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Volume 38, No. 2

Misinformation from Celebrities

Medical community is fighting a new germ: celebrities

When celebrity and science collide, harmful side effects may occur.

The latest case happened last weekend when the Tribeca Film Festival pulled a documentary from its program by a discredited former doctor whose research into the connection between vaccines and autism has been debunked. After festival co-founder Robert De Niro initially defended the film’s inclusion, Tribeca — facing an uproar from doctors and experts — pulled it.

The film, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” is directed by Andrew Wakefield, a former British gastroenterologist who was stripped of his medical license in 2010. The British medical journal BMJ called Wakefield’s study connecting autism and vaccines — which was retracted by the Lancet, a medical journal — an “elaborate fraud.” Read the full article.

Originally published March 30, 2016 in Salon. By Jake Coyle.

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