More on the Media’s MMR Hoax

September 4, 2008 at 10:31 am (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , )

Actually there’s no point me telling you any more about the media’s MMR hoax, as the definitive account has already been written – it’s in Ben Goldacre’s book and you can read an edited extract here: badscience.net. What I am going to point you to is a new study that replicates Wakefield’s 1998 work and finds “strong evidence against association of autism with persistent MV RNA in the GI tract or MMR exposure.”

In the ‘background’ section of the study, the authors point out that: “Failure to replicate the original study design may contribute to continued public concern with respect to the safety of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.” Now that the study has been replicated, do you think public concern will be satisfied? I’m not all that sure it will. I reckon there will be the Japanese Soldier element with some – and somehow I can’t see JABS coming down from the mountains just yet. I also wonder if this study will receive the same media coverage as the one it is replicating? I doubt it. Funnily enough, at the time of writing there is nothing in the UK media, or on the JABS forum, relating to this study. [See link at bottom for first mention]

Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy: A Case-Control Study can be found here: MMR Study.

Further reading:

http://www.blacktriangle.org/blog/?p=1833

http://actionforautism.co.uk/2008/09/04/mmr-and-autism-no-connection/

http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/?p=1252

http://www.autismvox.com/mmr-vaccine-does-not-cause-autism-not-that-you-didnt-know-that-already/

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2008/09/03/antivax-new-evidence-shows-again-no-link-to-autism/

http://onedadsopinion.blogspot.com/2008/09/now-is-it-over.html

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/09/yet_another_really_bad_day_for_antivacci_1.php

http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/?p=1262

http://womensbioethics.blogspot.com/2008/09/reproduction-of-1998-wakefield-study.html

http://medicineandman.com/blog/2008/09/04/measles-vaccine-and-autism/

http://oneutah.org/2008/08/31/anti-vaccination-cranks-medical-woo-and-the-measles/

http://onedadsopinion.blogspot.com/2008/09/now-is-it-over.html

http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/?p=1291 – on the “exoneration” of O’Leary.

Any more blogs covering this? Feel free to post a link in the comments.

Media coverage: I checked google news for “Hornig” and, as of 11.45 am on 4th September, the only coverage seemed to be North American. Where is the British media?

JABS forum: jabs-forum-mmr-study [pdf]. Also here: http://www.jabs.org.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2879.

6 Comments

  1. CDC PR Machine in Overdrive with Flawed MMR/Autism Study | AutismParents.NET! said,

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  2. Teek said,

    glad you blogged this, i might wait and see just how many ‘mainstream media’ outlest cover the story in the next 24 hours before releasing the hounds.

    i see the first comment is just fascinating – glad t’internet allows both sides of a coin to be exposed…!

    ;-)

  3. jdc325 said,

    “i see the first comment is just fascinating – glad t’internet allows both sides of a coin to be exposed…!”
    Haha, yeah – I think they’re saying my post is full of $hit.

  4. dvnutrix said,

    16:53 and the Daily Mail finally posts an article about the study.

    U.S researchers tried to replicate a controversial British study that linked the MMR vaccine to autism but failed to find any such evidence.

    They said they hoped their study would encourage parents to vaccinate their children to combat a rash of measles outbreaks.

  5. jdc325 said,

    Cheers dvnutrix,

    I’ve managed to find something to whinge about in that Dail Mail article. They describe “a controversial British study” and refer to the fact that “Wakefield is undergoing disciplinary action for professional misconduct”. They stick the boot into Wakefield and avoid mentioning anything about the media role in the whole affair. Not very classy, but to be honest it is a bit of a relief to see a generally sensible article in the Mail. And they’re first [among the mainstream British media] to the story – scoop!

  6. jdc325 said,

    Like me, John Stone also thinks the media blackout is fascinating:

    What is fascinating about this episode is the UK media blackout. Apart from providing at best weak evidence it (1) supports the ethicality of the Royal Free clinical investigations (2) endorses the validity of results from the O’Leary lab.

    The dog that didn’t bak in the night, eh?

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