antibiotic resistance

Brits are being urged not to take antibiotics to deal with colds this winter.
Antibiotic resistance is on the rise – "It’s really worrying. There should be alarm bells ringing for all of us," one GP told us.
"The likeliest route of transmission is directly from human-to-human, with faecal particles from one person reaching the mouth of another."
Researchers analysed the records of more than 250,000 preschool children.
According to the Mayo Clinic in the U.S., the overuse and misuse of antibiotics can lead to health risks. Learn more here.
'One species we looked at...had the most powerful antibiotic effect of any species we tested'
Already it is estimated that 700,000 people across the world die from drug-resistant infections
GPs reveal what happens when you take antibiotics and don't need them.
Bacteria are very clever. Resistance to drugs can be acquired by sharing mobile genetic units (called plasmids) between bacteria; this is known as "horizontal' evolution. When resistant bugs are in the hospital where you are getting treatment, it is therefore very easy for them share resistance genes.
'Without effective antibiotics, minor infections could become deadly.'