All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on May 16, 2017
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More than 13 million people have already watched the clip online, as Jimmy Kimmel described the emotional experience of watching his newborn son diagnosed with a life-threatening heart defect, and ultimately being saved by the surgeons and caregivers at Children’s Hospital Los... Read More
Published on May 10, 2017
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​ This Op-Ed was first published in The Hill on 5/9/17. Like many of you, I watched late night host Jimmy Kimmel share with the world a deeply personal account of how his son, just a few days old, required lifesaving surgery for a genetic heart defect. I ached when I saw the... Read More
Published on May 10, 2017
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In today’s era of social media and 24-hour news cycles, exposure to nutrition information is greater than ever. Like with any other news sources, however, it can sometimes be difficult to know whom to trust. In a handful of states, including California, the title “... Read More
Published on May 10, 2017
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You want a big bicep, so you go to the gym and lift heavy weights to make it stronger. You want to throw the perfect pitch in a baseball game, so you practice the movements until they are second nature and you are pitching no-hitters. Naturally, mouth muscles would be... Read More
Published on May 5, 2017
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What is tetralogy of Fallot?Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect—a problem with the heart’s structure that’s present at birth—that changes the normal flow of blood through the heart. Babies and children who have tetralogy of Fallot experience episodes of cyanosis, a... Read More
Published on May 1, 2017
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Every day, countless individuals make a difference in the lives of the young patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. But did you know that some of those individuals are schoolteachers? These teachers, who work for the Carlson Home and Hospital School at the Los Angeles... Read More
Published on April 27, 2017
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Christopher Russell, MD, a hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles specializing in pediatric patients with tracheostomies, noticed that many of these children have a high percentage of being re-admitted to the hospital for respiratory conditions.  A tracheostomy is a... Read More
Published on April 21, 2017
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Willowbrook State School, Staten Island, NY   50 years ago, children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were routinely institutionalized because families were ill-equipped to care for them.Today, thanks to research funded in part by the... Read More
Published on April 21, 2017
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Join Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the March For Science on Saturday, April 22, 2017March For Science Los Angeles http://marchforsciencela.com/ Register to attend your local march https://www.marchforscience.com/
Published on April 20, 2017
In 1963, the death of baby Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, who was born 5 ½ weeks premature and died from respiratory distress syndrome, gripped the nation.  At that time, medicine had very little to offer premature babies with respiratory distress, but baby Patrick’s death put a... Read More
Published on April 20, 2017
Twenty years ago, a child with inflammatory arthritis had a very different life than a child with that same disease has today. In 1997, that child suffered from chronic pain and lack of mobility that kept them homebound – unable to go to school, have the opportunity to make... Read More
Published on April 18, 2017
“My goal is to decrease childhood blindness by treating pediatric eye disease in an innovative way,” says Bibiana Jin Reiser, MD, MS, director of the Cornea and Glaucoma Institute at CHLA. Using technology developed for adults, she is optimizing it to treat children.“The disease... Read More
Published on April 17, 2017
Research is a team sport. Each advance is incremental – small but crucial in reaching the next, significant step toward finding a solution. Science is currently under a great deal of scrutiny because of how it is conducted and how it is funded.  At Children’s Hospital Los... Read More
Published on April 12, 2017
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During the annual Dog Therapy Appreciation Day, where patients and families can meet, take photos and hang out with some of the many therapy dogs who visit Children's Hospital Los Angeles, one child and family came up to a therapy dog named Amber. Amber's owner, Denice, says... Read More
Published on April 7, 2017
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​ Your baby will change a lot over the course of a year, developing motor, speech and social skills. Here are some of the major gross motor developmental milestones that you can expect throughout your child’s first year of life. Please note that these are meant to be guidelines... Read More
Published on April 5, 2017
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Zebrafish heart with prominent coronary vessels (marked by transgenic fluorescent reporters)Heart disease is among the leading causes of death for both adults and children. A heart attack (or myocardial infarction) occurs when the heart is deprived of oxygen due to blockage of a... Read More
Published on March 28, 2017
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There was a time, not so long ago, when 15-year-old softball standout Devin Waddell might have let a bad game get her down. When she’d sometimes head home upset if her pitches hadn’t hit their mark, or she’d had an 0-for-4 weekend at the plate. But that was before she found out... Read More
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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Brain scans of chronically depressed patients before and during treatment. Left: Before treatment, depressed patients had a thicker cortex in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the brain (shown in red). Right: Over 10 weeks of medication, these regions (shown in blue)... 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

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