Home > Medical > Meds and you > Antibiotics Antibiotics All sections in Meds and You » Antibiotics » Generics » Inside the Lab » Medication » News » Using Medicines New superbug resistant to last-line antibiotics Scientists warned of the 'epidemic potential' of deadly and fast-spreading bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics. 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. '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. Ask Addictions Expert » Test Using the wrong pills? » Quiz Addicted to pills? » Join Body Talk » Medical history Medicines that changed history Antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' threatens US cities Seven US metropolitan areas are experiencing higher-than-expected levels of CRE, an antibiotic-resistant bacterium. Common bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics A garden-variety type of bacteria, which is normally present in the human intestinal tract, may be becoming resistant to vancomycin, often considered an antibiotic of last resort. What is an antibiotic? Put simply, antibiotics are drugs that either kill bacteria or stop them multiplying. How does an antibiotic work? This section describes the basic structure of bacteria and how antibiotics work. Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics As the world cries out for new antibiotics, researchers are turning back to nature in the hope that extreme places may throw up chemical novelties and lead to new drugs. Improper use causing antibiotic resistance Antibiotic resistance is being allowed to spread through an entirely preventable means – improper use of antibiotics. When were antibiotics first used? The concept of using chemicals to kill bacteria (and thus treat infections) has been around for centuries. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors How will we feed 9 billion people?