All CHLA Blog Posts

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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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 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 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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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 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 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
Published on September 29, 2015
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  A blog post by Mia Humphreys Over the past year, the SYPP Center, a capacity building program within the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, in collaboration with Youth Policy Institute, has been facilitating a community mobilization... Read More
Published on September 23, 2015
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Kylee Postel is 12 years old and one of the biggest advocates for mitochondrial disease. She’s been battling the disease since she was born and has undergone over 30 surgeries at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For the past several years, she and her family have developed... Read More
Published on September 23, 2015
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It was that time of year again when thousands of people dived into the ocean at Zuma Beach, biked in record high heat and ran to the finish line in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox—all for raising funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Research Program... Read More
Published on September 21, 2015
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A blog post by Maria Sipin We’re Still Here shares the untold stories of the first generation of children who were born with HIV in the 80’s and 90’s. Grissel Granados, the director, is also at the center of the film as she connects with other young people who were born with... Read More

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