Ascending group B streptococcal genital infection in the rabbit model
Rabbits appear to be an appropriate model for studying group B streptococcal infections and their treatment during pregnancy. Pregnant rabbits infected with group B streptococci at the vagina were randomly assigned to either immediate antibiotic treatment or no treatment. Complications were more common in untreated than treated rabbits. Forty-seven percent of the untreated rabbits developed infections in the uterine lining, 26% developed blood infections, and 44% developed a fever. Treated rabbits were more likely to deliver a live fetus.
Publication Name: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Peptic ulcer risk and use of corticosteroids
The possible side-effects of oral corticosteroids include proximal myopathy, weight gain, and impaired glucose tolerance. However, there is mixed evidence as to the link between corticosteroids and peptic ulceration. It is suggested that if a patient is taking corticosteroids (but not non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDS) and also has a minimum of two risk factors, H2 agonists may be beneficial.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
Genital Ulcer Caused by Human Bite to the Penis
A case is described of a genital ulcer caused by a human bite to the penis. The ulcer was infected by Eikenella corrodens, a bacterium normally found in the human mouth. It was successfully treated with antibiotics.
Publication Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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