All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on October 13, 2014
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The genes children inherit determine everything from their height to their hair color. But sometimes, a child’s genetic code also contains hidden abnormalities that can cause an array of health issues, such as developmental delays or physical or mental illness. Linda Randolph,... Read More
Published on October 13, 2014
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From left: Costco Wholesale SVP Bruce Greenwood; CHLA Board Co-chair Cathy Siegel Weiss; Costco Regional Marketing Assistant Helen Yniguez; actress Jamie Lee Curtis; honoree Natalie Portman; TV personality Maria Menounos; CHLA President and CEO Richard D. Cordova and CHLA Board... Read More
Published on October 10, 2014
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Credit: The Institute for the Developing Mind at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Published on October 8, 2014
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Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have described for the first time a specific perceptual learning deficit in mice with a mutation of the same gene as found in children with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). Their findings, published on October 8 by PLOS ONE, may... Read More
Published on October 8, 2014
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In recognition of today, we’d like to share with you how Senta Georgia, PhD, is using stem cells to develop new therapies for patients with diabetes. “Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, your body is not making enough insulin,” explains Georgia. “Our lab is working on... Read More
Published on October 8, 2014
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Big round eyes, the biggest smile one will ever see and a beautiful, bald head. These are characteristics shared by Ella, Barbie’s doll friend made by Mattel, and Grace Bumstead, 4-year-old patient of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who is currently fighting Ph+ acute... Read More
Published on October 6, 2014
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-Surgeon and researcher Kasper Wang, MD, on why he’s dedicated his career to saving kids with biliary atresia
Published on October 6, 2014
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Therapy dog Mason and his owner, Julie Lee, started volunteering at CHLA in 2008 and have logged many memorable visits in the years since. We asked her to share how her journey with Mason led her to volunteering here. How did you get started in therapy dog work? I always... Read More
Published on October 3, 2014
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Delivering blood to the heart itself, the coronary arteries ensure that our vital pumping organ stays well-nourished.  In this image of a zebrafish heart, we can see developing coronary vessels and their lining endothelial cells in green.  Blue marks the developed coronary... Read More
Published on October 1, 2014
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Few things are more inspiring than meeting a young person who has faced extreme adversity head on and come out stronger than ever. Kate Lopez is one of these inspiring young people. A long, brave journey In September 2011, Kate was a carefree and vivacious 12-year-old excited... Read More
Published on September 30, 2014
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Image: Immune cell attacking cancer cell There are natural killers in all of us—natural killer cells that is. A critical component of the innate immune system, “NK” cells are specialized white blood cells that are preprogrammed to kill virus-infected cells and tumors. But this... Read More
Published on September 30, 2014
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Our registered therapy dogs of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program have serviced CHLA patients with great pride. The 60 four-legged volunteers often bring a heartwarming and uplifting experience to many of our families and patients. A recent visit from one of these... Read More
Published on September 29, 2014
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Kyle Wong, age 47, is a health and wellness geek. He can talk for hours about nutritious foods and spends his weekends ziplining, hiking, boogie-boarding and “having as much fun as possible”. Rewind to three years and 114 pounds ago, when Kyle was struggling to keep up with his... Read More
Published on September 26, 2014
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Twenty-five year old Brandon Smith doesn’t look chronically ill. After all, he’s 6’4,210 lbs., can bench 355 lbs., and describes some of his favorite activities as “hitting the gym and lifting weights.” But at two years old, Brandon was diagnosed with sickle cell disease by... Read More
Published on September 24, 2014
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Top image: Cone precursor cells, the photoreceptor cells of the retina that detect color, are in green. The red identifies the Rb protein that is expressed in these cells. This protein is needed to suppress development of retinoblastoma. Bottom image: Cones are again in green.... Read More
Published on September 24, 2014
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Immediately after watching The Short Game, a documentary about the best 7-year-old golfers descending on the world-famous Pinehurst Golf course to determine the next world champion, Marley Franklin declared, “I’m going to make it to Pinehurst one day.” In just two short years,... Read More
Published on September 23, 2014
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When your baby was born you likely heard a loud cry and examined your baby to make sure he/she had a full set of adorable fingers and toes. But just imagine a few days after you arrive home, your phone rings: your baby has screened positive for a genetic disorder. How can a... Read More
Published on September 22, 2014
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Ellen Lien, PhD, has pinpointed several growth factors in zebrafish that allow them to regenerate their hearts after injury. She is currently looking at how growth factor Igf2 targets cardiomyocytes (cardiac muscle cells) and allows them to divide and grow during regeneration.... Read More
Published on September 19, 2014
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Thalassemia is a family of inherited blood disorders characterized by too few healthy red blood cells with adequate hemoglobin, the protein necessary to transport oxygen. “Developing red blood cells don’t make it out of the bone marrow, and patients become horribly anemic,” says... Read More
Published on September 19, 2014
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Last week, Frozen stars, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, stopped by for a special visit and lent their voices to give CHLA patients a cool treat.At first, a few patients were unsure that Bell and Gad were their beloved Anna and Olaf, but smiles instantly appeared as soon as Gad... Read More

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