The Phantom Of The Opera

For many American film lovers, it is 1925's The Phantom of the Opera that defines horror in the silent film era. Lon Chaney's Erik may not have modern moviegoers fainting as legend says they did when Christine reveals his deformed skeleton-like face, but there's no doubt he holds a special place in horror fans' hearts to this day. The Phantom Of The Opera Synopsis - Spoilers Included The new owners of the Paris Opera House refuse to believe the previous owners' warnings about the holder of box 5--a "phantom of the opera"--even though the phantom's presence is well-known and openly discussed among the opera's performers. The mysterious phantom has eyes that are just "ghastly beads", compared to holes in a grinning skull, explains stagehand Joseph Boquet, who claims to have actually seen the phantom. Over that skull, he continues, is stretched tight yellow skin with only two large holes where his nose should be. Meanwhile, the opera's

Babies Are Still Dying From Unsafe Sleep Environments

 Some of our most vulnerable are still dying because the adults in their lives either do not understand or fail to follow longstanding recommendations for safe sleep practices and safer sleeping environments.

What's wrong with is picture? A lot, say safe sleep advocates. The soft, fluffy blanket and the large stuffed animal both pose a serious suffocation risk.
What's wrong with this picture?

In a new study published this morning at the website for the journal Pediatrics, researchers explained that they gleaned data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Case Registry database. Looking at the years 2011 through 2014 they discovered more than 1800 babies died before their first birthday. At least 250 of those children died of suffocation in what safety advocates characterized as “unsafe sleep” situations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has, for years, recommended that babies sleep alone, in a safe crib or bassinet, on their backs, and with no blankets, pillows, stuffed animals or other soft items.

But parents are not following those recommendations, researchers discovered. (While daycare deaths do happen, most sleep suffocation incidents actually occur in the infants’ own homes.) Soft bedding was blamed for the largest number of deaths but suffocation caused by an adult rolling over onto the baby was also common.

In all cases, non-supine sleeping and sleeping in an adult’s bed were frequent factors.

In the past two decades the number of sleep deaths in newborns has remained fairly steady. But better diagnostics means that more of those deaths are being classified as suffocations.