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A British Medical Journal now claims that the groundbreaking study linking autism to childhood vaccines.
Was actually an elaborate hoax.
By the British doctor Andrew Wakefield.
That study sparked an entire movement of parents including celebrities like Jenny McCarthy to refuse to get their kids vaccinated.
Is it also led to the return of illnesses like measles mumps -- should parents still be wary about their kids vaccines and -- With more on this after Mark Siegel and doctor -- -- good morning to you doctor -- -- -- -- -- I understand you're gonna tackle this 11 so amazing is that the British Medical Journal that now says this is deliberate hoax.
Absolutely this -- been studied for years the study came out in 1998 doctor Andrew Wakefield was -- -- -- relatives made it claimed.
Looking at twelve families that suspiciously all showed up at the same hospital the same time.
He claimed that there was a bowel infection that follow this vaccination that was related to autism.
The study has been under dispute for a long time and it was withdrawn from the journal last year.
Now the problem is that the MMR vaccine measles mumps rubella vaccine.
Has gotten a false attack as a result of this and in Great Britain.
Parents won't let their kids have this vaccine it's led to a resurgence of measles and mumps.
This man has done a tremendous amount of damage because of that there's never been a -- shown between this vaccine and autism.
Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy get on top of this.
And everybody gets afraid of vaccines there is something in the environment that's leading to autism most likely but it's never been shown to be vaccines vaccines protect children.
Wasn't the whole argument that it was the Mercury within the vaccine -- that was causing the autism exactly and it and that and the level argument spread from the MMR vaccine.
Over -- the influenza vaccine all vaccines came under scrutiny but it never actually been shown that that's -- -- so one vaccines leads to autism and indeed studying but it's never been show our I.
I wanna move onto the next topic because this is fascinating is well Vice President Dick Cheney there's talk this week that he may get -- heart transplant.
Doctor some body what it will that happen and what's at stake.
Well it's -- and it's a decision that he has to -- with his own cardiologist and his own doctors.
What we know is that for the last thirty years has been suffering from cardiac disease he's had five -- heart attacks he's gone through recent.
And pump replacement which is called -- that left ventricular assist the device.
And you can see there's somebody that you when you look at the picture this is appalled that's basically continues -- -- getting the -- out of the left chamber of the heart.
Intuitive to the body so there's no -- anymore.
And they wear this around their belt -- it's connected to the battery any connection to live.
-- this for a long time purpose of this problem is easy to prepare them for heart transplant or basically every two to five years replace this.
But as a short term solution it is it is but so so they're not 3000 people on the list.
Of transplants for heart do we know what the vice president's on the list.
I'm not sure if is on the list certainly he may be a candidate for certain centers age can play a role in here in this place.
And also the severity of the disease in order to get into the list the most serious patients our -- top of that list.
But certainly he would be a candidate and his doctors in the sense is that he's working with.
It would make that decision this is upon that is saving lives certainly is a great they're pumped to have.
But it has its own it's issues of side effects such as infections stroke -- bleeding but it you can see that he's going through some cardiac wasting.
Weight loss in the recent and is recovering from that's it's a tough tough decision for -- to great topics today after signaled -- not -- thank you so much.
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