All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on May 24, 2015
At the 3rd Light Up the Blues Concert, emcee Jack Black introduced Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Levitt asked the audience, “How many of you have had, at least once in your life, really challenging... Read More
Published on May 20, 2015
A minor cut almost took 11-year-old Jonah’s life. Now, he and his brothers are giving back to CHLA—for a ‘Dreamnight’ at the Los Angeles Zoo.  Jonah (center) along with his twin brothers present a check to the Blood Donor Center. Meet the Osterman brothers: Jonah,... Read More
Published on May 19, 2015
A recent study—published online in the journal of Cancer Research on April 23—demonstrates that a growth factor called G-CSF, commonly used in high-risk neuroblastoma treatment, leads to increased tumor growth and metastasis by stimulating cancer stem cells in an experimental... Read More
Published on May 19, 2015
Physicians use a growing array of diagnostic imaging equipment, such MR, CT, ultrasound and X-rays.  Due to the massive size of the digital files, remote sharing of these medical images with patients or other clinicians has been very difficult. Patients have had to ask their... Read More
Published on May 19, 2015
Recently, the fourth floor Family Lounge was buzzing with overjoyed moms and Children's Hospital Los Angeles patients. Drew Barrymore, brought along her cosmetic line, FLOWER Beauty, and a team of celebrity make-up and hair stylists to pamper all the mothers who were currently... Read More
Published on May 18, 2015
After certain traumatic events, cooling the body from 98 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit can reduce brain damage and improve survival rates. This treatment, called therapeutic hypothermia, has been routinely studied in adults following cardiac arrest, but it’s never been examined in... Read More
Published on May 15, 2015
Infographic and Q&A with Jamie Wood, MD, director of Clinical Diabetes Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to answers the most common questions on diabetes prevention. What can people do more of in their daily lives to prevent diabetes? Jamie Wood, MD: There are... Read More
Published on May 14, 2015
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common pediatric cancer, and includes two subtypes, B-cell and T-cell, depending upon the type of white blood cell where the leukemia originates. For B-cell ALL, the presence of a small number of remaining leukemia cells, called... Read More
Published on May 14, 2015
  The Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is designed to care for mothers and children from the moment an abnormality is detected in a fetus, through pregnancy and delivery and after birth. That is what the center did for Dinusha de Silva... Read More
Published on May 13, 2015
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have made an important step toward finding a target in the fight against drug-resistant neuroblastoma (NBL), the most common solid malignancy found, outside of the skull, in children.  Led by Muller Fabbri, MD, PhD, of the Children’... Read More
Published on May 8, 2015
Resembling a virtual archeological dig, a new technique called deep mucosal imaging (DMI) enables scientists to “sift through” layers of intestinal tissue and focus on the fundamental unit of the adult colon, called the colonic crypt. For the first time, researchers are able to... Read More
Published on May 7, 2015
Mental health. It’s a term we most often associate with adults and balancing high-stress jobs with an enjoyable lifestyle. But what exactly does “mental health” mean for infants and families? We talked to Marian E. Williams, PhD, director of the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family... Read More
Published on May 6, 2015
In March, a generous donation established the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, raised the question: what exactly is infant-family mental health? We caught up with Marian E. Williams, PhD, clinical psychologist and... Read More
Published on May 5, 2015
More than 200 guests, including 50 CHLA patient families, attended the Sixth Annual Center for Achievement of Teens and Children with Hand Differences (CATCH) picnic on Saturday, May 2 at the Saban Research Building courtyard. “CATCH is a welcoming community at Children’s... Read More
Published on May 4, 2015
“Bays of Our Lives” is a series that goes behind the laboratory bench (also called a “bay”) to highlight the individual personalities behind innovative research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Sunhye Lee, PhD, is a new postdoctoral student studying... Read More
Published on May 1, 2015
Long term, these options are still not good enough. When we think about treating children, we need a solution that will last a lifetime
Published on May 1, 2015
Lauren Conrad, a fashion designer, TV personality and blogger, has a deep love for all things arts and crafts. Recently, she decided to share that love with a few of our teen patients in the Teen Lounge at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. With the entire craft store and a... Read More
Published on April 29, 2015
Acupuncture isn’t just for chronic pain—it turns out that this ancient needling technique may also have a role in managing acute pain in the emergency department. Researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recently examined the effects of acupuncture treatment on pain and... Read More
Published on April 27, 2015
Model of coagulation factor VIII. Credit: ShutterstockChildren with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. The effect on quality of life can be significant, due to time and discomfort associated with... Read More
Published on April 24, 2015
Johanna Olson, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she directs the Center for Transyouth Health and Development. Olson was recently featured on “Bruce Jenner–The Interview” with Diane Sawyer on ABC.Transgender... Read More