— 35th anniversary of AIDS: federal leaders reflect
In advance of the 35th anniversary this Sunday, June 5, of the first reported cases of what would become known as AIDS in the United States, sat down with two federal leaders in our response to HIV/AIDS to hear their reflections on this milestone. In her reflection, Dr. Amy Lansky, Acting Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), observed that the advances of the past three-and-a-half decades of fighting HIV are integrated into the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which is our national roadmap to addressing HIV.

Washington Post — Ever wondered about antibiotics?
I saw a 4-year-old the other day with a bunch of crusty, red lesions on his body. (“Lesion” is the doctor word for an area that’s been damaged by infection or injury.) The diagnosis was impetigo (im-pa-TIE-go), a bacterial infection usually caused by strep or staph. Although impetigo isn’t serious, it needs to be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are medications used to fight bacterial infections. If you’ve ever had a strep throat or ear infection, there’s a good chance you’ve taken amoxicillin, one of the most widely prescribed antibiotics in the world.

American Journal of Public Health — Are pain management questions in patient satisfaction surveys driving the opioid epidemic?
The United States is in the midst of a national opioid epidemic, with devastating consequences. We’ve seen an explosion of deaths and emergency room visits because of drug overdoses, increasing morbidity and mortality from hepatitis C, and recently in Indiana, the largest outbreak of HIV related to injection drug use in US history. We know that up to 80% of heroin users started by diverting prescription drugs, and that the US Surgeon General has identified physician overprescribing as a causal link in this chain of addiction. Prescribing of opioid pain relievers has quadrupled since 1999, and the United States now consumes more than 90% of the world’s opioids. An underappreciated factor behind these statistics is the measurement of patient satisfaction related to pain.

Northwest Herald — June is National Cancer Survivor Month
More than 14 million people in the United States currently live with cancer or have beaten the devastating disease. Worldwide the number rises to more than 32 million. In celebration of these brave survivors the month of June has been designated National Cancer Survivors Month. On Sunday, June 5, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world gathered to celebrate the 29th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® and raise awareness of the issues of cancer survivorship, according to National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, which describes a survivor as “anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.”