The Hidden Ways Manipulated Science Harms Our Health, From Measles To Organics

February 11, 2015 12:37 PM

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The Hidden Ways Manipulated Science Harms Our Health, From Measles To Organics

The current outbreak of measles, the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago, was made possible in large part by a single black mark in the medical research literature -- a discredited 1998 study from Dr. Andrew Wakefield that purported to link the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism.

The Lancet, the journal in which Wakefield's study appeared, pulled the study after investigations by a British journalist and a medical panel uncovered cherry-picked data and an array of financial conflicts of interest, among other trappings of fraudulent science. Wakefield, a British gastroenterol...

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