Kaiser Health News – Amid record STD rates, doctors treat patients’ partners sight unseen

Federal health officials have recommended this practice, known as expedited partner therapy, for chlamydia and gonorrhea since 2006. It allows doctors to prescribe medication to their patients’ partners without examining them.

The Guardian – Skin cancer deaths soar for men in developed nations

Rates double in Ireland and Croatia in 30 years, with 70% jump in Spain and UK – but women take more care in sun.

USA Today – FDA approves opioid painkiller 1,000 times stronger than morphine

A new opioid tablet that is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and 10 times stronger than fentanyl was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Friday as a fast-acting alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals.

The Washington Post – Aid workers reach remote Syrian camp for 1st time

U.N. officials and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent offered children vaccinations and distributed desperately needed aid on Sunday, the first such assistance since January to reach thousands in a remote camp for the displaced on Syria’s border with Jordan.

Nature – Wellcome and Gates join bold European open-access plan

The Wellcome Trust has also announced how it will implement the plan, which could provide a blueprint for others.