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Daily Mail, Jerome Burne Want to Scare or Mis-inform Readers About the Chickenpox Vaccine

Distressed child receives a vaccination

Distressed child receives a vaccination

Every day there are important and essential discussions about the UK vaccination schedule. These discussions take place in Well-Baby Clinics, with doctors and nurses, with family members and friends, queuing in the supermarket, on message boards and blogs and the pages of newspapers. The common thread to all of them is the need for good quality, appropriate information.

So, what were the Daily Mail and Jerome Burne thinking when they put together this latest compilation of innuendo framed by the emotive photograph of a distressed child who seems trapped between two uncaring, faceless white coats? Continue reading

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Patrick Holford on Andrew Wakefield: He Needs to Issue an Update

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford has what he calls a blog.[a]

So far, it contains the usual inaccuracies and reproduces articles that he wrote some time ago and Holford seems to regard it as a way of recycling his usual work.

However, this has been such a remarkable week for exposing the shoddy edifice that supports some of Holford’s cash cows and entrepreneurial enterprises that we had wondered if he would crack and write about them. Continue reading

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LBC and Global Radio, Currently London’s Biggest Sulk?

LBC and Global Radio showcase presenters who are strong and passionate – they engage with their listeners in a way that is calculated to elicit some strong, passionate responses. Unsurprisingly, there have been some strong and passionate responses to LBC’s choice to make their first approach to Ben Goldacre one of legal chill rather than engagement in a matter of some importance in the area of public health – vaccination uptake in the context of a potential measles epidemic. Continue reading

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David Aaronovitch Calls for A Class Action Against Stupidity (Well, LBC Radio and Jeni Barnett, We’re Editorialising)

Writing in The Times, David Aaronovitch decries: The preposterous prejudice of the anti-MMR lobby. Continue reading

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Jeni Barnett. Has The Streisand Effect Taught You and LBC Radio Nothing?

You would think that it was not possible for Jeni Barnett and LBC Radio to compound their errors and mishandling of this issue – that the past few days and the blogosphere reaction to LBC’s Legal Chill Effect as administered to Dr Ben Goldacre might have taught something to Jeni Barnett and LBC Radio about the Streisand Effect. However, as the comments have disappeared from her two postings Bad Scientists and MMR and Me, it seems not.

Oddly enough, there was a discussion on this morning’s Start The Week (Matt Wardman has the snippet) on how, on the Internet, few things ever really disappear. Head over to Quackometer: Jeni Barnett, Have You Lost Something? Continue reading

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Brian Deer Discusses Andrew Wakefield in the Sunday Times: Many Updates

Writing in the Sunday Times, Brian Deer reveals that MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism.

THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

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.

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Some Rebuttals to Jeni Barnett’s Canards in Her LBC Radio MMR Segment

It would take more time than we have to put together a post that could encompass all of the errors and fallacies in Jeni Barnett’s lamentable LBC Radio piece on MMR. Particularly as this is one of those times when there is more to blog about than time available to do it when you have noses to wipe and daylight bulbs to buy for your ailing indoor plants.

However, we’ve finally been roused to put together a quick list of some rebuttals to some of the more obvious canards in Jeni Barnett’s lamentable LBC Radio piece on MMR. We were partly prompted to this by a comment left on Ben Goldacre’s blog by Honesty in Science.

So Ben you believe censorship will not backfire and will not lead to more people questioning of Honesty of the vaccine debate?
When it becomes common knowledge that all debate is being stifled and the reasons why parents do not vaccinate are taboo the shit will really hit the fan.
You will face charges of not being able to defend the science of vaccinations openly and honestly and not able to tpp publically refute the claims of the anti vaxxers.

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Jeni Barnett and the Phone Call with Yasmin on the LBC MMR Segment

Dr Ben Goldacre of Bad Science has publicised Jeni Barnett’s segment on MMR from the Jeni Barnett Show, LBC Radio, Sunday 1 Feb 7 January 2009. This MMR segment contained many extraordinary assertions and exchanges. You may be interested in her back and forth with her final caller. Continue reading

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Patrick Holford Has What He Calls A Blog

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford has a blog. Yay for the C21. However, there’s a limit on how far Holford is prepared to go in embracing new technology. You’re not allowed to comment on it, of course. Continue reading

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OK, We Were Wrong – Medscape Needs To Publish An Adequate Correction

We recently explained Why Medscape Should Have Issued A Correction rather than just withdraw their lamentable article on Gardasil and the safety profile of HPV vaccines.

We were wrong. Medscape should have published an adequate and appropriate correction. Continue reading

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