Not sure why they're doing this now, but the Times of London reports that it investigated the original medical records behind Dr Andrew Wakefield's 1998 paper in The Lancet which found a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Their conclusion: the dude was basically making shit up.
As the Times puts it, Wakefield's paper claimed that 8 of 12 families at a regular clinic "had blamed MMR for their autism, and said that problems came on within days of the jab." But examination of the patients' actual records show reports of problems before the vaccinations, and next to no reports of problems "within days." When asked about whether he manufactured his results, Wakefield basically told the Times, "uh-uh, did not," but declined to go into detail.
The paper triggered a media and science firestorm that's still going on, and has resulted in significant drops in vaccination rates--from 92% to 80% in the UK--and a rise in measles outbreaks among kids with paranoid hippie parents. OK, I might be paraphrasing on that last part.
Not to steal the Times' thunder, but weren't the same findings and charges laid against Wakefield in Paul Offit's vaccine-causes-autism takedown book last fall?
MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism [timesonline via dt reader jj daddy-o]