All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on July 27, 2015
According to a recent article in The New York Times, a study published in the journal Circulation found that consumption of sugary drinks results in some 184,000 deaths worldwide each year. The study’s researchers further estimate that sweetened drinks cause 133,000 deaths from... Read More
Published on July 24, 2015
Researchers in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer... Read More
Published on July 22, 2015
Johanna Olson, MD, and her colleagues at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, provide care for the largest number of transyouth in the U.S. and have enrolled 101 patients in a study to determine the safety and efficacy of treatment that helps patients bring their bodies into closer... Read More
Published on July 20, 2015
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressively lethal lung disease, with few effective treatment options.  Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have found that a biomarker commonly associated with cell injury called Annexin V may... Read More
Published on July 17, 2015
124352240944_0.png colitis flares, there is an inflammatory process that kills both bacteria and colon cells mistakenly identified as pathogenic. The body mounts a counterforce, seeking to repair the intestinal lining.... Read More
Published on July 16, 2015
CrossFit—you’ve probably seen this word pop up recently,­­ with its fast-growing popularity among athletes or anyone who has shown an interest in working out. The workouts provided in CrossFit are challenging and seem fun, but should you let your young athlete participate? More... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California found that children with autism spectrum disorder, as well as typically developing children, experience less stress in a sensory-adapted environment than in a regular dental clinic.A trip to... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
Say No to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages If you could do one thing that would reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, would you do it? Well, that one thing is easy: stop buying sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, lemonade, sweet tea... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
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I grew up in a medical household. My mother is a registered nurse and my father, a medical doctor. During my childhood, I was treated in doctors’ offices and with traditional western medical treatments when I was sick. When I became an adult and was choosing medical care for... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
This video is a fly-through of the colon. Much of the lining has been destroyed by a severe bout of colitis. Each frame depicts a progressively deeper layer of the colon with stem cells (shown in red) working to repair the organ.Image: mouse colonVideo credit: Cambrian Liu, PhD... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
Written by Roshanak Monzavi, MD, assistant professor and director of Fellowship, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes mellitus is a group of conditions in which a person has high glucose (sugar), either because the body... Read More
Published on July 10, 2015
Retinoblastoma (or RB) is a childhood retinal tumor usually affecting children 1 to 2 years of age. Although rare, it is the most common malignant tumor of the eye in children.A common sign of this cancer is a white glow or glint in the pupil of one or both eyes. Parents may... Read More
Published on July 8, 2015
Two minutes, Frank Ing, MD, tells a visitor, with all the best intentions. He flashes a pair of fingers as reinforcement. “Two minutes.”Then he’s off on what he might call a mission of eminence, seeing Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through the final moments of a year-long... Read More
Published on July 6, 2015
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Published on July 3, 2015
“Often, you have to understand the minute details before you can make sense of the bigger picture,” muses Jon Detterich, MD. This mentality fuels his research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he looks to the smallest component of human life, the cell, to understand the... Read More
Published on July 1, 2015
“With one of the most diverse patient populations in the world and a shared commitment to better outcomes in the future, CHLA is in a position to pioneer research that will help answer the question of why diseases strike particular individuals and use this knowledge in the... Read More
Published on June 30, 2015
Haven Forner Receives Life-Changing Care From CHLA’s ECMO Program One of the largest of its kind in California, the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has served more than 1,100 critically ill children since the program’s... Read More
Published on June 29, 2015
Many hospitals lack the resources and patient volume to employ a round-the-clock, neonatal intensive care specialist to treat their youngest and sickest patients. Telemedicine—with real-time audio and video communication between a neonatal intensive care specialist and a patient... Read More
Published on June 26, 2015
After 13 years at Columbia University, Bradley S. Peterson, MD, joined CHLA last year as the inaugural director of the Institute for the Developing Mind (IDM) at The Saban Research Institute.In the latest issue of ResearCHLA Magazine, Dr. Peterson discusses how the IDM will... Read More
Published on June 26, 2015
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As a nurse taking care of children and families I see anxiety, worry and fear on a daily basis. Having a sick or injured child is heartbreaking and scary for parents. I have also seen firsthand that the parents’ reactions and ability to cope directly influences how the child... Read More