McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series


Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Join the resistance against antibiotic resistance!

Video about antibiotic resistance

How did antibiotic resistance arise? In order to understand this concept, this video looks back in time to the first ever case of antibiotic resistance.

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Truth About Killing Bacteria

Video about using antibiotics to kill bacteria

This video looks at the effectiveness of and potential harm from using antibiotics to kill bacteria.

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Overview of Antibiotics

Antibiotics overview videos

These videos explores antibiotics, why antibiotic resistance is such an epidemic, use of antibiotics in the agricultural industry and what the labels on food really mean.

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Antibiotics and Livestock

Antibiotics and livestock video

This video discusses the effects and implications of the antibiotics we consume in meat products, with a focus on antibiotic resistance.

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Role of Antibiotics

Role of antibiotics video

This video looks at the basis of bacterial infection and the role of antibiotics in treating disease.

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Antibiotics and the Genomic Approach

Antibiotics and genomic approach video

This video reviews the history of antibiotics and modern scientific advances including the genomic approach.

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A New Broom Sweeps Clean: Taking on Superbugs

Taking on superbugs video

This video explores cutting edge research to combat superbugs has been conducted by Dr. Eric Brown’s lab.

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Antibiotics and the Environment: The Quiet Crisis

Video about antibiotics and the environment

This video discusses the impact that antibiotics pose on the environment.

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The Common Cold and the Role of Antibiotics

Antibiotics and common cold video

This video provides an overview of antibiotics and explains that antibiotics are medications designed to treat bacterial infections only.

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