All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on April 23, 2015
Here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, our Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine that is headed by Marvin Belzer, MD, has been supporting the health of transgender youth for nearly 20 years. Diane Sawyer’s recent interview of B. Jenner on “20/20,” included Johanna... Read More
Published on April 23, 2015
With the support of his family and the care of an expert doctor from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a transgender teen embarks on a life-changing transition. Like a lot of teens, high school sophomore Avery Wallace loves sports and music and has begun researching colleges.... Read More
Published on April 22, 2015
Medulloblastoma (glowing white) in 15-year-old boy. Image contributed to Radiopaedia by Paresh K. Desai, MD.Located in the cerebellum, medulloblastoma is one of the most common cancerous brain tumors in children and can cause behavioral changes, nausea, vomiting and decreases in... Read More
Published on April 17, 2015
Not every patient with hemophilia is going to bleed the same way, and not every patient is going to respond the same way to the treatments we give. Going forward, we hope to use this technology to individualize patient care.
Published on April 17, 2015
 Supporting healthy siblings of children with chronic conditions Written by Stephanie Marcy, PhD, pediatric psychologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Mary Ann Crall, CCLS, CIMI, child life specialist at CHLA You may have noticed this child sitting patiently in the... Read More
Published on April 16, 2015
For the last four years, the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center (HTC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been traveling to Arequipa, Peru to help improve the state of hemophilia care through a World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) project: The Twinning Program. Just recently,... Read More
Published on April 15, 2015
Delving into what she calls “survivor biology,” Barbara Driscoll explores how early childhood ailments can affect future health.Long after the aches and pains disappear, our bodies still remember the impact of illness. Barbara Driscoll, PhD, explores how cells use their first... Read More
Published on April 13, 2015
Immunofluorescence staining of cultured cells from a child’s retinoblastoma tumor. 10x magnification. Image courtesy of Narine Harutyunyan, Jennifer Aparicio, PhD, and Thomas Lee, MD, The CHLA Vision Center LaboratoryAfter surgical removal, retinoblastoma tumors make their way... Read More
Published on April 10, 2015
When SienaGrace Oberhaus was born, Roger De Filippo, MD, chief of the Division of Urology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was there for the big day. He had been following the baby’s growth for months and wanted to see his tiny patient as soon as possible. SienaGrace had... Read More
Published on April 9, 2015
Pointillism artwork can be seen on museum walls and under the microscope. Left: Stem cells stained with DAPI blue, The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los AngelesRight: Study for “The Channel at Gravelines, Evening,” Georges Seurat (1890). Musée de l'Annonciade,... Read More
Published on April 7, 2015
Since 2000, the rate of infants born with an addiction to narcotics or other drugs has tripled in the U.S. Dr. Friedlich and Claire McLean, MD, address this growing issue on First 5 LA:“If substances of abuse exist, pregnant women will use them just like anyone else and my... Read More
Published on April 2, 2015
In a condition as heterogeneous as autism spectrum disorder(ASD), finding a shared root of behavioral and neurological symptoms is often a shot in the dark. But in the mid-2000s, researchers found a genetic mutation in one percent of children with ASD, making it the most common... Read More
Published on March 31, 2015
In the fall of last year, a severe respiratory illness crept across the country, causing a string of infections in children. While most of those affected—even those that were hospitalized—recovered fully, a handful of kids with the enterovirusD68 (EV-D68) infection experienced... Read More
Published on March 30, 2015
Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children’s brain development, a team of investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income... Read More
Published on March 27, 2015
Caption: Comparative sizes of fetal and adult pacemakers. Credit: Children’s Hospital Los AngelesA team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a... Read More
Published on March 26, 2015
The reasons for following a vegetarian diet are varied, and may include animal rights, health, cultural or religious beliefs, or even a desire to protect the environment. Whether you’ve always planned to raise your children vegetarian or they decide to change their diets on... Read More
Published on March 25, 2015
Prenatal Exposure to Common Air Pollutants Linked to Cognitive and Behavioral ImpairmentEveryday pollutants in and outside the home can be bad for the environment…and bad for your baby’s brainResearchers at the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on March 24, 2015
A love for animals and a fighting spirit help Natalia, 5, cope with cancer.                              Last Halloween, a photo of twin superheroes—a young girl in a metallic pink Supergirl costume and a Labrador retriever dressed as Superdog—became a social media sensation... Read More
Published on March 24, 2015
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles might have its very own illustrated superhero, thanks to 16-year-old patient Victoria Kane.A triple threatTory, as she likes to be called, has been in and out of CHLA since she arrived at the hospital at age 7 as a retinoblastoma survivor for... Read More
Published on March 23, 2015
Teamwork will always get you a lot further than any one individual can achieve.