Archive for 'Vaccines' Category

Does MMR vaccine travel in time?

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, January 27, 2012

The news that the diagnosis of autism may be brought forward is primarily of importance because it may help identify children who will require specialised support. However, it is also interesting because it breaks the co-incidental temporal association that has been part of the reason the MMR vaccine-autism hypothesis gained traction. Since the behavioural cues […]

Sadly, measles cases may be what it takes

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, November 19, 2011

It’s over 8 years since I first blogged on MMR vaccine here, and it is still ongoing. The recent news that the “new bowel disease” discovered by Wakefield was a fantasy, isn’t that much of a surprise. I’d been told as much a few years ago, but the mistake a Wakefield supporter made by supplying […]

ISOP 2011

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011

This week I have been at the International Society of Pharmacovigilance‘s 2011 meeting in Istanbul. My colleagues and I have been presenting data on missed doses (adults and children), causality and prevention of adverse drug reactions, the use of rivaroxoban for total knee replacement, and patient internet accounts of serious Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic […]

Horton clears some woo

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, January 21, 2011

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 stoking of fears over MMR […]

Wakefield: One less crocodile in the swamp

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I’ve been blogging on the MMR vaccine controversy here since 2003, writing letters to my professional journal about the safety of the vaccine since 2002, and prior to that arguing with kooks on the internet in internet newsgroups about vaccines. While over that time the claims supporting any link between MMR vaccine and autism were […]

Wakefield in his own words

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Here is a video made by Brian Deer, which transposes his explanation of Wakefield’s behaviour with words from a recent interview with Wakefield. Hat-tip: LBRB.

A brief history of MMR vaccine

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010

I’ve had an editorial published in The Pharmaceutical Journal attempting to tell the story of the MMR vaccine – autism story from beginning to end. It’s free to read for the next 30 days, and then will disappear behind a firewall. Here’s the part about Wakefield’s virological tests for measles virus: The 1998 paper did […]

Fiona Phillips has gone (pea)nuts

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, February 6, 2010

Despite the overwhelming amount of science failing to find a link between MMR vaccine and autism, as well as the dishonest and unethical behaviour of Wakefield, there are a number of journalists still prepared to push the hoax. One of these is Fiona Phillips. You can watch her talking about MMR on Question Time, and […]

The upside of infection

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How Wakefield spoke at an US anti-vaccine conference in the early 2000s (transcribed from audiotape sample no longer on web). the upside of infection, yes the upside of infection, we are survivors of infection, we are here not in spite of infection, but because of infection. Our immune system has been conditioned over millions and […]