From: john on
this is from 2006, but still valid

"john" <nospam(a)> wrote in message
> Scientists fear MMR link to autism
> By SALLY BECK, Mail on Sunday
> 18 April 2010
> New American research shows that there could be a link between the
> controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children.
> The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew
> Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link.
> Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North
> Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel
> disease - and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles
> virus.
> Last night the team's leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: 'Of the handful of
> results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild
> measles.
> 'This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of
> children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence
> of measles virus.
> 'What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and
> published in 1998 is correct. That study didn't draw any conclusions about
> specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the
> implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that's the case,
> and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some
> children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be
> related to the MMR.'
> The 1998 study by Dr Wakefield, then a reader in gastroenterology at the
> Royal Free Hospital in North London, and 12 other doctors claimed to have
> found a new bowel disease, autism enterocolitis.
> At the time, Dr Wakefield said that although they had not proved a link
> between MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism, there was cause for
> concern and the Government should offer the option single vaccines -
> instead of only MMRs - until more research had been done.
> The paper - and the confused interpretation of its findings - caused
> uproar and led to many parents withdrawing their co-operation for the
> triple jab. Ten of the paper's authors also signed retractions on the
> interpretation but stood by the science.
> This is the second independent study to back up Dr Wakefield. In 2001 John
> O'Leary, Professor of Pathology at St James's Hospital and Trinity
> College, Dublin, replicated his findings.
> Last night Dr Wakefield said: 'This new study confirms what we found in
> British children and again with Professor O'Leary. The only exposure these
> children have had to measles is through the MMR vaccine.
> 'They were developing normally until they regressed. They now suffer
> autism and bowel disease.
> 'The Department of Health and some of the media wanted to dismiss our
> research as insignificant. The excuse was that no one else had the same
> findings as us. What they didn't say is that no one else had looked.'
> A spokesman for the Department of Health said they had not read the
> American report, but added: 'MMR remains the best form of protection
> against measles, mumps and rubella.'