Connect with us

News

Study Indicates Infection From Omicron can Bolster Delta Immunity

It appears that infection with the COVID-19 Omicron variant has the potential to significantly increase immunity against the Delta strain of the virus.  These findings stem from a study conducted in South Africa.  However, the study was a comparably small one, meaning its findings might not be completely accurate after additional studies involving more participants are conducted. 

The study’s findings reveal that the Omicron infection might only be effective at boosting immunity against a single Delta strain.  The study results are also qualified even more with the fact that the Delta strain in question is one of the earliest.  In other words, there is the potential for those infected by Omicron to have immunity to one or several Delta strains.

A Closer Look at the Study

Africa Health Research Institute scientists in Durban determined individuals infected with Omicron naturally developed improved immunity to the Delta variant of the virus.  In particular, those who had been vaccinated had the most immunity against the Delta strain.  It must be noted this research has not been peer-reviewed.  

The study involved 15 individuals, some of whom were vaccinated and others who were unvaccinated.  Each of these individuals had the Omicron variant of the virus.  The study, led by Khadija Khan and Alex Sigal, determined that Omicron neutralization increased by a multiple of 14x across the two weeks after enrollment.

A 4.4-fold jump in the neutralization of a specific Delta strain occurred as a result of Omicron infection.  Two individuals were excluded from the study as they did not neutralize the Omicron variant.

It is also worth noting a prior South African study found there is a decreased risk of hospitalization and significant illness in individuals infected with the Omicron variant as opposed to those infected with the Delta variant.  However, the authors of the study suggested this reduced risk is the result of elevated population immunity.

Why the Study is Important to You

The jump in the Delta variant’s neutralization in those who were infected with the Omicron variant has the potential to significantly reduce the chances of reinfection with the Delta variant.  The study revealed vaccinated individuals infected with the new Omicron variant naturally created strong immunity to Delta.  In other words, you and your loved ones might be able to live without fear of a Delta infection if you are infected with the Omicron variant of the virus.  

The scientists who conducted the study noted that the findings are consistent with the likelihood of Omicron eventually completely displacing the Delta variant.  This displacement will occur as Omicron can spur immunity that serves to neutralize and ultimately reduce the chances of reinfection with Delta.  

Reuters states the displacement depends on whether the Omicron variant is more or less pathogenic when juxtaposed with Delta.

If the Omicron variant is less pathogenic, the chances of a patient suffering from severe coronavirus effects will be significantly reduced.  A subsequent infection would cause less disruption to coronavirus patients as well as society as a whole.  It is also worth noting Sigal found that a double-dose of the Pfizer shot along with a prior infection have the potential to provide significantly more protection against the Omicron variant.  The study’s findings are now being presented to the preprint medical publication known as MedRxiv.  

Is Delta on the Way Out?

The Omicron strain has quickly spread throughout the world after initially being discovered in South Africa.  It is believed that the Omicron variant formed in a patient battling HIV.  The patient’s weakened immune system allowed for the new variant to form.  Omicron then spread throughout South Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States.

The hope is that the study’s findings will be peer-reviewed, confirmed, and publicized.  If these findings turn out to be accurate, Omicron will replace Delta as the dominant strain, potentially permanently.  If Omicron replaces Delta, it is possible that the pandemic will come to a conclusion by some point in 2022.  

One of the study’s lead scientists, Sigal, took to Twitter yesterday to make it clear that if the Omicron variant proves to be less pathogenic, which appears to be the case, it will help to “push Delta out.”

The potential dominance of Omicron is fantastic news as early studies indicate it is less severe than Delta.  The reduction in severity will reduce hospitalization rates as well as fatalities.  However, it is unknown as to whether Omicron will cause as many long COVID cases as occurred with Delta and the original strain of the virus.  The only downside to Omicron supplanting Delta as the dominant strain is the fact that Omicron is that much more contagious, meaning it spreads faster, ultimately posing a threat to workforces and the economy.

 

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

News

First Man with Vertically Broken Penis

Hearing about a penis injury is cringe worthy. But there is one man that can top them all. Apparently, a 40-year-old man who had the not- so-distinguished honor of being the first to have a vertically broken penis. 

His case report was included in the British Medical Journal on June 10, 2021. 

Although the man was not named, the details of his case were revealed. 

Apparently, he was having sex with his partner when his penis buckled against her perineum, the area between the genitals and the anus (popularly called the taint). It resulted in a vertical tear that rarely occurs when a penis is injured. 

What are Most Penis Injuries Like?

First of all, let’s clear the air. A penis can’t actually break, because there are no bones in it. Rather, fractures occur because the penis is bent in a way that leads to a buildup in internal pressure and causes a tear.

Most penis injuries are horizontal in nature. They usually happen during doggie style sex, when the man is in back of his partner. The penis may be pulled down due to the movement of the person they are behind. 

This will cause a tear along the tunica albuginea, the sheath that holds the tubes of the penis together. 

These tubes are responsible for transporting blood to the penis. They also let semen and urine out of the body. 

During a penis fracture, men will experience a popping sensation, a loss of erection and some swelling. 

What Was Different About This Guy? 

The difference in this case, was that the man in question didn’t experience the fracture from the up and down movement of his partner in front of him. Rather, his penis hit her body and caused a vertical fracture. 

He claimed that he did not experience the usual popping, but he did have a loss of erection and some gradual swelling. 

The man had an MRI scan, and the doctor was able to confirm that he had suffered a vertical tear in his penis that measured a little over an inch (ouch!). 

The unusual situation led to a case report conducted by the U.K. National Health Service. Their review of past studies led them to confirm that all other penis fractures were traverse, not vertical. 

The scientists released the following statement concerning their review:

“Not only does this highlight the rarity of this case, but it also raises the question, ‘Does a vertical pattern penile fracture alter either the presentation of the long-term outcomes following operative repair’?” 

Doctors monitored the patient’s recovery carefully to compare it to other penile fracture cases. They found that he was able to go back to having sex six months after the incident and that he was able to achieve and maintain an erection just as well as he had before it occurred. 

No information was passed on concerning what type of treatment he received. 

However, according to the Urology Care Foundation, most penis fractures are treated with surgery. After the procedure is complete, the penis is bandaged up to allow time for healing. A catheter must be inserted to allow urine to pass. 

The Silver Lining

It is great to know that this story has a happy ending. It also provides benefit to the medical community as it raises awareness on the dangers of penis fractures. 

Penis fractures are issues that tend to be unreported due to embarrassment. However, if left untreated for over 24 hours, they can have very serious consequences. They can lead to permanent erectile dysfunction, an abnormally curved penis, and a scarred and narrowed urethra. 

Gives a whole new meaning to safe sex, doesn’t it?

 

Continue Reading

News

The Devil Went Down to Catalan and Snagged a Bishop: A Strange Love Story

Love is wonderful and love is weird. When they say opposites attract, they probably never knew just how opposite some couples might be. For example, if someone said to you, “Did you hear about the bishop that fell in love with and married a satanic erotic novelist?” you would probably think it was the setup for a joke. It turns out that this really happened not too long ago.

The Bishop

Xavier Novell i Goma became the youngest bishop in Spain at the age of 41 when appointed to Solsona in Catalan, in 2010. During his time as a bishop, he was extremely conservative and backed controversial and, many claim, dangerous, conversion therapy techniques. He was also outspoken when it came to regional independence in Catalan. The bishop has also performed exorcisms to help rid people of the devil inside. The bishop has done a lot.

However, no one saw what was coming in the bishop’s life just a decade later. At the end of August 2021, he resigned from his post. At the time, no one knew why he had retired, as he just told people it was for personal reasons. Often, when a priest or bishop suddenly retires, it’s usually for behavior that’s frowned upon, or downright illegal and immoral in some cases.

However, the bishop did not do anything illegal. Instead, he fell in love, which is strictly forbidden for someone in his holy vocation within the Catholic church. However, he didn’t fall in love with just anyone. He fell in love with a woman named Silvia Caballol.

The Devil in Disguise

Who is Silvia Caballol? She is a clinical psychologist who also happens to be a novelist. Caballol was born in 1983 and is 14 years younger than the bishop. At first, you might think that it is a bit scandalous, but these sorts of things happen from time to time, and there isn’t too much of a gap in their ages, and they are both consenting adults.

However, what makes this story so salacious is the type of fiction she writes. She is the author of erotic novels that tend to have Satanic undertones (and overtones) to them. Some of the novels she’s written include Gabriel’s Hell of Lust and the Amnesia trilogy. By all accounts, she’s a good and entertaining writer.

Given the fact that the bishop was known for being an exorcist, you can see why this story stands out, since she writes satanic fiction and erotica. Those are two things that priests and others in the Catholic church aren’t supposed to like. Truth be told, this story is like the overarching plot of a show you might see on the CW, or perhaps you would prefer a grittier version on HBO. Regardless, the story is interesting.

What Happened to the Bishop?

The allure of the author was enough to make the bishop step down from his role in the church. He wanted to spend more time with her. In November of 2021, he had a civil marriage to Caballol. Under the rules of the church, he keeps his title, but in name only. It means that he cannot conduct any of the rights of the office and can’t perform duties or functions that he could as a priest. Essentially, he forfeited his powers after he was married.

Caballol has not had many changes in her life. Her publisher is still pleased with her work, and they must be happy with the increased publicity the books are getting thanks to her relationship with the bishop.

So, what happens now? What does the future hold for the holy man and the devilish writer? Will he become less conservative? Will she continue to write books with Satanic themes? The marriage is still just a few months old at the time of this writing, but hopefully, things work out well for the couple.

Love can hit you out of the blue, and it doesn’t matter if you are a man of the cloth or not. Just be ready to change jobs if your boss, like the Pope, isn’t cool with it.

Continue Reading

News

Heidi Klum Reveals Multimillion Dollar Insurance Policy on Her Legs

Most people aren’t surprised to learn celebrities take out million dollar insurance policies on their most valuable assets.  In the case of some of the world’s most attractive individuals, those assets are body parts as opposed to boats, cars and other traditional items.  Perhaps you’ve read that Jennifer Lopez has insured her butt for several million dollars.  Taylor Swift has a multimillion dollar insurance policy on her thighs.  We have a new entrant into the body part insurance club with German supermodel Heidi Klum.

Klum’s Reveal on Ellen

Klum, 48, revealed she has a $2 million insurance policy on her legs.  The announcement was made on the Ellen DeGeneres show.  The supermodel also revealed one of her legs is insured for more than the other.  Most fans would rightfully assume the difference in insurance levels is likely because one limb is that much more aesthetically pleasing.  However, the truth is a childhood injury is the cause of the variance.  The model told Ellen a childhood story about how she fell into glass and suffered a massive cut on her leg that resulted in a sizable lasting scar.  However, fans can’t see the scar since she uses spray tan to conceal it.

The German fashionista admitted the insurance policy is odd, yet it makes financial sense.  Klum also hinted that she might consider insuring her breasts.  A client insured her legs to protect its investment in the supermodel.  In other words, Klum’s client pays the monthly premium for the insurance policy.

Though Klum did not reveal the specific amount for each individual leg, she noted her right leg is covered in excess of a million dollars.  The left leg is a bit cheaper to insure as a result of her childhood injury.  The supermodel has expanded her stardom in recent years in an attempt to branch out.  She has served as the host of “America’s Got Talent”, and  still looks drop dead gorgeous at nearly 50-years-old.

The Logic in Insuring a Body Part

Klum’s decision to insure her legs is a prudent one.   Supermodels’ bodies are essential to their financial livelihood and identity.  In particular, Klum’s legs are especially attractive.  If she were to get into a car crash or slip on ice and break her leg, it would undoubtedly reduce her earning potential.  

As noted by Playboy model Holly Madison who insured her breasts for $1 million, “If anything happened to my boobs, I’d be out for a few months and I’d probably be out a million dollars.”  Several other Hollywood stars have insured their body parts and attributes as well.  As an example, Mariah Carey went as far as insuring her voice for a cool $35 million.  

Miley Cyrus took out an insurance policy on her tongue for $1 million.  Madonna insured her breasts for $2 million.  Kim Kardashian insured her rear end for an astonishing $21 million.

Klum Opens up to Ellen

Klum’s insurance policy reveal was made during a “fill in the blank” game on the Ellen show in which the model answered questions about herself and her life.  Klum went into additional detail about her personality and fears, admitting she made it through a particularly scary photoshoot in which she was pictured with a python.  The python was not an officially trained snake used on Hollywood sets.  

Klum also went into detail about her public wardrobe malfunctions.  The two then chatted about the massive gold statue of her that was recently revealed in her home nation of Germany.  

Klum also dished the deets about her collaboration with the one and only Snoop Dogg.  The two hooked up for a track dubbed “Chai Tea With Heidi.”  The song was written by Tom Kaulitz, the model’s husband and music producer.  Klum detailed how working with Snoop Dogg was her top bucket item list.  She explained how she reached out to Snoop to see if he would be willing to collaborate with her on a track.  

“So, I go to Englewood and then we made this song together and it’s the most craziest thing for me because this is like dream of all dreams for me to do a song with Snoop Dogg,” the model said.

The collaboration is an unexpected one as Klum is nearly 50-years-old, a married woman, and a mother of four children.  Add in the fact that her lifestyle doesn’t match that of the ever-high Snoop Dogg and the collab track makes even less sense.  The surprise single was released on January 15.

Continue Reading

News

Woman Claims to Have Heavenly Threesomes with Her Husband and God

People may have different viewpoints on sex and pornography, but calling God into it may be going a little far. Yet, that’s exactly what forty-five-year-old wife and mother Nita Marie did when she was interviewed by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on an Irish ITV show in which she appeared via a video call from her home in Colorado. 

Nita told the world that the Lord approved of her stripping for money on OnlyFans, an internet content subscription service based in London. She also said she calls God into her bed to join herself and her husband for sexual enjoyment and “experiences heaven” every time. 

The woman said that she began doing naked photoshoots after getting out of a bad relationship. She claimed it helped her “rediscover her sexuality.” 

“I had no idea it was going to get as big as it did, because I was just doing the photoshoots for my self-confidence,” she explained. “It went viral, a lot of my photos.”

She also talked about not being religious, but finding God later in life. 

“I think most Christians want to do what’s right in God’s eyes, so there’s a little moral conflict,” she said. “He wanted me to celebrate and love my body, because it’s natural. God was very clear that he wanted me to celebrate it.”

“I’ve always looked about what Jesus did and he was all about love and forgiveness. He spent a lot of time with sinners and prostitutes,” she went on to say. 

Nita also discussed what it was like to have God in her bed during lovemaking. She claimed she had an experience of being filled with God’s love, body, soul and um, other things.

“There’s nothing more fulfilling or satisfying than when you’re experiencing God’s love for you while pleasuring your partner,” she said. 

She also said that having God in her bed improved both her and her husband’s sexual performance. She encouraged followers to invite God into their lovemaking to intensify the sexual experience. 

“I don’t ask God to join me and my husband every time we have sex, but at least twice a week,” she explained. “It’s always the best sex, so intense and full of passion and love. 

Nita has met with a lot of criticism regarding her decision to bring God into her sex life. She says that many of her friends have been judgmental about what she does for a living, and her beliefs. She has also battled against church bred misogyny regarding her career field. 

“When I started modeling, I had a lot of Christian friends and family who shunned me,” Nita said. “However, I asked God if He wanted me to continue and the answer was always yes.”

The ITV interview wasn’t the only time Nita has spoken to the press about her relationship with God. She has talked to many news outlets and remains outspoken about her beliefs. She has talked about building a personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ that eliminates any misogyny found in the Bible. 

“My sexuality helped me seek out Christianity and I built a relationship with Christ on a personal level, rather than one filled with doctrine written by men thousands of years ago,” she said. 

“The Bible was written during a time when women were not allowed to read or write. I believe it would be much different if women were able to be a part of writing it,” she added. 

The TV hosts and viewers were stunned after watching the unusual segment. Many of them took to social media to comment on the story after it was aired. 

Nita Marie, God loving and sexually adventurous feminist, adult content creator and force of nature. She certainly has an unusual story if nothing else.

Continue Reading

News

Woman Puts Child Into Trunk of Car to Avoid COVID-19, Faces No Legal Repercussions

The pandemic has been pushing people to some really heinous extremes. At the beginning they were kind of funny. Hoarding toilet paper has become a regular thing as people “prepare” for the next lockdown. Some of the extremes, though, haven’t been as goofy. Society’s overall mental health is at an all time low. The looming doom and gloom is sending us over edges we didn’t know existed.

For one mother in Texas, that’s exactly what happened.

Sarah Beam was charged with child endangerment in Texas. How did she endanger the child? Allegedly, she put her 13-year old son into the trunk of her car after learning he’d been exposed to COVID-19. She was taking him to a testing center, and was concerned about being exposed and catching the virus herself. All of this information comes from the warrant issued by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

When it comes to a mother’s love, this behavior is beyond comprehension for most. After all, aren’t mothers supposed to do whatever it takes to protect their children? Like we said, it seems like the pandemic has been pushing people to strange extremes that we never expected.

It seems that the judge involved in the case understands that. At this point in time, Beam has been let off the hook. The judge involved in the case has ruled that they find no probable cause, and no reason to charge the mother with endangering her son’s life by placing him into the trunk of her car.

While the judge hasn’t found Beam guilty of any wrongdoing at this point in time, others are skeptical. In particular, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office isn’t convinced that this was entirely legal, and it certainly wasn’t safe. A spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Dane Schiller, told CNN that they are going to continue to review the evidence in question. Should they deem it fit, they may continue to pursue the case, and take it to a grand jury to see whether or not there is an appropriate charge. Schiller said:

We absolutely respect the judge’s ruling, and we will continue with our work.

When you review the facts, it is certainly unlawful to place a passenger in the trunk of a vehicle. In most states, vehicle code states the following, if not in this exact wording:

A person driving a motor vehicle shall not knowingly permit a person to ride on a vehicle or upon a portion of a vehicle that is not designed or intended for the use of passengers.

This statement alone shows that what Beam did was not within the confines of the law, which is why the District Attorney’s Office is likely going to continue pursuit of a charge.

Regardless, Beam’s lawyer Nathaniel Pitoniak is looking at the judge’s ruling as a win. In a statement outside of court on January 13th, he stated that they were disputing the facts of the affidavit to begin with. However, with the judge’s ruling, they are certain that Beam didn’t place her son in any imminent danger, or in the way of harm.

While Pitoniak is looking to dispute the affidavit, it seems pretty hard to do at this point in time. Several eyewitnesses saw Beam’s son in the trunk of the car when she arrived at the testing site on January 3rd, which is what sparked the warrant for her arrest.

The pandemic is pushing people to extremes, but for Beam, a Texan mother, it’s also pushed her beyond making good judgment calls. We’ll see if this case goes any further. It certainly isn’t over.

Continue Reading

Trending