British authorities discredit research methods used by autism doctor

01/29/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

British medical authorities have ruled that Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor who now practices in Texas, acted unethically in his research on a link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Wakefield's study -- now largely discredited -- caused many parents to reject the vaccine for their children and gave rise to an increase in measles among British children. Authorities did not pass judgment on Wakefield's results but found his research methods to be unacceptable after conducting a two-year investigation. Wakefield called the allegations "unfounded and unjust."

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