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New York—Some 300 seniors in New York City and 50 or so dental, dental hygiene and nursing students at New York University are working together to focus more attention on the importance of oral health care for older adults and to break through access to care barriers.

Walk into any dentist's office and there's a chance a common scene is playing out: a dentist is sitting on a stool, hunched over a patient.

ADA members planning to travel to Chicago this summer for business or leisure can take advantage of the ADA Chicago Discounted Hotel Program.

The Journal of the Canadian Dental Association has launched a new website which features scientific and clinical articles as well as user-friendly presentations of clinical material and news pertinent to the profession.

Orlando, Fla.—Dental assistants who register for the 86th American Dental Assistants Association annual meeting Oct. 7-10, to be held in conjunction with the ADA annual session in Orlando, will receive a variety of benefits with their registration.

Orlando, Fla.—Dental professionals can continue learning long after the annual session ends by ordering the 2010 ADA Annual Session Multimedia Recordings.

The ADA Board at its June meeting approved the 2011-2014 ADA Strategic Plan, a roadmap that provides the strategic direction for the ADA for the next three years.

There are two key actions the ADA Board of Trustees is asking the 2010 House of Delegates to take this year: adopt a $7 dues increase in keeping with the Association's dues stabilization policy; and approve a one-time special assessment of $23 to pay for a long-deferred investment in information technology infrastructure.

For help with clinical decision-making, the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry website offers critical summaries that provide concise analysis and appraisals of evidence-based systematic reviews from other publications. The appraisals are prepared by experts working with the ADA EBD Center.

The June issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association contains evidence-based perinatal oral health guidelines designed to assist health care practitioners in "understanding the importance of providing oral health services to pregnant women and their children and making appropriate decisions regarding their care."

A University of Maryland Dental School student checks out the smile of a GKAS participant May 14 at the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry Give Kids A Smile event.

Atlanta, Ga.—Dr. William Bailey, a career commissioned officer who leads community water fluoridation activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was named chief dental officer for the U.S. Public Health Service effective May 24, 2010.

San Jose, Calif.—An interest in dental pulp stem cells helped lead high school students Julie Chang and Yesha Maniar to a first-place finish at the 2010 Intel International Science Fair.

Since the health care reform bill was signed into law, ADA members with health savings accounts may be left wondering about the fate of their existing HSAs. The good news is that although many tax breaks with regard to health insurance will be eliminated, the health savings account will remain largely intact.

Nearly 2.5 million people nationwide have had their health information breached since September, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the numbers alone underline why dentists should be cognizant about protecting their patients' confidential information.

Bethesda, Md.—The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has added video and public service announcements to its ongoing campaign to educate African-American males about their risks for oral cancer.

Tampa, Fla.—A Tampa-area nonprofit organization has not only marked the milestone of reaching its 2 millionth child with health and injury prevention education, including dental education, it has also been a catalyst in improving the oral health of local citizens.

What can you buy for $23?

For ADA members next year, $23 for a one-time special assessment could mean $2.5 million in critical information technology infrastructure improvements that have been deferred to the point of risking an IT slowdown in the Association.

Washington—The Federal Trade Commission issued an administrative complaint June 17 charging that the North Carolina dental board "has acted in various ways to eliminate the provision of teeth whitening services by non-dentists."

Johnston, Iowa—They're building a dental home for Iowa Medicaid children, professional and public partners who want to assure access to early and appropriate oral health care services.

Reston, Va.—Drs. Emilio Canal, Michael Messina and colleagues believe they have the U.S. men's team ready for World Cup competition in South Africa, "totally dentally ready."

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