Category Archives: Policy

With student debt, more young adults live with their parents

After graduating from dental school, did you move back in with your parents? According to a Wall Street Journal article, more young adults are living at home with their parents because of high student debt, along with joblessness and rising housing costs. A $10,000 increase in student debt per graduate in a U.S. state is associated with an… Read More »

NERB is now the CDCA

In an effort to more aptly reflect all of its member states, the North East Regional Board introduced in January its new name: The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. The CDCA’s name better recognizes the geographical diversity of its current member dental boards, according to its website The nonprofit announced the name change at its 45th annual… Read More »

Know any students who qualify? ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center seeks young investigators for Summer Scholars Fellowship Program

Gaithersburg, Md. — The ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center is seeking young investigators for its 2015 Summer Scholars Fellowship Program. The application deadline is Feb. 13. Since its inception in 1940, the Summer Scholars program has been a way for students to apply classroom and lab experience to real world scenarios. The program has given talented… Read More »

APHA seeks 2015 abstracts on oral health issues

The American Public Health Association is accepting abstracts on oral health for the APHA 143rd Annual Meeting Oct. 11-Nov. 4 in Chicago. The deadline for oral health abstract submissions is Feb. 11. Participants may submit abstracts on the conference theme, Health in All Policies, or on issues pertinent to oral health. Oral health abstracts may be in one… Read More »

Federal grant helps dental school grads provide care for underserved in Alabama

A federal grant is helping recent dental school graduates pay down their loans in exchange for treating Medicaid patients in some of the most underserved parts of Alabama, according to Action for Dental Health. The program is a collaborative effort between the Alabama Dental Association and the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, which received the three-year federal… Read More »

FDA approves new hydrocodone product that’s hard to abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an extended-release hydrocodone product with properties that can reduce abuse of the drug, according to ADA News. Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) is an opioid analgesic that can treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock-long-term use. The tablet is difficult to crush, break or dissolve and it also forms a… Read More »