All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on September 18, 2014
Updated Oct. 6, 2014 In September, our physicians predicted it was a matter of when, and not if, Los Angeles children would become infected with Enterovirus EV-D68, commonly referred to as enterovirus D68. On Oct. 1, CHLA and public health officials announced that a young... Read More
Published on September 17, 2014
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a specialized fat that produces energy in the form of heat in order to tolerate exposure to cold.  That’s why bears have ample supplies of brown fat, and why researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and elsewhere are studying the possible... Read More
Published on September 17, 2014
Did you know that car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 3-14 years of age? This week is Child Passenger Safety Week (CPS) and it is a reminder to parents and caregivers that many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper education on child... Read More
Published on September 15, 2014
As a pediatric surgeon, Tracy Grikscheit, MD, often operates on children with an insufficient length of intestine—a condition common in premature infants. Behind the bench, Grikscheit is creating tissue-engineered small intestine (TESI) to make it possible for these patients to... Read More
Published on September 12, 2014
It’s important to remember, especially in young children, that disease doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We always knew that history and context affected disease development and outcome, but we’re just starting to get a handle on how much.
Published on September 12, 2014
After a victorious win by the Los Angeles Kings, the Stanley Cup has resided in the hands of players and fans alike for the last few months. However, as hockey season nears, the Stanley Cup will be up for grabs again. As a last celebratory sendoff, the Los Angeles Kings and... Read More
Published on September 11, 2014
The University of Southern California’s (USC’s) athletic director Patrick “Pat” Haden was fined $25,000 and reprimanded by the Pac-12 for his actions in the third quarter of the Trojans’ 13-10 win against Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 6. A few days later, Pat took to Twitter and... Read More
Published on September 10, 2014
During the month of August, two publications delved into the decades-old debate questioning exactly how drastically a mother’s activities while pregnant affect her child in the future—specifically in terms of alcohol consumption. We asked Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the... Read More
Published on September 9, 2014
We know that “breast is best” when it comes to passing essential nutrients like hormones, antiviral factors and enzymes from mother to baby. But researchers recently discovered that a growth factor found in breast milk–and absent from formula–may be protective against a... Read More
Published on September 8, 2014
Fifty years ago, childhood cancer was a near-certain death sentence. But thanks to decades of treatment advances, more than 80 percent of childhood cancer patients now become survivors. Stuart E. Siegel, MD, experienced this monumental shift while serving for 37 years as head... Read More
Published on September 5, 2014
The current drought makes California look like fat cells under a microscope! Dried-out land on the left, adipocytes (fat cells) on the right. Image courtesy of Sebastien Bouret, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute. 
Published on September 3, 2014
Tomorrow’s matchup between defending Superbowl Champions—the Seattle Seahawks— and the Green Bay Packers marks the start of another helmet-crushing, yard-rushing, touchdown-celebrating football season. Amidst the excitement of the game, players and trainers must be prepared for... Read More
Published on September 2, 2014
Scientists have linked literally hundreds of mutated genes with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a success rate that could be viewed as both an important first step toward future interventions and an increasingly complex puzzle.Di Tian, MD, PhD, an investigator in the... Read More
Published on August 29, 2014
Like an archipelago in the Pacific, one million isolated clusters of cells pepper the pancreas. Called the Islets of Langerhans, these regions contain a large portion of the body’s endocrine (hormone-producing) cells—including those that regulate diabetes. In this image, the... Read More
Published on August 28, 2014
Kids from Camp H.E.A.L. do! An acronym for “Healthy Environment, Active Living,” Camp H.E.A.L is the newest community-outreach initiative of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Diabetes and Obesity Program and New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Through evidence-based... Read More
Published on August 26, 2014
On August 23-24, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients and doctors from the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases took the field at Dodgers Stadium for ThinkCure! Weekend. The annual two-day event benefits cancer research at CHLA and City of Hope by raising funds... Read More
Published on August 25, 2014
-Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read about how Dr. Levitt is untangling our brain’s wiring to understand neurodevelopmental disorders in “How We Become What We Become”
Published on August 22, 2014
Explaining the role of ErbB4 regulators in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Patricia Lozano exudes poise and confidence. In front of fellow interns, she reviews the causes of IBD and discusses how understanding the effect of pro-inflammatory cytokines on ErbB4 in intestinal... Read More
Published on August 22, 2014
Dressed in the brown and red leather, chain metal and well-worn boots of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, Marvel’s  Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt gave Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients a surprise they couldn’t believe on Wednesday, August 20.Patients were in for a... Read More
Published on August 21, 2014
Fifteen-year-old Eileen Garrido is an accomplished singer, Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital, founder of the Beating Hearts Foundation and a long-time patient of CHLA. This past Wednesday, Eileen was CHLA’s honorary guest at Costco Wholesale’s philanthropic event and... Read More