News bites: Obama retreats on Medicare, antibiotics raise concerns and abortion limits are revealed

President Obama's deficit-reduction proposals likely won't include raising the Medicare eligibility age, reports The Wall Street Journal. Instead, the president is said to be considering cuts to providers, increasing premiums for wealthier recipients and changing the inflation calculator.

The national obsession with germs is leading to greater antibiotic resistance — and an allergy epidemic — as companies turn to stronger and stronger antimicrobials to fight increasingly drug-resistant germs, says a new report from Friends of the Earth.

Meanwhile, Cubist Pharmaceuticals is developing a new drug to combat a "difficult-to-treat family of bacteria, called gram-negatives, that are developing resistance to existing medicines and spreading among hospital patients," writes Bloomberg.

Remapping Debate has a new chart visualizing the multitude of abortion restrictions in states across the country.

The Food and Drug Administration is still falling short in its inspections of foreign drug manufacturers "an important element of FDA's oversight of the supply chain," says a new Government Accountability Office report.

Regulators are seeking input on rules that would help employers avoid penalties under the healthcare reform law by simplifying the calculation of employee salaries, Modern Healthcare reports.

Chaz Bono — stepson of Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) — has sparked a debate over transgender people's influence on children with his planned appearance on Dancing with the Stars.