Our roundup of news headlines on Friday 29 January.
The GMC’s decision that Dr Andrew Wakefield is guilty of misconduct over the MMR vaccine affair is top of the news agenda. A hearing in London decided that Dr Wakefield’s controversial research into MMR breached ethical and research guidelines, leading to a huge slump in uptake of the vaccinations.
The GMC hearing ruled Dr Wakefield ‘abused his position of trust’ by taking blood samples from children at his son’s birthday party and paying them £5.
A new ‘morning after’ pill that can be taken up to five days after sex came under fire from some papers, which raised concerns it could promote promiscuity and trigger and increase in sexually transmitted diseases. Ulipristal acetate, trade name EllaOne, has been found in a Lancest study to halve the risk of pregnancy compared with levonorgestrel, which must be taken within 72 hours.
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘The easy availability of the morning-after pill has a damaging social effect, by lulling young people in particular into a false sense of security, encouraging a more casual attitude to sex, and exposing them to increased risk of sexually transmitted infections.’
Finally, French gyneacologists have dismissed British research which claimed the G spot, the erogenous zone said to be possessed by some women, may be all in the mind.
The English were ‘barking up the wrong tree,’ according to France’s best-known gynaecologist, quoted in The Telegraph, when speaking at the ‘G-Day’ conference.