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2011 News Archive

Two New England dental associations are about to lose a combined 57 years of management experience with the retirements of their long-time executive directors.

Washington—The Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association seeks abstracts for the APHA’s 140th annual meeting and exposition set for Oct. 27-31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The deadline for submission is Feb. 7.

St. Louis—As the St. Louis Give Kids A Smile program held its 20th clinic Oct. 28 and 29, seven volunteer ambassador-scholars sought a higher education in program success by watching, listening, questioning and working at the first ever GKAS University.

A redesign of the ADA News, based on direct feedback from readers and intended to boost the newspaper’s value as dentistry’s most reliable news source, will debut in January.

Yardley, Pa.—After 43 years of service to essentially the same dental practice, 89-year-old Rosalyn Kleiman is finally retiring this month.

The ADA is looking for ways to expand a continuing education course that’s tailored to the unique needs of dentists providing minimal and moderate sedation and make it more widely available to members.

Organizers and participants in the ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference say they are clear on EBD’s growing value to patients and dentists, and that’s what draws them to the annual gathering each year—and keeps them willing to spread the word to colleagues.

Dental experts authored Overcoming Obstacles to Oral Health, available through the Fall 2011 ADA Catalog, to address the direct caregiver’s challenges in providing oral health care to people in long-term care facilities and other such institutions.

The ADA is continuing its subscription to the Cochrane Library following action by the House of Delegates in October.

Demonstrating their commitment to the work of the American Dental Political Action Committee, members of the Board of the American Association of Endodontists each made financial contributions to ADPAC during the 2011 Annual Session in Las Vegas.

Orlando, Fla.—The American Dental Education Association Annual Session and Exhibition takes place here March 17-21, 2012, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

Washington—Marking its 25th anniversary, Health Volunteers Overseas has spent a quarter century reaching out to health care providers in developing nations to help enhance the health and well being of millions of people worldwide through education, training and professional support.

The federal government is conducting audits to ensure medical professionals and businesses are complying with the privacy, security and breach notification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Cleveland—Researchers from Case Western University may be on their way to inhibiting or preventing HIV from entering the body, stopping the bacteria that cause periodontal disease from infecting tissues in the mouth and helping wounds heal faster by preventing infection.

The ADA Chicago discounted hotel program for 2012 will include the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago.

Is there a difference between sterilization and disinfection? Can you name a recent change to HIPAA privacy laws? What is the safety standard for bloodborne pathogens?

The economy continues to be poor and continues to affect dental practices, but dentists also continue to respond to their patients’ changing needs.

The ADA/Health Volunteers Overseas oral health initiative program in Tanzania seeks volunteers to provide chairside instruction and lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, as well as provide continuing education to the faculty.

Silver Spring, Md.—School nurses now have easy access to comprehensive oral health information through the National Association of School Nurses’ new website, Oral Health Connections.

Covered health care providers, including covered dentists, will be expected to implement the newest version of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standard electronic claims and related transactions by Jan. 1 but enforcement is not expected to begin until March 31.

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