Thursday, February 23, 2012

What is it about Texas?

"What is it about Texas? It’s where the former British doctor and medical researcher Andrew Wakefield made his home after his now-notorious paper claiming an association between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism was discredited and declared fraudulent."

"And now Texas is the new home of another figure at the center of an explosive medical ethics controversy: bioethicist Glenn McGee."

"This latest controversy, like the Wakefield one, has plenty of peculiar twists and turns. I suspect, however, that most of the details are probably too “in house” to be of interest to anybody other than other bioethicists. But the McGee controversy should concern us all. For it underscores a serious problem that continues to plague many areas of medicine: an unwillingness to deal effectively with financial conflicts of interest."

Susan Perry reviews the ongoing AJOB scandal in MinnPost.

1 comment:

  1. Actually the Wakefield MMR case exemplifies the failure of journalists and bioethicists to investigate the almost unchecked power of vaccine manufacturers and policymakers. Cut-and-paste journalism facilitates this new corporate McCarthyism.

    Our primal fear of disease is being misused to trump honest concerns about infants and adults who paradoxically suffer adverse reactions to vaccines. Scientific discourse is being shut down with vilification of unpopular research (e.g., the recent Canada aluminum study) and increasing are calls for censorship of reasonable vaccine questioning.

    On CBS-TV Atlanta's show Public Affairs on Peach this week, vaccine safety advocate Scott Laster of SafeMinds said: "When a parent sees a child run a high fever from vaccines immediately following, and then that child regresses into autism, I think it's not fair to say that's a coincidence... In our view... it's a clarion call for researchers to study what is really causing autism from those vaccines, and then fix the vaccines so that we can be protected from diseases without having to suffer the vaccine injuries."

    Last May the Pace Environmental Law Review published "Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury" by Holland et al. The paper states that at least 83 vaccine injuries compensated by DHHS involve brain damage that includes autism.

    Given that more than 2,500 vaccine injury cases have won awards in the VICP, 80% of filed cases are thrown out, and countless more adverse events go unreported, vaccine consumers deserve to know whether government policymakers and vaccine manufacturers have put any effort whatsoever into learning how to prevent vaccine injuries.

    What a compelling topic for a university class in investigative journalism and bioethics....