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Dentists in Distress

Fear of the dentist is practically a rite of passage in youth. Growing up, I wasn't exactly afraid of the dentist; rather, any excuse to leave school early was a powerful incentive. These days, I have a more complicated relationship with dentistry: I go to get answers and try to feel better, but I always pop a prophylactic ibuprofen or two in case my jaw protests from the oral gymnastics.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

Patients Front and Center at the 2018 TMJ Patient-Led RoundTable

It is still all too fresh in the minds of many patients. Fifty years ago, between the 1970s and 1980s, some 10,000 TMJ patients received Vitek jaw implant devices.

Funding Opportunities now available for the NIH Common Fund’s Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program

The NIH Common Fund's Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program aims to understand the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain and what makes some people susceptible and others resilient to the development of chronic pain.

Opportunity to Voice Your Opinion: U.S. Government Officials Want To Hear from Patients with Pain

FDA Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain On July 9, 2018, FDA hosted a public meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-10284/patient-focused-

Consider Including the TMJA in Your Financial Planning

  • Jul 18, 2018

We were recently contacted by Tom P. who informed us that he was including The TMJ Association (TMJA), in his financial planning. Tom wrote the following for us to share with our readers:

Dear Terrie, 

It was great to talk to you yesterday. I have used the resources of The TMJ Association for at least 20 years and it has been my main source for unbiased information and networking since I came down with TMD in 1984. You have helped me avoid more mistakes in my treatment and management of this widespread malady and I take much comfort in knowing you are vigorously seeking research that might lead to much better treatments! I am amazed that you have done so much with a very low budget. I found out recently that I can donate at this time some or all of my IRA retirement assets to your organization upon my passing and you are currently a named T.O.D. beneficiary. I think this is the best way I can help society and save estate taxes. I hope many others will consider this option to possibly maximize the good from one's estate. Keep up the great work! 

Sincerely,  

Tom P., Euless, Texas

 

Gifting to The TMJ Association   

This communication prompted us to ask you to consider including the TMJ Association in your financial planning. Below are a number of ways you can help:

Planned Gift

Consider a planned gift to The TMJ Association. Planned giving takes into careful consideration both your family's financial needs and your personal charitable goals, allowing you to leave a portion of your assets to The TMJ Association in your will, trust, beneficiary designation in your retirement accounts, insurance contract or planned gift arrangement.

Bequests
Simply name the TMJ Association as a beneficiary of a sum of money, or a percentage of your estate in your will or living trust. This revocable gift allows you the flexibility to revise your wishes over time as life circumstances change.
Sample Bequest Language 

  • Specific: I give $ _____ (number spelled out) to The TMJ Association, present address at P.O. Box 26770, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0770.
  • Fraction: I give The TMJ Association _____ % (fraction spelled out) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, after payment of all specified bequests, expenses, taxes, and debts, to The TMJ Association, present address at P.O. Box 26770, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0770.
  • Residual: I give the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, after the payment of all specified bequests, expenses, taxes, and debts to The TMJ Association, present address at P.O. Box 26770, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0770.

Life Insurance
Life insurance is a low-cost, simple way to make a significant planned gift. Do you have a life insurance policy that you no longer need now that your children out of college and on their own? Name The TMJ Association as a partial, contingent, full beneficiary or even the owner of your policy.

Retirement Assets
Designate The TMJ Association as a full or partial beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan (IRA, 401(k), 403(b)) using a beneficiary form. 

The above information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. 

The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley

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