BMJ slams Dr. Wakefield, and America gains a cricket fan

My wife will be relieved to read to hear this: the British Medical Journal concluded that the 1998 study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, which linked autism to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine—a mainstay of public health disease prevention efforts around the world – was in fact an “elaborate fraud.”  Apparently, important details of the cases of each of 12 children reported in the original study  misrepresented the actual experiences of the children, and some of the children showed symtoms of autism prior to being vaccinated.   The distrust exhibited towards doctors recommending vaccines reminds me of the distrust of skeptics towards climate scientists.

On a more positive note, as someone who just recently joined the Twitter-verse (@NavyGreenMBA), the adventures of one Ashley Kerekes, a babysitter from Massachusetts, delighted me.  Her screen name (@theashes) led to a flood of cricket fans writing her with all sorts of requests.  Apparently, a campaign started on Twitter (gettheashestotheashes) led Kerekes to receive an all-expenses paid trip to the final match of The Ashes in Sydney, Australia, where she met the Prime Minister of Australia.  It is a small world indeed!  Andy Zaltzman (@hellobuglers) is undoubtedly hoping this will lead to a cricket revival here in the U.S.A.

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