All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on May 26, 2016
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Project NATEEN at CHLA has been giving young parents practical resources and a sense of possibility for 30 years. Less than three years ago, at age 16, Lizeth Rios was juggling new responsibilities as a mother while trying to finish high school—and unsure if she... Read More
Published on May 18, 2016
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Last May, Ava Cardoso-Smith, then 14, strode across the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, took the microphone and belted out a rendition of “You Raise Me Up.” Her performance was part of a charity gala benefiting programs for Los Angeles-area foster children, and the... Read More
Published on May 17, 2016
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When I hear the word “hoverboard,” I think of magical devices, sort of like flying carpets that glide through the air. Many of us remember watching the character Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” and many of us remember wishing we could fly too.   But the... Read More
Published on May 17, 2016
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Recently, a few lucky patients of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles had an exciting day at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. But this wasn’t just any visit; these patients were meeting animals that have similar conditions to theirs. As a preview for what was the... Read More
Published on May 10, 2016
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles' seventh annual CATCH (Center for Achievement of Teens and Children with Hand Differences) picnic took place on Saturday, April 30th, and was attended by many CHLA patient families. The gathering unites families and children with hand... Read More
Published on May 6, 2016
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A daughter comes to CHLA for the same surgery her mother had here more than 35 years before Amelia Green and her family arrived at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before dawn on Aug. 13, 2014. The adorable 4-year-old was dressed as her favorite TV character, Doc... Read More
Published on May 5, 2016
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Hearing the news that you’re about to have your first-born is an exciting time. You might wonder about what your child will look like, or what you’ll name him or her, but there’s a lot to worry about as well. You hope that your child will be a healthy infant and that your... Read More
Published on May 4, 2016
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“I thought I’d never get the job. However, I applied, was selected and just celebrated 10 years working at CHLA!” The job mentioned above is not a nurse, a doctor or anything one would typically associate with a hospital setting. In fact, it’s another very important role... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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Traveling alone or even with another adult can be stressful enough. Adding kids to mix is another story entirely. There are so many things to think about: packing, navigating through the airport, having the right things to keep your kid happy and occupied on a long flight,... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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We know that the safety of your child is your most important priority as a parent. Parents spend a lot of energy assuring that their children are cared for when they cannot be with them, but there comes a time when children can be responsible for themselves. The question is... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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Written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, licensed psychologist, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles There is growing awareness in the community about the value and importance of including children with special needs, including... Read More
Published on April 22, 2016
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The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend infants receive breast milk or formula exclusively until around 4 to 6 months of age.   The AAP has a great guide detailing the general introduction of solid foods for healthy infants—learn... Read More
Published on April 15, 2016
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This spring marked the launch of the inaugural Make March Matter campaign to rally businesses across Los Angeles in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and to bring focus to the health care needs of children. Make March Matter officially launched with a kickoff pizza... Read More
Published on April 11, 2016
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Not many people can say they haven’t missed a single day of work for an entire year, but the furry volunteers of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles can!  This incredible milestone was met on April 11. That’s 365... Read More
Published on April 8, 2016
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Written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, licensed psycologist, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Children’s birthday parties can be overwhelming for any child. With the combination of high expectations, sugary treats and... Read More
Published on April 7, 2016
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You might say that 13-year-old Erika Daniels has a serious case of puppy love. “I looove dogs,” she gushes. Of course, her favorite four-legged friend is her own dog, an adorable cocker spaniel named Patches. But the La Verne eighth grader also has a special place in... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
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From The Developing Mind Newsletter, Winter 2016 Written by Larry Yin, MD, medical director of The Boone Fetter Clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Most children feel a little anxious about seeing a doctor. Some fear even temporary... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
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Choosing a formula can be a daunting task when breast milk is not an option. With numerous brands and types of formula, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Here is a primer on what you’ll you need to know when you’re faced with choosing the right formula for... Read More
Published on March 28, 2016
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* This is the first of a two-part series on how to talk to children about LGBT issues. The next article will focus on how to discuss gender and sexuality with your children if they come out to you as LGBT or questioning. Kids often ask their parents questions that they... Read More
Published on March 28, 2016
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Barbara Korsch, MD, front row (right), early in her medical training Honoring CHLA physician Barbara Korsch, MD, a pioneering researcher in the field of doctor-patient communication Doctors should listen to their patients, empathize with them, and find ways to... Read More

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