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Massive Study Finds No Link Between Vaccines and Autism, Again

By Mark Pygas

Scientists in Denmark have debunked the myth of a possible link between vaccinations and autism in children through a massive study. The study followed the 657,461 children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010 and checked their progress up to 2013. The researchers found that there was no increased rate of autism between children who had received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination and those who had not. 

Controversy around whether there was a link began in 1998 after a British paper alleged that the MMR vaccine was linked to autism. That study, which was based on 12 children, was found to be fraudulent and was widely rejected by the academic community. It has since been withdrawn, though many vaccine deniers still quote the findings.  

Andrew Wakefield, who published the paper, was allegedly compensated by a law firm intending to sue manufacturers of the MMR vaccine. He lost his medical license in 2010

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