Monday, February 09, 2009

Autism, the Measles Vaccine, and Fudging Science

Another discredited paper in "peer-reviewed" Lancet (Times UK):

Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.
The Lancet gained notoriety publishing a paper that claimed "Iraqi civilian deaths at more than 2% of Iraq’s pre-war population, around 655,000" (HotAir) that has also been not only disproven but ridiculed. As Glenn Reynolds asks, "Who do they use for peer review? Michael Moore?". More here.

In November, TierneyLab (via Instapundit) cited an NIH study on weight loss research found that "quality of data was significantly better in industry-supported research than in nonindustry-supported research, particularly in studies involving drug treatments". Small reminders that research that isn't funded by industry is neither incorruptible nor infallible, in fact, it turns out research funded by corporations may actually be "significantly" better.

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