All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on August 25, 2014
-Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read about how Dr. Levitt is untangling our brain’s wiring to understand neurodevelopmental disorders in “How We Become What We Become”
Published on August 22, 2014
Explaining the role of ErbB4 regulators in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Patricia Lozano exudes poise and confidence. In front of fellow interns, she reviews the causes of IBD and discusses how understanding the effect of pro-inflammatory cytokines on ErbB4 in intestinal... Read More
Published on August 22, 2014
Dressed in the brown and red leather, chain metal and well-worn boots of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, Marvel’s  Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt gave Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients a surprise they couldn’t believe on Wednesday, August 20.Patients were in for a... Read More
Published on August 21, 2014
Fifteen-year-old Eileen Garrido is an accomplished singer, Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital, founder of the Beating Hearts Foundation and a long-time patient of CHLA. This past Wednesday, Eileen was CHLA’s honorary guest at Costco Wholesale’s philanthropic event and... Read More
Published on August 19, 2014
(No, it’s not the sun.) Leukemia cell coated with antibody is marked for destruction by activated natural killer cells. Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have shown that a select team of immune-system cells from patients with leukemia can be multiplied in the lab,... Read More
Published on August 18, 2014
Red fibers show growing axons—the part of the nerve cell that sends out signalsSeveral studies have shown that maternal obesity is associated with increased risks for obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes in the offspring. There is also growing appreciation that the... Read More
Published on August 15, 2014
Like most doctors, Thomas Coates, MD, tells his patients not to worry. Yet, unlike the gentle encouragement typically offered by clinicians, Coates’ advice is prescriptive.As a pediatric hematologist who treats one of the largest populations of patients with sickle cell disease... Read More
Published on August 15, 2014
When Tania was born at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California she was born with two clubbed feet—her feet were turned inward. At four days old, she made her first visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. When making a decision about where to take Tania, her... Read More
Published on August 13, 2014
Normal microscopic anatomy of the large intestine 
Published on August 11, 2014
David Vetter, publically known as the “bubble boy”. Image courtesy of Science Source. With a physical exam and quick prick of the heel, doctors can detect dozens of serious medical conditions immediately after birth. Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) is one of the newest... Read More
Published on August 8, 2014
We know that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to detect brain tumors and assess bone diseases, but what about determining stroke risk? John Wood, MD, PhD, is doing just that in kids with sickle cell disease (SCD). “Stroke is one of the major threats to long-term physical... Read More
Published on August 7, 2014
Star Wars characters in the cafeteria, a horse in the Radiology Lab and a trap door in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) are not typical things seen at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, but for 8-year-old Dylan Prunty, these imaginative things exist in his LEGO tribute to... Read More
Published on August 6, 2014
Technological innovations in health care can save lives and increase quality of life. Pacemakers restore rhythm to the heart, stents prop open weak arteries, and artificial knees and hips bring patients back to their feet.But these devices aren’t meant for children.“For years,... Read More
Published on August 4, 2014
In the first longitudinal study of its kind, Prapti Gautam, PhD, and colleagues from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks... Read More
Published on August 1, 2014
Imaging has become the Rosetta Stone of research by allowing investigators access to disease at the most basic, molecular level.
Published on July 30, 2014
Just like our biceps or hamstrings, the heart can “tire out” after prolonged stress. But in serious cases, this muscle fatigue can cause our vital pumping organ to fail. One of the fundamental causes of this failure is the loss or damage of the heart’s muscle cells (... Read More
Published on July 28, 2014
Golgi staining in the mouse cerebral cortex and hippocampus With its grooves and ridges, the cerebral cortex is the “brainy-looking” part of our brain. It’s divided into the left and right hemispheres and plays an important role in memory, attention, thought and language.... Read More
Published on July 25, 2014
Did you know that 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year, many of whom needed blood transfusions during chemotherapy? Because traditional cancer treatments like chemo- and radiation therapies can deplete the red blood cell-forming components in bone marrow,... Read More
Published on July 23, 2014
Reaching temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit (an incomprehensible number, especially to Angelenos), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is the coldest capital city in the world. And it’s also one of the most polluted. In this rapidly-developing city, particulate air pollution levels... Read More
Published on July 22, 2014
Los Angeles Medical Team Performs California’s First Auditory Brainstem Implant Surgery on Toddler at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Part of Only NIH-funded Study of Device’s Safety and Use In Young Children 3-year-old Canadian boy hears for first time after device... Read More