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Journal: Study linking vaccine to autism was fraud

Parents of autistic children received a stunning blow last week when it was revealed that the first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved. The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues were renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Their study suggested that the MMR(measles, mumps and rubella)shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and gave them some hope of a reason. That hope now seems to have been dashed.

Kim Gibson, mother of an autistic son says she and her husband, Dwayne, were taken aback when they saw the report on CNN earlier this week, but she said the report does not change the course of action for parents of autistic children, because they have to forge ahead and get their kids the things they need.

“The scientific studies say one thing, but a lot of parents who have seen their children slip away at the age of two . . . they really don’t care about the research, they just care about what they know, what they see, and what they live with,” said Gibson.”This statement really does not affect our cause. The kids are here, they have the autism, so whatever triggered it, what caused it, whatever findings have occurred, doesn’t affect what we need to do. What we need to do is garner public awareness, win support, solicit support so that each child can be able to obtain the therapies and treatment they need to become the best they can be.”

We were taken aback when we saw it, but like Sanjay Gupta said on CNN, for parents of kids with autism, it doesn’t change the course of action and that’s the truth, because we have to go on and get the kids our things need.

American personality Jenny McCarthy, mother of an autistic son, certainly caught a lot of flack for a comment she made when she said she would take measles any day over autism. As far as parents of autistic children are concerned, you can live with measles.

was watching a personality they other day whose child was diagnosed with autism, and she said she would take measles any day over autism. The bottom line is you can live with measles. The scientific studies say one thing, but a lot of parents who have seen their children slip away at the age of two, they really don’t care about the research, they just care about what they know, what they see, and what they live with.

Kim Gibson-Dr. Wakefield wasn’t the only doctor that did a study that linked the vaccine to autism. Daylen was diagnosed with regressive autism, and that’s autism that develops around the age of two and when this happens with kids, a lot of parents think this is caused by the vaccine because this is around the same time that kids have a lot of vaccines at the age of two. I was surprised that it was recanted, but it could the vaccine, but it may not be, because there are studies to support it, and a parent sued and won, because it was proved that the vaccine caused autism in that particular child, however I think there must be a genetic pre-disposition which one must have, and then there’s obviously some environmental factors that kick in and triggers the autism. It may not be the vaccine but . . . There’s a website that’s looking at pesticides and even pollution and bio chemicals-I know it sounds far fetched, because all of these things can cause autism in children that have the pre-disposition, so every child may not be able to tolerate certain things, and if you have that genetic pre-disposition, something can trigger it. Some underlying thing can trigger it, and that’s what I think happens with autism. Some underlying genetic pre-disposition in children triggers it.

When Daylen was born, he was normal and doctors couldn’t believe he had autism. To be honest, when I went back for him to get his MMR shot that’s when we noticed him slipping away.

For parents, we deal with this on a regular basis, and when this happens and our children get diagnosed with autism, it affects your whole life and your family as a whole. Kim has three children. Daylen is now 7.

Our president Mario Carey said we don’t know what causes autism, but there are certain things we do know. We now know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, autism occurs in one in every 110 children, so the number is dropping. We know that it occurs in one in every eight of them are boys, so that’s also dropping. We know that in The Bahamas, there are only three to four speech therapists that deal with kids with autism, so the numbers are increasing drastically in The Bahamas, and the resources are dwindling. We know that there’s only one autistic unit primary school(Garvin Tynes) government and one unit high school(Anatol Rodgers). And they just have like a classroom there and they’re over-crowded.

We know that insurance companies for some reason don’t cover speech therapy for kids with autism, however, they cover physical therapy for other children, so these things we need to agitate for. We know that we need more doctors here that know about autism. Sometimes the thought was there was a link, some may still think there’s a link, but the findings don’t change the struggle. The findings don’t change what we deal with on a regular basis.

On an average day

For a typical person dealing with a child with autism it’s rough-the children don’t speak, they go to a classroom that’s over-crowded, they don’t get any help, they need speech therapy, the parents can’t afford it, and there are parents that have two children with autism, and everyday it’s a struggle. The kids have temper tantrums because they can’t communicate their thoughts, people stare, so kids with autism need speech occupational therapy, APA therapy, and kids in the United States get these things in a school-public school, and in The Bahamas, it’s offered one place, but it’s super expensive, so it’s almost like doom.

Another thing parents worry about is what’s going to happen to their children when they die. In the States they have places that house kids, respite centers where the kids are cared for, we have nothing. The kids aren’t crazy, so they shouldn’t be put in Sandilands, but that is what is happening right now with the older kids whose parents have died, and that’s kind of disheartening. All they need is love, and if given the adequater therapy, treatments, some of them can live normal lives. Some have gone on to get master’s degrees. Dr[Judson]Eneas has a son who was diagnosed with autism, he has now gone on to have a masters degree, because his wife is American and they were able to move to the United States-here kids have no chance. We also have some kids who are in typical schools, because they have high-functioning autism, and some kids who are brilliant, but you can tell they have some social deficiency as oppossed to communicating, because it’s a neurological disorder that affects one’s communication and sometimes social skills.

First impression

I was pissed, because for a long time, it was known that there was some correlation, but yes the statistics were discredited, but there were several other doctors, not just Dr. Wakefield, that feel there is some link and it may not be just the vaccine itself, but something else.

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Things that people need to be aware and cognizant of is that they may see kids-sometimes you may see kids in the grocery store acting out having a temper tantrum, don’t stare, don’t look at the kids like they’re crazy. The kids have a communication disorder, they cannot communicate their thoughts, concerns or pain, and they have a temper tantrum. In The Bahamas, people tend to stare, so I’d like people to be more considerate and more aware. And I’d also like to ask people to give REACH a hand, because there’s so much that we need assistance with, and it’s not just financial. Sometimes it’s bodies, or sometimes it’s thinking?????We also need more governmental support, we need more classrooms, we need insurance companies to cover the different therapies kids with autism need. There’s a whole gamut of things, said the parent who is also one of the vice preisidents of REACH. Mario Carey is now the current president.

There is a school here that offers all of the therapies that the kids need, but it’s so expensive, it’s out of reach. It’s called Seahorse Institute and is owned by Dr. Michelle Major who is a specialist in children with neurological diseases, and she practices out of Dr. Lightbourne’s office called the Caribbean Center for Research Development.

We were taken aback when we saw it, but like Sanjay Gupta said on CNN, for parents of kids with autism, it doesn’t change the course of action and that’s the truth, because we have to go on and get the kids our things need.

Dacosta Bethel-Dr. Wakefield’s report came out about five years ago, and it sparked a lot of hope for parents because then they felt there was some known cause, because before that, and now, there’s no known cause for autism as there is no cure, but there are a number of therapies that dramatically improve the outcome of these children, so when Dr. Wakefield’s report came out, it coincided with the experiences of a lot of people, and that is what really gave the report so much credability in the initial days, was the findings that a lot of parents had experienced and that is right around ages two and three when they were being given this MMR vaccine, their child would lose all of their acquired vocabulary to date, and their social interaction skills, so they put two and two together to get to my child seemed to have suffered from this as well, so it gave parents some hope that maybe the next step would be to find a solution to this, and a lot of parents were holding on to that for years . Fortunately, or unfortunately that is no longer the case. A couple of years after the report came out it was announced that follow-up scientific studes could not duplicate what Dr. Wakefield’s report had announced so there was never any substantial scientific surveys to support what he had said, so it was always in doubt. I think the recent announcement just further supports that, however, there are parents who did experience children becoming autistic right around that time. I think some of them still want to hold on to that because they really have nothing else to hold on-they don’t know where else to look for what has caused this unfortunate regression in their child’s development. It’s a sense of disappointment. The thing is even though the possibility of it being related to the MMR vaccine hasn’t been proven, but it may still be that the MMR does cause autism, but man’s knowledge to date and scientific studies cannot identify the link, so the only thing we can really say is that the study as was done, does not support the findings that Dr. Wakefield announced.

Is that what you believe happened with Ruben.

Ruben was autistic from birth. From beginning he lacked social interaction, the eye contact wasn’t there. His language was a lot of gibberish early on, fortunately we were able to take him to a speech and language pathologist who helped him substantially to acquire and effectively use language, and he developed quite a large vocabulary from where he was to date.

How are your efforts being recognized on autism education

In the early days we were working with government to establish the autistic unit that’s now located in the Garvin Tynes school, and two years ago, they have since put up the autistic unit at the Antaol Rodgers School. There was always a place for autistic students at the Stapledon School, but that was a catch-all and autistic children are distinctly different from the other mental challenges that some children face, in that even with the right therapy, autistic children can develop to a near normal state, so there is a need to seperate them, but with REACH, there has been significant improvements over the years, and the particular minister of education now is very aggressive to improving classrooms, and putting in facilities for autistic children. He has made a commitment to establish a school in the east and we’re looking forward to that. Garvin Tynes is west.

LONDON(AP)–The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.

The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered.

A new examination found, by comparing the reported diagnoses in the paper to hospital records, that Wakefield and colleagues altered facts about patients in their study.

The analysis, by British journalist Brian Deer, found that despite the claim in Wakefield’s paper that the 12 children studied were normal until they had the MMR shot, five had previously documented developmental problems. Deer also found that all the cases were somehow misrepresented when he compared data from medical records and the children’s parents.

Wakefield could not be reached for comment despite repeated calls and requests to the publisher of his recent book, which claims there is a connection between vaccines and autism that has been ignored by the medical establishment. Wakefield now lives in the U.S. where he enjoys a vocal following including celebrity supporters like Jenny McCarthy.

Deer’s article was paid for by the Sunday Times of London and Britain’s Channel 4 television network. It was published online Thursday in the medical journal, BMJ.

In an accompanying editorial, BMJ editor Fiona Godlee and colleagues called Wakefield’s study”an elaborate fraud.”They said Wakefield’s work in other journals should be examined to see if it should be retracted.

Last May, Wakefield was stripped of his right to practice medicine in Britain. Many other published studies have shown no connection between the MMR vaccination and autism.

But measles has surged since Wakefield’s paper was published and there are sporadic outbreaks in Europe and the U.S. In 2008, measles was deemed endemic in England and Wales.

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