All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on July 21, 2016
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Lying in the back seat of his parents’ car on July 3, 2012, 13-year-old Nathan Newman had no idea just how much his life was about to change. Up until that summer, when his headaches started, he’d always been happy and healthy. Sports were his life, and he played on club... Read More
Published on July 12, 2016
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A few years ago, I wrote a blog about helping teenagers cope with chronic illness, especially when it means they have to take medications or do daily monitoring tasks like checking blood sugar or doing breathing treatments. It is not easy and as teenagers start to transition... Read More
Published on July 12, 2016
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Since Elise Martinez was 2 years old, she was debilitated by a condition that could not be properly diagnosed.  It caused severe impaction in the bowels, arthritis and malnutrition. The many pediatric specialists she saw before coming to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on July 5, 2016
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The topic of poop is a touchy subject for most and sometimes people think it is taboo to talk about. But poop, also called stool, can tell you a great deal about what’s going on with your child’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract, so it’s important to discuss with your child’s... Read More
Published on June 30, 2016
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Nasoalveolar Molding Brings Great Success for Babies With Cleft Lip and Palate In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in July, I would like to highlight a special program here at CHLA called the NAM Program, which stands for... Read More
Published on June 29, 2016
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Hearing Conservation for Kids                                                                    ... Read More
Published on June 29, 2016
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During the Super Bowl 2015 a controversial insurance ad played with a young boy telling the viewers about all the things he was not able to do, because he didn’t grow up, because he died in an accident. Social media erupted with people complaining that the ad was a “downer... Read More
Published on June 27, 2016
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Drop, cover and hold on! These famous steps are known to children and adults alike. To educate children and their parents the importance of earthquake safety and preparedness, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Injury Prevention Program has created a book on the topic to help... Read More
Published on June 24, 2016
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* This is the second of a two-part series on how to talk to children about LGBT issues. The previous article focused on how to discuss the gender and sexuality of other people with your children. Talking to your child about gender identity and sexual orientation can feel... Read More
Published on June 22, 2016
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With the first day of summer comes fun in the sun, beach outings, pool parties and outdoor adventures like camping, hiking, bicycling and skateboarding. What also comes is an increased risk for injuries and as such, an increased need for awareness. The specialists at Children... Read More
Published on June 16, 2016
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Oh the joys of adulthood, the to-do list never ends! But wait, isn’t a joy getting to decide which foods we buy and ultimately get to eat? Gone are the days of asking or begging someone to buy you a special something—no, you are now in control. With grocery shopping though,... Read More
Published on June 14, 2016
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People with food allergies must avoid their allergens (the foods that trigger the immune reaction), and their diets must be restricted to safe foods. Restricted diets aren’t easy on children. Younger children may feel frustrated when they can’t share the same food as... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
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A prosthetic leg can’t keep the exuberant 4-year-old from dancing, bike-riding, or hiding from her mother when they’re out shopping. Don’t believe what Fiona Ashe may tell you. Her parents did not purchase her at Target, though after hearing that claim enough times, her... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
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World Blood Donor Day is a day to acknowledge the individuals who have sacrificed their time to donate blood, and encourage others to do the same. Blood is an essential part of the body that is often overlooked and underappreciated. That is, unless you have an illness such as... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
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As a registered dietitian, and more importantly as a mom, I absolutely couldn’t wait for the moment I was able to start feeding my child solid food. This was a moment of great uncertainty, not only for our child, but for us as parents. I wondered what food was best to start... Read More
Published on June 7, 2016
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Careers in Health and Mentorship Program (CHAMP) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has partnered with Bank of America to be the bridge towards healthcare careers for college students that are searching, curious and ambitious. The program gives young adults who come from... Read More
Published on June 1, 2016
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Project NATEEN gives teens the courage and resources to believe in the future. When Stephanie Williams started her classes at Second Chance High School at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, she was a scared 19-year-old mom. She had been out of school for more than a year... Read More
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

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