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Honolulu—The ADA House of Delegates supported a measure that "recognizes that a tobacco-free school environment is the cornerstone of a comprehensive policy intended to prevent and reduce tobacco addiction in young people."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights last month issued an interim final rule that affects enforcement provisions of the HITECH Act.

Washington—Repeal of the health insurance industry's antitrust exemption, an ADA  member-driven "ask," won U.S. House of Representatives approval Nov. 7 in health care reform legislation awaiting Senate action.

School-based sealant programs are an effective public health approach to preventing caries, according to a November article in The Journal of the American Dental Association that reinforces the evidence that such programs help improve the oral health of children, especially those from vulnerable populations.

Honolulu—Having a single national dental licensure examination that does not include human subjects for testing has been a goal for many in the profession, but it's still not a reality.

Washington—As the U.S. House of Representatives debated health care reform legislation Nov. 3, the Association urged support for amendments "that will help provide enhanced value for dental patients."

Seward, Alaska—With a vote of 279 to 234, voters in this small town on Resurrection Bay Oct. 6 approved an advisory proposition calling for the city council to initiate water fluoridation.

The 2010 ADA Annual Catalog is spotlighting the new Toothflix patient education DVD Series, which features in-office scenes, plus 3-D graphics and colorful state-of-the-art animations that explain treatment and stimulate awareness in prevention, cosmetic options and overall health.

Washington—Health Volunteers Overseas has launched its new Oral Health Initiative sponsored by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

A month ago, the exam room door opened and the first words out of the urologist's mouth were, "It's malignant, it's rated 10 on the Gleason Scale, which is as bad as it gets, and I'm sending you to Columbus to have it cut out." Not the most comforting words I've ever heard, especially when they come at you like blunt force trauma.

Honolulu—The 2009 ADA House of Delegates adopted two resolutions concerning the composition of the dental team.

Honolulu—In addition to the 2010 operating budget and the determination that there would be no dues increase next year, the 2009 ADA House of Delegates passed resolutions relating to the way the annual budget is prepared and reported to delegates as well as other actions affecting the business of the Association.

Washington—The FTC agreed Oct. 30 to a congressional request for "further delay" to June 1, 2010, of the Red Flags Rule as grassroots dentists urged final action on legislation to exempt most dental offices.

Washington—The Association pushed for Senate legislation "to stop needless government regulation" as the Federal Trade Commission Red Flags Rule was scheduled to take effect Nov. 1.

Washington—A 1,990-page version of health care reform legislation unveiled by House Democrats Oct. 29 came under quick partisan fire as "simply the wrong kind of reform."

Honolulu—The editors who chronicle the profession of dentistry were given their due at the 2009 American Association of Dental Editors annual conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Hurleyville, N.Y.—Just 90 miles from Midtown Manhattan, this rural area in the Catskill Mountains was once a vibrant part of the "Borscht Belt," known for the resorts, summer camps and hotels that thrived there from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Honolulu—The 2009 House of Delegates in annual session expanded ADA health care reform policy for legislative advocacy. The policy says, "the ADA shall direct its lobbying efforts to assure that legislators fully understand the consequences of any health care reform legislation."

Honolulu—The 2009 House of Delegates directed the Association to "aggressively seek" legislation amending the 35-year-old ERISA law to provide new consumer safeguards and report back to the 2010 House.

Three educators from the dental schools at the University of Pittsburgh, University of California-Los Angeles and University of Detroit-Mercy were honored with ADA Golden Apple Awards this year for serving as outstanding mentors to students and junior faculty, especially those interested in pursuing academic careers.

The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs awarded the grand prize in the 2009 Student Ethics Video Contest to a group from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

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