All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on November 5, 2014
For most families, October ends in a whirlwind of sugar gluttony. Soon after, November lends us another opportunity for gluttony known as Thanksgiving. To counterbalance our mad dash of festive over indulging, November also happens to be Diabetes Awareness Month. Jamie Wood MD,... Read More
Published on November 4, 2014
Mark Urata, MD, chief, Division of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, discusses the future of pediatric... Read More
Published on November 3, 2014
November is American Diabetes Month! To help raise awareness of this complex disease, Mitchell Geffner, MD, division chief of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, answered a few questions about the past, present and... Read More
Published on November 3, 2014
What a treat for Children's Hospital Los Angeles patients! More than 16,000 Bat-o-Grams were generated by hospital supporters, friends in the community and citizens from Australia, Japan, Sweden (just to name a few) during the month-long initiative held on To make... Read More
Published on October 31, 2014
That’s right, carbs. For children and young adults with diabetes, knowing the amount of carbohydrates in foods is just as important—if not more—than the number of calories. Physicians recommend their diabetic patients consume between 45 and 60 grams of carbs per meal, but this... Read More
Published on October 30, 2014
Evaluation of pediatric patients before and after surgery suggests optimal duration of chemotherapy treatment may vary from current standard of care A study of pediatric patients with hepatoblastoma led by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) suggests an... Read More
Published on October 29, 2014
Did you know that nearly 40 percent of children with autism also have gastrointestinal (GI) disorders? These disorders can range from chronic diarrhea to irritable bowel syndrome, but an estimated 80 percent of the co-afflicted children experience severe constipation. Unable to... Read More
Published on October 27, 2014
-Steven Mittelman, MD, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute on his recent study that found obese youths with leukemia were more likely to have persistent disease. 
Published on October 27, 2014
It's no surprise that people love dogs. They offer a calming and relaxing experience, which is why the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program has made such a big impact on our patients. Therapy dog, Harriet, and owner, Jenna, share with us just how far that impact can go.
Published on October 25, 2014
Earlier this week, we were “schooled” on the impacts of sleep deprivation in teenagers. From decreasing memory and concentration to influencing behavior (moody teens and cranky mornings don’t mix), getting less than the 9-10 hours of recommended shut-eye can greatly impact... Read More
Published on October 23, 2014
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physician-scientist Roger E. De Filippo, MD, an associate professor of urology and director of Pediatric Urology Stem Cell Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California discusses how science, technology and... Read More
Published on October 22, 2014
In Los Angeles, driving is more than a convenience; it’s a way of life. From the way we give directions (whatever you do, avoid rush-hour on the 405!) to the time we allot to get to dinner (be sure to leave by 5 for a 7 o’clock reservation), traffic is always center of mind. But... Read More
Published on October 21, 2014
Many kids and families will be carving pumpkins this October--just like they do every year. But did you know that the traditional carving steps have been unsafe? Our Injury Prevention Program has provided the correct steps in this printable infographic! There is also a fun... Read More
Published on October 20, 2014
Every day, millions of particles from car exhaust, dirt, dust, pollen and tobacco smoke whirl in the air around us. While we inhale these unwanted microbes, how do we keep them out of our lungs? Two specialized cells in the airway play a major role. Club cells are smooth,... Read More
Published on October 17, 2014
Image: Tissue-engineered esophagus, courtesy of The Saban Research Institute In a first step toward future human therapies, researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have shown that esophageal tissue can be grown in vivo from both... Read More
Published on October 17, 2014
Editor’s Note: This blog was written by one of our patients and provides a closer look at the challenges young athletes face during injury.                   My name is Michael Osborn and I am a rising senior at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California. I have been... Read More
Published on October 16, 2014
Updated on October 20, 2014For many months, the world has witnessed the Ebola virus spread and claim more than 4,400 lives in West African countries. On Oct. 8, the first confirmed adult Ebola patient identified in the United States died. The constant news coverage has... Read More
Published on October 15, 2014
By using a special microscope–and channeling Rob Thomas–in the Translational Biomedical Imaging Lab (TBIL) at The Saban Research Institute, Rusty Lansford, PhD, is able to record each heart cell as a living embryo grows and develops. What am I looking at? You are viewing the... Read More
Published on October 13, 2014
Biology is Beautiful This week, the Federation of Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) announced their 2014 BioArt winners. Among the winners were captivating still and video images that depicted fungal-host interactions, bone development and healing, mapping neurons in... Read More