Home > Medical > Meds and you > Antibiotics Antibiotics All sections in Meds and You » Antibiotics » Generics » Inside the Lab » Medication » News » Using Medicines Many adults use antibiotics without a doctor's guidance Self-diagnosis and treatment with e.g. previously prescribed antibiotics is leading to drug-resistant 'superbugs' and puts patients at risk for potentially dangerous side effects. Blood test may help prevent overuse of antibiotics A new test, which is not yet on the market, works by identifying seven human genes whose pattern of activity can reveal whether an infection is bacterial or viral. US to establish labs for combating 'superbugs' The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention will provide infrastructure and lab capacity to detect and respond to antibiotic resistant organisms recovered from human samples. Test Using the wrong pills? » Quiz Addicted to pills? » Original vs generic medicine Brand-name vs generics Total resistance to all antibiotics could become a reality Doctors fear that unless medical science comes up with a solution the end of the road for antibiotics is near. South Africa is facing a superbug epidemic The Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) has released the report 'The State of The World's Antibiotics, 2015', which shows that South Africa's growing use of antibiotics could lead to increased resistance against lifesaving treatments. Seven hard facts about antibiotics we all need to swallow Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria mutate and cause certain medications to become ineffective in preventing bacterial infections. Here are 7 hard facts about antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' threatens US cities Seven US metropolitan areas are experiencing higher-than-expected levels of CRE, an antibiotic-resistant bacterium. Global drug makers call for action on superbugs Drugmakers from across the world have called for governments and industry to join forces to battle the fast-rising threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. New superbug resistant to last-line antibiotics Scientists warned of the 'epidemic potential' of deadly and fast-spreading bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics. 'Dangerously high' antibiotic resistance levels worldwide The WHO is alarmed at the results of a worldwide study showing that misconceptions about the threat of antibiotic resistance are widespread. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare?