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Bethesda, Md.—The National Institutes of Health will convene a consensus development conference Oct. 20-22 to assess available evidence on the management of hepatitis B.

Do coding right the first time with the new Current Dental Terminology 2009/2010 book and CDT Companion: Your Guide to Dental Coding.

San Antonio—Discover the latest on important ADA initiatives when you visit the ADA Pavilion on the exhibit floor at the annual session Oct. 16-18.

The seventh annual national Give Kids A Smile event is just four months away, and it's time for program coordinators and dentist participants to register their programs and request free products from GKAS program sponsors Colgate and Henry Schein Dental.

San Antonio—The Commission on Dental Accreditation is holding two open hearings during this year's ADA annual session.

Toronto—The ADA presented 10 scientific presentations and informational sessions here during the International Association for Dental Research's annual meeting July 2-5.

Washington—The ADA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration renewed an agreement focusing on ergonomic health issues.

San Antonio—Public opinion matters—especially for dentists who often rely on word-of-mouth when building and retaining a practice.

Falls Church, Va.—The military Tricare retiree dental program extends to beneficiaries living overseas as of Oct. 1, 2008.

Jacksonville, Fla.—Dr. H. Raymond Klein, who rose to professional leadership as "a servant leader," died unexpectedly Sept. 22. Faith, family and profession encouraged his success and completed his person, friends and colleagues said in remembrance.

Chapel Hill, N.C.Dr. Clifford Max Sturdevant, author of The Art and Science of Operative Dentistry, died Sept. 9. He was 90.

Dr. Amid Ismail, an expert in evidence-based dentistry and dental caries research, is the new dean at the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University, the school announced on Sept. 10.

Washington—The Association urged Congress to shore up dental Medicaid for vulnerable low-income children by improving reimbursement rates, addressing administrative barriers and reaching out to the dental community.

Washington—The ADA's best management practices for handling amalgam waste "will likely" encourage dentists' use of amalgam separators and deter federal regulation, the Environmental Protection Agency said in declining further regulation of the mercury discharge from dental offices.

Our Legacy—Our Future, the nationwide initiative spearheaded by the ADA Foundation to raise awareness in dental education, celebrated its two-year anniversary in July.

Washington—Health Volunteers Overseas has launched a new dental program at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras in El Valle de Sula (UNAH-VS).

San Antonio—The ADA annual session Oct. 16-19 offers a terrific chance to find world-class continuing education, exciting special events, one-stop shopping and a warm Texas welcome to this historic city—all at the same time.

Atlanta—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports finding significant decreases over a recent five-year period in cancers that occur in the lung and bronchus, larynx, oral cavity and pharynx.

In this installment of a series on dentists' "Top Ten" concerns submitted to the ADA about dental claims, Delta Dental Plans Association joins the National Association of Dental Plans to provide the dental benefits industry perspective on assignment of benefits to participating dentists only.

Dr. Richard Homsey of Moore, Okla., says he'll think long and hard before he decides whether to sign new contracts effective January 2009 from Delta Dental.

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.—Bad behavior by health care professionals is more than just unprofessional, according to The Joint Commission—it poses a serious threat to patient safety and the overall quality of care.

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