Lancet retracts vaccine-autism study

Britain’s leading medical journal has retracted the 1998 study linking autism to vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella, which appeared in The Lancet in 1998.

Frightened by Andrew Wakefield’s study, British parents “abandoned the vaccine in droves, leading to a resurgence of measles.”  A series of major research studies found  no link between the vaccine and autism. Wakefield was charged with “changing and misreporting” his data. But many parents continue to fear vaccines.

It took too long, responds BMJ, a competing medical journal that had called for The Lancet to renounce the Wakefield study as bogus.

I Speak of Dreams rounds up reaction to the The Lancet’s decision.

Saturday HBO will air a biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who became an animal science professor and best-selling author.

Update: Alexander Russo has a Grandin quote: “Sometimes we forget about common sense. Autism is used too much as an excuse for bad behavior.”

You could replace “autism” with a lot of other words and the sentence would continue to make sense.

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