Lancet Retracts Linking Autism to MMR Vaccine

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One of the most authoritative British medical Journals The Lancet fully retracts an early study about Autism and calls is "incorrect." This morning the journal, reffering to a 1998 report linking Autism to MMR vaccines, issues a retraction writing that "the Early Report on 'Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children' has been retracted, and a replacement is imminent."

In a statement, the prestigious publication, which in 2004 already issued a partial denial recognizing the inadequacy of the vaccines causing autism evidence, confirmed that the text contains "false" statement that question the entire investigative process. The decision of the magazine came days after the judgment, expressed by the UK General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Panel on Jan 28, 2010.

Doctor Andrew Wakefield, who conducted the study on Autism, is found to have done it in a dishonest matter. According to one finding he took blood samples from children at his own child's birthday party, and paid them five British pounds for it.


The main conclusion of his investigation, which in this case was analyzed by the General Medical Council, was denied many times in subsequent studies. The claim that MMR was linked to autism caused an alarming drop in vaccinations in the United Kingdom, and a political debate among the medical profession.

The GMC, which eventually must decide whether to withdraw the license of Dr. Wakefield, only evaluated the method used in research and not its outcome. Therefore, this concluded is only about the him "abusing" his power. This is why The Lancet has decided to remove from its file the article, which it only partially criticized in 2004.

Dr. Wakefield now works in the United States. He, traveled to London for the Council's decision. According to LA Times, standing with a group of supporters he said "the allegations against me … are both unfounded and unjust."

The science says autism and vaccine link is discredited. Many parents still believe in this link. Both parties can agree on one point: this is not the end of the debate on the cause of Autism.

Written by Armen Hareyan