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New Orleans—Annual Session-goers who volunteer for the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic event on Nov. 3 can create a thousand Big Easy smiles in New Orleans.

New Orleans—There is still time to purchase tickets for the 2013 ADA Foundation Give Kids A Smile Gala, Nov. 1 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (ADA headquarters hotel).

New Orleans—The ADA is seeking volunteers to participate in two focus group sessions Nov. 1 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center during Annual Session.

Buffalo, N.Y.—The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Department of Oral Biology received a five-year $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to train future oral health researchers, the school said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that Nizoral—ketoconazole—oral tablets are not safe for use as a first-line treatment for fungal infections and has limited its use to specific therapies.

Seats are available for an advanced evidence-based dentistry workshop Oct. 21-25 at ADA Headquarters.

New Orleans—The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $1.8 million to the School of Dentistry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans to support a program that educates dental and dental hygiene students on caring for patients with HIV and AIDS.

Dentists who participate in their state's prescription drug monitoring program may be asked their opinion by the Centers for Disease Control on how well the program is integrating and using the data electronically.

Cleveland—A gut microbe described in research published Aug. 14 as "an opportunistic commensal anaerobe in the oral cavity implicated in various forms of periodontal diseases" and prevalent in extraoral infections has been linked in recent studies to colorectal cancer (CRC), the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and second most occurring cancer worldwide. But whether this is an indirect or causal link remains unclear.

In June, the ADA Board of Trustees selected 12 participants for the 2013-2014 Institute for Diversity in Leadership, now in its 11th year.

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," shorthanded as the ACA and as this report 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.

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