The British Medical Journal has called Andrew Wakefield, the lead author of the study that initially claimed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, a fraud
. Investigative journalist Brian Deer went through the original medical records of the children included in the study and found that, amongst other things, some of them didn't have autism
. Language this strong
in a journal like this is pretty unusual, especially given the UK's libel laws. The Lancet retracted the original paper
(PDF) last year due to concerns about breaches of research ethics (previously
), but the BMJ is claiming deliberate manipulation and misrepresentation of data for financial gain.
The conclusion of a research paper by associate professor Andrew McIntosh and research assistant Declan Patton of the School of Risk and Safety Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia: "To minimise the risk of head and neck injury, head bangers should decrease their range of head and neck motion
, head bang to slower tempo songs by replacing heavy metal with adult oriented rock, only head bang to every second beat, or use personal protective equipment." (Via)
Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review
of randomised controlled trials.
Sword swallowing and its side effects.
The British Medical Journal goes for a bit of holiday levity. Sword swallowing
, urethral umbrellas
, and more. I am not a doctor, but I play one on screen
War, what is it good for
absolutely nothing?. Poverty, political, social and economic inequalities result in war. So whats new.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome may be associated with prolonged use of vibrating computer games.
Prolonged in this case means seven hours per day, which seems to be "excessive and exceeds the manufacturer's recommendation." Methinks this is the least of his problems.