All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on June 25, 2015
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At a nursing conference last year, a speaker addressed the issue of synthetic marijuana because her son had fallen ill by smoking the substance. With cool-sounding names like K2, Spice, Molly, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Yucatan Fire, Genie, Zohai and Purple Wave, synthetic marijuana... Read More
Published on June 24, 2015
Patients don’t fail therapy. But sometimes, therapy fails them.
Published on June 22, 2015
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What does brain development have in common with a dance performance?“Both are carefully choreographed,” explains Stefan Bluml, PhD, an investigator at The Saban Research Institute. “I can point to an area of the brain and know exactly where it falls in the program. I can say, ‘... Read More
Published on June 19, 2015
Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are providing new hope for babies with short bowel syndrome (SBS) by developing a novel model of SBS in zebrafish, described in a paper published online on June 18 by the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver... Read More
Published on June 18, 2015
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A thriving Children’s Hospital Los Angeles program builds better dads—and better men. Kevin Haigh admits to being a father-in-progress. “I don’t know what I’m doing, actually,” he says. But he’s trying, having spent the past 18 months attending L.A. Fathers, a support ... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
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To help understand this paper, I had to draw a picture! Feel free to use as a reference.In a finding that furthers our understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles discovered two locations where a single difference in HIV’... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
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If you have ever been confused when hearing these two buzzwords or reading them at a grocery store, you are not alone. Probiotics and prebiotics, though similar in name, are two distinct types of food ingredients that are both beneficial for your child’s health, and complement... Read More
Published on June 15, 2015
I’m a pretty lucky guy…cancer is the worst thing that can happen to a person but I’m glad I got it. Cancer made me who I am today.
Published on June 12, 2015
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Rhinos, and seals, and CHLA! Oh, my! That’s not exactly how the iconic quote goes, but it perfectly describes the day that four CHLA patients had at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens recently. In partnership with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Charlie Pope, ... Read More
Published on June 10, 2015
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Clean eating has been making its way through social media, nutrition blogs, magazines and books. But what is it really, and is it a diet? The name "clean eating" has been around since the mid-90s, and the concept is actually something registered dietitians have been talking... Read More
Published on June 10, 2015
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If you heard some commotion on our fourth floor in the Anderson Pavilion, it was likely due to the squeals and giggles from patients who took part in the dance and movement therapy session. CHLA patient Ella with Rumer Willis It was a full house when ABC’s Dancing with the... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
Too many babies were dying. We just didn’t have enough answers.
Published on June 8, 2015
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Dog therapy happens all day and into the evening at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, as the four-legged volunteers of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program do their rounds right up until visiting hours end at 9PM. One frequent night-visitor is therapy dog Luna, a... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
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Juliette Clark was told she’d never play water polo again. Now, she’s going for her second gold medal. Thirteen-year-old Juliette Clark is spending a lot of long days at the pool lately. But she’s not just soaking up the summer sun—she’s getting ready for the National Junior... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
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For the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to its prestigious Honor Roll of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With the release of the 2015-2015 U.S. News Honor Roll, we have been named: No.1-ranked children’... Read More
Published on June 2, 2015
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Facing the bleakest odds, Andreas Reiff, MD, helped launch a new age in the treatment of autoimmune disease.  During his fellowship, Reiff and others at CHLA helped discover the inflammatory signaling pathways of a substance called tumor necrosis factor (TNF); excess levels of... Read More
Published on May 31, 2015
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As Mental Health Awareness Month is coming to a close, remember that this “taboo topic” isn’t confined to adults. To learn more about mental health in infants and children, click here. 
Published on May 29, 2015
Teamwork will always get you a lot further than any one individual can achieve.
Published on May 26, 2015
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Tiny Heart, Big PromiseThe heart has its own dedicated blood supply, with coronary arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart and cardiac veins that remove the deoxygenated blood. This system of vessels nourishes the heart, enabling it to pump blood to all the other... Read More

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