Week 4 discussion-MMR scandal

Week 4 discussion-MMR scandal - MMR Scandal - Dr....

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MMR Scandal - Dr. Wakefield's defrauded research proposing a link between MMR and children's autism Research timeline Discussion points References Before publication of the paper Jan. 1994 Feb. 1996 Jul. 1996 Oct. 1996 After publication of the paper Feb. 1998 Feb. 1998 Jun. 1999 2002-2004 Mar. 2004 2007-2010 Feb. 2010 ~Jan. 2011 Consequences of Wakefield scandal (UK-base reports) graph -- table info -- An anti-vaccine group, JABS, alleges that MMR vaccination causes brain damage and other problems in children. JABS solicitor (i.e. lawyer), Richard Barr, employs Dr. Andrew Wakefield, to pursue a lawsuit against MMR manufacturers. The first 3-year-old boy with autism is admitted for research to try to show a link with MMR. The boy is recruited by anti-MMR-vaccine campaigners. 1. Sampling bias: The boy was recruited through an interested party. 1. Chap. 1 (Babbie p. 7) Selective observation; Chap. 2 (Wilkins p. 17) What is the purpose of the research? Based on the result of this single case, Wakefield starts writing a draft report regarding vaccine scare. ~1998 publication Twelve children who are involved in the research based on Wakefield's theory are found to have intestinal abnormalities and developmental regression beginning one to 14 days after MMR vaccination. Nine out of 12 children who previously
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