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Los Angeles—The National Institutes of Health has granted $5 million to the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry to develop biological markers in saliva as a means of ultimately developing tests to detect stomach cancer and other systemic diseases.
Turns out, that two minutes paid off.

Philadelphia—Good oral health may reduce the risk of human papillomavirus infections in the mouth and subsequent HPV-related cancers, said a study published Aug. 23 in the American Association for Cancer Research journal.

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," shorthanded as the ACA and as this series of reports will refer to it, has the potential to reshape health care in America. Expansion of medical insurance coverage, a move toward more integrated care delivery and significant changes in the financing of health care are among the expectations of ACA legislators and regulators. The Association's primary focus has been the law's potential effects on dentistry and the delivery of dental services to patients.  The first ACA Q-and-A installment in the Aug. 5 ADA News is posted online at This report examines the ACA and dental benefits.

Washington—Passage of legislation to reverse an increase in federal student loan interest rates is encouraging but lawmakers should consider additional reforms, the Association told Congress.

The Dental Quality Alliance approved its first set of performance measures in dentistry at its July meeting.

Accuracy in documenting dental procedures is a catalyst to quicker reimbursement—and the release of the ADA's new book, CDT 2014: Dental Procedure Codes can help busy practices realize that goal.

"JADA Live," a series of live continuing education seminars introduced last year, will continue this fall with programs on 3-D imaging and digital dentistry.

Washington—Dental professional singers and musicians are invited to join the Medical Musical Group Symphony Orchestra and Choral for its November performances, offering performers a unique two-continent exploration that takes them from the rolling hills of Bowling Green, Ky., and its historic and scenic attractions to the cosmopolitan culture, architecture and nightlife of Barcelona, Spain.

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