

With several other well-designed studies contradicting this link, and this final blow, the autism-vaccine activists are left with no substantive argument.  Maybe now we can press on to more important concerns, and quit wasting research money fighting phantoms.

Doc D

Opinions entirely my own.

1 comment:

Eileen said...

"Retraction—Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children" <-- How is this not clear?? ;)

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