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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.

The ADA is offering disaster relief and assistance for dentists whose practices were damaged by Hurricane Ike, which made landfall early Sept. 13 along the southeastern portion of Texas.

The new Head Start Dental Home Initiative, developed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Office of Head Start, will launch in six states now through October.

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

San Antonio—On March 6, 1836, an army led by Mexican Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna overran the defenders of a small mission fortress in south-central Texas, ending a 13-day siege in a bloody confrontation that lasted about an hour.

Immersed in my private practice of dentistry for 25 years, I was fortunate; things seemed to have been rolling along quite smoothly. Until Jesse came into our practice.

ADA President Mark J. Feldman joined dental volunteers inviting baseball fans to oral cancer screenings sponsored by the Queens County Dental Society at New York's Shea Stadium Sept. 9.

The dean responsible for securing the federal funds that led to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry's current facility has died.

The ADA and the FDI World Dental Federation have declared Friday, Sept. 12, the first "World Oral Health Day" to boost awareness of oral health and its impact on general health and well-being.

The ADA hosted an expert panel on fluoride supplements July 16-18 at ADA Headquarters to develop evidence-based recommendations on the prescription of fluoride supplements.

More and more patients are using the Internet to find information on dental procedures and the dentists who perform them. In addition, an increasing number of practices are using the Web and practice Web sites to attract and educate patients.

San Francisco—In a Sept. 5 announcement to the campus community, University of California at San Francisco Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, M.D., named John Featherstone, Ph.D., dean of the UCSF School of Dentistry pending approval by the UC Board of Regents

San Antonio—Calling all new dentists! Did you miss the ADA 22nd New Dentist Conference in New Orleans? Here's another opportunity to network with your peers from across the country.

Council on Dental Benefit Programs members at the National Dental Benefits Conference discussed marketing strategies that might enable more patients to reap the advantages of dental reimbursement for their dental care. One idea considered was to directly include dentists in marketing efforts.

In opening remarks to participants at the Aug. 15-16 National Dental Benefits Conference, Dr. William Calnon said the Council on Dental Benefit Programs took a "serious approach" to the topics that would be discussed at the meeting.

Schaumburg, Ill.—Bisco Dental Products has asked its U.S. and international customers to stop using and dispose of a BisCem dental cement that "may result in reduced bond strength."

Knoxville, Tenn.—Remote Area Medical, a mobile relief organization based here, has quietly been helping people, flying into inaccessible spots around the globe to provide medical, dental, vision and veterinary care.

San Antonio—The ADA's Continuing Education Recognition Program is hosting a two-hour workshop on the CERP recognition process during the 2008 ADA annual session next month.

San Antonio—Come to the annual session a day early to attend the ADA's first-ever Oral Health Literacy Symposium—because what you don't (and do) say can hurt your dental practice.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared marketing for a new test that may assist health professionals in identifying which cancer cells are present in malignant tumors.

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