All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on March 24, 2017
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​ Have you ever watched a 2 year old play with a smart phone? It’s fascinating to watch tiny little hands manipulate a phone or tablet so efficiently at such a young age. They are cleverer at it than many adults! They almost seem born to play this way. But our technology baby... Read More
Published on March 20, 2017
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Our friend Jack Black stopped by CHLA to Make March Matter. As you’d expect, Jack had no problem joining in our music therapy sessions and was happy to visit with our kids, their families and even made himself available for CHLA staff. Thank you Jack, you rock... Read More
Published on March 20, 2017
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The Food Pyramid that most of us learned about in school is now ancient history. That old guideline on food groups and servings has been replaced by MyPlate. The MyPlate concept was designed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote healthy eating... Read More
Published on March 13, 2017
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Brian Hacker had never met anyone else with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a disease he was diagnosed with when he was just 2 weeks old. That is, not until he came back to visit the hospital that diagnosed him, to volunteer at a camp specifically designed for kids with the... Read More
Published on March 9, 2017
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Thomas Hoag was 6 years old in 1967, and getting sicker by the day. As a little boy, he remembers being carted around from one doctor to the next. None of them could figure out what was wrong.  “My parents have told me that I didn’t want to play or do anything,” Hoag says. “... Read More
Published on March 7, 2017
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Senta Georgia works at the front lines in the fight against diabetes. Credit a school field trip with inspiring Senta Georgia, PhD, to change the world. When Dr. Georgia was a young woman growing up in New Jersey, her fifth-grade class took a field trip to a local chemical... Read More
Published on March 7, 2017
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Under the compassionate care of CHLA’s Jo Olson-Kennedy, gender-nonconforming and transgender kids emerge into themselves. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD, likes to say her work is “moving people from surviving to thriving.” In her work as medical director for the Center for... Read More
Published on March 7, 2017
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In high school, Dagmar Grefe gravitated to all kinds of different subjects, including theology, psychology, philosophy and history. But when one of her teachers predicted she would pursue a career in theology, the teenage Grefe balked. “I’d have to become a minister,” she... Read More
Published on March 7, 2017
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In the face of doubters, sexists and grueling work demands, CHLA’s first female neurosurgeon, Erin Kiehna, would not be deterred. Erin Kiehna, MD, is midstory. “I have to tell you,” she says, cutting short her evenhanded tone, her eyes squaring up with yours, “it’s incredibly... Read More
Published on March 7, 2017
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Judy Sherif has used her skills as a nurse, a pilot and a renegade to help build CHLA’s Emergency Transport Program into one of the largest in the nation. Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Judy. She wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. Judy took auto shop... Read More
Published on March 3, 2017
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Growing up in Southern California and raising two children gets a little tricky sometimes with our great weather. I mean, what do we know about cold temperatures? Californians think it’s cold when it hits 50 degrees outside and when it drops to 40. Well, I am happy to say that... Read More
Published on March 3, 2017
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After 15 years as a respiratory therapist, 14 years of pediatric nursing and having raised two teenagers, I have become very familiar with decoding a cough. It’s always distressing to hear your little one cough, especially in the middle of the night. Still, as common as this... Read More
Published on February 23, 2017
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In May 2011, at her grandmother’s birthday party, Viviana Flores did something nearly unheard of for a 6 year old: She turned down a piece of cake. She and her mom, Diana Hernandez, had just come from the doctor’s office because Viviana had a stomachache. Her cousin thought... Read More
Published on February 21, 2017
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Early on when my son started trying solid foods, he would eat everything I put in front of him and like it. I remember thinking to myself, “He’s going to be such a good eater.” (My husband and I like everything and eat a wide variety of foods.) Although he still is, since he’s... Read More
Published on February 21, 2017
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I recently cared for a child who was admitted to our unit for iron deficiency anemia and worked with Sarah White, MD, to provide some family education on this very common anemia, what the cause is, the symptoms and the treatment. I am partnering with White again to discuss... Read More
Published on February 16, 2017
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​ Brushing your child’s teeth is never easy. Let’s face it, for many of us it’s a stress-provoking task. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that children have their teeth brushed twice a day for two minutes. As parents, you try and follow all the rules to... Read More
Published on January 25, 2017
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Written by Heather Ayers-Cluff, MSW, CPST; Jessica MacDonald, PT, CPST; Kathleen Palas, RN III, CPST; Mina Farag, MPH, CPSTI Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 53 requires all children under 2 years old to ride in a rear-facing car seat. The new law will NOT apply to... Read More
Published on January 23, 2017
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Welcome to 2017 and National Blood Donor Month! Did you make a New Year’s resolution? I decided to make a resolution to save at least the life of one child in 2017. Here is why I made that choice and how you can join me. My friend Joe was traveling in a remote part of Asia... Read More
Published on January 20, 2017
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Imagine a newborn so small you can hold her entire body in one hand. Then imagine the overwhelming concern and responsibility you would feel for her fragile life if this were your own child. For Nicole and Danny Castro, it doesn’t take any imagination; their daughter, Indi,... Read More
Published on January 20, 2017
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A muscle disorder has frozen her body and impaired her speech, but with every academic achievement, the straight-A college freshman delivers a message to those who can't see past her disabilities. You have to fight the inclination to ignore Connie Morales. Diminutive,... Read More

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