All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on January 7, 2016
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Even if a child’s food allergy is not life-threatening, a chance encounter with the wrong food can be a scary experience for every member of the family. CHLA has provided comprehensive support for children battling food allergies for many years. The recent naming of the Gores... Read More
Published on January 6, 2016
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As my children have become teenagers, I have noticed that their activities and time commitments have also increased. Today, my teens have a daily itinerary that starts at 5:30 a.m. and concludes at midnight. Between school, sports and their band commitments, their packed... Read More
Published on December 31, 2015
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One day I was sitting on our family swing and I asked my teenage boy, Christopher, “What's your earliest childhood memory?” To my surprise it was not the many trips we did as a family, it was of him playing his saxophone in elementary school. This got me thinking, what was my... Read More
Published on December 29, 2015
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“She knows where to go, she knows the nurses, she knows the routine and sees other kids going through the same things,” says Trish Manzanedo. “She feels at home here.” Trish is referring to her 6-year-old daughter, Natalia, who has been fighting high-risk acute lymphoblastic... Read More
Published on December 24, 2015
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The new year is a time of excitement, hope and setting goals for the future. Many people are in the habit of creating personal New Year’s resolutions and they forget that their family can set goals for the new year as well. Any family, no matter how big or small, can set New... Read More
Published on December 24, 2015
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With the controversy over Concussion, the film starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, Tracy Zaslow, MD, Sports Concussion Program in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was asked to share important information on sports-related head trauma.... Read More
Published on December 22, 2015
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                  Just in time for the holidays! Lauren Conrad and her team came to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to brighten up the kid’s day with arts and crafts. The Creative Oasis room was filled with patients and their... Read More
Published on December 21, 2015
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Among the 1,000 or so books that Nikki Kerry estimates line the bookshelves in her kids’ playroom, she counts a few dozen “special” books, so designated because they were given to her daughter Gracin by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Gracin has been a patient since... Read More
Published on December 14, 2015
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Jennifer Rashkin recalls with absolute clarity the first time her daughter, Mila, had a seizure. “It was Sept. 26, 2011. She was 3 years old. About 15 minutes into her nap, I heard her cough, and I was like, ‘That’s weird.’ As I walked in, I heard her gurgling. When I saw her... Read More
Published on December 13, 2015
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On Friday, Dec. 4, the Star Wars: Force for Change program that promotes healing through creative inspiration and collaborative innovation supported by Lucasfilms, helped our patients harness their inner power as they hosted various activities for our patients to participate... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
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For the fifth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines invited Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients on a fun-filled trip to the “North Pole.” Delta pilots and flight attendants greeted CHLA patients, siblings and parents at CHLA where the group boarded buses for LAX. Upon arrival... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
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Tips on helping your family from over-eating and staying healthy during the holiday festivities. We all know the holidays are the busiest time of the year, often filled with plenty of holiday treats. Many times we don't make the healthiest decisions during this time. Before... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
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A pediatrician is a very important resource for parents and caregivers. They help to keep children healthy and serve as lifelines when they get sick. In an ideal situation your child’s doctor will be there for you and your family from birth until adulthood. Develop a... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
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High school students connect with reproductive justice work Last update, SYPP Center at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announced our new Hollywood-based community mobilization initiative that is working toward... Read More
Published on December 9, 2015
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Taking Concussions seriously Concussions in professional sports players have been prominently featured in the news recently. As a parent of two active boys involved in sports, I always worry about concussion injuries. How a concussion happens Concussions can occur while... Read More
Published on December 8, 2015
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Three months since her 18-month-old daughter, Luna, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Maria Bueno is sorting through her old thoughts, still working toward forgiving herself for having them. “Maybe people thought, ‘Why do you want another baby so bad?’ We already had four,”... Read More
Published on December 7, 2015
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Young people independently supporting themselves or receiving little support from their families can benefit from resources provided by the community in spaces that are welcoming and accessible. One example of this is a pop-up resource fair called Dress for Success, made... Read More
Published on December 4, 2015
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At just 5 years old, Joshua Solis knows his way to the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, notices when kids have casts like he did, and refers to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as “my hospital.” That’s no surprise, since he’s been treated by the Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at... Read More
Published on December 3, 2015
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There are many sweeteners on the market, but are any of them good choices for your kids or family? The truth is that all sweeteners should be used in moderation; no sweetener is actually a healthy choice. Large intake of sugar has been linked to an increased risk of obesity,... Read More
Published on November 30, 2015
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Jake Olson lives by a simple mantra: “Nothing is impossible.” Those three words are especially fitting for the 18-year-old who graduated high school with a 4.3 GPA, plays college football, aspires to join the PGA Tour, has written a book—and is blind. At just 8 months old, Jake... Read More

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