All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on March 20, 2015
For fourth year medical students across the U.S., today is arguably the most important and emotional day of their academic careers. It’s Match Day—the day when, with the opening of a plain white envelope, a new class of residents will find out where they will live, learn and... Read More
Published on March 18, 2015
Caption: Transgenic mouse model used to target lung mesenchymal cells (green). Credit: Wei Shi, MD, PhD, Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Research Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles___________________________________________________By uncovering the... Read More
Published on March 17, 2015
While it’s no decades-old tradition like dyeing the Chicago River, fluorescent green dye plays a crucial role in medical research by marking microscopic structures like neurons and stem cells. In honor of St. Patty’s Day, here are a few of our favorite images that will have you... Read More
Published on March 13, 2015
Dr. Robert Adler with child patient at Children's Hospital Los Angeles   An Interview with Robert Adler, MD When pediatricians in Los Angeles are uncertain about the next step in medical care for a child they are treating, they call Robert “Bob” Adler, MD. Adler has been a... Read More
Published on March 12, 2015
As the “bouncers” of blood composition, our kidneys are responsible for making sure crucial nutrients and electrolytes circulate through our body and that waste is filtered out. Unfortunately, when podocytes—the key cells in charge of filtration—deteriorate, renal function is... Read More
Published on March 12, 2015
Dog therapy visits provide comfort and distraction to patients of all ages, but for teens and young adults, sometimes the dog’s most important role is simple companionship. William, a patient of CHLA, was frustrated and lonely during an early hospital visit. He tells us how that... Read More
Published on March 10, 2015
White matter tracts are captured using diffusion tensor imaging.Want more brain fuel? Click here for 7 Things You Need to Know About the Adolescent BrainImage credit: Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Published on March 6, 2015
I was blown away by the idea that you could start out with a few cells and create us. How do you start simple and make something so complex? How does that work?
Published on March 4, 2015
With an average of 26 years of our lives spent in a drooling, dreaming slumber, it’s no wonder we dedicate almost as much time to understanding those crucial Zzz’s. Because of this interest, research in sleep medicine—especially in pediatric sleep medicine—has made crucial... Read More
Published on March 2, 2015
Dehydration, abdominal pain and diarrhea are all common symptoms of colitis—a disease caused by inflammation of the large intestine’s lining. But most people don’t know that, in addition to these uncomfortable gastrointestinal issues, colitis can also lead to an increased risk... Read More
Published on March 2, 2015
Michael Neely, MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, helps explain the facts about measles, how parents can prevent further outbreak, and what CHLA can do to help prevent infection and to treat those who have already been infected.How... Read More
Published on February 26, 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). I recently caught up with Philip Dubé, PhD, a gastroenterology researcher... Read More
Published on February 23, 2015
More than 30 surgeries to correct his chest, rib and spinal abnormalities have not been able to diminish the courage of Alex Ito. An uneventful pregnancy left Wendy and John Ito blindsided by what ensued after Wendy gave birth in July 1999: Their new son, Alex, was diagnosed... Read More
Published on February 20, 2015
PTSD. Four letters we immediately associate with soldiers and horrific wartime tragedies. But unfortunately, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event—including children with serious medical diagnoses. Called medical PTSD, this... Read More
Published on February 19, 2015
I love this question that people say to me: Why did you want to become a scientist? I have to refrain myself from saying ‘Well, why don’t you?’
Published on February 16, 2015
From regulating our metabolism and mood to influencing overall growth and development, hormones intimately govern how our body works—especially during childhood and adolescence. But for youth with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), infections and HIV-fighting antiretroviral... Read More
Published on February 12, 2015
To all the MDs and PhDs who are reading this, I’m extending a challenge to you: Take the time to share what you know, and to be a role model for younger generations. The future of science and medicine depends upon it.
Published on February 12, 2015
On Valentine’s Day, most people receive cards immersed in proclamations of love and red or pink symbols of the heart. But what if you received a card with a picture of a ventricular assist device (VAD)? Many of you might be confused. But to a select few, this is a proclamation... Read More
Published on February 9, 2015
Deep within the brain’s hypothalamus, there is a collection of neurons that serve as the central regulators of appetite, metabolism and fat storage. Called the arcuate nucleus, these neurons respond to circulating hunger and satiety signals in blood, increasing or decreasing our... Read More
Published on February 6, 2015
The kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles experienced a fun-filled event when Yoobi + Starlight Children’s Foundation brought out Yoobi’s colorful school supplies, American model, Molly Sims, and TV host and personality, Stacy Keibler. Tables were set up with bright and fun... Read More