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San Francisco—For a few hours here on June 6, dentists held the floor during the American Diabetes Association's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions as they spoke on the links between periodontal disease and diabetes.

Jacksonville, Fla.—A June 6 settlement agreement was reached between a Chapter 7 trustee, Alternative Debt Portfolios, L.P., Alternative Debt Portfolios, LLC, and certain settling dentists regarding the E-Z Pay Services, Inc. bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Jacksonville, Fla.

St. Louis—Marking its 25th anniversary, the Academy of Sports Dentistry will hold its annual symposium here June 19-21.

I still vividly remember one of my first real lectures as a starry-eyed first-year dental student. The guest lecturer, a highly successful general practitioner from the affluent Long Island suburbs, proudly flashed a half-dozen photographs of his Maserati parked in front of his palace of a private practice.

The American Dental Association is seeking candidates for the position of executive director/COO (chief operating officer).

San Diego—A unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council June 10 authorized negotiations for initiating community water fluoridation in the largest non-fluoridated city in the U.S. by 2010.

San Antonio—The Alliance of the American Dental Association, volunteer dentists and dental students will reach 3,500 seniors in need here over the next year through AADA's Senior Smiles program.

Matsco is now accepting entries for its 9th Annual Dental Office Design Competition. All newly built offices and offices with leasehold improvements or renovations completed between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2007, are eligible to enter.

Getting the latest in dental and medical research has never been more convenient for ADA members, especially those who use PubMed/MEDLINE, a commonly used free search engine for research.

The registration deadline has been extended to June 30 for the 2008 ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program for Dentists.

Gaithersburg, Md.—From discovering new ways to fight caries to developing new dental products and bonding materials, the ADA Foundation Paffenbarger Research Center is where dental and medical research scientists come together to improve the quality of dentistry.

Though a late visa prevented Iraqi dentist Dr. Sana Tareq Salman from attending the ADA annual session in San Francisco last September, she was able to spend a month in the U.S. that included time with family and friends in the Detroit area and a visit to ADA Headquarters May 19.

Washington—Dr. Eugenio Beltran, a dentist and longtime volunteer for the Health Volunteers Overseas program, is one of nine recipients of the third annual HVO Golden Apple Award.

Washington—The Association in graphic Senate testimony urged modest increases in the "woefully inadequate" and declining budget for military dental research into facial reconstruction and the wounds of war.

Washington—The national investment in military dental research "translates into an immense difference for the wounded who can once again look into the mirror and see a familiar face," the Association told Congress.

Rockville, Md.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced May 28 that it is calling for major revisions to the physician labeling for prescription drugs (package inserts) in order to provide better information about the effects of medicines used during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Washington—Dental-specific data from the 2007 economic census, the first since 2002, will be available early next year, but the U.S. Census bureau says the data collection effort is incomplete.

Washington— The Internal Revenue Service Web site includes 11 advisories this spring through June 2 describing tax relief available for storm-affected individuals and businesses in presidentially-declared disaster areas in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The Food and Drug Administration has granted market approval for the use of phentolamine mesylate in the reversal of soft-tissue anesthesia and the associated functional deficits resulting from local dental anesthetic.

Clinton, Ark.—A brand new dental office is going up in this small Arkansas town, and Dr. Donald Warren and his son, Dr. Darryl Warren, will be able to serve their patients with the latest dental office technology starting in August.

San Antonio—With a backdrop that includes the historic Alamo and the scenic River Walk, the American Dental Association's 149th annual session will convene Oct. 16-19 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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