All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on July 14, 2017
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​ On the heels of Netflix’s controversial series about suicide, “13 Reasons Why,” comes the company’s latest offering focusing on a serious mental health issue: “To the Bone.” The film, which competed at the Sundance Film Festival this year, focuses on eating disorders. While... Read More
Published on July 13, 2017
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This story originally appeared in the TroDent, the official publication for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Read more stories like this in their Summer 2017 issue. Madison Carmenate can easily call Children’s Hospital Los Angeles her second home... Read More
Published on July 12, 2017
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​ Getting the whole family moving for better health The World Health Organization and the American Heart Association recommend for kids to be active 60 minutes per day, seven days a week in order to lower the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. This also offers... Read More
Published on July 12, 2017
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​ Trying to eat healthy today can be a challenge. You can eat all the right foods, but if the portion sizes are not appropriate, you may not be eating as healthy as you think you are. Portion sizes (especially for high-calorie/low-nutrient foods) have increased greatly over... Read More
Published on July 11, 2017
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​ Max Page, 12, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, tetralogy of Fallot, at birth. He  has undergone 12 heart surgeries and procedures since he was three months old. Earlier this year, he was hospitalized for 32 days with endocarditis, an infection on the inner... Read More
Published on June 30, 2017
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles continues to champion preserving child health in California and nationally. Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer of CHLA, has shared the case against the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) with several US Senators... Read More
Published on June 27, 2017
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Parents often ask, “Why do we have earwax?  Why do some children produce so much wax? Can wax buildup cause hearing loss?” Today we're going to answer a few of those questions and give you the lowdown about earwax and hearing! What is earwax? Although earwax may... Read More
Published on June 27, 2017
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Summer vacation is upon us, and with summer comes a variety of summer sports leagues. During this time of year, many children attend daylong sports camps and meets, weekend-long tournaments, and late-afternoon-into-evening sporting events. Although many events have... Read More
Published on June 23, 2017
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​ Two physicians examine the challenges and benefits of using an age-old practice to toilet train their infant daughter You know that disposable diapers are ecologically questionable, but cloth diapers seem too messy for you and your child -- is there an alternative?... Read More
Published on June 22, 2017
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The ancient rabbis decreed there are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood and the crown of royalty. But the crown of a good name surpasses them all. Some of these children come to him without names, so this most faithful Muslim does what the old... Read More
Published on June 20, 2017
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Got 10 minutes? Make the most of your time and squeeze in a quick workout! Regular physical activity improves heart and lung function, reduces the risk for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, increases bone and muscle strength, and improves your mood and mental health.... Read More
Published on June 18, 2017
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles hosted its inaugural Walk L.A. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Griffith Park. The fun, community event gave patients, their families and friends, and CHLA staff a unique opportunity to walk in solidarity to help improve the health of children.... Read More
Published on June 13, 2017
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Over the past few months, controversy has circled over Netflix’s latest original series, “13 Reasons Why.” The show, which targets teens and young adults, focuses on a complicated topic: adolescent suicide. Sara Sherer, PhD, a psychologist and the director of Behavioral... Read More
Published on June 8, 2017
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Palmer Naftal wasn’t supposed to jump that day. It was the first track meet of the 2017 season, and the 17-year-old Calabasas High School junior was standing on the sidelines, watching his teammates compete in the long jump—and growing increasingly restless. Last... Read More
Published on May 31, 2017
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The way 16-year-old field hockey sensation Abigail “Abby” Jackson sees it, the same Children’s Hospital Los Angeles doctor changed her life twice. The first time, James Stein, MD, now chief medical officer, operated on a 3-day-old baby. The second time, more than a decade... Read More
Published on May 30, 2017
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Learning to Talk: Speech Milestones During the First 18 Months From the day you bring your baby home from the hospital, talk, sing and read to her every day. There is a strong correlation between the number of words a baby hears and their later success in school; more... Read More
Published on May 30, 2017
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Look out! Here comes Spider-Man!   Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker in the upcoming superhero movie SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, swung by to visit some of our kids!     Donned in the official suit from the movie, Tom visited patients on the... Read More
Published on May 26, 2017
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Welcoming a new child into your family is one of the most exciting experiences as a parent. However, in some cases the joy of childbirth can be overshadowed by overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, self-doubt, inadequacy and exhaustion as you face the challenges of... Read More
Published on May 24, 2017
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The weather is changing with warmer temperatures and longer days, which is always an exciting sign that summer is near. With more opportunities to be more active outside, chances are we are going to be sweating and drinking more fluids throughout the day. Maintaining... Read More
Published on May 18, 2017
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One toy can make a world of difference. After nearly three years of extended stays at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, this was one of the most enduring takeaways for 6-year-old Valentino Ricciotti and his family. From early 2012 till late 2015, Valen, as his family calls him... Read More

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