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Journal Questions Validity Of Autism-Vaccine Study

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A new study publicized by groups like Focus Autism is questioning the validity of a vaccine journal article that contributes to the “current autism epidemic and rise of chronic illness in children.”

The author of the study, Brian Hooker, began by analyzing a similar set of data from a 2004 study done by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He concluded that African-American boys given the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before 24 months were more likely to be at risk of being diagnosed with autism. However, Hook says the link was not identified in the CDC study because researchers deliberately altered results by excluding children without birth certificates and limiting the number of participants observed.

The debate over whether autism disorders were caused by vaccines first began when researcher Andrew Wakefield published a study in The Lancet in 1998, which has since been retracted. Many co-authors withdrew their names from the study when news broke that Wakefield accepted compensation from a law firm with plans to sue the vaccine manufacturers in question at the time.

Hooker admits that results from his study raise more questions than answers, which point to the need for additional research.

Watch the CNN scoop on the issue below and read the FULL STORY here for more information. How do you feel about the study? Tell us your thoughts below!

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