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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.

Ann Arbor, Mich.—Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that people with certain antibodies are much less likely to develop periodontal disease.

Throughout my years as a dentist involved with leadership and practice management, I've conducted an informal survey of my colleagues, including acquaintances, clients and friends. When asked what their three most common frustrations are in the practice of dentistry, many dentists respond: staff, staff and staff!

The Code is a copyrighted work owned by the ADA and copyright licenses are available to, and required of, other entities that wish to use it. The copyright license entitles the ADA to royalties from these entities.

They came from all over to participate in the Association's first Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion Conference, held May 2-3 at ADA Headquarters.

Washington— The Senate was expected to act quickly on the ADA-backed Oral Health Initiative Act offered May 22 by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

The CELL Seminar Series workshop based on the Code to be published in CDT 2009/2010 will be featured at the annual session in San Antonio. "The Code—Your Gateway to Accuracy" (Course 8309; Oct. 19; no fee) includes a section specifically devoted to code misuse.

In response to 2007 House of Delegates Resolution 33—Monitoring and Resolution of Code Misuse—the Council on Dental Benefit Programs is calling on ADA members to help eliminate misuse of the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclatures.

A number of comprehensive initiatives designed to bolster ethics and professionalism in dentistry have come into clearer focus since the Council on Dental Education and Licensure and Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs appointed the Joint Subcommittee on Ethics and Integrity in Dental Education last year.

Boise, Idaho—Dr. Paul M. Lambert, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a passion for climbing mountains, professional and natural, has been named chief of staff for the VA Medical Center here.

The latest peer-reviewed evidence indicates consumers are not at risk from Bisphenol A exposure through the use of dental materials, the Association said in a May 23 communication with government scientists studying the synthetic compound.

Miami—A champion for fluoridation and a dedicated public servant for three decades, Dr. Scott Presson has received a Council's Choice Award from the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

Nashville, Tenn.—Meharry Medical College bestowed an honorary doctorate of science on renowned dental educator, administrator, researcher and clinician Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford at commencement ceremonies May 17.

Topeka, Kan.— While the U.S. Congress debates federal Medicaid and children's health coverage issues, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius quietly signed into law May 18 for next day announcement dental and other Medicaid and SCHIP expansions.

Rockville, Md.—An updated clinical practice guideline on smoking cessation released May 7 by the U.S. Public Health Service identifies new counseling and medication treatments as effective tools to help people quit smoking.

San Antonio—Starting June 1, those registered for continuing education courses at the ADA annual session Oct. 16-19 can take their learning experience to the next level by logging on to ADA365.org.

The volunteer dentists who dedicate themselves to recruiting new members have been strengthening the tripartite for many years. Now those who contribute so much to organized dentistry will receive an added bonus for their efforts.

Are you an ADA member who has had real-world experiences in dentistry that would be useful to the next generation of dentists? If so, perhaps you'd like to be a speaker for the ADA's Success Dental Student Programs.

Fluoridation has been a hot topic for voters, legislators and policymakers in Nebraska, Michigan, Colorado and Massachusetts in April and May.

The 3rd International Conference on Evidence-Based Dentistry, "Managing Dental Health in a Connected World," was held May 4 at ADA Headquarters.

Washington—Effective as of April 7, peer-reviewed manuscripts that report on research funded in whole or in part by the National Institutes of Health and accepted for publication in a journal like JADA must be submitted for public dissemination to NIH's online repository, PubMed Central.

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