VOICE: Glenn Beck program presents Spotlight on Science.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: We'll restore science to its rightful place.
VOICE: A series dedicated to President Obama's passion for everything science.
GLENN: He wants to make sure that we set science in her place. He said last night in the speech that he's just going to look at the facts and the figures. So here we go. The doctor who sparked the scare of the safety of the measles vaccine of children changed and misreported the results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism. This is due to studies in the U.K. Sunday Times in an investigation. The research was published in 1998 in an article in the Lancet medical journal. It claimed that families of eight out of twelve children attending a routine clinic at the hospital had blamed MMR for their autism. Although the research paper claimed that problems came within days of the inoculation, only one case did medical records suggest that this was true and in many cases medical concerns had been raised before the children were vaccinated. But what does it mean? Basically that this scare started from just one of 12 patients. Despite involving just a dozen children, the 1998 paper's impact was extraordinary. After its publication rates of inoculation fell from 92% to below 80. The result? In England 24 times the amount of children are getting measles than they did in 1998 when the study came out. Scientists have now spent years trying to replicate this one study at one clinic with only 12 patients. No researchers have been able to replicate the results produced by Wakefield's team in the Lancet study. Some use statistics to see if autism took off in 1988 when MMR was introduced. It didn't. Others used virology to see if MMR caused bowel disease, a core suggestion in the paper. It didn't. Yet more replicated the exact Wakefield tests. They showed nothing. The doctor denies now any wrongdoing but it is possible that one idiotic doctor in a peer review journal with all the credibility of science being put in her rightful place has created a worldwide panic for parents and has misled millions in research that could have been used to study autism in another way. Now who knows w hat the truth is. Autism is so difficult for doctors to get a handle on and parents, their hearts are just ripped out of their chest. Maybe they will find something later on that backs this up. However, this medical journal has been involved in at least one other study that at least I know of that was massively wrong. It has fueled a whole generation of wildly inaccurate misinformation and even influence on public policy makers, not to mention Rosie O'Donnell and even Osama Bin Laden. The Lancet was also the journal that produced the study claiming that over 600,000 people had died in Iraq during the Iraqi war, a fact parroted in endless amounts of propaganda in the Middle East, not to mention Hollywood, that has undoubtedly resulted in countless deaths of U.S. troops and innocent civilians despite the fact that every other study found 1/10th of that figure. The study was later discredited but it is still repeated endlessly on liberal blogs and therefore because of the copy-and-paste feature probably on Keith Olbermann's show as well, although I'm only basing that on studies of only one Keith Olbermann. So maybe the sample size just isn't large enough.
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