Autism-Vaccine Study Pulled Amid Concerns

the MPR take:

A study published earlier this month in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration has been removed from the website due to concerns regarding the validity of the study conclusions. Lead author Brian Hooker analyzed data that was also the basis for a CDC study that found no link between age of first MMR vaccination and autism diagnoses or any statistically significant increased risk based on race. Hooker's analysis, however, found that African-American boys given the MMR vaccine before age 24 months were more likely to receive an autism diagnosis. Hooker has stated that the CDC deliberately limited the participants to exclude those without birth certificates in order to skew the results; one of the lead authors in the CDC’s study, William Thompson, acknowledges that this information was omitted but that he and the other authors stand by the CDC study. A statement on the journal website notes that “the journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest. Definitive editorial action will be pending further investigation.”

Autism-Vaccine Study Pulled Amid Concerns
Autism-Vaccine Study Pulled Amid Concerns

A study published earlier this month on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation, according to Translational Neurodegeneration. In an online statement, the scientific journal said the paper had been removed "because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions."

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