The Lancet formally retracts MMR research paper

The Lancet has retracted the paper which contained research linking autism and MMR, which has since been discredited.

Vaccine: MMR scare
Vaccine: MMR scare

The BBC and Sky News have reported that the Lancet has now accepted claims made by the researchers were 'false'.

It comes after Dr Andrew Wakefield, one of the researchers involved in the 1998 paper, was ruled last week to have broken research rules by the General Medical Council.

Publication of the research caused vaccination rates to plummet.

The Lancet had already issued a partial retraction.

Last week, Insignia Communications founder Jonathan Hemus told PRWeek that the media needs to act more responsibly when reporting health risk stories. ‘The media needs to take greater responsibility when writing stories of this kind. It has a real and direct effect on people's lives. A high standard of care needs to be shown by the media.'

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