Dr Andrew Wakefield, the first person to suggest a link between MMR vaccine and autism was struck off the medical register after the General Medical Council found him guilty of serious professional misconduct. In 1998, Dr Wakefield's controversial paper in The Lancet finding a purported link between MMR vaccines and increase of autism in kids caused a massive slump in vaccination rates leading to a consequent rise in measles. However the paper was later found to be erroneous. The GMC had ruled earlier this year that Dr Wakefield acted unethically in the way he conducted his research. Dr Surendra Kumar, the GMC panel's chairman, said, "The panel concluded that it is the only sanction that is appropriate to protect patients and is in the wider public interest, including the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the profession, and is proportionate to the serious and wide-ranging findings made against him." Dr Wakefield, currently based in the US, has called these findings unjust. Source: MedindiaRAS << Survivors of Crash Could Suffer from Traumatic Stress EWG to Grade Sunscreens >> Recommended Reading Autism Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder typically characterized by impaired social and communication skills combined with repetitive movements. READ MORE Novel Drug to Demonstrate Therapeutic Effect in Autism American researchers have identified a drug that improves communication between nerve cells in a mouse model of Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS). READ MORE Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia or Landau –Kleffner Syndrome (LKS) is a rare childhood disorder in which children have language and behavioral problems. READ MORE Diphtheria Diphtheria, vaccines, sulfa drugs, World War II, Soviet Union, epidemic, immunization, childhood illness, death, strangling angel, Pierre Bretonneau, Greek, leathery, New England colonies, US READ MORE Eradicate Quackery, Save Lives Quackery means promotion of a medical cure which is otherwise scientifically unproven and baseless. READ MORE Layman’s Guide to Understanding Medical Specialists A medical specialist is a recognized expert in his field and is usually accredited by a medical board. Read about forty four different specialist and what they do. READ MORE Rett Syndrome Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects development. It mostly affects the girl child. READ MORE Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and eliminate myths regarding vaccines. READ MORE Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! Traveling with children is always challenging as it involves careful planning. Here are some precautions that need to be taken when traveling abroad with kids. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Color Blindness Calculator Hearing Loss Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects More News on: AutismDiphtheriaEradicate Quackery, Save LivesRett SyndromeLayman’s Guide to Understanding Medical SpecialistsAcquired Epileptiform AphasiaTop 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!