All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on July 14, 2014
We have all heard children say that their head hurts, but is it serious? From my personal experience of having migraines since I was 13 years old, I know how debilitating they can be if not treated. The World Health Organization states that migraines are one of the top 20 most... Read More
Published on July 11, 2014
After nearly a decade in post-secondary education, a select few continue on and commit to specialized research training after earning their PhD. These postdoctoral scholars, commonly referred to as “postdocs", are training to become the leading researchers in their fields. But... Read More
Published on July 10, 2014
By Marian E. Williams, PhD, program area lead, Early Childhood Mental Health Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and associate professor of clinical pediatrics. 1 8-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a... Read More
Published on July 9, 2014
Photo by Anat Erdreich-Epstein, MD, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles  In December 2013, Anat Erdreich-Epstein, MD, PhD, and colleagues were the first to link the level of RNA in the PID1 protein to brain tumor growth. Erdreich-Epstein... Read More
Published on July 8, 2014
Making end-of-life decisions for a loved one is never easy, but this task is even tougher when that loved one is a child. While difficult, knowledge of certain options and advance directives (ADs)—the legal documents expressing end-of-life wishes—can ease the burden on the child... Read More
Published on July 3, 2014
Controlling our thoughts, actions and even our thoughts about our actions, the brain is an incredible powerhouse that shapes us into who we are. But its appearance and functions change as we grow up, making it important that researchers observe the brain during every stage of... Read More
Published on July 3, 2014
A very special, furry group of volunteers at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles have been touching the lives of our patients and their families.These dogs and their owners are a part of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program at CHLA, which started in 2001. Furry... Read More
Published on July 2, 2014
-Grace Aldrovandi, MD, CM, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Watch how Dr. Aldrovandi and her team study HIV transmission in breast milk and the impact of breastfeeding on infant survival.
Published on June 30, 2014
It’s a child’s dream to be invincible—to be able to regrow injured body parts after a make-believe battle. But what if this superhuman power was real? Scientists in the Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Research program at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s... Read More
Published on June 27, 2014
Have you seen the KCBS Los Angeles coverage on the special connection between Grace—a 4-year-old with a rare form of leukemia, and Ella—a bald, wig-wearing Barbie? If not, check it out!While Ella lifts her spirits day-to-day, Grace’s oncologist, Paul Gaynon, MD, from Children’s... Read More
Published on June 25, 2014
Calling all Magic School Bus enthusiasts: Do remember when Arnold swallowed Ms. Frizzle and the rest of the class, giving them an “inside look” at the human body? Well, strap your bones right to your seat, because investigators from The Saban Research Institute are sending you... Read More
Published on June 23, 2014
Between iPhone-toting 6 year olds and teenagers with online dating profiles, it seems as though kids are getting older, younger. But what if they actually are? Over the past 20 years, studies have shown that the rates of children starting puberty before ages 8 or 9 is on the... Read More
Published on June 19, 2014
A group of unique volunteers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have been warming the hearts of patients and families. These volunteers are part of a special program called the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program, which started at CHLA in 2001. Now, as the hospital... Read More
Published on June 18, 2014
Check out how biomedical engineer Tishya Wren, PhD, is using motion sensors to help kids with movement disorders at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Published on June 17, 2014
By Rolando Gomez, MBA, manager, Government and Public Policy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Pharmacists and pharmacy interns at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles collaborated with pharmacists from Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, the Los Angeles Police... Read More
Published on June 5, 2014
Fibromyalgia tender points as outlined by the American College of Rheumatology. Credit:  Unseen by lab tests and the naked eye, fibromyalgia is an “invisible” condition characterized by chronic musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. Because there is no physical... Read More
Published on June 5, 2014
At 14 years old, Eileen Garrido is an accomplished singer, Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has established her own nonprofit called the Beating Hearts Foundation. She is also a heart patient at CHLA, scheduled for her third heart surgery on Tuesday,... Read More
Published on June 3, 2014
Credit: Larry Mulvehill. Photo Researchers, Inc.  It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: your child’s fever spikes, a cut keeps bleeding or body aches persist and you rush to the emergency department (ED). However, even though pediatric patients represent about 10 percent of... Read More
Published on June 2, 2014
Retinoblastoma tumor cells. Credit: Tom Lee, MD, The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have developed a unique next-generation sequencing test for the gene linked to retinoblastoma. The new approach... Read More
Published on May 28, 2014
By Kiarash Sadrieh, MD, pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  When a child has a fever, their body can ache, are restless and they just don’t feel well. While a fever is a part of our natural response to infection, the fever... Read More