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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Autism fraud, Constitution, Starbucks and more

By Melissa Bell
British doctor Andrew Wakefield (R) headed a 1998 study that unleashed a major health scare by linking childhood autism to a measles vaccine. The study has been declared "an elaborate fraud" by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). (Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images))

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Autism fraud

For more than a decade, measles cases have surged. Though there is a vaccine for the childhood disease, many parents avoided it, thanks to a report that linked the vaccine to the onset of autism. Though the report was later retracted, parents never fully recovered faith in the vaccine. A report published in the medical journal BMJ on Wednesday states that the initial study was an "elaborate fraud," that used doctored information.


Post pick: Constitution quiz

As the Congress prepares to read the Constitution from the floor of the House for the first time ever, our crafty quiz makers have decided to test our knowledge on Constitutional facts. Take a go at it.


Social: Starbucks goes minimal

Dropping its signature black type and the words "Starbucks" and "Coffee," the ubiquitous coffee chain has updated--or stripped-down-- its logo to a simple green-and-white mermaid as it expands beyond the coffee market. So far reaction has not been as cruel to the company as the reaction was to logo changes for GAP or the Big Ten. What do you think of it?



Sports news: Steve Buckley

Boston Herald sports columnist wrote an unusual story Thursday. Readers used to getting sports analysis found something rather different: "Welcome to my coming-out party," the headline read. Buckley buries his lead a bit: he's gay and he's ready to admit it to his reading base. Read his column here.

By Melissa Bell  | January 6, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
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In a sane world these revelations regarding the Autism scam would result in a wave of anger as fervent anti-vaccine activists realize that they have been had. I would expect a press conference from Jenny McCarthy. But I'm not holding my breath. That Vaccines contribute to Autism has become an article of faith to many, I fear, and faith validates itself.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 6, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I kinda like the new Starbucks logo. It seems less fussy and not as pushy. I can appreciate, too, that it makes sense for Starbucks. This way they have the same logo worldwide. But I still like Tully's better.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 6, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

RD, Jenny's publicist said she was staying out of "this controversy," but her partner at her foundation Generation Rescue, JB Handley, will hopefully be giving us an interview later today. I'll let you know when. There's another chat on the subject here:

Posted by: Melissa Bell | January 6, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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