This blog on Wordle – January 8, 2010

These word clouds are fun to make on Wordle. This is a representation of this blog, today (atvtoronto).


The MMR-Autism Connection

Clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare
In a series of articles starting this week, and seven years after first looking into the MMR scare, journalist Brian Deer now shows the extent of Wakefield’s fraud and how it was perpetrated.

The  alleged MMR/autism fraud was exposed this week by the British Medical Journal. Below are the links to the main documents in this case.

The original article:
Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, Linnell, Casson DM, Malik M, et al. Ileal lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998;351:637-41.  Full Text

The retraction:
Retraction–Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 2010 Feb 6;375(9713):445.

The BMJ editorial:
Godlee F, Smith J, Marcovitch H. Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent [editorial]. BMJ January 5, 2011;   342:c7452.

Journalist Brian Deer’s article in the BMJ:
Deer, Brian. Secrets of the MMR scare: How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed. BMJ January 5, 2011;342:c5347

Brian Deer’s blog entry:
Piltdown medicine: The missing link between MMR and autism. Jan. 6, 2011.

Globe & Mail article:
Picard A.  Medical fraud revealed in discredited vaccine-autism study. The Globe and Mail, Jan. 6, 2011.

Determination on Serious Professional Misconduct (SPM) and sanction [of] Dr Andrew Jeremy WAKEFIELD. This case is being considered by a Fitness to Practise Panel applying the General Medical Council’s Preliminary Proceedings Committee and Professional Conduct Committee (Procedure) Rules 1988. Date: 24 May 2010
Fitness to Practice Hearing – General Medical Council. Date: 28 January 2010

Issues in CME – Minnesota Medicine, November 2010

Most of this issue is devoted to discussing various aspects of continuing medical education. Here are some highlights:

  • Deye DL. CME ASAP. Minn Med 2010 Nov;93(11):30-1.

View the PubMed records for the above articles.    View Minnesota Medicine.

Word clouds via

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Wordle is pretty addictive.  Below are a couple of word clouds I created from the facebook and Twitter accounts for the Index to Chiropractic Literature and the Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education.

Index to Chiropractic Literature


Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education

Christmas Songs for Christmas Eve

Here is a selection of Christmas songs, ranging from the sublime (the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Hallelujah Chorus – A  Random Act of Culture) to the ridiculous (Adam Sandler’s Santa Song). Turn up your sound, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Twittering for chiropractic, continuing health education and fun

I maintain three Twitter accounts, one for CACHE/ACEMC, one for the Index to Chiropractic Literature, and one just for fun stuff I find on the Internet. You can follow them from any page on this blog (right and left sides of the screen) at

CACHE/ACEMC is on facebook!


The Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education/L’ Association canadienne d’éducation médicale continue now has  a facebook page. If you Like us, you will receive regular updates about our Web site, upcoming annual meeting, and more. Follow us at