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Published on August 25, 2015
I remember riding the school bus as a kid. I enjoyed riding the bus to school because it meant being with my friends, having extra time to finish my homework, and a sense of independence. I also remember “seat hopping” to get closer to friends while the bus was moving,... Read More
Published on August 24, 2015
Have you ever tried to lift your child’s backpack? If not, you are probably in for a pretty startling surprise. I remember my backpack always being insanely heavy as a kid, to the extent that it would hurt my back, shoulders and neck. In this RN remedies article, I hope to... Read More
Published on August 14, 2015
Special-needs children and adults are at an increased risk for entering into dangerous situations. They often struggle with the ability to sense danger, and therefore may be prone to literally walking into dangerous situations. I recently read this unsettling quote: “... Read More
Published on August 6, 2015
Who doesn’t love summer camp? And who doesn’t want to lead a healthy lifestyle?  That’s what the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes and Obesity Program team thought when they partnered with UCLA UniCamp, a student-led charitable organization aimed at helping... Read More
Published on August 6, 2015
We have all heard about “the terrible twos”—tantrums, pouting and those incessant questions. What magically changes on that third birthday to get them out of that “terrible” age? Absolutely nothing. They don’t change their attitude just because they are a year older, and if... Read More
Published on August 4, 2015
Pasadena Magazine just gave everyone at CHLA an opportunity to show our appreciation to the experts that we work with each day within our walls. The July/August issue of Pasadena Magazine has been released on newsstands across Los Angeles and 85 physicians with... Read More
Published on July 30, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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