Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ground Hog Day

Just six more weeks of winter folks, that’s what the keepers of the furry rodents of Eastern North American are saying. My horoscope told me otherwise, but I won't bore you with that.

In other silly news it seems that even respected scientific journals can learn to eat crow and peer-reviewed science can be discredited! Go figure! Of course this should be no surprise to anyone that knows science is a process of theories proposed and data collected. Even the most cherished theories tremble at the mercy of verifiable contradictory data. Such was the case this week when the Lancet, a highly respected British medical journal, completely discredited a peer-reviewed study it had published in 1998 claiming that the Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine (MMR) is somehow linked to autism. This resulted is a significant drop in the vaccination rate and a subsequent measles outbreak in Britain and other places.

The original article supported parents whose autistic children had been given MMR vaccine and a cause-effect relationship was presented in the Lancet. Science is self-correcting……eventually.

By the way, up here in the Great White North, six more weeks of winter would be miraculous.

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