No Link Between MMR, Autism
The medical journal the Lancent retracted 1998 study that said there was a link between the measles, mumps, rubella vaccination and autism in children. Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the lead researcher on the 12-year-old study, was found last week to have used unethical practices in his research. The General Medical Council in Britain found that he had subjected some children in the study to procedures like colonoscopies and MRIs and reportedly paid kids at his son's birthday party to give blood samples. The original study, which posited that the measles vaccine could cause gastrointestinal problems that could then lead to autism, has long been considered flawed and the theory has been discredited in subsequent studies.