Horton clears some woo

Over the past three weeks the BMJ has been publishing Brian Deer's investigation of Wakefield's fraudulent attempt to make money out of manufactured safety concerns about MMR. The first BMJ article dealt with the fixing of the data, the second dealt with plans to reap financial rewards from Wakefield's deliberate…

Safety in second place?

The safety of newly marketed drugs is always provisional, based on the relatively limited population the drugs are used in prior to marketing. The number of subjects who take a drug in clinical trials is large enough to detect efficacy, but too small to detect rare, but serious, adverse events.…

AN Wilson’s nutty Nazi comparison

Godwin's justly celebrated law states that as an online debate grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving the Nazis or Hitler approaches one. After having explained Godwin's Law Nick Cohen goes on to give an example of Godwin's law in The Daily Mail, where AN Wilson attempts to equate…

Wakefield changed and misreported results

Brian Deer has been investigating Andrew Wakefield, again. THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found. Confidential medical documents and interviews…
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