All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on November 11, 2015
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Alex Idolor is an energetic 10-year-old who has loved sports ever since he could walk. But five years ago, he started feeling uncharacteristically weak. Constantly hungry and extremely tired, Alex began to fall asleep at swim practice and had trouble chasing a soccer ball.... Read More
Published on November 5, 2015
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Luke doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t pricked with needles 10 times a day. At just 22 months old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Receiving a diagnosis for a condition without a cure—and one that would significantly affect their child’s quality of life—... Read More
Published on November 5, 2015
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Co-written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, psychologist and assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Many people believe that children may not have the emotional depth to become depressed. However, it is estimated that five percent of... Read More
Published on November 3, 2015
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With the help of Capital Group, Sam’s Club, Honda, Credit Union for Kids and Bindi Irwin, this year’s Halloween fun for our patients was the biggest by far! Capital Group paved the way for a great day with their generous donation of Halloween costumes, shirts and bibs for... Read More
Published on November 3, 2015
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Division of Adolescent & Youth Adult Medicine (DAYAM) provides health care and support services to approximately 7,500 youth between the ages of 12 to 24 each year. About 20% of these youth experience homelessness at some point during their... Read More
Published on November 1, 2015
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November is Transgender Awareness Month and there is so much to honor and celebrate about the transgender community. Recently, trans issues and trans figures have been the center of many mainstream conversations, as well as many trans activists, have offered a level of awareness... Read More
Published on October 30, 2015
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When Vivian Bui was 10 years old, she began to get tired a lot. She also started to lose weight and needed to use the restroom constantly. To get some answers, she went to a place she was familiar with as a native of Los Angeles: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There she was... Read More
Published on October 29, 2015
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On Oct. 9, just before the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first playoff game against the New York Mets, a pint-sized figure in a Dodger jersey and cap—and a frilly, powder-blue tutu—strolled onto the field at Dodger Stadium in front of 52,000 cheering fans. The tutu-... Read More
Published on October 28, 2015
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Coleman Giles looks and acts like an average 12-year-old kid. “I like to ride my bike, hang out with my friends, ride my trick scooter, play soccer, boxing,” he says. You can’t tell by looking at him that the heart that beats in his chest is not the one he was born... Read More
Published on October 23, 2015
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Vania Dzib Delgado had just celebrated her 10th birthday when she noticed something wasn’t quite right. Underweight and growing increasingly exhausted, she was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where doctors diagnosed her with systemic lupus—an autoimmune disease in... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
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Helping to Protect Your Child From Strangers The world can be a very scary place for a child. Children need to be made aware of what actions are unacceptable from others, and what to do if these situations arise. This is best communicated during a straightforward... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
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The Internet's 'Pizza Girl' bites back at cancer Hazel Hammersley, a usually bubbly toddler, was clearly in pain. She also had a fever, had stopped eating and was very lethargic. Lauren Hammersley’s motherly instincts told her that something just wasn’t right. “I took... Read More
Published on October 16, 2015
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CHLA introduces Sticky the Germ To help teach kids about the importance of hand hygiene in their own terms, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has recently published a children’s book on the subject, featuring a little germ named Sticky. “Sticky: A Germ’s Story” is being... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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A blood clot is when blood changes from a liquid to a solid. Blood clots are good because they help your body stop bleeding. But they can form when you don’t need them in veins or arteries. You can have a blood clot in your arteries or veins in places like your arms, legs, eyes... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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We all know that we should be prepared in the event of a disaster, but are we really? Most of us in Southern California keep extra bottles of water in our homes, a collection of dusty canned food (hopefully with a manual can opener), flashlights, a radio, and a first aid kid... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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Two-year-old Gabriel Lopez had been hospitalized for more than a year, hooked up to a 200-pound machine. Then, on Christmas Eve, he got the gift of a lifetime. Monica Horn, RN, CCRN, CCTC, was tired. That wasn’t surprising, considering it was the middle of the night, and... Read More
Published on October 8, 2015
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At 5 years old, Grace Bumstead already knows how to command a room; she’s spunky, fun and ambitious. So much so that people who meet her now might never guess that she is currently fighting a scary thing called cancer, and has already gone through months of intense treatment... Read More
Published on October 7, 2015
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This blog post is the second of a two-part series meant to provide basic education and resources regarding blenderized tube feeding (BTF). In the first part, we discussed the general concept and considerations of BTF. In this second part we will present food safety,... Read More
Published on October 5, 2015
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We’ve all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grow up. Those dreams often change; One day, it’s an astronaut, the next a veterinarian. These choices vary because the future seems so distant and the possibilities are endless. But what if your choice changed based on a... Read More
Published on October 1, 2015
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A blog post by Maria Sipin Two physicians in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine were recognized as Top Doctors in 2015. Claudia Borzutzky, MD, is the director of CHLA’s Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program and the medical director of CHLA’s Empower... Read More

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