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This is an abbreviated version of CDDEP's weekly digest of public health news, focusing on antibiotic resistance research in the United States.

New data on HHS’s Hospital Compare website on rates of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) is prompting comparisons of health systems across state lines.  Kaiser Health News reports that patients in Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, Maine and New Hampshire were the most likely to acquire CLABSIs whereas patients in Hawaii, Alaska, South Dakota, Kansas and Indiana had the lowest rates. 

Louise Slaughter, Congress’s only microbiologist, is asking fast food chains across the United States to disclose the antibiotics in their meat products.

Flu season in the U.S. may be late this year, but it appears to finally be picking up.  Flu is correlated with an uptick in antibiotic prescribing.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that antibiotics treat sinus infections about as well as placebos.

Scientists at North Carolina State University create a compound that boosts the efficacy of existing antibiotics against drug resistant bacteria, particularly strains producing NDM-1.

The release of President Obama’s 2013 budget request has many analyzing its potential impact on U.S. health efforts.  While the CDC would see a drop in overall funding, CMS funds would increase. In the international arena, the president’s budget scale up funding for the beleaguered Global Fund to Treat AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, but slices into the overall budget for the Global Health Initiative, including PEPFAR (the president’s emergency plan for AIDS relief).  Kaiser Global Health will host a live webcast this Tuesday: The President's Budget Request: What Does It Mean For U.S. Global Health Efforts?

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