Friday, April 2, 2010

Censored on Chicago Tribune Buys Award With CDC’s Help

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  1. @Jake Crosby

    I'm not going to focus on the numerous logical fallacies of your post, but I will point out several errors of fact.

    "Thorsen was the second highest listed co-author from the university that led the Danish study on the MMR."

    Wrong. He is much further down in the list. Here are the studies as they appear in a PubMed search:

    * MMR vaccination and febrile seizures: evaluation of susceptible subgroups and long-term prognosis.
    Vestergaard M, Hviid A, Madsen KM, Wohlfahrt J, Thorsen P, Schendel D, Melbye M, Olsen J.
    JAMA. 2004 Jul 21;292(3):351-7. PMID: 15265850

    * [MMR vaccination and autism--a population-based follow-up study]
    Madsen KM, Hviid A, Vestergaard M, Schendel D, Wohlfahrt J, Thorsen P, Olsen J, Melbye M.
    Ugeskr Laeger. 2002 Dec 2;164(49):5741-4. Danish. PMID: 12523209

    * A population-based study of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and autism.
    Madsen KM, Hviid A, Vestergaard M, Schendel D, Wohlfahrt J, Thorsen P, Olsen J, Melbye M.
    N Engl J Med. 2002 Nov 7;347(19):1477-82. PMID: 12421889

    In none of those is he the second highest listed co-author. Please keep your facts correct.

    "Tsouderos ignores the fact that the data behind the Danish research on the MMR vaccine indicates that the younger the child is immunized with the vaccine, the more likely that child is to develop autism."

    Wrong again. From the last of those studies:

    There was no association between the age at the time of vaccination, the time since vaccination, or the date of vaccination and the development of autistic disorder.

    "What’s more, when the reporting bias is removed from the data behind the Danish research on thimerosal, autism rates fell after removal of the preservative."

    Wrong, again. From the thimerosal study:

    RESULTS: A total of 956 children with a male-to-female ratio of 3.5:1 had been diagnosed with autism during the period from 1971-2000. There was no trend toward an increase in the incidence of autism during that period when thimerosal was used in Denmark, up through 1990. From 1991 until 2000 the incidence increased and continued to rise after the removal of thimerosal from vaccines, including increases among children born after the discontinuation of thimerosal.

    This is being cross-posted to Silenced by Age of Autism.


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