March 29th 2010, 10:20
The US and UK governments and the press are exulting in the recent highly public hanging of Dr Andrew Wakefield, found guilty of misconduct by the British General Medical Council (GMC). Wakefield, you may recall, is the British gastroenterologist who first raised the alarm bells over the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR).
In the minds of many medicos and in the press, the MMR vaccine now stands fully vindicated. The scientist who claimed that the MMR vaccine causes autism has been discredited. Order has been restored.
March 1st 2010, 17:41
Someone finally bothered to ask the question: does breast screening work? The answer is a damning and resounding no, as our cover story this month makes clear. No breast screening programme anywhere is making the slightest impact on cancer mortality.
According to the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration, which carried out one of the most extensive and unbiased reviews of the literature to date, mammograms not only don't work as a screening tool, but also increase your risk of cancer and unnecessary treatment.