Friday Links – Vitamin D Again, Anti-MMR Doctor Rebuke

Low Levels of Vitamin D = Lower Lung Function, Steroid Effectiveness
National Jewish adds to the body of research linking vitamin D levels and asthma with this study, and it appears the connection is strong enough to warrant the possible use of supplements. (Previous posting on vitamin D and asthma research here and here.)

Score One for Actual Science, One Less for the Dangerous Anti-Vaccination Folks
In other words, the UK’s General Medical Council found Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the man behind the MMR/autism rumors, “dishonest” and “irresponsible” in his research methods from the very study the entire antivax movement is founded upon.

And in even better vaccine news,

Gates Foundation to Spend $10 Billion on Vaccines in Next Decade
On the one hand, you’ve got a doctor (Wakefield) responsible for an increase in childhood measles in England and small pockets elsewhere and contributing to the threat to herd immunity, and then you have Bill and Melinda Gates. They’re committed to protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases around the world.

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