August 31, 2014

 Translational Neurodegeneration – an academic and  peer-reviewed journal published in August findings on the  re-analysis of a 2004 paper that had been published in Pediatrics, the paper  looked at MMR vaccines and autism.

The re-analysis of the data, by Brian Hooker of Simpson University, who is a biochemical engineer, claimed to find a higher rate of vaccination against MMR among a subset, African-American boys, of the original study population who developed autism than among those who did not.

Hooker claims that this finding was suppressed by the authors of the original paper from the  Centers of Disease Control (CDC). One of the co-authors, William Thompson, released a press release were he states that data was omitted.

‘My name is William Thompson.  I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.

I’ regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information  in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased  risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.’

The full press release by William W. Thompson, Ph.D. can be read here

The editors of Translational Neurodegeneration have retracted Hooker’s paper, stating on their site that:

  “This article has been removed from the public domain because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions. The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest. Definitive editorial action will be pending further investigation.”



About the author 

Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

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