From the Austin [TX] American-Statesman:
Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor whose research triggered a worldwide vaccine scare, says he expects to lose his British medical license soon but intends to continue his research in Austin.
In an interview, Wakefield said he is more convinced than ever that he was right to suggest connections between autism, vaccines, and gastrointestinal illness. Earlier this year, the UK’s General Medical Council ruled that Wakefield acted dishonestly and irresponsibly in research that led to the 1998 publication of a paper which claimed a link between autism and the vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella. The Lancet journal subsequently retracted Wakefield’s paper.
In his first in-depth interview since the council’s findings, Wakefield – hailed as a hero by some parents and a false prophet by many doctors – said the charges were unfair, false and pre-determined from the outset because he dared to take on the vaccine industry. He said he does not intend to fade away.
The interview with Wakefield came as researchers at the University of Rochester announced a small study failed to find an improvement in symptoms among children with autism who switched to a diet free of free of cereal grains and dairy products. (From USA Today.)