Daily Archives: July 16, 2007

More MMR bad science: The Guardian, the BMJ, and Holford Watch in BMJ Rapid Responses

A short break from your usual Patrick Holford coverage – courtesy of some more awful mainstream media MMR reporting. It was disappointing to see the Observer running such god-awful autism/MMR stories, but to see the BMJ pick up the Observer’s inaccurate figures (the claim that 1 in 58 children is on the autistic spectrum) is even more disturbing: this is a journal that should know how to do maths, and should know what a diagnosis is. I’ll deal with the BMJ claim first, and then move onto some jaw-droppingly awful MMR reporting in the Guardian. Continue reading


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