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News stories and updates



Aug 13
2004
Press release -- New milk research finds infectious bacteria survives pasteurization

Aug 6
2003
Action Research Confirms MAP-Crohn's LinkNew window link indicator

June
2003
Major Website Update.  This update is so extensive, we would encourage revisiting the entire site.

Oct 24
2002
PARA's efforts benefit Crohn's sufferers - NIH allocates $1.8 million to study infectious cause of Crohn'sNew window link indicator

Oct 23 
2002
PARA AGAIN Urges USAHA to Take Action on MAP-Crohn's Disease!New window link indicator

July 20
2002
CDC Dispatch -- German researchers warn HIV-positive individuals that inadequately pasteurized milk could cause Crohn'sNew window link indicator

July 28
2002
Update to Phase III clinical trial of anti-paratuberculosis antibiotic therapy underway in Australia

April 27
2002
Study confirms that Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis survives standard pasteurization

Dec 5
2001
UK Government adopts comprehensive strategy for eliminating MAP from milkNew window link indicator

June 20
2001
From London Daily Mail -- UK takes a firm stand against MAP-contaminated milk as Food Standards Agency demands dairy industry rid milk of suspect Crohn's bugNew window link indicator

June 18
2001
UK Food Standards Agency releases comprehensive report: Review of the evidence linking MAP with Crohn's diseaseNew window link indicator

June 17
2001
From the Des Moines Register -- Link found between human and animal diseasesNew window link indicator -- article by George Anthan, Register Washington Bureau. References: press releaseNew window link indicator and paperNew window link indicator by CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology).

May 30
2001
From MSNBC, Madison, Wisconsin: Farmers worry about disease of milk cowsNew window link indicator

May 31
2001
A flaw in the monolith of wholesome milk? -- article by Lance GayNew window link indicator

May 29
2001
Dairy interests seek help in reducing animal disease -- article by Lance GayNew window link indicator

May 26
2001
A vaccine for Crohn's? The research has begun.New window link indicator For a more detailed explanation of the proposed vaccine, see Work on Crohn's Disease Vaccine Underway in EnglandNew window link indicator.

May 26
2001
Dairy magazine voices industry fear: "Are Johne's and Crohn's connected?"New window link indicator

May 26
2001
Milk-cow disease concerns farmers -- An illness in dairy cows prompted scientists to study a possible link to Crohn's disease. NOTE: This article is available from the Orlando Sentinel archivesNew window link indicator for a charge.

May 14
2001
PARA TELLS CONGRESS: Find out what dairy industry is hiding with NMPF's "Proposed National Voluntary Johne's Management, Testing, Research and Indemnity Program for Dairy Cattle"New window link indicator

May 11
2001
Dairy industry seeks $1.3 billion to kill diseased cows -- article by Lance GayNew window link indicator

April 9
2001
ABC NEWS.com report on possible link between milk and Crohn's -- "Cow Conundrum -- Could Microbe in Dairy Cattle Be Found in Milk?"New window link indicator

April 9
2001
Canadian paper runs three stories about Crohn's, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis and milk. See PARA News ReleaseNew window link indicator

March 13
2001
PARA testifies before U.S. Congress. See PARA news release and reportNew window link indicator.

March 07
2001
Suspect Crohn's bug found in breast milk. See News ReleaseNew window link indicator.

Feb 21
2001
Government agencies avoid responsibility. See PARA's paper trailNew window link indicator.

Feb 13
2001
UK -- Centre for Ecology and Hydrology research will learn if runoff from cow pastures is contaminating drinking water supplies with suspect Crohn's bugNew window link indicator

Dec 6
2000
U.S. Animal Health Association kills milk, beef testing resolutions -- again. See our PARA news section for more information.

Nov 22
2000
Report on National Johne's Working Group (NJWG) at the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) annual meeting, oct 2000. See our PARA news section for more information.

Nov 20
2000
Public meeting of Food Standards Agency's Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) is scheduled for 5 December 2000. Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, milk safety, and Johne's Disease are on the agenda. See AgendaNew window link indicator for more information.

Oct 30
2000
Western dairy producers introduce Johne's Disease control proposal -- but crucial human health issues missing from plan. See our media/PARA news for more information.

Sept 29
2000
Ireland bans milk, meat from cows infected with suspected Crohn's bug. Food Safety Authority of Ireland press release and report. See our media/PARA news for more information.

Sept 29
2000
AGENCY PLANS ACTION ON MILK BUG. The Food Standards Agency is to hold a conference of science and industry experts to look at ways to stop a bacterium in milk, which could be linked to Crohn's Disease, from entering the human food chain. Recent research commissioned by the Agency has shown that Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (MAP) can survive pasteurisation. And some scientists believe there is a possible, but so far unproven, link between MAP in the food chain and Crohn's Disease in humans. See our media/PARA news for more information.

Sept 18
2000
Los Angeles Times prints two Crohn's articles by respected medical writer Thomas H. Maugh II: One reports on the controversy over the issue of that "sacrosanct" beverage, milk, being the means for transmission of an infectious organism, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) that may cause Crohn's disease in humans. The other article describes the successes of medical treatment for Crohn's disease using medications active against MAP. While other nations' media have been reporting on these issues extensively in the past, and an in-depth article entitled The Crohn's Connection had appeared in the alternative U.S. press, the LA Times is the first of U.S. mainstream media to break these stories. See our media/PARA news for more information.

Sept 11
2000
UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) of the Food Safety Agency will hold their thirty eighth meeting on the Microbiological Safety of Food at 10.30am on 19 sep 2000 in Room 125A Skipton House, 80 London Road, Elephant and Castle, London SE1. On the agenda are progress reports on MAP research and Crohn's disease.  See our media/PARA news for more information.

August 14
2000
Live MAP bacteria found in retail pasteurized milk supply. An interim report from UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food MAFF on test results from retail pasteurized milk samples taken from a variety of sources. See our media/PARA news for more information.

August 6
2000
MAP linked to intestinal disease, found in milk. Report in the Sunday Times. "As much as 10% of milk sold in Britain may be contaminated with a form of tuberculosis bacterium, which can survive the pasteurization process." See our media/PARA news for more information.

April 2
2000
BBC Television program "CountryFile" reports "...a dangerous bacteria called MAP is getting into the milk that we drink, despite serious attempts to stop it by farmers and the dairy industry." See our media/PARA news for more information.

April 2
2000
BBC Television Program "On the Record." An interview with UK Agriculture Minister Nick Brown regarding "...a report from Queen's University in Belfast, amongst other places, about Crohn's disease and the bacterium that causes it, which is apparently found in 3 out of every 100 bottles of milk." See our media/PARA news for more information.

July 4
2000
Paratuberculosis and Crohn's disease -- voted as one of top 25 censored news stories of 1999. See our media/PARA news for more information.

June 19
2000
The House of Lords debates Crohn's disease, in particular discussing what actions the government should take, based upon recent research into contamination of retail milk with MAP, to "stop the spread of Crohn's disease". See our Governments/UK section  for more information, or read the complete text of the debate.

June 14
2000
The European Commission calls for "increased and urgent research activity to resolve the issue [of Crohn's disease and Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis]. See our research section for more information.

June 7
2000
The world-renowned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formulates plan of action to deal with the relationship between infection and Crohn's disease! For more information, please read Centers for Disease Control: Potential Infectious Etiologies of Crohn's Disease.

May 28
2000
PARA spends a week on Capitol Hill. To see how it went, Read this Report from Karen Meyer and Cheryl Miller.

May 26
2000
Added link to new article about the Dairy Industry and Bovine Johne's Disease. See our media/PARA news for more information.

March
2000
PARA announces its March To Congress, the intention of which is to obtain funding to carry out the Research Agenda of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Feb
2000
PARA announces the formation of its Medical Advisory Council and of its Scientific Advisory Council.

Source: http://www.crohns.org/updates.htm   Contact PARA: http://www.crohns.org/contact.htm
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