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Doctor’s urgent warning for people with penises – and it will make you wince



A GP has issued a warning to people with penises as he has shed light on the cause of “ballooning” foreskins.

The medical professional, who goes by Doctor Sooj on social media, shared a video that racked up 200,000 views. In the clip, the 32-year-old medic from Hertfordshire explains how the eye-watering condition occurs.

Doctor Sooj says: “What is ballooning of the foreskin? So this is when you pee, the foreskin swells up as the urine is passing from the head of the penis. If this happens, it usually means that there is some form of phimosis – this means that the foreskin is tight.

Doctor Sooj says: “What is ballooning of the foreskin? So this is when you pee, the foreskin swells up as the urine is passing from the head of the penis. If this happens, it usually means that there is some form of phimosis – this means that the foreskin is tight.

“In most people, it’s fully separated by the age of 10, but in others it may remain attached for longer into the teenage years. In some adults, they may get an acquired phimosis, which means that they used to be able to move their foreskin freely over the head of the penis.

“But now, for whatever reason, it’s become tighter and now they can’t pull the foreskin back. So what ends up happening is, when you try to pee through the head of the penis, the gap from the foreskin is smaller, and therefore the force with which you’re trying to pass urine is too much. It kind of gathers under the foreskin – between the foreskin and the penis – and your foreskin will balloon, and the urine will pass out.”

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5 Nigerian stews you can make without tomatoes



In this article is a compiled list of five economical, locally sourced stews that can be made without tomatoes

With Nigerians staunch consumers of stew, tomatoes are a beloved staple, central to many traditional dishes.

But recently, the price of tomatoes have soared in the country with many Nigerians forced to search for alternative sauces to complement their daily meals.

In response, we’ve compiled a list of five economical, locally sourced stews and sauces that can be made without tomatoes:

Stews you can make without tomatoes

1. Garden Egg Sauce
A popular delicacy in southern Nigeria, Garden Egg Sauce serves as an excellent substitute for tomato stew. Essential ingredients include garden eggs (purple aubergine, white, or green), palm oil, smoked fish, ground pepper (chili or scotch bonnet), rinsed iru, onions, crayfish, and salt to taste. This versatile sauce pairs well with rice, yam, or plantain.

2. Pumpkin Leaf Sauce
Known locally as Ugu, pumpkin leaves are widely used in Nigeria. Pumpkin Leaf Sauce is not only flavorful but also healthy, consisting of a sauté of fluted pumpkin leaves and onions. Quick to prepare, this sauce requires chopped pumpkin leaves, seasoned beef or chicken (optional), meat stock, vegetable oil, chili pepper, onions, seasoning, and salt to taste.

3. Banga Stew
Known as Ofe Akwu, Banga Stew is a palm nut stew native to the Igbo tribe. Although extracting palm oil juice from palm nuts can be time-consuming, the resulting dish is deliciously rewarding. Ingredients needed are palm fruits or palm fruit concentrate, beef, dry fish, vegetables (scent leaves for Ofe Akwu or dried, crushed bitter leaves for Delta-style Banga soup), onions, crayfish, stock cubes, iru, salt, and chili pepper to taste.

4. Baobab Leaf Stew
A northern Nigerian delicacy, Miyan Kuka, or Baobab Leaf Stew, is a favorite among the Hausa tribe and is usually served with white rice. Key ingredients are beef, onions, dried fish, hot peppers (washed, soaked, and flaked), pounded kuka (baobab) leaves, dawadawa (fermented dried seeds of the African locust bean), yaji (suya seasoning), a pinch of potash, palm oil, seasoning cubes, and salt to taste.

5. Ofada Stew
Commonly called Ayamase, Ofada Stew is typically served with Ofada rice, a special local variety. However, it can also accompany regular white rice, yam, plantain, and even spaghetti. The simple ingredient list includes unripe habanero peppers, green tatashe or green bell peppers, locust bean seasoning (iru, ogiri okpei, or dawadawa), red palm oil, onions, crayfish, assorted meat, and fish.

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What to know about new sexually transmitted fungal infection reported in US



Medical experts have raised the alarm about a highly contagious rare fungal strain — after a sexually transmitted ringworm was reported for the first time in the United States.

What is trichophyton mentagrophytes type VII (TMVII)?
According to the CDC, Trichophyton mentagrophytes type VII is a drug-resistant fungus that causes skin disease in animals and humans and is acquired through sexual contact.

A study published on Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology by doctors at NYU Langone Health in New York City revealed that the infection was detected in a man in his 30s who reportedly had sex with multiple men during a trip to England, Greece, and California.

Tests showed the man had the fungus and doctors prescribed him standard antifungal oral medications. The man took fluconazole for four weeks without improvement before moving on to terbinafine for six weeks and then itraconazole for eight weeks.

Doctors said the man did not contract other infections that could have worsened the problem. The sexually transmitted fungus is said to cause a rash on his penis, buttocks, and limbs.

In 2023, France reported 13 cases of the infection. It was also found to be common in men who have sex with men.

The infection which was described as “the latest in a group of severe skin infections” is difficult to treat and takes months to clear up even with treatment. The New York University’s (NYU) Langone Health revealed the new form of ringworm is “highly contagious”.

Experts warned that TMVII rashes differ from the classic circular expression of ringworm and may be confused for eczema, delaying proper treatment.

Avrom Caplan, the study’s lead author, emphasized the importance of doctors asking patients directly about rashes, especially in sexually active people.

“Healthcare providers should be aware that Trichophyton mentagrophytes type VII [TMVII] is the latest in a group of severe skin infections to have now reached the United States,” Caplan said.

“Since patients are often reluctant to discuss genital problems, physicians need to directly ask about rashes around the groin and buttocks, especially for those who are sexually active, have recently traveled abroad, and report itchy areas elsewhere on the body,” John Zampella, senior author, added.

Zampella said the infection “appears to respond to therapies such as terbinafine” despite the difficulty in treating it.

Terbinafine is an antifungal therapy that treats fungal infections.

Symptoms of TMVII include:
Intense itching
Inflamed circular patterns on the skin
Hair and nail issues
Causes athlete’s foot

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Nigeria accounts for 2.2 million unvaccinated children – paediatric association



By Francesca Hangeior.


The President of the Paediatric Association of Nigeria, Professor Ekanem Ekure has lamented that Nigeria disproportionately accounts for 2.2 million of the 4.4 million zero-dose children in West Africa, the highest in the world.

According to her, only 23 per cent of children were fully immunised according to the Expanded Programme on Immunization schedule in 2021.

She stated this at the Paediatric Association of Nigeria’s Children’s Art Competition on Immunisation to commemorate the 2024 Children’s Day in Lagos.

While expressing concern that Nigeria has the highest under-five mortality rate in the world, the physician lamented that these children are dying from diseases that can be prevented.

She noted, “The statistics of children who have received all the vaccines in the national programme is 23 per cent, which is low. It is not surprising that our under-five mortality rate is so high.

“We have the highest under-five mortality rate in the world, and unfortunately, these children are dying from diseases that can be prevented, for which the government has made vaccines available for free.

“Zero-dose children are children who have not received any immunisation. West Africa has 4.4 million zero-dose children, and Nigeria has 2.2 million zero-dose children, which is very sad.

“The top areas where those zero-dose children tend to be more located are the urban slums, conflict areas, and remote and hard-to-reach communities in Nigeria. So, a lot has to be done to reach these children in those communities to ensure that they receive these immunisations.”

She noted that traditional assessments miss a child’s creativity, adding that they launched the competition to let children express the importance of immunisation through art.

The physician said the children harnessed their creativity to express the importance of health and well-being through their beautiful artwork.

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