All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on November 29, 2016
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Kennedy Rae Lewis’ mom expected her first ride to be in the back seat of her car on the way home from the hospital. Instead, it was in a helicopter, just hours after she was born—and it was a ride on which her life depended. Kennedy arrived ten weeks early via emergency... Read More
Published on November 29, 2016
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A Family Fighting Leukemia Finds Answers, Care and Hope The signs were subtle. A less persistent person might have listened to the advice from the first few doctors, and just chalked it up to a sinus infection and the overactive imagination of a new mom. But Ashley Kramer... Read More
Published on November 29, 2016
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In October 2009, Megan and Christopher Pierson welcomed daughter Saylor at a local hospital near their home in Newport Beach, California. Even though their little one was born six weeks early, the proud parents were thrilled. “She was pink and crying and looked perfect,”... Read More
Published on November 29, 2016
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When 15-year-old Jenny Cheng learned that she’d been accepted to a prestigious summer ballet and language program in Russia—earning a significant scholarship—she was beyond elated. But on that same day in April 2015, Jenny and her family also learned that her scoliosis (... Read More
Published on November 28, 2016
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In earlier blogs I wrote about water safety and preventing drowning. I have found that drowning is more prevalent worldwide than deaths by war; in fact it is the second leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. Over half of the deaths are children less than 15 years... Read More
Published on November 28, 2016
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Does your child have difficulties being understood, completing classroom assignments or using language appropriately? Whether your child has just begun school or has been struggling for years, you may notice that they seem to have difficulty, no matter how hard they work.... Read More
Published on November 28, 2016
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Carter Holt is the hero and protector of his little brother, Forrest, who suffers from vascular malformations and kidney failure. “You’re doing a good job, buddy.” Those are the loving words 5-year-old Carter Holt whispers to his little brother, Forrest, whenever he... Read More
Published on November 25, 2016
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  The holidays are just around the corner and the “Top Ten Toys of 2016” lists are flooding the internet already. But as plentiful as these lists may be, it is a daunting task to narrow down a list to meet each child’s unique interests, to match their development skills... Read More
Published on November 21, 2016
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A twelve-year-old's golf dream made possible by bone marrow donor sister. Immediately after watching “The Short Game,” a documentary about elite 7-year-old golfers descending on the world-famous Pinehurst Golf Course to determine the next world champion, Marley Franklin... Read More
Published on November 11, 2016
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How CHLA helped one teenager overcome scoliosis to soar in gymnastics and in life Scoliosis surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gave 17-year-old Danielle Drake new hope for her aerial gymnastics career—and two inches on the height charts. Danielle, a... Read More
Published on November 9, 2016
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Torticollis is a common congenital deformity, and current research suggests it affects up to 16 percent of infants. Congenital muscular torticollis is caused by a tightening of the sternocleidoid muscle in the neck and classically characterized by the infant’s head being... Read More
Published on November 8, 2016
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All people with a food allergy should be taught by a registered dietitian, nutritionist or other clinician to read food labels and avoid offending foods. If your child has a food allergy, it is very important that you read all packaged food labels to... Read More
Published on November 7, 2016
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​ Recently, a rare condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has hit the media and the United States has seen a sharp increase in cases over the last year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown concern over the spike, and although AFM is a rare... Read More
Published on November 2, 2016
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On an uncharacteristically cold and blustery day in Miami this year, Adam Wolf did something that doctors—and he himself—once thought impossible: He got up out of his wheelchair and walked. He walked for two miles—the last two miles of the Miami Half-Marathon. For the... Read More
Published on November 2, 2016
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Swaddling is a technique that mimics the coziness of the womb. Parent learns this special way of providing comfort for their newborn, but is it safe? If so, is there a wrong and a right way to swaddle? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that when done... Read More
Published on November 1, 2016
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With the help of our many corporate partners and supporters, we were able to throw not one, but TWO Halloween activities this year! Both outpatient and inpatient kids (at separate times) helped kick off the festivities on Friday at the Pumpkin Party. It was filled with... Read More
Published on October 26, 2016
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After a whirlwind romance in the hallways of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, therapy dogs Luke and Blondie took a big step this week – coordinating their Halloween costumes to dress up as bride and groom! Chloe Dollar, a 13-year-old CHLA patient, dog-lover and Blondie-... Read More
Published on October 16, 2016
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles Gala 'Once Upon a Time' honors long-time supporters Drew Barrymore, The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation and The Los Angeles Kings. Once upon a time, many gathered together for a magical night to hear the tales of... Read More
Published on October 12, 2016
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When Caiden Moran was born, he failed the newborn hearing screening, a standard test given to all babies before they leave the hospital. So his parents brought him back for a recheck. And he failed again. Caiden, it turned out, was born with underdeveloped cochleae and... Read More
Published on October 10, 2016
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Sodium is a mineral—an essential nutrient that is commonly found in many foods. It is used by the body to control blood pressure, blood volume, and muscle and nerve function. Maintaining an appropriate sodium balance not only benefits heart health, but also bone, brain,... Read More

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