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Published on July 30, 2015
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With summer in full swing, it's easy for kids and families to get caught up in all the fun outdoor summer activities. But there are still safety rules that need to be followed to ensure maximum fun. When the temperature rises, so should your intake of water. Use at least... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
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Some of my favorite childhood memories were when my parents loaded up the family truck, packed the camping stuff, hitched the Jet Skis and off we went to the bay! Naturally, as a father of two wonderful boys, I wanted them to experience the same feeling that comes with the... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
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I live north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita Valley. This area still requires homeowners to have 20 feet of greenery from the curb to your house. So in keeping up with city codes, I try to keep a lush, thick lawn, which is also an ideal natural playground for my dog, Sadie,... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
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Rare summer thunderstorms and rain delays didn’t keep eight teams from competing at the 21st Annual Chad Volleyball Tournament in Hermosa Beach on Saturday, July 18. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Heart Institute and the Chad Foundation... Read More
Published on July 16, 2015
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CrossFit—you’ve probably seen this word pop up recently,­­ with its fast-growing popularity among athletes or anyone who has shown an interest in working out. The workouts provided in CrossFit are challenging and seem fun, but should you let your young athlete participate?... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
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Say No to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages If you could do one thing that would reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, would you do it? Well, that one thing is easy: stop buying sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, lemonade, sweet... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
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I grew up in a medical household. My mother is a registered nurse and my father, a medical doctor. During my childhood, I was treated in doctors’ offices and with traditional western medical treatments when I was sick. When I became an adult and was choosing medical care for... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
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Written by Roshanak Monzavi, MD, assistant professor and director of Fellowship, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes mellitus is a group of conditions in which a person has high glucose (sugar), either because the body... Read More
Published on July 1, 2015
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Do you live in the San Fernando Valley? Well, you probably already know that we have an outpatient center near you in Encino. But starting today, July 1, we’ll also have our physicians overseeing care in each of the three pediatric and neonatal units at Providence... Read More
Published on June 30, 2015
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Patients Like Haven Forner Have Received Life-Changing Care From CHLA’s ECMO Program One of the largest efforts of its kind in California, the hospital’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program serves patients in the neonatal, pediatric and cardiothoracic... Read More
Published on June 26, 2015
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As a nurse taking care of children and families I see anxiety, worry and fear on a daily basis. Having a sick or injured child is heartbreaking and scary for parents. I have also seen firsthand that the parents’ reactions and ability to cope directly influences how the child... Read More
Published on June 25, 2015
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At a nursing conference last year, a speaker addressed the issue of synthetic marijuana because her son had fallen ill by smoking the substance. With cool-sounding names like K2, Spice, Molly, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Yucatan Fire, Genie, Zohai and Purple Wave, synthetic marijuana... Read More
Published on June 18, 2015
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A thriving Children’s Hospital Los Angeles program builds better dads—and better men. Kevin Haigh admits to being a father-in-progress. “I don’t know what I’m doing, actually,” he says. But he’s trying, having spent the past 18 months attending L.A.... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
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If you have ever been confused when hearing these two buzzwords or reading them at a grocery store, you are not alone. Probiotics and prebiotics, though similar in name, are two distinct types of food ingredients that are both beneficial for your child’s health, and... Read More
Published on June 12, 2015
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Rhinos, and seals, and CHLA! Oh, my! That’s not exactly how the iconic quote goes, but it perfectly describes the day that four CHLA patients had at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens recently. In partnership with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Charlie... Read More
Published on June 10, 2015
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If you heard some commotion on our fourth floor in the Anderson Pavilion, it was likely due to the squeals and giggles from patients who took part in the dance and movement therapy session. CHLA patient Ella with Rumer Willis It was a full house when ABC’s Dancing with... Read More
Published on June 10, 2015
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Clean eating has been making its way through social media, nutrition blogs, magazines and books. But what is it really, and is it a diet? The name "clean eating" has been around since the mid-90s, and the concept is actually something registered dietitians have been... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
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Dog therapy happens all day and into the evening at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, as the four-legged volunteers of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program do their rounds right up until visiting hours end at 9PM. One frequent night-visitor is therapy dog Luna, a... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
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Juliette Clark was told she’d never play water polo again. Now, she’s going for her second gold medal.Thirteen-year-old Juliette Clark is spending a lot of long days at the pool lately. But she’s not just soaking up the summer sun—she’s getting ready for the National Junior... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
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For the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to its prestigious Honor Roll of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With the release of the 2015-2015 U.S. News Honor Roll, we have been named: No.1-ranked... Read More

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