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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.

Washington—The U.S. House of Representatives Oct. 20 approved by a 400-0 vote legislation to exempt most dental offices from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule. Thirty-two House members were recorded as not voting.

OralLongevity, the initiative designed to increase awareness about the oral health needs of older Americans, is sharing its message with dental schools and students nationwide.

Washington—The ADA and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry urged congressional and administration support for public-private partnerships at the state level as dental Medicaid "building blocks" for children's oral health.

Houston—The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston received the go-ahead last month to construct a new building.

Washington—The U.S. House of Representatives was expected to vote Oct. 20 on ADA-backed legislation to exempt health care practices with 20 or fewer employees from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule.

I was stunned when one of my colleagues asked me recently, "How can I make a charitable contribution now, when my revenue is down?" I wondered if not him, then who is to help when the going gets rough?

Washington—The Association urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch new tobacco control authority "by regulating industry claims that smokeless tobacco is a healthier or less harmful alternative to cigarette smoking."

While the ADA continues to work to pass legislation to permanently exclude small health care practices, including dentists, from the requirements of the Red Flags Rule, the current postponement of the rule's enforcement expires Nov. 1.

Washington—The Association delivered a member-driven "ask" to Congress as lawmakers craft health care reform legislation: "Include language to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act’s exemption of the health insurance industry from the federal antitrust laws."

Buffalo, N.Y.—Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association, has been named dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

In facing current and future challenges—including challenges posed by health care reform—dentists should draw on certain shared beliefs fundamental to their status as health care professionals, Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley told the ADA House of Delegates, meeting this week at annual session in Honolulu.

Honolulu—The 2009 ADA House of Delegates Oct. 6 said "no" to a dues increase for 2010. Dues in 2010 will remain at their current level of $498.

Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley of Newport News, Va., was installed Oct. 6 as the ADA's 146th president during the 2009 meeting of the House of Delegates at annual session in Honolulu.

Sylvania, Ohio—"Have Fun, Get Fit, Give Back." It's the slogan for Miles For Smiles and nicely sums up what 700 people accomplished May 2 in the first-time 5k run/walk to benefit a nonprofit dental clinic for underserved patients.

Dr. James Arient was an early adopter when it came to health savings accounts, tax-advantaged accounts that help individuals and families save for medical expenses. Health savings accounts have been available as an alternative to traditional insurance policies since 2003 but he started saving for one earlier.

I'm guessing the title caught your eye and, before you consider all possible scenarios, let me provide some background. I have received several requests from members asking for editorials about clinically relevant topics—such as how to manage dental care during pregnancy.

Jersey City, N.J.—The 2009 Dental Management Coalition Conference, held here in June, exemplified the organization's four-decade long mission.

In balloting that took place Oct. 5 at annual session in Hawaii, the ADA House of Delegates elected Dr. Raymond Gist president-elect for 2009-10—making him the first African-American to hold that high office.

The ADA has officially launched the new video podcast series, "Straight From the Mouth," to provide oral health information in amusing three to five-minute online episodes.

Rapid City, S.D.—The 28th Medical Group of the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps held the Ellsworth Air Force Base Dental Seminar here Aug. 7-8, inviting South Dakota Dental Association dentists an insider's look at the base and B-1 Lancers, the Air Force's strategic bombers.

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